High school notebook: Ballston Spa's Abdellatif commits to Stony Brook
The Ballston Spa lacrosse team will have a pair of Division I-bound players running up and down the field next spring now that defensive midfielder Kyle Abdellatif has given a verbal commitment to
attend Stony Brook University.
Abdellatif follows midfielder John McDonald, who back in December agreed to compete for Towson University in Maryland.
“In lacrosse, the middle of the field is so important. He was our MVP this year because he controlled the midfield for us,” Ballston Spa coach Joe Pollicino said of Abdellatif, who earned first-team Suburban Council all-star laurels as a junior. “He was a difference maker in a lot of our games.”
Abdellatif not only caused turnovers and scooped up 93 ground balls while wielding his long pole, he also contributed at the offensive end for the Section II Class B runner-up Scotties with nine goals and three assists.
“On our senior night, he had a hat trick against Burnt Hills,” said Pollicino. “He had two goals in trans-ition and got another one when he came around the cage and stuffed it past their goalie.”
Abdellatif followed up a solid sophomore season with a trip to the Maverik Showtime recruiting camp for underclassmen in Danbury, Conn. He made the camp’s all-star team with his performance and drew interest from a host of schools including Syracuse, Loyola, Richmond, Albany and Stony Brook.
“That’s when he jumped on the radar. Last summer when he attended that camp. It’s a high-profile camp with a lot of college coaches in attendance,” said Pollicino.
Stony Brook went 2-3 in the America East Conference and 7-9 overall last season with a roster that included sophomore defenseman Andrew Dorsey of Shenendehowa and freshman midfielder Patrick Wood of Guilderland. The Seawolves lost to Albany, 17-15, in the AE semifinals.
“Stony Brook is getting a talented kid,” said Pollicino. “He’s 6-2 but has a wing span of 6-6 or 6-7. He’s got such long arms, and he can fly. When he runs it looks like his strides are five yards. He can catch people.”
Abdellatif and a pair of recent graduates, Niskayuna attackman Luke Goldstock (North Carolina) and Guilderland midfielder Stephen Polsinelli (Siena College), are competing this week at the Champion All-American Showcase in Florida. Only 92 athletes nationally were selected for the U.S. Lacrosse-sanctioned event.
Ferguson leads HOF cast
Saratoga Springs graduate Lindsey Ferguson will be honored for her individual accomplishments and her contributions to the high school’s championship 2004 cross country team at the Blue Streak Hall of Fame induction ceremony in September.
That hall-bound team of Ferg-uson, Nicole Blood, Ashley Campbell, Hannah Davidson, Karyn Delay, Caitlin Lane and Alysha McElroy set a scoring record with 51 points when it placed first at the Nike Team Nationals. Beforehand, the standout cast coached by Art and Linda Kranick captured Federation, state, Section II and Suburban Council titles.
Ferguson was a 15-time All-American in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, and as a senior in 2006 was selected the Gatorade New York State Track and Field Athlete of the Year. She won two national steeplechase titles and a trio of state steeplechase crowns before continuing her athletic career at Notre Dame.
Thomas Healy, Kathleen Kauth, Marty Sherman, Andrea Snyder-Pedersen and Robert Stulmaker will also be inducted into the hall of fame Sept. 12 at the high school.
Snyder-Pedersen guided Saratoga gymnastics teams to 12 Section II titles and over 200 victories before stepping down in 2006. Her last five teams went unbeaten.
Winkler sets hammer record
Averill Park graduate Rudy Winkler needed one throw to break the 14-year-old 12-pound hammer record at last week’s 21st annual Hammerama in South Kingston, R.I.
Winkler had planned to compete only in the open divison, in which athletes use a 16-pound collegiate hammer. After meet officials told Winkler he needed a top-six finish in the high school division to qualify, he set a 12-pound meet-record with a hoist of 247-10, topping the 246-6 produced by Jacob Freeman of Bishop Hendricken in 1999.
Winkler later placed second in the open division with a distance of 213-0.
The Cornell-bound Winkler earlier this month set national high school records in the 12-pound (260-5) and 6-kilogram (249-0) classes.
Koste rowing champ
Kevin Koste of Niskayuna High School earned a gold medal at the recent USRowing Club National Championships in the Men’s Junior B1 single in Camden, New Jersey.
Koste covered the 2,000-meter Cooper River course in 7:43.52 to win by over three seconds. Koste, who will be entering his junior year at Niskayuna, clocked a 7:52.97 for the fastest time among 18 competitors in the semifinals.
Columbia meets challenge
Columbia High School has been recognized as the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Community Service Challenge program champion for the 2012-13 academic year.
Athletes and coaches from the East Greenbush school participated in three community service projects, and they will be recognized at the NYSPHSAA Central Committee meeting and banquet Tuesday in Fairport.
In October, the Columbia football and cheerleading teams and their families took part in the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Walk” while raising additional funds through a T-shirt sale. In
December, all of the school district’s athletes and coaches took part in the Rensselaer County Social Services’ “Adopt-a-family” project by collecting items for 14 families. Also in December, the Columbia softball team held pitching and hitting clinics to benefit the Deanna Rivers Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Locals at hoops fest
Daily Gazette All-Area first-teammers Greig Stire of Christian Brothers Academy and Gabby Giacone of Bethlehem will be among the Adirondack/Capital players at the third annual Summer Hoops Fest, Aug. 2-4, in Johnson City.
The Basketball Coaches Assoc-iation of New York backs the tournament that includes teams from all parts of the state.
The Adirondack/Capital boys’ team will include John Moutopoulos of Federation Class A champion Albany Academy, Ty’Jon Gilmore of state Class B champ Watervliet and Dyaire Holt of Section II Class AA titlist Troy. John Sica and Connor Morelli of Beth-lehem, Jahlil Nails of Columbia, Elijah Burns of Blair Academy, Malik Dare of Shaker, and the Green Tech trio of Raymond Burt, Jizziah Carr and Jamil Hood Jr. round out the roster. The coaches are Orlando DiBacco of Watervliet, Brian Fruscio of Albany Academy, Guy DiBacco of Lansingburgh and Ryan Meikle of Troy.
The Adirondack/Capital girls’ team will include Marry Pattison and Kiana Petterson of state Class A champion Troy, and Leah Dollard and India Terrell of Section II Class AA winner Albany. Jenna Giacone of Bethlehem, Hannah Friend of Holy Names, Jill Davis and Eileen Hurley of Queensbury, Tamarac’s Jenna Erickson, Alliyah Guilespie of Catholic Central and Shannon Ryan of Beekmantown will also play for coach Dave Becker of Ballston Spa.