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School notes: Nisky wins swim showdown

Niskayuna prevailed in Tuesday’s showdown between unbeaten girls’ swimming and diving teams, and it came down to the last relay.

The Silver Warriors took the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:39.37 while Shenendehowa clocked a second-place 3:40.36. The outcome left Niskayuna with 94 points, two better than the Lady Plainsmen.

Niskayuna improved to 7-0 in the Suburban Council while Shenendehowa dipped to 6-1. Niskayuna was also the top scoring team (299.5) at Saturday’s Shenendehowa Invitational, with the hosts placing second (275.5).

The rematch in the Shenendehowa pool Tuesday was tied at 70 and again at 86 before the final event. Niskayuna’s 400 free relay group consisted of Maggie Wyngowski, Tacia Angelopoulos, Zeynep Balto and Anna Vitolins. Shenendehowa countered with Julia Samson, Colleen Luibrand, Jennifer Lucius and Emma Rupert.

Niskayuna got eight points for the win, while Shenendehowa got four points for second, and another two points for third.

Vitolins won the 50 free and the 100 breast. Balto won the 500 free, Wyngowski won the 100 free, and both were part of a triumphant 200 free relay.

Samson won the 200 IM and 100 back, and helped the Lady Plainsmen take the meet-starting 200 medley relay.


Shenendehowa completed a 17-0 season when it topped Saratoga Springs, 6.5-2.5, in the Section II Class AA girls’ team tennis final Friday at Central Park.

Shenendehowa won its fourth team title and first since 2009, and completed its first perfect season since 1977.

Fallon Etkin, Nadia Suguitan, Monica DiNoto and Emma Ehrlich won singles matches for Shenendehowa. Merdith Haverly and Jill Travis, and Taylore Ratsep and Katama Vorsheim won in doubles for the Lady Plainsmen.

Shenendehowa beat Bethlehem in the semifinals (7-2) and Guilderland in the quarterfinals (9-0).


The Fort Plain girls’ basketball program is hosting the Jay Wolf Star Shooter Shooting Camp Oct. 20 for boys and girls in grades 5-12.

There are two sessions and camp options for those who attend.

For more information contact Phil Karker (518 844-6943,


The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake varsity girls' soccer team will hold its ninth annual 4 on 4 Costume Invitational Wednesday, Oct. 23.

The team will be divided into four-player teams, and they will compete in a round-robin tournament while dressed up in costumes such as super heroes, pirates, babies, rock stars and the like.

"This is a great way for our players to relax and celebrate our regular season success and clear their minds prior to gearing up for the postseason," BH-BL coach Brian Bold said in a release. "Traditions are very important to our program and we believe our past made us who we are today and this is just one of our many traditions we continue within the BH-BL girls soccer program."

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