Sunday, February 28, 2010

Slam dunk victory for 'Vliet

Watervliet High School freshman Jordan Gleason, making his second career varsity start, dunks over a Broadalbin-Perth player during Sunday's Section II Class B quarterfinal game at Hudson Valley Community College. Gleason led the Cannoneers in scoring, sparking them to a decisive victory over the Patriots. (Watervliet photos by Tom Killips - The Record).

Jordan Gleason said hello to Section II basketball last Tuesday against Stillwater and he made quite the debut on the big stage Sunday afternoon against Broadalbin-Perth in the Class B quarterfinals.

Gleason, a 5-foot-9 freshman, scored a team-high 19 points - highlighted by a pair of dunks - as Watervliet won, 89-72. The Cannoneers advance to face No. 6 Schenectady Christian, but there is more on that later.

Gleason finished with 19 points, six rebounds, two blocks and a pair of assists in just his second varsity start.

"He can be spectacular and he showed that tonight," Watervliet head coach Walter Bowden said of Jordan Gleason. "He can do so many little things and for a freshman, he’s very poised, he’s fearless and he is active on the press. He had a lot of tips and steals and you can see his athletic ability on the dunks.
"He has been playing with so much confidence the last few games," Bowden continued, "that the sky is the limit for him."

Watervliet's Nick Durocher fights for control of the ball as a trio of Broadalbin-Perth defenders surround him during Sunday's Class B quarterfinal at Hudson Valley Community College.

The beginning was actually a dreadful one for the Cannoneers. Broadalbin jumped out to a 9-2 lead with 5:33 remaining in the first quarter, forcing Bowden to call timeout. He implored his guys to start getting back on defense, and the simple advice worked. Watervliet made a few stops, starting scoring and ratcheted up its smothering press, running Broadalbin out of the gym in the process.

Devonte Gleason, Watervliet's junior point guard and Jordan's older brother, added 17 points, six rebounds and five assists. Kevin Pontore chipped in with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Griffin Kelly added 16 points and nine rebounds in a stat-sheet-filling game for Watervliet.

Devonte Gleason prepares to take off for a layup during Sunday's game against Broadalbin-Perth.

The Section II postseason has really become a family affair for the Gleason clan. Not only have Jordan and Devonte Gleason lifted the Cannoneers into the Class B semifinals for the first time during Walter Bowden's tenure, but they have another family member playing on the other side of the river.

Lansingburgh junior Sajae Pryor is cousins with the Gleasons, and Devonte was seen courtside during Lansingburgh's game against Mohonasen Friday night, shouting encouragement.

"Me, Sajae and my brother play basketball together all the time," Devonte Gleason said. "We’re always trying to make each other better. When I play bad, he tells me what I do wrong and when he plays bad I make sure I tell him what he’s doing wrong, as well as my brother. We’re rooting for each other. We both want to win."

No. 2 Watervliet travels to Glens Falls Tuesday night for a showdown with No. 6 Schenectady Christian in a Section II Class B semifinal at 6:30 p.m.
No. 1 Fonda faces No. 5 Johnstown at 8 p.m.

Lansingburgh, the No. 1 seed in the Class A bracket, travels to Glens Falls Thursday night for a meeting with No. 5 Ichabod Crane in a 7:30 p.m. start.

Read the full story on Watervliet's victory over Broadalbin in Monday's edition of The Record.

Schuylerville's Brad Lyon drives on the baseline as Schenectady Christian's Tommy McClain provides the defense during Saturday's Class B quarterfinal game at Hudson Valley Community College. (Photo by The Saratogian).

In another of the weekend's low-scoring games, Schuylerville and Schenectady Christian came alive in the fourth quarter to make it a....39-35 victory for the Falcons. Schenectady shot poorly from the free throw line all day, especially in the fourth quarter, but Schuylerville attempted 40 three-point shots, making just seven.

Watervliet will clearly hold the athletic advantage over Schenectady Christian, but the Falcons play a very disciplined style of basketball and you know they'll be ready for the press. The question is: can they handle it?

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Thanks for reading this weekend and we'll have plenty of information coming soon on the semifinal matchups ahead of us this week.

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Maple Hill/Berne update; Watervliet-Broadalbin live chat

9:15 p.m. update
Maple Hill did play Berne-Knox tonight. The final score was Maple Hill 72, Berne-Knox 57.
No. 1 Maple Hill hosts No. 8 Lake George Monday at 8 p.m.
It looks like all this confusion is finally over, assuming the snow stays away for another week.


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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Brothers grind out a victory over the Flying Horses; Local wrestlers ousted; Saturday news and notes

Troy's Kevin Phillips hangs in midair as Christian Brothers Academy's Kameron Ritter (left) and Troy's Javion Ogunyemmi (right) look on during Saturday's Section II Class AA quarterfinal at Hudson Valley Community College. (All photos by Tom Killips - The Record).

Troy High played pretty inspired defense Saturday night, holding CBA to 36 points at the midway point of the fourth quarter. The problem was, Troy had only scored 26 points with four minutes to go and the offense never got on track against the Brothers.

The Flying Horses shot themselves in the foot a number of times on offense, missing layups and failing to catch passes on the baseline, giving the ball back to CBA. Troy also shot a dismal 8-of-21 from the free throw line, as they lost to CBA, 45-29.

"We were where we wanted to be and we executed our gameplan defensively," said Troy High head coach Jeff Sitterly. "We actually executed offensively pretty well, too. We didn’t make free throws and we missed a couple of easy shots, but that’s basketball. When you play against good teams in this environment, as a young team, that stuff happens."

Troy High's Kareem Brown drives into CBA's Galal Cancer during a Section II Class AA quarterfinal game at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.

Troy's trio of big men - Javion Ogunyemmi, Kareem Brown and Greg Williams - certainly did the trick defensively, preventing the Brothers from slashing them to pieces inside and scoring easy points at the rim.

"I think that was probably our toughest game," said CBA senior Kam Ritter, who finished with a game-high 18 points. "I think we made one three and I think we made one jumpshot the whole game. We really had to step up our defense to win this one."

The Brothers will have to make some quick adjustments for Tuesday's Class AA semifinal against Albany High. The Falcons scored 82 points against Queensbury Saturday afternoon, doing most of that without point guard Jeremic Bennett, who ran into foul trouble early in the first half.
Amari Gaddy exploded for 29 points, banking three-pointers from the wings and slashing his way to the basket for three-point plays.

"I think we match up a little better against Albany size-wise," Ritter said. "But what Albany lacks in size, they make up in running the floor, so we’re going to have to work on that in practice tomorrow."

"Albany is all about the quickness and transition game," said CBA head coach Dave Doemel. "They present you problems with athleticism. That’s another challenge and you have to redirect your thought process."

CBA senior Kameron Ritter, who scored a game-high 18 points, slashes his way to the rim past Troy freshman Javion Ogunyemmi during Sautrday's Section II playoff game at HVCC.

Unlike many teams to exit the locker rooms Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College, the Flying Horses were neither ebullient nor bawling their eyes out. This is a young group that knows the pressure will mount on them to perform in the future. Everything they were able to accomplish this season was gravy - as long as they were learning and making progress each step of the way.

As long as everyone returns next season (and with no seniors, that's possible) the Flying Horses could be expected to slide into the No. 3 spot in the Big 10 and do something along the lines of what Albany High did this season.

But, as head coach Jeff Sitterly said, the sky is the limit, only if the players realize they put in the work to get there.

"We’re excited. I know they’re going to work hard in the offseason," Sitterly said. "I know they’re going to do the things we’re asking them to do and that we’re going to get better. I expect to be a very good team next year. I don’t expect anything less. That’s what we’ve worked really hard for and now is the time to do it. No more excuses. No more using ‘we’re a young team’ as an excuse."

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I took a bit of video Saturday afternoon and posted the results on YouTube.
I know, I know, I know...I should have had the full video for Phil Neumann's game-winning shot, but this whole video thing is new to me and it slipped my mind while it was being set up. You have to understand the game was 27-25 SGF at this point with four seconds to go and no one had hit a shot all game and I think almost everyone in the gym was just waiting for it finally to be over.
The BH-BL kids piled up right in front of me and my first instinct was to reach for the camera I had been neglecting all game.
A big congratulations to the Spartans and their head coach George Dudas - my former P.E. teacher - in an ugly, ugly win over the Bulldogs. Hopefully they can clean up their offensive effort by the time they reach the Civic Center.

I also grabbed some images of Troy High's starting lineup and the opening tip against CBA.

Our corporate chain is supposedly outfitting all reporters with videocameras, but I haven't got mine yet. I'm just doing this with a basic point-and-shoot digital, so hopefully you like the videos and they will be coming more frequently - and with better production - in the future.

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For more on Saturday's Class AA games, click the replay button on the chat window in the post below this.

Shen defeated Schenectady 70-46 in the final game of the evening.

In other boys hoops news:
Cobleskill and Catskill advanced to Sunday's quad of Class B quarterfinals at Hudson Valley.

Sunday, February 28
BOYS BASKETBALL
Class B quarterfinals at Hudson Valley Community College
4 Catskill vs. 5 Johnstown, 1 p.m.
3 Schuylerville vs. 6 Schenectady Christian, 2:30 p.m.
2 Watervliet vs. 7 Broadalbin-Perth, 4 p.m.
9 Cobleskill vs. 1 Fonda, 5:30 p.m.
Class C Opening Round
Berne-Knox at Maple Hill, 6:30 p.m.
Class D Opening Round
Whitehall at Sharon Springs, 4 p.m.

I'll be blogging live when Watervliet takes on the defending Section II Class B champion, Broadalbin-Perth.

In Class C, Hoosick Falls and Voorheesville advanced, setting up a semifinal showdown on Wednesday in Glens Falls. Voorheesville's Ethan Mackey scored his 1,000th career point in the victory over Canajoharie.

Maple Hill will try to play Berne Sunday afternoon, and the Wildcats and the Bulldogs are holding up the other side of the bracket, stuck in the opening round. Will a rush of games in a short span harm Maple Hill's chances of repeating a Section II champions?

In Class D, No. 1 seed Argyle handed No. 8 Heatly a 73-52 loss in the quarters.

In girls action, Shaker toppled Albany 63-60 in overtime, setting up a Class AA semifinal rematch with South Colonie.

The Catholic Central girls beat Bethlehem, meaning they'll meet Shenendehowa in the other semi.

The Averill Park and Holy Names teams continued their march to a meeting in the Class A final.

Greenwich and Lake George moved on in Class C.

Brian Walsh, a junior at the Loudonville Christian School who wrestles for the Watervliet High team, is pinned to the mat during Saturday's New York State semifinal against Tioga's Derak Hyeman in a Division II 140-pound semifinal at Times Union Center. Walsh placed fifth overall.

Our Chris Fitz Gerald was at the state wrestling finals and here is an excerpt from his story:

A pair of Watervliet/Loudonville Christian seniors - Brian Walsh and John Delaney - both wrestled back to place fifth and sixth, respectively, in Division II - marking the first time in the program's history that two wrestlers placed at states in the same meet.

Walsh endured a disappointing start to his day, after falling in the Division semifinal round at 140 pounds. Seeded fifth and coming off an emotional 4-3 quarterfinal victory over Karl Palmer of Granville, Walsh was soundly beaten in his semifinal, 11-0, by eventual finalist Derak Heyman (Tioga-IV).

"I’m happy with how I wrestled that match than the other two today," Walsh said. "In my first match, I was against a stud; he’s a real tough kid. But in the second match, I was just in a funk. I wasn’t wrestling like myself and didn’t feel like I was doing my best - so I was real frustrated."

After dropping a 3-1 decision to Devin Kramer (Depew-VI) in a consolation match, Walsh bounced back to record a 9-3 victory over Kris Shirley (Sandy Creek-III) to claim fifth place.

"I focused on my next match and got it done," said Walsh, who equaled the school record for wins in a season with 45, a mark he achieved last season. "It’s nice to finish on a winning note."
Delaney, the top-seed at 96 pounds, recovered from a first-round loss on Friday to finalist Drew Longo (Ardsley-I) to finish sixth.

After receiving a bye, Delaney went on a tear in the consolation bracket, recording a pair of major decisions - 12-2 over Eddie Hutschenreuter (Alden-VI) and an 11-3 triumph over Taylor Jones of (Palmyra-Macedon-V).

Delaney then was beaten by Dillon Stowell (Gouverneur-X), 10-4 was edged out 9-7 in the fifth-place match by John Aslanian (Edgemont-I).

"I’m happy with this," Delaney said of both his and Walsh’s finishes. "Even though we would have liked to do better, this means a lot for the program."

"I had some tough matches, but I’m happy to finish strong like this," Delaney said. "That first loss was a tough one and I then just tried to make the best of it."

Shenendehowa's John Belanger, a contender at 135 pounds in the Division I bracket, finished third overall.

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Check out Sunday's edition of The Record for stories on Troy High boys basketball, Averill Park boys basketball and the state wrestling finals.

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Section II boys basketball quarterfinals live chat

Thanks for reading today. For a recap, click the play button below.

I'll also be chatting live from tomorrow's Watervliet-Broadalbin Class B game, so see you then.

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Saturday's Section II schedule changes

As we receive schedule updates today, I will post them in chronological order.

8:52 a.m.:
Boys Basketball
Maple Hill Athletic Director Mark Bubniak wrote this morning that "he can't believe it," but due to a state of emergency in Berne, today's Class C opening round boys basketball game between No. 1 Maple Hill and No. 16 Berne-Knox has been postponed for the fourth day in a row.
A new time and date has yet to be scheduled.

10:05 a.m.: A note from girls basketball coordinator Pete Bly:
Tonight's Girls basketball game Fort Plain vs. Berne-Knox-Westerlo game at BERNE has been postponed and has been reschedule to Monday 3/1 at 6:00 pm. Also, the semifinal games scheduled for Tuesday 3/2 have been rescheduled to Wednesday 3/3 and will now be played at Scotia-Glenville High School.

As of this time ALL other girls games scheduled for tonight are still on...

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Friday, February 26, 2010

'Burgh heading to semis in Glens Falls, finally; Friday news and notes

Lansingburgh's Sajae Pryor fights for a loose ball with Mohonasen's Quinton Brown during Friday's Section II Class A quarterfinal game at Hudson Valley Community College. Mohonasen's Garrett Sisson (50) and Ben Dalton (22) look on. (Lansingburgh photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Despite a 16-day layoff and despite running into the team that knocked them out of the playoffs a season ago, the Lansingburgh boys basketball team is marching off to Glens Falls for a Class A semifinal game for the first time in Guy DiBacco's seven-season tenure with the Knights.

Sajae Pryor scored 19 points, adding seven rebounds and four blocks in a superior defensive effort by Lansingburgh in the 56-42 victory.

Senior center Tyler Hammett, 6-foot-10, added 17 points and 13 rebounds, anchoring Lansingburgh's 2-3 zone and providing the Knights an unstoppable offensive force in the paint.

Not unlike Thursday's Class AA game between Troy and Colonie, the Suburban Council team set the pace of the game early. While Lansingburgh did make a nice run late in the first quarter - Alex Drake scored seven points and made three steals during an exciting stretch - Mohon ground the game to a halt in the second, holding 'Burgh to just nine points in the frame.

"We came out a little slow and finally picked it up," Hammett said. "We kept scoring and we played great defense. With our team, we have to play good defense if we want to win games."

Lansingburgh junior point guard Alex Drake drives around Mohonasen's Jeffrey Kruzinski during Friday's Section II Class A quarterfinal game at Hudson Valley Community College.

Drake finished with 10 points, adding three steals and two assists for the Knights.

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It's been a long and strange season for Lansingburgh. Head coach Guy DiBacco and assistant Mike Benfer had tempered expectations about the year ahead when I spoke with them prior to their first game at Catholic Central in the Crusaders' Thanksgiving weekend tournament.

But, they have fought through some early questions to win a share of the Colonial Council regular season title, only to lose to a then-winless Ravena team late in the season.

Still, after knocking off Mohon Friday night, the Knights will be heading to the Civic Center for the first time under DiBacco's watch, blazing new ground for the Lansingburgh basketball program.

"I’m very excited. Maybe it was my lack of faith in them early, I don’t know," DiBacco laughed. "This is a group that their components fit well together. We have a couple of guys that can shoot it, we have a couple of guys that can handle it and I have a 6-foot-10 guy that’s coming on."

Schuylerville's Katelyn Fane dribbles around Catskill's Kiona Walters during Friday's Section II Class B opening round game at Schuylerville, a 54-26 victory for the Black Horses. (Photo courtesy The Saratogian).

Schuylerville's win sets up a quarterfinal rematch with Watervliet, which needed double overtime to dispatch the Black Horses in the quarterfinals a season ago.

Friday, No. 1 seed Watervliet topped Colonial Council rival Schalmont 45-33 in an opening round game on George Mardigan Court.

The Lady Cannoneers will host a pod of quarterfinal games on Wednesday, March 3.
Ravena will face Monday's Cohoes/Greenville winner at 6 p.m., followed by the Watervliet/Schuylerville clash at 7:30 p.m.

On the other side of the Class B bracket, we know No. 3 Mechanicville will playing No. 6 Johnstown at 6 p.m. Wednesday, but we don't know the location yet. Assuming No. 2 Fonda beats No. 15 Granville Saturday, the games will be played at Fonda.

In other girls action Friday, Glens Falls beat Gloversville in a Class A opener, setting up a quarterfinal matchup at No. 1 Averill Park Saturday night.

In Class CC, the Maple Hill and Hoosic Valley teams both advanced to the semifinal round, but did it in different fashions. Hoosic Valley cruised to a 61-24 victory, while the Wildcats sweated out a 49-42 triumph over Cambridge.

In Class C, Berlin topped Mayfield by three points, clinching a game at No. 1 seed Greenwich Saturday night.

In Class D, the Heatly girls topped No. 5 Hartford, 47-40, sealing a date with No. 1 Whitehall at Adirondack Community College Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.

(For all results, see the post below this for digital brackets)

In Friday's boys action, Ichabod Crane made a furious second quarter rally to toppled No. 4 Scotia-Glenville in a Class A quarterfinal game. The Riders will face No. 1 Lansingburgh Thursday night in Glens Falls in the semis.

In Class B, Johnstown edged Hudson 61-60.

In Class C, Corinth, Schoharie, Voorheesville and Canajoharie were winners. Maple Hill plays a long-awaited game against No. 16 Berne-Knox this afternoon at 4 p.m.

In Class D, New Lebanon, Fort Edward and Hawthorne Valley all marched on to the round of eight.

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Check back Saturday as I'll be bringing you live updates from the six boys basketball games at Hudson Valley Community College, staring with the Averill Park vs. Gloversville game at Noon.

We'll also have full covering of the New York State Wrestling Championships in Sunday's paper and I will do my best to bring you updates from that as well. For nearly real-time scores, see the wrestling post below this to view PDF brackets updated often at www.armdrag.com

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Lansingburgh vs. Mohonasen live chat - tonight, 8:30 p.m.

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NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships - updates

Our Chris Fitz Gerald is covering the action from the NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships today in Albany, but here is a list of how our local grapplers fared so far on Day One.

For updates, click here to see a PDF of the Division I brackets from www.armdrag.com

Division I
103 pounds - Shaker's Blake Retel lost by technical fall early in the morning.

112 - La Salle's Brendan Goldup advanced to the quarterfinals, but dropped a 9-1 decision.

125 - La Salle's Connor Sutton was pinned in his quarterfinal match.

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La Salle's Jon Clemente lost a first round decision to Mexico's James Loomis, 6-3.

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Lansingburgh's Chad Obzud moved on with a victory by technical fall. Obzud then lost a 5-2 decision to Wantagh's Joe Kavanaugh in the quarterfinals. Obzud can still finish as the No. 3 wrestler in the state with a strong performance in the loser's bracket.


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For updates to the Division II brackets, click here to see a PDF maintained by www.armdrag.com

Division II

96 pounds - Watervliet's John Delaney, the No. 1 seed, advanced to the quarterfinals, but lost a 14-5 decision to Ardsley's Drew Longo.

140 - Watervliet/Loudonville Christian's Brian Walsh scored a 4-3 rematch victory over Granville's Karl Palmer in the quarterfinals. Palmer had topped Walsh in the Section II finals a few weeks ago. A season ago, Walsh defeated Palmer in the 135-pound Section II title match to advance to the states.

Walsh will face Tioga's Derak Heyman in a semifinal match Saturday morning.

145 - Tamarac's Jake Oswald was pinned 1:41 into his first match against the No. 2 seed.

152 - Mechanicville's Josh Harrison was knocked out in the quarterfinals.

171 - Cohoes' Dustin Hallock was pinned in his first match.

189 - Schalmont's Vince Gallo is still going strong into the semifinals.

285 - Mechanicville's Sam Chase was bumped out in the quarterfinals.

Update, 6:40 p.m.:
Only three local wrestlers will still be alive in their pursuit of a state title Saturday morning.
In Division I, Shenendehowa's John Belanger is still going at 135 pounds.
In Division II, Watervliet/Loudonville Christian's John Delaney will be going strong at 140.

Other Section II reps wrestling tomorrow in semis include Giuseppe Lanzi (Amsterdam, 152), Zeal McGrew (285, Burnt Hills), Andy Lyman (130, Ravena), Vince Gallo (Schalmont, 189) and Nick Gwiazdowski (Duanesburg, 215).

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Hunt and Bromirski are All-Conference selections

A pair of former Wasaren League rivals recently earned accolades on the collegiate level.


Shea Bromirski, a Cambridge native and a sophomore at the College of Saint Rose, was named to the Northeast-10 Conference All-Star second team. (Photo above courtesy of Saint Rose)

Bromirski has canned 45.4 percent (69-for-152) of his 3-pointers that help him produce a team-leading 15.3 points per-game.

Saint Rose will host first round conference tournament games this Saturday and Sunday. The men’s squad will meet Southern New Hampshire on Saturday, while the women’s team will welcome Merrimack College to the Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium on Sunday. Tip-off for both games is 1:00 pm. Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for children and seniors, $1 for students from other NE-10 institutions, and are free for anyone who holds a Saint Rose ID.


Former Tamarac High standout Steve Hunt, seen here in a high school game against Catskill during the 2008-09 season, had a wonderful first season at Hudson Valley Community College. (Photo - J.S. Carras - The Record).

HVCC Freshman Steven Hunt, a Wynantskill native, has been named Third-Team All-Mountain Valley Conference. Hunt is averaging 11.3 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game for the Vikings.

Hudson Valley defeated Schenectady County Community College 86-67 in a Region III Division III National Junior College Athletic Association playoff game today in Watertown.
HVCC will face Herkimer in a semifinal game Saturday at 1 p.m. in Watertown.

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Friday schedule changes - Section II basketball

As we receive updates today on more schedule changes, I will update them in chronological order.

12:34 p.m.:
Boys Basketball

Class AA--- on schedule
Class A--- on schedule
Class B---Cairo at Catskill---OFF and rescheduled for Saturday at 2pm
Class B---Cobleskill at Granville---OFF and rescheduled for Saturday at 5pm
Class C---Cambridge at Schoharie is ON---7pm tonight
Class C---Fort Plain at Corinth is ON---7 pm tonight
Class C---Berne-Knox at Maple Hill---OFF and rescheduled for Saturday at 4 pm
Class C---Warrensburg at Canajoharie is ON---7 pm tonight

Class C Quarterfinals---Maple Hill/Berne-Knox winner vs. Lake George to be played on Sunday night at 7pm at Hudson Valley Community College.

Class D---Whitehall at Sharon Springs---OFF and rescheduled for Saturday at NOON

Class D quarterfinals at Argyle are on for tomorrow:
New Lebanon/Hartford winner vs. Fort Edward/Doane Stuart winner---2pm
Heatly vs. Argyle ---3:30 pm

Class D quarterfinal at Germantown tomorrow:
Northville/Hawthorne Valley winner at Germantown---3:30pm

Loudonville Christian vs. Sharon Springs/Whitehall winner at Higher Seed on Monday, March 1st at 6pm.

***All other games will be played as previously scheduled.***


Girls Basketball
Class AA - on schedule
Class A - on schedule (Gloversville at Glens Falls, Friday, 6 p.m.)
Class B opening round -

Friday games
Schalmont at Watervliet, 6 p.m.
Catskill at Schuylerville, 5:30 p.m.
Ravena at Hudson, 6 p.m.
Taconic Hills at Johnstown, 6 p.m.

Saturday games
Granville at Fonda, 3 p.m.

Monday games
Greenville at Cohoes, 6 p.m.

Class B quarterfinals
Wednesday, March 3 at the highest remaining seed on this side of the bracket
Hudson/Ravena winner vs. Greenville/Cohoes winner, 6 p.m.
Catskill/Schuylerville winner vs. Schalmont/Watervliet winner, 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 3 at the highest remaining seed on this side of the bracket
Taconic Hills/Johnstown winner vs. Mechanicville, 6 p.m.
Granville/Fonda winner vs. Hudson Falls, 7:30 p.m.

Class B semifinals
Friday, March 5 at Hudson Valley Community College, times TBA

Class B final
Monday, March 8, Adirondack Community College, Queensbury, 7:30 p.m.

Class CC - on schedule

Class C opening round -
Mayfield at Berlin, Friday, 4 p.m.
Schoharie at Fort Plain, Friday, 5 p.m.

Class C semifinals -
At Greenwich High School, Saturday
Waterford vs. Duanesburg, 6 p.m.
Berlin/Mayfield winner vs. Greenwich, 7:30 p.m.

Schoharie/Fort Plain winner at Berne-Knox-Westerlo, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Rensselear at Lake George High School (site change), Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Class D semifinals -

Fort Ann at Germantown High School, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Sharon Springs at Argyle High School (site change), Saturday, Noon


Boys Volleyball
The Greenville at Maple Hill match has been moved back to Monday at Maple Hill. Start time is 6:30 p.m.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Troy High shakes off the rust - and rest - in the second half; Thursday's news and notes

Troy High junior point guard Elijah Jenkins shakes off South Colonie defender Frankie Lombardi during Thursday's Section II Class AA opening round game at Colonie. (All Troy photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Troy High had eight days to rest since its last game (an overtime loss at Amsterdam) and spent the last two without practicing together because of snow days. The rust showed in the first half, as they headed to halftime with just 21 points, trailing Colonie by three.

John Pompey sparked the Flying Horses with a pair of three-point buckets off the bench in the second half and Josh Blaauboer filled in admirably for an ailing Kareem Brown, who did not score any points Thursday, as Troy won, 44-40. The Horses advance to the Section II Class AA quarterfinals for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

Colonie controlled the tempo, making it a halfcourt, Suburban Council style of game.

"It was played kind of the way they wanted it played and we tried to get out quick, but the problem is, when we’re not scoring a lot, we can’t get into our pressure," said Troy High head coach Jeff Sitterly. "It played into their hands that we weren’t scoring a lot of points. And give them credit. They did a great job. They took away Javion (Ogunyemmi) inside and they were tough defensively. To come out of there with a win, I’m very happy with that."

Troy High freshman center Javion Ogunyemmi looks to grab a rebound as Colonie's Mike Branche battles him for the ball during Thursday's game. Colonie's Onome Okpodu (23) and Jordan Meeks (4) look on.

Ogunyemmi put up some nice numbers Thursday, scoring a team-high 13 points and snaring seven rebounds. Only two of his points, however, came after halftime, as Colonie did a great job all night of crashing down on Troy's big men in the paint.

That, of course, opened the door for Troy's perimeter shooters. While they didn't exactly tee off from behind the arc, they provided enough of a spark to edge the Garnet Raiders.

Pompey drained a trio of treys, Elijah Jenkins added a pair and Raheem Felder and Greg Williams each knocked down one three-pointer for Troy.

"I try to tell the guys, ‘From night to night, you never know when it will be your time to step up," said Troy High head coach Jeff Sitterly. "When Kareem is not giving it, Josh has to come in and do big things. Defensively, he does some good things. Some other guys had to step up tonight and I think Johnny and Josh did."

Troy High sophomore forward Greg Williams looks for a route around Colonie's Frankie Lombardi during Thursday's Class AA playoff game at Colonie.

Next up for Troy? Only the state's No. 3 ranked team, Christian Brothers Academy.
In two regular season games against the Brothers this season, CBA walked away with a pair of victories, which came by an average margin of 27 points.

Troy last made the quarterfinal round in 2008 after upsetting Suburban No. 3 Shen in the first round. They played CBA in the quarters, losing 79-53.

If any team knows what they're up against in CBA, it's Troy High.

"We expect them to have shooters and play aggressive defense," Pompey said. "We just need to play with better intensity and play as a team and we can win."

"You never want to play CBA," Sitterly laughed. "CBA is obviously the best team in the area. But at this point, we’re happy to be playing. We played them twice, they know us, we know them pretty well and we know how tough it is going to be."

Saratoga Springs players react on the bench in the waning seconds of Thursday surprising loss to Big 10 Conference No. 7 seed Queensbury, a team from the Foothills Council. (Photo courtesy The Saratogian).

Troy High wasn't the only game in town Thursday night.

One of the most shocking upsets was Queensbury's 84-67 Class AA boys basketball victory over the homestanding Blue Steaks, the No. 2 seed from the Suburban Council. The Spartans will play Albany High in Saturday's quarterfinal round.

On the other side of the Class AA bracket, things went as planned. Bishop Maginn and Albany Academy will square off in the quarters a year after meeting in the semis. Suburban No. 1 Shen will face a Millinghaus-less Schenectady squad.

In Class C action, Hoosick Falls' Kevin McMahon scored his 1,00th point in a 55-28 victory over Waterford. The Panthers, the No. 2 seed, will face No. 10 Mayfield in Saturday's quarters after Mayfield upset No. 7 Rensselaer 50-49.

The Heatly boys marched on in Class D action, topping Fort Ann, 68-43. For more on this game, check out Friday's edition of The Record to read Ryan Kircher's story on the Hornets' victory.

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In girls basketball action, Shenendehowa High head coach Ken Strube, a recent inductee into the Capital Region Basketball Hall of Fame, won his 547th game Thursday night when the Lady Plainsmen topped Troy High, 58-22 in a Class AA opening round clash.

He moves into first place in the Section II victory column for basketball coaches - boys or girls - surpassing legendary Watervliet High head coach George Mardigan, who won 546 games during a 30-year tenure with the Cannoneers.

In other girls games Thursday, Shaker romped to a 75-31 victory over Queensbury. The Blue Bison will face Big 10 No. 2 Albany in the quarterfinals. Saratoga Springs edged Bishop Maginn to advance to a quarterfinal game against Suburban No. 1 Colonie.

On the other side of the bracket, Bethlehem toppled Schenectady and the Eagles will head to Catholic Central for a quarterfinal showdown with the Lady Crusaders Saturday evening.

In Class A, Lansingburgh topped Bishop Gibbons, 57-29, advancing to face undefeated Colonial Council rival No. 2 Holy Names, which is without team leader Kierra Moore for the remainder of the postseason.

The Mechanicville girls, in one a two Class B games played Thursday, beat Tamarac, 50-37. The Red Raiders, the No. 3 seed, face the winner of tomorrow's game between Johnstown and Taconic Hills. That game will be played at Fonda should the No. 2 seeded Braves beat No. 15 Granville on Friday.

In Class CC, Cambridge beat Spa Catholic, setting up a meeting with No. 1 Maple Hill in the quarters. No. 2 Hoosic Valley will also host a pod Friday night, including a game against No. 10 Corinth.

The Loudonville Christian girls were bounced in the Class D playoffs, losing to Fort Edward, 38-26.

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Saratoga Springs' Dan Going is sandwiched between a pair of Shaker-Colonie defenders during Thursday's Section II Division I championship game at Union College. Saratoga won, 3-1, capturing its first Section II title in a decade. (Hockey photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Saratoga Springs' Tristan Sperry is covered along the boards by Shaker-Colonie's Nick Kryatzis during Thursday's Section II Division I championship game at Union College.

Saratoga Springs, the No. 1 seed in the Division I tournament, had been the class of the CDHSHL all season and capped it off with a title that had been a long time coming. Young head coach Mike Ricupero has done a wonderful job with the Blue Steaks over the past few seasons.

For more on the hockey game, check out Friday's edition of The Record, which will include a story by our pal Stan Hudy from The Saratogian.

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We will see what happens with the schedule in the next few days, but my plan on Saturday is to camp out all day at Hudson Valley Community College to cover the six boys basketball quarterfinal games (two Class As and four Class AAs) that will be played there, starting at Noon.

As long as I can get a wireless connection, I plan on hosting a live chat all day long while I watch the games and try to write my stories.

So if you're looking for updates from HVCC Saturday, Off The Record will be the place to be. I'll also be there Sunday for the four Class B quarterfinals to be played at HVCC.

We'll also have full coverage of the New York State wrestling championships to be held in Albany on Friday and Saturday, so check back soon for updates.

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Danahy a second team Liberty League All-Star


Former Troy High standout Mollie Danahy, pictured above, was named a second team Liberty League All-Star this afternoon after a fantastic season at William Smith College.

The following information comes from a press release sent to us by the William Smith Sports Information Department:

A guard, Danahy started all 24 games. She leads the conference and ranks 21st in the nation in steals (3.75 spg). Danahy also ranks third in the league in assists (3.83 apg) and 12th in scoring (10.9 ppg), free throw shooting (.692), and three-pointers made (21). Her 90 steals this season are eighth on school’s single season list. Danahy registered a season-high eight steals at Skidmore, the most in a game by a Liberty League player this season.

Danahy reached double figures in scoring 14 times, including season-high 23 points against East Region No. 1 Ithaca. She was named the Liberty League Guard of the Week after leading Herons to a win at SUNYAC regular season champion Cortland. Danahy dished out a season-high seven assists in back-to-back games against Clarkson and St. Lawrence.

Danahy was the 2007-08 Liberty League Co-Rookie of the Year.

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If you know of any other former local stars excelling on the college level, please pass that information along and I will do my best to keep track of them here on the blog. I will add more posts like this in the future to the "College Notebook" label below.

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Thursday schedule changes

As we receive any changes to the high school schedules today, I will post them here in chronological order.

8:08 a.m.:
Boys basketball
Doane Stuart at Fort Edward game has moved to 6:30.
Salem at Loudonville Christian at Shaker High School will now start at 5:30.

Girls basketball
The Loudonville Christian/Fort Edward game is now at 5 pm.

11:38 a.m.:
Boys volleyball
The Greenville at Maple Hill boys volleyball game has been moved back to Saturday at 11 a.m. at Maple Hill due to heavy snowfall in Greenville this morning.

12:25 p.m.:
Boys basketball
The Berne-Knox at Maple Hill Class C boys basketball game set for tonight has been moved to Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Maple Hill due to heavy snow today in Berne.

2:30 p.m.:
Girls Basketball

A number of games scheduled for Thursday have been pushed back to Friday and there are some site detail changes for Saturday's quarterfinals:

Class B
(quarterfinals are all still on pace for Saturday, as per the original schedule)

Schalmont at Watervliet, Friday, 6 p.m.
Catskill at Schuylerville, Friday, 4 p.m.
Ravena at Hudson, Friday, 6 p.m.
Granville at Fonda, Friday. 6 p.m.
Taconic Hills at Johnstown, Friday, 6 p.m.
Greenville at Cohoes, date and time still TBD

The Stillwater at Hudson Falls and the Tamarac at Mechanicville games are still set for Thursday night.

Class C
Schoharie at Fort Plain, Friday, 5 p.m.

(Berne-Knox-Westerlo's pod has been pushed back to Saturday.)
B-K-W will host the Schoharie/Fort Plain winner at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The Lake George/Rensselaer quarterfinal will now be played Saturday at 6 p.m. at B-K-W.

Boys Basketball
Class AA
Bethlehem at CBA will now tip off at 6 p.m. tonight.

3:50 p.m.:
Boys Basketball

A list of games scheduled for Thursday that have been postponed (yet again):

Class B
Cobleskill at Granville, Friday, 6 p.m.
Cairo at Catskill, Friday, time TBA
Hudson at Johnstown, Friday, 7:30 p.m.

Class C
Fort Plain at Corinth, Friday, 7 p.m.
Cambridge at Schoharie, Friday, 7 p.m.
Warrensburg at Canajoharie, Friday, 6 p.m.
Greenwich at Voorheesville, Friday, 7 p.m.
Berne-Knox at Maple Hill, Friday, 4:30 p.m.

Class D
Whitehall at Sharon Springs, Friday, 5 p.m.
Hawthorne Valley at Northville, Friday, 6 p.m.
Hartford at New Lebanon, Friday, 6 p.m.
Doane Stuart at Fort Edward, Friday, 5 p.m.

Note - If you do NOT see your game listed, it is still on target to be played tonight.

Girls Basketball

Class C
Mayfield at Berlin, Friday, 4 p.m.

This means the Greenwich pod (Greenwich vs. the Mayfield/Berlin winner and the game between Waterford and Duanesburg) will now be played Saturday, rather than Friday.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Another heartbreaking loss for La Salle

It's been an interesting season for the La Salle Institute boys basketball team, which has manged to be its fair share of buzz-beating games both ways this season.

With four and one half minutes to go in Wednesday's Section II Class AA opening round game at Albany Academy, La Salle clung to an 11-point lead.

It wouldn't hold.

Academy put on the press, forced turnovers and charged back to tie the game at 59-59 on a David Benoks layup with 1:20 to play. Jelani Currie made the go-ahead bucket with 20 seconds to play.

After Nolan Hart made one of two free throws with seven seconds remaining, La Salle marched the ball up the court and Mike Murray found three-point threat Josh Terry wide open in the corner. As Terry crouched into the beginning of his jump shot, the La Salle players rose, watching the shot arc toward the rim.

For the second straight game, Terry's last-second shot clanged off the rim, as Academy walked away with a come-from-behind 62-59 victory in front of a standing room only crowd at the Albany Academy Fieldhouse.

"We set up an action off a free throw that we practice and it broke down a little bit, but we got it to JT," said La Salle head coach Steve Sgambelluri. "He got a good look at it, we got what we wanted and that’s all we can ask for."

For the full story, check out Thursday's edition of The Record at the newsstand or online at www.troyrecord.com

La Salle's Marquis Campbell dribbles around a Catholic Central defender during a game at CCHS earlier this season.

Excepting a pair of losses to Schenectady High (the Patriots beat La Salle by margins of 15 and 16 points, respectively, during the regular season) and La Salle’s average margin of defeat this season was 4.1 points.

The Cadets had their share of heartbreaking losses (and a number of triumphant wins, too) and Sgambelluri has certainly turned the program around from a low that happened when Sean Brown was dismissed in early 2008.

"The loss does not put a damper on how proud I am of my kids," Sgambelluri said. "I really think, and I told them, that they put La Salle back in the conversation of teams to be reckoned with and teams that are going to play hard. I couldn’t be prouder of them because they play as hard as any team that we played this year."

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Section II basketball playoffs schedule changes

Update: 3:20 p.m. - I have received the girls changes and typed them in at the bottom of this post.

Very sorry for the delay in updates today. I got stuck in the snow on my way home last night and didn't get back until 7:30 a.m., only to find the power was out. It just came on, and here are your updated dates and times:

Boys Basketball
Class AA
One game is still scheduled for tonight:
La Salle at Academy, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

The rest have been rescheduled for Thursday:
CCHS at Shen, Thurs , 5:30 p.m.
Guilderland at Schenectady, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Shaker at Bishop Maginn, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
Bethlehem at CBA, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Queensbury at Saratoga, Thursday, 6 p.m.
Columbia at Albany, Thursday, time TBA
Troy at Colonie, Thursday, 6 p.m.

Class A
(All dates have been moved forward from original Sunday slot)
All quarterfinal games at Hudson Valley Community College
Mohonasen vs. Lansingburgh, Friday, 8:30 p.m.
Ichabod Crane vs. Scotia, Friday, 7 p.m.
Burnt Hills vs. South Glens Falls, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Gloversville vs. Averill Park, Saturday, Noon

Class B
(All dates have been pushed back to Sunday from original Friday/Saturday schedule)
All quarterfinal games at Hudson Valley Community College
Granville/Cobleskill winner vs. Fonda, Sunday, 5:30 p.m.
Catskill/Cairo winner vs. Johnstown/Hudson winner, Sunday, 1 p.m.
Watervliet vs. Broadalbin, Sunday, 4 p.m.
Schuylerville/Spa Catholic winner vs. Schenectady Christian, Sunday, 2:30 p.m.

Class C
Hoosic Valley at Lake George is ON for Wednesday at 7 p.m.

All other games have been pushed back to Thursday at 7 p.m:
Berne-Knox at Maple Hill, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Fort Plain at Corinth, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Cambridge at Schoharie, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Waterford at Hoosick Falls, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Mayfield at Rensselaer, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Greenwich at Voorheesville, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Warrensburg at Canajoharie, Thursday, 7 p.m.

Class D
All opening round Class D games have been moved to Thursday:
Fort Ann at Heatly, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Hartford at New Lebanon, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Doane Stuart at Fort Edwward, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Hawthorne Valley at Northville, Thursday, 6 p.m.
Whitehall at Sharon Springs, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Salem vs. Loudonville Christian at Shaker High, Thursday, 5:30 p.m.


For the girls basketball brackets, here are your changes:

Class AA
Niskayuna will play at Amsterdam Wednesday night, 6 p.m. as scheduled. The rest have been changed:

Saratoga at Maginn, Thursday, 5 p.m.
Columbia at Albany, Thursday, 6 p.m.
Queensbury at Shaker, Thursday, 7 p.m.
Schenectady at Bethlehem, Thursday, 6 p.m.
Troy High at Shen, Thursday, 4 p.m.

Class A
Gloversville at Glens Falls, Thursday, 6 p.m.
Bishop Gibbons at Lansingburgh, Thursday, 6 p.m.

Class B
(All Class B opening round games have been moved to Thursday night)
Schalmont at Watervliet, 6 p.m.
Catskill at Schuylerville, 5:30 p.m.
Ravena at Hudson, 6 p.m.
Greenville at Cohoes, 4:30 p.m.
Granville at Fonda, 6 p.m.
Stillwater at Hudson Falls, 6 p.m.
Tamarac at Mechanicville, 6 p.m.
Taconic Hills at Johnstown, 5:30 p.m.

Class CC and C
One Class CC change:
Spa Catholic at Cambridge, Thursday, 6 p.m.

One Class C change:
Mayfield at Berlin, Thursday, 4 p.m.
Schoharie at Fort Plain, Thursday, 5 p.m.

Class D
Only one opening round game was left, and has been moved to Thursday:
Loudonville Christian at Fort Edward, Thursday, 6 p.m.

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Of course, all of these updates are subject to change, as we're supposed to get more snow overnight into Thursday, which could cause another snow day on the courts. Check back and I'll keep you posted as soon as I hear.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cannoneers keep the streak alive

Watervliet High School senior guard Nick Durocher navigates around the baseline during Tuesday's Section II Class B opening round game against Stillwater. Durocher walked off George Mardigan Court for the final time as a winner. (Photos by Tom Killips - The Record).

Nick Durocher admitted that he didn't play the greatest game of his career Tuesday night, but accomplished two big feats.
One, Watervliet advanced to the second round of the postseason for the 36th consecutive season, topping Stillwater, 68-52 in a Section II Class B opening round contest.
Two, Durocher and fellow senior Kevin Pontore left George Mardigan Court as winners.

"We know it. Every time we put on the Watervliet uniform we know we have to represent well" said Nick Durocher. "The legacy that Watervliet has, with all of the Colonial Council championships and the Section II championships, we know we can’t let the school down wearing the jersey."

With Watervliet scheduled to open its brand-new gymnasium in December 2010 or January 2011, this may well have been the final postseason boys basketball game played in the Harry Tucker gymnasium.

Junior guard Devonte Gleason hangs in midair en route to a game-high 17 points for the Cannoneers. His younger brother, Jordan Gleason, making his first varsity start, added 14 points, 13 rebounds and six steals.

The Cannoneers have had their share of hard knocks this season, as CJ Ashline and Tyler McLeod, two key contributors for Watervliet, were dismissed from the team for "Off-the-court things," so said Watervliet head coach Walter Bowden.

A door was opened in the starting lineup and Jordan Gleason stepped right up to the challenge.

"He’s been stepping up all year, rebounding, and stuff like that," Durocher said. "He’s ready. I knew he was. He came out real loose. He picked up the slack for us because we lost our wingman."

Watervliet sophomore Brandon Legault braces himself for a shot attempt amid a sea of Stillwater defenders Tuesday night.

Watervliet, the No. 2 seed in the Class B tournament, will need its bench players to step up down the stretch if it wishes to contend for a Section II title.

The Cannoneers will face No. 7 Broadalbin-Perth Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College in a Class B quarterfinal.

"We are happy to get the win, but it’s depressing in a way because it’s our last home game," Pontore said. "But only good can come from here, hopefully."

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For the full story, pick up Wednesday's edition of The Record.

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2009-10 Suburban Council All-Stars and exceptional seniors

Shenendehowa High School senior Matt Miner (pictured above) was named the Suburban Council's 2009-10 Player of the Year. (Photo courtesy The Saratogian).

2009-10 Suburban Council boys basketball All-Stars

First team

Matt Miner, Sr., Shen, Player of the Year
Zach Morton, Sr., Burnt Hills
Dan Lee, Sr., Shen
Nick Keefe, Sr., Columbia
Mike Branche, Sr., Colonie

Second team
Mike McElroy, Jr., Saratoga
Zach Arpey, Sr., Saratoga
Kevin Rocco, Sr., Averill Park
Kyle Bayly, Jr., Niskayuna
Chris Bodgan, Sr., Shaker

Third team
Anthony Gallo, Sr., Guilderland
Ryan Ochs, Sr., Guilderland
Chris Hooks, Sr., Shaker
Garrett Sisson, Jr., Mohonasen
Guy Waltman, Sr., Niskayuna

Fourth team
Tony DeLoatch, Sr., Saratoga
Corey Gibson, Jr., Columbia
John Morrill, Sr., Bethlehem
Mark Seager, Sr., Ballston Spa
Scott Seiter, Sr., Shaker

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2009-10 Suburban Council boys basketball Exceptional Senior team

Matt Miner, Shen

Zach Morton, Burnt Hills
Dan Lee, Shen
Mike Branche, Colonie
Nick Keefe, Columbia
Kevin Rocco, Averill Park
Zach Arpey, Saratoga
Chris Bogdan, Shaker
Anthony Gallo, Guilderland
Ryan Ochs, Guilderland

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2009-10 Suburban Council Coach of the Year:
Mitch Snyder, Saratoga Springs

2009-10 Suburban Council boys basketball Team Sportsmanship Award:
Niskayuna

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Section II high school basketball snow postponments

Update: 10:05 p.m.
The Class D boys have shifted to new sites instead of The College of Saint Rose Saturday.

Argyle will host a pod Saturday afternoon.
The New Lebanon/Hartford and Fort Edward/Doane Stuart winners will play at Argyle at 2 p.m.
Argyle will play the Heatly/Fort Ann winner at 3:30 p.m.

Germantown will also host a pod Saturday.
The Sharon Springs/Whitehall and Loudonville Christian/Salem winners will play at Germantown at 2 p.m.
Germantown hosts the Northville/Hawthorne Valley winner at 3:30 p.m.

Check the brackets post below this to visualize how this plays out.

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So far, a few high school basketball game scheduled for tonight have been postponed (reschedule dates are in parentheses):

Girls Basketball
Class CC
Spa Catholic at Cambridge (Weds, 6 p.m.)

Class C
Schoharie at Fort Plain (Weds, time TBD)
Mayfield at Berlin (Weds, 4 p.m.)

Class D
Loudonville Christian at Fort Edward (Thurs, 7:30 p.m.)


Boys Basketball
Class B
Cairo at Catskill (Weds)
Hudson at Johnston (Weds, 7:30 p.m.)
Spa Catholic at Schuylerville (Weds, 7 p.m.)
Cobleskill at Granville (Weds, 7 p.m.)

Class D
Hartford at New Lebanon (Thurs, 7 p.m.)
Fort Ann at Heatly (Thurs, 6 p.m.)
Hawthorne Valley at Northville (Thurs, 6 p.m.)
Doane Stuart at Fort Edward (Thurs, 7:30 p.m.)
Whitehall at Sharon Springs (Thurs, 4 p.m.)
Salem vs. Loudonville Christian at Shaker HS (TBD)


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The Greenville at Maple Hill boys volleyball match has also been postponed until Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. at Maple Hill.

I will be updating this post throughout the afternoon with any further changes.

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2009-10 CHVL boys basketball All-Stars

Co-MVPs

Germantown, Cody Broast, Junior
New Lebanon, Bryan Potter, Junior

First team

Waterford, Matt Berthiaume, Junior
Germantown, Thomas Griffin, Junior
Heatly, Peter Heffern, Senior
Loudonville, Christian Cullen Overholt, Senior
Doane Stuart, Lucas Wager, Senior

Second Team

Loudonville Christian, TJ Duguid, Junior
New Lebanon, Mike Garvity, Junior
Heatly , Alex Heffern, Junior
Loudonville Christian, Luke Khachadourian, Junior
Germantown, Larry Niebling, Junior
Hawthorne Valley, Christian Peterson, Sophomore
Germantown, Mike Wyant, Junior


Honorable Mention

Heatly, Anthony Bryant, Senior
Loudonville Christian, Koury Deeb, Senior
New Lebanon , Todd Ferguson, Junior
Waterford, David Fletcher, Sophomore
Hawthorne Valley, Alan Gallardo, Senior
Germantown, DJ Lyons, Senior
Waterford, Derek Marchione, Senior
New Lebanon, Kyle McHugh, Junior
Hawthorne Valley, Sjaak Smeele, Junior
Doane Stuart, Adam Stewart, Senior
Berlin, Drew Webster, Senior
Berlin , Shawn Willis, Senior

-- As submitted by Central Hudson Valley League representative Adam Cole

Also of note, the CHVL Exceptional Senior Game is on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at the Heatly School in Green Island.
Girls tip at 5:30 and the boys at 7:00 p.m.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Adirondack Bowling All-Stars 2009-10

ADIRONDACK LEAGUE BOWLING ALL-STARS
2009-2010
Southern Division

FIRST TEAM

Name-School Avg.

Tyler Meek - Stillwater 214
Joe Wolfrum-Hoosick Falls 211
Matt Seymour-Schuylerville 204
Chris Pelletier-Hoosick Falls 203
Chris Braim-Schuylerville 202
Jake Colliano-Hoosick Falls 201
Steve Booth-Schuylerville 199
Bryan Callahan-Hoosick Falls 198

SECOND TEAM

Name-School Avg.

Mitchell Andrew-Hoosick Falls 195
Matt Vargues-Schuylerville 194
Ken Phillips-Hoosic Valley 194
Kevin Lloyd-Schuylerville 193
Nate Mastropetro-Stillwater 192
Christian Coy-Stillwater 187
Justin Meddis-Hoosic Valley 185
Nate Taran-Granville 174

HIGH AVERAGE - Tyler Meek-214

HIGH GAME - Matt Seymour-298

HIGH TRIPLE - Matt Seymour-764

-- As submitted by Hoosick Falls bowling coach Bob Lang

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Blue Streaks topple Cadets en route to Division I final berth

La Salle Institute sophomore Kyle Sacks, who scored the Cadets' only goal Saturday, winds up for a shot as Saratoga Springs goaltender Graeme Bulmer braces for a shot during a CDHSHL Division I semifinal at Weibel Rink. (Photo by Ed Burke - The Saratogian).


No. 1 seed Saratoga Springs (16-4-1) received goals from Garrison Grant and Jamie Bartoszek and held off No. 4 La Salle, 2-1, in a CDHSHL Division I semifinal at Weibel Rink in Saratoga Saturday evening.

Saratoga will face No. 3 Shaker/Colonie, the defending Section II Division I champion at Union College Thursday night. The pucks drops at 6:30 p.m.

Kyle Sacks scored La Salle's (11-12-0) only goal and Brett Bernardo made 26 saves in net for La Salle.

"I think we surprised a lot of people tonight," La Salle head coach Tim Flanigan said. "We only have two seniors and after a 2-8 start, we went 9-3 in our last 12 games. Tonight I think we just ran out of guys in the third period."

For the latest Section II hockey brackets, click here.

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A big thanks goes out to Stan Hudy of The Saratogian, who covered this game for us. For the full story, pick up Sunday's edition of The Record or The Saratogian.

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Seeds announced; La Salle wrestlers carrying on the Cadets' tradition

Watervliet High School senior John Delaney (pictured above) will be the No. 1 seed in the 96 pound bracket at the 2009-10 New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division II championships this upcoming Friday and Saturday in Albany. (Photo by J.S. Carras - The Record).

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association released the pairings Saturday afternoon for the NYS wrestling tournament to be held in Albany this upcoming Friday and Saturday.

Click here to see a PDF of the complete Division I brackets.

Local Division I seeds:

103 pounds - Blake Retel, Shaker - No. 13
112 - Brendon Goldup, La Salle - No. 6
125 - Connor Sutton, La Salle - No. 4
135 - Jonathan Clemente, La Salle - No. 8
171 - Chad Obzud, Lansingburgh - No. 10

Click here to see a PDF of the complete Division II brackets.

Local Division II seeds:

96 pounds - John Delaney, Watervliet - No. 1
140 - Brian Walsh, Loudonville Christian/Watervliet - No. 5
145 - Jake Oswald, Tamarac - No. 15
152 - Josh Harrison, Mechanicville - No. 8
171 - Dustin Hallock, Cohoes - No. 11
285 - Sam Chase, Mechanicville - No. 3

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La Salle Institute freshman Brendan Goldup gets limber during a pre-practice drill Thursday afternoon at Shenendehowa High School. He will be the No. 6 seed in the 2009-10 New York State Division I 112-pound bracket. (Photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

La Sallle is sending a trio of wrestlers to the 2010 New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships this weekend in Albany.

Freshman Brendan Goldup was the Section II Division II champion at 96 pounds a season ago at Schuylerville, transferring to La Salle this fall.

Sophomore Connor Sutton, the fourth son La Salle head coach Jim Sutton has seen come through the La Salle program, will be the No. 4 seed at 125 pounds.

Junior Jon Clemente, who has had brothers and cousins see great success before at the state meet, will be the No. 8 seed at 135 pounds.

"I don’t look as it being, ‘What a great thing we did winning Section II," Jim Sutton said. "I want more than that and they know that the other kids here have had a tradition of giving more than that.
"For a lot of kids, their true goal might just be going to the states. My kids know that’s not good enough."

For the full story, make sure to check out Sunday's edition of The Record.

Also be sure to check the paper and the blog for upcoming stories on Watervliet's John Delaney, a No. 1 seed, and a story on the duo of Cohoes' Dustin Hallock and Lansingburgh's Chad Obzud, former teammates reunited in preparation for the state meet.

La Salle's Jon Clemente works on a carry drill Thursday afternoon at Shenendehowa.

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Troy High relay team breaks a pair of school records

Troy High School's 800 and 1,600 meter relay team poses with their Section II championship patches after taking first place in the 800 meter race Saturday at the University at Albany. The Flying Horses' relay team also broke a pair of school records that had stood for 24 years. (Photo provided by John Cooney).

ALBANY - Troy High’s indoor track and field teams scored four first place finishes and set a pair of school records at the Section II Division II championships in SEFCU Arena at the University at Albany.

The girls 800 meter relay team – Jeanette Williams, Lauren Cooney and twin sisters Alexis and Bianca Jordan – broke a 24-year old school record, finishing first in Saturday’s meet in a time of 1:53:00, shaving 0.4 seconds off the old mark.

The same group of girls shattered the 24-year-old school record in the 1,600 meter relay by five seconds, but finished third in Saturday’s field.

Bianca Jordan was a first place finisher in the 300 meter dash (0:42.8). Other solid performances came from Lativia Perkins in the 55 meter hurdles (8.9 seconds, third place) and Alexis Jordan in the 600 meter run (sixth place, 1:46:00).

In the boys division, Travon Jackson was a first place finisher in the 55 meter hurdles, running that race in 7.93 seconds. Jackson placed second in the long jump with a leap of 20 feet, five inches.

Wayne Russell placed fifth in the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, three and one half inches.

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What if Section II used county champions?

Inspired by watching today's Siena College at Butler University men's basketball game, I thought, what would happen if Section II used a county champion system to determine the best team in the area?

If you've ever seen the film Hoosiers, little Hickory High advances to the Indiana State Tournament and defeats South Bend Central - one of the largest school districts in the state - in the championship game at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Siena played there today.

The idea is this: instead of slicing teams into classifications based on the number of students in a school, what if teams were grouped geographically and faced off in a regional tournament to decide the single best team from Section II?

If we slice up the teams by county, we can make relatively even groupings by combining the northern and western counties. I'm lumping the single-sex private schools into the mix here, so the numbers would be slightly different for boys and girls tournaments.

Albany County (16 teams): Albany, Maginn, Academy, CBA, Bethlehem, Colonie, Guilderland, Shaker, Cohoes, Ravena, Waervliet, Holy Names, Berne-Knox-Westerlo, Voorheesville, Heatly and Loudonville Christian.

Rensselaer County (14 teams): Troy, Catholic Central, Columbia, La Salle, Averill Park, Lansingburgh, Tamarac, Emma Willard, Berlin, Hoosick Falls, Hoosic Valley, Maple Hill, Rensselaer and Doane Stuart.

Schenectady County (8 teams): Schenectady, Niskayuna, Bishop Gibbons, Mohonasen, Scotia, Schalmont, Schenectady Christian and Duanesburg.

Saratoga County (12 teams): Saratoga, Ballston Spa, Shen, Burnt Hills, Mechanicville, Spa Catholic, Schuylerville, Stillwater, South Glens Falls, Corinth, Galway and Waterford.

  • For the more rural counties in the section, we would have to combine a few into one super-region.

Columbia-Greene (11 teams): Ichabod Crane, Cairo-Durham, Catskill, Coxsackie, Greenville, Hudson, Taconic Hills, Chatham, Germantown, Hawthorne Valley and New Lebanon.

Montgomery-Fulton-Schoharie (14 teams): Amsterdam, Gloversville, Broadalbin, Cobleskill, Fonda, Johnstown, Canajoharie, Fort Plain, Mayfield, Middleburgh, Schoharie, Northville, Sharon Springs and St. Johnsville.

Warren-Washington (16 teams): Granville, Cambridge, Greenwich, Salem, Queensbury, Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, Hadley-Luzerne, Lake George, Warrensburg, Argyle, Fort Ann, Fort Edward, Hartford, North Warren and Whitehall.

  • Certainly there could be some adjustments to this placement. It would make sense to put South High in the Warren bracket for those rivalries with Glens Falls, Hudson Falls and Fort Edward. Burnt Hills could also slide over to the tiny Schenectady County bracket to bolster a small lineup of teams. (Burnt Hills high school is just a mile over the county line and many of the BH-BL kids live in Glenville in Schenectady County.)
During the regular season, teams would continue to play in their traditional leagues and conferences. When it came time for sectionals, however, teams would be seeded by county committees and use a playoff to determine a county champion.

Then, the county winners would square off in a section-wide tournament to determine the best team from the Capital Region. This could be done in two ways. The Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia-Greene and a bye spot could be placed on one side of the bracket and the remaining four conferences would battle it out on the other. Or, numbers could be drawn from a hat every year to create a randomized bracket.

Obviously, this is a hypothetical situation, but it would be fun, wouldn't it?

My winners of the 2009-10 proposed Section II county championships
Boys Basketball
Albany: C.B.A.
Rensselaer: Hoosick Falls and Maple Hill knock off the bigger schools along the way, but Maple Hill prevails in the finals
Schenectady: Without the Millinghaus brothers at Schenectady High, Scotia-Glenville wins this year
Saratoga: Shenendehowa
Columbia-Greene: Germantown makes it interesting against the Patroon teams, but Ichabod Crane prevails over Catskill
Montgomery-Fulton-Schoharie: Amsterdam would be tough to beat as the biggest school in the area, but Fonda wins here
Warren-Washington: With no South Glens Falls entry (they're in Saratoga County), Queensbury wins

Regional tournament
Quarterfinals
(Albany) CBA - bye
(Renss.) Maple Hill vs. (C-G) Ichabod Crane - Maple Hill wins in a close one
('Toga) Shen vs. (W-W) Queensbury - Shen
(F-M-S) Fonda vs. (Sch'dy) Scotia - Scotia holds off the Braves
Semifinals
CBA vs. Maple Hill - CBA
Shen vs. Scotia - Shen
Finals
CBA vs. Shen - This might happen yet in the AAs this year, so I'll hold off on a prediction for now. It would be a great game.


My winners of the 2009-10 proposed Section II county championships
Girls Basketball
Albany: Likely comes down to Holy Names and Colonie - Holy Names prevails with defense
Rensselaer: Averill Park girls hold off a tough field of Hoosic Valley, Maple Hill and Catholic Central
Schenectady: Mohonasen
Saratoga: Shenendehowa
Columbia-Greene: Germantown
Montgomery-Fulton-Schoharie: Amsterdam girls top Fonda here
Warren-Washington: Greenwich girls beat the big schools

Regional tournament
Quarterfinals
(Albany) Holy Names - bye
(Renss) Averill Park vs. (C-G) Germantown - Averill Park
('Toga) Shen vs. (W-W) Greenwich - Shen wins, but Dani DeGregory scores some points
(M-F-S) Amsterdam vs. (Sch'dy) Mohonasen - Mohon cruises
Semifinals
Holy Names vs. Averill Park - Another matchup we may see in a few weeks, Averill Park has the depth to outlast AHN
Shen vs. Mohonasen - Shen is just a bit better than their Suburban counterparts
Finals
Averill Park vs. Shen - Averill Park won the regular season meeting in Clifton Park earlier this season, but as Colonie proved, the Lady Warriors are beatable, just not here.

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Who is this year's Hickory High? A tournament like this would certainly favor the larger schools, but could any of the smaller schools string together a few upsets?
Feel free to sound off in the comments or to send me an email at the address listed above.

Check back Thursday evening at 5 p.m. as I'll host a live chat to recap the opening round of the playoffs and preview the Section II quarterfinals, as well as give you a brief on the New York State wrestling championships set to begin Friday.

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