Saturday, February 7, 2009

Plainsmen (and Lady Plainsmen) first to clinch regular season titles

Here is a look at the conference standings around the region through Friday's games.
Both the Shenendehowa boys and girls teams have clinched Suburban Council North Division titles, the first teams to wrap up their divisions.
The Maple Hill boys and girls are also on the verge of sweeping conference titles and the Mohonasen boys and girls still have some work to do before sweeping the Suburban Council South.

Boys Basketball

Big 10

B. Maginn (AA, 17) (12-0, 13-3)
C.B.A. (AA, 18) (12-2, 14-3)
B. Gibbons (8-4, 11-5)
Schenectady (8-5, 10-7)
Albany (5-7, 6-9)
Troy (4-10, 5-13)
Amsterdam (3-10, 5-12)
Catholic Central (3-10, 4-13)
La Salle (3-10, 5-12)

Bishop Maginn's magic number: 3
The Griffins are starting to prove that they can rely on their bench, as Chris Jeffers, John Scurry and Jerel Scott are beginning to prove they belong on the varsity level. Trashon Burrell stepped up in a big victory over CBA on Friday night, all but sealing a second straight conference title for Bishop Maginn.

Suburban Council

North Division
Shenendehowa (AA, 20) (12-1, 16-1)
Saratoga Springs (8-5, 11-6)
Shaker (8-6, 9-9)
Burnt Hills (7-6, 9-8)
Niskayuna (3-11, 4-14)
Ballston Spa (1-13, 3-14)

South Division
Mohonasen (10-3, 12-5)
Colonie (9-4, 11-6)
Guilderland (9-4, 11-6)
Columbia (6-8, 10-8)
Bethlehem (5-8, 5-12)
Averill Park (2-11, 3-14)

North Division: Shenendehowa clinched title
South Division: Mohonasen’s magic number: 3
In the first season with a two-division format, the Plainsmen were first to clinch a title, capturing the North Division on Friday night.
In the South Division, Guilderland has stumbled lately, opening a door for Colonie, who has surged into second place. And wouldn’t you know, Mohon travels to Colonie on Tuesday night.

Colonial Council

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

Two-way tie for first place with two games to play
Voorheesville has a pair of home games remaining against Watervliet and Schalmont as they look to reestablish themselves in the Colonial after a string of non-league losses to Class AA teams in the Oneida Tournament and their only league loss to Lansingburgh.
The Knights travel to Mechanicville and then host Cohoes on Feb. 17.
Watervliet will give Voorheesville a challenge, and Cohoes will be aiming for an upset in the ‘Burgh, but it looks like these teams are destined for a first place tie after splitting the season series.

Wasaren League

Hoosick Falls (C, 8) (9-2, 13-3)
Granville (9-3, 15-3)
Tamarac (9-3, 15-3)
Stillwater (7-5, 10-8)
Hoosic Valley (5-7, 11-7)
Schuylerville (4-6, 7-9)
Greenwich (2-10, 8-11)
Cambridge (1-11, 2-16)

Hoosick Falls' magic number: 3
Tamarac is at Granville on Wednesday night in a game that will definitely decide who finishes second and may well determine the league’s first place team.
Hoosick Falls still holds the edge and they finish with games against Greenwich, Stillwater and Schuylerville, teams that are a combined 13-21 in league games.
Defending champion Hoosic Valley could play the spoiler Friday night in Clums Corners.

Patroon Conference

Maple Hill (C, 2) (15-1, 17-1)
Ichabod Crane (13-2, 13-4)
Rensselaer (11-5, 12-6)
Hudson (10-6, 11-7)
Cairo-Durham (9-6, 11-6)
Chatham (8-8, 10-8)
Catskill (7-9, 8-10)
Greenville (5-11, 6-12)
Coxsackie (1-15, 1-17)
Taconic Hills (0-16, 1-17)

Maple Hill's magic number: 2
Two wins in their final two games against Catskill and Cario-Durham would lock up the title for the Wildcats.
Ichabod Crane has games remaining against Greenville and Chatham and could finish 15-2 in second place should Maple Hill win out.


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

Heatly's magic number: 3
The Hornets hold on to a winning percentage lead in the CHVL with a number of games at hand over their neighbors in the standings. They close out the schedule this week with away games at New Lebanon (Tues), Hawthorne Valley (Weds) before returning home to play Berlin on Friday.
Sweeping those games would lock up the title for Heatly.


Girls basketball

Big 10

Schenectady (8-2, 15-3)
Albany (6-3, 10-7)
B. Maginn (6-3, 8-6)
Catholic Central (6-4, 11-6)
Amsterdam (5-4, 8-8)
Troy (2-8, 7-11)
B. Gibbons (0-9, 1-15)

Schenectady's magic number: 2
Losers of two straight, the Lady Patriots have delayed their title-clinching ceremony. A victory over Albany on Tuesday would go a long way towards that goal, and would lock it up for Schenectady should Bishop Maginn also lose.

Suburban Council

North Division
Shenendehowa (AA, 19) (12-2, 14-4)
Niskayuna (8-5, 11-6)
Saratoga Springs (5-8, 7-10)
Shaker (5-9, 6-12)
Ballston Spa (2-11, 4-13)
Burnt Hills (1-12, 2-15)

South Division
Mohonasen (A, 7) (11-2, 15-2)
Bethlehem (10-4, 12-6)
Averill Park (A, 19) (9-5, 13-5)
Colonie (7-6, 9-8)
Columbia (6-8, 8-10)
Guilderland (5-9, 9-9)

North Division: Shenendehowa clinched title
South Division: Mohonasen's magic number: 2
It’s a Shenendehowa sweep in the first year of a two-division Suburban Council alignment. Right now, the Lady Plainsmen look like the odds-on favorite in the Section II Class AA tournament although Bethlehem and Schenectady should also be in the mix.
Averill Park’s two-game losing streak has dropped them two games behind South Division-leading Mohonasen, which has three games to play against Colonie, Averill Park and Saratoga Springs.
Whatever order these teams finish, all three have a chance to win a Section II title.

Colonial Council

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

Holy Names' magic number: 2 (prior to Saturday’s game against Cohoes)
Holy Names plays at Cohoes on Saturday night and could inch closer to a Colonial Council title with a victory over the Tigers.
Lansingburgh, however, has been on a tear ever since 2009 began and will travel to Albany to take on Holy Names on Tuesday night. It will be a big test for the Lady Knights, who struggled in early-season games against Class A and AA teams in the Averill Park Tournament. They’ve won nine in a row and the Holy Names game will be a great measuring stick to see how they stack up against another solid Class A opponent.

Wasaren League

Hoosic Valley (C, 6) (11-1, 17-1)
Stillwater (C, 10) (9-3, 12-5)
Greenwich (7-5, 13-5)
Schuylerville (7-5, 10-8)
Tamarac (7-5, 10-7)
Cambridge (4-8, 8-10)
Hoosick Falls (2-10, 4-12)
Granville (1-11, 6-12)

Hoosic Valley magic number: 1
The Indians are nearing yet another Wasaren League title and will clinch it with any combination of a victory or Stillwater defeat down the stretch.
Tamarac charged into a three-way tie for third place by beating Stillwater and it will be interesting to see if they can keep that momentum going into the Section II Class B tournament.

Patroon Conference

Maple Hill (C, 3) (14-0, 17-1)
Catskill (12-2, 14-4)
Greenville (10-4, 12-5)
Rensselaer (9-5, 12-6)
Hudson (5-7, 7-8)
Coxsackie (5-9, 9-9)
Taconic Hills (4-10, 5-11)
Cairo- Durham (3-12, 5-14)
Chatham (0-13, 0-16)

Maple Hill's magic number: 1
Both Maple Hill and Catskill won on Thursday, meaning the Wildcats can clinch the division with a victory over Catskill on Wednesday. Should Catskill win that game, any other Maple Hill victory or Catskill loss down the stretch clinches the Patroon title for Maple Hill.
The Wildcats blew out the plain old regular Cats by 30 points in the first meeting in Catskill.


Germantown (D, 2) (14-0, 18-0)
Berlin (12-1, 13-2)
Emma Willard (8-3, 8-5)
Heatly (7-6, 8-9)
Waterford (7-6, 7-9)
New Lebanon (4-7, 6-10)
Doane Stuart (2-11, 2-12)
Loudonville Christian (1-10, 2-13)
Hawthorne Valley (0-11, 0-11)

Germantown's magic number: 2
Berlin's loss to Emma Willard on Tuesday puts the Clippers one day away from a CHVL title.
Berlin travels to Germantown on Monday and should the Clippers win, the title is theirs. But, should Berlin win, the teams play again on Friday night in another do-or-die game.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

great job with the basketball recaps/ predictions. there is a lot of info. on all the surrounding leagues

February 12, 2009 at 7:48 PM 

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