Monday, August 30, 2010

Training camp report No. 21: Shaker High School

LATHAM -- Football fans, players and coaches have been waiting for 'that year' at Shaker High School for quite some time.

Shaker has not qualified for a Section II postseason game since 2005 and the Blue Bison last won an area title the year man first walked on the moon - 1969.



The Blue Bison know they still have a lot of work to do, but with a new excitement generated by first-year head coach Greg Sheeler, maybe, just maybe, 2010 will be 'the year' in Latham.

"With any change, there is going to be a new optimism," said senior center and linebacker Bryan Egan.

"We interacted a lot more," said senior tight end and defensive end Chris Sherwin. "We called each other, gave our cell phone numbers, texted each other and got together for workouts and lifting."

"There has been a winning attitude around the whole school and everyone wants to be a part of it," said senior quarterback Ben Capeless. "It started in offseason, people been lifting together."

The Bison return a solid number of skill players and they've converted former fullback Derek Gardella into an offensive guard, which should make Shaker beefier up front.

First-year head coach Greg Sheeler addresses his team after a recent practice at Shaker High School. (Photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

"The eye in the sky doesn't lie," has been a refrain at Shaker practices this season. Head coach Greg Sheeler has taken a page from major college and professional programs and video records as much of the morning session of practice he could during two-a-days. During lunch, the players would break their film and get back out in the afternoon and apply their classroom work on the field.

For more on that story, be sure to check out the Shaker High page in Kickoff 2010, a 48-page section which hits the newsstands on Thurs., Sept. 2, tucked inside every copy of The Record.


Shaker High School football players break off the line as they run sprints following a recent practice at the school.

Shaker playbook
COACH: Greg Sheeler
STARTERS RETURNING: 4 offense, 3 defense
2009 RECORD: 3-6
NICKNAME: Blue Bison
OFFENSE: Wing-T
DEFENSE: 4-3
LAST PLAYOFF GAME: 2005
LAST SECTION II TITLE: 1969 (Suburban Council)
DIVISION: Class AA, Liberty

Shaker, 2009 game-by-game results
SHENENDEHOWA, L 27-14
Albany, W 7-0
SCHENECTADY, L 20-6
La Salle, L 40-7
BETHLEHEM, L 20-13
Colonie, L 27-19
Columbia, W 30-20
CBA, W 21-0*
BETHLEHEM, L 29-28*
*Crossover games
Home game in CAPS

Shaker 2009 stats review
Rushing, Att., Yds., Avg., TDs
Conor Alund, 107, 868, 8.1, 9
Passing, Comp., Att., Yds., Avg., TDs
Ben Capeless, 30, 84, 449, 15.0, 3
Receiving, No., Yds., Avg., TDs
Eric Sinko, 16, 219, 13.7, 2
Scoring, TD, 2-pt, PAT, FG, Tot.
Conor Alund, 10, 1, 0, 0, 62

Shaker 2010 Roster
No., Player, Yr., Pos. Ht., Wt.
1, Sam Hyatt, Sr., RB-DB, 6-1, 180
3, Brendan Kisselback, Sr., RB-DB, 5-11, 165
5, Chris Landers, Soph., QB-DB, 6-2, 160
7, Ben Capeless, Sr., QB-DB, 6-0, 170
8, Carlos Mendez, Sr., TE-DL, 5-10, 195
11, Adrian Valentino, Jr., SE-DB, 6-2, 170
15, Jimmy O’Brien, Sr., RB-DB, 5-10, 180
17, Matt Whalen, Sr., K, 6-0, 150
19, John Canfield, Sr., SE-DB, 5-8, 160
22, Bernard Maxwell, Sr., RB-LB, 5-6, 145
24, Evan Alaxanian, Sr., TE-DE, 6-2, 185
26, Ian Schupp, Jr., RB-DB, 6-1, 155
27, Josh Fant, Sr., SE-DB, 6-2, 170
28, Marlon Gedeon, Jr., RB-DB, 5-9, 140
29, Brandon Souza, Jr., RB-DB, 5-9, 145
30, Kyle Bernard, Jr., RB-LB, 5-7, 155
34, Conor Alund, Sr., RB-LB, 6-0, 210
40, Steve Boldish, Jr., RB-LB, 5-9, 175
42, Joe Latza, Jr., TE-LB, 5-10, 165
47, Ryan Griffin, Soph., RB-LB, 5-10, 185
50, Cole Lawton, Sr., OL-LB, 5-8, 175
52, Derek Gardella, Sr., OL-LB, 5-11, 230
55, Jasiah Toussaint, Jr., OL-DL, 5-11, 215
61, Bryan Egan, Sr., OL-LB, 6-0, 190
62, Dominic Sposito, Jr., OL-DL, 5-10, 200
63, Luccas Serriano, Sr., OL-DL, 6-3, 285
64, Alex Arduini, Sr., OL-DL, 6-2, 220
65, T.J. Coates, Sr., OL-DL, 5-11, 210
66, Schuyler Huntington, Soph., OL-DL, 6-2, 210
68, Anthony Shea, Jr., OL-DL, 6-0, 220
71, Steven Brown, Sr., OL-DL, 6-0, 220
72, Jon Hewitt, Sr., OL-DL, 5-8, 160
74, Zach Eustace, Sr., OL-DL, 5-10, 190
75, Michael Monfils, Sr., OL-DL, 5-11, 185
78, David Morrison, Soph., OL-DL, 6-2, 225
79, Tony Walton, Sr., OL-LB, 5-11, 170
81, Shane Riley, Sr., SE-DB, 6-0, 165
85, Dan Phillips, Jr., TE-LB, 5-11, 140
86, Patrick Kane, Sr., SE-DB, 5-8, 130
88, Christian Sherwin, Sr., TE-DL, 6-3, 230
90, Jamison Kuhn, Jr., OL-DL, 5-9, 160

Shaker’s three keys to the season
1, Balance between running and passing attack on offense.
2, Be fundamentally sound on defense. "We’re not going to line up in 100 different blitzes," said head coach Greg Sheeler. "we need to tackle, cause turnovers and run to the football."
3, Make big plays and prevent big plays on special teams.

Shaker, 2010 schedule
Friday Sept. 3, vs. Colonie, 7:30 p.m.
Friday Sept. 10, at Schenectady, 7 p.m.
Friday Sept. 17, vs. Bethlehem, 7 p.m.
Friday Sept. 24, vs. Niskayuna, 7 p.m.
Friday Oct. 1, vs. La Salle Institute, 7 p.m.
Friday Oct. 8, at Columbia, 7 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 16, at Troy, 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 22/29, Playoffs/Crossovers, TBA

Shaker High School players have been running up and down the hill behind the school in an effort to work themselves into football shape before the 2010 season starts Thursday night in Latham against archrival Colonie.


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This will wrap up Off The Record's series of training camp reports for 21 local high schools, but the excitement for Kickoff 2010 isn't over quite yet. Wonder why Colonie and Shaker were saved for last? They open up the 2010 season Thursday night at Shaker High School. Look for an expanded post to preview that game coming later this week.

To wrap up the Kickoff 2010 series of posts, I will be hosting a live chat here on the blog Wednesday, Sept. 1, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Bring your ideas and comments on what you think will happen in 2010 and share them with fans, parents and perhaps even players from around Section II, Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

Also keep your eyes open for our 48-page preview section - Kickoff 2010 - which hits the newsstands inside The Record on Thurs., Sept. 2. It will feature 21 team previews, columns, feature stories, statistics and pictures to preview the upcoming 2010 high school football season.

Previous training camp reports:
No. 1, Lansingburgh High School
No. 2, Cohoes High School
No. 3, Watervliet High School
No. 4, Columbia High School
No. 5, Catholic Central High School; head coach Ray Gaston update
No. 6, Christian Brothers Academy
No. 7, Rensselaer High School
No. 8, Hoosick Falls High School
No. 9, Averill Park High School 
No. 10, Tamarac High School
No. 11, Troy High School
No. 12, Bishop Maginn High School
No. 13, La Salle Institute
No. 14, Stillwater High School
No. 15, Shenendehowa High School
No. 16, Mechanicville High School
No. 17, Hoosic Valley High School
No. 18, Albany Academy
No. 19, Albany High School
No. 20, Colonie High School 

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Training camp report No. 20: South Colonie High School

COLONIE -- The South Colonie Garnet Raiders are hoping 2010 is going to be a season on the Brink.

Senior running back and linebacker Davion Brink has put in the extra effort in the offseason, knowing he's going to be one of the keys to Colonie's success in 2010.

"It's confidence," Brink said. "I feel like last year we definitely waited for things to happen. This year, we’re going to make them happen. There is no second thought, no hesitation. We’re going to make it happen, no question about it."

Colonie senior running back and linebacker Davion Brink figures to take the lion's share of the carries in the Garnet Raiders' backfield in 2010. (Videograb by Will Montgomery - The Record).

Colonie has a handful of returning starters, but they're still going to be a young and inexperienced team in 2010. That has changed the Raiders' practice approach during training camp, as they started from square one.

"We try to do more basics as opposed to the details," head coach Mike Ambrosio said. "Knowing the basics and the fundamentals, you can start building on that foundation. These kids have to spend more time with the foundation, the base stuff, before they start adding wrinkles."


Colonie linemen work on their technique on the sled during practice last week. (Photo by Mike McMahon - The Record).

Colonie plays a big game in Week One against Shaker.

For some of head coach Mike Ambrosio's thoughts on the challenges of having to play on Thursday against his crosstown rival in Week One, click here to read Sunday's media day notebook.

"To have Shaker the first game, it made us work harder over the offseason and it gave us motivation," said senior running back and linebacker Ryan Nolte.

For more on this game, check out The Record's sports section on Thurs., Sept. 2, which is also the day Kickoff 2010 hits the newsstand, tucked inside the paper.






















Colonie players work on exploding off the line of scrimmage during a recent practice at Roessleville Elementary School. (McMahon photo - The Record).

Colonie last won a Section II title in 1988 (with a 20-0 victory over Albany in the Class A Super Bowl) and has lost in Section II’s ultimate game four times since then.
  • 1989 (45-6 loss to Saratoga Springs, Class A Super Bowl)
  • 1998 (14-0 defeat against Troy in Class AA Super Bowl)
  • 2002 (21-7 defeat to Shenendehowa in Class AA Super Bowl)
  • 2006 (18-0 loss to Christian Brothers Academy in Class AA Super Bowl)
 Could 2010 be the year?

Senior lineman Matt McCarty works on his technique during a recent practice at Colonie. (McMahon photo - The Record).

South Colonie playbook
COACH: Mike Ambrosio
STARTERS RETURNING: 4 offense, 4 defense
2009 RECORD: 4-5
NICKNAME: Garnet Raiders
OFFENSE: Multiple
DEFENSE: 4-3
LAST PLAYOFF GAME: 2009
LAST SECTION II TITLE: 1988 (Class A)
DIVISION: Class AA, Liberty

Colonie, 2009 game-by-game results
Christian Brothers Academy, W 29-20
Saratoga Springs, L 31-13
LA SALLE, L 21-0
COLUMBIA, W 24-7
Schenectady, L 25-0
SHAKER, W 27-19
Bethlehem, L 31-14
Saratoga Springs, L 34-6*
ALBANY, W 32-7!
*Section II Class AA quarterfinals
!Crossover game
Home games in CAPS

Colonie, 2009 stats review
Rushing, Att., Yds., Avg., TDs
Matt Hamilton, 111, 611, 5.5, 6
Passing, Comp., Att., Yds., Avg., TDs
Mike Branche, 43, 79, 381, 8.9, 3
Receiving, No., Yds., Avg., TDs
Nick DiFlorio, 7, 94, 13.4, 0
Scoring, TD, 2-pt, PAT, FG, Tot.
Nick Colello, 5, 0, 6, 1, 39

Colonie 2010 roster
No., Player, Yr., Pos. Ht., Wt.
1, Mike Fitzgibbon, Sr., WR-DB, 5-9, 170
2, Davey Mitchell, Sr., WR-DB, 6-1, 180
4, Davion Brink, Sr., RB-LB, 6-0, 195
6, Bryan Cross, Sr., WR-DB, 5-8, 160
7, Steve Wutzer, Jr., QB-DB, 6-2, 175
11, Edwin Reyes, Jr., WR-DB, 5-10, 160
12, Pat Schroeder, Sr., WR-DB, 5-9, 170
17, Giancarlo Sainato, Jr., WR-DB, 6-0, 160
20, Ryan Nolte, Sr., RB-LB, 6-0, 180
22, Rich Bell, Sr., WR-DB, 5-11, 175
24, Elijha Crago, Jr., WR-DB, 6-0, 180
25, Hezekiha Williamson, Jr., WR-DB, 5-6, 165
28, Tommy Dawkins, Sr., TE-DL, 5-11, 165
30, Dave Monin, Jr., RB-LB, 5-10, 180
32, Mike Cuoccio, Jr., RB-LB, 5-7, 165
33, Nick Hirsch, Jr., RB-LB, 5-11, 210
36, Brenden Dilello, Jr., WR-DB, 5-10, 170
40, Jamie Chittenden, Jr., WR-DB, 5-7, 140
41, Brendan Schroeder, Jr., QB-DB, 5-7, 155
44, Mike White, Sr., TE-DL, 5-11, 190
48, Elijah Brown, Jr., RB-DB, 5-8, 155
50, Bruce VanEpps, Jr., OL-DL, 6-0, 170
54, Casey O’Hare, Sr., OL-DL, 5-8, 185
55, Raphael Duncan, Jr., OL-LB, 5-10, 210
57, Shaun Stey, Jr., OL-DL, 5-11, 220
60, Zach Springman, Sr., OL-DL, 6-0, 215
61, BRaden McKinney, Sr., OL-DL, 5-8, 190
62, Sean Richards, Sr., OL-DL, 5-8, 195
64, Dave Bradt, Sr., OL-DL, 5-11, 190
68, Matt McCarty, Sr., OL-LB, 5-9, 200
70, Seamus Lyman, Sr., OL-DL, 6-0, 270
71, Brandon Giminianni, Sr., OL-DL, 6-0, 260
72, Padraic Lyman, Sr., OL-DL, 6-0, 265
74, Austin DiCerbo, Fr., OL-DL, 6-2, 280
75, John Burnett, Jr., OL-DL, 5-11, 210
78, James Meister, Sr., OL-DL, 6-2, 225
81, Kage Allen, Sr., TE-DL, 6-2, 180
85, Joe Shell, Sr., TE-DL, 6-0, 175
88, Jamie June, Sr., WR-DB, 6-0, 170

South Colonie head coach Mike Ambrosio displays proper technique on the swim move during a recent practice. (McMahon photo - The Record).

Colonie’s three keys to the season
1, Adjust to the tempo of varsity football.
2, Play fundamentally sound on both sides of the ball.
3, Not inflicting self-harm. "If we’re able to avoid the big mistake, we’ll be competitive," head coach Mike Ambrosio said.

Colonie, 2010 schedule
Thursday Sept. 2, at Shaker, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday Sept. 11, at Troy, 1:30 p.m.
Friday Sept. 17, vs. Columbia, 7 p.m.
Friday Sept. 24, at La Salle Institute, 7 p.m.
Friday Oct. 1, vs. Niskayuna, 7 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 9, at Albany, 1:30 p.m.
Friday Oct. 15, vs. Schenectady, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22/29, Playoffs/Crossovers, TBA

Senior Richie Bell could be spending some time under center this season for the Garnet Raiders.



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Keep checking back on the blog for a training camp report posted every day between now and opening day of the high school football season on Thurs., Sept. 2. The schools will be posted in no particular order, so please be patient if you don't see your school right away.

Also keep your eyes open for our 48-page preview section - Kickoff 2010 - which hits the newsstands inside The Record on Thurs., Sept. 2. It will feature 21 team previews, columns, feature stories, statistics and pictures to preview the upcoming 2010 high school football season.

Previous training camp reports:
No. 1, Lansingburgh High School
No. 2, Cohoes High School
No. 3, Watervliet High School
No. 4, Columbia High School
No. 5, Catholic Central High School; head coach Ray Gaston update
No. 6, Christian Brothers Academy
No. 7, Rensselaer High School
No. 8, Hoosick Falls High School
No. 9, Averill Park High School 
No. 10, Tamarac High School
No. 11, Troy High School
No. 12, Bishop Maginn High School
No. 13, La Salle Institute
No. 14, Stillwater High School
No. 15, Shenendehowa High School
No. 16, Mechanicville High School
No. 17, Hoosic Valley High School
No. 18, Albany Academy
No. 19, Albany High School


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Local roundup, August 30

(Throughout the fall season, I'll be posting the local roundup as soon as it starts to trickle in every night. It will be updated as we received more scores).


The Record


STILLWATER — Tamarac High School’s boys golf team snapped Stillwater’s 41-match winning streak in the 2010 Wasaren League season opener at Saratoga Lake Golf Course by a score of 3-2.
Stillwater’s Connor Jones and John Hoin were medalists with rounds of 44, but Tamarac’s Dan O'Brien and Ben Gardenier (rounds of 46) and Anthony Giamei (47) paved the way for the Bengals’ team victory.
TAMARAC 3, STILLWATER 2
Tamarac scores: Dan O'Brien 46, Ben Gardenier 46, Brendan Griffin 51, Jimmy Hudson 50, Anthony Giamei 47, Matt Whalen 52.
Stillwater scores: Conor Jones 44, Robert Stickney 49, John Hoin 44, Jared MacMurray 67, Shane Quackenbush 49, Thaddus Piskutz 68.
Hoosic Valley 5, Greenwich 0: Kevin White fired a round of 40 and Frank Acker added a score of 43 as the Indians topped the Witches in Wasaren League action Monday at Battenkill County Club.
Greg Scott paced Greenwich with a round of 40.
CCHS wins Big 10 tri-match: Corey Purcell and Evan Stewart both shot rounds of 43 for the Catholic Central High School golf team Monday afternoon at Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course, leading the Crusaders to Big 10 Conference boys golf victories over Amsterdam and Troy High.
Bill Schnellebaecher paced Troy High with a 43 and Kevin Ottati shot a 43 for Amsterdam. Par is 36.
Catholic Central scored 181 as a team, followed by Amsterdam (184) and Troy (192).
Albany Academy 152, Fonda-Fultonville 242: Matt DeVito and Jay Puleo shot low rounds of 38 to pace the Albany Academy boys golf team to a non-league victory over Fonda-Fultonville by a score of 154-242 at Rolling Hills Country Club.
Thomas Cassidy and Justin Brock added rounds of 39 for the Cadets.

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Training camp report No. 19: Albany High

(Blogger's note: Record reporter Andrew Santillo covered Albany High for the Kickoff 2010 section. I will post photos and a few brief notes for the Falcons, but since I was not on campus, I do not have video).

ALBANY -- Once again, the Albany High School football team has a new coach. John McClement replaced Pete Porcelli this past offseason, becoming the school's fourth football coach in the last four years.

After spending last year as the defensive coordinator, McClement has taken over the program with an uphill battle ahead.

The Falcons have won just one game over the past three seasons and haven’t posted a single victory in the last two years.

"That’s the definition of an uphill battle," McClement told The Record's Andrew Santillo. "We’re really trying to instill in them, you’re having successes, but the win is how it’s measured at the varsity level and that’s what they’re working towards."

For the full story on the Falcons, check out the Kickoff 2010 section tucked inside Thursday's edition of The Record.

Albany High school players work on a drill during a recent practice behind the high school. (Photo by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Albany High playbook
COACH: John McClement
STARTERS RETURNING: not provided
2009 RECORD: 0-9
NICKNAME: Falcons
OFFENSE: not provided
DEFENSE: not provided
LAST PLAYOFF GAME: 2004
LAST SECTION II TITLE: 1996 (Class AA)
DIVISION: Class AA, Empire

Albany High, 2009 game-by-game results
Schenectady, L 47-20
SHAKER, L 7-0
SARATOGA SPRINGS, L 18-0
Ballston Spa, L 28-14
Shenendehowa, L 49-20
Guilderland, L 19-14
CBA, L, 28-21
COLUMBIA, L 28-7*
Colonie, L 32-7*
*Crossover games
Home games in CAPS

Albany High, 2009 stats review
Rushing, Att, Yds., Avg., TDs
Dominique Daniels, 47, 334, 7.1, 3
Passing, Comp., Att., Yds., Avg., TDs
Kawan Nunnally, 14, 29, 148, 10.6, 2
Receiving, No., Yds., Avg., TDs
Nico Rios, 7, 99, 14.1, 1
Scoring, TD, 2-pt, PAT, FG, Tot.
Dominique Daniels, 4, 0, 0, 0, 24

Albany High 2010 roster
No., Player, Yr., Pos. Ht., Wt.
not provided

Albany’s three keys to the season
1, Dealing with adversity. This year’s Albany team will deal with adversity at some point during the season. It’s how the team deals with those things that will prove how good or bad this team will be.
2, Coaching transitions. It’s not just McClement who is in a new position. Albany has several new coaches, some that used to play for the team, when the team was strong, back in the mid 90s. The players are confident that these coaches can turn things around.
3, Offense change. The Falcons are going from a predominately running offense under Coach Pete Porcelli to a more balanced system. Under new Offensive Coordinator Jim Demidio, it looks like Albany will try their hand at going through the air with senior quarterback Michael Blair.

Albany High, 2010 schedule
Friday Sept. 3, Albany at Ballston Spa, 7 p.m.
Saturday Sept. 11, Shenendehowa at Albany, 1:30 p.m.
Friday, Srpt. 17, Albany at Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m.
Friday Sept. 24, Guilderland at Albany, 7 p.m.
Friday Oct. 1, Bethlehem at Albany, 7 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 9, Colonie at Albany, 1:30 p.m.
Friday Oct. 15, Albany at Christian Brothers Academy, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22/29, Playoffs/Crossovers, TBA

John McClement oversees a number of his linemen during a recent practice at Albany High. He is the fourth head coach at the school in four years.

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Keep checking back on the blog for a training camp report posted every day between now and opening day of the high school football season on Thurs., Sept. 2. The schools will be posted in no particular order, so please be patient if you don't see your school right away.

Also keep your eyes open for our 48-page preview section - Kickoff 2010 - which hits the newsstands inside The Record on Thurs., Sept. 2. It will feature 21 team previews, columns, feature stories, statistics and pictures to preview the upcoming 2010 high school football season.

Previous training camp reports:
No. 1, Lansingburgh High School
No. 2, Cohoes High School
No. 3, Watervliet High School
No. 4, Columbia High School
No. 5, Catholic Central High School; head coach Ray Gaston update
No. 6, Christian Brothers Academy
No. 7, Rensselaer High School
No. 8, Hoosick Falls High School
No. 9, Averill Park High School 
No. 10, Tamarac High School
No. 11, Troy High School
No. 12, Bishop Maginn High School
No. 13, La Salle Institute
No. 14, Stillwater High School
No. 15, Shenendehowa High School
No. 16, Mechanicville High School
No. 17, Hoosic Valley High School
No. 18, Albany Academy


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High school football media day news and notes, Aug. 29

ALBANY — The 2010 high school football season begins this week and a pair of big-time rivalry games dominated the discussion at Sunday’s Media Day festivities at the University at Albany.

Thursday night, South Colonie travels across town to take on Shaker in the annual battle for the Town of Colonie Cup. Friday, La Salle Institute plays host to Troy High School in a resumption of The Record’s Collar City Cup series, which hasn’t been played since 2007.

Both games have been and always will be a once-in-a-lifetime highlight for the players.

“Every day after practice, it’s Bison, Bison, Bison,” said Colonie senior running back and linebacker Davion Brink. “It’s on everyone’s minds and it’s all I’m worried about right now.”

Colonie head coach Mike Ambrosio, however, had two issues with playing the game so early in the season. First, school does not start until next week, so excitement for this game will not be brewing in the hallways.

“For game one, I don’t think the towns and the schools will be excited because no one is in the building,”
Ambrosio said. “It’s kind of tough to get excited if no one is around. I’m sure Troy and La Salle are in the same boat. How do you have a rivalry game in week one?”

Secondly, moving the Colonie-Shaker game ahead a day for a television slot will cause certain players to be ineligible, according to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s rule that a player must participate in 15 practices prior to competing in the team’s first game.

South Colonie head coach Mike Ambrosio displays the swim move to players during a recent practice. (Photo by Mike McMahon - The Record).

 “The fact that they moved the game up to Thursday night, if a kid missed one practice, they can’t play in the game,” Ambrosio said. “I have a couple of seniors, the kids got sick and couldn’t make a practice. And their senior year, they can’t play in the rivalry game. That’s wrong.

“I totally disagree with moving it up and playing a rivalry game that early, but it’s not my decision,” Ambrosio continued. “I play where they tell me to go.”

Ambrosio knows the Colonie-Shaker rivalry well. He took a leave of absence at Colonie during the 2008 season to watch his son, Mark, play his senior season at Shaker.


The fact that they will not be in school doesn’t seem to damper the excitement that’s building for the Troy-La Salle game, at least on the internet.

“It is fun to be with a lot of your friends talking about the game and stuff, but on Facebook, we have a lot of stuff on that,” said Troy High senior running back Jordan Canzeri. “We sent a couple of invites and we have a good amount of people that are saying they’re going to attend the game, so it’s not a real big issue.”

Quarterback questions open and answered
With the first game of the season to be played later this week, both Cohoes and Watervliet still have question marks at the quarterback positions.

Cohoes head coach James Ducharme said he plans to use junior Danny DeChiaro and senior Darnell Rafalko interchangeably at quarterback throughout the season, as each has their own strengths and weakness under center.

Watervliet head coach Erick Bernard said that Brandon Legault and Sean Daley are still entrenched in a battle for the No. 1 quarterback job. The Cannoneers would like to use one of those players exclusively on offense and the backup quarterback exclusively on defense during games.

Lansingburgh head coach Al McNall announced that the team has full faith in junior Carlos Grillo, who has made a great impression on his coaching staff in about one and a half months of experience at the position in practices and camps.

“Carlos is our guy,” McNall said. “He’s progressing. He’s come a long way in a month and a half. He showed real well in the 7-on-7 at Cohoes and he made some throws that he has to be able to make.”

According to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake head coach Matt Shell, the Spartans have converted senior Keaton Flint into their starting quarterback. Flint was a fourth team All-State wide receiver in Class A last season, leading the Spartans to the New York State championship game for the second consecutive year.

Burnt Hills plays at Lansingburgh this Friday at 7 p.m. in a non-division Class A game.


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Training camp report No. 18: Albany Academy

ALBANY --The Albany Academy football team got off to a great start in 2009, winning its first four games in a row.

And then the wheels fell off.

The Cadets lost their final four games and finished 4-4. That memory, however, has stuck with the players as they prepare for 2010.


"One of the big lessons is definitely don’t let up," said junior quarterback Hunter McCarthy. "Last year we played Lansingburgh and it was our first loss. I think after that we kind of had a hangover. We played a quick game against Cohoes after that (a Thursday game following a Saturday game) and it was kind of hard to rebound after two tough losses in a row. We kind of got on a streak and it was tough."

Members of the Albany Academy football team go over a play in the huddle during a practice last week. (Photo by Mike McMahon - The Record).

"We have to play two sports," said senior tight end and linebacker Mike Berkowitz. "But a lot of people want to play sports. It’s not like you’re pressured into it."

One of the reasons for Albany Academy's success over the years is that the schools requires its students to play on at least two of the athletic teams it offers. Consequently, many of the players are multi-talented athletes that are already in great shape when practice starts up in August.

"They’re constantly on the go, so having a bunch of wrestlers, hoopers, baseball players, they’re always active and they’re staying busy," said head coach Tony Fruscio.

Hunter McCarthy practices his footwork during a team practice last week in Albany. (McMahon photo - The Record).

The Cadets have a ton of veterans back for the 2010 campaign, something which has given early practices a distinctly positive feel.

"They’re older, stronger, faster, and more physically developed," Fruscio said. "What I see now is that those guys are leaders and they've had success. They have made the climate of the team such a positive climate. The kids really look up to them, they respect them and that's the key to our season. Finally we’ve got guys that have been around for two-to-three years as true leaders of the team and that’s what really exciting and that shows in practice."

Mike Berkowitz gets low during a drill in practice last week in Albany. (McMahon photo - The Record).


Albany Academy playbook
COACH: Tony Fruscio
STARTERS RETURNING: not provided
2009 RECORD: 4-4
NICKNAME: Cadets
OFFENSE: Wing-T
DEFENSE: 4-4
LAST PLAYOFF GAME: 2009
LAST SECTION II TITLE: 2006 (Class B)
DIVISION: Class B, Reinfurt

Albany Academy, 2009 game-by-game results

Schalmont, W 35-18
HUDSON FALLS, W 20-13
Ravena, W 52-35
JOHNSTOWN, W 53-7
LANSINGBURGH, L 42-32
Cohoes, L 33-26
Hudson, L 48-46
Schalmont, L 32-12*
*Section II Class B quarterfinals
Home games in CAPS

Members of the Albany Academy football team raise their helmets following Friday's practice on August 20, 2010. (Will Montgomery photo - The Record).

Albany Academy, 2009 stats review
Rushing, Att., Yds., Avg., TDs
Zay Richardson, 122, 1074, 8.8, 22
Renel Potter, 53, 416, 7.8, 5
Connor Ferris, 37, 373, 10.1, 2
Passing, Comp., Att., Yds., Avg., TDs
Hunter McCarthy, 42, 73, 713, 17.0, 7
Receiving, No., Yds., Avg., TDs
Connor Ferris, 12, 271, 22.6, 3
Scoring, TD, 2-pt, PAT, FG, Tot.
Zay Richardson, 24, 2, 0, 0, 148

Albany Academy’s three keys to the season
1, Conditioning. "It’s all about staying healthy and being in outstanding shape so we can play four quarters," head coach Tony Fruscio said.
2, Finding an offensive balance between pass and run and sharing the ball between playmakers.
3, Having a mindset defensively. "We didn’t have a mindset last year that we were going to come out and stop people and that our defense was going to make a difference in the game," Fruscio said. "Our defense has to be the reason we’re winning football games. We can’t rely only on our offense to put up the points."

Albany Academy, 2010 schedule
Friday, Sept. 3, at Broadalbin-Perth, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 11, vs. Hudson Falls, 1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 16, vs. Hudson at UAlbany, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 25, at Cairo-Durham, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 2, vs. Bishop Maginn, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 9, vs. Cohoes, 1:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 15, at Ravena, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22/29, Playoffs/Crossovers, TBA

Stuart Curtis moves in motion on the Albany Academy offense during a recent practice. (McMahon photo - The Record).

 

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Keep checking back on the blog for a training camp report posted every day between now and opening day of the high school football season on Thurs., Sept. 2. The schools will be posted in no particular order, so please be patient if you don't see your school right away.

Also keep your eyes open for our 48-page preview section - Kickoff 2010 - which hits the newsstands inside The Record on Thurs., Sept. 2. It will feature 21 team previews, columns, feature stories, statistics and pictures to preview the upcoming 2010 high school football season.

Previous training camp reports:
No. 1, Lansingburgh High School
No. 2, Cohoes High School
No. 3, Watervliet High School
No. 4, Columbia High School
No. 5, Catholic Central High School; head coach Ray Gaston update
No. 6, Christian Brothers Academy
No. 7, Rensselaer High School
No. 8, Hoosick Falls High School
No. 9, Averill Park High School 
No. 10, Tamarac High School
No. 11, Troy High School
No. 12, Bishop Maginn High School
No. 13, La Salle Institute
No. 14, Stillwater High School
No. 15, Shenendehowa High School
No. 16, Mechanicville High School
No. 17, Hoosic Valley High School


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Training camp report No. 17: Hoosic Valley High School

SCHAGHTICOKE -- The first wave of players through the Hoosic Valley High School football program graduated in June, meaning a new era begins this season for the Indians.

"That group of kids that graduated last year I had coached for four years," said Hoosic Valley head coach Jay Garvey. "To see them at practice was kind of strange, but it does feel like a completely new group. One or two (of the old players) will stop by and its nice to see them, but I wish they were still playing for us."

Hoosic Valley enters its fifth season on the varsity level this fall and some of the players that had played all four years for the Indians are gone, opening a door for junior Anthony Brundidge, who will assume the starting quarterback role in 2010.

Junior quarterback Anthony Brundidge drops back for a pass during a practice last week at Hoosic Valley High School. (Photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Hoosic Valley has four starters returning from a team that went 2-7 a season ago, meaning the team also has some major holes to fill.

"We have some big guys and some good athletes," Garvey said. "Really, how successful we are early on in the season depends on how quickly we get up to speed and pick up what we need to pick up."

Gage Negro works on his blocking technique during a recent practice at Hoosic Valley High School. (Carras photo - The Record).

Still, the Indians are hopeful for 2010, mainly because Korey LePage served as the team's ringleader in the offseason, getting new guys into the weight room in hopes that they stuck with the team when practices started in August.

"There are a lot of new kids," said junior Korey LePage. "I kind of miss all the old kids helping out. They still come back. They’ll still be here."

For more on LePage's personal journey to the football field, check out Kickoff 2010 on Thurs., Sept. 2 in The Record.

Hoosic Valley sophomore Jacob Shave almost didn't play this season because of a history of concussions. Look for his story in the Kickoff 2010 section this Thurs., Sept. 2 in The Record. (Montgomery photo - The Record). 


Hoosic Valley playbook
COACH: Jay Garvey
STARTERS RETURNING: 4 offense, 4 defense
2009 RECORD: 2-7
NICKNAME: Indians
OFFENSE: Pistol
DEFENSE: 3-4
LAST PLAYOFF GAME: None
LAST SECTION II TITLE: None
DIVISION: Class C, North

Hoosic Valley, 2009 game-by-game results
MECHANICVILLE, L 28-6
Hoosick Falls, L 37-0
GRANVILLE, L 33-20
CORINTH, L 39-13
Schuylerville, L 49-13
WARRENSBURG, W 21-14
Tamarac, L 34-13
FORT EDWARD, L 28-21*
Ichabod Crane, W 49-8*
*Crossover game
Home games in CAPS

Hoosic Valley, 2009 stats review
Rushing, Att., Yds., Avg., TDs
Bradlee Claus, 102, 574, 5.6, 7
Passing, Comp., Att., Yds., Avg., TDs
Justin Meddis, 38, 104, 616, 16.2, 5
Receiving, No., Yds., Avg., TDs
Alex McNeice, 15, 315, 21.0, 2
Scoring, TD, 2-pt, PAT, FG, Tot.
Bradlee Claus, 7, 1, 0, 0, 44


Hoosic Valley head coach Jay Garvey (left) and quarterback Anthony Brundidge (right) talk about a play during a break in practice last week. (Carras photo - The Record).
  
Hoosic Valley 2010 Roster
No., Player, Yr., Pos. Ht., Wt.
1, Zack Pysher, Sr., RB-DB, 5-11, 170
7, Ray Schoonmaker, So., WR-DB, 5-10, 145
11, Sean Madigan, Sr., WR-DB, 6-2, 150
12, Tom Foley, Fr., WR-DB, 5-6, 110
13, Anthony Brundidge, Jr., QB-DB, 5-11, 160
22, John Reed, Jr., WR-DB, 6-1, 175
24, Richard Kepner, So., RB-DB, 5-2, 105
25, Nick Fitzgerald, Sr., RB-LB, 5-7, 185
26, Brett St. Onge, Jr., RB-DB, 5-5, 130
31, Rich Schoonmaker, Sr., RB-LB, 5-11, 185
32, Korey LePage, Jr., TE-LB, 5-10, 220
41, Kris Briggs, Jr., WR-DB, 5-7, 140
43, Nelson Prew, Jr., WR-LB, 6-2, 155
48, Josh DeFruscio, Jr., TE-LB, 5-11, 160
56, Kevin Pallozzi, So., OL-DL, 6-1, 180
57, Ken Hollenbeck, So., OL-DL, 5-9, 200
58, Jake Shave, So., WR-DB, 6-0, 180
60, Jacob Foley, Sr., OL-DL, 6-1, 230
61, Dan Smith, So., OL-LB, 5-10, 170
62, Tim Pysher, Jr., OL-LB, 5-11, 170
65, Chris Herrington, So., OL-DL, 5-9, 200
68, Brandon Smith, Sr., OL-DL, 5-8, 220
69, Gage Nigro, Sr., OL-DL, 6-0, 220
72, Anthony Davis, Jr., OL-DL, 6-2, 300
76, Jeff Simmons, Fr., OL-DL, 5-8, 150
77, Zak Harrington, So., OL-DL, 5-8, 230
78, Nyle Smith, Sr., OL-DL, 6-1, 170
86, Jake Hansen, Fr., RB-LB, 5-8, 160

Hoosic Valley’s three keys to the season
1, The new guys picking up the game.
2, Offensive line really developing. The Indians return just one starter up front.
3, Junior quarterback Anthony Brundidge. "It’s his first year starting," said head coach Jay Garvey. "How well he does is going to be how well we do. We’re going to throw the ball a fair amount and the better he does, the better we’re going to do offensively."

Hoosic Valley, 2010 schedule
Friday Sept. 3, at Greenwich, 7 p.m.
Saturday Sept. 11, vs. Tamarac, 1 p.m.
Saturday Sept. 18, vs. Catholic Central, 1 p.m.
Friday Sept. 24, at Lake George, 7 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 2, vs. Hoosick Falls, 1 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 9, at Granville, 1 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 16, at Stillwater, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22/29, Playoffs/Crossovers, TBA

Hoosic Valley head coach Jay Garvey, right, speaks with a player during a recent practice behind the high school. (Carras photo - The Record).



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Keep checking back on the blog for a training camp report posted every day between now and opening day of the high school football season on Thurs., Sept. 2. The schools will be posted in no particular order, so please be patient if you don't see your school right away.

Also keep your eyes open for our 48-page preview section - Kickoff 2010 - which hits the newsstands inside The Record on Thurs., Sept. 2. It will feature 21 team previews, columns, feature stories, statistics and pictures to preview the upcoming 2010 high school football season.

Previous training camp reports:
No. 1, Lansingburgh High School
No. 2, Cohoes High School
No. 3, Watervliet High School
No. 4, Columbia High School
No. 5, Catholic Central High School; head coach Ray Gaston update
No. 6, Christian Brothers Academy
No. 7, Rensselaer High School
No. 8, Hoosick Falls High School
No. 9, Averill Park High School 
No. 10, Tamarac High School
No. 11, Troy High School
No. 12, Bishop Maginn High School
No. 13, La Salle Institute
No. 14, Stillwater High School
No. 15, Shenendehowa High School
No. 16, Mechanicville High School


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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Training camp report No. 16: Mechanicville High School

(Blogger's note: Former Record reporter Brien Bouyea covered the three Saratoga County schools on our list for the Kickoff 2010 section. I will post his photos and a few brief notes for these schools, but since I was not on campus, I do not have video).

MECHANICVILLE -- Mechanicville High School's football team had a pretty good year in 2009, finishing the season with a 6-3 record. But in the tough Class C North Division, even a 5-2 regular season record wasn't good enough to qualify for the playoffs.

The Red Raiders will be right in the thick of things again in 2010.

For the full scoop on Mechanicville, check out Brien Bouyea's story in Kickoff 2010, which hits newsstands inside The Record on Thurs., Sept. 2. 

David Funaro works on his throwing motion during a recent practice at Mechanicville High School. (Photo by Mike McMahon - The Record).

Mechanicville playbook
COACH: Kevin Collins
STARTERS RETURNING: not provided
2009 RECORD: 6-3
NICKNAME: Red Raiders
OFFENSE: Multiple, option
DEFENSE: 4-3
LAST PLAYOFF GAME: 2006
LAST SECTION II TITLE: 2000 (Class C)
DIVISION: Class C, North

Mechanicville running back J.J. Abele carries the ball during a recent practice at the school. (McMahon photo - The Record).

Mechanicville, 2009 game-by-game results
Hoosic Valley, W 28-6
GRANVILLE, L 34-20
Stillwater, W 40-7
SCHUYLERVILLE, W 35-26
Cambridge, L 42-0
TAMARAC, W 16-14
FORT EDWARD, W 26-14
Rensselaer, L 44-6*
Taconic Hills, W 21-20*
*Crossover games
Home games in CAPS

Mechanicville linemen hit a sled during practice as head coach Kevin Collins (left) screams his encouragement. (Brien Bouyea photo - for The Record).

Mechanicville 2009 stats review
Rushing, Att, Yds., Avg., TDs
David Guynup, 97, 658, 6.8, 7
Passing, Comp., Att., Yds., Avg., TDs
Nick Gaetano, 37, 86, 544, 14.7, 2
Receiving, No., Yds., Avg., TDs
Josh Harrison, 8, 130, 16.3, 1
Scoring, TD, 2-pt, PAT, FG, Tot.
David Guynup, 9, 0, 0, 0, 54

Mechanicville head coach Kevin Collins asks a question during a recent practice. (McMahon photo - The Record).

Mechanicville 2010 schedule
Saturday Sept. 4, at Voorheesville, 1 p.m.
Friday Sept. 10, vs. Hoosick Falls, 7 p.m.
Friday Sept. 17, at Corinth, 7 p.m.
Friday Sept. 24, vs. Greenwich, 7 p.m.
Friday Oct. 1, vs. Stillwater, 7 p.m.
Friday Oct. 8, vs. Lake George, 7 p.m.
Friday Oct. 15, at Tamarac, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22/29, Playoffs/Crossovers, TBA

Sam Connors drops back to make a pass during a recent practice. (Bouyea photo - for The Record).

Mechanicville running back J.J. Abele looks for running room during a recent practice at the school. (Bouyea photo for The Record).

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Keep checking back on the blog for a training camp report posted every day between now and opening day of the high school football season on Thurs., Sept. 2. The schools will be posted in no particular order, so please be patient if you don't see your school right away.

Also keep your eyes open for our 48-page preview section - Kickoff 2010 - which hits the newsstands inside The Record on Thurs., Sept. 2. It will feature 21 team previews, columns, feature stories, statistics and pictures to preview the upcoming 2010 high school football season.

Previous training camp reports:
No. 1, Lansingburgh High School
No. 2, Cohoes High School
No. 3, Watervliet High School
No. 4, Columbia High School
No. 5, Catholic Central High School; head coach Ray Gaston update
No. 6, Christian Brothers Academy
No. 7, Rensselaer High School
No. 8, Hoosick Falls High School
No. 9, Averill Park High School 
No. 10, Tamarac High School
No. 11, Troy High School
No. 12, Bishop Maginn High School
No. 13, La Salle Institute
No. 14, Stillwater
No. 15, Shenendehowa


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Training camp report No. 15: Shenendehowa High School

(Blogger's note: Former Record reporter Brien Bouyea covered the three Saratoga County schools on our list for the Kickoff 2010 section. I will post his photos and a few brief notes for these schools, but since I was not on campus, I do not have video).

CLIFTON PARK -- 2009 was a historic season for Shenendehowa High School head coach Brent Steuerwald, who won his 300th game and became the only coach in Section II history to accomplish that feat.

The Shen players are hoping that 2010 is an historic one for them.


One of the Plainsmen's biggest threats is senior running back Bronson Greene, who ran for 1,848 yards and 18 touchdowns a season ago despite not winning the starting job until Week Three. (Starter Suhayb Banks was injured in Shen's Week One game at Shaker).

For more on this story, be sure to read Brien Bouyea's article in the Kickoff 2010 preview section, which hits the newsstands tucked inside The Record on Thurs., Sept. 2.

Shenendehowa head coach Brent Steuerwald, the only head coach in the program's history, points out instructions during a recent practice. (Brien Bouyea photo - for The Record).

Shenendehowa playbook
COACH: Brent Steuerwald
STARTERS RETURNING: not provided
2009 RECORD: 5-4
NICKNAME: Plainsmen
OFFENSE: Power I
DEFENSE: 4-3
LAST PLAYOFF GAME: 2009
LAST SECTION II TITLE: 2003 (Class AA)
DIVISION: Class AA, Empire

Senior running back Bronson Greene scopes out his options for running room during a recent practice at Shenendehowa High School. (Bouyea photo for The Record).

Shenendehowa, 2009 game-by-game results
Shaker, W 27-14
SCHENECTADY, W 28-27
Ballston Spa, L 34-18
GUILDERLAND, W 49-14
ALBANY, W 49-20
CBA, W 34-0
Saratoga Springs, L 51-20
Schenectady, L 33-13*
LA SALLE, L 21-15!
*Section II Class AA quarterfinals
!Crossover game
Home games in CAPS

Cody Case-Therrien will also be a factor in the Plainsmen backfield this season. He looks for running room during a recent practice. (Bouyea photo - for The Record).

Shenendehowa 2009 stats review
Rushing, Att, Yds., Avg., TDs
Bronson Greene, 187, 1458, 7.8, 18
Passing, Comp., Att., Yds., Avg., TDs
Andrew Kalish, 27, 69, 497, 18.4, 7
Receiving, No., Yds., Avg., TDs
Mike Daly, 9, 177, 19.7, 2
Scoring, TD, 2-pt, PAT, FG, Tot.
Bronson Greene, 20, 0, 0, 0, 20

Shenendehowa High School football players work on punt coverage drills in a recent practice at the school. (Bouyea photo - for The Record).

Shen 2010 Roster
No., Player, Yr., Pos. Ht., Wt.
1, Jacob Hagen, Sr., WR-DB, 6-1, 140
2, Jesse Schilling, Jr., RB-DB, 5-7, 140
3, Ted Van Galen, Jr., QB-DB, 6-0, 170
5, Chris Walrath, Jr., RB-LB, 5-10, 170
7, Brendan Guiry, Jr., QB-DB, 6-2, 170
8, Brendan Wall, Sr., WR-DB, 5-11, 170
9, Vincent Menneto, Sr., QB-DB, 6-3, 185
10, Ryan Buss, Soph., QB-DB, 5-9, 150
11, Derek Boland, Jr., WR-DB, 5-8, 155
12, Kevin Hulbert, Sr., WR-DB, 5-8, 140
14, Brendan Miller, Sr., WR-DB, 5-9, 165
18, Steve Taylor, Sr., WR-DB, 5-11, 150
20, Cody Case-Therrien, Sr., RB-LB, 5-10, 200
21, Jared Rivet, Sr., WR-DB, 5-8, 165
22, Stephen Gailor, Sr., RB-DB, 5-7, 160
23, Bronson Greene, Sr., RB-DB, 6-0, 185
25, Tony Fusco, Jr., RB-DB, 5-10, 190
30, Ryan McCart, Jr., FB-DE, 5-10, 175
31, John Craig, Sr., FB-LB, 5-8, 215
37, Tyler Rajeski, Sr., FB-DE, 5-10, 185
39, Craig Neumann, Sr., FB-LB, 5-5, 175
44, Chris Sutton, Sr., RB-LB, 5-11, 170
46, Jake Kelley, Sr., RB-LB, 5-11, 175
50, Kevin Makarewicz, Jr., OL-DE, 5-8, 155
51, Zach Huff, Sr., OL-LB, 5-10, 210
53, Jesse Fulger, Sr., OL-DL, 5-9, 205
54, Aaron Vassar, Jr., OL-DL, 6-2, 245
55, Jimmy Eberle, Jr., OL-DL, 6-1, 230
59, Brandon Brooks, Sr., OL-DL, 5-11, 225
60, Zack Nelson, Jr., OL-DL, 6-0, 220
67, Jimmy Berg, Jr., OL-DL, 5-11, 195
68, Will Mars, Jr., OL-LB, 5-10, 180
70, Zack Kusaywa, Jr., OL-LB, 5-7, 190
71, Mark Thomas, Jr., OL-DL, 6-3, 260
72, Eddie Dernar, Jr., OL-DE, 6-1, 195
73, Aaron Ivanauskas, Jr., OL-DE, 6-0, 210
75, Alex Petronis, Sr., RB-DE, 6-1, 210
77, Brady Fitzsimmons, Sr., OL-DL, 6-1, 305
78, Nick Setter, Jr., OL-DL, 6-3, 215
80, Alex DeRusso, Jr., WR-DB, 6-0, 160
81, David Boyle, Sr., TE-DE, 6-1, 195
82, Mohsan Iftikhar, Jr., TE-DE, 5-9, 175
83, Jonathan Caruso, Jr., TE-DE, 5-11, 165
84, Robert Krupanich, Sr., WR-DB, 6-0, 150
85, Brandon Miller, Jr., TE-LB, 6-1, 190
88, Jahlon Buchanan, Jr., RB-DB, 5-10, 165

Junior Ted Van Galen is among the players competing for the starting quarterback job this season at Shen. (Bouyea photo - for The Record).

Shenendehowa 2010 schedule
Saturday Sept. 4, at Bethlehem, 1:30 p.m.
Saturday Sept. 11, at Albany, 1:30 p.m.
Friday Sept. 17, vs. Ballston Spa, 7 p.m.
Friday Sept. 24, at Schenectady, 7 p.m.
Friday Oct. 1, at Christian Brothers Academy, 7 p.m.
Friday Oct. 8, vs. Guilderland, 7 p.m.
Friday Oct. 15, vs. Saratoga Springs, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22/29, Playoffs/Crossovers, TBA

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Keep checking back on the blog for a training camp report posted every day between now and opening day of the high school football season on Thurs., Sept. 2. The schools will be posted in no particular order, so please be patient if you don't see your school right away.

Also keep your eyes open for our 48-page preview section - Kickoff 2010 - which hits the newsstands inside The Record on Thurs., Sept. 2. It will feature 21 team previews, columns, feature stories, statistics and pictures to preview the upcoming 2010 high school football season.

Previous training camp reports:
No. 1, Lansingburgh High School
No. 2, Cohoes High School
No. 3, Watervliet High School
No. 4, Columbia High School
No. 5, Catholic Central High School; head coach Ray Gaston update
No. 6, Christian Brothers Academy
No. 7, Rensselaer High School
No. 8, Hoosick Falls High School
No. 9, Averill Park High School 
No. 10, Tamarac High School
No. 11, Troy High School
No. 12, Bishop Maginn High School
No. 13, La Salle Institute
No. 14, Stillwater High School


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Friday, August 27, 2010

Training camp report No. 14: Stillwater High School

(Blogger's note: Former Record reporter Brien Bouyea covered the three Saratoga County schools on our list for the Kickoff 2010 section. I will post his photos and a few brief notes for these schools, but since I was not on campus, I do not have video).

STILLWATER --Stillwater High School's football team may be young in 2010 - the roster features just six seniors - but the Warriors are already a veteran squad.

Many of the players returning saw a good deal of playing time in 2009, a season in which the Warriors went 1-8. But with a dangerous mix of size, speed and talent, the Warriors will be looking to challenge for their first playoff berth since 2006.

For more on this story, be sure to read Brien Bouyea's story in the Kickoff 2010 section, which hits newsstands inside The Record on Thurs., Sept. 2.

Stillwater linemen work on their blocking technique during a recent practice at Stillwater High School. (Photos by Brien Bouyea - for The Record).

The Stillwater football coaches always have plenty of toys on hand for their players to use in practice. Here, linemen attack dummies during a drill. (Brien Bouyea photo).

Head coach Vince Barber oversees his team during a conditioning drill on Stillwater's second-year turf field during a recent practice. (Brien Bouyea photo).




Stillwater playbook
COACH: Vince Barber
STARTERS RETURNING: 6 offense, 5 defense
2009 RECORD: 1-8
NICKNAME: Warriors
OFFENSE: I and Pro sets/Spread
DEFENSE: 4-4
LAST PLAYOFF GAME: 2006
LAST SECTION II TITLE: None
DIVISION: Class C, North



At left, Shawn McNeil runs with the football during a drill in a recent practice. (Photo by Mike McMahon - The Record).
 

 

Stillwater, 2009 game-by-game results
CAMBRIDGE, L 43-0
Tamarac, L 27-7
MECHANICVILLE, L 40-7
Hoosick Falls, L 51-6
GRANVILLE, L 38-7
Corinth, L 46-0
SCHUYLERVILLE, L 34-0
SALEM, W 27-23*
Cairo-Durham, L 34-21*
*Crossover games
Home games in CAPS


At right, quarterback Nick Dunn looks to make a handoff in the Stillwater backfield. (McMahon photo - The Record).



Stillwater head coach Vince Barber talks to his linemen during practice. (McMahon photo).

Stillwater, 2009 stats review
Rushing, Att, Yds., Avg., TDs
Nick Dunn, 31, 118, 3.8, 0
Passing, Comp., Att., Yds., Avg., TDs
Dan Palmeri, 24, 66, 263, 11.0, 2
Receiving, No., Yds., Avg., TDs
Shawn McNeil, 9, 169, 18.8, 2
Scoring, TD, 2-pt, PAT, FG, Tot.
Shawn McNeil, 2, 0, 0, 0, 12

Junior lineman Matt Campion (at 6-foot-6, 300 pounds) is set to be a force in the trenches for the Warriors this season. (McMahon photo - The Record).

Stillwater 2010 Roster
No., Player, Yr., Ht., Wt.
4, Nick Dunn, Jr., 5-11, 155
5, Dan Benoit, Fr., 5-8, 187
7, Sean McNeil, So., 6-3, 180
10, John Danison, So., 5-9, 145
11, Liam Kane, So., 5-8, 155
12, Sam Nolan, Jr., 5-5, 170
15, Brian McEntegger, Jr., 5-8, 178
17, Rick McBride, Jr., 6-1, 175
19, Sean Ritter, Sr., 6-0, 160
20, Brandon Rozowitz, Fr., 5-7, 150
23, Dylan Hood, Jr., 5-9, 160
32, Brett Smith, Jr., 5-11, 170
34, Hunter Lape, Fr., 5-5, 140
38, Alex Stewart, So., 6-0, 180
45, Aaron Tanner, Sr., 5-8, 175
50, Dan Ciullo, Sr., 5-7, 183
51, Connor Burton, Sr., 6-0, 205
52, Dillion Posporelis, Fr., 5-8, 158
54, Kris Brennan, Sr., 5-8, 225
55, Brandon Salvi, Sr., 6-0, 270
57, Tyler Washock, Jr., 5-11, 165
62, Tyler Kondas, So., 5-7, 175
63, David Millard, So., 5-8, 255
64, Ryan Ray, Jr., 5-7, 198
65, Mike Dansforth, Jr., 6-0, 280
68, Tony Rocco Turrigilo, Jr., 6-2, 270
70, Ryan Shields, Jr., 5-10, 175
73, Mike Mayo, So., 6-0, 195
74, Adam Pipino, So., 5-10, 195
75, Bobby Morris, Fr., 5-8, 180
77, Zach Ryan, Jr., 6-0, 278
78, Matt Campion, Jr., 6-6, 300

Stillwater, 2010 schedule
Saturday Sept. 4, at Granville, 1 p.m.
Friday Sept. 10, vs. Ichabod Crane, 7 p.m.
Friday Sept. 17, at Lake George, 7 p.m.
Friday Sept. 24, vs. Corinth, 7 p.m.
Friday Oct. 1, at Mechanicville, 7 p.m.
Friday Oct. 8, vs. Greenwich, 7 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 16, vs. Hoosic Valley, 7 p.m.
Oct. 22/29, Playoffs/Crossovers, TBA

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Keep checking back on the blog for a training camp report posted every day between now and opening day of the high school football season on Thurs., Sept. 2. The schools will be posted in no particular order, so please be patient if you don't see your school right away.

Also keep your eyes open for our 48-page preview section - Kickoff 2010 - which hits the newsstands inside The Record on Thurs., Sept. 2. It will feature 21 team previews, columns, feature stories, statistics and pictures to preview the upcoming 2010 high school football season.

Previous training camp reports:
No. 1, Lansingburgh High School
No. 2, Cohoes High School
No. 3, Watervliet High School
No. 4, Columbia High School
No. 5, Catholic Central High School; head coach Ray Gaston update
No. 6, Christian Brothers Academy
No. 7, Rensselaer High School
No. 8, Hoosick Falls High School
No. 9, Averill Park High School 
No. 10, Tamarac High School
No. 11, Troy High School
No. 12, Bishop Maginn High School
No. 13, La Salle Institute
 


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