FONDA – Fonda-Fultonville outscored Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 33-19 over the course of the second and third quarters to defeat the Golden Knights 59-46 Friday, Jan. 18, in a Western Athletic Conference boys basketball game.
ND-BG contained Fonda-Fultonville’s leading scorer, Jackson Atty, to seven points, but several other Braves stepped up to propel their team to victory. Andrew Georgia netted 16 points, and John Mancini added 11 points for Fonda-Fultonville.
Saratoga Springs had 10 wrestlers place in the top four of their weight classes to win the Mohonasen Invitational Saturday, Dec. 1, in Rotterdam.
Three Blue Streaks won in the championship finals, and three more earned victories in the consolation bracket finals to help Saratoga finish with 218.5 points. Maple Hill was second with 169 points, and Mohonasen placed third with 152.5 points.
Outlook for the season: Assistant coach Jim Rodecker said the merger between the Johnstown and Fonda-Fultonville wrestling programs is bearing fruit in 2018-19 season.
“This is our second year as a merged team, and it has definitely proven to increase our number of wrestlers on the roster,” said Rodecker. “We have a total of 25 varsity wrestlers on the roster this year. We have a total of 24 modified wrestlers on the roster, as well. So, the future looks great for the wrestling program.”
Rodecker said Fonda-Johnstown is looking to contend for the WAC title and a possible Section 2 Class B championship.
“The only challenge we will face is being placed in the Class B Sectionals and having to compete in the Division 1 (large school) state qualifiers,” said Rodecker.
Coaches: Ashleigh Griswold, Dave Petersen, Tom Carpenter
Playoff results Boys: Third place Independent League Championships; first place Division IV Sectionals Girls: First place Independent League Championships; third place Division IV Sectionals
Returning athletes Boys: Myles Anderson (senior), Brady Myles (senior), Liam Viscosi (senior), Gabe Mormile (junior), Trevor Cline (sophomore), Adrian Claburn (junior), Mike LaVoie (junior), Tom Maurceri (junior), Christian Pearce (junior), Ryan Shopmeier (junior), Michael Coonradt (sophomore), John Hall (sophomore), Eric Hesch (sophomore), Shane Viscosi (sophomore), Carter Petersen (freshman)
Coach’s comments On boys team: “We have a strong group of returning athletes, as well as some talented newcomers. We are looking forward to watching our young athletes grow, while continuing to strengthen our most veteran runners and field individuals.
“We are looking forward to working with a larger group of athletes this season, and as always, we hope to be in the top groups at the league championships and Sectionals.”
On girls team: “We have a dedicated group of returning girls, and also quite a talented group of newcomers. We’re looking forward to watching this group improve throughout the season. We would like to see these girls have a strong presence at the Sectional and Independent League championships this season.”
Last year’s record: 1-9 in dual meets, fifth place in Foothills Council
Playoff result: Placed 11th out of 14 teams at Section 2 Division 2 meet
Returning starters: Devin Boehlke, Connor Diviyak, Ryan Nawrot, AJ Peck, Scott Perry
Graduated: Tyler Benton, Tyler Frolke, Jacob Miller, Ben Poitras, Kaleb Sluti, Gus Snow
Newcomers: Brandon Handy, Connor Harding, Charles Hervy, Adam Horan, Josh Peck, Hayden Zelich
Coach’s comments: “We are looking to improve our dual meet record and Sectional placing from last season. Five of the six new members of the team never swam before. They are raw and learning how to swim competitively. Their work ethic is good. Hopefully, we will see good results by the end of the season. We would like to get more than two individual swiimers qualified for Sectionals.
“Connor Harding is joining the team as an eighth grader after an excellent modified season. Ryan Nawrot is looking to improve on his 16th-[place finish] at Sectionals in the 100-yard butterfly. We also have seniors who never qualified for Sectionals. They are more motivated than ever to qualify in their senior year.”
ITHACA – Fonda-Johnstown’s Alayna Gray posted the top time in the 50-yard freestyle preliminaries during Day 1 of the New York State Girls Swimming and Diving Championships Friday, Nov. 16, at Ithaca College.
Gray won her heat with an All-American Consideration time of 23.39 seconds to earn the No. 1 seed for Saturday’s championship round. Bethlehem’s Sydney Sorbello also made the cutoff for the championship heat when she posted the ninth-fastest time in preliminaries (23.94).
Section 2 is sending a large contingent to Ithaca College for this weekend’s New York State Girls Swimming and Diving Championships.
At least four swimmers from Section 2 in every event posted qualifying times throughout the season to reach the state meet. Shenendehowa, Niskayuna, Bethlehem and Ballston Spa are all sending three relay teams to states, with Shen also sending 11 individuals. Niskayuna has eight swimmers qualified for states, while Bethlehem has six individuals. Continue reading “Section 2 swimmers compete for state and Federation titles this weekend”→
CLIFTON PARK – Shenendehowa (Division 1) and Queensbury (Division 2) eased to the team titles at the Section 2 Girls Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Shenendehowa Aquatic Center.
Shen dethroned defending Division 1 champion Niskayuna with a commanding total of 441 points. Niskayuna placed second with 407 points, and Bethlehem finished third with 254 points.
Mohonasen-Schalmont’s Mary Kate Conway and Bethlehem’s Sydney Sorbello each won a pair of individual events at the Division 1 meet. Conway claimed first place in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, while Sorbello finished first in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle.