Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week


Congratulations to Mechanicville baseball player Jacob Popiel on being named Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

On Monday against Waterford, Popiel threw a no-hitter leading the Red Raiders to an 8-0 decision over the Fordians.

The Mechanicville right-hander struck out 13 and allowed three walks in pitching his first career gem.

Congratulations to Jacob, our first Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week for the spring season.

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Mechanicville 4  Spa Catholic 1

Winning Pitcher:  Wood

Hitting Stars:  Red Raiders – Nadler 1-2, RBI     Saints – Molly O’Reilly 2-4, 2B      Ava Diaz 2-3

The Saints outhit Mechanicville, but committed three costly errors defensively as the Raiders secured the “W”.


Greenwich 9  Hoosic Valley 0

Winning Pitcher:  Lily McCauliffe Two-hit shutout with 11 K’s

Hitting Stars:  Witches – Lauren Maines 2-4, 4 RBI’s        Lily McCauliffe 2-4

Greenwich scored six times in the top of the seventh to open up a close contest and post the victory.



Mechanicville 1  Spa Catholic 0

Winning Pitcher:  Jacob LaFountain 5.1 IP 5 Hits 4 BB’s 8 K’s

Hitting Stars:  Red Raiders – Jacob Popiel 1B – run scored

In a pitcher’s duel between LaFountain and the Saints Terel Tillman, Popiel singled and scored the game’s lone run in the second inning, advancing to second on a wild pitch and scoring on an infield error.  Devin Garland picked up the save for the Raiders throwing two innings in relief as Mechanicville with the win moves to 2-0 on the young season.


Hoosic Valley 5  Greenwich 3

Winning Pitcher:  Ethan Caiazza 7 IP 6 Hits 0 ER

Hitting Stars:  Indians – Ethan Caiazza 2-3, 2B       Kessler Waldron 2B       Justin Sawyer 2B  Witches – Christian O’Brien 1-3, 2B       James Ostrowski 2-4

The Valley plated single runs in the first and fourth frames, and scored three times in the fifth to take control, posting their second win in as many outings.


Mechanicville 8  Waterford 0  (Monday)

Winning Pitcher:  Jacob Popiel No-hitter with 13 K’s 3 BB’s

Hitting Stars:  Red Raiders – Jacob LaFountain 3-4, 2 3B’s, 2 RBI’s        Nick Billert 2-2, 2 RBI’s        Matthew Wertman 2-4, 2 RBI’s

The Raiders Popiel throws his first career no-hitter and gets plenty of run support highlighted by a pair of long three-baggers from LaFountain.

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

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.

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

Red Raiders Class B Champions


Mechanicville 56  Fonda 43

Leading Scorers:  Raiders – Amy DiSiena 14       Charli Goverski 13        Jada Brown 11    Braves – Abigail Lombardoni 14

Mechanicville trailed 22-14 late in the second period but finished the quarter with five quick points,  the start of an extended run that continued with 12 straight points after the break giving the Raiders control at 31-22, on their way to the Class B title before a huge crowd at HVCC on Saturday afternoon.

Mechanicville shot 10 of 13 from the floor in the decisive third frame and clamped down defensively on the potent Braves attack that was averaging 55 points in their three sectional games.

The Raiders put nine players in the scoring column with three reaching doubles.  Tournament MVP Amy DiSiena scored all 14 of her points in the second half for  Mechanicville who will carry a 16-7 mark into regional play this week.

Congratulations to the Red Raiders.

Indians, Panthers and Raiders Play for Titles


This weekend Section II will crown champions in boys and girls basketball in all five of it’s classifications.  On the girls side they’ll be a strong Wasaren presence in the title runs with Mechanicville taking on Fonda in the Class B final and Hoosick Falls meeting Cambridge to decide the Class C championship.

In Class B the #2 seeded Red Raiders will meet the Cinderella squad of the tournament, the #13 seeded Braves of Fonda. Continue reading

Sectional Hoops; Four Wasaren Squads Advance to the Finals


Five league teams took the floor Tuesday night in the semifinal round of the Section II basketball tournament, all needing one more victory to play in the title game.  Four of the five earned their semifinal “W” as the Hoosick Falls boys, and the girls from Cambridge, Hoosick Falls and Mechanicville all posted double digit wins, and will play for sectional championships on the weekend.


Hoosick Falls 56  Maple Hill 38 Continue reading

Four Wasaren Teams Prepare for Sectional Semifinals


This winter as the regular season played out, it became crystal clear there was no shortage of quality girls basketball teams in the Wasaren. Post season play has simply reaffirmed that thought as the Section II tournament plays it’s semifinal games Tuesday night in the B and C classifications, with four Wasaren squads taking the floor.

In separate B runs, Tamarac and Mechanicville will compete for a trip to the finals, and the same holds true for Cambridge and Hoosick Falls in the C’s.

Here’s a look at the four semifinal matchups, and why it could be an all Wasaren final in both classes. Continue reading