Friday, February 15, 2008

Boys Basketball Regular Season Wrap-Up

Now that the sectional brackets have been announced, let's recap the regular season standings for each of the local leagues.

Here are full brackets you can print out for future reference.

Class AA
Class A
Class B
Class CC
Class C
Class D

(League, Overall)
(Class, State ranking)(W-L, W-L)

Big 10
Bishop Maginn (AA, 4) (16-0, 19-1)

CBA (AA, 12) (14-2, 17-2)

Bishop Gibbons (11-5, 13-7)

CCHS (11-5, 15-5)

Schenectady (6-10, 9-11)

Amsterdam (4-12, 6-14)

Troy (4-12, 5-14)

Albany (3-13, 4-14)

La Salle (3-13, 6-14)

No surprises here. Maginn and CBA were strong and state-ranked all year and dominated the league all season long. CBA's two losses both came to Maginn.

Gibbons was ranked in the A poll for a while, but their loss to Mohonasen over Christmas break really hurt their reputation in that regard. The Knights should cruise easily into the A final but they will have to beat Averill Park or Burnt Hills to get there. CCHS was also very good thanks to Jordan Gettings and Devin Grimes and if those two can have a good night on the same night, Maginn may get a challenege in the semis.

Other than La Salle, the private schools were at the top and the public schools on the bottom. Hmmm.

Still, look for a CBA-Maginn rematch in the AA finals - a rematch of last year's final as well. CBA went undefeated through the regular season, but Maginn topped them in the final and eventually wound up in the state championship game.

Suburban Council
Blue Division

Colonie (10-4, 14-6)
Shenendehowa (10-4, 12-8)
Shaker (7-7, 9-11)
Saratoga (3-11, 6-14)

Gold Division
Guilderland (14-0, 18-2)
Bethlehem (9-5, 14-6)
Columbia (4-10, 7-13)
Ballston Spa (0-14, 2-17)

White Division
Averill Park (8-6, 12-8)
Mohonasen (8-6, 11-9)
Burnt Hills (6-8, 10-10)
Niskayuna (5-9, 8-12)

Guilderland went undeafeated in league play (Maginn and Albany Academy did this as well and Ichabod Crane lost only once) and should be a force in the AA bracket. However, CBA beat the Dutchmen in the Columbia Tournament in December sans leading scorer Malcolm Austin. With Austin in the AA semis, the Dutchmen will have their hands full.

Bethlehem and Colonie will try to knock off Maginn in the lower half of the bracket - but I don't think either of those teams has enough to hang with the Big 10 team.

In the As, Averill Park, Mohonasen and Burnt Hills all have a chance to make some noise. BH-BL and Averill Park are likely to meet in the second round. Mohon is already set to play Scotia in the second thanks to byes. However, Academy and Gibbons just look destined to meet in the A final.

Colonial Council
Albany Academy (A, 8) (16-0, 17-3)

Lansingburgh (12-4, 13-7)

Mechanicville (11-5, 15-5)

Voorheesville (10-5, 13-6)

Cohoes (9-7, 9-11)

Watervliet (6-9, 8-11)

Cobleskill (4-12, 5-15)

Ravena (2-14, 3-17)

Schalmont (1-15, 1-19)

Academy's perfect run through the Colonial earned them a No. 1 seed in the As and the winner of Lansingburgh/Gloversville. The Cadets have had their way with the Knights in two meetings this year and a third game would be interesting.

Watervliet had an off-year but will play Greenwich at home in the first round of the CC playoffs. Should they win, the Cannoneers would take on Cambridge for the second time this season and might just have enough to solve Shea Bromirski and the Indians a second time around.

Mechanicville and Voorheesville earned byes in the CCs, and Voorheesville in particular played well down the stretch and could be an upset special. The Red Raiders have a senior-laden team, starring Paul MacMillan and Pat Marra and are also very dangerous.

Wasaren League
Hoosic Valley (B, 16) (12 -2, 17-3)

Cambridge (C, 11) (11-3, 17-3)

Schuylerville (11-3, 14-6)

Tamarac (9-5, 13-7)

Hoosick Falls (5-9, 8-12)

Greenwich (4-10, 6-14)

Granville (3-11, 6-14)

Stillwater (1-13, 3-17)

Hoosic Valley captured its first league title since 1974 and deservedly so. The Indians dropped their first two league games to Tamarac and Schuylerville but then rattled off 12 in a row, including a buzzer-beating victory over Cambridge to clinch the crown. Hoosic Valley, a No. 3 seed in the Bs, must be considered one of the favorites to win the section, thanks to the play of senior Pat Lanoue.

Cambridge secured the No. 2 and a bye in the CCs and it looks like a Schenectady Christian-Cambrdige final unless an upset occurs.

Tamarac and Schuylerville are both teams to watch for in the wide-open Bs.

Patroon Conference
Ichabod Crane (B, 5) (17-1, 19-1)

Rensselaer (12-6, 14-6)

Cairo-Durham (10-8, 11-9)

Hudson (10-8, 11-9)

Maple Hill (10-8, 11-9)

Taconic Hills (10-8, 12-8)

Chatham (7-10, 8-11)

Catskill (6-11, 7-12)

Coxsackie (5-12, 5-13)

Greenville (2-16, 2-16)

The Riders had a wonderful regular season. After dropping the first game of the year to Rensselaer, Ichabod Crane has not lost. Thanks to the streak, the Riders captured the No. 1 seed in the Bs and will face the winner of the Tamarac/Hudson game providing they can get past Granville.

In the C bracket, Rensselaer captured the No. 1 seed and a bye - but the Rams did struggle down the stretch. Fellow Patroon Conference team Maple Hill could be a sleeper in the Cs from the 5 seed - potentially seeing Rensselaer in the semi-finals.

Taconic Hills hosts Cohoes and Hudson travels to Tamarac in their first-round games. The logjam of four different 10-8 teams are all potentially dangerous in sectional play.

Central Hudson Valley League
Berlin (14-2, 15-5)

Germantown (14-2, 16-3)

Waterford (11-5, 11-9)

Loudonville Christian (10-6, 11-9)

Heatly (9-7, 9-11)

Berkshire (5-11, 5-14)

New Lebanon (5-11, 5-14)

Doane Stuart (2-13, 2-14)

Hawthorne Valley (1-14, 1-14)

Berlin and Germantown split the CHVL crown and could well meet in the second round of the C playoffs if Germantown (No. 6) can beat Warrensburg in the first round. Berlin, the No. 3 seed, received a bye.

Waterford could potentially meet Renssealer if they can beat Duanesburg on the road.

Loudonville Christian captured the No. 5 seed and a bye in the Ds, and Heatly hosts Sharon Springs in a first round contest on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

CHVL Boys Basketball All Stars


Chris Zema, Junior, Berlin
Ryan Broast, Senior, Germantown

First Team
Karl Brock, Senior, Berlin
Thomas Griffin, Freshman, Germantown
Shane McHugh, Senior, New Lebanon
Cullen Overholt, Sophomore, Loudonville Christian
Kevin Terry, Junior, Waterford

Second Team
Ethan Chevrette, Senior, Loudonville Christian
Joe Iachetta, Senior, Waterford
James Jackson, Junior, Hawthorne Valley
Justin Roberts, Senior, Germantown
Aaron Willis, Senior, Berlin
Jim Wittmann, Senior, Heatly

Honorable Mention
Cody Broast, Freshman, Germantown
Jesse Brown, Senior, New Lebanon
Kameron Cary, Junior, Doane Stuart
Brandon Fish, Junior, Heatly
Alan Gallardo, Sophomore, Hawthorne Valley
Jake LeBlanc, Junior, New Lebanon
Erik Medina, Senior, Heatly
Jared Rebeor, Junior, Loudonville Christian
Lucas Wager, Sophomore, Doane Stuart
Elisha Washington, Senior, Berkshire
Jeff Yattaw, Junior, Waterford

High School hockey is also heating up. Shen hosts CBA tonight in the Division I semis and Saratoga travels to La Salle on Saturday. Game time is 7:20 p.m. at HVCC. The winners will face off on Thursday at Messa rink at Union College in Schenectady for the Division I title.

La Salle's Vincent Planz (15) and Shaker/Colonie's Brian Seniw battle for the puck during Wednesday's Section I Division I playoff game at Robert Conway Arena in Troy. (J.S. Carras — The Record)

A third La Salle-Shen game promises to be epic. LSI and Shen tied the first meeting in Troy and LSI upset Shen on senior night in Clifton Park a few weeks ago.

Here are the 2007-08 CDHSHL All Stars:

2007-08 CDHSHL Player of the Year
Adam Hitchko, senior, forward, Shenendehowa

2007-08 All-CDHSHL Team
Brendan Wagner, junior, goal, La Salle
Pete Bonelli, senior, defense, La Salle
DJ O’Connell, senior, defense, Shaker/Colonie
Matt Soprano, senior, forward, Queensbury
Jesse Elliot, senior, forward, Shenendehowa
Bryan Hunter, senior, forward, Shenendehowa

2007-08 Division I First Team
Andrew Blood, sophomore, goal, Christian Brothers Academy
Mike Casey, junior, defense, Niskayuna/Schenectady
Andrew Sellner, junior, defense, Christian Brothers Academy
Mike Walsh, senior, forward, La Salle
Greg Warnken, sophomore, forward, Guilderland
Niall Cahill, sophomore, forward, La Salle

2007-08 Division I Second Team
Scott Hartz, senior, goal, Niskayuna/Schenectady
Justin Luzinas, senior, defense, La Salle
Scott Brayden, junior, defense, Shenendehowa
Aaron Cahill, senior, forward, Guilderland
Zack Crowley, senior, forward, La Salle
Collin Burg, junior, forward, Guilderland

2007-08 Division II First Team
Patrick Murhpy, senior, goal, Queensbury
Anthony Soprano, sophomore, defense, Queensbury
Evan Ross, senior, defense, Burnt Hills/Scotia
Tom Dolfi, senior, forward, Bethlehem
Tyler Lingel, freshman, forward, South Glens Falls
Kevin Corbett, junior, forward, Queensbury

2007-08 Division II Second Team
Bryan Mulcahy, senior, goal, Glens Falls
Ken Lancto, senior, defense, Mohonasen/Schalmont
Ian Saunders, senior, defense, Glens Falls
Ryan Brown, senior, forward, Glens Falls
Adam Walkup, senior, forward, Queensbury
Stephen Russo, sophomore, Bethlehem

2007-08 CDHSHL Honorable Mention
Evan Greenwald, junior, goal, South Glens Falls
Craig Ward, senior, defense, La Salle
Andy Miller, senior, defense, Christian Brothers Academy
Jon Fogel, senior, defense, Guilderland
Greg Dwyer, junior, defense, Burnt Hills/Scotia
Lucas Hay, sophomore, defense, Queensbury
Ryan Wilson, senior, defense, Queensbury
Matt Mason, junior, defense, Glens Falls
Mark Meybaum, senior, forward, Christian Brothers Academy
Mike Tenenboym, junior, forward, Niskayuna/Schenectady
Dan Dickinson, junior, forward, Guilderland
Matt Kimmey, senior, forward, Niskayuna/Schenectady
Nico Cortese, junior, forward, Saratoga
Mike McCloskey, senior, forward, Shaker/Colonie
Matthew Vertrone, junior, forward, Shaker/Colonie

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