Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Colonial Council divisions for 2011

Cohoes High School softball head coach Frank Ryan tipped me off to the new Colonial Council softball divisions for 2011 when I spoke with him about our All-Area team today.

With the addition of Fonda-Fultonville and Ichabod Crane for the 2010-11 season, the Colonial Council decided to rearrange its divisions for softball.

Patriot Division
Academy of the Holy Names
Ichabod Crane

Liberty Division
Albany Academy for Girls

I'd imagine the divisions will be the same for girls soccer and basketball, but since the boys don't have a match for Holy Names, they may go with just one 11-team division.

Teams will play each other school in their division home and away. Teams will play each team in the opposite division just once during the regular season. Division winners will meet in a season-ending championship game.

The Ichabod Crane/Lansingburgh games should be pretty competitive in most sports, so that will be an interesting new rivalry to track.

What do you think? Was there a better way to organize the teams?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow. I don't follow basketball or soccer much, but this is insane for softball. The consensus three best teams in the council next year for softball look like Mechanicville, Cohoes and Ichabod Crane. And they're all in the same division?

Not only that, but if you wanted to pick the three weakest softball teams for next year, they would probably be Albany Academy, Cobleskill and Watervliet.

Think about it: If you were to rank a preseason poll for the Colonial Council softball next year, it would look like this:

1. Mechanicville (Patriot)
2a. Ichabod Crane (Patriot)
2b. Cohoes (Patriot)
4. Voorheesville (Liberty)
5. Lansingburgh (Patriot)
6. Schalmont (Liberty)
7. Holy Names (Patriot)
8. Fonda-Fultonville (Liberty)
9. Ravena (Patriot)
10. Watervliet
11. Albany Academy
12. Cobleskill

Seems a little unbalanced for softball, but you would know better than I do about the other sports.
Also, have you received the Colonial Council softball All-Star team yet? Just wondering, since you're talking to the coaches about the all-area team, I'd be interested in seeing the Colonial Council team.

June 22, 2010 at 7:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the division because Voorheesville loses their catcher, shortstop, and center fielder and they didn't have a JV team this year so they should be near the bottom. Don't know about all the teams but it seems mostly like an "A" division and a "B" division. Nice for the lower teams to not have to get beat up twice and also good tests for the better teams to prepare for sectionals.

June 23, 2010 at 1:01 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a player on one of these teams. This is THE WORST setup I can imagine. You have the three strongest teams in one division. The other, Lansingburgh came in second in the Patriot last year. So they have taken the four strongest teams and put them all in one division. Albany Academy gets to recruit from wherever. RCS basically gets hosed. If I had a kid on that team, and softball was her sport, I would be looking to send her to a Big 10 private school, because she isn't gonna stand a chance to ever be seen. Not with the media circus that Cohoes and M'Ville pull off every year.

March 17, 2011 at 7:03 PM 

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