Basketball Season Draws Near

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Thinking back to my time as a player and coach, it always seemed to me that basketball season ramped up once we had snow in the air.  I know, it makes little sense but in my mind that first snowfall meant the season that I so enjoyed was on.  With the white stuff blanketing our area overnight it means it’s on indeed.

High school teams move into the second phase of their basketball year over the next few days when they take the floor for scrimmages.

As player I used to love scrimmages as they gave you opportunity to go against teams and players from others leagues.  At the Valley back in the day we’d travel to Hudson Falls, Glens Falls, Lansingburgh and always cross the river for a run with the Red Raiders of Mechanicville in their old gym which was a great venue. Continue reading

Basketball Webcast Schedule

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Here is our tentative Wasaren Sportsnet high school basketball webcast schedule for 2018-19.

11/27  Catholic Central @ Mechanicville  Boys   7:00 Varsity

12/4    Mechanicville @ Hoosic Valley       Girls

12/7    Tamarac @ Cambridge                  Girls

12/11  Cambridge @ Hoosic Valley            Girls

12/13   Hoosic Valley @ Cambridge            Boys

12/14   Mechanicville @ Hoosic Valley        Boys

12/19   Stillwater @ Mechanicville              Boys

1/4       Tamarac @ Mechanicville                Girls

1/9       Hoosick Falls @ Cambridge              Boys

1/11     Cambridge @ Mechanicville              Boys

1/15     Greenwich @ Cambridge                  Girls  or    Stillwater @ Hoosic Valley     Girls

1/18     Hoosic Valley @ Cambridge               Girls

1/25     Tamarac @ Hoosic Valley                   Boys

1/26     Cambridge @ Mechanicville               Girls

2/1       Stillwater @ Mechanicville                  Girls

2/5       Belin @ Hoosic Valley                         Girls  or   Stillwater @ Cambridge      Boys

 

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Wasaren League Girls Soccer All-Stars

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Offensive Player of the Year

Brooke Pickett               Stillwater                Forward          Sophomore

Defensive Player of the Year

Ryleigh Hopeck              Mechanicville        Defense           Sophomore

First Team Continue reading

Fredette Drops 75

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This just in.  Jimmer Fredette can score the basketball. Always has, and until he chooses not to, always will.

The Glens Falls native showed his scoring prowess once again yesterday, pouring in 75 points for the Shanghai Sharks in a 137-136 defeat to the Beikong Fly Dragons in a Chinese Basketball Association contest.

Jimmer went for 62 in the second half including an astonishing 40 points in the final period.  He shot 24 of 34 from the floor including 7 of 10 from deep, and 20 of 21 from the free throw line.  Fredette scored with :07 remaining on an acrobatic drive giving the Sharks the lead before the Dragons won it at the buzzer. Jimmer added eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals to round out the stat sheet. Continue reading

Panthers Falls in State Semifinal

67_hoosickfalls2The Hoosick Falls field hockey was tied with four-time defending state champion Whitney Point 2-2 in the second half before the Eagles exploded with four goals to close things out and post a 6-3 decision in the Class C state semifinals in Williamsville on Saturday.

Hoosick Falls finishes an outstanding season at 20-1, with regional and sectional championships in their 2018 campaign.

 

Stillwater Marches to State Final

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The patient, relentless, season-long journey to the state championship game for the Stillwater girls soccer team took it’s final step on Saturday with a 4-0 defeat of Haldane in the Class C semifinals at Cortland High School.

State finalists year ago, the Warriors played with laser focus all season, determined to fight their way back for another shot at a state crown. They’ll have just that Sunday at 3 p.m. at Cortland HS when they take on Little Falls for Class C supremacy.

Brooke Pickett and Teya Staie with two goals each led the Warriors offensively while Stillwater keeper and the Warriors defense posted yet another shutout, their fifth in six post season outings in which Stillwater has outscored their opponents 34-1.

With a 21-0-1 mark in place, and their march to the finals complete, now it’s time for the Warriors to deliver with all the chips pushed to the center of the table.

Greenwich Runs to State Title

73_greenwichThe Greenwich girls cross country team knows quite a bit about covering distance on their feet, but Friday and Saturday they put in some big mileage riding to and from Long Island for the New York State Cross Country Championships held at Sunken Meadows in Kings Park.

After the four hour trek Friday, the Witches put on their running shoes Saturday morning and did what they do best, cover a 5K course faster than all their competitors, to win the Class C state title with just 38 points.  Bronxville finished a distant second with 105 points. Continue reading

Four Wasaren Teams Hunt for a State Title

 

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With high school winter sports practices underway this week there are four Wasaren teams still playing their respective fall sports, three hoping to capture a state title this weekend.

The Hoosick Falls field hockey team and the Stillwater girls soccer team will play in Class C state semifinals, while the Greenwich girls cross country team will race in the state championships on Saturday as well.  The Cambridge-Salem football team plays a Class C state quarterfinal on Friday with a potential state title berth two weeks out. Continue reading