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School notes: Strikeout mania

Breton LaRose of Ogdensburg Free Academy struck out 23 Schalmont batters in the Devils’ 3-1, nine-inning win Tuesday in a state Class B regional final at Bleecker Stadium.

LaRose, a senior righty, went with fastballs on all but one pitch to accomlish his feat. Andrew Cote drilled a second-inning home run when LaRose went with a curve, and LaRose allowed only allowed two hits afterward.

Of LaRose’s 23 strikeouts, 19 came on missed swings by the Sabres. He struck out the side six times, in the first, second, third, fourth, seventh and eighth innings. The 6-foot-3 Sacred Heart-bound senior said his previous strikeout high for a game was 13, and he had 18 after seven innings.

The big strikeout game got me digging for Section II’s outstanding strikeout performances. This season alone Christian Maldonado of Troy fanned 21 Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons batters in a perfect game, and Will Brooking of Rensselaer struck out 21 Berlin batters.

In other seven-inning efforts, Billy McDonough of Saratoga Catholic struck out 20 against Sharon Springs in 2011; Nick Esopi of Stillwater struck out 20 against Hoosic Valley in 1997; Zac Goyer of Berlin fanned 20 (including the first 18 outs) against Heatly in 2006; John Shook of Taconic Hills struck out 19 against New Lebanon in 1994; Jason Hartman of Saratoga Catholic struck out 19 against Northville in 1989; and Bill Anderson of Queensbury struck out 19 against Johnstown in 1988. McDonough, Anderson and Shook hurled perfect games.

Scott Dennis of Chatham struck out 20 in a 1996 game, but I couldn’t find details.

Adam Lasek of Waterford-Halfmoon amassed 27 strikeouts in 12 innings of work in a 13-inning game with Heatly in 2001. Heatly’s Eric Overbaugh fanned 18 in that one in 8 2/3 innings. Lasek had an 18-strikeout effort that same year in a no-hit performance against Germantown.

Chris Ciaccio of Gloversville struck out 24 against South Glens Falls in an 11-inning game in 1989. Ciaccio had 18 strikeouts through seven innings in that contest.

Ciaccio also struck out 22 in 12 innings on the mound in a 13-inning game with Glens Falls in 1990.

The most strikeouts I’ve heard of by an area pitcher is 38, by Kinderhook’s Lou Altomer, in a 2-1, 18-inning win over New Lebanon in 1952. The losing pitcher in the game, Alan Janes, struck out 32. The teams played to a 1-1 tie through eight innings before being halted by rain, and resumed play three weeks later, with the same pitchers squaring off.

The state record for strikeouts in a seven-inning game is 22 by Kevin Russell of Westport in 2011 and Nate Kuchta of Victor in 2000. No nine-inning record is listed but Stamford’s Mike Brown struck out 25 in a 10-inning game in 2009.


Fort Plain will hold its annual sports awards reception Friday night (June 7) starting at 6:30 in the high school auditorium.

Sprong sport varsity teams will be honored, and special memorial and all-sport awards will be presented.



Scholar Athlete — Sarah Cimino, Thomas Hale (sophomore); Sarah Cheney, Benjamin Cassillo (junior); Taylor Methe, Gregory Hickey (senior). Best All-Around — Madison Rowland, Ryan Griffin. Sportsmanship — Danielle McLean, Robbie Smith. Suburban Scholastic Council Excellence In Leadership — Hannah Madison, David Morrison. Fan Appreciation Award — Tom Berkery. Super Booster Award — Eugene “Gus” Devine. Justin Perry Courage Award — Emily Allen, Tyler Oppelt. Blue Bison Citizenship Award — Katie Donnelly, Chris Landers.

Major White Letter Award — Tubo Akangbou, Carter Brock, Niko Caladim, Justin Crump-King, Austin Drescher, Jackson DuMont, Kevin Egan, Jack Fallon-Underwood, Ryan Griffin, Dan Hausamann, Greg Hickey, Kenny Jackson, Joey Klinowski, Casey Leyendecker, Dan Mayer, Maxwell Morgan, Nick Morihisa, David Morrison, Paul Nichols, John O’Connor, Casey Ogden, Tyler Oppelt, Jefrey Perez, Stephen Rehfuss, Dan Ruiz, Brandan Safford, Justin Safford, Adam Schwenzfeier, Lloyd Smalling, Jake Smith, Quinn Sorady, Skyler Tangney-Centor, Ian Weykamp, Emily Allen, Brianna Bessette, Jacklyn Brehm, Carolynn Bruni, Jean Chakmakas, Payton Czupil, Katie Donnelly, Jessica Dzialo, Chloe Fahey, Emily Franko, Katie Green, Julia Holland, Kayleigh Lavender, Shannon Lavender, Laura Libruk, Hannah Madison, Carlie Maxwell, Danielle McLean, Madison Rowland, Ellen Stocker.
Senior Plaque Award — Tubu Akangbou, Nick Boice, Ryan Brady, Justin Carmello, Jordan Crump-King, Justin Crump-King, Nick Dodd, Austin Drescher, Jackson DuMont, Alec Evan, Joshua Farrell, Kyle Fragnoli, Daniel Gavin, Ryan Griffin, Gregory Hicks, Kenny Jackson, Jared Kirkey, Chris Landers, Sean Leach, Casey Leyendecker, Daniel Mayer, Garrett McClenahan, Maxwell Morgan, Nicholas Morihisa, David Morrison, Sai Naidu, John O’Connor, Casey Ogden, Prezi Oki, Tyler Oppelt, Jeffrey Perez, Brian Planz, Peter Porcelli, Michael Riccio, Dan Ruiz, Adam Schwenzfeier, Jake Smith, Robert Smith, James Steck, Skyler Tangney-Centor, Erik Trinkle, Ian Weykamp, Emily Allen, Hayley Catalfamo, Jenna Cavanaugh, Jean Chakmakas, Madeline Devine, Katie Donnelly, Jessica Dzialo, Emily Franko, Katie Green, Julia Holland, Kayleigh Lavender, Hannah Madison, Danielle McLean, Taylor Methe, Gabrielle Morelli, Sarah Murawski, Emily Phillips, Lynn Roberts, Madison Rowland, Maddy Smith, Ellen Stockert, Victoria Wittemann, Rebecca Yates.


Football — Jake Eglintine (most improved); Jordan Wilcox, Alexander Chandler (most outstanding). Boys soccer — Shane Buchanan, Alexander Dannehy (most outstanding). Girls soccer — Elizabeth Adams, Megan Nash, Briana Sirianni (most outstanding). Boys cross country — Joseph “Gavin” Gaynor, Aidan Tooker (most improved); Brent Freestone, James Navin (most outstanding). Girls cross country — Spencer Hayes, Sarah Morin (most improved); Taylor Driscoll, Keelin Hollowood (most outstanding). Field hockey — Sarah Ryan, Emily Petruccione (most outstanding teammates). Golf — Christopher Thompson (most improved); Calvin Beckwith (most outstanding). Girls tennis — Emily Chartrand (most improved)); Margaret Oppenheim (leadership); Catherine MacCormick (most outstanding). Boys volleyball — Luc Cianfarani (most improved); Andrew Coleman (most outstanding). Girl volleyball — Nicolette Bonaquist (most improved); Sophy Levine (most outstanding). Girls swimming — Gabrielle Celia, Sophia Tannatta (most improved); Caroline Conboy (most outstanding). Fall cheerleading — Jordyn Bloem (most improved); Morgan Rumpf (most outstanding). Winter cheerleading — Whitney Richardson (most improved); Andrea Fauler (most outstanding). Boys basketball — Taylor Mickle (most improved); Noah Arciero (most outstanding). Girls basketball — Brianna Plummer, Rachel Signor (most improved). Wrestling — Matthew Holden, James Helin (most improved); Richard Schrade, Hunter Rumpf (most outstanding). Gymnastics — Courtney Kirshe (most improved); Rema Bianco, Morgan Winnie (most outstanding). Girls bowling — Abbi Gailor (most improved); Alyssa Pancake (most outstanding). Boys bowling — Jeffrey Decker (most improved); Andrew Marotta (most outstanding). Ice hockey — Drew Hasbrouck (most improved); Tyler Bullard, Brendon Wormley (most outstanding). Boys swimming — Nacoda Meredith (most improved); Alex Danielson (most outstanding). Girls indoor track — Grayce French (most improved); Keelin Hollowood (most outstanding). Boys indoor track — Nicholas Green (most improved); James Navin (most outstanding). Girls alpine skiing — Elizabeth Olson (most improved); Sierra Spring (most outstanding). Boys alpine skiing — William McIntyre (most improved); Kieran Mottau (most outstanding). Baseball — Gregory Talamo (sportsmanship); Nicholas Kondo (outstanding effort). Softball — Sydney Vishneowski (most improved); Sara Willner-Giwerc (most outstanding). Boys lacrosse — Robert Frank (most improved); Brendon Wormley (most outstanding). Girls lacrosse — Zoie Cavotta (most improved); Briana Sirianni (most outstanding). Boys track — Zachary Grandy (most improved); James Navin (most valuable). Girls track — Marlaina Murphy (most improved); Ellery Bianco, Olivia Ventra (most outstanding). Boys tennis — John Towers (leadership); Michael Kane (sportsmanship); James Barringer (most outstanding).

Dottie Pepper Achievement Award in Golf — John Towers. Damian Fantauzzi Basketball Award — Jonathan Rach. Nick Alex Baseball Award — Alexander Chandler. Steve Rue Memorial Award in Wrestling — Richard Schrade. Greg Greve Memorial Award — Keelin Hollowood. Athletic Director’s Award — Megan Nash, Sarah Ryan, Margaret Roberts, Devin Smith, Ryan Flynn, Mark Choiniere. Blue Streak Scholar/Athlete — Allison Carswell, Matthew Flynn. Benny Fasulo Memorial Award — Taylor Driscoll, John Towers. Hutchin Tibbetts Award — William Millar. Marge Tibbetts Award — Sydney Vishneowski. Ann King Memorial Award — Emily Petruccione. Blue Streak Leadership Award — Brian Halligan. Blase Iuliano Distinguished Athlete Award — Elizabeth Adams, Taylor Mickle. Barbara Chubb Outstanding Athlete Award — Keelin Hollowood. Clayton Chubb Outstanding Athlete Award — Alexander Chandler. Raymond Waldron Outstanding Athlete Award — Briana Sirianni, Brendon Wormley.

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