Thursday, April 30, 2009

Frozen Bengals, frozen ropes, weird Wasaren, 'Burgh baseball and Uncle Sam softball

Hoosic Valley senior pitcher Carlee Chapko winds up during Thursday's Wasaren League game at Tamarac High School. Chapko struck out 11 (six went down looking) and the Indians' bats came alive, pounding out 19 hits in a 16-2 victory over the Bengals. (All photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Hoosic Valley shortstop Sam Anderson rounds the bases after crushing a home run to left field in Thursday's victory over Tamarac. Anderson's blast not only cleared the fence, but it went sailing a good 20 yards over the set of bleachers set up beyond the wall. Anderson added a sacrifice fly, scored three runs and drove in two for the Indians.

Hoosic Valley catcher Eileen Farrell (4) trots into second base as Tamarac second baseman Kari Squadrito gathers the ball. Farrell, along with Chrissy Sanderson, doubled twice and finished with four hits. She's also been instrumental in helping Chapko become more of a pitcher than a thrower, working on changing pitch locations and speed.

Tamarac had defeated Schuylerville - ranked No. 2 in the state at the time - last week, but the Bengals just didn't show up ready to play today. Hoosic Valley smacked one line drive after another into the outfield in a relentless attack. Eight of the Indians' nine players in the starting lineup finished with at least one hit and one RBI apiece.

Hoosic Valley (4-3, 6-3) stumbled a bit to begin the season, but have been coming on strong ever since many of the players returned from the basketball team's run to the state Final Four in March. They've also had to create a new identity without Jen Minueau, their former ace, who is making a name for herself now on the collegiate level at Fordham.

"We started off with a few losses and then we said, ‘OK, Jen’s not here,’" said Sanderson. "I guess this kind of proves we can win without her, even though she was great with this team. I think we have a lot of good players."

"The Wasaren is a weird league," Sanderson continued. "Everybody has beaten top teams and the lower teams are getting up and up. It’s just weird."

Tamarac starter Jon Matala struck out five Hoosic Valley batters en route to an 11-6 come-from-behind victory for the Bengals on Thursday, also at Tamarac High School.

Connor Whalen’s pinch-hit RBI single put the Bengals ahead in the bottom of the sixth inning as Tamarac scored six runs in the frame to stage a come-from-behind Wasaren League victory.
Freshman Kyle Bestle’s RBI double tied the game for Tamarac (2-4, 6-7) and Brad Ryan hit a two-run home run and his twin brother Chris Ryan added a double and a single.
Jim Sheeran doubled and singled for Hoosic Valley (3-4, 4-4).

Jordan Zareski pitches for Lansingburgh in the Knights' victory over Cohoes on Wednesday. The Knights, who are 7-0 in the Colonial Council and 10-1 overall, are ranked No. 4 in the state.

Lansingburgh's Ryan McGrath runs the bases in Wednesday's victory over Cohoes. Read Chris Fitz Gerald's recap of the game by clicking here.

The Knights have been a fun story this year, as they feature an exciting mix of veterans (Zareski, Scott Fane, Jon Yetto, Frank Castiglione), newcomers (T.J. McLaughlin) and youngsters (McGrath and Mark Tracey among them).

We will have to wait and see what happens the rest of the way but this team has set itself up nicely for a run at the Colonial Council title under first year head coach Joe Henkel.

Troy senior shortstop Shannon Jones fires to first in a non-league game at Averill Park on Tuesday. The longtime center fielder is spending her first season in the infield.

Troy sophomore pitcher Liz Bellevile follows through during her complete game shutout victory over the Lady Warriors. After a victory over Taconic Hills on Thursday, the Flying Horses are off to an 8-2 start.

The Flying Horses have won three straight Big 10 regular season championships but the biggest pride games on their schedule every year come in the annual Uncle Sam Tournament, to be played this Saturday at Knickerbacker Park in North Troy. Troy has captured four consecutive Uncle Sam Tournament titles.

Troy, Catholic Central, Lansingburgh and Tamarac will again participate in the tenth annual competition.

It's a great event under the lights in Knickerbacker Park and all four teams have a legitimate shot at the title. Lansingburgh is tied with Mechanicville atop the Colonial Council standings and Catholic Central and Troy and knotted at 4-0 in the Big 10. Tamarac defeated a very good Schuylerville team before falling to Rensselaer County rival Hoosic Valley on Thursday afternoon.

Whatever happens, we're bound to see four quality non-league softball games with bragging rights in the Collar City on the line. Who do you think will win?

Which team will win the 2009 Uncle Sam Softball Tournament?
Catholic Central
Troy free polls

Opening round games begin at 4:45 p.m. and the championship and consolation games should start sometime between 6:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 2.

A year ago, Catholic Central handed Lansingburgh its first loss of the season in the opening round but was blanked by the Flying Horses in the title game.

Troy High hosts Catholic Central in their first league meeting of the season on Monday, so it will be interesting to see what happens if they clash on Saturday.

Past Champions of the Uncle Sam Softball Tournament

Lansingburgh 9, Catholic Central 6

Lansingburgh 17, Hoosick Falls 2

Lansingburgh 3, Troy 1

Lansingburgh 9, Troy 0

Catholic Central 4, Troy 2

Troy 4, Lansingburgh 3

Troy 15, Lansingburgh 0

Troy 6, Catholic Central 2

Troy 6, Catholic Central 0

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Monday, April 27, 2009

'Burgh bats come alive late, Lady Knights claim first place

Lansingburgh's Meg Volz (13) runs back to the dugout past Sarah Cipperly (10) after scoring on a wild pitch in the first inning against Mechanicville Monday afternoon at Knickerbacker Park. In the seventh inning, in a 3-3 game, Volz doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored when Cipperly laced a single into right field on the first pitch she saw, sealing a 4-3 victory for the Lady Knights, now in sole control of first place in the Colonial Council. (All photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

"Normally I always feel the first pitch is one of best ones I’m going to get, so I was ready to hit," Cipperly said. "It was just a really good feeling to get that hit."

Mechanicville's Shannon McBride (above) pitched a tremendous game, striking out 10 and walking none, but allowed three unearned runs before Cipperly plated Volz to end the game.

Mechanicville struck back to tie the game in the sixth inning on a two-run single by M.K. Malone and the Lady Knights put a pair of hits together to win the game in the bottom of the next frame.

"They made mistakes and we made mistakes it was a battle of who made the most mistakes would lose," said Mechanicville head coach Don Arceneaux. "And I guess that was us."

Sarah Cipperly makes a catch over the head of second baseman Sam Woitkoski. Woitkoski committed two errors, but did cleanly cover first base on four sacrifice bunts by Mechanicville.

Woitkoski, who also serves as Lansingburgh's No. 2 pitcher, fired a strike to first to end the seventh inning when the Raiders had the go-ahead run standing on third base.

"Woitkoski had some troubles today, but I told her, 'you made a play when it really counted, you came through and that’s a good sign'," said Lansingburgh head coach John Cipperly. "At the end they kind of settled down and you have to feel good about that because they delivered."

Volz holds up the ball after making a fantastic diving catch in front of pitcher Erin Glikes to rob Mechanicville's Anna Arceneaux of a base hit in the third inning. Volz scored two of Lansingburgh's runs and has done a great job setting the table for the Knights this season.

Lansingburgh's Erin Glikes fires to home plate during Monday's game. She saw Mechanicville advance runners to scoring position in five of the seven innings she pitched but generally worked her way through jams. The American International-bound senior struck out seven and walked two.

One of the most important things Glikes did in the offseason was to convince fellow senior and basketball team member Tina Johnston to return to the diamond after a two-season absence. Johnston laced a triple in the left-center field gap and later scored on a fielding error.

Johnston will be playing college basketball at SUNY-Cobleskill and now that her basketball season is over, she decided to come out of the team again, adding a veteran bat to the Knights' lineup.

"She's going to college for basketball and I don’t know if it was that basketball is over or if we were really annoying," Glikes laughed of her persuasive tactics, "but I’m sure glad she did."

Mechanicville's Danielle Manupella makes a catch to rob Volz of extra bases to lead off the third inning. Maiello was one of four Red Raiders batters to successfully lay down a sacrifice bunt but Mechanicville just did not get the clutch hits they were looking for, save for M.K. Malone's two-RBI single in the sixth, which tied the game at three.

"You need a timely hit to go in there somewhere and we got one," Arceneaux said. "We needed a couple more of those."

"(Mechanicville is) the class of Section II as far as I’m concerned, regardless of the size of the school," said John Cipperly. "There is nobody with more success. It’s always something that makes you feel good when you can compete with them, that’s for sure. We have a lot of respect for coach Arceneaux and his program and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We knew they were going to come back and they did."

In other news on Monday, Catholic Central's Maddie Coneys pitched a perfect game against Schenectady in her varsity debut, as the sophomore set down the Patriots in a 6-0 Big 10 victory.

"In my 27 years of coaching, I swear this is the first perfect game I’ve ever seen," Catholic Central coach Jack O’Grady said. "This was really something and she was impressive."
"She was in control the whole game," O’Grady said. "There were only a couple times when they actually put good wood on the ball and luckily we caught those."

Columbia defeated Shenendehowa in their only Suburban Council meeting of the year, a 6-5 decision in Clifton Park.
Brittany Hart singled twice and drove in two runs for Columbia (5-0, 5-2) and Jena Servidone pitched a complete game to earn the win.

In baseball news, Lansingburgh shut down Mechanicville, 13-6 and Cohoes knocked off Cobleskill-Richmondville, 9-3. The Knights and the Tigers meet on Wednesday in a big-time Colonial Council showdown.

Colonie defeated crosstown rival Shaker and the Garnet Raiders are starting to heat up after some early-season struggles.
Shenendehowa blanked Columbia, 6-0, and Hoosic Valley edged Cambridge 3-2 in eight innings.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Beginner's luck working for 'Burgh's McLaughlin

Lansingburgh junior pitcher T.J. McLaughlin (above) is in his first year of organized baseball and pitched a gem on Friday against Watervliet High in a key Colonial Council contest. McLaughlin allowed seven hits but did not walk a single batter in six-plus innings, leading the Knights to a 5-2 victory. (All photos by J.S. Carras)

In 28 innings pitched this season, McLaughlin, who served as the Knights quarterback on the gridiron in 2008, has allowed only three walks. It's a tremendous statistic not only for a player that has not spent hundreds of hours on the diamond but for any high school pitcher at any level. McLaughlin wasn't overpowering - he finished with four strikeouts - but he gives him team a chance to win by working fast, which keeps the defense behind him on its toes, and throwing strikes.

"This is my first year of organized ball," McLaughlin said. "Everybody just kind of talked me into it."
The adjustment from the gridiron to the diamond has been relatively seamless as he has applied the mechanics from tossing a football to his hurried education as a pitcher.
"I just grabbed a baseball and actually started throwing it," McLaughlin said, "and tried to get used to it."

"T.J. is a tough kid mentally and things don’t get to him," said Lansingburgh's first year head coach Joe Henkel. "Obviously we had a big decision of whether to go with him on Wednesday against Cobleskill, who probably might not be having the year Watervliet has, and Watervliet is a big rivalry for us. But it also gives T.J. another vote of confidence from us and the coaching staff and the team that he can do it. We know Jordan (Zareski) can and it leaves Jordan against Watervliet in a later matchup."

Watervliet's Justin LeGault (20) is tagged out at home plate by Lansingburgh catcher Jon Yetto (left) to end the second inning of Friday's Colonial Council game at Watervliet High School. LeGault was trying to score from first on Ray Brown's double, but a strong relay throw from Lansingburgh shortstop Scott Fane caught up with LeGault before he could touch the dish.

Lansingburgh's Jared Teta (5) beats out an infield single in the third inning of Friday's game. Watervliet first baseman Wayne Haput anticipates the throw from pitcher Caleb Gleason.

It's been an adventure for the Knights, ranked No. 6 in the initial New York State Sportswriters Association Class A poll, who feature many underclassmen.
Sophomore third baseman Mark Tracey made a pair of poor throws across the diamond early in the game but fired a strike to end the Watervliet threat in the fourth and also turned a nifty double play in the fifth.
Freshman left fielder Ryan McGrath doubled and singled and can also pitch for the Knights.
Jake Shaw closed the door in the seventh and already has a pair of wins and three saves in 2009.

Lansingburgh (5-0, 8-1) looks like the cream of the crop so far in the Colonial but Watervliet (4-3, 5-4) was never out of the game and if LeGault scores in the second, perhaps it's a different ballgame. The Cannoneers, however, walked five batters, which helped Lansingburgh score the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.

"I was pleased with our defense today, but our pitchers had too many walks," Watervliet head coach Peter Strand said. "Walks are very difficult to defend and that is something we harp on every day."

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hammerin' Horde attack in Valley Falls

It wasn't the game I was expecting, not with Hoosic Valley coming off a big win over Greenwich last week and the best team in the Wasaren League - Granville - dropping by Chapko-Lewis Stadium for another chance for the Indians to prove themselves.

Granville's Nick Dunbar (6) slid in safe at home on a wild pitch in the third inning, just under the tag of Hoosic Valley starter Matt Campisi (right) and the floodgates were opened. (All photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

The Golden Horde (5-0, 11-0) scored 10 more runs in the inning - all with two outs, no less - en route to a 20-1 shellacking of the Indians on their home field. Granville's next 11 hitters all safely reached base - yikes - and 10 came around to score.
An inch here or an inch there and Dunbar is called out at the plate and the inning is over, Hoosic Valley trailing 3-0. That's a completely different ballgame, but it just didn't go the Indians' way on Thursday afternoon.
It was freezing, it was windy and the umpires were in a grouchy mood (and construction crews working on the field across the street were giving me a headache) so perhaps the Indians just chalked it up as a bad day and can move on.

Granville, on the other hand, looks like the real deal as they roped one line drive after another into the gaps. Catcher Bruce Loomis crushed a home run over the shallow left-center field fence on the first pitch of the fifth inning, drawing some barks from the Hoosic Valley dugout when the whole Granville team came out to meet him at the plate. Granville parents said it was their first home run of the year, so I didn't think it was an act of poor sportsmanship (Granville was leading 18-1 at that point).

Granville's Connor Hoagland (left) is nailed at first base as Hoosic Valley's Tyler Ackerman stepped on third base and threw to first baseman Jim Sheeran (right) to compelte a double play.

It wasn't a bad day for defense on Thursday, as both teams turned a pair of double plays. Granville starting pitcher Ryan Rescott initiated two 1-6-3 twin killings and Hoagland made a fantastic diving stab at second base to rob Sheeran of a base hit in the third.

Ryan Rescott (18) slides in safe as part of the Horde's 11-run third inning on Thursday against Hoosic Valley. Indians' catcher Matt Clickner (right) is unable to hold on to the relay throw as Granville's Jayson Osborne (20) looks on.

Hoosic Valley junior Jarod Grieco pitched three solid innings of relief (he did do it with an expanded strike zone and against many pinch hitters) but with only 11 players on the roster, the Indians are looking for all the arms they can get and it looks like Grieco will get more innings in the future.

The Indians try to get back at it next week with road games at Cambridge and Tamarac.
Hoosic Valley (2-3, 3-3) head coach Boyd Hunt coached the current Indians seniors to an 11-3 record as sophomores on the junior varsity level and he knows this group has the talent to make a push in sectionals.

"We have the potential to make a run here," Hunt said. "We have three losses in the league, but as long as we get the seven wins we need to get to sectionals, I think we can make run."

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

2008-09 boys basketball all-state teams

The boys high school basketball teams were finally released (our All-City and All-Area teams ran April 2-5) and a number of Section II players made the cut.

Maple Hill's Trent Tibbitts (21) was the only Section II player named to a first team, earning such Class C honors. Of course, the NYSSWA spelled his name wrong, but then again, this was the organization that called the school "Maple Hills" for the first four or five weeks of state rankings in late 2008.

Tibbitts had a fantastic senior season, but it's perhaps a misguided exclamation point on the Wildcats' season as Maple Hill advanced to the state championship game on the strength of their tremendous depth and team chemistry. It was so hard to single any of Maple Hill's players out during the season since all five players were working together seamlessly on the floor, so let's remember that it wasn't just Tibbitts who got them there and I think he would be the first one to point that out.

Lansingburgh's Haneef Scott deserved mention on one of the Class A teams and I'm not sure how he was left off.

Here is the list and I have not made any edits to it - I see that Loudonville Christian was spelled wrong, as was Tibbitts, and I"m sure there are a few more errors.

Who do you think got snubbed and why?

Boys basketball

Class AA

First team

G – Kelvin Agee, sr., Niagara Falls-6

G – Sean Johnson , sr., Christ The King-CHSAA

F – Sherrod Wright, sr., Mount Vernon-1

F – Lance Stephenson, sr., Abraham Lincoln-PSAL

C – Dane Miller, sr., Rush-Henrietta-5

Second team

G – Russell Smith, sr., Archbishop Molloy-CHSAA

G – Taran Buie, jr., Bishop Maginn-2

F – Cory Quimby, sr., Minisink Valley-9

F – James Stukes, sr., Rice-CHSAA

C – James Padgett, sr., Abraham Lincoln-PSAL

Third team

G – Marcus Henderson, jr., Newburgh Free Academy-9

G – Keith Spellman, sr., Thomas Jefferson-PSAL

F – J.J. Moore, jr., Brentwood-11

F – Alex Barth, sr., Williamsville North-6

Fourth team

G – Dayvon Whitaker, jr., Poughkeepsie-1

G – Jerrold Brooks, sr., Rochester East-5

F – Rasheem King, sr., Xaverian-CHSAA

F – Chad Dillard, sr., Gates Chili-5

C – Michael Goodman, sr., Syracuse CBA-3

Fifth team

G – Kamil Parzych, jr., Lindenhurst-11

G – Stefan Thompson, sr., Syracuse CBA-3

F – Joel Wright, jr., Thomas Jefferson-PSAL

G-F – Isaiah Stokley, sr., Thomas Edison-PSAL

C – Chris Pelcher, sr., Albany Academy-2

Sixth team

G – Devon McMillan, jr., Uniondale-8

G – Jabarie Hinds, soph., Mount Vernon-1

G-F – Kameron Ritter, jr., Albany CBA-2

F – Jamel Fields, jr., Albany Academy-2

C – Jayvaughn Pinkston, jr., Bishop Loughlin-CHSAA

Seventh team

G – Kihary Blue, sr., Syracuse Henninger-3

G – Chris Mauldin, sr., Baldwin-8

G – Jimmy Gray, sr., Binghamton-4

F – Trevon Hamlett, sr., Bishop Loughlin-CHSAA

C – Hordan Heath, sr., Irondequoit-5

Eighth team

G – Bunduka Kargbo, sr., Bishop Maginn-2

F – Casey Sheehan, jr., Greece Athena-5

F – Jesse Gates. Jr., Liverpool-3

F – Brandon James, sr., Poughkeepsie-1

C – Jordan Stevens, sr., Saratoga Springs-2

Ninth team

G – Damon Cousar, jr., Newburgh Free Academy-1

G – Jansen Jones, sr., Penfield-5

G – Mike McLeod, jr., Newburgh Free Academy-9

F – John Wallace Jr., soph., Greece Athena-5

C – Jason Norsen, sr., Frontier-6

Tenth team

G – Davon Marshall, jr., Niagara Falls-6

G – John Calarco, sr., New Rochelle-1

F – Josh Malone, sr., Deer Park-11

F – Brian Zapisek, jr., Fayetteville-Manlius-3

C – Andrew Stire, sr., Albany CBA-2

Eleventh team

G – Derrick Millinghaus, jr., Schenectady-2

G – Jeremy Baltz, sr., Vestal-4

F – John Perez, jr., North Rockland-1

G-F – Eric Klingsberg, sr., Holy Cross-CHSAA

F-C – Tyler Young, sr., Boys & Girls-PSAL

Twelfth team

G – Matt Miner, jr., Shenendehowa-2

G – Ronald Baker, sr., Wings-PSAL

G – Dashawn Wiggins, jr., Wings-PSAL

F – Chris Ranglin, sr., Yonkers Gorton-1

C – Reece Jackson, jr., Schenectady-2

Class A

First team

G – Daquan Brickhouse, jr., Peekskill-1

G – Chazz Williams, sr., Bishop Ford-PSAL

G – Brandon Triche, sr., Jamesville-DeWitt-3

F – Ralph Watts, sr., Peekskill-1

C – Tobias Harris, jr., Lutheran-AIS

Second team

G – Alshwan Hymes, sr., Jamesville-DeWitt-3

G-F – Achraf Yacoubou, soph., Lutheran-AIS

F – Brian Voelkel, jr., Iona Prep-CHSAA

F – George Beamon, sr., Roslyn-8

C – Will Regan, jr., Buffalo Nichols-CHSAA

Third team

G – Kevin White, jr., Jane Adamms-PSAL

G – Brian Hamor, sr., Bishop Gibbons-2

F – Gregory Noel, sr., Midwood-PSAL

F – Darien Thomas, sr., Peekskill-1

C – Halil Kanacevic, sr., Curtis-PSAL

Fourth team

G – Josh Elbaum, sr., St. John Baptist-CHSAA

G – Sandro Carissimo, jr., Iona Prep-CHSAA

F – Dyrek Jones, sr., Bedford Academy-PSAL

F – Mansa Habeeb, sr., Buffalo McKinney-6

C – Hayden Ward, sr., East Hampton-11

Fifth team

G – Kyle Bradley, jr., Cornwall-9

G – Matt Grossbard, sr., Pearl River-1

F – Pat Moore, jr., Utica Notre Dame-3

F – Ryan Kramer, sr., Oneida-3

C – Javon McCrea, jr., Newark-5

Sixth team

G – Andrew Hoy, soph., Batavia-5

G – Nate Dukes, sr., Freddie Thomas-5

G – Patrick O’Keefe, sr., Pittsford Sutherland-5

F – Dallas Gary, sr., Buffalo East-6

C – Dajuan Coleman, fr., Jamesville-DeWitt-3

Seventh team

G – Jerome Russell, sr., East Hampton-11

G – Marcus Hoy, sr., Batavia-5

F – John Hargrove, jr., Alfred Smith-PSAL

F – Matt Baldwin, sr., Gloversville-2

C – Kenyon Edwards, Grover Cleveland-6

Eighth team

G – Andre Pope, sr., Iona Prep-CHSAA

G – Tyler Patterson, sr., Aquinas-5

F – Curtis Pierce, sr., Westinghouse-PSAL

F – Delano Morgan, sr., South Bronx-PSAL

C – Vaughn Labor, sr., Norwich-4

Ninth team

G – Keron Briggs, jr., Sweet Home-6

G – Pete Aguilar, soph., Mount St. Michael-CHSAA

F – Phil Izeubchai, sr., John Glenn-11

F – Remington Glenn, sr., Rochester Charlotte-5

C – Jim Janson, sr., Scotia-Glenville-2

Tenth team

G – Joe Powell, sr., Maine-Endwell-4

G – Blair Helton, jr., Canisius-CHSAA

F – Chris Gilkes, sr., Syracuse Fowler-3

F – Lavor Morris, sr., Lakeland-1

F-C – Domonique Jackson, jr., Buffalo East-6

Class B

First team

G – Gene Boyer, jr., Ogdensburg Free-10

G – Steve Edwards, sr., Robert Wagner-PSAL

F – Will Bartlett, jr., Collegiate-AIS

F – Roderick Gray, jr., Bishop Kearney-5

C – Devin Karch, sr., Locust Valley-8

Second team

G – Alex Mirabito, sr., Oneonta-4

G – MattKnott, sr., Cathedral Prep-CHSAA

F – Sir Aaron Taylor, sr., Lincoln Hall-1

F – Christian Fisch, sr., Collegiate-AIS

C – Steve Sholkoff, sr., Monsignor Scanlan-CHSAA

Third team

G – Ryan Carney, jr., Olean-6

G – Matt Meier, sr., Binghamton Seton-4

G-F – James Pate, sr., Babylon-11

F – Jonathan Ward-Adams, jr., Center Moriches-11

C – Kevin Donahue, sr., Hudson Falls-2

Fourth team

G – Sheldon Jones, sr., Townsend Harris-PSAL

G – Jordan Ward-Adams, sr., Center Moriches-11

F – Blair Roberts, jr., Bishop Kearney-5

G-F – Brandon Whitaker, sr., St. Agnes-CHSAA

C – Chris Furner, sr., Binghamton Seton-4

Fifth team

G – Brandon Sileck, sr., Croton-Harmon-1

G – Kevin Davis, sr., Spackenkill-9

F – Onyema Utti, jr., Brooklyn College-PSAL

F – Steve Hunt, sr., Tamarac-2

C – Brock Thomas, sr., Jamestown-6

Sixth team

G – Tommy Hennessy, sr., Wellsville-5

G – Akeele Leon, sr., Blessed Sacrament-CHSAA

F – Tysean Saigo, jr., Lincoln Hall-1

F – Kevin Hanson, sr., Fonda-Fultonville-2

C – Brenden Nollet, sr., Hannibal-3

Seventh team

G – Rsahaud McQueen, sr., Wyandanch-11

G – Harrison Green, sr., Collegiate-AIS

F – Dan Ross, jr., Westhill-3

F – Floyd LeRoy, sr. Albertus Magnus-1

C – David Samuel, jr., Blessed Sacrament-CHSAA

Eighth team

G – Sean Sweeney, jr., Midlakes-5

G – Najee Forte, jr., Briarcliff-1

F – Nick Benoit, sr., Cohoes-2

F – Matt Farbotko, sr., Northeastern Clinton-7

C – Justin Boyles, sr., Broadalbin-Perth-2

Ninth team

G – Jeff LaMont, sr., Hannical-3

G – Kyle Murphy, sr., Hornell-5

F – Ian Yost, jr., Johnstown-2

F – Tom Hull, jr., Chenango Valley-4

C – J.C. Tretter, sr., Akron-6

Tenth team

G – Alex Sanchez, sr., Monsignor Scanlan-CHSAA

G – Connor Gach, jr., Saranac Lake-7

F – James Taylor, jr., Bishop Kearney-5

G-F – Josh Rougia, sr., Mechanicville-2

F-C – Hunter Phillips, sr., Cairo-Durham-2

Class C

First team

G – Dan Banach, sr., Avon-5

G – Trent Tibbets, sr., Maple Hill-2

F – John Nielson, sr., Port Jefferson-11

G-F – Jon Benjamin, sr., Harley Allendale-Columbia

C – John Housel, sr., Avon-5

Second team

G – John O’Neill, sr., North Salem-1

G – Mike Guerriere. Sr., Sidney-4

F -- Matt McBride, sr., Avon-5

F – Will Gates, sr., Candor-4

C – Chris Erdmann, sr., Randolph-6

Third team

G – Ashton Brown, sr., Randolph-6

G – Chad Gardepe, sr., Walton-6

F – Rob Magliano, sr., Blind Brook-1

F – Joe Magliano, sr., Blind Brook-1

C – Harrison Hefele, sr., Friends-8

Fourth team

G – Tim Pandolfi, soph., Stony Brook-11

G – Jonathan Schofield, sr., Alexander Hamilton-1

F – Jared Suderly, jr., West Canada-3

F – Drew Bardun, sr., Red Jacket-5

C – Craig Champlin, sr., Oxford-4

Fifth team

G – Dustin Van Leiu, sr., Tri-Valley-9

G-F – Ted Zabel, sr., Onondaga-3

F – Nate Miller, sr., Lake George-2

F – Kevin McMahon, jr., Hoosick Falls-2

C – Ethan Mackey, jr. Voorheesville-2

Sixth team

G – Sal Ianello, sr., Marion-5

G – Kelsey Collins, sr., Schenectady Christian-2

F – James Jensen, jr., Valhalla-1

F – Peyton Stahler, jr., Canajoharie-2

C – Travis Tones, sr., Letchworth-5

Seventh team

G – C.J. Saunders, sr., Corinth-2

G – Shane Brozowski, sr., Rensselaer-2

F – Shaquille Griffiths, sr., Tuckahoe-1

G-F – Bryan Malone, sr., Tully-3

F – Pete Patterson, sr., Northern Adirondack-7

Class D

First team

G – Ryan Creighton, sr., Greenport-11

G – Kevin Francis, sr., Batavia Notre Dame-5

G-F – Tom Coloney, sr., Harrisville-10

F – Wally Soresnson, sr., Greenport-11

F – Chris Secky, jr., Maple Grove-6

Second team

G – Joe Caporale, sr., Maple Grove-6

G – Jake Palmer, jr., Coleman Catholic-9

F – Dantre Langhorne, soph., Greenport-11

F – Ryan Caron, sr., Prattsburgh-5

F – Aaron Laing, sr., Laurens-4

Third team

G – Ryan Skipper, sr., Roxbury-4

G – Eric Burns, sr.,South Kortright-4

F – Rashawn Herrington, jr., South Kortright-4

F – Jaxson Smith, jr., St. Johnsville-2

F – Kyle Hotaling, sr., South Kortright-4

Fourth team

G – Danny Memendez, sr., Chapel Field-9

G – Derrick Cenicola, sr., Hamilton-3

G – Drew Boyea, sr., Chateaugay-10

F – Nathan Gay, jr., Westport-7

F – Tyler Carpenter, sr., Fort Edward-2

Fifth team

G – Seth Shay, sr., Andover-5

G – Justin Nassivera, sr., Fort Ann-2

F – Brendan Costello, sr., Geneva DeSales-5

G-F – Jamell Johnson, soph., C.G. Finney-5

F – Ethan Tyrrell, sr., Schroon Lake-7

Sixth team

G – Aaron Rygiel, sr., Alfred-Almond-5

G – Scott Glowaczweski, soph., Seward-9

G – Cody Hall, sr., Gilbertville-Mt. Upton-4

F – Matt Stevens, sr., Argyle-2

C – Cullen Overholt, jr., Loudenville Christian-2

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Hughes masterful in 14k victory over Flying Horses; initial softball rankings

Albany High's senior starter Mike Hughes (above) struck out 14 Troy High hitters and clubbed two of the Falcons' three hits in a wacky 7-4 Big 10 Conference victory at Troy High School on Wednesday afternoon.

Hughes battled cold and windy conditions (it rained through the first two innings and the sun conveniently poked through the clouds at the conclusion of the game) and walked five Flying Horses but was able to buckle down and fire his fastball past the Troy hitters.

"It didn’t feel like 14," Hughes said. "I felt like I was struggling a little. They made a lot of good contact, so it didn’t really feel like 14 k’s, but that’s a big number."

Troy's Ryan Chamberlain (above) was the only hitter to really get anything going against Hughes, driving in three runs on a 3-for-3 performance from the plate, including a second inning triple. (All photos by J.S. Carras)

Chamberlain motors into third after smacking a leadoff triple over the head of Albany center fielder Denzel Williams in the second inning. The Flying Horses, however, stranded him 90 feet away as a groundout and two strikeouts could not get him across the plate.

"My teammates were on the bases and I was just seeing the ball and hitting the ball," Chamberlain said. "(Hughes is) just a great pitcher, as everybody knows."

Troy's Matt Krogh makes a leaping grab at second base to end the top of the second inning in Wednesday's game at Troy High.

Troy starter Anibal Maldonado (above) lasted an inning and a third after walking six batters and taking responsibility for six Albany runs. Sophomore reliever Jesse Twiss did a great job, however, holding the Falcons hitless in his appearance until the seventh inning, allowing the Flying Horses to climb back within two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
The rain and the slippery conditions certainly did not help Maldonado's grip on the ball and the showers stopped nearly as soon as Twiss entered the game, which might explain his success.

"It shows you what kind of pitcher (Hughes) is with the conditions and the mound," said Albany head coach Joey DiPiazza. "It wasn’t the perfect situation for a pitcher to pitch in and that’s why he is the special pitcher he is."

Albany (4-1, 4-4) is near the top of the Big 10 standings, as CBA improved to 4-0 on Wednesday with a big victory over Bishop Maginn. The Flying Horses, however, proved that any team in the league can hang with any other. Their poor start was what doomed Troy to trying to dig themselves out of too deep a hole.

"That’s what we’ve done a lot this year, come back," Chamberlain said. "We have to get out to good starts. We have to get out to good starts so we don’t have to fight back like that."

We also received the initial New York State softball polls for the year, which I've pasted in below.
A lot of this is based on early buzz about a few non-league victories and teams that have visible college-level talent, so look for the rankings to balance out once league play gets into full swing in the next few weeks.

2009 NYSSCOGS/NYSSWA Softball State Rankings (week 1)
Poll editor: Perry L. Novak
(March-April 21)

Class AA
1: 9-0 West Babylon-11
2: 8-0 Valley Central-9
3: 12-1 LI St. John Baptist-CHS
4: 10-0 Tottenville-PSAL
5: 8-0 Bay Shore-11
6: 4-0 Shenendehowa-2
7: 9-0 East Islip-11
8: 8-1 Liverpool-3
9: 5-0 Columbia-2
10: 4-0 North Rockland-1
11: 3-0 Fairport-5
12: 2-0 Williamsville North-6
13: 3-0 Minisink Valley-9
14: 5-1 Cicero-North Syracuse-3
15: 4-1 Rome Free Academy-3
16: 5-1 Union-Eendicott-4
17: 3-1 Horseheads-4
18: 4-1 Clarkstown North-1
19: 4-1 Webster Schroeder-5
20: 1-0 Clarence-6
21: 6-2 Brentwood-11
22: 4-1 Oceanside-8
23: 3-0 Niskayuna-2
24: 4-2 Arlington-1
25: 0-0 Lancaster-6

Class A
1: 5-0 Maine-Endwell-4
2: 8-0 Corning West-4
3: 4-0 Pearl River-1
4: 4-0 Victor-5
5: 5-2 Burnt Hills-2
6: 3-0 Lakeland-1
7: 2-0 Williamsville South-6
8: 3-1 South Glens Falls-2
9: 6-2 Miller Place-11
10: 4-1 Lansingburgh-2
11: 8-2 East Hampton-11
12: 4-1 Oneida-3
13: 6-1 Seaford-8
14: 3-0 Phoenix-3
15: 4-1 Mendon-5
16: 7-1 Plainedge-8
17: 1-1 Cornwall-9
18: 4-1 Eastchester-1
19: 4-0 Fulton-3
20: 2-1 Goshen-9
20: 0-0 Malone-10

Class B
1: 5-0 Chenango Valley-4
2: 8-0 Schuylerville-2
3: 9-1 Hampton Bays-11
4: 8-2 Windsor-4
5: 3-0 Fredonia-6
6: 4-0 Mechanicville-2
7: 3-0 Waterloo-5
8: 6-1 St. Dominic-CHS
9: 0-0 Immaculata-CHS
10: 2-1 Westhill-3
11: 4-1 Dobbs Ferry-1
12: 3-0 Marlboro-9
13: 7-2 Susquehanna Valley-4
14: 5-1 Canastota-3
15: 2-0 Pembroke-5
16: 4-0 Highland-9
17: 4-1 Homer-3
18: 4-2 Albertus Magnus-1
19: 5-0 South Jefferson-3
20: 0-0 Canton-10
20: 1-0 Salmon River-10

Class C
1: 6-2 Pulaski-3
2: 3-1 Binghamton Seton-4
3: 2-0 Warsaw-5
4: 3-0 Duanesburg-2
5: 7-1 Stillwater-2
6: 3-0 Chester-9
7: 1-0 Sandy Creek-3
8: 3-2 Lake George-2
9: 0-0 Cassadaga Valley-6
10: 6-2 Greene-4
11: 0-0 St. Lawrence-10
12: 2-2 Sidney-4
13: 1-0 Haldane-1
14: 1-0 Ticonderoga-7
15: 4-2 East Rockaway-8
16: 4-2 Onondaga-3
17: 2-2 Chapel Field-9
18: 5-3 Port Jefferson-11
19: 7-1 Waterford-2
20: 0-0 Oakfield-Alabama-5

Class D
1: 3-1 Afton-4
2: 2-0 Bolivar-Richburg-5
3: 3-0 Argyle-2
4: 3-0 Heuvelton-10
5: 2-2 Fort Ann-2
6: 1-0 Livingston Manor-9
7: 4-0 Poland-3
8: 4-0 Deposit-4
9: 0-0 Elba-5
10: 2-0 Oriskany-3
11: 1-0 Crown Point-7
12: 0-0 Ripley-6
13: 2-0 Fillmore-5
14: 2-0 Jefferson-4
15: 1-3 Stockbridge Valley-3
16: 3-0 Hancock-4
17: 1-0 Canaseraga-5
18: 2-0 Hartford-2
19: 2-2 Hamilton-3
20: 2-1 Schenevus-4

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