Bethlehem, Stillwater and Fort Ann travel to Cortland for state girls soccer semis

Three Section 2 girls teams are heading to Cortland for this weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships.

Bethlehem (Class AA), Stillwater (Class C) and Fort Ann (Class D) advanced through regionals to reach Saturday’s state semifinal rounds in their respective classes. The winners of Saturday’s semifinals play again Sunday for the championship. Continue reading “Bethlehem, Stillwater and Fort Ann travel to Cortland for state girls soccer semis”

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Colonial Council girls soccer coaches name Ava Panto Player of the Year

Academy of the Holy Names junior Ava Panto was named the Player of the Year when the Colonial Council announced its girls soccer all-stars Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Panto scored a team-high 38 goals and added eight assists to help Holy Names win the Colonial Council Liberty Division and the Section 2 Class B titles.

Four more Holy Names players – Megan Marini, Bella Tronco, Marissa DeMartino and Grace Field – were named first team all-stars. Schalmont, Voorheesville and Mohonasen also had four players selected to the first team. Continue reading “Colonial Council girls soccer coaches name Ava Panto Player of the Year”

Girls volleyball regionals: Four Section 2 teams advance to next round

Four Section 2 girls volleyball teams reached the second round of state regionals with victories Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Class A representative Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake had little trouble with Section 3’s Jamesville-DeWitt, as the Spartans won 25-7, 25-9 and 25-16 to set up a regional final match against Section 10’s Massena Saturday, Nov. 10. Carlie Rzeszotarski recorded 10 kills and two blocks, while Claire Isaksen contributed 31 assists for BH-BL. Grace Isaksen led the defensive effort with 19 digs. Continue reading “Girls volleyball regionals: Four Section 2 teams advance to next round”

Section 2 football: A look back at the Super Bowls, and a look ahead to regionals (with photo gallery)

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)”

Boys soccer regionals: Schalmont advances on penalty kicks; Queensbury defeats Fulton

Schalmont (Class B) and Queensbury (Class A) will represent Section 2 at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Boys Soccer Tournament this weekend in Middletown after they won regional titles Saturday, Nov. 3.

Schalmont tied Section 7’s Peru 2-2 in their regional, but punched its ticket to the state semifinals by edging Peru 4-3 in penalty kicks. Jared Smith hit the go-ahead penalty kick for the Sabres, and goalkeeper Ryan Taylor made a diving block with his feet on Tanner Spear’s attempt to end the session.

Peru scored twice in the first 14 minutes to take an early lead on Schalmont, but Ryan Edwards tallied with less than 17 minutes left in the first half to trim the deficit to 2-1. Edwards then scored on a direct kick midway through the second half to tie the score at 2-2. Continue reading “Boys soccer regionals: Schalmont advances on penalty kicks; Queensbury defeats Fulton”

Shenendehowa, Queensbury win team titles at Section 2 Girls Swimming and Diving Championships

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.

Niskayuna’s Lillian Bushway (500-yard freestyle) and Yunfan Dong (100-yard backstroke) also won individual events Saturday, as did Albany Academy’s Claire Gerdeman (50-yard freestyle), and Guilderville’s Kasey Keaney (100-yard breaststroke). Continue reading “Shenendehowa, Queensbury win team titles at Section 2 Girls Swimming and Diving Championships”

A look back at the Section 2 Cross Country Championships

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”

Scenes from the Section 2 Cross Country Championships

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Section 2 Cross Country Championships took place Friday, Nov. 2, at Saratoga Spa State Park. The winning teams in Class A, B, D and the merged C-CC standings earned automatic berths into next Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island, as did the top five runners not affiliated with any of the championship teams. Continue reading “Scenes from the Section 2 Cross Country Championships”

Western Athletic Conference announces its boys soccer MVPs and all-star teams

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”

Wasaren League announces its girls volleyball all-star teams

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

First team
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”