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Scenes from NYSPHSAA Girls Basketball Championships: Franklinville surges past Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons

TROY – Franklinville (Section 6) jumped out to a 27-10 halftime lead and sailed past Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 56-26 in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Girls Basketball Championships Friday, March 15, at Hudson Valley Community College.

Danielle Haskell poured in 33 points to lead Franklinville to the Class D final against Edwards-Knox (Section 10). Haskell made five three-pointers and sank eight out of her 11 free throws to help Franklinville pull away.

Abby Kienzle netted 10 points for Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons, which was making its first trip to the state semifinals in three decades. No other player scored more than three points for the Lady Knights.

Meanwhile, Cambridge advanced to the Class C final with a 75-43 victory over Maple Grove (Section 6) in the semifinal round. Sophie Phillips scored 23 points, and twin sister Lilly Phillips contributed 22 points for the Indians, who led 28-10 after the first quarter. Marissa Schuppenhauer had 16 points for Maple Grove.

Cambridge meets Watkins Glen (Section 4) in Saturday’s Class C final at 7 p.m. Continue reading “Scenes from NYSPHSAA Girls Basketball Championships: Franklinville surges past Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons”

Scenes from boys basketball regionals: OESJ surges past Wells to reach state tournament

By ROB JONAS

TROY – After struggling to shut down Wells in the first half, Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville turned up the defensive pressure to pull out a 57-40 victory in the Class D boys basketball regional final Saturday, March 9, at Hudson Valley Community College.

The Wolfpack will join Troy (Class A), Glens Falls (Class B) and Lake George (Class C) in heading to Binghamton for next weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships.

“It’s a great opportunity for us. Our team is excited,” said Jayden Logan-Dillenbeck. Continue reading “Scenes from boys basketball regionals: OESJ surges past Wells to reach state tournament”

Scenes from girls basketball regionals: Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons shuts down Westport in Class D regional

TROY – Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons turned in a strong defensive performance to defeat Section 7’s Westport 49-25 in the Class D girls basketball regionals Saturday, March 9, at Hudson Valley Community College.

The Lady Knights built a 23-10 halftime lead on Westport and closed the game on a 17-7 run to advance to next weekend’s state tournament at HVCC.

Abby Kienzle and Ava Megyari each scored 12 points to lead Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons. Megyeri sank a pair of three-pointers and made all four of her free throws. Abbey Schwoebel had 13 points for Westport.

Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons will play either Section 5’s Elba or Section 6’s Franklinville in the state semifinals Friday, March 15, at 11:45 a.m. Continue reading “Scenes from girls basketball regionals: Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons shuts down Westport in Class D regional”

State bowling championships: Amber Lupi, Cian DiMezza lead Section 2

SYRACUSE – Mohonasen’s Amber Lupi had one of the top 10 series, and Canajoharie’s Cian DiMezza posted one of the top three games at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Bowling Championships March 8 and 9 in Syracuse.

Lupi posted a six-game series of 1,217 to lead Mohonasen to a fifth-place finish in the girls Division 1 tournament. Lupi started strong with an opening game score of 246 and concluded the morning session by rolling a 245. She struggled to start the afternoon session, but she rolled a 222 in the final game to finish with one of the top series in her division.

Mackenzie Simmons rolled a 1,121 series, and Elizabeth DeLorenzo added a 1,112 series for Mohonasen, which finished with a total pinfall of 5,349. Section 1’s North Rockland won the state title with a score of 6,057, more than 160 pins ahead of runner-up East Islip (Section 11).

DiMezza posted the third-highest game in the boys section composite competition with a 258 in his final game of the competition. Section 2 placed seventh in the team standings with 5,975 pins, with Shaker’s Frank Aiello leading the way with a 1,227 series. Continue reading “State bowling championships: Amber Lupi, Cian DiMezza lead Section 2”

Scenes from Section 2 Class D final: Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons rallies in fourth quarter to end championship drought

By ROB JONAS

TROY – Thirty years.

That’s how long it’s been since Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons won a Section 2 girls basketball title.

The title drought ended Friday, March 1, at Hudson Valley Community College, as the Lady Knights rallied for a 39-36 victory over North Warren in the Class D final.

Abby Kienzle scored 19 points to lead Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons to its first title since 1989, including the go-ahead basket with 1:12 left in the fourth quarter.

“The key was to stay focused and not let the pressure get to us,” said Kienzle, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 Class D final: Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons rallies in fourth quarter to end championship drought”

Section 2 boys basketball semifinals: Gloversville advances past Mohonasen in Class A semifinals

GLENS FALLS – No. 2 Gloversville overcame a slow start to defeat No. 6 Mohonasen 50-41 in the Section 2 Class A boys basketball semifinals Thursday, Feb. 28, at Cool Insuring Arena.

The defending champion Mighty Warriors jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the first quarter, but the Dragons responded by outscoring Mohonasen 32-19 over the course of the second and third quarters to take control.

Dante Bouchard had 21 points, and Joey Rowback contributed 13 points for Gloversville. Duncan Tallman and Chase Monroe each scored 10 points for Mohonasen.

Gloversville faces No. 1 Troy in Saturday’s Class A final. The Flying Horses dispatched No. 4 Mekeel Christian Academy 74-61 in Thursday’s other semifinal contest.

Latyce Faison and Nazaire Merritt each scored 19 points for Troy, which built a 36-24 halftime lead against the defending state Class B champions from Mekeel Christian. Faison also contributed five assists, and Zaveon Little added 14 points.

Ozzy DeJesus netted 26 points, and Alex Barnhill chipped in with 14 points for Mekeel Christian. Continue reading “Section 2 boys basketball semifinals: Gloversville advances past Mohonasen in Class A semifinals”

State skiing championships: Section 2 dominates girls downhill; Saratoga Springs boys Alpine, Mayfield girls Nordic teams place second

NORTH CREEK – Section 2 turned in a strong performance in its own backyard at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Skiing Championships Monday and Tuesday at Gore Mountain.

The Section 2 girls Alpine team led the field after the first day of the two-day meet, while Saratoga Springs’ boys Alpine team sat in second place. Section 2 placed second in the intersectional standings for girls Nordic skiing, and Mayfield’s girls Nordic team turned in a second-place finish.

Individually, Queensbury’s Hunter Montgomery was in top form. Montgomery won the boys slalom Monday with a combined time of 1:30.61, and he took first place in Tuesday’s giant slalom with a time of 2:18.98. Niskayuna’s Nick Fratterigo added a second-place finish in the giant slalom with a time of 2:19.26 and a fifth-place finish in the slalom with a time of 1:33.24.

Schuylerville-Greenwich’s Hannah Klingebiel led the Section 2 girls Alpine team with a second-place finish in the slalom with a time of 1:38.77 and a third-place performance in the giant slalom with a time of 2:24.39. Queensbury’s Maddie Montgomery placed third in the slalom with a time of 1:39.97, and Shenendehowa’s Melissa Taggert posted a two-run time of 2:26.55 to finish sixth in the giant slalom.

Mayfield’s Madison Relyea and Queensbury’s Bailey Gengel had top-five finishes in the Nordic 7.5-kilometer classic event. Relyea was second with a time of 28:07.4, while Gengel finished fourth with a time of 30:08.7. Continue reading “State skiing championships: Section 2 dominates girls downhill; Saratoga Springs boys Alpine, Mayfield girls Nordic teams place second”

Scenes from Section 2 boys basketball playoffs: JG3’s big night propels Glens Falls to Class B final

GLENS FALLS – Joseph Girard III continues to do whatever it takes to guide the Glens Falls boys basketball team to a Section 2 championship.

JG3 dropped 66 points on Watervliet to lead Glens Falls to an 88-70 victory over the Cannoneers in the Class B semifinals Monday, Feb. 25, at Cool Insuring Arena. Girard made 17 of his 37 shots from the field, including eight three-pointers, and he sank 24 out of his 25 free throws to lead the Indians to Friday’s final against Schalmont.

Messiah Mallory and J.J. Chestnut did what they could to keep Watervliet in the game. Mallory led the Cannoneers with 28 points, and Chestnut sank four three-pointers on his way to a 22-point night. It just wasn’t enough to keep up with Girard’s onslaught. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys basketball playoffs: JG3’s big night propels Glens Falls to Class B final”

State indoor track and field qualifiers: Josiah Kemp, Ella Kurto among Section 2 athletes who won two events

ALBANY – Section 2 held its state indoor track and field qualifier Sunday, Feb. 24, at the University at Albany.

Colonie’s Josiah Kemp and Averill Park’s James Cocca each won two individual boys events. Kemp took first place in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.57 seconds, and he finished first in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 7.52 seconds. Cocca swept the throwing events, winning the shot put and the weight throw.

On the girls’ side, Saratoga Springs’ Ella Kurto won the 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:49.15 and the 3,000-meter race with a time of 10:04.13. Guilderland’s Isabella Bruno finished first in the long jump and the triple jump, while Shenendehowa’s Chidera Anameze earned victories in the shot put and weight throw.

The top two finishers in each event automatically qualified for the New York State Indoor Track and Field Championships, which take place Saturday, March 2, at the Ocean Breeze Track and Field Facility on Staten Island. Third-place finishers qualified if they met the state meet standard. Continue reading “State indoor track and field qualifiers: Josiah Kemp, Ella Kurto among Section 2 athletes who won two events”

State wrestling championships: Stevo Poulin, Zack Lawrence take home titles

ALBANY – Shenendehowa’s Stevo Poulin and Duanesburg’s Zack Lawrence won their weight classes at last weekend’s New York State High School Wrestling Championships at the Times Union Center.

Poulin claimed his second straight state title by defeating Minisink Valley’s Zack Ryder 4-3 in the Division 1 (large school) 106-pound weight class final. Poulin recorded technical falls in the first two rounds and added a 16-4 majority decision over Hilton’s Rocco Camilacci in the semifinals on his way to the title and a 48-0 record for the 2018-19 season.

Lawrence led a strong Section 2 Division 2 (small school) contingent by winning the 152-pound title with a 3-2 victory over Norwich’s Mike Squires in the finals. Lawrence posted wins by decision in all of his bouts to claim the title. Continue reading “State wrestling championships: Stevo Poulin, Zack Lawrence take home titles”