High schools: Area athletes lending support to Miracle League
They are known more for their accomplishments on the soccer field and basketball court. But Kiera Morgan and Carley Ryan will be trading in their uniforms for a more sophisticated look tonight.
The Middleburgh teammates will be participating in a fashion show in Albany, a benefit for the Capital Region Miracle League.
The athletes will be joined by Middleburgh cheerleaders Sierra Devlin and Coryn Martin — and other athletes from around Section II — in the Miracle Fashion Show, a fundraiser for the East Greenbush-based organization that offers athletic and social opportunities at no cost to special needs children, adults and their families. The league offers baseball, basketball, bowling, football, soccer and track and field to special needs participants of all ages.
Amber Johns, who coaches the Middleburgh girls in both sports, got her athletes involved.
“We were coming back from a basketball game in Albany, and on the car in front of us, I saw a bumper sticker for the Miracle League,” said Johns. “I did some research, and our family got involved.
“I thought it would be something some of our kids would like to be part of.”
Johns went into a meeting with her basketball team prepared to sell them on the rewards of working with special needs children.
“I had my big speech all ready, but I didn’t have to say much. The girls were interested. It was ‘OK, we’ll go.’ ”
Members of the girls’ basketball team accompanied the Johns family from Schoharie County to events in East Greenbush nearly every Saturday during the basketball season, lending their physical and emotional support to the Miracle League’s athletes.
“They got right into it,” said Johns. “I think they saw how rewarding it was. They were willing to give up part of their weekends after playing a basketball game most every Friday night.”
This week, the girls have prepared for an event that is not in their comfort zone.
“They’ve had to go to three different places for fittings,” said Johns. “They’ve been so good about it.”
Athletes from other schools are also involved.
“Some of our boys have also helped, and the Bethlehem boys’ swim team has offered to escort them down the runway,” said Johns, whose Amber J Photography business is sponsoring the fashion show, which will be held at Sixty State Place, 60 State St. in Albany, beginning at 7 p.m.
“It’s going to be a different environment for them, but it’s been so nice to see the interaction,” said Johns.
Tickets, available for a donation of $5 or more, will be availble at the door.
Eagles down Pats
Brad Beltinger and John Fredette scored three goals apiece and combined for three assists to lift Bethlehem over Schenectady, 10-3, in Matt Marotta’s debut as the Patriots coach.
Erick Aldas scored two goals for Schenectady.
Ben Willows collected four goals and seven points, and Queensbury defeated Troy, 16-1, in another non-league game.
Shen wins opener
Madison Shea scored four goals, and Katie Kerner added three goals and three assists, as Shenendehowa edged Niskayuna, 11-9, in the Suburban Council opener for both.
Catherine Sexton, Anna Picardi and Brianna Sacks all had a pair of goals for Niskayuna.
Gabby Childrose scored six goals and Helena Masiello notched four to lead Columbia past Bethlehem, 14-11.
BETHLEHEM 10, SCHENECTADY 3
Bethlehem 3 2 4 1 — 10
Schenectady 1 0 0 2 — 3
Bethlehem scoring: John Fredette 3-1, Brad Beltinger 3-2, Mike Collier 1-1, James Mackrell 1-2, Mitchel Calabrese 1-0, Mike Kennedy 1-0, Sean Spellman 0-1. Schenectady scoring: Erick Aldas 2-0, Tom Billsborrow 1-0, Ethan Szemansco 0-1.
Goalkeepers: Bethlehem, Dan Comber, 11 saves; Tim Verstandig, 1 save. Schenectady, James Schnepf, 21 saves.
QUEENSBURY 16, TROY 1
Queensbury 6 4 2 4 — 16
Troy 0 0 0 1 — 1
Queensbury scoring: Ben Willows 4-3, Mike Carpenter 2-2, Mike Shultes 2-1, Braden Kietzman 2-0, Zoran Morell 1-2, Tyler Raymond 1-1, Sean Duffy 1-1, Colin Gaunt 1-0, Kolin Kristel 1-0, Greg Weeks 1-0, Brendan DiThomas 0-1. Troy scoring: Brobok 1-0.
Goalkeepers: Queensbury, Jeremiah O’Connor, 0 saves; Will Goody, 1 save. Troy, Johnson, unavailable.
SHENENDEHOWA 11, NISKAYUNA 9
Niskayuna 4 5 — 9
Shenendehowa 7 4 — 11
Niskayuna scoring: Catherine Sexton 2-1, Brianna Sacks 2-0, Anna Picardi 2-0, Marisa DiPietro 1-1, Ellie Petraccione 1-0, Jillian Macri 1-0. Shenendehowa scoring: Madison Shea 4-0, Katie Kerner 3-3, Olivia Pickett 3-1, Rachel Picci 1-1, Meghan Pendergast 0-1.
Goalkeepers: Niskayuna, unavailable. Shenendehowa, Emelia Dugmore, 12 saves.
COLUMBIA 14, BETHLEHEM 11
Columbia 9 5 — 14
Bethlehem 4 7 — 11
Columbia scoring: Gabby Childrose 6-0, Helena Masiello 4-0, Shannon Ryan 3-3, Sarah Alamprese 1-0, Caroline Hirt 0-1. Bethlehem scoring: Kaylee Rickert 3-0, Emily Conway 3-0, Emma Cremo 2-0, Sophie Powers 1-0, Natalie Cook 1-0, Elena Kreienberg 1-0.
Goalkeepers: Columbia, Samantha Gladd, 12 saves. Bethlehem, Mary Kate McDonough, Siena Marsell, unavailable.
Schenectady scoring: Breona Richmond 4-0, Sam Suriano 1-1, Kristen St. Andrews 2-1, Sam Kerr 0-1. Scotia-Glenville scoring: Carle McNulty 2-1, Katelyn Dwyer 1-4, Cara Zanta 5-4, Maddie Carroll 3-0, Abbi O’Connor 2-0, Aby McHerran 2-0, Oludara Orderu 1-0, Myah Hughes 0-1.
Goalkeepers: Schenectady, Kendra Arcos, 12 saves. Scotia-Glenville, unavailable.