Witches Win, Warriors Fall

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Greenwich 62  Whitehall 19

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Molly Brophy 28      Tess Merrill 10       Railroaders – Blake Bird 8

Key Stat:  Greenwich held the Railroaders to single digits in every quarter and cruised to the non-league “W”.

 

Ballston Spa 68  Stillwater 61

Leading Scorers:  Ballston Spa – Samantha DeVito 22      Emily Robbie 21        Warriors – Marley Mueller 33      Brooke Pickett 16

Key Stat:  Ballston Spa built a 54-35 advantage heading into the final quarter, where Stillwater put 26 points on the board to make things close.

Greenwich Girls Basketball Preview

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Head Coach:  Jason Slater

2018-19 Record:  13-9

Key Returning Players:  Molly Brophy Jr.  Tess Merrill Jr.

The Witches had a nice year a season ago and seem cautiously optimistic that they can  build on that 13 win campaign.  Thus far head coach Jason Slater has liked what he’s seen in the preseason.

“We have a good work ethic and strong chemistry, although we’re young.” Slater said.

He summarized the identity of this years team in two words, “Quick and athletic.”

Returning to the Greenwich line-up this year is 5’9″ junior point guard Molly Brophy. one of the league’s top scorers from a year ago.  Brophy likes to push the pace and slash to the rim, but is equally dangerous from the perimeter.

As for keys to his teams success this year Slater highlighted the need to, “Be aggressive and rebound.”

He pointed toward Cambridge and Mechanicville as top league contenders and the Witches will get an early look at the Indians when they host Cambridge on December 13th.

Slater hopes people see an, “Energetic and positive,” squad when they watch his Witches play this year, and, “An athletic team that works well together.”

A young, athletic squad that should improve as the season progresses, anchored by the high scoring Brophy, points towards a promising winter season this year in Greenwich.

 

 

 

 

Tip-Off Tourneys Results

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A host of Wasaren teams wrapped up Tip-Off Tournaments on Saturday with a pair of league schools earning tournament championships.

Waterford 75  Salem 53

Leading Scorers: Fordians – Mike Talavera 27    TJ Kelley 20    Jake Houle 13       Generals – Eli Truhart 14     Ian Lockhart 12

Key Stat:  Waterford puts three players in doubles, shoots 16 of 17 from the stripe, and wins their own tip-off tournament in convincing fashion.

 

Hoosick Falls 63  Lake George 43

Leading Scorers:  Panthers – Jon Kempf 34     Max Kipp 10        Warriors – Cameron Orr 10   Juan Garcia 10

Key Stat:  The Falls used a 24-7 second period to take control, and used a 19-1 advantage in made free throws to keep the Warriors at bay.   With the win the Panthers claim the Lake George Tip-Off Tournament championship, beating two solid squads in St. Lawrence and Lake George over the weekend.

 

Argyle 74  Saratoga Catholic 73

Leading Scorers:  Scots- Peyton Lufkin 21    Derek Liddle 15    Parker Frost 12    Gabe Wood 12    Caide Flanders 12   Saints – Robbie Bolen 28    Anthony Barile 15    Hayden Day 12    Jordan Catone 11

Key Stat:  Argyle outscored the Saints 27-23 in the final period capped by a Gabe Wood’s tip-in at the buzzer giving the Scots the one-point “W” in the championship game of the Mike Beson Memorial Tournament.  Argyle held a 15-5 advantage in made triples, as the Scotties scored 60% of their game total from beyond the arc.

 

St. Lawrence 56  Stillwater 44

 

Saratoga Catholic 42  Loudonville Christian 35

Leading Scorers:  Saints – Ryleigh Dempsey 13         LC – Skyler Householder 18

Key Stat:  The Saints trailed 30-27 heading to the final frame, but outscored LC 15-5  over then final eight minutes to post the come-from-behind victory in the consolation game of the Mike Beson Memorial Tournament.

Friday Night Buckets

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Boys Basketball

Waterford 105  Heatly 20

Leading Scorers:  Fordians – Mike Talavera 34    TJ Kelley 16      Heatly –  Christian Sogardorf  6

Key Stat:  The Fordians hung 38 points on the  board in the first period and cruised to the one-sided decision.

Take Away:  Waterford wins in a mismatch here but the Fordians are a good basketball team that will be a tough out for anyone this year.

 

Lake George 51  Stillwater 49

Leading Scorers:  Lake George – Cameron Orr 16   Juan Garcia 14        Warriors – Josh Luca 15   Brian McNeil 12

Key Stat:  Lake George used a 16-13 advantage in the final frame to pull out the narrow “W” in the Lake George Tip-Off Tourney.

 

Saratoga Catholic 64  Galway 52

Leading Scorers:  Saints – Robbie Bolen 33   Jordan Catone 12         Galway – Ryan Bredan 13

Key Stat:  The Saints jumped out to a 19-4 lead after the first quarter and rode that cushion to the season-opening victory in the Beson Memorial Tournament.  Spa shot it well from deep, bottoming 13 triples with Bolen connecting on seven.

 

Hoosick Falls 57  St Lawrence 44

 

Girls Basketball

Cohoes 37  Stillwater 29

Leading Scorers:  Tigers – Olivia Huneau 15       Warriors – Trinity Cutler 8     Marley Mueller 7

Key Stat:  In a low scoring affair, free throws played a major part with Cohoes converting on 11 of 24 attempts, while Stillwater managed just 3 of 9.

 

Mechanicville 56  Watervliet 23

Leading Scorers:  Red Raiders – Chloe Goverski 12      Charli Goverski 10     Gianna Cavotta 10     Jada Brown 8         Cannoneers – Amai Maldonado 10

Key Stat:  Trailing 9-8 after one, the Raiders outscoring V’liet 34-4 over the middle two periods in posting the dominant “W”.

 

Galway 43  Spa Catholic 40

Leading Scorers:  Galway – Ryan Ripepi 13     Emma Spadaro 10     Morgan Drouin 10    Saints –  Ashley Upson 12

Key Stat:  Galway knocked down five 3-pointers and put three players in doubles to post the win in the Beson Memorial Tournament.

 

 

Stillwater Girls Basketball Preview

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Head Coach:  Matt LeMoyne

2018-19 Record:  4-17

Key Returning Players:  Brooke Pickett  Molly Sheehan  Marley Mueller

The Warriors, coming off a rough 18-19 season return a solid core in Pickett, Sheehan and Mueller that second year head coach Matt LeMoyne will build around.  Mueller was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder a year ago.

Added into the mix will be newcomers Leigh Lescault, Devon Wagner and Lauren Conroy, bringing depth and athleticism to the Stillwater squad.

Coach LeMoyne’s Warriors will play both man and zone defensively, while looking to push the ball and utilize isolation opportunities offensively.

The Stillwater head coach summarized his outlook for the coming season saying, “We want to be competitive with some of the upper level teams and get some wins against non conference opponents.”  “Also give some valuable playing time to our newcomers and develop the chemistry between them and our core three.”

Stillwater has some size, an athletic roster and a proven, double figure scorer in Mueller.  If they can develop team chemistry look for the Warriors to improve on their season numbers from a year ago.

 

 

 

Hoosic Valley Girls Basketball Preview

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Head Coach:  Walt Dorman

2018-19 Record:  15-6

Key Returning Players:  Sam Dickenson  Emaleigh Peckham  Anna Jensen

Coming off a 15 win season a year ago the Indians will have,  ” A nice mix of returning players and a few new ones,” according to head coach Walt Dorman.  A trio of starters in Dickenson, Peckham and Jensen give the veteran coach a solid core to build around.

In the early going things have looked good for the Valley with Dorman commenting, ” We had a nice tempo this preseason.”

On a team with strengths on both sides of the ball Dorman highlights what’s been the Indians calling card for years, ” Our ability to play tough man to man.”

As for goals set for the Schaghticoke squad Dorman said simply, ” To improve everyday as a player and a person.”

The head coach touted Cambridge and Mechanicville as the front runners for the Wasaren title in a league with a host of quality teams.

While Coach Dorman didn’t respond with a word or phrase he most would like people to associate with his team this year, I know what fans will most likely see from the Indians.

A tough, physical man to man team, with the ability to extend the floor defensively and turn opponents over, leading to transition buckets.  Also a program that brings to the court a winning pedigree, and a high level of compete.

All longtime cornerstones of the Hoosic Valley program that I’m confident will be ever present, once again, this winter in Schaghticoke.

 

Hoosick Falls Girls Basketball Preview

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Head Coach:  Rich Cooney

2018-19 Record:  14-10

Key Returning Players:  Logan Thayne Sr.  Maddy Walker Sr.  Sophia Estes Sr.

Coming off a nice season a year ago the Panthers return three seniors that first year head coach Rich Cooney will look to for leadership and production.  The trio of Maddy Walker, Sophia Estes and Logan Thayne are experienced, athletic and skilled players with Thayne earning  the Wasaren League MVP award last year.

Thus far, Cooney has liked what he’s seen from his Panthers in the preseason saying, “This group of girls is committed and dedicated to working hard and improving every day.”

“To be successful this year,” he continued, ” we need to limit our turnovers, play aggressive defense and develop stronger play from some of our younger players.”

The Falls mentor sees, “Height and athleticism,” as strengths and hopes to, “Expose the weaknesses of teams that are smaller and less experienced.”

In the very competitive Wasaren, Cooney sees Cambridge as, “The team to beat with Mechanicville, Tamarac and Hoosick Falls all hoping to contend.”

When asked for a word or phrase he wanted people to associate with his team Cooney chose, “Relentless,”  something every league team needs to be when navigating the Wasaren schedule that is frequently described using the same word.

The Panthers will have enough talent on the floor this year, led by SUNY Albany commit Thayne, to put themselves in position to win every night.  If they add “relentless” effort to the mix, look for the Falls to have a big number in the win column at season’s end.

 

 

Mechanicville Girls Basketball Preview

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Head Coach:  Blaine Goverski

2018-19 Record:  17-8  Section II Champs

Key Returning Players:  Charli Goverski  Jada Brown Amy DiSiena  AJ Analdo  Gianna Cavotta

Fresh off a Section Class B championship a year ago, the Red Raiders bring back nearly everyone and are primed and ready for a big 19-20 campaign.

“We have waited for this year to come and it is here,” said head coach Blaine Goverski.  “The girls have been playing all summer long, weight lifting and looking forward to this year.”

Last year the Raiders brought to the floor an up tempo style of play and look for little to change this season according to Goverski.  “Our team speed and athletic ability are keys for us.  We play with a fast pace, pressing and running the floor,” he continued.  “All five players on the court are capable of scoring.  We have experience and a deep, athletic bench.”

After winning Section II last year the Mechanicville mentor said the biggest challenge for this season will be, “To keep everyone hungry and get back to playing with urgency every night.”

Goverski touts Cambridge, Tamarac and Hoosic Valley as top contenders for the Wasaren crown this year in a league where there are no nights off.

A key phrase for this year’s version of the Raiders is, “Make our shining moments for our team together ,” according to the head coach.  “If we play together we have a lot to look forward to this year.”

 

 

Cambridge Girls Basketball Preview

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Head Coach:  Bob Phillips

2018-19 Record:  25-1

Key Returning Players:  Sophie Phillips Jr.  Lily Phillips Jr.  Fiona Mooney Jr.  McKayla McLenithan Jr.  Ruth Nolan Jr.  Stasia Epler So.

Last year the Cambridge Indians earned league, section, and state titles, in winning 25 of 26 outings and this season will return a wealth of talent  from that dominant squad.

When asked what he’s most liked about the preseason Coach Phillips replied, “The experience that comes from having so many players returning and continuing to build on that.”

As was the case in last year’s run to a state championship, Phillips sites, “Pressure defense and a fastbreak style of play,” as strengths of his group.

He pointed out the Indians, “Need to grow both as a team and as individuals,” in order to be successful this season.  Adding, “We can’t rest on past successes, and realize we’ll get everyone’s best shot.”

When asked, Phillips sited Mechanicville, Tamarac and Hoosick Falls along with his Indians as the top contenders for a Wasaren championship come February.

He hopes the phrase, “We over me,” is what spectators will associate with Cambridge after having watched them this season.

In addition to that I’m sure fans will recognize a deep, talented roster, that pushes the pace and plays the game the right way, all components that will serve Cambridge well in their defense of multiple titles from a year ago.

 

 

 

 

 

Wasaren Girls Soccer All-Stars

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Offensive Player of the Year:  Brooke Pickett     Stillwater

Defensive Player of the Year:  Keelyn Peacock   Stillwater

First Team

Ryleigh Hopeck        Mechanicville       Jr.    Def

Savannah Bowe        Mechanicville      Sr.    GK

Teya Staie                 Stillwater              Jr.     F

Devon Wagner          Stillwater              Jr.     M

Jada Brown               Mechanicville       Sr.    M

Brynn Murphy           Mechanicville      So.    F

Lily Phillips                Cambridge           Jr.     F

Vanessa Evans           Cambridge           Sr.     F

Neveah D’Aloia          Mechanicville      So.    M

Samantha Lanoue     Hoosic Valley       Sr.     M

Sophie Champagne   Tamarac                So.    M

Maggie Brown            Hoosick Falls       Sr.     M

Molly Brophy              Greenwich           Jr.      Def

Addyson Galuski         Waterford            8th     M

Lauren Maher             Spa Catholic        Sr.      F

 

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