Hoosick Falls and Mechanicville Enter Quarterfinal Round

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After a rough Tuesday night in sectional play for boys teams from the Wasaren, when six schools were eliminated in the round of 16, two league squads, Hoosick Falls and Mechanicville remain standing in the Section II tournament.

The Red Raiders take on Watervliet Friday night in a Class B quarterfinal with a 5 p.m. tip at Shenendehowa, while Hoosick Falls faces Canajoharie at HVCC on Saturday in a 12:30 Class C quarterfinal.

Both teams handled their business in round one, and each will be tested in their quarterfinal matchups as with just eight schools remaining in each class, there are no easy outs to be found. Continue reading

Girls Sectional Quarterfinals; Four Wasaren Teams Advance

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Six league teams played quarterfinal games in the girls Section II basketball tournament Wednesday night with action in the B and C classifications.  At the end of the night four Wasaren schools posted victories, advancing to the semifinal round.

Class B

Tamarac 52  Hudson 47

Leading Scorers:  Bengals – Emily Erickson 13        Jordyn Sorel 11        Alexis D’Agostino 9 Blue Hawks – Deja Beauford 14

Key Stat:  In a close game throughout the top seeded Bengals took a 39-33 lead into the fourth and hung on to notch the “”W” over a determined Hudson squad.  Nine players scored for Tamarac as the Bengals paraded to the free throw line attempting 33 from the stripe converting on 14.  With the win Tamarac moves to the semifinal round where they’ll face Fonda at Averill Park on Tuesday at 7:30. Continue reading

Boys Basketball Sectional Results

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It was a tough Tuesday night for Wasaren boys teams playing in the Section II basketball tournament.  Eight league squads took the floor, with seven teams playing on the road.  At night’s end, six teams were eliminated with only Hoosick Falls and Mechanicville able to post wins and advance.

Class B

Mechanicville 69  Hudson 66

Leading Scorers:  Red Raiders – Josh Germaine 18     Devin Garland 16        Anthony Attala 12        Luciano D’Ambro 12        Blue Hawks – Dayquan Griffin 32        Lavon Fernandez 15

Key Stat:  The Raiders started fast and held a 23-12 advantage after one, and led 40-29 at the break.  But Hudson used a 24-13 third period to knot things at 53 all entering the final eight minutes where the Raiders closed things out.  Mechanicville bottomed six triples and converted on 7 of 8 from the free throw line in the game and with the win advance to play Watervliet, 101-50 winners over Bishop Gibbons, on Friday. Continue reading

Wasaren Teams Hit the Road on a Sectional Tuesday

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With the Wasaren girls basketball teams fresh off a Saturday where they won six of seven sectional contests, eight boys squads from the league take the floor Tuesday night in the Section II tournament’s Round of 16 for the B and C classifications.

But unlike the girls who played all but one of the games on their respective home courts, the boys schedule offers a reversal of fortune with seven of the eight Wasaren teams playing on the road.

While playing at home is a nice advantage in the second season, it’s the action on the floor, not the noise from the stands that determine outcomes and with that, here’s why almost all of the Wasaren schools can walk into their opponents venue and post a “W”.   Continue reading

Wasaren Teams Roll on a Sectional Saturday

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The Section II girls basketball tournament played its Round of 16 in the B and C classifications Saturday night with seven Wasaren teams taking the floor.  Yesterday we asked the question “Could the Wasaren teams sweep?”.  The answer this Sunday morning is almost.  The league squads posted six “W’s” in dominant fashion, with all six handling their business on their home floor.

Class B

Tamarac 45  Broadalbin-Perth 22

Leading Scorers:  Bengals – Syrita Faraj 13         Emily Erickson 10         Kate Machnick  B-P – Emma Goebel 10

Key Stat:  Tamarac throws a shutout in the first period, and allows BP just eight points through three quarters, as the Bengals double up Perth and advance to a Wednesday night quarterfinal and a matchup in Clums Corners with Hudson. Continue reading

Can The Wasaren Teams Have a Perfect Saturday Night

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The girls take center stage tonight in the Section II basketball tournament with a full slate of games in the Round of 16 in the B and C classifications. Seven Wasaren squads will compete and in all but one of the games they’re the higher seed playing on their home floor.

Can the Wasaren teams sweep tonight?  That’s a lot to ask but here’s a quick look at why they just might.

Class C

#16 Canajoharie @ #1 Cambridge:  Canjo squeaked past Spa Catholic 48-44 on Thursday in a play-in game.  Congrats, your reward will be a trip to Cambridge and a demolition at the hands of the Indians who are coming off a victory in the Wasaren championship game over Tamarac.  Cambridge hasn’t played all week and will take it out on Canajoharie. Continue reading

Cambridge Tops Saints

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Cambridge 51  Saratoga Catholic 44

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Nick Murphy 16        Brian Hall 14        Jeffrey Burke 13      Saints – Jordan Catone 21

Key Stat:  The Saints connected on seven 3-pointers, five by Catone, to keep things close throughout, but Cambridge used a 17-12 fourth period to close things out and post the “W” in and all-Wasaren Class C play-in game in Cambridge.  The Indians move on and will face top-seeded Lake George on Tuesday.

Spa Catholic Bowlers Win C-D Title

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The Saratoga Catholic bowling team, competing in the Section II tournament held this week at Boulevard Bowl, staged a second half rally to claim the Class C-D sectional championship.

In a morning/afternoon format the Saints after three games sat in third place overall, but surged to the top spot in the afternoon finishing the six game block with total pins of 5624, besting Canajoharie (5504) and third place Hoosick Falls (5483).

Lansingburgh in Class B won the overall small school championship and will compete at the State Championships next month in Syracuse.

Micaela Barbolt (1179), Tim Barrett (1175), Zac Niles (1143), Hayden Day (1079), and LJ Lafiura (1053) brought home the schools first sectional bowling championship.

Congratulations to the Saints.

Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week

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Congratulations to Hoosic Valley bowler Leigha Henkel on being named Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week,

At the girls bowling sectionals on February 7th, Leigha, competing as an individual, qualified for the Section II composite team that will compete at the state championship in Syracuse on March 9th.

Competing against girls from across Section II and needing a top six finish, Henkel rolled the high triple of 631, the high single of 233, and most importantly a six game total of 1180, second overall, to earn a spot on the squad of six.

Congratulations  to Leigha our newest Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

 

Saints Fall in Class C

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Canajoharie 48  Saratoga Catholic 44

Leading Scorers:  Canjo – Monica Hartlieb 13         Mackenzie Bowerman 12         Saints – Molly O’Reilly 11        Katie Cronin 10        Ashley Upson 10

Key Stat:  The Saints led 25-24 at the half, but Canajoharie used a 13-6 third period advantage to gain the lead and held off Saratoga Catholic in the final frame for the “W” in a Class C play-in.  The Saints complete their season with a 4-17 mark.