Thursday, February 12, 2009

High school hoops conference title recap

Steve Kocienski (left) and Alex Kugler (right) were gearing up for Friday's game at Tamarac during practice on Thursday. The defending Wasaren League and Section II Class B champions know they can't repeat at either (they'll play in Class CC this season) but they're hoping to turn on the jets as the Section II tournament approachces.
Check out the full story on Kocienski in Friday's edition of The Record.

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We found out a lot tonight about conference clinchers. The Maple Hill boys locked up their first since 2003-04 on Thursday night, and here is a recap of where each league stands with five days to go before the Section II brackets are compiled.

Boys Basketball

Big 10

B. Maginn (AA, 16) (14-0, 15-3)
C.B.A. (AA, 22) (12-2, 15-3)
B. Gibbons (9-5, 12-6)
Schenectady (8-7, 10-9)
Albany (7-7, 9-9)
La Salle (4-10, 6-12)
Troy (4-11, 5-14)
Amsterdam (3-11, 5-13)
Catholic Central (3-11, 4-14)

Bishop Maginn's magic number: 1

The Griffins have two games to play, both against Collar City teams. Maginn travels to La Salle on Friday and hosts Troy next Tuesday. One win out of those two clinches the title for them. A CBA loss in either of their final games also clinches the title for Maginn.

Suburban Council

North Division
Shenendehowa (AA, 18) (14-1, 18-1)
Saratoga Springs (10-5, 13-6)
Shaker (8-7, 9-10)
Burnt Hills (7-7, 9-9)
Niskayuna (4-12, 5-15)
Ballston Spa (1-15, 4-16)

South Division
Colonie (11-4, 13-6)
Mohonasen (10-4, 12-6)
Guilderland (10-5, 12-7)
Bethlehem (7-8, 7-12)
Columbia (6-10, 10-10)
Averill Park (2-12, 3-15)

North Division: Shenendehowa clinched title
South Division: Colonie one-game lead; Mohon has a game at hand
Bethlehem played the role of spolier on Thursday night, effectivly knocking Guilderland out of contention for a division title. Colonie jumped ahead but Mohon hosts Averill Park on Friday night. It looks like it will be a two-way tie between Mohon and Colonie, but the Garnet Raiders have been coming on very strong lately and could be a dark horse in the Class AA bracket if Herb Tedford and Sean Peer are healthy.


Colonial Council

Lansingburgh (11-1, 14-4)
Voorheesville (11-2, 13-6)
Cohoes (9-4, 11-7)
Watervliet (9-5, 11-8)
Mechanicville (5-8, 6-13)
Cobleskill (3-10, 3-16)
Ravena (2-11, 2-15)
Schalmont (2-11, 2-16)

Lansingburgh’s magic number: 2

Watervliet nearly gift-wrapped the Colonial Council title for the Knights by defeating Voorheesville on Tuesday, but Lansingburgh still has to earn it. It would be their first since 1990. They play at Mechanicville before hosting Cohoes in an ice storm makeup on Tuesday. The Tigers will certainly be looking to play the spoiler and improve their Section II Class B seeding at the same time.

Wasaren League

Hoosick Falls (C, 15) (10-2, 14-4)
Tamarac (10-3, 16-3)
Granville (9-4, 15-4)
Stillwater (7-6, 10-9)
Schuylerville (6-6, 9-9)
Hoosic Valley (6-7, 12-7)
Greenwich (2-11, 8-12)
Cambridge (1-12, 2-17)

Hoosick Falls' magic number: 2

Tamarac’s making a late-season charge, defeating Granville by two on Wednesday night to set up a matchup with Hoosic Valley on Friday. Hoosick Falls, on the other hand, has a makeup date at hand but has the inside track in the loss column for the Wasaren League title.

Patroon Conference

Maple Hill (C, 5) (17-1, 19-1)
Ichabod Crane (15-2, 15-4)
Rensselaer (13-5, 14-6)
Hudson (11-7, 12-8)
Cairo-Durham (9-8, 11-8)
Chatham (9-9, 12-9)
Catskill (7-11, 8-12)
Greenville (6-12, 7-13)
Coxsackie (2-16, 2-18)
Taconic Hills (0-18, 1-19)

Maple Hill clinched first Patroon Conference title since the 2003-04 season with a victory over Cairo-Durham on Thursday.

CHVL

Heatly (13-2, 15-4)
Loudonville Christian (11-4, 12-7)
Germantown (11-4, 14-5)
Berlin (10-4, 10-8)
Waterford (10-6, 11-9)
New Lebanon (5-9, 5-11)
Hawthorne Valley (5-11, 5-11)
Doane Stuart (3-12, 4-13)
Berkshire (0-16, 0-19)

Heatly clinched CHVL title

Girls basketball

Big 10

Schenectady (AA, 20) (9-2, 16-3)
B. Maginn (7-3, 10-6)
Catholic Central (7-4, 12-6)
Albany (6-4, 10-8)
Amsterdam
(5-5, 8-9)
Troy (2-8, 7-11)
B. Gibbons (0-10, 1-16)

Schenectady clinched Big 10 title

Suburban Council

North Division
Shenendehowa (AA, 15) (14-2, 16-4)
Niskayuna (9-6, 12-7)
Saratoga Springs (7-8, 9-10)
Shaker (5-11, 6-14)
Ballston Spa (2-13, 4-15)
Burnt Hills (2-13, 3-16)

South Division
Mohonasen (A, 7) (12-2, 16-2)
Bethlehem (12-4, 14-6)
Averill Park (A, 19) (9-6, 13-6)
Colonie (7-7, 9-9)
Columbia (7-8, 9-10)
Guilderland (5-11, 9-11)

North Division: Shenendehowa clinched title
South Division: Mohonasen's magic number: 1

A big game Friday night in Averill Park as two teams of Warriors collide. Mohon can clinch the South Division title with a victory and cement their status as the No. 1 seed in the Section II Class A tournament. Averill Park, however, really needs a win. Really, really, really needs one. Averill Park is 1-4 in its last five games, including a narrow two-point victory over Shaker. The defending Section II champions from Averill Park are packed with talent and they need to prove that they still can play with the best Class A team in the section, a rematch of the 2007-08 Class A final.
Holy Names is a great team and while they’re undefeated, the Section II committee will likely reward Averill Park with a higher seed because they play against Class AA teams and hold a number of victories over Class AA teams. It would not surprise me to see the Burnt Hills girls seeded higher than Lansingburgh too, since the Lady Knights dropped both games to Holy Names, their only Colonial Class A opponent.

Colonial Council

Holy Names (A, 3) (17-0, 19-0)
Lansingburgh (A, 20) (13-4, 13-6)
Voorheesville (C, 16) (13-4, 14-5)
Watervliet (12-5, 14-5)
Cobleskill (7-10, 9-10)
Cohoes (7-10, 8-11)
Mechanicville (7-10, 9-10)
Ravena (4-13, 4-15)
Albany Acad. for Girls (3-14, 4-16)
Schalmont (2-15, 3-16)

Holy Names clinched Colonial Council title

Wasaren League

Hoosic Valley (C, 5) (12-1, 18-1)
Stillwater (10-3, 13-5)
Greenwich (8-5, 14-5)
Tamarac (8-5, 12-7)
Schuylerville (7-6, 10-9)
Cambridge (4-9, 8-11)
Hoosick Falls (2-11, 4-13)
Granville (1-12, 6-13)

Hoosic Valley clinched fourth consecutive Wasaren League title

Patroon Conference

Maple Hill (C, 3) (15-0, 18-1)
Catskill (12-3, 14-5)
Greenville (10-4, 13-5)
Rensselaer (9-6, 12-7)
Hudson (7-7, 9-9)
Coxsackie (6-9, 10-9)
Taconic Hills (4-11, 6-12)
Cairo- Durham (3-12, 5-14)
Chatham (0-14, 0-18)

Maple Hill clinched third consecutive Patroon Conference title, 45-game Patroon Conference winning streak

CHVL

Germantown (D, 2) (15-0, 19-0)
Berlin (13-2, 14-3)
Emma Willard (10-3, 10-5)
Heatly (9-6, 10-9)
Waterford (8-8, 8-11)
New Lebanon (5-9, 7-13)
Loudonville Christian (2-11, 3-14)
Doane Stuart (2-13, 2-14)
Hawthorne Valley (0-12, 0-12)

Germantown clinched CHVL title

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