ALBANY – Schalmont, Mekeel Christian, Shaker and Albany Academy won their games at Saturday’s ZG Slam North South Classic at the Washington Avenue Armory.
Schalmont kicked off the first day of the event with a 63-40 victory over Colonial Council rival Cobleskill-Richmondville. The Bulldogs hung with the Sabres through the first quarter, but Schalmont pulled away with a 13-4 run in the second quarter and a 22-6 spurt in the third quarter.
Mohonasen outscored Catholic Central 23-9 in the second quarter to take control on its way to a 66-50 home victory Friday, Jan. 11, in a Colonial Council boys basketball game.
Duncan Tallman led four Mohonasen players in double digits with 15 points. Nicholas Richmond had 13 points, Shawn Gillisslee contributed 12 points and Logan Calkins added 10 points for the Mighty Warriors.
Glens Falls quarterback Joseph Girard III was named the Class B Co-Player of the Year for the second year in a row when the New York State Sportswriters Association revealed its small school all-state football teams Tuesday, Jan. 8.
Girard threw for 3,084 yards and 36 touchdowns against six interceptions to lead the Indians to their second state Class B title in three years. He also carried the ball 107 times for 395 yards and 13 touchdowns, and he had three touchdowns on defense and special teams.
Girard split Player of the Year honors with Batavia running back Ray Leach, who set Section 5 records for rushing yards, touchdowns and points scored in leading the Blue Devils to the state final against Glens Falls.
Voorheesville went on a 27-11 run over the course of the second and third quarters to defeat Cohoes 51-35 Friday, Dec. 14, in a Colonial Council boys basketball game.
Ian Owens had 15 points, and Luke Palmer contributed 12 points for the Blackbirds, who did not allow a Cohoes player to break double digits in the scoring column. Ivan Brajac scored six points for the Tigers.
In another defensive battle, Lansingburgh fended off LaSalle 44-34. The Knights outscored the Cadets 10-6 in the fourth quarter to pull away for the 10-point win.
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
Newcomers: Tucker Farnum (wide receiver), Danny Veley (center), Jacob Dafeldecker (wide receiver), Jeff Crooks (linebacker), Willim Madgziuk (defensive end), Isiah Gerhardt (wide receiver/defensive back)
Outlook: The Bulldogs lost key cogs on the line with the graduation of Dahl (first team Reinfurt Division defensive end, third team All-State) and Kubat (second team Reinfurt Division), along with VanDerWerken (first team all-purpose player) and Strang (first team defensive back). However, they have a strong group of returning skill position players on offense.
“We [have to] focus on the future while building on last season, where ego is in check and we accept our role[s],” said Hantho. “The offensive line jells, and we stay healthy. We grasp offensive and defensive changes quickly.”