BH-BL Hall of Fame gets state champions
State volleyball and swimming champions will be among the third class inducted into the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Athletic Hall of Fame in June.
The girls’ volleyball team that captured the high school’s first of five New York titles in 2002, and a boys’ relay group that swam to the top that same year will be joined by milestone-maker Jenn Miklic and Bob McGuire, the high school’s standing athletic director, in the individual category.
Miklic led the Spartans to consecutive Section II and regional Class B basketball championships and was the school’s first female to reach 1,000 career points. The 1995 graduate also excelled in soccer.
Coach Gary Bynon’s volleyball team went 27-1 behind the play of Sarah Morton, Rachel Ormsby, Amanda Little, Kim McEathron, Shannon Campbell and Danielle Grant. The Spartans beat South Glens Falls for the Section II Class B flag before a regional win over Hendrick Hudson and a triumph over Corning West in the state final.
Peter Goody, Jud Rudgers, Bryan Brown and Kevin Gatley swam to their state victory in the 400-yard relay and set a Section II record in the process. The foursome prevailed at the Section II meet beforehand when the Spartans captured the team championship and ended Bethlehem’s title streak at 29 years.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake has ondergone facility upgrades and achieved superb on-field and classroom success with McGuire at the helm for close to two decades. The school has been the overall winner in the New York State Sportswriters Association All-Sport Championship competition the last four years.
Other individuals slated for induction are athletes Anne Richardson Jorgensen (multiple, 1976), Wes Carr (track, 1978) and Chris Bennice (soccer, basketball, 2000), coaches Neal Evans (soccer) and Ed Dempsey (football), and community leaders Don and Peg Allocco.
Dempsey, a longtime assistant, will also be inducted into the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame in August.
The June 22 BH-BL induction ceremony and dinner will take place at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs. For more information or reservations, contact Peg Ostrom (399-9141, ext. 8330).
Amsterdam pitchers combined for back-to-back no-hitters in a Big 10 baseball sweep of Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons Saturday at Shuttleworth Park.
“I haven’t ever seen it or heard of it in my life,” Amsterdam coach Brian Spagnola said after Zach Dufel and Kolbie Glionna fashioned one no-hitter and Julian Gallup and Dylan Angelo joined for next. “You don’t even realize it when it’s happening. You’re too busy coaching.”
Amsterdam last had a no-hitter in the 2002 season, when Kyle Cetnar blanked LaSalle, 4-0. Amsterdam’s Andy Slezak no-hit Bishop Maginn in 2000 in a 5-0 victory.
“They threw the ball really well. They all threw some heat, but they all mixed it up. That was the key,” Spagnola said. “They changed speeds all day and hit their spots.”
Dufel struck out seven and walked one in three innings, and Glionna fanned seven and walked two over the final four innings in a 22-2 win.
The second game, shorted to five innings due to rain, was a perfect pitching effort. Gallup struck out nine in four frames, and Angelo fanned two in his one inning of work in a 13-0 triumph.
“You know how it goes. When you score a bunch early, you feel more comfortable out there,” said Spagnola.
Amsterdam held a 15-0 lead two innings into the first game and was up, 9-0, two innings into the second game.
Amsterdam has bounced back from a 3-1 season-opening loss to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake with five straight wins.
The Schalmont and Mohonasen baseball teams raised over $5,000 for the American Cancer Society in a lead-up to their Coaches vs. Cancer game Saturday. The Sabres won the game, 2-1, on Tyler Smith’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“Both schools, during the week, sold T-shirts and pink baseballs,” said Bob Anderson. “To raise more money, I gave all of my kids donation sheets, and I’ve got to take my hat off to them. They really worked and pushed it.”
The format has been changed for the fourth annual Upstate/Downstate Football Classic set for July 13 at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse.
The all-star game will be for players entering their senior year, rather than graduated seniors. The event run by the New York State High School Football Coaches Association was previously held at the Carrier Dome early in June and conflicted with state championship meets and tournaments.
The Downstate team prevailed in the first three games, holding on for a 27-23 victory last year. . . .
The NYSHSFCA will run a testing combine for Section II and Section VII players May 5 at Stillwater High School. Players will be tested in the bench press, 40-yard dash, vertical jump, long jump, short shuttle and three-cone drill. More information and an application are available on the Section II football website. . . .
The Stillwater and Hoosic Valley football programs plan to merge, but need approval from their respective school boards and Section II.
Basketball Top 50
Daily Gazette All-Area first teammer Javion Ogunyemi of Troy was among five Section II boys named to the Basketball Coaches Association of New York top-50 list.
Ogunyemi and Jamil Hood Jr. of Green Tech were Class AA selections, and joined Jordan Gleason of Watervliet (Class B), Joel Wincowski of Lake George (Class C) and Joey Lufkin of Argyle (Class D).
The girls’ top 50 (all classes) includes Mary Pattison of Troy, Ailayia Demand of Watervliet and Cassidy Chapko of Hoosic Valley.
The lists cover only players whose coaches are BCANY members.