By ROB JONAS
NISKAYUNA – Some of the top high school girls soccer teams in New York – including three defending NYSSPHSAA champions and the reigning Catholic High School Athletic Association champ – converged on the Capital Region Sept. 7 and 8 for the NYSSCOGS Tournament.
A record number of 52 teams participated in this year’s tournament, which was held at fields in Niskayuna, Clifton Park and Stillwater. Niskayuna head coach Bryce Colby, who organizes the event with NYSSCOGS president Perry Novak, said moving the location from Hamilton to the Capital Region led to the surge in the number of participating schools.
“We decided to move it here this year, and it just exploded,” said Colby. “Because of the location, a bunch of teams from downstate and [New York City] decided to come here.”
“I think it’s great because you get to go against teams like Massapequa, Shen and Niskayuna,” said Monroe-Woodbury head coach Bill Mpasiakos. Continue reading “A look back at the NYSSCOGS girls soccer tournament and NYS Girls Soccer Hall of Fame ceremony”
Several Section 2 players were first-team selections in their respective classes on this year’s New York State Sportswriters Association All-State softball team.
Shenendehowa outfielder Emily Carroll (Class AA), Ballston Spa’s Lauren Kersch and Angelina Stile (Class A), South Glens Falls’ Leah Vanderwarker (Class A), Ichabod Crane’s Bella Milazzo and Gabbie Cox (Class B), Lake George pitcher Tyler Bergman (Class C), Chatham pitcher Jenna Skype (Class C), Whitehall pitcher Madison Gould (Class D) and Fort Ann pitcher Kayla Bailey (Class D) earned first-team honors.
Ballston Spa and Ichabod Crane tied for the most All-State team representatives with three. Shen, Lake George, Chatham, Greenwich and Fort Ann all had two players who received honors. Continue reading “Section 2 represented on New York State Sportswriters Association’s All-State softball team”
BINGHAMTON – Two Section 2 teams completed dominating state tournament performances with state championships Saturday.
Ballston Spa won its first-ever state title by pulling out a 13-6 victory over Maine-Endwell (Section 4) in the Class A final, while Whitehall earned its first state baseball championship in 35 years with a 12-1 victory over Brocton (Section 6).
Chance Checca’s two-run homer in the first inning helped Ballston Spa build a 3-0 lead. Donovan Rhoden contributed a two-run double, and Jayden Williamson added a two-run single for the Scotties, who outscored their state tournament opponents 23-6 during the weekend. Continue reading “Ballston Spa, Whitehall wrap up baseball season with state titles”
CARY, N.C. – McKinley Wheeler’s first trip to the New Balance Nationals track and field meet led to a pair of titles.
The Saratoga Springs eighth-grader won the middle school girls 2-mile race in a battle with her twin sister, Sheridan. Then, she teamed up with Sophie Tesla, Ella Kurto and Kelsey Chmiel to win the girls championship 4×1 mile relay.
The Wheeler twins led a strong contingent of Section 2 runners in the middle school girls 2-mile run. McKinley finished with a winning time of 11:04.58, while Sheridan placed second with a time of 11:08.24. Shaker’s Kaleigh Higgins was third with a time of 11:21.03, and Greenwich’s Teagan Wright took 13th place with a time of 12:01.50. Columbia’s Shea Fajen (15th place) and Abigail Moxon (17th) also finished in the top 20. Continue reading “Track and field: McKinley Wheeler wins two titles at New Balance Nationals”
BINGHAMTON – Section 2 was a perfect 4-for-4 in state baseball semifinal action Friday, June 14.
Shenendehowa dethroned defending Class AA champion Massapequa (Section 8) 4-1 to advance to Saturday’s final against McQuaid (Section 5). Brendan Disonell pitched a complete-game four-hitter and struck out 14 batters to guide the Plainsmen to the semifinal victory. Continue reading “Section 2 baseball teams sweep into state finals”
MIDDLETOWN – It was a good weekend for Section 2 athletes at the New York State High School Track and Field Championships at Middletown High School.
Colonie and Schenectady’s 400-meter boys relay teams highlighted the weekend by taking the top two places in Saturday’s Federation championship race. Fresh off winning the public school Division 1 championship Friday, Colonie’s team of Josiah Kemp, Shai Young, Cristian Hubbard and Michael Hermance claimed the Federation title with a time of 41.39 seconds. Schenectady – which placed fourth in the Division 1 race – took second place with a time of 41.75 seconds,
Section 2 also demonstrated its strength in the boys pole vault. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk’s Shane Racey cleared the bar at 16 feet to win the Division 2 and Federation titles, while Albany Academy’s Donald Jones finished second by clearing 15 feet, 6 inches. Continue reading “Section 2 wins several titles at state track meet”
Four Section 2 baseball teams advanced to the state tournament after winning their respective regional finals Saturday, June 8.
Evan Jones tossed a two-hit shutout to lead Shenendehowa to a 6-0 victory over Section 3 champion Fayetteville-Manlius in the Class AA regional final at Onondaga Community College. Jones struck out seven batters and walked only one in a 93-pitch performance.
Jake Reinisch got Shen on the scoreboard with an RBI single in the top of the third inning. Ben Lavery scored on an error, and Jones drove in Reinisch with a fielder’s choice to give the Plainsmen a 3-0 lead.
The score remained close until the top of the seventh inning. An error and two walks loaded the bases for pinch hitter Brody Vincenzi, who grounded out to drive in one run. Then, Nick Lemire lined a single to right field to drive in Reinisch and pinch runner Jack Sandberg for two more insurance runs.
Shen advances to the Class AA semifinals next weekend in Binghamton, where it will face Section 8 champion Massapequa June 14 at Binghamton University. Continue reading “Section 2 comes up big in regional baseball finals”
Saratoga Springs’ Nolan Crowley carded a two-day score of 151 to finish in a three-way tie for seventh place at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Boys Golf Championships Monday, June 3, at the Robert Trent Jones Course on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca.
Crowley entered Day 2 in a tie for first place with Somers’ Nathan Han with a Day 1 total of 71. Han continued his strong play, carding a score of 70 to earn the state title, while Crowley dropped back after carding a score of 80. Continue reading “Saratoga Springs’ Nolan Crowley places seventh at state golf championships”
Three Section 2 athletes enter this weekend’s New York State High School Track and Field Championships with the top performances in their individual events.
Ichabod Crane’s Ama Boham posted the top time among Division 2 (small school) athletes in the girls 100-meter high hurdles this season (14.40). No other girl in the Division 2 field posted a time close to Boham’s mark, and it is the second-fastest overall in New York State this season. Only Chibugo Obichere of Division 1’s Valley Stream South (Section 8) posted a faster overall time (13.80).
New Lebanon’s Allie Ryder enters the state meet with the top distance among Division 2 throwers in the girls discus. Ryder’s best throw this season is 122 feet, 5 inches, 2 inches ahead of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill’s LeeAnne Lowery. Continue reading “State track meet primer: Ama Boham, Allie Ryder and Donald Jones lead list of Section 2 contenders”
TROY – A pitcher’s duel turned into a runaway victory for Shenendehowa.
The Plainsmen scored six runs in the top of the ninth inning to defeat Niskayuna 7-1 for the Section 2 Class AA baseball title Monday, June 3 at Joseph Bruno Stadium.
Jake Reinisch got the ninth-inning rally started with an RBI triple to plate pinch runner C.J. Latham with the go-ahead run. Niskayuna nearly got out of the jam allowing just the one run, but back-to-back bases-loaded singles by Sam Law and Patrick McGuire plated three more runs. Law and McGuire then scored on a wild pitch by Cole Hedden to give the Plainsmen a 7-1 lead. Continue reading “Section 2 baseball: Shenendehowa scores six runs in the ninth to defeat Niskayuna for Class AA title”