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”
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”
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”
GLENS FALLS – The second day of the Zero Gravity Slam North-South Classic boys basketball showcase took place Sunday, Jan. 27, at Cool Insuring Arena.
The highlight was reserved for the final game of the day-long showcase, as Glens Falls’ Joseph Girard III pursued another milestone against Foothills Council rival. Girard scored his 4,000th career point on a free throw in the third quarter as part of a 52-point performance in the Indians’ 78-74 victory over the Running Rams.
Two other major match-ups fell a bit short of generating much in the way of suspense. Albany Academy downed Park School of Buffalo 67-44 in a showdown between the state’s top two-ranked Class A teams, and Lake George stormed out to an 18-7 lead on its way to a 55-30 victory over Hoosick Falls in a battle between the state’s No. 1 and No. 4-ranked Class C squads. Continue reading “Scenes from the ZG Slam North-South Classic, Day 2”
Mohonasen and Guilderland used to be neighboring Suburban Council rivals until Mohonasen moved to the Colonial Council this season.
The boys basketball teams from the two schools kept their rivalry going this season, with Mohonasen getting the better of Guilderland 77-41 Saturday, Jan. 5.
Guilderland kept the game close through the first quarter, but Mohonasen used a 22-7 run in the second quarter to build a 37-17 halftime lead. The Mighty Warriors continued their onslaught with a 24-point third quarter to put the game out of reach.
Duncan Tallman sank six three-pointers on his way to a 28-point afternoon for Mohonasen. Chase Monroe contributed 17 points, while Nicholas Richmond, Drew Coelho and Shawn Gillisslee all added eight points.
Billy Lia led Guilderland with 14 points. Continue reading “Non-league boys basketball: Mohonasen cruises past Guilderland in rivalry game”
After winning its first NYSPHSAA girls soccer title, Stillwater cleaned up when the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports (NYSSCOGS) announced its year-end All-State teams this week.
Brooke Pickett was named Class C Player of the Year, and Christina Ihnatolya was chosen as the Class C Coach of the Year by a panel of sportswriters and coaches from across New York. Pickett was instrumental in leading the Lady Warriors to an undefeated season, as she led all of Section 2 with 52 goals.
Three more Stillwater players were selected to the Class C All-State Team – Keelyn Peacock (first team), Teya Staie (first team) and Devon Wagner (fifth team). Continue reading “Brooke Pickett, Stillwater lead the way in state girls soccer postseason honors”
SCHENECTADY – Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons outscored Oppenheim-Ephretah/St. Johnsville 20-13 in the fourth quarter to pull out a 58-46 victory Tuesday, Dec. 4, in a Western Athletic Conference boys basketball game.
The Golden Knights overcame a sluggish start to build a 23-19 halftime lead against the Wolfpack. OESJ remained within striking distance in the third quarter before running out of gas down the stretch.
Noah Foster had 21 points, and Todd Williamson contributed 12 points for NDBG. Travis LaFountain paced OESJ with 19 points, and Tyler Leon added 13 points. Continue reading “Western Athletic Conference boys basketball: Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons earns victory over OESJ”
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”
By ROB JONAS
COLONIE – The Fort Ann boys soccer team won its ninth consecutive Section 2 title by rallying past Oppenheim-Ephretah-St. Johnsville 2-1 in overtime Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Class D final at Colonie Central High School.
No. 2 OESJ led 1-0 with 30 seconds left in regulation when Fort Ann’s Brendan Wright was taken down inside the box to set up a penalty kick. Sawyer Lunt stepped up to take the shot and slotted it into the lower right corner of the goal to tie the score at 1-1.
The top-seeded Cardinals, who had carried the play for much of the second half, kept the momentum going into the first 15-minute overtime period. Wright led a breakaway into OESJ’s territory and sent a crossing pass to Lunt, who directed a shot towards the lower right corner again. Wolves’ goalkeeper Adan Vasquez dove to stop the shot at the goal line, but it bounced off of him and directly to a charging Aidan Barnes, who knocked it into the goal for the game winner.
“This was a tough one, but we didn’t quit,” said Fort Ann head coach Rich McCabe. “I feel terrible for OESJ. They played a heck of a game.” Continue reading “Fort Ann rallies past OESJ for ninth straight Section 2 Class D title”
COLONIE – Aidan Barnes’ overtime goal lifted top-seeded Fort Ann to a 2-1 victory over Oppenheim-Ephretah-St. Johnsville in Tuesday’s Section 2 Class D boys soccer final at Colonie Central High School.
OESJ took a 1-0 lead late in the second half when Mason Snell scored off a feed from Zach Mosher, but a foul call inside the Wolves’ penalty box led to Sawyer Lunt’s tying goal on a penalty kick with 30.1 seconds remaining in regulation.
Barnes scored the game winner for Fort Ann with less than four minutes left in the first overtime off a rebound. Continue reading “Scenes from Section 2 boys soccer playoffs: Fort Ann wins a thriller over OESJ”