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Soccer: Sloan making pieces fit at Schenectady

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014
Recent Schenectady boys’ soccer teams had gotten the reputation of having tremendously talented players that didn’t necessarily play well with their teammates.
Patriots coach Terry Sloan is ready to usher in a new era, with skilled players all over the field working as a unit.

Boys' Soccer: Plainsmen are loaded, experienced

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Jonathan Bain heads into his third season as head boys’ soccer coach at Shenendehowa with a sense of comfort. His roster is made up of veteran varsity players he coached at the junior varsity levels before taking over the program that had risen to state and national prominence in 32 years under Mike Campisi.

High school notes: Shen volleyball team faces tough early test

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014
Coach Lori Kessler believes her Shenendehowa volleyball team has the talent and experience to put together a very special season. Maybe the best the Lady Plainsmen have ever had.

High school notes: BH-BL volleyball team has lofty goals

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014
Gary Bynon has a wave of hitters he can call on.
If the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls' volleball coach wants to run a two-setter system, he's got the players to make it work.
His roster also includes a trio of veteran liberos, and he’d be comfortable with any of those defensive specialists on the court.
Bynon has another talented cast for sure, and they're awfully hungry, too. Eleven of the 15 are back from a team that last fall came within one victory of a third consecutive state championship.

Boys' soccer: Scotia offense strong

Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014
With a roster full of experience and perhaps the most dynamic attacking player in the Foothills Council, the Scotia-Glenville boys’ soccer team is aiming high this fall.

Girls' soccer: Patriots setting realistic goals

Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014
Eric Obman is enough of a realist to know that his Schenectady girls’ soccer team is not going to compete for a Class AA championship.
He’s satisfied with the smaller steps that will help the program grow.

Football: Patriots anxious to try out new schemes

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
With different formations on both sides of the football and a different cast of lead characters, Schenectady is optimistic that the 2014 season will be different, too.

Soccer: Suburban teams can't overlook Spartans

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014
No one has ever been able to accuse Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys’ soccer teams of running away from a scrap.
One of the three Class A schools in the Class AA Suburban Council, the Spartans traditionally have more than held their own with the big boys through the years.
School Football: Spartans confident they can fill holes

School Football: Spartans confident they can fill holes

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Jake Ashcraft and Joe Messare are the only returning starters on Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s offensive line. The Spartans took an even bigger hit on the defensive side of the line, with their entire starting cast all gone. “We go through this every year. Guys graduate, and guys step up,” said Burnt Hills senior running back Danny Maynard. “Two years ago, it was the linebackers. Last year, it was the secondary. Someone always steps up.”

Girls' Soccer: Dominant Tartans look tough again

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
The Scotia-Glenville girls’ soccer team has been the gold standard in the Foothills Council since leaving the larger Suburban Council 19 years ago. While Queensbury, South Glens Falls and Broadalbin-Perth have all made inroads into the Lady Tartans’ dominance in recent seasons, there’s no reason to think Lise Williams’ Lady Tartans won’t be successful again this fall.

High school notes: Vrooman will have Spartans fit, aggressive

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014
A young Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake field hockey player gave a silent fist pump after a series of conditioning drills late in Monday’s season-opening practice.
She thought the Spartans were through as dusk settled in. Soon after, though, Spartans coach Kelly Vrooman was calling for another series of sprints.
Amsterdam soccer team ready for move to Foothills

Amsterdam soccer team ready for move to Foothills

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
When Amsterdam boys’ soccer coach Adam Fetterly asked for a show of hands from his seniors during Monday morning’s first day of practice, he was hoping to be surprised.
No such luck.

Football: Sabres motivated by heartbreaking loss in final

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014
Joe Whipple didn’t have to encourage his football players very much in the months leading up to Monday’s first preseason practice. When Schalmont’s head coach did, he pointed to the past.

Basketball: Dagostino leaves Mohon for Colonie

Friday, Aug. 15, 2014
Ken Dagostino is looking to revive another program after taking Mohonasen to Section II’s highest level.

High Schools: SC has a new look in administration

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014
A reshuffling in the South Colonie school district has helped fill the remaining vacant athletic director posts in the Suburban Council. Former Colonie head varsity wrestling coaches Matt Stein and Joe Guardino are the new athletic directors at Mohonasen and Colonie, respectively

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