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”
No. 1 Stillwater meets No. 3 Schoharie for the Section 2 Class C girls soccer title tonight at Mechanicville High School.
Schoharie needed penalty kicks to oust No. 2 Lake George in the semifinals Monday, Oct. 29. The two teams played to a 2-2 tie through regulation and two overtime periods to send the game into a shootout.
Katie Krohn scored both of Schoharie’s goals in the first half, and goalkeeper Carissa Palmatier stopped six shots. Gabby Marchello tallied late in the first half, and Sarah Kohls rebounded a shot by Marchello for the tying goal in the second half for Lake George. Warriors goalie Samantha Jeckel had eight saves.
Stillwater cruised to the finals with a 5-1 semifinal victory over No. 4 Hoosic Valley Monday. Brooke Pickett tallied twice to lead Stillwater’s attack, and goalie Kiersten Conroy made 11 saves. Paige Brinsko, Kate McEvoy and Teya Staie notched Stillwater’s other three goals.
Samantha Lanoue recorded Hoosic Valley’s lone goal, and netminder Sarah Sheldon had 18 saves.
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”
No. 2 seed Lake George fended off No. 15 Waterford-Halfmoon 3-1 Saturday, Oct. 20, in the opening round of the Section 2 Class C girls soccer tournament.
Stephanie Dickinson-Frevola scored off a pass from Sarah Kohls 15:02 into the first half to give the Lady Warriors a 1-0 lead. However, Waterford-Halfmoon goalkeeper Caer Burns stopped several shots after that to keep the Fordians close at halftime.
Rebecca Kohls doubled Lake George’s lead less than five minutes into the second half off another Sarah Kohls assist. Annelise Rebel tallied less than a minute later to get Waterford-Halfmoon on the scoreboard, but Gabby Marchello provided an insurance goal at 65:14 to give Lake George some breathing room. Continue reading “Section 2 Class C girls soccer playoffs: Lake George tested by Waterford-Halfmoon; Stillwater rolls”
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”
Brackets for the Section 2 girls soccer playoffs were announced Monday, Oct. 15, and two Suburban Council teams were among the five No. 1 seeds.
Bethlehem received the No. 1 seed in Class AA after winning the Blue Division title, while Averill Park claimed the No. 1 seed in Class A after finishing first in the Gray Division. Colonial Council champion Academy of the Holy Names (Class B), Wasaren League champion Stillwater (Class C) and Adirondack League runner-up Fort Ann (Class D) were the other three No. 1 seeds.
Here are the match-ups for the first two rounds: Continue reading “Section 2 girls soccer playoffs: Bethlehem, Averill Park, Holy Names, Stillwater and Fort Ann are top seeds”
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”
Due to poor field conditions, Schoharie’s home game against Galway Saturday, Oct. 13, was moved to Galway High School, with the Indians remaining the “home team.”
Schoharie then overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit to tie Galway 2-2 in their Western Athletic Conference boys soccer season finale.
Derek Dietz tallied 40 seconds into the second half, and Noah Fagnani scored less than six minutes later to pull Schoharie even. The two teams remained tied through regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods thanks in large part to Galway goalkeeper Henry Flint, who made several saves.
Flint finished with 12 stops for the Golden Eagles, while Daryl Conor and Anthony Powers scored Galway’s goals.