High school notes: Zhou breaks Section II record in 500 freestyle
Niskayuna senior Kina Zhou set a Section II record in the 500-yard freestyle Saturday at the Shenendehowa Swimming and Diving Invitational.
Zhou went 4:56.94 to better the 4:58.41 Olivia Samson of Shenendehowa put together in winning last season’s Section II championship.
Zhou also set a pool record with a victorious 1:50.61 in the 200 free, an event in which she set the Section II record (1:50.24) during her sophomore season, and helped the Silver Warriors place first in the 200 free relay (1:39.76) and 400 free relay (3:35.06).
Shenendehowa freshman Julia Samson won the 200 individual medley (2:09.60) and 100 butterfly (59.04), and helped the Lady Plainsmen finish first in the 200 medley relay (1:52.32). Shenendehowa also got a victory from Emma Rupert in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.17), and Kelly Gao of Guilderland/Voorheesville was Section II’s other winner in the 50 free (24.84).
Shenendehowa (347), Niskayuna (338) and Ithaca (273) took the top three spots among the 17 competing teams.
Junior quarterback Frank Gallo set a pair of Guilderland passing records with 23 completions and 382 yards in Friday night’s 25-21 Class AA win over visiting Bethlehem.
Gallo threw the football 31 times, and three of his passes went for touchdowns, including a 25-yarder to Jacob Smith with two minutes left in the fourth quarter that gave the Dutchmen their winning points.
That winning touchdown capped an 80-yard march, and came on a third-and-20 play. Gallo and Smith also hooked up on a late game-winning touchdown in a 21-20 triumph over Ballston Spa.
Gallo topped the 22 completions thrown by Daily Gazette All-Area performer Ryan Smith against Ballston Spa in 2009, and topped the 302 passing yards Smith put up against Christian Brothers Academy in 2010.
Gallo and Kwame Jarvis of Schenectady are Section II’s only quarterbacks to surpass the 1,000-yard passing mark this season.
Rainey’s long runs
Schenectady junior Hassan Rainey scored on two long runs in Friday night’s 42-21 homecoming win over LaSalle, marking the fourth game in which the tailback has run far to reach the end zone.
Rainey produced three second-half touchdowns to help the Patriots pull away from a 14-14 tie, two of them covering 51 and 40 yards on the turf at Larry Mulvaney Field. The 11th-grader clinched a win over Troy the week before with a 49-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown sprint, and scored on gallops of 80 yards against Colonie and 42 and 25 yards against Ballston Spa.
Rainey ran 15 times for 148 yards against LaSalle for his second straight 100-plus game and third this season.
“Our line was outstanding,” Rainey said. “They held their blocks. They were pushing guys way back.”
Rainey leads Schenectady with eight rushing touchdowns.
Dona on scoring spree
Senior forward Ashley Dona has been on a scoring frenzy during Johnstown’s 10-game field hockey winning streak, piling up 25 goals with five assists.
The Foothills Council all-star produced five goals against Hudson Falls, four against South Glens Falls and had hat tricks against Warrensburg and Scotia-Glenville. In Thursday’s 3-0 victory over Glens Falls, Dona scored with 18 seconds left in the first half and again just 44 seconds into the second half as the Lady Bills extended their league record to 8-0.
Johnstown lost its non-league opener to Shenendehowa in overtime, 1-0, and has outscored its opponents, 58-3, since then, with nine different Lady Bills contributing goals.
Dona notched 29 goals with eight assists last season when Johnstown captured its first Section II Class B title since 2003. She had five-goal outbursts against Hudson Falls and Scotia-Glenville, and had two of the four goals Johnstown knocked in against Glens Falls in the sectional final.
With her 54 career goals, Dona is within striking distance of Kayla May’s Johnstown record of 65 (2003-05). Dona competed for Gloversville as an eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grader.