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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.
Photo of 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.

Photo of 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

QMJHL next stop in Kuhl's odyssey
Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Excusez-moi, où est la patinoire?
Clifton Park’s Cam Kuhl may not know this yet, but that is French for “Excuse me, where is the ice rink?”
He may not have to learn that exact phrase, but the former Shenendehowa defenseman will have to practice his French in the coming days. He signed with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Aug. 1 and began training camp on Tuesday.

High school notes: Sabres' Musk named state Player of the Year
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

The Schalmont baseball team has added another record to its ledger after a championship season that was full of them.
When the New York State Sportswriters Association recently released its all-state baseball teams, an all-time program high of six Sabres were among the Class B selections. Greg Musk was tabbed the Class B Player of the Year, and Bob Anderson was picked as the Coach of the Year.

High school notes: VanDerzee takes state football coordinator post
Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014

Longtime Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk football coach Gary VanDerzee was named the state’s coordinator for the sport at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s annual Central Committee meeting in Lake Placid earlier this week.

Football: Shen exceeds expectations at Select 7on7
Friday, Aug. 1, 2014

A broadcaster for the National Federation of State High School Associations Network said Shenendehowa’s varsity football team did not pass the eye test when it showed up for the July 17-19 National Select 7on7 Championship Tournament in Alabama.
Looks proved to be deceiving.

High School Notes: Spartans claim another Kerr Cup
Thursday, July 31, 2014

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School won the combined Class A title for the fifth time, and finished third overall, in the Kerr Cup All-Sport Championship.

Soccer: Gillis steps down at BKW
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Berne-Knox-Westerlo has lost a second long-time coach in as many years.
Jim Gillis, who began his coaching career in 1978 in Don Snyder’s program at Guilderland before taking the head boys’ soccer coaching job when BKW was a member of the Schoharie County League, notified school officials last week that he was stepping down. Gillis, who will stay on as the Section II boys’ soccer chairman, cited ongoing problems with a handful of parents as the reason for his decision.

AAU basketball: Tartans stick together, finish second in tourney
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Powered by many of the same sharp-shooting and smooth-passing standouts who sparked an undefeated run to both the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Federation basketball championships, the Scotia Tartans AAU team tested some even deeper waters recently.

Softball: Gamache, Sholtes, Alonzo honored
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Rachel Gamache of Duanesburg, Colonie’s Marisa Sholtes and Kirstyn Alonzo of Mechanicville were among the Section II softball players to earn first team all-state honors.

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