High school notes: Blue Streaks' Tooker honored
Aidan Tooker of Saratoga Springs has been selected the Sophomore of the Year for the 2013 cross country season, and joins Stephen Booker of Bethlehem on the all-state Class A first team.
Tooker is the second Blue Streaks runner to gain a major cross country honor by the New York State Sportswriters Association, with Samantha Vetter previously tabbed the girls’ Seventh/Eighth-Grader of the Year.
Tooker won the Section II Class A championship before placing sixth at the state meet, fifth at the Federation event and seventh at the Nike Cross regional race.
Booker ran first at the Suburban Council meet before his second-place performance at the sectional meet. The senior placed fifth at the state meet, and his regular-season accomplishments included victories at the Grout Run in Schenectady and Springstead Invitational.
Greenwich junior Jeremy Spiezio, Argyle junior Daryn Hutchings and Maple Hill senior Jordan Healy were named to the all-state Class D first team. Spiezio won Section II and state titles.
All-state second-team laurels went to seniors John Rabideau of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Class B) and Tanner Flint of Corinth (Class C), and 11th-grader Pat Murphy of Duanesburg (Class D).
Aidan Tooker, 10, Saratoga Springs (first team); Stephen Booker, 12, Bethlehem (first); Kyle Gronostaj, 12, Columbia (third); Jay Navin, 12, Saratoga Springs (fourth); Brent Freestone, 12, Saratoga Springs (fourth); Joe Verro, 12, Saratoga Springs (fifth); Jake Johnson, 10, Colonie (fifth); Jordan Johnson, 12, Colonie (sixth).
John Rabideau, 12, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (second); Justin Van Epps, 12, Christian Brothers Academy (third); Jared Short, 11, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (third);
Jonah Allard, 9, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons (fifth); Patrick McGuinness, 12, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (fifth).
Tanner Flint, 12, Corinth (second); Sean McAneny, 10, Greenville (third); Jordan Ahrens, 12, Fort Plain/Canajoharie (third); Greg Bogdan, 12, Broadalbin-Perth (third); Ethan Jaynes, 11, Stillwater (fourth).
Jeremy Spiezio, 11, Greenwich (first); Daryn Hutchings, 11, Argyle (first); Jordan Healy, 12, Maple Hill (first); Pat Murphy, 11, Duanesburg (second); Devlin Kennedy, 12, Greenwich (third); Colin Beasor, 9, Greenwich (fourth).
New Balance news
Kyle Gronostaj of Columbia won the two-mile run (9:22.13), and Noah Bell of Bethlehem placed first in the one-mile steeplechase (4:55.68) Saturday at the New Balance Games in New York City.
Booker ran second in the invitational high school mile (4:19.06) and earned a return trip to The Armory for the Feb. 15 Millrose Games.
Hoosic Valley junior John Rooney delivered a slam dunk to reach the 1,000-point mark Friday night in the Indians’ 71-45 Wasaren League win over Tamarac.
Rooney finished with 25 points.
Joe Cremo of Scotia-Glenville and Tad Jones of Hartford joined the 1,000-point club earlier this month.
Barkley nets 44
Davon Barkley became the second player from Schenectady’s junior varsity basketball team to reach the 40-point mark this season when the Patriots rallied for a 80-68 win over Catholic Central Saturday at the Pat Riley Sports Center.
A freshman guard, Barkley finished with 44 points, including 24 in the second half. He made five three-point baskets.
Sophomore swingman Neftali Lind piled up 40 points in Schenectady’s 75-72 JV win over Columbia at the Arthur Hilliard Memorial Tournament last month. He was elevated to the varsity soon after.
Schenectady’s JV is 15-0.
Clas to Wagner
Jason Clas of Bethlehem has accepted an athletic scholarship to play football at Wagner College of the Northeast Conference.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Clas had a stellar senior season with the Eagles, and was tabbed a Class AA Empire Division first-team all-star for his work as a defensive end.
Clas was in on 57 tackles, and had two sacks among his 15 tackles for a loss while forcing three fumbles. He also rushed for 837 yards with a 7.1 average and scored nine touchdowns.
Wagner (Staten Island) went 3-8 last season, and its roster includes former Bishop Maginn running back Matthias McKinnon.