Can Hoosick Falls Find a Way Against the Warriors

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It’s not often that a 20-1 team goes into their next game as a substantial underdog, but that’s how many will view the Hoosick Falls Panthers in their Section II class C final Friday night in Glens Falls.

Why?  Three reasons come to mind.

Number one their opponent, the Lake George Warriors, are the defending state champions in the C classification and are unbeaten in their last 50 outings including a 23-0 mark this season.  Their average margin of victory this year is 32 points and the closest game the Warriors have played was a 73-57 affair over Granville at the end of January. Continue reading

Sectional Hoops; Four Wasaren Squads Advance to the Finals

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Five league teams took the floor Tuesday night in the semifinal round of the Section II basketball tournament, all needing one more victory to play in the title game.  Four of the five earned their semifinal “W” as the Hoosick Falls boys, and the girls from Cambridge, Hoosick Falls and Mechanicville all posted double digit wins, and will play for sectional championships on the weekend.

Boys

Hoosick Falls 56  Maple Hill 38 Continue reading

Panthers Face Maple Hill in Class C Semifinal

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When the Section II boys basketball tournament brackets were posted for Class C, many felt it was a foregone conclusion that the championship game would feature #1 Lake George and #2 Hoosick Falls.  Easy to say but both squads have had to navigate the classification’s minefield, and with Lake George waiting, courtesy of their 69-44 semifinal win over Mayfield last night, the Panthers have one more obstacle to deal with on their journey to the title game.

Tonight at the Cool Insuring Arena the Falls will run with #3 Maple Hill with the winner advancing to the Class C finals on Friday night. Continue reading

Four Wasaren Teams Prepare for Sectional Semifinals

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This winter as the regular season played out, it became crystal clear there was no shortage of quality girls basketball teams in the Wasaren. Post season play has simply reaffirmed that thought as the Section II tournament plays it’s semifinal games Tuesday night in the B and C classifications, with four Wasaren squads taking the floor.

In separate B runs, Tamarac and Mechanicville will compete for a trip to the finals, and the same holds true for Cambridge and Hoosick Falls in the C’s.

Here’s a look at the four semifinal matchups, and why it could be an all Wasaren final in both classes. Continue reading

Panthers Advance to the Semi’s

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Hoosick Falls 77  Canajoharie 58

Leading Scorers:  Panthers – Jon Kempf 41       Isiah Burnett 17       Dmitri Rose 13       Canjo – Luke Van Slyke 29       Joey Nare 13

Key Stat:  The Falls won each of the first three quarters, building a 41-26 halftime lead that grew to 62-37 after three.  The Panthers held a 6-0 advantage from behind the arc and connected on 13 of 19 from the charity stripe, with Kempf going 12 of 15.  Three of the five players that scored, reached double figures for Hoosick Falls who will face Maple Hill in a Class C semifinal, on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Cool Insuring Arena

Raiders Fall in Class B

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Watervliet 74  Mechanicville 59

Leading Scorers:  Cannoneers – Messiah Mallory 21      Khari Croley 19      Derrick Beason 14       Red Raiders – Anthony Attala 19        Devin Garland 13

Key Stat:  Leading 34- 26 at the break Watervliet used a 21-13 third period to take control, on their way to posting the victory over the Raiders in a Class B quarterfinal.  The Cannoneers move on to the semifinal round and a meeting with Glens Falls at the Cool Insuring Arena on Monday at 6:30 p.m., while Mechanicville wraps up a good season with a 12-9 mark.

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