Saturday, January 31, 2009

NYSPHSAA makes cuts official

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association OK'd a number of cost-cutting measures that are effective immediately. You can read the full press release here.

This story will run in The Record on Monday, but I'll post it on here too because of its newsworthiness.
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William Montgomery
The Record

It’s official. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association voted Saturday on a number of cost-cutting proposals and the biggest of them all, a mandatory decrease in the maximum number of regular season games permitted, was approved. In layman’s terms, high school teams across the state will be forced to compete in fewer games than had been allowed before.

Sports such as baseball and softball, which once allowed for 24 games, will be cut back to 20. Those that typically played 20 will now play 18; 18 game-seasons are now cut to 16. Section II football, however, is likely to maintain a seven-game regular season with two playoff or crossover games allotted for all teams.

In other money-saving moves, the NYSPHSAA agreed to support conference calls and video conferencing for association meetings, use officials from the host section in regional contests and eliminated mandatory attendance of coaches and administrators at NYSPHSAA workshops.

“The rationale supporting these incremental reductions will have a significant impact for our member schools,” NYSPHSAA Executive Director Nina Van Erk wrote in the association’s press release. “For example, the savings realized by schools may act to protect lower level programs such as modified from being eliminated.”

Not so fast, says Gary VanDerzee, the Section II football Coordinator and former Athletic Director and current head football coach at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School. By his estimate, a school in R-C-S’s position would cut 82 contests affecting 700 student athletes to save between $9,000 and $10,000 – 0.025% of the school budget.

Times are tough for high schools, as evidenced by the Emma Willard School announcing last week that it will decline to renew the contracts of some of their 140 employees by July 1 as a means to save $1.5 million over the next two years. By cutting games, however, especially the boys and girls basketball games that rake in money on admissions, the NYSPHSAA may actually hurt schools that use that money to fund other sports. And it certainly will not make a dent on the academic side of the budget, says VanDerzee.

“It won’t save one teacher’s job,” he said. “It’s strictly a face-saving measure on the part of the administrators that don’t want to make a hard decision and just want to pass the buck on to everybody else.”

Booster clubs that raise money primarily through 50-50 raffles and concession stand sales will see a decrease in profits if teams lose home games. Small towns and villages that rally around their young athletes also figure to lose goodwill in the community and positive budget votes with fewer games played at high school facilities.

“An absolute, total abomination,” VanDerzee said. “It’s a knee-jerk reaction by people who are afraid to tell people in their own district to make cuts. They’re hiding behind the NYSPHSAA.”

Solutions for increasing revenue or cutting costs elsewhere are varied. Baseball and softball teams, which typically begin play at 4 p.m. on weekday afternoons, find it hardly worth their while to collect admissions to games that are weakly attended because many parents are still at work. Spring sports fields also lack the controlled access of a basketball court or a fenced-in football field with one entry point.

School districts in heavily-populated areas could modify their non-league schedule to cut down on travel costs, but teams from rural areas will always have long distances to drive.

“The softball coaches considered playing each other once in the league and using the non-league games to play teams that were five to ten minutes away,” said John Cipperly, coach of the girls soccer and softball teams at Lansingburgh High School. “But that might not work out so well for teams like Cobleskill. There aren’t very many local teams to play Cobleskill and it wouldn’t be a big impact for them.”

VanDerzee staunchly believes – and with the hundreds of supportive emails he has received, clearly others do too - that if a district wants to decrease the number of games played to save money, it should be on their terms and not mandated by the NYSPHSAA.

Student-athletes, of course, are the biggest victims of the NYSPHSAA’s rash vote this weekend, especially those who will not go on to play in college or spend their summers playing on travel teams or wowing scouts in AAU tournaments.

“Some coaches use early season non-league games to test out JV players and see which ones can play at the varsity level,” said Al Roy, the Section II baseball Coordinator. “Late in the season, maybe the coach will reward a player that comes to practice every day, someone who doesn’t get a lot of playing time. Without the extra games, those types of kids won’t get the same opportunities.”

Friday, January 30, 2009

Indians avenge only defeat

Hoosic Valley senior center Samantha Anderson steals the ball from Greenwich's Mary Foote (32) in Friday's Wasaren League game at Hoosic Valley High School. The Indians defense, which had allowed 50 points in the first meeting between the teams, buckled down this time en route to a 47-29 victory. Anderson finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. (All photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).
Hoosic Valley's Rebecca Moore (24) elevates towards the basket in Friday's Wasaren League victory. She finished with 10 points and four rebounds. The Indians travel to Stillwater on Tuesday to take on the Warriors, who are neck-and-neck with them in the Wasaren League. Hoosic Valley was ranked No. 6 and Stillwater No. 10 in the latest NYS Class C poll.
Hoosic Valley's Carolyn Houston lines up a shot in Friday's game. She finished with a game-high 20 points and also snared six rebounds and passed out five assists. Houston admitted the Indians were "embarrassed" by their performance in their first game against Greenwich but worked hard all week in practice since Regents Examinations meant they did not have to go to class.
Moore (24) defends against Greenwich's Maddy Fitzgerald (r) during Friday's game. Hoosic Valley carried a 20-game Wasaren League winning streak into the first Greenwich game of the season, a streak that dated back to the 2006-07 season. Their current Wasaren League win streak is now up to eight.
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Congratulations also to the Shaker-Colonie hockey team, which clinched the 2008-09 CDHSHL Division I title on Friday night with a victory over Bethlehem.
Shenendehowa has won six consecutive Section II Division I titles and with victories over Saratoga Springs and La Salle last week, the Jets are the odds-on favorite to win the Section II title this year.
Look for the full game story on Shaker-Colonie's victory over Bethlehem in Saturday's edition of The Record, along with the Hoosic Valley story.
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In addition to the Hoosic Valley-Stillwater matchup on Tuesday night, what other games are you looking forward to next week?
Should Bishop Maginn defeat Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons on Tuesday, they would carry a 33-game Big 10 win streak into next Friday's clash against Christian Brothers Academy, a game behind in the standings.
Feel free to post a comment or drop me a line with your ideas.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kress wrestling big; Wasaren rematches; Audino in at CCHS; Sorensen breaks 1k mark

Columbia High's...scratch that...Goff Middle School's Angelo Kress has blossomed into one of the top wrestlers on the Columbia varsity squad as a seventh grader this season.
He led the Blue Devils to a crucial non-league victory over Kingston in the first-ever two-day Columbia Duals this past weekend and is one of the most experienced young wrestlers in the area.
He was pinned by Burnt Hills' Max Miller in a 56023 Spartans' victory on Thursday night but Kress has Columbia wrestling fans looking forward to the next five and a half years he has left in East Greenbush.

Read the full story on Angelo here.

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There are a pair of big-time Wasaren League rematches on Friday night.
On the boys side, Tamarac heads to Hoosick Falls to take on the league-leading Panthers, led by Kevin McMahon, the league's top scorer.


However, the Panthers, much like the Bengals, rely on a deep rotation of role players to get the job done. Anthony Goldstein (above) has emerged as a force in the paint in his senior year. Just two years ago, he was fighting for time on the Hoosick Falls JV team. Now, he's one of the Panthers' top rebounders.

Check out the story on Hoosick Falls point guard Robert Shiland and how the Panthers are preparing for a hungry Tamarac team in Friday's edition of The Record.

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On the girls side, Hoosic Valley hosts Wasaren League for Greenwich, who handed the Indians their only defeat of the season on Dec. 20., 50-42. It will be interesting to see how the Indians' defense holds up against a team that can score a lot of points, especially with the way Hoosic Valley has been playing of late.
Keep in mind, they're also gearing up for the de facto Wasaren League championship game against Stillwater next Tuesday, assuming they can win this one.
Dani DeGregory, a freshman for the Witches, dropped 30 on Hoosick Falls two and a half weeks ago.

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The good news for Waterford-Halfmoon's Jackie Sorensen? She broke the 1,000 point mark on Thursday against Emma Willard, becoming the first player in Waterford history (according to the Section II record book I have) to crack the 1,000 point barrier. She scored 19 points in Thursday's game to bring her career total to 1,015 points, tying her with Cohoes' Gina Caglione, who finished with 1,015 career points in 1994.
Needless to say, Sorensen has a way to go.
In case you were wondering, the all-time Section II girls basketball point scorer was Caryn Schoff, who scored 3,550 points points at St. Johnsville before graduating in 1995. The next closest player is 848 points behind her.

The bad news for the junior guard (pictured above playing Tuesday against Albany Academy for Girls) was that the Lady Fordians dropped Thursday's CHVL game to the Jesters, 53-37.

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Just as we await the last football game of the 2008-09 season this Sunday, Catholic Central made it official: Carmon Audino has been named the Crusaders' new head football coach.
He's an experienced Capital Region high school football coach, having spent most of his time as an assistant at Christian Brothers Academy. The younger brother of Union College head football coach John Audion, Carmon also served as an assistant for the Dutchmen in 1993.
Check out the full story on how he is trying to bring more of the student body into the picture and get them started in the weight room with strength coach Tom Quinn in Friday's edition of The Record.

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Scholastic hoops polls released, 1/29

NYSSCOGS/NYSSWA girls basketball
2008-09 state rankings
Jan. 20-27 (week 7)
poll editor - Perry L. Novak

Class AA
1: 19-0 Bergtraum-PSAL
2: 17-2 St. Michael-CHSAA
3: 12-4 Christ the King-CHSAA
4: 13-1 North Babylon-11
5: 13-1 Kingston-9
6: 14-2 SI St. Peter’s-CHSAA
7: 13-4 LI St. John Baptist-CHSAA
8: 13-0 Sachem East-11
9: 13-1 Greece Athena-5
10: 11-2 Northport-11
11: 15-1 Schenectady-2
12: 14-1 Canandaigua-5
13: 13-2 Corcoran-3
14: 10-2 Mount Vernon-1
15: 13-0 Penfield-5
16: 13-1 C-NS-3
17: 11-2 Monroe-Woodbury-9
18: 12-3 Shenendehowa-2
19: 11-2 Jamestown-6
20: 12-4 Mary Louis-CHSAA
20: 10-3 Kellenberg-CHSAA

Class A
1: 14-0 Buffalo Sacred Heart-CHSAA
2: 11-1 Albertus Magnus-1
3: 12-1 Pittsford Mendon-5
4: 14-0 Holy Names-2
5: 13-2 Newark-5
6: 13-2 Harborfields-11
7: 13-2 Elwood John Glenn-11
8: 13-3 Honeoye Falls-Lima-5
9: 11-1 Pioneer-6
10: 12-3 Maine-Endwell-4
11: 11-3 Pearl River-1
12: 12-2 Mohonasen-2
13: 8-4 Cornwall-9
14: 12-3 Averill Park-2
15: 12-1 Wallkill-9
16: 11-3 Levittown Division-8
17: 11-2 Mexico-3
18: 9-3 Waverly-4
19: 9-3 Nichols-AIS
20: 10-3 Garden City-8
20: 10-4 Malone-10

Class B
1: 12-1 Briarcliff-1
2: 12-2 Wyandanch-11
3: 13-0 South Jefferson-3
4: 14-2 Wayland-Cohocton-5
5: 15-0 Oneonta-4
6: 14-0 Westhill-3
7: 14-0 Lansing-4
8: 6-7 Malverne-8
9: 12-2 Highland-9
10: 13-3 Clinton-3
11: 13-3 Binghamton Seton-4
12: 14-0 Canastota-3
13: 12-4 Dansville-5
14: 11-2 Center Moriches-11
15: 14-1 Saranac-7
16: 10-2 Olean-6
17: 10-2 O’Neill-9
18: 13-1 Fonda-Fultonville-2
19: 13-2 Johnstown-2
20: 13-2 Dobbs Ferry-1
20: 10-3 Elmira Notre Dame-4

Class C
1: 13-0 Greene-4
2: 12-2 Nazareth-5
3: 14-1 Maple Hill-2
4: 15-0 Gananda-5
5: 13-1 Marion-5
6: 14-1 Hoosic Valley-2
7: 15-1 Bishop Grimes-3
8: 11-3 Stony Brook-11
9: 13-1 Bloomfield-5
10: 11-3 Stillwater-2
11: 10-3 Tuxedo-9
12: 12-2 Harpursville-4
13: 12-3 Madrid-Waddington-10
14: 12-2 Odessa-Montour-4
15: 11-2 Immaculata-AIS
16: 12-2 Avon-5
17: 11-3 Valhalla-1
18: 13-1 Mohawk-3
19: 9-3 Bainbridge-Guilford-4
20: 11-4 Voorheesville-2
20: 12-3 Franklinville-6

Class D
1: 12-0 Davenport-4
2: 15-0 Germantown-2
3: 15-0 Hamilton-3
4: 13-0 Chateaugay-10
5: 13-0 Clymer-6
6: 12-2 Hammond-10
7: 12-1 Sherman-6
8: 12-1 Westport-7
9: 12-2 Elba-5
10: 13-1 Jasper-Troupsburg-5
11: 10-1 Coleman Catholic-9
12: 8-2 Cherry Valley-Springfield-4
13: 12-3 Richfield Springs-3
14: 9-5 Hartford-2
15: 9-4 Argyle-2
16: 10-3 Keshequa-5
17: 9-2 Chapel Field-9
18: 10-1 Harrisville-10
19: 12-3 Sackets Harbor-3
20: 11-3 Canaseraga-5
20: 9-3 Batavia Notre Dame-5


Rank Class AA Record Prev
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1. Niagara Falls-6 12-0 1.
2. Rice-CHSAA 9-1 2.
3. Mount Vernon-1 10-2 3.
4. Albany Academy-2 14-1 4.
5. Bronx JFK-PSAL 17-2 9.
6. Rush-Henrietta-5 11-2 8.
7. Christ The King-CHSAA 15-2 11.
8. New Rochelle-1 11-3 5.
9. Cardozo-PSAL 14-0 10.
10. Archbishop Molloy-CHSAA 11-5 NR
11. Uniondale-8 12-2 7.
12. Wadleigh-PSAL 14-4 13.
13. Newburgh Free Academy-9 9-2 15.
14. Williamsville North-6 11-1 17.
15. Poughkeepsie-1 12-2 12.
16. Bishop Maginn-2 10-2 16.
17. Syracuse Henninger-3 12-2 19.
18. Albany CBA-2 12-2 22.
19. Boys & Girls-PSAL 15-6 18.
20. Syracuse CBA-3 11-2 23.
21. Thomas Jefferson-PSAL 15-6 6.
22. Irondequoit-5 12-1 NR
23. Wings-PSAL 17-4 21.
24. North Rockland-1 12-1 NR
25. Bishop Loughlin-CHSAA 10-5 14.









Class A Record
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1. Jamesville-DeWitt-3 16-0 1.
2. Buffalo Nichols-CHSAA 14-1 2.
3. Peekskill-1 14-0 3.
4. Iona Prep-CHSAA 16-1 5.
5. Buffalo Grover Cleveland-6 10-1 6.
6. Newark-5 13-1 7.
7. St. John the Baptist-CHSAA 15-2 8.
8. Rockville Centre South Side-8 12-2 NR
9. Bishop Ford-CHSAA 15-2 4.
10. Sweet Home-6 11-1 11.
11. Buffalo East-6 10-2 16.
12. Lakeland-1 11-2 9.
13. Scotia-Glenville-2 13-2 17.
14. Chaminade-CHSAA 12-4 14.
15. Gloversville-2 13-2 10.
16. Westbury-8 10-2 13.
17. McKee/Staten Is. Tech-PSAL 15-3 21.
18. Pittsford Sutherland-5 10-3 NR
19. Aquinas-5 13-1 23.
20. East Hampton-11 12-2 18.
21. Norwich-4 12-2 20.
22. New Dorp-PSAL 14-3 NR
23. Cornwall-9 10-3 25.
24. Utica Notre Dame-3 12-3 22.
25-T Batavia-5 11-2 12.
25-T Elmira Southside-4 10-4 24.









Class B Record
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1. Bishop Kearney-5 10-2 1.
2. Collegiate-AIS 11-2 2.
3. Lawrence-Woodmere-AIS 13-1 3.
4. Binghamton Seton-4 13-1 4.
5. Albertus Magnus-1 10-2 6.
6. Mount Markham-3 15-0 8.
7. Nanuet-1 13-4 11.
8. Hannibal-3 13-2 5.
9. St. Agnes-CHSAA 12-4 NR
10. Hudson Falls-2 12-3 9.
11. Dobbs Ferry-1 13-1 12.
12. Fonda-Fultonville-2 10-1 13.
13. Marcellus-3 14-2 7.
14. Watkins Glen-4 12-2 14.
15-T Pawling-1 11-1 NR
15-T Northeastern Clinton-7 14-0 15-T









Class C Record
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1. Avon-5 12-0 1.
2. Maple Hill-2 13-0 4.
3. Westfield-6 11-1 5.
4. Valhalla-1 11-3 13.
5. Randolph-6 11-2 6.
6. Blind Brook-1 11-2 2.
7. Letchworth-5 12-2 9.
8. Walton-4 12-2 3.
9. Cooperstown-3 13-2 7.
10. West Canada-3 11-2 11.
11. Hoosick Falls-2 11-2 14.
12. East Rochester-5 12-2 NR
13. Voorheesville-2 10-4 10.
14. Frewsburg-6 11-2 12.
15. Groton-4 11-2 15.









Class D Record
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1. Maple Grove-6 11-3 1.
2. Greenport-11 11-2 2.
3. C.G. Finney-5 15-0 3.
4. South Kortright-4 14-0 4.
5. Belleville-Henderson-3 14-2 5.
6. Prattsburgh-5 12-3 15.
7. Westport-7 11-1 7.
8. Seward-9 13-2 10.
9. Batavia Notre Dame-5 10-3 6.
10. DeRuyter-3 13-1 9.
11. Laurens-4 12-2 11.
12. Jasper-Troupsburg-5 8-4 12.
13. Coleman-9 8-4 8.
14. Hamilton-3 9-4 14.
15. Northstar Christian-5 9-4 13.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

B-b-b-Brustle and the Jets; Sorensen update


Shaker-Colonie forward Corey Brustle (8) scored the game-winning goal in the Jets' 5-2 CDHSHL victory over La Salle on Tuesday night. He finished with a goal and two assists. With the win, Shaker-Colonie is almost assured of winning the Division I crown. Saratoga Springs can still earn five poitns if they win out and are 4.5 points behind. Shaker-Colonie has one league game remaining. (All photos by Tom Killips - The Record)

Alex Verchereau(19) assisted on Mitch Allen's first period goal and the Cadets stuck again with a goal 18 seconds later to take a quick 2-0 lead. Shaker-Colonie, however, rallied with a pair of goals ten seconds apart in the final minute of the first period to steal the momentum.

La Salle's Cameron Colloton celebrates one of La Salle's first period goals. Both La Salle and Shaker had defeated Saratoga Springs last week and the Jets vaulted into first with that victory over the Blue Streaks. The Cadets return to action on Friday in a two-point CDHSHL game against Niskayuna-Schenectady at the rink on Route 50 in Glenville.

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Sorensen update: Waterford-Halfmoon junior guard Jackie Sorensen scored nine points in Tuesday's game against Albany Academy for Girls, leaving her four points shy of 1,000 for her career. The Lady Fordians travel to Troy to take on Emma Willard on Thursday in a crucial CHVL game to boot.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

High School roundup, 1/26/09

The Record

GREEN ISLAND - Alex Heffern scored 18 points and Brandon Fish connected on four three-point buckets en route to 16 points as the Heatly Hornets defeated Berkshire 66-45 in a Central Hudson Valley League boys basketball game.
Heatly (7-2, 9-4) moved into a second place tie with Loudonville Christian in the CHVL standings. Both teams are one game behind Germantown in the win column.
The Heatly defense held Berkshire (0-10, 0-12) to four points in the second quarter to take a 38-17 lead into halftime. Nine players scored at least two points for the Hornets.
HEATLY 66, BERKSHIRE 45
BERKSHIRE: Balkman 8-1-18, Beasley 4-0-8, Plemons 3-0-6, Inman 1-2-4, Kerlegrand 0-1-1, SJones 2-0-4, Mansfield 1-0-2, Powells 1-0-2. Totals: 20-4-45.
HEATLY: Bryant 1-1-3, Fish 6-0-16, Gleason 1-0-2, AHeffern 8-0-18, PHeffern 2-0-4, Lazzaro 3-0-6, Patalino 2-0-4, Pringle 3-2-8, Skiba 2-0-5. Totals: 28-3-66.
Berkshire (0-10, 0-12) 13 4 13 15 – 45
Heatly (7-2, 9-4) 20 18 17 11 – 66
3-point goals: Berkshire 1 (Balkman 1). Heatly 7 (Fish 4, AHeffern 2, Skiba 1).

Albany 62, La Salle 58 (OT):
The Cadets made a spirited second-half rally to force overtime but the Falcons prevailed in the extra frame to walk away with a Big 10 victory over La Salle.
Raja Johnson knocked down four three-pointers and finished with 22 points while Corey Harris added 19 for Albany (5-5, 6-7).
Mason Horne paced La Salle (2-8, 4-10) with 18 points.
ALBANY 62, LA SALLE 58 (OT)
ALBANY: Bennett 3-4-10, Johnson 9-3-22, West 1-2-4, Harris 8-3-19, Durr 1-0-2, Fredericks 1-0-2. Totals: 23-12-62.
LA SALLE: Campbell 3-3-9, Smith 2-0-6, Reutemann 4-1-9, Murray 5-2-12, Horne 8-2-18, Sportman 1-1-4. Totals: 23-9-58.
Albany (5-5, 6-7) 18 13 10 7 14 – 62
La Salle (2-8, 4-10) 10 14 15 10 10 – 58
3-point goals: Albany 4 (Johnson 4). La Salle 3 (Smith 2, Sportman 1).

Girls Basketball

Berlin 56, Doane Stuart 10: Lindsey DaPoalis scored a game-high 18 points and Angel Reed added 12 as Berlin (8-0, 9-1) remained perfect in CHVL action.
New Lebanon 45, Hawthorne Valley 30: New Lebanon picked up a CHVL victory over Hawthorne Valley.
Bishop Maginn 44, Bishop Gibbons 7: The Golden Griffins held the Knights scoreless in the first half and Mariah Stewart scored 10 points for Bishop Maginn in a Big 10 victory.
Hudson Valley 47, Oakwood Christian 40: Jael Dick scored 22 points to lead the Lady Rocks to victory.
Carolyn Perrotta scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Oakwood Christian.
Boys Bowling
Cohoes 18, Lansingburgh 14: Zach LaDue led the Tigers to the Colonial Council win by a total score of 3,531-3,490. LaDue finished with a 237 high-game and a 657 triple.
Steven Black led the Knights with a 257 high-game and a 691 triple.
Watervliet 25.5, Waterford 6.5: Nick Hodges rolled a 207 high game and scored a 593 series to lead the Cannoneers to a Colonial Council victory. Watervliet won in total pins, 3,175 to 2,671.
Sam Donaldson paced the Fordians with a 201-537.
Mechanicville 26, Schalmont 6: Tom Bee rolled a 269 high game en route to a 784 three-game series to lead the Red Raiders to a Colonial Council victory. Mechanicville took the total pins advantage, 3,913 to 3,601.
John Pitucci paced Schalmont with a 249-636.
CBA 4, Catholic Central 0: Aaron Devost paced the Brothers with a 266 high game and a 737 triple en route to a 3,597-to-3,444 total pins victory for CBA in Big 10 action.
Chris Hardt rolled a 257-683 for Catholic Central while Trisha Matthews added a 217 game and a 598 series.
Girls Bowling
Lansingburgh 28, Cohoes 4: Liz Pratt led the Lady Knights with a 212-592 for a Colonial Council victory. Lansingburgh won in total pins, 3,132-2,573.
Cassie Walker paced the Tigers with a 207-508.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Sorensen nearing milestone

Waterford-Halfmoon junior guard Jackie Sorensen is 13 points away from breaking the 1,000 point mark for her career. The Lady Fordians host former Central Hudson Valley League rival Albany Academy for Girls in a non-league contest Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.

A member of The Record's 2008-09 Preseason All-Area Dream Team, Sorensen was also a member of The Record's 2007-08 All-City second team after averaging 15.7 points per game as a sophomore.

This year, she's averaging 17.1 points per game and has the Lady Fordians in the hunt in the middle of the CHVL.

CHVL girls standings (1/26/09)

Germantown (D, 2) (11-0, 15-0)
Berlin (8-0, 9-1)
Emma Willard (5-1, 5-3)
Heatly (6-5, 7-8)
Waterford-Halfmoon (6-5, 6-7)
New Lebanon (4-6, 6-9)
Loudonville Christian (1-7, 2-10)
Doane Stuart (1-9, 1-9)
Hawthorne Valley (0-9, 0-9)

"She's a very good ballplayer that plays both ends of the court and can really shoot," Waterford-Halfmoon head coach Jack DuBois said in a preseason interview.
In fact, Sorensen's scoring average was 10th best among all players in Section II last season.
"She's been playing on the varsity since eighth grade and as a junior this year, she's been named a captain," said DuBois.
Sorensen has her sights set on playing collegiately, but she still has two more seasons at Waterford to prove herself to college coaches before she has to make a decision.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Cadets rally for big victory; Griffins outlasted in OT

Albany Academy's Tyler Foster fights for the ball during the Cadets' triumphant come-from-behind victory over Newburgh Free Academy. Albany Academy took a lead for the first time with 2:48 to play in the fourth quarter and held on for a thrilling 66-62 victory. Foster finished with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists. (All photos by J.S. Carras - The Record)

Albany Academy's Jimmer Bennett only scored two points, but his steal and basket brought the Cadets within two just before they went ahead late in the fourth. The No. 4 ranked Cadets are now 15-1.

Albany Academy's Iona College-bound senior center Chris Pelcher scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds despite battling stomach sickness. His back-to-back dunks tied the game at 50 with 1:21 to go in the third, but Newburgh surged ahead again not long after.

Jamel Fields (23) looks on as Foster shoots a jumper in Sunday's victory. Fields, who committed to Fairfield University this week, finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds and was named tournament MVP.

Check out the full scoop, as well as the game story on Bishop Maginn's tantalizing overtime defeat against Boys & Girls High School in Monday's edition of The Record.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Patriots outmuscle Crusaders, improve to 15-1

Catholic Central's Taliah Pounds played well off the bench, contributing seven points and six rebounds for the Lady Crusaders. It was too little too late as Catholic High fell behind by as many as 15 in the third quarter and could not muster enough of a fourth quarter rally to knock off Big 10 leading Schenectady on Friday night. Antonia Williams scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 56-49 victory for the Lady Patriots (8-0, 15-1). (All photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

CCHS' Olivia DeMarco was limited to nine points and four boards as the Patriots' 2-3 zone did not allow the Lady Crusaders to force it into the low post. Schenectady outrebounded CCHS 39-31.

Carly LaBombard (shooting, above) finished with 10 points, as did teammates Colleen Dignum and Maria Foglia. CCHS and Schenectady have played three times so far this season with Schenectady winning all three. It is still possible that the teams may meet again in the Section II Class AA tournament.

Check out the full game story along with all of Friday's highlights in Saturday's edition of The Record.

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Fields going to the Stags


ALBANY - Consider Jamel Fields the latest in a long line of Section II basketball players to continue their college careers in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
The junior guard from The Albany Academies has made a verbal commitment to play at Fairfield University, joining former Bishop Maginn standout Shimeek Johnson as a member of the Stags. Albany Academy teammate Chris Pelcher earlier made a commitment to Iona College.
Fields, an explosive scorer in the Cadets’ backcourt, is averaging 18.2 points per game for Albany Academy (14-1), the No. 4 ranked Class AA team in New York.
"Fairfield is a great commitment for him because I think he is an Atlantic 10 talent," said Jim Hart, who coached Fields with the Albany City Rocks, an AAU team, and also as an assistant at Albany Academy. "You try to pick the highest level a kid can go and a level below that is where he can really shine."
Atlantic 10 schools such as Massachusetts and Rhode Island were also interested in Fields.
He averaged 18.6 points per game as a sophomore in 2007-08, leading the Cadets to a 16-0 record in Colonial Council play en route to council MVP honors. Fields was a member of The Record’s 2008 Preseason High School Basketball Dream Team.
Fairfield’s top scorer, Greg Nero, played for Hart with the City Rocks and his input, along with Johnson’s, helped swing Fields’ decision. Nero, a Red Hook native, is the Stags’ second-leading scorer. He averages 13.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Fairfield assistant coach Carmen Maciariello has ties to the Capital Region as the former Director of Basketball Operations at Siena College and as Vice President of the City Rocks. Having seen him play in Albany as a youngster, Maciariello was sold on Fields and made his pitch to Fairfield head coach Ed Cooley.
Now that Fields has his college decision made, Hart believes that he will really emerge on the court for the Cadets as Albany Academy looks to make a push through the Section II Class AA tournament beginning in February.
"I think that’s huge for kids to clear up the uncertainty," said Hart. "Kids think they have to score 18 points a game to keep their average up and impress the college coaches. But this is a team that is team-first and about winning first."
Fields is planning on attending prep school in Connecticut for a year before starting at Fairfield in the fall of 2010.
"It’s an awesome thing for him," said Hart. "He’s really come a long way after putting in a lot of hard work."


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The Cadets take on Newburgh Free Academy Sunday afternoon at the Knickerbocker Arena in a Coaches vs Cancer event. Tip-off for that game is slated for 5:15 p.m. and Bishop Maginn will entertain the Kangaroos from Boys & Girls High School prior to the Academy game. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bernardo comes through in a pinch for LSI; CCHS 'D' not clowning around

La Salle's Alex Verchereau (19) scored a shorthanded goal and assisted on Vinny Planz's goal in the first but sophomore goaltender Brett Bernardo shone the brightest for La Salle on Thursday night. Bernardo began the season as the Cadets main goaltender but was relegated to the bench in recent weeks as Caleb Crowley began to heat up. La Salle head coach Tim Flanigan decided to start Bernardo against Saratoga Springs, the No. 8 team in New York, and, boy, did it pay off. Bernardo stopped all 39 shots he faced en route to a 2-0 shutout victory for the Cadets at Conway Ice Arena. (All photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Verchereau takes a spill in front of Saratoga's Luke Fauler (right). The Cadets killed all seven Saratoga Springs power plays, including a 6-on-4 advantage for the last 2:05 of the game.

La Salle senior captain Will Kiley (12) fights for the puck with a Saratoga defender in Thursday's victory. The Cadets host CDHSHL Division II leader Glens Falls this Saturday at Conway Ice Rink. The puck drops at 7:20 p.m.

Mitch Wacholder (left) fights Saratoga's Justin Wormley (right) down the ice in Thursday's contest. The Cadets now have 10.5 points in CDHSHL play, one and a half points behind Shaker-Colonie and two behind Saratoga.

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Catholic Central's Colleen Dignum (above) and Maria Foglia play the role of the lockdown defenders for the Lady Crusaders. Coming off a weekend in which they knocked off NYS No. 6 Lourdes, CCHS hosts Schenectady tonight in a crucial Big 10 matchup. The Lady Crusaders are mired in a four-way tie for second place while the Lady Patriots (14-1) are ranked No. 12 in the state. Schenectady has defeated CCHS twice already this season, once in a non-league game and 10 days ago in a 53-50 Big 10 game in the Electric City.

Maria Foglia (above) said that she and Dignum sometimes feel like the class clowns on the team because they tend to dish out the jokes in practice. That's just fine with them because they aren't kidding around on the defensive end. They'll have their hands full Friday night trying to defend Schenectady's Shelia Dixon and Antonia Williams.


Check out the full scoop on the CCHS girls basketball team and the game story from the La Salle-Saratoga Springs hockey game in Friday's edition of The Record, along with basketball standings through Wednesday night's games.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Kargbo will be running with the Bulls

Bishop Maginn's Bunduka Kargbo, shown here competing against Troy in a 2008 regular season game, has made a verbal commitment to play football at the University at Buffalo. (Tom Killips - The Record)

He'll focus on the defensive side of the ball and finished his four year career at Maginn with 179 unassisted tackles - the second-highest total in school history.

He also passed for 3,196 yards, threw 30 touchdowns and rushed for 15 more as the Griffins quarterback. Some colleges did recruit him as a quarterback, but Kargbo, a first team All-State safety in 2008, should have a great impact for the Bulls on the defensive side.

"He’ll have to work his way up and he knows that," Grasso said.

Look for the full story on Kargbo's decision, including coach Tuner Gill's role and how the Bulls' inspiring 2008 season swayed him, in Wednesday's edition of The Record.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Great Scott!

Lansingburgh's Haneef Scott (right) stayed on the court for a few extra shots after all of his teammates had returned to the bench following the halftime shootaround. He missed his first shot all by himself on the court, but he sunk the second from the right wing and walked off with a wry grin, knowing his extra work would pay off. Scott scored 23 points and connected on a trio of treys in the second half as the Knights captured a come-from-behind 67-59 victory over Colonial Council leading Voorheesville on Tuesday night. (All photos by J.S. Carras - The Record)

Lansingburgh's Jesse Milligan (right) elevates in Tuesday's game against Voorheesville. Milligan finished with 10 points and six assists as the Knights moved within one game of the Blackbirds in the win column.

Jared Teta (0) scored 18 points for the Knights and scored five in a crucial 7-0 run early in the fourth quarter. The Knights pulled ahead by a point, then fell behind by one, but stormed back with a 10-0 run after that to put the game away.


Xavier Murray dunked for the Knights on the first play of the second quarter and his energy off the bench resulted in 12 points and nine rebounds. He played solid defense against Voorheesville's junior 6-foot-6 center Ethan Mackey, who scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

"(Murray) brings energy so I don’t want to put him in the starting lineup, but today he played starter’s minutes because he was doing well," said Lansingburgh head coach Guy DiBacco.

The Knights (7-1, 10-4) are on a roll as of late - Scott scored a career high 31 points against Watervliet last Friday. Keep in mind, those four losses have come to Albany Academy (x2), Bishop Gibbons (the defending Section II Class A champions) and Voorheesville (the No. 8 Class C team in New York).

Lansingburgh always faces a tough test in the Section II Class A tournament because they play against Class B and C opposition in the Colonial Council. But this particular team has DiBacco excited for the tournament, which begins in late February.

"If we can keep this up and play defensively and get contributions from all 11 guys, we’re hoping we can surprise a Foothills team this year or one of the Suburban teams," he said.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Boys basketball midway report card

Big 10
B. Maginn (AA, 19) (8-0, 9-2)
C.B.A. (AA, 22) (8-1, 10-2)
B. Gibbons (5-3, 8-4)
Albany (4-3, 5-5)
Schenectady (4-4, 6-6)
Troy (3-6, 4-9)
La Salle (2-6, 4-8)
Catholic Central (2-7, 3-9)
Amsterdam (1-7, 3-9)

Suburban Council
North Division
Shenendehowa (7-1, 11-1)
Saratoga Springs (6-2, 9-3)
Burnt Hills (4-4, 5-5)
Niskayuna (3-5, 4-8)
Shaker (3-5, 4-8)
Ballston Spa (1-8, 3-9)

South Division
Mohonasen (7-1, 9-3)
Guilderland (6-2, 8-4)
Colonie (4-3, 6-5)
Bethlehem (3-4, 3-8)
Columbia (3-6, 7-6)
Averill Park (1-7, 2-10)

Colonial Council
Voorheesville (C, 8) (8-0, 10-3)
Lansingburgh (6-1, 9-4)
Cohoes (6-2, 7-5)
Watervliet (4-5, 6-8)
Mechanicville (3-5, 4-9)
Cobleskill (2-6, 2-11)
Ravena (2-6, 2-10)
Schalmont (1-7, 1-12)

Wasaren League
Hoosick Falls (5-1, 9-2)
Granville (5-2, 10-2)
Stillwater (5-2, 8-5)
Tamarac (B, 6) (5-2, 11-2)
Hoosic Valley (2-4, 8-4)
Schuylerville (2-4, 5-6)
Greenwich (1-5, 6-6)
Cambridge (1-6, 2-10)

Patroon Conference
Maple Hill (C, 4) (10-0, 12-0)
Ichabod Crane (8-1, 8-3)
Rensselaer (7-3, 8-4)
Cairo-Durham (5-3, 7-3)
Chatham (6-4, 7-4)
Hudson (5-5, 6-6)
Catskill (4-6, 5-7)
Greenville (3-7, 4-8)
Coxsackie (1-10, 1-12)
Taconic Hills (0-10, 1-11)

CHVL
Loudonville Christian (7-2, 7-5)
Germantown (6-2, 9-3)
Waterford (6-2, 7-4)
Berlin (5-2, 5-6)
Heatly (5-2, 7-4)
New Lebanon (3-6, 3-8)
Hawthorne Valley (2-5, 2-5)
Doane Stuart (1-7, 2-8)
Berkshire (0-7, 0-9)

Independent
Albany Acad. (AA, 4) (14-1)

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Girls basketball midway point report card

Maple Hill's Alyssa Filkins (12) is the heart and soul of the Wildcats' defensive effort and she's led the team to many of their 40 consecutive Patroon Conference victories.

Check out Tuesday's edition of The Record for the full story on how Filkins and the Wildcats have been able to hold opponents to an average of 26.5 points per game.


Big 10
Schenectady (AA, 13) (6-0, 13-1)
Albany (4-2, 6-6)
Catholic Central (4-3, 8-5)
Amsterdam (3-3, 6-5)
B. Maginn (3-3, 5-6)
Troy (1-5, 6-7)
B. Gibbons (0-5, 1-10)

Suburban Council
North Division
Shenendehowa (AA, 14) (8-0, 10-2)
Niskayuna (4-3, 7-4)
Shaker (5-4, 6-7)
Saratoga Springs (3-5, 5-7)
Ballston Spa (1-7, 2-9)
Burnt Hills (0-8, 1-11)

South Division
Averill Park (A, 11) (7-2, 11-2)
Bethlehem (6-2, 8-4)
Mohonasen (6-2, 10-2)
Colonie (3-5, 4-7)
Guilderland (3-5, 7-5)
Columbia (3-6, 5-8)

Colonial Council
Holy Names (A, 5) (10-0, 12-0)
Voorheesville (C, 16) (10-1, 11-2)
Lansingburgh (7-3, 7-5)
Watervliet (B, 20) (7-4, 9-4)
Cohoes (6-4, 7-5)
Mechanicville (3-7, 5-7)
Cobleskill (3-8, 4-8)
Albany Acad. for Girls (2-7, 2-10)
Schalmont (2-9, 3-10)
Ravena (1-9, 2-10)

Wasaren League
Hoosic Valley (C, 7) (6-1, 12-1)
Stillwater (C, 12) (6-1, 9-2)
Schuylerville (5-2, 7-5)
Greenwich (4-3, 10-3)
Tamarac (3-4, 6-6)
Cambridge (2-5, 6-6)
Granville (1-6, 6-7)
Hoosick Falls (1-6, 3-8)

Patroon Conference
Maple Hill (C, 3) (10-0, 13-1)
Catskill (9-1, 11-2)
Greenville (6-3, 8-4)
Rensselaer (4-5, 7-6)
Coxsackie (3-5, 6-5)
Taconic Hills (3-5, 4-6)
Hudson (2-4, 4-5)
Cairo- Durham (1-8, 3-10)
Chatham (0-7, 0-10)

CHVL
Germantown (D, 2) (9-0 , 13-0)
Berlin (6-0, 7-1)
Emma Willard (4-1, 4-3)
Heatly (6-3, 7-6)
Waterford (5-4, 5-6)
New Lebanon (2-5, 4-8)
Doane Stuart (1-7, 1-7)
Hawthorne Valley (0-7, 0-7)
Loudonville Christian (0-6, 1-9)

Independent
Ichabod Crane (6-7)

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

18 hours after defeating Hoosic Valley, Bengals can't handle Hoosick Falls

Kevin McMahon (21) shot the lights out in the first half of Saturday's Wasaren League game at Tamarac High and he hit the boards hard in the second half. The 6-foot-5 junior forward finished with 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds. (Photos by Tom Killips - The Record).

Tamarac's Brent Matazinksy (1) fights for a rebound over the shoulder of Hoosick Falls' Anthony Goldstein (22). Goldstein epitomized Hoosick Falls' effort on Saturday as he didn't score any field goals - he added two points at the foul line - but outmuscled the Tamarac defenders for seven rebounds.

It was a rough week for Tamarac, the No. 6 Class B team in New York. They played four games in five days, including an overtime victory at Hoosic Valley on Friday night.
A few players were banged up in rough-and-tumble games against Greenwich and Granville and some were battling the flu.
Still, Tamarac head coach Eric Medved was adamant after the game that the team is just working through a rough stretch, playing some of the biggest and most physical teams in the Wasaren League. The team is not letting the expectations of a state ranking distract them in any way.

"We have a lot of intangible things affecting our team that a good basketball team has to fight through," he said. "I don’t think it was the state rankings."
"We have to come back to work and decide how tough of a team are we going to be," Medved continued. "Toughness - that’s something we have to find from the coaching staff and from the players. We’ve got to go to work. We have to look at it like it’s our job."

With the victory, the Panthers vaulted into sole possession of first place in the Wasaren League and helped their cause on Friday, defeating Stillwater.

2008-09 Wasaren League boys basketball standings (1/17/09)


Hoosick Falls (5-1, 9-2)
Granville (5-2, 10-2)
Stillwater (5-2, 8-5)
Tamarac (B, 6) (5-2, 11-2)
Hoosic Valley (2-4, 8-4)
Schuylerville (2-4, 5-6)
Greenwich (1-5, 6-6)
Cambridge (1-6, 2-10)

"Our league is really going to be a dogfight this year," Lilac said. "Everybody already has a loss and anybody truly can beat anybody and we’ve shown that."

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Check out the full story and get the scoop on the history of the matchup between McMahon and Tamarac's Steve Hunt in Sunday's edition of The Record.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

Hoosic Valley bandits steal a victory from Bengals

Defense was the name of the game on Friday night as the Hoosic Valley Indians made 15 steals and held the Tamarac Bengals to 10 field goals en route to a 43-27 Wasaren League victory. Hoosic Valley's Erin Davidson (right) smothers Tamarac's Zysnia Osepa (21) during Friday's game. (All photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Hoosic Valley's Samantha Anderson elevates towards the hoop in Friday's victory. The 6-foot senior center finished with seven points and four rebounds.

Erin Davidson tries to maneuver around Tamarac's Nikki Cavallo (1) in Friday's game. Hoosic Valley's Carlee Chapko made eight steals and brought a ton of energy to the Indians' pressure defense. The Indians are aggressive and they really collapse on ballcarriers who try to drive, making it hard for opposing offenses to run their sets. Check out the full game recap in Saturday's edition of The Record, along with a full local roundup and boxscores.

Hoosic Valley's Carolyn Houston prepares to leap while being defended by Tamarac's Brittany Smith (11). Houston scored a game-high 13 points, added six rebounds, four assists and a steal.

When I saw the Indians host Stillwater a few weeks ago, Houston did not score any points but she was still instrumental to her team's success.

"Even if I don’t score, if I can make assists, it’s just as good as points," Houston said after Friday's game. "I don’t care if I score as long as our team is doing well and I’m playing well."

A big reason why the Indians (6-1, 12-1, No. 7 NYS Class C) are so dangerous is because they have plenty of talent on the bench. Eight different Indians contributed at least one steal in Friday's game and seven players made at least two rebounds and six made at least one assist.

"We have a good, deep team," Chapko said. "If Sam (Anderson) knows she needs a sub she can come out and someone will be in for her. Whitney Kugler comes in for me and I know she’ll be there ready to go."

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Blackbirds fend off Tigers in Colonial Council showdown

Cohoes' Nick Benoit (21) goes to the hoop in Thursday's Colonial Council showdown against Voorheesville. Ethan Mackey (45) scored a game-high 21 points for Voorheesville and Nick Kinisky added 20 as the Blackbirds held on to sole possession of first place in the council. (J.S. Carras - The Record).

Cohoes' Carlos Torres moves towards the basket in Thursday's 57-49 defeat against Voorheesville. The Tigers are now two games off the pace and just could not hit the outside shots against Voorheesville. Mackey grabbed 11 rebounds and made three blocks for the Blackbirds, who take on Lansingburgh in the Collar City on Tuesday. (J.S. Carras - The Record)

The Tigers still have two games to play against Lansingburgh as their Dec. 12 date was postponed due to the ice storm. Now that Albany Academy is playing an independant schedule, Cohoes, Lansingburgh and Voorheesville will continue to battle it out for the top spot in the Colonial.

Check out the full game story as well as the latest standings, in Friday's edition of The Record.


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In girls action on Thursday, the Maple Hill Wildcats defeated Coxsackie-Athens 35-20 and won their 40th consecutive Patroon Conference victory. Maple Hill (10-0, 13-1) was ranked No. 3 in the latest New York State Class C poll.
Congratulations to coach Mark Bubniak and his staff on their continued success in league play.
It's been a great season for hoops in Schodack and Castleton because the boys team (9-0, 11-0) is also atop the Patroon Conference and was ranked No. 4 in the latest Class C poll.

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All-State football 2008 - Classes AA and A

Three Collar City players were among those selected to the New York State 2008 football team, including La Salle's Marquis Terrell and Ken Altarac and Troy High's Mike Lewandowksi.

Football

Class AA

Second-team offense
L – Adam Galeta, sr., Shenendehowa-2
RB – Marquis Terrell, sr., LaSalle-2

Second-team defense
L – Ken Altarac, sr., LaSalle-2
HB – Leejay Pollacchi, sr., Saratoga Springs-2

Third-team offense
RB – Marc Thompson, sr., Schenectady-2

Fourth-team offense
L – Adhem Elsawi, sr., Saratoga Springs-2
L – Chris Callahan, sr., Ballston Spa-2

Fourth-team defense
LB – Dan Desbiens, sr., Schenectady-2

Class A

First-team defense
LB – Connor Hadcock, sr., Burnt Hills-2
HB – Bundaka Kargbo, sr., Bishop Maginn-2
K – Paul Layton, sr., Burnt Hills-2

Second-team defense
L – James Torres, sr., Bishop Maginn-2

Third-team offense
L – Mike Lewandowski, sr., Troy-2

Third-team defense
HB – Ben Miseikis, sr., Amsterdam-2

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Scholastic basketball polls released, 1/14/09

NYSSCOGS/NYSSWA girls basketball
2008-09 state rankings
Jan. 8-13 (week 5)
poll editor - Perry L. Novak

Class AA
1: 14-0 Bergtraum-PSAL
2: 13-2 St. Michael-CHSAA
3: 8-3 Christ the King-CHSAA
4: 7-1 North Babylon-11
5: 10-1 Kingston-9
6: 10-1 Lourdes-1
7: 10-2 SI St. Peter’s-CHSAA
8: 11-4 LI St. John Baptist-CHSAA
9: 8-1 Greece Athena-5
10: 10-0 Sachem East-11
11: 8-0 Mount Vernon-1
12: 8-2 Northport-11
13: 10-1 Schenectady-2
14: 9-2 Shenendehowa-2
15: 9-1 Corcoran-3
16: 12-1 Oswego-3
17: 12-2 Manhattan Center-PSAL
18: 8-1 Monroe-Woodbury-9
19: 11-1 Canandaigua-5
20: 7-2 Lockport-6

Class A
1: 11-0 Buffalo Sacred Heart-CHSAA
2: 9-0 Albertus Magnus-1
3: 8-1 Pittsford Mendon-5
4: 9-1 Newark-5
5: 11-0 Holy Names-2
6: 9-2 Buffalo Nichols-CHS
7: 10-2 Harborfields-11
8: 6-3 Cornwall-9
9: 8-2 Garden City-8
10: 10-2 Honeoye Falls-Lima-5
11: 9-2 Averill Park-2
12: 10-2 Elwood John Glenn-11
13: 9-2 Levittown Division-8
14: 9-2 Pearl River-1
15: 6-1 Mexico-3
16: 9-1 Pioneer-6
17: 8-2 Maine-Endwell-4
18: 8-2 Waverly-4
19: 8-1 Wallkill-9
20: 9-4 SI Notre Dame Academy-CHS

Class B
1: 11-0 Briarcliff-1
2: 8-2 Wyandanch-11
3: 9-0 South Jefferson-3
4: 10-2 Wayland-Cohocton-5
5: 11-0 Oneonta-4
6: 9-0 Westhill-3
7: 8-1 Irvington-1
8: 9-2 Binghamton Seton-4
9: 10-1 Johnstown-2
10: 10-0 Lansing-4
11: 8-2 Highland-9
12: 10-2 Dansville-5
13: 4-5 Malverne-8
14: 9-1 Center Moriches-11
15: 11-1 NE Clinton-7
16: 10-3 Clinton-3
17: 10-0 Canastota-3
18: 9-2 Olean-6
19: 8-1 Fonda-Fultonville-2
20: 9-3 Watervliet-2
20: 9-2 O’Neill-9

Class C
1: 10-0 Greene-4
2: 9-1 Nazareth-5
3: 12-1 Maple Hill-2
4: 11-0 Gananda-5
5: 10-1 Little Falls-3
6: 10-1 Marion-5
7: 11-1 Hoosic Valley-2
8: 10-1 Bishop Grimes-3
9: 7-1 Franklinville-6
10: 7-3 Stony Brook-11
11: 9-2 Madrid-Waddington-10
12: 8-2 Stillwater-2
13: 6-2 Walton-4
14: 10-1 Bloomfield-5
15: 7-1 Tuxedo-9
16: 10-2 Voorheesville-2
17: 7-2 Harpursville-4
18: 9-2 Odessa-Montour-4
19: 10-2 Immaculata-CHS
20: 8-2 Avon-5

Class D
1: 10-0 Davenport-4
2: 11-0 Germantown-2
3: 11-0 Hamilton-3
4: 7-0 Coleman Catholic-9
5: 8-0 Chateaugay-10
6: 9-0 Clymer-6
7: 9-2 Hammond-10
8: 9-0 Edmeston-4
9: 10-1 Sherman-6
10: 7-1 Westport-7
11: 8-2 Elba-5
12: 9-1 Jasper-Troupsburg-5
13: 7-1 Chapel Field-9
14: 5-2 Cherry Valley-Springfield-4
15: 7-1 Whitesville-5
16: 8-3 Richfield Springs-3
17: 7-4 Argyle-2
18: 8-2 Keshequa-5
19: 8-1 Finney-5
20: 6-3 Livingston Manor-9
20: 7-3 Sackets Harbor-3


Rank Class AA Record Prev
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1. Niagara Falls-6 9-0 2.
2. Mount Vernon-1 6-1 3.
3. Rice-CHSAA 6-1 6.
Link 4. Albany Academy-2 12-1 7.
5. New Rochelle-1 8-2 8.
6. Thomas Jefferson-PSAL 11-3 10.
7. Poughkeepsie-1 11-0 13.
8. Uniondale-8 8-1 11.
9. Rush-Henrietta-5 6-2 12.
10. Bronx JFK-PSAL 12-2 15.
11. Boys & Girls-PSAL 11-4 23.
12. Abraham Lincoln-PSAL 8-4 1.
13. Christ The King-CHSAA 10-2 4.
14. Jamestown-6 9-2 14.
15. Wings-PSAL 13-2 16.
16. Syracuse Henninger-3 10-1 17.
17. Irondequoit-5 9-0 18.
18. Newburgh Free Academy-9 5-2 9.
19. Bishop Maginn-2 7-2 19.
20. Williamsville North-6 8-1 20.
21. Cardozo-PSAL 8-0 21.
22. Albany CBA-2 8-1 22.
23. Bishop Loughlin-CHSAA 8-3 5.
24. Wadleigh-PSAL 10-3 25.
25. Syracuse CBA-3 7-2 NR









Class A Record
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1. Jamesville-DeWitt-3 11-0 1.
2. Buffalo Nichols-CHSAA 11-1 2.
3. Peekskill-1 9-0 3.
4. Bishop Ford-CHSAA 10-1 4.
5. Iona Prep-CHSAA 12-1 5.
6. Buffalo East-6 5-1 8.
7. Buffalo Grover Cleveland-6 6-1 10.
8. Newark-5 9-1 11.
9. St. John the Baptist-CHSAA 11-2 9.
10. Chaminade-CHSAA 9-2 7.
11. Lakeland-1 701 15.
12. Gloversville-2 10-1 22.
13. East Hampton-11 9-1 13.
14. Mt. St. Michael-CHSAA 11-3 12.
15. Norwich-4 9-1 16.
16. Sweet Home-6 8-1 17.
17. Batavia-5 8-1 20.
18. Scotia-Glenville-2 10-1 6.
19. Aquinas-5 9-1 NR
20. St. Peter-CHSAA 9-2 NR
21. Cornwall-9 8-2 24.
22. Westbury-8 7-1 25.
23. Grand Island-6 8-0 NR
24. Harborfields-11 9-1 NR
25. McKee/Staten Is. Tech-PSAL 10-3 21.









Class B Record
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1. Bishop Kearney-5 7-2 1.
2. Collegiate-AIS 7-2 2.
3. Lawrence-Woodmere-AIS 9-1 3.
4. Binghamton Seton-4 9-1 4.
5. Marcellus-3 11-0 6.
6. Tamarac-2 9-0 8.
7. Nanuet-1 9-2 18.
8. Hannibal-3 9-1 9.
9. Midlakes-5 8-2 10.
10. St. Agnes-CHSAA 10-2 NR
11. Albertus Magnus-1 7-2 7.
12. Wilson-6 6-2 16.
13. Mount Markham-3 9-0 20-T
14. Hudson Falls-2 10-2 12.
15. Ogdensburg Free-10 8-2 15.
16. Malverne-8 4-5 5.
17. Poly Prep-AIS 5-3 13.
18. Watkins Glen-4 8-2 14.
19. Croton-Harmon-1 7-2 20-T
20. Penn Yan-5 7-2 11.









Class C Record
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1. Avon-5 9-0 1.
2. Blind Brook-1 8-1 2.
3. Walton-4 9-1 4.
4. Maple Hill-2 10-0 7.
5. Westfield-6 8-1 13.
6. Mohawk-3 9-1 8.
7. Randolph-6 7-2 3.
8. Voorheesville-2 8-1 10.
9. Cooperstown-3 10-1 9.
10. Frewsburg-6 8-1 12.
11. Letchworth-5 8-2 6.
12. West Canada-3 6-2 14.
13. Oakfield-Alabama-5 7-1 15.
14. Lake George-2 10-1 5.
15. Candor-4 8-2 NR









Class D Record
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1. Maple Grove-6 7-3 1.
2. Greenport-11 6-1 2.
3. C.G. Finney-5 12-0 3.
4. South Kortright-4 10-0 4.
5. Batavia Notre Dame-5 7-1 6.
6. Alfred-Almond-5 10-1 8.
7. Belleville-Henderson-3 10-2 5.
8. Coleman-9 6-1 7.
9. DeRuyter-3 10-1 10.
10. Westport-7 7-1 11.
11. Hamilton-3 6-2 NR
12. Fort Ann-2 8-2 NR
13. Laurens-4 7-2 13.
14. Jasper-Troupsburg-5 7-2 14.
15. Andover-5 7-2 15.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

McCullough and Eagles hold off Blue Bison

Bethlehem's Alex McCullough (52) corrals a rebound during Tuesday's 54-49 victory over Shaker. She finished with game-highs in points (19), rebounds (7) and blocks (5). The Eagles let an early 14-point lead slip away but ultimately fought off a furious rally by the Blue Bison. (All photos by Tom Killips - The Record).

Shaker's freshman center Lauren Woods (14) grabs a rebound during Tuesday's game. She finished with eight points and six rebounds.

Shaker's Erica Houle (with ball) knocked down three treys and scored 13 points for Shaker. She hit a three-pointer on the first play of the game and sparked Shaker's 6-0 run in the second quarter with another three. The Blue Bison have yet to string together two victories this season but they've already eclipsed last season's win total and are playing tough under first-year head coach Emily Caschera.

Shaker's Eden Alaxanian drives to the hoop in Tuesday's game. She scored 10 points, which included a pair of second half three-point buckets. Her three-pointer a minute into the fourth quarter brought the Blue Bison to within three points and forced an instant Bethlehem timeout.

Check out the full game story, as well as all of Tuesday's local roundup, in Wednesday's edition of The Record.

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