Cambridge State Champions


Cambridge 57  Watkins Glen 43

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Sophie Phillips 24        Stasia Epler 14          McKayla McLenithan 10          Watkins Glen – Andrienna Solomon 11        Danielle Leszyk 10  Taylor Kelly 10

Cambridge can run with anyone and their opponent Watkins Glen feels the same way.  For three quarters of the Class C state final Saturday in Troy, the two squads rode transition games that had brought them to the championship run producing a fast paced, competitive game where the biggest lead by either team was five points.

Then the Cambridge defense took over. Continue reading

Cambridge One Win Away


Cambridge 75  Maple Grove 43

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Lily Phillips 22        Sophie Phillips 21        Fiona Mooney 17    Maple Grove – Bre Hill 10

The Indians were firing  on all cylinders putting their highest point total of the season on the board in rolling to the “W” in their Class C state semifinal. Cambridge opened and closed the first period on a pair of scoring runs, 12-2 to start and an 8-0 streak to finish the quarter, taking a 28-10 lead to the second.

Cambridge led 49-27 at halftime shooting lights out over the first sixteen minutes connecting on 18 of 27 from the floor and 8 of 9 from deep.

If there was any doubt, the Indians put the game away by scoring the final 15 points of the third frame to stretch their advantage to 66-34 with the final eight minutes, an extended celebration for the Cambridge faithful.

Cambridge (24-1), will face Watkins Glen (21-4), Saturday at 7 p.m. at HVCC for the Class C championship.

Cambridge Faces Maple Grove In State Semifinal


Just a year ago the Cambridge Indians, with three freshman in their starting lineup made a surprising run to the girls basketball state final four, where they fell 56-52 to Millbrook in the semi’s.  Despite losing five seniors from that squad, Cambridge returned a talented seven and the goal for the Indians this season was another mid-March trip to Troy.

Lofty aspirations for a roster that includes five sophomores and a pair of freshman, with an all underclassman starting five, but on Friday they’ll face Maple Grove from Section VI at HVCC in a 3:15 tip with the winner advancing to play for a state title. Continue reading

Indians Advance, Raiders Fall


Two Wasaren girls teams were still standing as regional finals got underway on Saturday in all classifications.  Both Cambridge and Mechanicville after hours on the road stepped on the floor in Class C and B runs, one win away from the state final four next weekend.

Both squads were tested and played well with Cambridge taking the next step with a 60-47 win over Moriah in the C’s while Mechanicville lost a heart-breaker, 58-57 to Canton in Class B.   Continue reading

Wasaren Names Boys Basketball All-Stars


MVP           Jon Kempf         Jr.     Hoosick Falls

First Team

Tristan Williams       Jr.     Cambridge

Bobby Valigorski      Sr.     Waterford

John Walsh              Sr.     Greenwich

Brian McNeil            Jr.      Stillwater

Frank Zotto             Sr.      Tamarac


Second Team

Isaac Carlo               Sr.       Hoosic Valley

Josh Germaine          Jr.        Mechanicville

Michael Talavera       Jr.        Waterford

Bo Catherwood        So.        Tamarac

Jacob DeFreest         Sr.        Tamarac

Matchups for Cambridge and Mechanicville in Regional Finals


I’m not sure if there’s any truth to the rumor that coaches Goverski and Phillips considered chartering airplanes for traveling to their regional finals on Saturday, but when directions to the venues for both Cambrdge and Mechanicville include, “If you reach the Canadian border you’ve gone a couple miles too far”, it would be a great way go.

Mechanicville faces the Canton Golden Bears Saturday at 2:45 in the Class B Regional Final at SUNY Potsdam while Cambridge meets Moriah in the Class C Regional Finale with a noon tip at Beekmantown High School with the winners advancing to their classification’s final four. Continue reading

Mechanicville Takes The Next Step


Mechanicville 41  Northeastern Clinton 35

Leading Scorers:  Red Raiders – AJ Joseph 12      Charli Goverski 11          Taylor Grayson 9   Jada Brown 6          Amy DiSiena 3             Clinton – Audi Hollister 12

Keys:  Mechanicville used a 22-12 advantage over the middle two periods, including a third quarter where they didn’t allow a made field goal, to build a 34-27 lead heading to the final frame.  Leading 38-35 with :11 remaining AJ Joseph calmly knocked down a pair of free throws to ice things and send the Red Raiders to the Class B regional final on Saturday at 2:45 at SUNY Potsdam where they’ll face Canton from Section X.

Playing before a sold out SUNY Plattsburgh Field House both squads had trouble making shots, but the Raiders showed that defense travels and their ability to guard, holding Clinton in the mid 30’s, showed that Mechanicville not only can win in a shootout, but also a defensive grind.

The Raiders head back to the north country on Saturday, one win away from the state final four.

Cambridge Advances to Regional Finals


As we’ve said about the Cambridge Indians it’s a question of when, not if.  When will they put together a run that gives them a lead after they’ve trailed, or give them total command of the game.  Last night at Shenendehowa in a girls Class C regional semifinal it once again was the latter.

With their defense fueling the Cambridge transition game the Indians quick feet, active hands and most importantly their length turned Madrid Waddington over time and again in the second period leading to runouts and a 25-5 advantage in the quarter.  That gave Cambridge a commanding 40-14 lead at the break and the rest was simply bookkeeping as the Indians posted a 59-31 victory and moved on to the regional final on Saturday at noon at Beekmantown High School where they’ll face Moriah from Section VII.

Cambridge buried six triples and placed three players in doubles with Sophie Phillips scoring 19 points, Lily Phillips 13 and Stasia Epler 10 points.

But defense put this game in win column for the Indians, there 22nd “W” in 23 outings, and defense travels.

Sometimes jump shots get lost in the spacious arenas teams play on this time of year, but  traps, resulting in tipped balls that lead to transition buckets plays anywhere.  It’ll play next at high noon in Beekmantown on Saturday where Cambridge sits one win away from a return trip to the state Final Four.


Championship Weekend


It was quite a weekend for the Wasaren with four schools vying for sectional titles.  On Friday night it was an all league affair in the Class C girls final in Troy between Cambridge and Hoosick Falls, while in Glens Falls the Hoosick Falls boys faced Lake George in the Class C title game.  Saturday morning the Red Raiders of Mechanicville carried the league’s torch into the Class B girls championship game with Fonda at HVCC in Troy

When the smoke cleared Cambridge and Mechanicville wore the crowns but all four squads represented.  Each team well prepared for post season play after enduring the gauntlet of the Wasaren schedule.

How about the effort from both Hoosick Falls teams. Continue reading