Tartans' Sausville a class act, on and off the court
With double digits in scoring in every game and a 17-plus average, Scotia-Glenville senior Alex Sausville is making a strong bid to repeat as a Foothills Council first-team all-star.
“He’s a better person than a basketball player. I’m not overstating that. He’s epitome of what a student-athlete should encompass,” Tartans coach Jim Giammattei said of the three-year varsity performer and team co-captain. “You can see that by the respect he gives to his teachers and how he treats younger people. He’s a special guy.”
Last June, Sausville added to his accolades when he selected Scotia-Glenville’s physical education student of the fourth quarter.
“That didn’t come about because of his athleticism,” Giammattei said. “He received that award because of the way he treated people, how he encouraged others. I saw it, and that says volumes about him being the complete package.
“When Alex leaves this building and represents us, he’s the kind of guy we want out there.”
Though Sausville is quiet and humble off the court, he’s smart and aggressive on it. Two of his finest games this season came at the Arthur Hilliard Memorial Basketball Tournament, when he scored a career-high 24 points in a 79-65 win over Newburgh Free Academy and then generated 22 points and eight rebounds in a 75-68 title-game victory over host Schenectady.
“We needed him, especially in the Schenectady game,” said Giammattei. “He stepped up.”
Sausville turned a steal into a layup and also sank a pair of three-point baskets in a 19-3 third-quarter run when the Tartans turned a 48-37 deficit into a 56-51 advantage in the tourney final. The Tartans never surrendered the lead, and Sausville’s two free throws with 28 seconds left all but sealed the outcome.
“What made me happy was seeing him play well against real good competition,” Scotia-Glenville assistant coach Mark Sausville said after his son was named to the all-tournament team. “He did a lot of good things out there.”
Alex Sausville had spent numerous hours honing his skills at the Pat Riley Sports Center while growing up, but had never competed there before the Hilliard event. Mark Sausville was Schenectady’s head coach for 12 seasons before his departure in 2010.
“You dream about the ideal situation, and it worked out,” said the younger Sausville. “I couldn’t have asked for a better two days.”
Sausville scored 15 points in Saturday’s 103-32 win at South Glens Falls, helping the two-time defending Section II Class A champs improve to 8-0.
The Stillwater boys’ soccer team has been honored with the NSCAA’s Gold Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award for completing the entire 2013 season without receiving either a yellow or red card.
Only 16 teams from across the country received gold awards from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, and only three were boys teams.
Stillwater previously received the Section II Class B Sportsmanship Award, and the Warriors stood out in the classroom, as well, earning fall scholar-athlete status team status from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
A first for Schenectady
Sophomore Calvin Cleworth recently became Schenectady’s first swimmer to win at an in-season invitational when he took the 200-yard freestyle at Valley Central High School.
Cleworth clocked a 1:52.03 in the 200 free, and also finished fourth in the 100 butterfly at the Viking Invitational. Cleworth had prevailed in every individual event he participated in this season before his fourth-place effort. . . .
Schenectady will host its invitational meet Saturday (diving at 8:30 a.m., swimming at 1 p.m.). Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Shaker, Gloversville and Queensbury are among 16 teams entered . . .
Shenendehowa senior Ryan Gordon is the current state leader in the 200 individual medley (1:53.03) and 100 backstroke (50.80). As a junior, he set Section II records in both events, and won state public school and Federation titles in both events . . .
Shenendehowa and Niskayuna are No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, in the final state rankings for Class A girls’ swimming and diving teams. Shenendehowa captured the Section II large-school championship while Niskayuna was undefeated in dual meets.
Saratoga Springs (No. 5, Class A), Guilderland/Voorheesville (No. 14, Class A) and Glens Falls (No. 9, Class B) are also ranked.
Amsterdam junior Izaiah Brown lowered his all-time No. 2 Section II standing in the 300-meter dash with a winning 34.30 at the recent Bishop Loughlin Games at The Armory Track and Field Center in New York City.
Brown’s previous best was a 34.38 last season when he won the state championship at Cornell University. The Section II record in the event has stood since 1995, when David Byrd of Christian Brothers Academy clocked a 33.54, while the state record of 33.27 was set in 1999 by Anthony Ewers of Lawrence.
Brown is No. 2 on the 2013-14 United State high school list behind Kiambu Gall of Paul Robeson (34.00).