Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week

stillwater warriorCongratulations to Stillwater soccer player Paige Brinsko on being named Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

In the Class C state title game on Saturday, Brinsko scored the only goal of the match late in the first half when she connected on a free kick, curling a low shot around the left post giving the Warriors all the offense they would need in their 1-0 victory over Unatego.

Congratulations go out to Paige, our newest Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

Appreciate the Excellence of Stillwater

stillwater warriorExcellence.  It’s a word like others that while it may be hard to define you recognize it when it’s present.  Like love when you find it, trouble when you’re in it or  hunger when you feel it. We know excellence when we see it, and for a number of years the followers of Stillwater girls soccer have seen plenty.

I’m not the biggest soccer fan in the world, but having had the chance to watch the Warriors on occasion I always came away encouraging people to go see them play.

A talented roster filled with players owning full skill sets.  They played with chemistry, were well coached and brought the will to compete into every match.

Stillwater played with swag, and why not.

The last time the Warriors lost a game was the state finals in 2017.

Since that November day two years ago Stillwater has compiled a 43-0-3 mark in winning back to back state championships.

Undefeated in 46 outings, with the vast majority of those wins coming against quality opponents starting in a competitive Wasaren, moving into sectional and regional play and finishing at the Final Four weekend in Cortland.  Roughly one third of Stillwater’s games over the past two years have come in the post season where contenders play after pretenders are sent home.

But in a room full of contenders the Warriors showed all others the door.

This season Stillwater scored 125 goals and allowed just 18 to their opponents.  The Warrior defense pitched ten shutouts on the year, and fourteen times Stillwater scored five or more goals in a match. They were dominant with many games being decided by wide margins, but they had the grit, to grind out close wins like the 3-2 semifinal “W” and the 1-0 decision in the title game this weekend.

Stillwater will lose three players to the graduation stage in June, with Kate McEvoy, Paige Brinsko and Brooke Pickett all having played their final game in Cortland on Saturday.

Those three players were the senior leaders of a Stillwater team that put together a remarkable two year run displaying skill, chemistry, competitiveness, swag, grit and dominance, while playing all comers and not dropping one match.

Congratulations to the Stillwater Warriors, we celebrate your excellence.

 

 

 

 

Stillwater Goes Back to Back

Yesterday, in their home away from home, the Stillwater girls soccer team scored the only goal of the match on a free kick by Paige Brinsko with 3:13 left in the first half, and the Warriors made the 1-0 advantage stand, posting the championship “W” over Unatego to claim their second straight New York state soccer title in Cortland.

Appearing in their third consecutive state soccer final, the Warriors had to grind against a determined Unatego squad with Brinsko finding the net late in the first half, curling a low shot inside the left post for the eventual game-winner.

Stillwater keeper Kiertsen Conroy and the Warriors defense shut down the Unatego attack to seal the victory, completing a two year undefeated run for Stillwater with back to back titles.

 

 

Greenwich 2nd, Berlin 4th at Cross Country Championships

A pair of Wasaren cross country teams competed in Saturday’s State Cross Country Championships in Plattsburgh and the Greenwich and Berlin girls squads both ran well in the wintery conditions.

The Witches finished a close second in the Class C race scoring 77 points to first place Camden’s 75 points.

Senior Brynne Wright ran to a 5th place finish covering the 3 mile course in 17:15 to lead the Witches.  The next four Greenwich runners to cross were senior Brooke Wright 18:36 (34th), senior Quinn Collins 18:36.9 (35), freshman Teagan Wright 18:48 (41), and sophomore Emily Skiff 18:50 (43).

Berlin earned a fourth place finish in Class D with 126 points behind Delhi, 50 points, Maple Grove, 55 points and Tully with 57 points.

Freshman Elsie Corbett led the Mountaineers finishing 20th with a time of 18:46.  The next four Berlin runners were junior Haley Beckwith 20:08 (45), Sadie Giumarra 20:57 (60), Brady Hills 20:58 (61), and freshman Samantha Rokjer 22:07 (72).

In the Class D race, running as an individual,  Hoosic Valley freshman Lily Czub ran to an impressive fourth place finish in a time of 17:59

Stillwater Tops Marion

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Brooke Pickett scored a goal late in the second half to lift the Warriors to a 3-2 victory over Marion in a Class C semifinal of the State Girls Soccer Tournament in Cortland on Saturday.

Pickett and Marion’s Chloe DeLyser both connected for first half goals and the teams went to the break tied at 1-1.

After intermission a Paige Brinsko scoring strike gave Stillwater a 2-1 advantage, but Marion scored the equalizer with Abigail Marotta finding the range, setting up the game-winner by Pickett.

The defending state champion Warriors advance to the state championship game today at 10:00 at SUNY Cortland where they’ll face Unatego.

Warriors Fall To Gouverneur

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Most quality football teams have a few things in common.  A skilled, deep and coachable roster that plays for each other, along with a high compete level come to mind.

The Stillwater Warriors checked all the boxes this season and on Friday night in their state quarterfinal in Rotterdam they leaned heavily on their ability to compete, keeping the decision in doubt until the clock showed triple zeroes.

The Warriors, trailed the entire contest and were held scoreless until late in the fourth, but managed to give themselves a chance on the game’s last play, before falling to Gouverneur 10-2.

Gouverneur jumped on top less than two minutes in on a 23-yard touchdown from quarterback Caleb Farr.

Those would be the only points in the game until early in the fourth when the Wildcats added a 25-yard field goal that gave Gouverneur a 10-0 advantage.

On the ensuing Stillwater drive the Warriors moved the football to the Wildcat one-yard line but were denied on three straight run plays, giving the ball back to Gouverneur with 5:45 remining.

Undeterred, the Warriors defense came up big three plays later when Farr was smothered in the end zone by a host of Stillwater defenders for a safety, trimming the deficit to 10-2.

After receiving the free kick Stillwater ran just four plays, before turning the ball over on downs to the Wildcats who looked to run out the clock and seal the “W”.

But with 1:41 on that clock Stillwater’s “want to” gene showed up again, when the Warriors Rhett Mercier recovered a Gouverneur fumble giving Stillwater life at their own 37-yard line.

On the game’s final series Stillwater picked up three first downs in moving the ball to the Wildcat 23 yard line.  But from there the Warriors final three passing attempts fell incomplete, the last coming with all zeroes on the clock, and Gouverneur survived, walking off with the quarterfinal victory.

Stillwater wraps up an outstanding season with a 10-1 mark and the schools first Section II Football Championship.

 

 

 

A Special Fall Season In Stillwater

stillwater warriorWith snow on the ground for many of us, and single digit temperatures this morning, mid-August, and the start of the fall season for high school athletics seems a long time ago.  Teams throughout the state kicked off their respective seasons in the late summer heat, eager to start what they hoped would be a memorable year where goals were met and expectations exceeded.

Now with league and sectional championships long since decided, the fall season for most schools is a wrap, with only the very best in the state left to play in the chill of November.

Two of the state’s elite squads call Stillwater home, as the Warriors football team and girls soccer team have put together remarkable fall campaigns and are in the midst of a extended post season run.

The Lady Warriors, under head coach Christine Ihnatolya, have compiled a 20-0-2 mark heading into the girls soccer Final Four Weekend in Cortland on Friday, where they’ll look to defend their Class C state title from a year ago.

Ian Godfrey’s Stillwater football squad sports a perfect 10-0 record and will play in a Class C state quarterfinal this weekend at Mohonansen High.

While the two groups, with sectional titles in their pockets, are obviously looking for more, they fully appreciate what they’ve been able to do thus far.

“We are incredibly excited about the success of our team this year”,  remarked Godfrey. “Our kids have worked extremely hard all off-season to be able to compete for and win a championship for the first time in school history.”

” There have been a lot of contributing factors to the success of our season thus far”, offered Ihnatolya.  “Aside from our level of talent and work ethic, our team chemistry has really helped to mold the bond of this team, and take our level of play to the next level. I’m so incredibly proud of what we have accomplished and look forward to seeing where the hard work, commitment and team camaraderie will take us as we head to the state championship tournament this weekend.”

The soccer team has been dominant throughout the year scoring 121 goals while allowing just 16 with Warriors keeper Kiersten Conroy and the Stillwater defense combining for nine shutouts. In five postseason matches Stillwater has outscored the opposition 31-3.

Senior Brooke Pickett leads the Stillwater attack with 56 goals and 11 assists, with junior Teya Staie connecting for 22 goals, and classmate Keelyn Peacock assisting on 30 goals while scoring 14 of her own.

Similarly the football squad has compiled impressive numbers scoring 376 points to their opponents 97.  The Warriors defense has posted three shutouts on the year, the most recent a 21-0 decision over Cambridge-Salem in the Section II final.

Stillwater owns a pair of players who have rushed for more than 1000 yards in senior quarterback James Galarneau, (1396 yards), and senior running back Mason Seymour, (1368 yards), with the tandem combining for 39 touchdowns.

Through the air Galarneau has thrown for 676 yards and 10 scores, connecting with his favorite target senior Ryan Greene nine times, for 200 yards and four touchdowns.

Both teams post season journey will intensify this weekend, facing high quality opponents which characterizes all remaining squads at this point of the season.

“Gouverneur from Section 10 is a traditional power who is big, really fast and flat out talented”, said Godfrey.  “Their quarterback and lead running back are as explosive as any players we’ve seen all year.  It is vital we stick to our game plan and execute good technique, and contain as much as possible.”

The Lady Warriors will face a Marion team from Section V with just one loss on the season. “Their main offensive threat is Chloe DeLyser”, said Ihnatoyla.  “She is a Division I player who has committed to play at Ohio State University and has scored more than 300 career goals for Marion.”

So what needs to be done for both squads to take the next step towards the ultimate prize?

Coach Ihnatoyla wants her team to “Keep the same mindset that we have had the entire season.  It is up to our team to follow the game plan and continue to do the little things right, that have helped us achieve the success we have had so far.”  She continued, “From our goalie, to the defense all the way up to our forwards, every single girl on this team plays an important role.  The caliber of play we see this weekend may be the best we have seen all season and it is up to us now, to increase our level of play and give it all we’ve got.”

“We have to get as healthy as possible by Friday”, Coach Godfrey offered.  “As with many small schools, our athletes go multiple ways so this week is big in getting them ready to go”.  Godfrey went on to say, “Offensively we are going to have to do what we’ve done all year, run the football.  Establishing the run will open up the pass for us and to win in the state play-offs you have to be multiple.  Defensively, we have to limit the big play, bend but don’t break.”

Three months ago most of the state’s more than 1500 public high schools, spanning five classifications started their soccer and football seasons. This weekend in the C classification eight football teams remain in the tournament, while in girls soccer the field has been trimmed to four.

Incredibly, Warrior teams will compete in both.

Each group understands they’re in the deep end of the pool this weekend and that’s just fine with the Stillwater squads.  They’ll lean on talented rosters, good team chemistry and high compete levels in looking to extend what has already been a very special fall season in the town Stillwater.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wasaren Volleyball All-Stars

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MVP:  Gabriella Cellucci      Tamarac     Sr.   OH

First Team

Giuliana DiCarlo        Tamarac             Sr.   S

Kaitlin Coleman         Mechanicville   Sr.   S

Shannon Brown         Hoosic Valley    Sr.   S

Adrianna Roarke        Cambridge        Sr.   S

Haley Russell               Waterford         Sr.   S

Catrina Murphy           Tamarac            Jr.   MH

Lyndsay Robens          Mechanicville   Sr.   MH

Eden Bailey                  Cambridge         Sr.   OH

 

Second Team

Kerianne Bugbee         Tamarac            Sr.   MH

Alivia Wood                  Mechanicville   Sr.   OH

Emaleigh Peckham      Hoosic Valley    Jr.   MH

Olivia Smith                   Hoosic Valley   Sr.   OH

Alice Roosevelt              Cambridge        Sr.   MH

Grace O’Reilly                Spa Catholic      Sr.   OH

Kyleigh Frank                Stillwater           Sr.   MH

Ayden Richard               Waterford         Sr.   MH

 

Honorable Mention

Tamarac:  Melissa Washock

Spa Catholic:  Allison Motler

Hoosic Valley:  Rachael Gregg  Katelyn St.Gelais

Cambridge:  Katie Simon  Maria Teal

Mechanicville:  Erin Salvadore

Waterford:  Skylar Kennedy

Stillwater Rolls on to the Final Four

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The Maroon and White train, better known as the Stillwater girls soccer team continued it’s roll down the tracks on Saturday, posting a 4-0 victory over Ausable Valley in a Class C state quarterfinal, setting up it’s final destination of the season as the Warriors will take the familiar trip to Cortland next weekend to compete in the girls soccer state final four.

On Saturday the Warriors opened the scoring with a first half goal when Teya Staie finished a Keelyn Peacock find giving Stillwater a 1-0 advantage they would take into the halftime break.

In the second half the Warriors opened things up starting with a Kate McEvoy scoring strike off a Paige Brinsko feed, followed by a pair of Brooke Pickett goals off assists from Devon Wagner and Staie as Stillwater punched their ticket to a third straight state semifinal appearance.

Stillwater keeper Kiersten Conroy saved two shots and combined with the Warrior defense for the shutout, their second in the past last three outings.

With the win the defending state champion Warriors move to 20-0-2 on the year and will head west to Cortland High School on Saturday to face Marion High School of Section V in a Class C seminal at 12:30 p.m.

 

Stillwater Earns the Class C Crown

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The Section II Class C Super Bowl brought together a pair of teams in Cambridge-Salem and Stillwater that boasted dominant rushing attacks which routinely chewed up yardage while putting plenty of points on the board.  Friday night in Lansingburgh both squads leaned on their respective ground games, and as expected, both units moved the football up and down the Burgh turf, with the two teams ending the game, nearly even in total yards.

The difference on this night was the Stillwater red zone defense, as the Warriors refused the Indians points on five trips deep into Stillwater territory fueling the 21-0 victory over Cambridge-Salem to earn the C crown.

After a scoreless first period Stillwater drew first blood on a Luc Lescault 3-yard touchdown run and with the point after the Warriors took the 7-0 lead with 9:08 remaining in the half.

On the ensuing possession, the Indians Kaedin Ogilvie broke off a 50-yard run to the Stillwater goal line but fumbled with the ball going through the back of the end zone for a Warrior touchback.

Stillwater quickly cashed the turnover in for points, when Mason Seymour galloped 69 yards for the touchdown and the Warriors held a 14-0 advantage at the 4:52 mark of the quarter.

In the final minute of the half Cambridge-Salem moved the ball inside the Stillwater 5-yard line on a Jacob Ruggles to Phil Mazzucco pass play. With only :06 remaining the Indians had time for just two plays, both turned back by the Stillwater “D”.

In the third Cambridge-Salem mounted yet another drive that moved the ball inside the Stillwater 5, but again the Warrior defense stoned the Indians stopping C-S on downs.

From there, Stillwater put together a drive of their own that ended with a 9-yard scoring run by Seymour with 9:06 remaining, giving the Warriors complete control.

On Cambridge-Salem’s final drive, the theme on the contest played out as the Indians moved the ball to the Stillwater 9 but again were stopped, this time by a Seymour interception preserving the shutout, and more importantly sealing the championship “W” for the Warriors.

Ogilvie finished the night with 130 yards on 16 carries to pace Cambridge-Salem who finishing another outstanding campaign with an 8-2 mark.

Seymour with 153 yards on 20 carries and Warriors quarterback James Galarneau with 109 yards on 22 totes led the attack for Stillwater who moves to 10-0 on the season, and advancesto regional play next weekend.