Three Section 2 football teams have regional playoff games this weekend, while two others await their semifinal opponents.
Class AA champion Shaker (10-0) received a bye into the state semifinals after defeating Saratoga Springs 28-14 in the championship game Friday, Nov. 2, at Casey Stadium on the University at Albany campus. This bye is rotated between Sections 2, 1 and 9 on an annual basis. Shaker meets either Section 1 champion New Rochelle or Section 9 champion Newburgh Free Academy Saturday, Nov. 17, at Middletown High School.
Class A champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (9-1) also received a bye into the semifinals after Section X decided not to play in the regional round. The Spartans face the winner of the John Jay (Section 1)-Cornwall (Section 9) regional in the state semifinals Friday, Nov. 16, in Middletown.
Glens Falls (Class B), Cambridge/Salem (Class C) and Warrensburg (Class D) all play in this weekend’s regional round. Glens Falls meets Section 7 champion Beekmantown Friday, Nov. 9, at Shenendehowa High School, while Cambridge/Salem travels to Potsdam High School to play Section 10 champ Ogdensburg Free Academy. Warrensburg faces Section 7 champion Moriah Saturday, Nov. 10, at Schuylerville High School. Continue reading “Section 2 football: A look back at the Super Bowls, and a look ahead to regionals (with photo gallery)”
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 Wasaren League girls volleyball coaches announced their Most Valuable Player and all-star team selections Thursday, Nov. 1.
MVP – Chloe Farr (Stillwater) – senior outside hitter
Elise Brownell (Saratoga Central Catholic) – senior setter
Kyleigh Frank (Stillwater) – junior middle hitter
Taylor Grayson (Mechanicville) – senior outside hitter
Isabella Realbuto (Tamarac) – senior outside hitter
Ashley Formosa (Waterford-Halfmoon) – senior outside hitter
Shannon Brown (Hoosic Valley) – junior setter/outside hitter
Adrianna Rourke (Cambridge) – junior setter Continue reading “Wasaren League announces its girls volleyball 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.
Mechanicville’s Jeff Luce was named the most valuable offensive player, and teammate Justin Pugliese was selected as the most valuable defensive player by the Wasaren League boys soccer coaches when they announced the league’s all-star teams Saturday, Oct. 27.
Luce currently leads all Section 2 offensive players with 33 goals, to go along with eight assists. Pugliese led a Mechanicville defense that allowed a total of 20 goals this season, including seven shutouts.
Cambridge’s Parker Robertson was named the Wasaren League’s most valuable goalkeeper. The junior stopped 83 percent of the shots he faced to help the Indians finish with a 7-7-2 record. Continue reading “Wasaren League announces boys soccer all-stars”
Semifinal match-ups are set for all five classes in Section 2 football, as well as the final round of crossover games. Here is a look at who’s playing, and how they got there.
Class AA – All semifinal games Friday, Oct. 26
No. 1 Shaker (8-0) vs. No. 4 Guilderland (5-3)
How they got there: Shaker capped an undefeated regular season by defeating crosstown rival Colonie 31-7, while Guilderland clinched the No. 4 seed by pulling away for a 41-19 victory over Christian Brothers Academy (3-5) Friday, Oct. 19. Guilderland’s victory avoided a four-way tie for fourth place, as both Bethlehem (4-4) and Niskayuna (4-4) won their final regular season games
No. 2 Shenendehowa (7-1) vs. No. 3 Saratoga Springs (6-2)
How they got there: Shen wrapped up the No. 2 seed by defeating Saratoga 35-7 at home. Brendan Belott threw for one touchdown and ran for another to lead Shen to victory. The Plainsmen’s reward is to host the Blue Streaks for the second week in a row. Continue reading “Section 2 football playoffs: Semifinal match-ups set in all five classes”
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”
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”