Basketball Season Wrap-up
We are working on our all-area teams and will be sure to let you know when those will be published.
Who do you think should make the team? Any nominations for coach of the year? What are your favorite moments or games from the season?
On the boys side, Bishop Maginn had a fantastic run to the class AA Federation Tournament, the first section II team to make it that far since Schenectady in 2001.
The Griffins gave it a valiant effort in the game against Lincoln, but just could not catch up to a very talented Lincoln team. Read the recap of the game here.
Mechanicville's Joe Loudis entered the state basketball hall of fame just before Maginn took the court. Read all about it here.
In class A, Albany Academy had a good run, but fell to Bishop Gibbons in the sectional final. Look for the Cadets to be one of the top teams in the area next season, since they lose few components. Lansingburgh also had a very good second half of the season but just could not solve Colonial Council foe Albany Academy.
In the Bs - the Wasaren League was packed with talent. Hoosic Valley won the league title, but Schuylerville and Tamarac also had incredible years. With the graduation of HV's Pat Lanoue and Cambridge's Shea Bromirski, Tamarac is poised for a big year in 2008-09.
In the CC/Cs, Cambridge had a great regular season, but Mechanicville made a triumphant run to the state final, a wonderful leadup to Loudis' induction. The Rensselaer Rams made their way to the CC/C sectional playoff after some late-season struggles.
All in all, it was a very competitive and exciting season to cover.
The best week of the season came between January and February. On January 29th, Pat Lanoue hit a buzzer-beating long two to push Hoosic Valley over Cambridge in an absolute classic Wasaren League game.
On February 1st, Shimeek Johnson of Bishop Maginn hit a buzzer beating three to force an overtime at CBA. The Griffs had lead by 16 early in the quarter, only to surrender a 20-0 run. Johnson led Maginn to an overtime victory, preserving the Griffs' perfect Big 10 season.
Sectionals & state playoffs were exciting as well - the Tamarac/Ichabod Crane, Rensselear/Germantown and Maginn/Mount Vernon games come to mind.
Congratulations to all the local girls that were named to the All-State teams! The full list is below.
2007-08 All-State Girls Basketball Selections
Katie Duma, Sophomore, G/F Averill Park, class A
Kayla Ryan, Senior, F,
Kelly Murphy, Junior, G, Mechanicville, class C
Jessica Walton, Senior, F, Holy Names, class A
Chanessa Blakemore, Senior, F, Watervliet, class C
Paige Colfer, Senior, F, Watervliet, class C
Brittany Stahura, Senior, C/F,
Barb Shea, Senior, G, Shenendehowa, class AA
Sarah Child, Senior, F, Schenectady Christian, class C
Georgina Farrow, Junior, F, Burnt Hills, class A
Carolyn Houtson, Junior, F,
Sarah Timmons, Senior, C, Maple Hill, class C
Megan Gaugler, Senior, G,
Courtney Galuski, Senior, G,
Sheilia Dixon, Junior, G,
A pair of Lansingburgh football players made their college decisions. Connor Gallo is going to Union College, and Nyquan McGirt is headed to New Haven University.
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Update (4/4): We just recieved the final state rankings. Below are the final standings for the 2007-08 season.
W L W L
Bishop Maginn (AA, 2) 16 0 26 2
CBA (AA, 14) 14 2 21 3
Bishop Gibbons (A, 8) 11 5 17 8
CCHS 11 5 16 6
Troy 4 12 6 15
Colonie 10 4 16 7
Shenendehowa 10 4 12 9
Shaker 7 7 10 12
Guilderland 14 0 20 3
Ballston Spa 0 14 2 17
Averill Park 8 6 13 9
Mohonasen 8 6 12 10
Burnt Hills 6 8 12 11
Lansingburgh 12 4 14 8
Mechanicville (C, 3) 11 5 20 5
Voorheesville 11 5 16 7
Watervliet 6 10 9 13
Cobleskill 4 12 5 16
Ravena 2 14 3 18
Schalmont 1 15 1 19
Schuylerville 11 3 15 7
Hoosick Falls 5 9 9 13
Granville 3 11 6 15
Ichabod Crane (B, 20) 17 1 21 2
Cairo-Durham 10 8 11 10
Maple Hill 10 8 13 10
Taconic Hills 10 8 12 9
Catskill 6 12 7 13
Coxsackie 5 13 5 14
Loudonville Christian 10 6 11 10
Heatly 9 7 9 12
Doane Stuart 2 13 2 14
* numbers in parentheses ( ) indicate final state rankings
-- Will Montgomery