Field hockey: Shen coping with heavy graduation losses

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014
Perfection isn’t part of the Shenendehowa plan, but getting to another championship field hockey game is.
“My job is to prepare them for the end,” said veteran Lady Plainsmen coach Jeanne Frevola. “If we take a few bumps, OK.”

High Schools: Sabres retooling, goals are the same

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
The Schalmont boys’ soccer team had one day marked on its schedule last fall. “Last year was the year we were peaking for,” said Sabres coach Jason Beck, “We had a senior team that we knew was going to be very good, and we knew it was going to come down to us and Ichabod Crane.”

High Schools: Ochs powers Lady Dutch

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
Lexi Ochs was a difference-maker from all areas of the court with 12 kills, 10 aces and nine defensive digs in leading Guilderland past Shaker Friday in the Suburban Council opener for both teams.
Boys' Soccer: Sabres open with romp

Boys' Soccer: Sabres open with romp

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
Training sessions and scrimmages are all well and good, but coaches never know what type of team they have until the athletes actually have to perform as a unit on the field. Given that, both Jason Beck and Chris Bailey were pleased with their teams’ effort in Friday’s opening round of the Capital Cup boys’ soccer tournament played at Schalmont.

ND-BG Girls' Volleyball: Making sectionals Knights' goal

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons finally claimed its first Big 10 girls’ volleyball championship last season when it tied Albany for the top spot and then beat the Lady Falcons in a special playoff. There will be no repeat for the Golden Knights. The Big 10 was dissolved in June, leaving Bishop Gibbons with one less goal to shoot for.

Niskayuna Boys' Soccer: Silver Warriors must adjust on back line

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014
When you lose the most physically dominant central defender tandem in the Suburban Council to graduation, it’s easy to know where to retool your team. That’s the case at Niskayuna, where boys’ soccer coach Joe Carosella has to find a way to replace the twin tower pairing of graduated seniors Nick Shanahan and Brennan Colby, who helped the Silver Warriors get to the 2012 Class AA championship game and the quarterfinals a year ago.

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.”

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