Glens Falls superstar Joseph Girard III was named the Class B Player of the Year when the New York State Sportswriters Association revealed its boys basketball all-state teams in Class B, Class C and Class D this week.
The Syracuse University-bound senior guard capped his record-breaking career by averaging 48.7 points per game and guiding the Indians to the state and Federation championships. Girard scored more than 4,000 points in his career, easily eclipsing the previous state record by more than 1,300 points.
Twenty-eight Section 2 players received All-State team honors. They are as follows:
Second team – Shane O’Dell (Schalmont)
10th team – Justice Brantley (Catskill)
12th team – Trent Girard (Glens Falls)
13th team – Messiah Mallory (Watervliet)
14th team – Jackson Atty (Fonda-Fultonville)
16th team – LJ Randle (Schalmont)
Honorable mention – Matthew Boyle (Johnstown), Nick Budesheim (Schuylerville) and Lavon Fernandez (Hudson)
First team – Mason Flatley (Lake George)
Second team – Chris Becker (Lake George)
Fifth team – Jon Kempf (Hoosick Falls)
Sixth team – Garrett Delaney (Mayfield)
Seventh team – Nate Mannion (Maple Hill)
Ninth team – Trevon Gifford (Mayfield)
Honorable mention – Danny McMahon (Hadley-Luzerne), Zeke Pulliam (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Luke VanSlyke (Canajoharie). Tristan Williams (Hoosick Falls) and Jarrett Williams (Granville)
First team – Tyler Leon (OESJ)
Third team – Jack Brundage (OESJ)
Fourth team – Peyton Lufkin (Argyle)
Honorable mention – Bryan Bathrick (Germantown), Gavin Darfler (Hartford), Anthony Girard (North Warren), Luke Loso (Fort Ann) and Nate Reidell (Northville)
The Class AA and A all-state teams will be revealed next week.
SCHODACK – Maple Hill won the boys and girls team titles at its invitational meet Saturday, April 13.
The boys team finished with 138 points, 13 points ahead of runner-up New Paltz. The girls team breezed to the title with 107 points – more than 40 points ahead of its nearest competitor, Broadalbin-Perth.
Maple Hill’s boys team was particularly strong in the 110-meter hurdles, where it swept the top three places. Bryan Jacobs led the way with a winning time of 15.86 seconds, less than four-tenths of a second ahead of Seth Roberts. Thacher Deyoe completed the 1-2-3 Wildcat sweep with a time of 16.31 seconds.
Roberts contributed a victory in the 200-meter dash for Maple Hill, and he teamed up with Evan Kulpa, Jack Pomykaj and Eric Steffeck to win the 400-meter relay. Kulpa had an individual victory in the long jump.
Emma Pearsall led the Maple Hill girls’ team with victories in the 400-meter race and the high jump. She also ran the anchor leg on the Wildcats’ winning 1,600-meter relay team. Other athletes with two individual titles include Ichabod Crane’s Monique Benn (100- and 200-meter dash) and Ama Boham (100- and 400-meter hurdles), as well as Duanesburg’s Elaine Atanasova (1,500- and 3,000-meter races) and New Lebanon-Berlin’s Allie Ryder (shot put and discus). Continue reading “Track and field: Maple Hill sweeps team titles at its own invitational”
We will be taking a look at the alignments and schedules for all five football classes in Section 2 this week.
The number of Class D teams hasn’t changed since last year, but the teams themselves have changed for 2019.
Section 2’s smallest division remains at six teams, but there are some differences from 2018. Rensselaer and Hoosic Valley jumped up to Class C, while Helderberg Valley returns to Class D after spending last season in Class C. Chatham dropped down to Class D after being a Class C mainstay, and Corinth merged with Fort Edward and elected to play in Class D.
Corinth/Fort Edward and Cohoes are both ineligible for the Class D playoffs, as they are not playing in their assigned classes. That means the four Class D playoff teams – Helderberg Valley, Chatham, Whitehall and defending Section 2 champion Warrensburg – have already been determined.
Each team will have five league games and two crossover games during the regular season. Here is a look at the week-by-week schedule, which starts the weekend of Sept. 6 and 7. Continue reading “Section 2 football: A first glance at Class D”
Caiden Larsen’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Berne-Knox-Westerlo a 4-3 victory over Mekeel Christian Academy Monday, April 8, in a Western Athletic Conference baseball game in Berne. Continue reading “WAC baseball: Berne-Knox-Westerlo earns first victory of the season”
Canajoharie rapped out 19 hits in a 20-9 Western Athletic Conference softball victory over Berne-Knox-Westerlo Wednesday, April 3.
McKenzie Bowerman belted a home run, while Alex Lathers and Molly Krug each contributed a triple for the Cougars, who rallied from an early deficit to post the victory. BKW also had 19 hits, but the Bulldogs struggled to convert those hits into runs. Continue reading “WAC softball: Two triples and a home run fuel Canajoharie’s victory over BKW”
ROTTERDAM – Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons improved its record to 2-1 with an 8-0 victory over Berne-Knox-Westerlo Saturday, March 30, in a Western Athletic Conference baseball game at Rotterdam Babe Ruth.
Two pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout for the Golden Knights, who won their WAC opener after splitting two non-league games. Christian Baaki led the offense with a double and two singles, and Nick Kownack added a double.
Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons has now allowed two runs in its last two games after giving up 13 runs in a season-opening loss to Coxsackie-Athens March 25. Continue reading “Scenes from WAC baseball: Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons shuts out Berne-Knox-Westerlo”
No. 7 Hoosick Falls overcame an early 14-0 deficit to upset No. 2 Hoosic Valley 49-36 in the Section 2 Class C girls basketball quarterfinals Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Schaghticoke.
The Panthers outscored the Indians 36-15 in the second half to advance into Tuesday’s semifinal game against No. 3 Maple Hill, which ousted No. 6 Lake George 60-52 in another quarterfinal contest.
Logan Thayne netted 18 points, and Grace Wysocki contributed 14 points for Hoosick Falls against its Wasaren League rival. Renee Serafin led Hoosic Valley with 13 points.
Maple Hill’s defense limited Lake George to 21 points in the second half to end the Warriors’ 17-game winning streak and advance to the semifinals. Natasha Strock paced the Wildcats with 13 points, while Lydia Chittenden chipped in with 12 points and Jenna Hoffman added 11 points.
Graceann Bennett poured in 24 points for Lake George. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C girls basketball playoffs: Hoosick Falls stuns Hoosic Valley”
No. 3 Maple Hill advanced to the Section 2 Class C girls basketball quarterfinals with a 53-40 victory over No. 14 Stillwater Saturday, Feb. 15, in Schodack.
The Wildcats built a 25-15 halftime lead and fended off several Stillwater charges in the third quarter before pulling away in the fourth quarter to secure a date with No. 6 Lake George in the quarterfinals Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Hoosic Valley Central School in Schaghticoke.
Lydia Chittenden led a balanced Maple Hill attack with 10 points. Karsyn Berger and Lauryn Smith each contributed eight points.
Marley Mueller had 15 points, and Brooke Pickett added 13 points for Stillwater. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C girls basketball: Maple Hill advances past Stillwater”
No. 17 Hudson Falls went on a 23-8 run in the second quarter and held on for a 58-56 victory over No. 16 Cohoes in the opening round of the Section 2 Class B boys basketball playoffs Saturday, Feb. 15.
Riley Maddison netted 18 points, and Johnathan Beagle contributed 14 points for Hudson Falls, which led 32-23 at halftime. Troy Snyder and Jonathan LaSure each knocked down four three-pointers and finished with 18 points apiece for Cohoes. Hudson Falls advances to face No. 1 Schalmont Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Rotterdam.
In the other Class B opening-round game, No. 15 Greenville defeated No. 18 Broadalbin-Perth 71-51 to move on to the first round against No. 2 Glens Falls. Damien Fiducia netted 32 points for the Spartans, who led 22-11 after the first quarter. Keenan Mulholland sank five three-pointers to finish with 15 points.
Alexander DiCaterino scored 18 points for Broadalbin-Perth. Continue reading “Section 2 boys basketball playoffs: Hudson Falls, Cambridge among opening round winners”
By ROB JONAS
SARATOGA SPRINGS – Brackets for the Section 2 boys basketball playoffs were revealed Wednesday, Feb. 13, and there were not many surprises.
Bethlehem (Class AA), Troy (Class A), Schalmont (Class B), Lake George (Class C) and Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville (Class D) were named the top seeds by the Section 2 committee. Of the five No. 1 seeds, only Schalmont (19-1) was a mild surprise, as the Sabres were chosen over Foothills Council champion Glens Falls (19-1), which has only an out-of-state loss this season. Schalmont suffered an 80-69 loss to Colonial Council rival LaSalle Thursday, Feb. 7, for its only setback of the season, but grabbed the top seed due to a better strength of schedule, according to boys basketball chairman Will Ferguson.
“They were so close that Schalmont’s [seeding] points were only slightly ahead on the sheet,” said Fergsuon. “Then, there was the schedule … the number of AA’s and A;s played vs. the B’ and C’s they played against each other. One of the other key factors was Schalmont knocked off Troy, which was the No. 1 seed for the A’s.” Continue reading “Section 2 boys basketball: Bethlehem, Troy, Schalmont, Lake George and OESJ receive No. 1 seeds”