Shenendehowa lacrosse coach resigns
Chuck Holohan submitted his resignation as the Shenendehowa varsity boys’ lacrosse coach Friday, and assistant Jason Gifford was named as his replacement, high school officials announced.
Holohan, who guided the Plainsmen to Section II Class A championships in 2010 and 2011, was suspended Monday after allegations of verbal abuse against his players surfaced.
Gifford served as Shenendehowa’s acting head coach in its first two games, a loss to Niskayuna Tuesday and a win over Saratoga Springs Thursday. The Plainsmen are scheduled to host Yorktown today.
“Whether in the classroom, hallways, athletic fields/stands or performance venues, the district endeavors to cultivate and foster an environment that is based on dignity, respect, and civility by and among students, staff and the community,” Shenendehowa Superintendent Dr. L. Oliver Robinson said in a statement released by the high school.
“This is not only critically important for the safety and welfare of all involved, it is also to ensure that the quality of the experience for our students takes precedent. It is that positive experience for our students in all learning environments that defines the core of our values and beliefs as a district. The objective steps taken to resolve this matter exemplifies our commitment to excellence.
“No further comments will be granted on this matter. We wish our lacrosse team the best for another successful season.”
An internal investigation took place following the allegations of verbal abuse by Holohan, who began his run as Shenendehowa’s head coach in 2008, and led his teams to a 74-26 record and three Section II title-game appearances.
Holohan’s 2011 team secured the Suburban Council North Division title before claiming the Section II crown with a win over Niskayuna, and posted a 19-2 record with a 17-game win streak that ended in the state semifinals. Holohan’s 2010 team shared the SC North title with Niskayuna, beat Bethlehem for the Section II crown and went 18-2 following a loss in the state regionals.
Gifford joined the Shenendehowa lacrosse staff in 2009. He served as a varsity assistant at Niskayuna from 1998-2006, and in 2003 was selected the Section II Assistant Coach of the Year.
Sean Behrmann scored a pair of fourth-quarter goals to lift Christian Brothers Academy over Iona Prep, 12-10, in a non-league game.
John Bassett had five goals and two assists as the Brothers (2-0) beat the Gaels (1-1) of New Rochelle for the first time. Behrmann finished with three goals and three assists, and Aiden Murphy scored two goals.
Iona Prep was a finalist in the Catholic High School Athletic
Association playoffs last season.
The Bethlehem girls (1-1) topped Averill Park, 17-8, behind Kaylee Rickert’s six goals and four assists in a Suburban Council game.
Sydney Shaw also notched six goals for the Eagles. Sofi Sorriento paced the Warriors (1-1) with three goals.
Marjorie Drohan scored five goals for the second game in a row, and Kaylie DelGiaco delivered three goals and an assist in Schenectady’s 15-9 non-league victory over Scotia-Glenville.
Kristen St. Andrews also had a hat trick for the Patriots (1-1), Breona Richmond had two goals, and Samantha Suriano scored once with three assists. Cara Zanta and Abby O’Connor both scored three goals for the Tartans, and Zanta set up another.
CBA 12, IONA PREP 11
Iona Prep 3 2 3 2 — 10
CBA 3 3 3 3 — 12
Iona Prep scoring: Stenare 2-0, Vere 1-0, Trinzano 2-1, Fiorio 1-1, Ariles 2-0, McHugh 1-0, Korzelius 1-0. CBA scoring: John Bassett 5-2, Don Vivian 0-1, Isaac LaRue 1-1, Sean Behrmann 3-3, Josh Frese 1-0, Aiden Murphy 2-0, Andy Curro 0-2.
Goaltenders: Iona Prep, Bonalle, 11 saves. CBA, Conor Wacksman, 16 saves.
BETHLEHEM 17, AVERILL PARK 8
Bethlehem 8 9 — 17
Averill Park 4 4 — 8
Bethlehem scoring: Emma Cremo 1-0, Abbey Seymour 2-0, Sydney Shaw 6-0, Emily Conway 1-0, Kaylee Rickert 6-4, Perri Linah 1-0. Averill Park scoring: Morgan Lionarins 2-0, Sofi Sorriento 3-0, Emily Halpin 1-0, Meagan Letgo 2-0.
Goaltenders: Bethlehem, McDonough, 5 saves; Siena Marcelle, 2 saves. Averill Park, Jackie St. Pierre, 6 saves.
SCHENECTADY 15, SCOTIA-GLENVILLE 9
Scotia 4 5 — 9
Schenectady 10 5 — 15
Scotia-Glenville scoring: Cara Zanta 3-1, Abby O’Connor 3-0, Maddy Carroll 2-1, Katelyn Dwyer 0-1, Kelsie Conroy 0-1. Schenectady scoring: Marjorie Drohan 5-0, Kaylie DelGiacco 3-1, Kristen St. Andrews 3-0, Breona Richmond 2-0, Samantha Suriano 1-3, Dahneaqah Henderson 1-1.
Goaltenders: Scotia-Glenville, Abbie McHerron, 7 saves. Schenectady, Isabella Laugen, 14 saves.
Three-year varsity veteran Justin Yurchak went 3-for-3 with a double and a stolen base to lift Shenendehowa over Saratoga Springs, 7-3, in one of several Suburban Council openers.
Will Hewitt gave up three hits and an unearned run in his four innings, and Nick Giunta had a double and scored twice in Greg Christodulu’s first victory as the Plainsmen’s coach. Kevin O’Sullivan had a double for the Blue Streaks, and Ben Place hit an RBI single.
Ballston Spa erased a 4-1 deficit with 15 runs in the top of the sixth and beat Niskayuna, 16-8, in a game that included 26 base hits.
Dan Crozier paced the Scotties with a home run, double and single, Frank Tessier had a double and single, and Luke Bush added two singles. Garrett Whitley had a home run and double for Niskayuna, Mike Landry and Alex Webber both had a double and single, and Lucas Teti contributed three singles.
Nick Gavin struck out seven in six innings and had two hits and four RBI in Shaker’s 13-3 win over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.
Sean Egan and Ben Cassillo both had a double and single for the Blue Bison. Dan Maynard staked Burnt Hills (1-1) to a lead with a two-run homer in the first, and also singled.
Tyler Childrose and Sam Beaulac both hit a double and single, and Childrose worked the first five innings to get the win as Averill Park edged Colonie, 7-5.
Kyle Ruth hit a double and single for Colonie, and Mike Mueller had a pair of singles.
Ryan Puentes knocked in three runs with a homer and single, and Cody Piel fanned seven in his first varsity win as defending South Division and Section II Class AA champion Columbia downed Mohonasen, 11-1.
Ian Cooper also homered and had three RBI for the Blue Devils, and Kevin Smith had a double and two singles. Sam Flood hit a double for Mohonasen, and Will Sanderson hit an RBI single.
Marcus Failing struck out 15 over six innings, and Jesse Heroth fanned all three batters he faced to finish off Fort Plain’s 10-2 Western Athletic Conference win over Canajoharie.
Jim Wolfe had a double, single and three RBI in the Hilltoppers’ season debut, Trent Douglas had a double, single and one RBI, and Chris Hanson doubled a run home. Kevin Shannon tripled for the Cougars.
Winning pitcher Dan Zeglen and Mitch Forshey both picked up two hits, and Luke Mancini smacked a double in Scotia-Glenville’s 9-2 non-league triumph over Lansingburgh. Noah Cipperly had a double for the Knights.
Brett Flint hit a two-run single, and reliever Jason Agresta retired the first seven batteres he faced and 11 of 13 in Amsterdam’s 7-3 win over South Glens Falls.
Ayden Healy had two hits and an RBI for the Rams, and Andrew Rouse, Zach Dufel, Jared Gallup and Dan Renwick had RBI singles.
John Rooney pitched no-hit ball over six innings with 12 strikeouts, and Frank Acker had an RBI double and scored a run as Hoosic Valley beat Watervliet, 3-0, for its fourth straight win to open the season.
Sean King drove in two runs with two singles, and Scott Voelker had three singles and three stolen bases as Mekeel Christian Academy opened its season with a 9-5 win over Waterford-Halfmoon.
Courtney Penson had two singles and an RBI for the Lions.
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AVERILL PARK 7, COLONIE 5
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WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
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Lane throws no-hitter
Reigning Suburban Council MVP Kelly Lane got her senior season off to a strong start, throwing a no-hitter as Colonie beat Averill Park, 5-0, in the league opener for both teams.
Lane struck out 12 and walked only one, but was locked in a scoreless tie with Brittany Meka through 51⁄2 innings.
Marisa Sholtes blasted a three-run home run in the home fifth, and Kassidy Ogren hit a solo shot to give Lane a cushion.
Sam Blum and Stephanie Reinhardt both were 2-for-3 for the Lady Raiders.
Makhayla Woodward drove in four runs with a double and single, leading Niskayuna past Ballston Spa, 12-1.
Winning pitcher Gabbie Litz helped herself with a pair of singles and two RBI, and Stacy Gordon had three singles and knocked in three runs.
Erika Daigle threw a two-hitter, and Katie O’Gorman drove in six runs as Shenendehowa beat Saratoga Springs, 13-0,
Erin Buckley was 4-for-5 and scored three runs, and Courtney Hillegas drove in three for the Lady Raiders,
Sydney Vishneowski had both Saratoga hits, a single and a double.
Caitlin Cooper’s one-hit, 12-strikeout effort got Columbia past Mohonasen, 7-0.
Cooper also had three hits, and Jess Adams was 2-for-2 for Columbia. Taylor Thompson had a double for Mohonasen.
K.K. Palmerino had a triple and double, good for two RBI, and Makayla Shade hit a solo homer as Bethlehem downed Guilderland, 4-1.
Winning pitcher Meagan Sullivan also hit an RBI double.
Abi Peck homered for Guilderland.
Troy got a big early-season Big 10 win, knocking off city rival Catholic Central, 8-1, behind a five-hitter from eighth-grader Hunter Levesque.
Victoria Hallett hit a solo home run, Alina Germiniero had two hits and two RBI, and Aly Lucier had three singles for Troy.
Shelby Fenton had two of the Lady Crusaders’ hits.
Jen Mayette finished with a one-hitter and struck out eight as Scotia-Glenville beat Albany, 8-0, in a non-league game.
Zoe Purvis had three hits and knocked in two runs. Ali Stuart had a double and two singles, Kayla D’Aprix had a double and Lauren Melanson had two singles for the 2-1 Lady Tartans.
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Meka, Wood (6) and Hoffman; Lane and Ogren.
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Niskayuna 021 504 x — 12 15 0
LeBarron, Kirsch (5) and Groat; Litz and Atchinson.
SHENENDEHOWA 13, SARATOGA SPRINGS 0
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Saratoga 000 000 0 — 0 2 3
Daigle and Lawson; Burgess and Willner-Giwerc.
COLUMBIA 7, MOHONASEN 0
Mohonasen 000 000 0 — 0 2 1
Columbia 060 010 x — 7 10 0
Patterson and Izzo; Cooper and VanDenburgh.
BETHLEHEM 4, GUILDERLAND 1
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Guilderland 000 001 0 — 1 5 0
Sullivan and O’Donnell; Harrigan, Tewksbury (7) and Peck.
TROY 8, CATHOLIC CENTRAL 1
Troy 320 300 0 — 8 11 2
CCHS 000 010 0 — 1 5 0
Levesque and Hallett; Cochis and Fenton.
SCOTIA-GLENVILLE 8, ALBANY 0
Albany 000 000 0 — 0 1 3
Scotia 233 000 x — 8 14 0
C.Miller, Dollard (6) and Dollard, J.Milller (6).