Football’s Second Season for Wasaren Squads

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With the 2019 regular season for high school football in the books, Wasaren teams overall enjoyed an excellent fall campaign and four league schools were rewarded with post season berths in the upcoming Section II tournament.

The Section II seeding committee met on Sunday and in the C classification Stillwater, Cambridge-Salem, Greenwich and Tamarac all earned spots in the eight team field competing for a title.

Top seeded and undefeated Stillwater (7-0) will host the Golden Horde of Granville (5-2) on Friday at 7 p.m.

Cambridge-Salem (6-1) is the #2 seed and will entertain seventh-seeded Voorheesville (5-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m.

#5 Greenwich (6-1) will travel to Fonda (6-1) to take on the fifth-seeded Braves in a 7 p.m. Friday night affair.

Tamarac (4-2) earned the sixth seed and will take the short trip to Watervliet to face the #3 Cannoneers on Friday night at 7 p.m.

I like all four league schools to post “W’s” this coming weekend and advance to the Class semi’s.

Stillwater has simply been dominant on both sides of the ball in running the table this regular season.  Led by quarterback James Galarneau and running back Mason Seymour the Warriors have rushed for over 2200 yards and average 40 points per contest, while defensively holding opponents to under 10 points per.

Granville has enjoyed a nice season, but their play-off run ends Friday night in Stillwater.

Cambridge-Salem rolled to a 6-1 mark this season and leaned on a deep and talented ground attack to move the football and score points. .  Kaedin Ogilvie, Gabe Scambettera and Calvin Scheneider spearheaded the Indians ground game that ran for over 2300 yards and enabled Cambridge-Salem to put 40 points on the board in all but two of it’s games this year.

Voorheesville won against lesser competition but were shutout in losses to Stillwater and Waterviliet.  Cambridge posts a comfortable win on Saturday.

Greenwich at the fifth seed is playing as well as anyone in the tournament, winners of six straight after losing to Cambridge-Salem 26-14 in week one.

Sophomore quarterback Jess Kuzmich has thrown for over 800 yards with 13 touchdowns, six going to senior back Luke Pemrick who has also rushed for six scores.

Senior back Chris Albrecht with over 600 rushing yards and five touchdowns rounds out a Witches attack that averages 33 points per contest, while defensively over the last six weeks Greenwich has allowed less than seven points per.

While Fonda is home and quarterback John Mancini ( 1050 yards, 9 TD’s 0 INT’s) can throw the football, I don’t think they’ll score enough to get past the Witches.

The Bengals of Tamarac after losing in weeks one and two, finished with four straight “W”s”, outscoring opponents 133-61 over that span, to earn the seventh seed.

Senior running back Jonah Rescott with over 600 rushing yards and six touchdowns leads Tamarac, who will have to slow down the double wing attack of Watervliet to post the upset and complete a Wasaren sweep in round one of the Class C tourney.

 

 

Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week

stillwater warriorCongratulations to Stillwater football player James Galarneau on being named Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

Friday night in Stillwater Galarneau compiled video game numbers against previously undefeated Fonda.

The senior quarterback ran for over 200 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 78, 9, 45 and 71 yards, all coming before the halftime break.

Galarneau finished the night with 251 rushing yards on just 10 carries in leading the unbeaten Warriors to the 45-7 victory over the Braves.

Congratulations to James, our newest Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

Indians Top Granville, Witches Defeat Berlin

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Cambridge-Salem 43  Granville 24:  Kaedin Ogilvie caught two touchdowns passes in the first period and added a rushing score in the fourth to lead Cambridge-Salem to the victory over the Golden Horde in Granville on Saturday.

Indians quarterback Jacob Ruggles connected with Ogilvie on scoring strikes of 50 and 28 yards, staking Cambridge-Salem to a 14-8 lead after the first twelve minutes.

The Indians defense shut down the Granville attack over the next two periods, while C/S added rushing scores by Calvin Schneider in the second, and Gabe Scambettera in the third to take control at 28-8.

Ogilvie finished with 81 yards on the ground and Scambettera added 58 yards with a pair of scores as the Indians finish their regular season with a 6-1 overall mark.

Dayton Holcomb with 139 yards rushing and a touchdown and Ben Chilkott with 117 yards and a score led the 5-2 Golden Horde.

 

Boys Soccer

Greenwich 4  Berlin 1:  Tommy Abate scored twice and AJ Rymph and Liam Niesz added single strikes to lead Greenwich to the home “W” over the Mountaineers.

Just five minutes in Abate scored off a header, giving the Witches the early lead that Berlin quickly erased on a Casey Billert tally five minutes later.

Rymph found the range with ten minutes remaining in the half to give Greenwich the 2-1 advantage at the break.

After intermission the Greenwich “D” locked down Berlin while goals by Abate and Niesz sealed the decision as the Witches moved to 6-2-1, 11-3-1 on the year.

With the loss Berlin goes to 2-7, 7-9 on the season.

 

 

 

Friday Night Football

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Stillwater 45  Fonda 7:  In a battle of unbeaten Class C Central squads it looked like anything but, as the Warriors jumped out to a 28-0 halftime advantage and coasted to the easy “W” over the Braves in Stillwater Friday night.

Warrior quarterback James Galarneau scored on runs of 78, 10, 45 and 21 yards all coming before the break, part of a 251 yard rushing effort by the Stillwater signal-caller.

Stillwater running back Mason Seymour added touchdowns runs of one and 49 yards, and Isaac Curtis wrapped up the scoring for the Warriors with a 32 yard field goal in the final period.

The Warriors defense allowed just one score on the night, that coming when Brave QB John Mancini found Giovanni DiCaprio for a 19-yard scoring strike in the third quarter.

With the win Stillwater clinches the C-Central and completes their regular season at 7-0 with their sights set on an extended post season run.   Continue reading

Red Raiders Clinch Wasaren Title

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To say that the Mechanicville boys soccer team has had their way in league competition over the past few years is an understatement.  Thursday night the Red Raiders stepped on the turf field in Mechanicville carrying a 40 game winning streak in Wasaren play dating back to 2016.

Couple that with the emotion of Senior Night and in typical fashion the Raiders made short work of the Saints from Spa Catholic, (2-5-1, 5-7-2), posting a comfortable 5-0 decision and with it capturing their third straight Wasaren title.

Zac Rapaccioulo led the way for Mechanicville with a pair of goals, while Andrew Kraszewski, Justin Pugliese and Brandt St. Gelais all added single scoring strikes.

The Raider defense and keeper Zac White with three saves pitched the shutout for their fifth clean sheet of the year as Mechanicville finishes the regular season at 9-0, 12-4 with yet another league crown.

 

Stillwater 9  Hoosick Falls 1:  Stillwater ran out to a 6-1 halftime lead and cruised from there to the road “W” over the Panthers.

Grant Baker with five goals and two assists led the scoring parade for the Warriors, with Harry Rubenstein adding a goal and four assists, and Isaac Cutler, Jack Rubenstein and CJ McNeil all chipping in with single tallies.

Alex Sulvesvoid put the Panthers on the board when he connected in the first half for the Falls lone goal of the match.

With the win Stillwater moves to 5-3, 12-3 on the season, while Hoosick Falls slips to 0-9, 1-15 with the loss.

 

 

Soccer Results

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Hoosic Valley 3  Tamarac 1:  Samantha Dickinson scored a hat trick to lead the Indians past the Bengals in Schaghticoke Wednesday afternoon.

Bre Eversten tallied for Tamarac.

 

Stillwater 4  Hoosick Falls 0:  Brooke Pickett scored a pair of goals, and teammates Keelyn Peacock and Teya Staie added single scoring strikes in the Warriors road victory over the Falls.

Stillwater keeper Kiersten Conroy saved five shots and combined with the Warrior “D” for the shutout as Stillwater improves to 14-0-1 on the season.

 

Mechanicville 9  Spa Catholic 0:  Mechanicville scored six times before the break in cruising to the one-sided decision over the Saints.

Neveah D’Alioa, Brynn Murphy and Kayla Welsh tallied twice for the Raiders with Jada Brown, Hannah Garone and Marissa Krosky all adding single strikes for Mechanicville.

Raider keeper Dani Rubino (3 saves), and the Mechanicville defense combined for the shutout as the Raiders with the win move to 12-3 on the year.

 

Boys Soccer

Stillwater 2  Schuylerville 1:  Grant Baker scored a goal in each half, and the Warriors posted the narrow non-league “W” over the Black Horses.

Schuylerville broke on top at the 17:00 of the first half when Zach Saddlemire found Matt McCarthy who finished for the 1-0 Black Horse advantage.

Eight minutes later Baker took a feed from Harry Rubenstein and connected with the equalizer.

Midway through the second half Baker scored the eventual game-winner, converting on a penalty kick and the Stillwater defense closed things out for their 11th win in 14 outings.

Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week

73_greenwichCongratulations to Greenwich cross country runner Brynn Wright on being named this weeks Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

On October 7th at the prestigious Grout Invitational, Wright placed third overall in the race covering the 2.75 mile course in a time of 16:02 leading  the Witches to a first place finish in the Girls Division 1 competition.  Brynn was the first of six Greenwich runners to finish in the top ten as the Witches edged Shaker 30-33 with Queensbury a distant third with 110 points.

This past Saturday the Witches traveled to compete in the Manhattan Invitational and Wright earned a second place finish completing the 2.5 mile race in 15:26 as Greenwich topped the 22 team field in Class E competition where 122 runners competed.

Congratulations to Brynn, our newest Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

Soccer Roundup

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Girls Soccer

Mechanicville 7  Tamarac 1:  Jada Brown found the back of the net five times to lead the Raiders to the one-sided decision over the Bengals of Tamarac.

Brynn Murphy added a pair of goals for Mechanicville who with the win, their 10th straight, move to 11-2-1 on the season.

Tamarac avoided the shutout when Bre Evertsen connected for the Bengals score.

 

Germantown 3  Berlin 1:  Riley Gibbins scored a pair of goals and Megan Dunn added a single strike as Germantown slipped past Berlin.

Jordanne Brazie got the Mountaineers on the board with a second half tally.

 

Boys Soccer

Mechanicville 4  Tamarac 0:  The Red Raiders scored three times in the last 30 minutes of play to open up a close contest and post the “W” over Tamarac.

Mechanicville held a 1-0 lead at the break on a redirection finish by TJ Bisaillon, but in the second half the Bengals seized momentum and with 31:00 left in the game looked to tie things on a PK.

Raider keeper Zach White would have none of it, stoning the shot and Mechanicville pulled away from there with Andrew Kraszewski, Wyqui Agunda, and Mark Brackley all finding the range for scores.

Mechanicville with the victory moves to 8-0, 11-4 on the year and will close out their regular season on Thursday with a home match against the Saints of Saratoga Catholic.

 

Hoosic Valley 3  Berlin 2 OT:  Josh Ackerly scored the game-winner, connecting in the second overtime to give the Valley the well-earned “W” over the Mountaineers.

In regulation Ackerly and CJ Bassett tallies for the Indians were equalized by Kasey Billert and Dan Hunt goals for Berlin, setting up Cavert’s heroics in overtime.

 

Galway 7  Hoosick Falls 0:  Anthony Powers and Rowan Smith with two goals each led Galway to the easy victory over the Panthers of Hoosick Falls.

 

Boys Soccer

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Mechanicville 9  Hoosick Falls 1:  The Red Raiders built a 4-0 lead by halftime and cruised to the easy decision over the Panthers.

TJ Bisaillon led the Mechanicville attack with a pair of goals while Zach Rapaccioulo, Andrew Kraszewski, Wyqua Agunda, Jake LaFountain, Jordan Nolin, Dylan Olivia and Brandt St.Gelais all added single strikes for the Raiders.

Nick Houghton connected on a second half goal for the Falls.

With the win the Raiders move to 8-0, 10-4 on the year and extend their Wasaren winning streak to 39 straight.

 

Tamarac 4  Hudson 0:  Dylan Briccetti with two goals and Alex Medved and Max Ali with single tallies led the Bengals past Hudson in a non-league match on  Monday.

Saturday’s Results

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Cambridge 42  Whitehall 0:  Gabe Scambettera ran for three scores, Kaedin Ogilvie added a rushing touchdown and a punt return for six, and the Cambridge defense threw the shutout in Whitehall Saturday afternoon.

Ogilvie’s touchdowns both came in the first period, the second a 97-yard punt return giving the Indians a 14-0 advantage after one quarter of play.

Cambridge added two more scores in the second period on a Jacob Ruggles TD connection to Soyer Matteson and Scambettera’s first rushing score from 23 yards out.

The 28-0 lead at the break was more than enough as the Cambridge defense dominated play throughout, holding Whitehall to 127 total yards with no passing yardage on the day.

Midway through the third Scambettera scored on a two-yard carry and wrapped the scoring in the game early in the final period with a 1-yard TD tote.

With the win Cambridge/Salem goes to 5-1 and will complete it’s regular season in Granville next Saturday where they’ll meet the 4-1 Golden Horde.

 

Tamarac 28  Canajoharie 24:  Jonah Rescott ran for 257 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns to lead the Bengals in the win over Canjo.

Rescott scored on runs of 31, 14, and 44 yards the latter giving Tamarac a 28-7 lead early in the third period, and the Bengals survived a Canajoharie comeback to earn the “W”.

The Bengals move to 3-2 on the year with the win and will host Mechanicville next Friday night in their regular season finale.