By ROB JONAS
SARATOGA SPRINGS – One race lived up to its pre-event billing, while another showdown never materialized at Friday’s Section 2 Cross Country Championships at a soggy Saratoga Spa State Park.
The Class A boys race turned into a battle royale between Shenendehowa and Saratoga Springs, with the Plainsmen pulling out a three-point victory over the Blue Streaks, 60-63. Saratoga had two of the top four runners in the race, but Shen’s pack mentality proved to be the deciding factor.
“Our sixth and seventh runners beat Saratoga’s fifth runner. That was the game right there,” said Shen boys head coach Lance Jordan. Continue reading “A look back at the Section 2 Cross Country Championships”
The Western Athletic Conference announced its Division 1 and Division 2 most valuable players and all-star boys soccer teams Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons senior Wil Lawson was named the Division 1 MVP, while Oppenheim-Ephretah-St. Johnsville’s Jack Brundage received the Division 2 MVP honor. Lawson led NDBG with 29 goals and 10 assists, while Brundage posted 32 goals and seven assists for OESJ.
Mayfield’s Evan Lehr was selected by the WAC coaches as the Division 1 Goalkeeper of the Year, while Berne-Knox-Westerlo/Duanesburg’s Tyler Goodemote was chosen as the Division 2 Goalie of the Year.
The WAC all-star teams are as follows: Continue reading “Western Athletic Conference announces its boys soccer MVPs and all-star teams”
The opening round of the Section 2 Class C and Class D girls volleyball tournaments took place Wednesday, Oct. 24.
In Class C, most of the higher seeds won their opening round matches. The exceptions were No. 12 Greenville (15-4) and No. 10 Tamarac (9-6). Greenville edged No. 5 Saratoga Central Catholic 3-2, while Tamarac swept No. 7 Hudson 25-13, 25-19 and 25-23.
No. 3 Stillwater (13-2), No. 4 Catskill (19-0), No. 6 Albany Academy for Girls (7-8) and No. 8 Canajoharie/Fort Plain (7-3) all won their opening round matches. Stillwater defeated No. 14 Chatham 3-0 to advance into the quarterfinals against Albany Academy for Girls, which defeated No. 11 Loudonville Christian 3-1. Catskill swept No. 13 Taconic Hills 3-0, and Canajoharie/Fort Plain defeated No. 9 Mechanicville 3-0. Continue reading “Section 2 girls volleyball: Tamarac, Stillwater and Catskill among Class C teams advancing through opening round”
FORT PLAIN – Duanesburg claimed the girls team title, and Fonda-Fultonville earned the boys team title at the Western Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Fort Plain Sports Complex.
Duanesburg placed four runners in the top 10 to win the girls team championship with 24 points. Berne-Knox-Westerlo was second with 58 points, followed by Galway in third place with 68 points and Fonda-Fultonville in fourth place with 71 points. Mayfield’s Madison Relyea claimed the individual title with a time of 18:05.90.
Likewise, Fonda-Fultonville placed four runners in the top 10 to claim the boys team championship with 35 points. Duanesburg took second place with 60 points, and Fort Plain-Canajoharie was third with 69 points. Duanesburg’s Andrew Drescher was the individual champion with a time of 16:33.31. Continue reading “Duanesburg, Fonda-Fultonville prevail at Western Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships”
Shenendehowa (AA), Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (A), Broadalbin-Perth (B), Voorheesville (C) and Galway (D) are the No. 1 seeds in their respective classes for the 2018 Section 2 girls volleyball tournament.
Brackets were released Tuesday, Oct. 23, with first round matches scheduled to begin Wednesday, Oct. 24. The match-ups are as follows: Continue reading “Section 2 girls volleyball seedings are announced”
The quarterfinal field is set in the Section 2 Class C boys soccer playoffs following Thursday’s opening round.
No. 6 Greenwich (9-6-2) dispatched No. 22 Canajoharie 8-2 in Greenwich. The Cougars (2-14-2) got on the scoreboard first on Walfre Vasquez’s goal three minutes into the first half, but the Witches scored eight unanswered goals to end Canajoharie’s upset bid.
Charlie Gartner recorded a hat trick, and Liam Kelleher contributed a goal and an assist for Greenwich. AJ Rymph, Bill Bink, Hunter Dixson and Connor Smith also tallied for the Witches. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C boys soccer round-up: Greenwich downs Canajoharie; Waterford-Halfmoon advances on penalty kicks”
No. 17 Catholic Central and No. 13 Schoharie were among six teams advancing through the preliminary round of the Section 2 Class C boys soccer playoffs Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Lucas Kania had a hat trick to lead Catholic Central (5-12-0) to a 7-1 victory over No. 16 Saratoga Central Catholic. Liam McDonald contributed a pair of goals, and Joe Piperata added a goal and two assists for the Crusaders, who will meet top-seeded Lake George Thursday, Oct. 18.
Luke Apy tallied for Spa Catholic (5-11-1), and goalkeeper Preston Famiglietti made six saves. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C boys soccer playoffs: Catholic Central, Schoharie among teams advancing past preliminary round”
By ROB JONAS
Christian Brothers Academy (Class AA), Queensbury (A), Schalmont (B), Lake George (C) and Fort Ann (D) are the No. 1 seeds in this year’s Section 2 boys soccer playoffs.
CBA earned the No. 1 seed after posting the best record in the Suburban Council (12-1-1 league, 13-1-1 overall). The Brothers – along with No. 2 Albany (11-2-1, 12-2-1), No. 3 Bethlehem (10-3-1, 12-3-1) and No. 4 Shenendehowa (10-3-1, 10-3-1) – received byes through the first round.
Queensbury (15-1-0), No. 2 Albany Academy (11-5-0), No. 3 Averill Park (6-8-2), No. 4 South Glens Falls (10-6-0) and No. 5 Mohonasen (9-5-2) all received byes in Class A.
Here are all of the match-ups for the first two rounds of Sectionals: Continue reading “Section 2 boys soccer playoff seedings are set”
SCHENECTADY – The annual Grout Run took place Saturday, Oct. 6, at Schenectady’s Central Park. More than 20 teams from around New York State ran on the 2.75-mile road course in and around the park.
Washingtonville (Section 9), Shaker and Broadalbin-Perth won their respective boys varsity division team titles; while Shaker, Greenwich and Duanesburg took the girls varsity division team titles. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 cross country: Grout Run 2018 highlights”
FORT PLAIN – Ethan Reese’s goal late in the second half gave Fort Plain a 3-2 victory over Schoharie in a Western Athletic Conference boys soccer game Monday, Sept. 17.
Noah Fagnani ripped home a penalty kick to tie the score at 2-2 for Schoharie, but Reese tallied off a scrum in front of the Indians’ goal with less than 10 minutes left in regulation to put the Hilltoppers in front.
Fagnani finished with a pair of goals, and goalkeeper Bailey Smart had 11 saves for Schoharie. Jaxson Yacowenia and Ethan Spaulding had first-half goals for Fort Plain, which led 2-1 at the break.