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Soccer: Past history helps BH-BL girls lock up No. 1 seed

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
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— A number of postseason streaks are on the line when the Section II tournaments open today.

None is more impressive than the eight straight Class A titles rung up by the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls.

That postseason history was one of the deciding factors that the Lady Spartans — who finished 8-7-1 as one of three “A” teams playing up a classification in the Suburban Council — got the top seed ahead of 16-0-0 Queensbury when the brackets were drawn up Tuesday by the Section II committee.

“It came to a vote, 8-1,” said Section II girls’ soccer chairman Tom Husser, whose Hoosick Falls team was seeded atop the Class B brackets after winning state Class C titles the past two years. “It was past performance. Their last win [this season] was over Niskayuna, who is the No. 2 seed in Class AA. That was big.

“Queensbury played Troy High (2-13-1) and Lake George (Class C, 12-3-1) in its non-leaguers. If you know you’re going to have a great year, why would you do that?”

“No disrespect to Queensbury, but we’ve won it the last eight years, and our strength of schedule helps,” said Burnt Hills coach Brian Bold, whose teams are 8-for-8 in Section II finals since he took the varsity coaching position. “Day in and day out, we play strong teams. The win against Niskayuna was also a big factor.”

Bold isn’t concerned about his team’s record as it prepares for Saturday afternoon’s quarterfinal against either Gloversville or Mohonasen, who play today.

“In 2007, when we could still play 18 games, we went into sectionals 5-10-3,” he said. “In 2008, we were 10-7-1. I never doubted we would get the No. 1 seed, because we’ve always lived up to it.”

Also getting No. 1 seeds on the girls’ side were two-time defending Class B champion Schalmont (Class BB), reigning Class AA champ Guilderland, Schoharie (Class C) and Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville (Class D).

The boys’ top seeds went to SC champ Shenendehowa (Class AA), Queensbury (Class A), 2012 state champ Ichabod Crane (Class B), Adirondack League runner-up Lake George (Class C) and two-time defending Class D champ Fort Ann.

The boys’ “B” brackets feature the past two state champs in that classification. Broadalbin-Perth, the 2011 champ, got the third seed. Schalmont is the filling in 14-2-0 Schalmont is the filling in the sandwich, the second seed behind the unbeaten, untied Riders and the 13-3-0 Patriots,

Schalmont coach Jason Beck was pleased with the bracket, knowing his Sabres would likely have to beat both of those teams in order to advance to regional play.

“They’re both good teams,” said Beck, whose club dropped a 1-0 decision at Ichabod Crane during the Colonial Council season. “We all play very similar styles. But, it’s too soon to talk about the semis and finals.”

Schalmont opens Friday at 3 on the main field on the Rotterdam campus against either Mechanicville or Fonda-Fultonville, who meet today. Schalmont will be a busy place Friday, as the girls’ also open their sectional id at 3, meeting the winner of today’s Johnstown vs. Catskill game, and the football team opens its playoffs with a 7 p.m. game.

When the state adjusted the BEDS enrollment figures, Class B became Section II’s most populated classification. The girls chose to split that class into two brackets, the boys did not.

“We have 26 teams [playing soccer], and the boys only have 23. Section II said if you have 25 or more, you can split the bracket,” said Husser.

The boys’ committee used a more subjective method for drawing up its brackets, moving away from permitting only teams with .500 or better league records into the tourney.

Two of the brackets most affected were Class A, where Foothills Council champ South Glens Falls was put behind FC runner-up Queensbury, and Waterford’s one loss in the CHVL was only good enough for a No.5 seed in Class C.

“Last year, Broadalbin-Perth and Ichabod Crane created such a problem for us, meeting in the semis, that we felt if we were going to have the right to move teams up, we also need to have the right to move teams down,” said Berne-Knox-Westerlo coach Jim Gillis, the section’s boys’ soccer chairman. “If we’re going to be half in, we might as well go all in.”

A combination of the new seeding method, and the loss of two regular-season games after the 2006 season, were big factors.

“We spent a lot of time on Class A. To be honest, in my opinion that was our toughest three decisions — between South High, Queensbury and Burnt Hills, and what to do with those three seeds,” Gillis said. “It was a problem taking a league championship team, and bumping them into a second spot.

“It also affects the Big 10 teams, because they can’t play any other Double-A teams, so its tough to see where they fit in the mix. The Foothills used to play the Suburban and Colonial. Using this system, it would be nice to have some of those non-league games.

“Last year, Waterford would have had the No.1 seed based on league record. What did we bump them down to, five? Hoosic Valley beat Waterford twice head-to-head. If we’re going to look at the whole picture, we obviously have to look at non-leagues.”

BOYS

CLASS AA

First round

Today

10-CBA at 7-LaSalle.

Thursday

9-Colonie at 8-Saratoga Springs, 3; 13-Columbia at 4-Bethlehem, 3; 12-Schenectady vs. 5-Albany (at Plumeri Complex, Albany), 3:30; 11-Ballston Spa at Niskayuna, 3.

Quarterfinals

Friday

CBA/LaSalle winner at 2-Shaker, 3.

Saturday

Colonie/Saratoga Springs winner at 1-Shenendehowa, 3; Columbia/Bethlehem winner vs. Schenectady/Albay winner, TBD; Ballston Spa/Niskayuna winner at 2-Guilderland, 3.

Semifinals

Thursday, Oct. 31

at Colonie

Guilderland bracket, 5; Shenendehowa bracket, 7.

Championship

Monday, Nov. 4

at Colonie

5.

CLASS A

First round

Thursday

9-Mohonasen at 8-Lansingburgh, 7; 12-Hudson Falls at 5-Averill Park, 3; 11-Glens Falls at 6-Albany Academy, 3; 10-Amsterdam at 7-Scotia-Glenville, 3.

Quarterfinals

Saturday

Mohonasen/Lansingburgh winner at 1-Queensbury, 3; Hudson Falls/Averill Park winner at 4-Troy, 7; Glens Falls/Albany Academy winner vs. 3-Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (at Skidmore College), 6; Amsterdam/Scotia-Glenville winner at 2-South Glens Falls, 7.

Semifinals

Tuesday, Oct. 29

at Johnstown

South Glens Falls bracket, 5; Queensbury bracket, 7.

Championship

Saturday, Nov. 2

at Colonie

2.

CLASS B

Play-in

Today

17-Cohoes vs. 16-Catholic Central, site TBD, 3; 18-Fonda-Fultonville at 15-Mechanicville, 3.

First round

Today

14-Chatham at 3-Broadalbin-Perth, 7; 11-Cairo-Durham at 6-Hoosick Falls, 3.

Thursday

9-Voorheesville at 8-Greenville, 3; 12-Corinth at 5-Coxsackie-Athens, 3; 13-Tamarac at 4-Schuylerville, 7.

Friday

Cohoes/Catholic Central winner at 1-Ichabod Crane, 7; 10-Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk at 7-Stillwater, 7; Fonda-Fultonville/Mechanicville winner at 2-Schalmont, 3.

Quarterfinals

Saturday

Corinth/Coxsackie-Athens winner vs. Tamarac/Schuylerville winner, at higher seed; Chatham/Broadalbin-Perth winner vs. Cairo-Durham/Hoosick Falls winner, at higher seed.

Monday

Cohoes/Catholic Central/Ichabod Crane winner vs. Voorheesville/Greenville winner, at higher seed; Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk/Stillwater winner vs. Fonda-Fultonville/Mechanicville/Schalmont winner, at higher seed.

Semifinals

Wednesday, Oct. 30

at Queensbury

3.

Championship

Saturday, Nov. 2

at Colonie

noon

CLASS C

Play-in

Today

17-Canajoharie at 16-Mekeel Christian Academy, 3.

First round

Today

12-Duanesburg at 5-Waterford-Halfmoon, 3; 13-Greenwich at 4-Hoosic Valley, 3; 10-Berlin at 7-Mayfield, 7; 15-Doane Stuart at 2-Maple Hill, 3.

Thursday

14-Galway at 3-Berne-Knox-Westerlo, 3; 11-Hadley-Luzerne at 6-Schoharie, 3.

Friday

Canajoharie/Mekeel Christian Academy winner at 1-Lake George, 3; 9-Middleburgh at 8-Saratoga Central Catholic, 3.

Quarterfinals

Friday

Berlin/Mayfield winner vs. Doane Stuart/Maple Hill winner, 3; *Duanesburg/Waterford-Halfmoon winner vs. Greenwich/Hoosic Valley winner, 3.

Saturday

Galway/Berne-Knox-Westerlo winner vs. Hadley-Luzerne/Schoharie winner, at higher seed, 3; *Duanesburg/Waterford-Halfmoon winner vs. Greenwich/Hoosic Valley winner, 3.

Monday

Canajoharie/Mekeel Christian Academy/Lake George winner vs. Middleburgh/Saratoga Central Catholic winner, at higher seed.

Semifinals

Wednesday, Oct. 30

at Johnstown

Maple Hill bracket, 5; Lake George bracket, 7.

Championship

Saturday. Nov. 2

at Colonie

10 a.m.

CLASS D

Quarterfinals

Thursday

5-New Lebanon at 4-Argyle, 3; 7-Hartford at 2-Northville, 3; 6-Germantown at 3-Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville,. 3.

Friday

8-North Warren at 1-Fort Ann, 2.

Semifinals

Tuesday, Oct. 29

at Queensbury

3.

Championship

Saturday, Nov. 2

at Colonie

4.

GIRLS

CLASS AA

First round

Thursday

9-Albany at 8-Colonie, 6.

Quarterfinals

Monday, Oct. 28

Albany/Colonie winner at 1-Guilderland, 3; 5-Saratoga Springs at 4-Shaker, 3; 6-Bethlehem at 3-Shenendehowa, 7; 7-Columbia at 2-Niskayuna, 3.

Semifinals

Friday, Nov. 1

at Schuylerville

Niskayuna bracket, 4:30; Guilderland bracket, 6:30.

Championship

Wednesday, Nov. 6

at Stilllwater

6:30.

CLASS A

First round

Today

9-Gloversville at 8-Mohonasen, 3; 11-Troy at 6-South Glens Falls, 6; 10-Averill Park at 7-Lansingburgh, 6:30.

Quarterfinals

Friday

Gloversville/Mohonasen winner at 1-Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 3; 5-Amsterdam at 4-Scotia-Glenville, 3; Troy/South Glens Falls winner at 2-Cobleskill-Richmondville, 3; Averill Park/Lansingburgh winner at 2-Queensbury, 3.

Semifinals

Tuesday, Oct. 29

at Stillwater

Queensbury bracket, 4:30; Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake bracket, 6:30.

Championship

Friday, Nov. 1

at Stillwater

7.

CLASS BB

First round

Today

9-Johnstown at 8-Catskill, 3; 11-Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk at 6-Coxsackie-Athens, 3; 10-Cohoes at 7-Emma Willard, 3.

Quarterfinals

Friday

Johnstown/Catskill winner at 3-Schalmont, 3; 5-Ichabod Crane at 4-Broadalbi-Perth, 3; Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk /Coxsackie-Athens winner at 3-Schuylerville, 3; Cohoes/Emma Willard vs. 2-Catholic Central (at Schenectady), 3.

Semifinals

Monday, Oct. 8

at Stillwater

Catholic Central bracket, 4:30; Schalmont bracket, 6:30.

Championship

Thursday, Oct. 31

at Lansingburgh

6:30.

CLASS B

First round

Today

9-Cairo-Durham at 8-Chatham, 3; 11-Watervliet at 6-Tamarac, 7; 10-Holy Names at 7-Stillwater, 7.

Quarterfinals

Friday

Cairo-Durham/Chatham winner at 1-Hoosick Falls, 3; 5-Voorheesville at 4-Mechanicville, 3; Watervliet/Tamarac winner at 3-Albany Academy, 3; Holy Names/Stilleater winner at 2-Greenville, 3.

Semifinals

Monday, Oct. 28

at Lansingburgh

Hoosick Falls bracket, 4:30; Greenville bracket, 6:30.

Championship

Thursday, Oct. 31

at Lansingburgh

4:30.

CLASS BB/B

Playoff

Saturday, Nov. 2

at Schuylerville

4:30.

CLASS C

First round

Thursday

9-Maple Hill at 8-Cambridge, 3; 12-Duanesburg at 5-Lake George, 3; 13-Greenwich at 4-Waterford-Halfmoon, 3; 14-Hadley-Luzerne at 3-Canajoharie, 3; 11-Galway at Berlin, 3; 10-Whitehall at 7-Middleburgh, 3.

Quarterfinals

Tuesday, Oct.29

Cambridge/Maple Hill winner at 1-Schoharie, 3; 12-Duanesburg/5-Lake George winner vs. Greenwich/Waterford winner, 3; Hadley-Luzerne/Canajoharie winner vs. Galway/Berlin winner, 3; Whitehall/Middleburgh winner at 2-Hoosic Valley, 3.

Semifinals

Saturday, Nov. 2

at Lansingburgh

Hoosic Valley bracket, 3:30; Schoharie bracket, 5:30.

Championship

Wednesday, Nov. 6

at Stillwater

4:30.

CLASS D

Quarterfinals

Saturday

8-Salem at 1-Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville, 3; 5-Northville at 4-Bolton, 3; 6-New Lebanon at 3-Mekeel Christian Academy, 3; 7-Doane Stuart at 2-Fort Ann, 3.

Semifinals

Thursday, Oct. 31

at Schuylerville

Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville bracket, 4:30; Fort Ann bracket, 6:30.

Championship

Wednesdsay, Nov. 6

at Stillwater

2:30.

 
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