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Section II Galleries

The last thing the Shenendehowa boys’ soccer team wanted to do Tuesday was to chase Ballston Spa around for 80 minutes. So the Plainsmen quickly recovered from an early def­icit, took a one-goal lead at the half and dominated the final 40 minutes to beat the Scotties, 6-1, in their season opener.
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.

Photo of Field hockey: ADK club focuses on competition, exposure
Friday, July 18, 2014

Thirteen-year-old Heidi Zahnleuter wasn’t aware of all the opportunities the ADK Field Hockey Club provided when she joined last winter. The youngster from Clifton Park said she was just looking to have some fun and sharpen her skills for her upcoming freshman season at Emma Willard.

School Hockey: Academy coach learned at Army
Thursday, July 17, 2014

Even though he is relatively young, Brett Riley understands two things better than most: hockey and tradition. The 23-year-old new hockey coach at Albany Academy is the nephew of current Army hockey coach Brian Riley, the president of the American Hockey Coaches Association who will begin his 11th season with the Black Knights in October.

High schools: Jones had huge impact at Canajoharie
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The job description of an athletic director covers a multitude of responsibilities and duties. The smaller the school, the bigger the load for the AD, who is responsible for everything from scheduling games to making sure the athletic facilities are up to par on a daily basis.
Todd Jones is all too familiar with the trappings of the job.

High school notes: Hanks secures spots on U.S. under-19 team
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Carrie Hanks felt good about her performance at last week’s tryout camp for the USA Field Hockey under-17, under-19 and under-21 junior teams. At least most of it.

Tennis: Gould always put his players first
Monday, July 14, 2014

The local tennis scene, and in particular the boys’ and girls’ programs at Shenendehowa, lost a mentor and friend when Gene Gould passed away last week.

High school notes: Loudis has Schenectady schedule nearly complete
Saturday, July 12, 2014

Games against Albany Academy, Kingston and Niskayuna, and a rematch with either state champion Scotia-Glenville or Columbia will be part of Schenectady’s varsity boys’ basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season.

Mohonasen AD takes job at BH-BL
Friday, July 11, 2014

Bob McGuire was not on the interview committee for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s new director of physical education and athletics, but he gave a big thumbs-up to the guy they picked to replace him.
McGuire has seen Joe Scalise in action, and seen him get things done.

Photo of Evans gets well-deserved spot on Galway 'Wall'
Monday, June 30, 2014

Neal Evans will always keep coming back.
Even when talking about retiring from coaching, the Galway native mentions in the same breath that he’ll be around as a volunteer assistant coach in soccer and/or baseball, and he keeps the scorebook for the basketball team.

High school notes: Shen's Yurchak named All-American
Saturday, June 28, 2014

Shortstop Justin Yurchak of state Class AA runner-up Shenendehowa has been selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings High School All-America third team.

Lacrosse: Abdellatif can work magic with long stick
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

No defensive player in Section II lacrosse was more offensive-minded over the past two seasons than Ballston Spa’s Kyle Abdellatif.
If the long-stick midfielder saw an opportunity, he took it, and those speed bursts and shots resulted in nine goals each year. One of the senior’s goals in late April was a double-overtime game-winner against Tully.

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