Championship Weekend

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Boys

Hoosick Falls 56  Maple Hill 38 Continue reading

Four Wasaren Teams Prepare for Sectional Semifinals

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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

Raiders Fall in Class B

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Watervliet 74  Mechanicville 59

Leading Scorers:  Cannoneers – Messiah Mallory 21      Khari Croley 19      Derrick Beason 14       Red Raiders – Anthony Attala 19        Devin Garland 13

Key Stat:  Leading 34- 26 at the break Watervliet used a 21-13 third period to take control, on their way to posting the victory over the Raiders in a Class B quarterfinal.  The Cannoneers move on to the semifinal round and a meeting with Glens Falls at the Cool Insuring Arena on Monday at 6:30 p.m., while Mechanicville wraps up a good season with a 12-9 mark.

Hoosick Falls and Mechanicville Enter Quarterfinal Round

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After a rough Tuesday night in sectional play for boys teams from the Wasaren, when six schools were eliminated in the round of 16, two league squads, Hoosick Falls and Mechanicville remain standing in the Section II tournament.

The Red Raiders take on Watervliet Friday night in a Class B quarterfinal with a 5 p.m. tip at Shenendehowa, while Hoosick Falls faces Canajoharie at HVCC on Saturday in a 12:30 Class C quarterfinal.

Both teams handled their business in round one, and each will be tested in their quarterfinal matchups as with just eight schools remaining in each class, there are no easy outs to be found. Continue reading

Girls Sectional Quarterfinals; Four Wasaren Teams Advance

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Six league teams played quarterfinal games in the girls Section II basketball tournament Wednesday night with action in the B and C classifications.  At the end of the night four Wasaren schools posted victories, advancing to the semifinal round.

Class B

Tamarac 52  Hudson 47

Leading Scorers:  Bengals – Emily Erickson 13        Jordyn Sorel 11        Alexis D’Agostino 9 Blue Hawks – Deja Beauford 14

Key Stat:  In a close game throughout the top seeded Bengals took a 39-33 lead into the fourth and hung on to notch the “”W” over a determined Hudson squad.  Nine players scored for Tamarac as the Bengals paraded to the free throw line attempting 33 from the stripe converting on 14.  With the win Tamarac moves to the semifinal round where they’ll face Fonda at Averill Park on Tuesday at 7:30. Continue reading

Boys Basketball Sectional Results

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It was a tough Tuesday night for Wasaren boys teams playing in the Section II basketball tournament.  Eight league squads took the floor, with seven teams playing on the road.  At night’s end, six teams were eliminated with only Hoosick Falls and Mechanicville able to post wins and advance.

Class B

Mechanicville 69  Hudson 66

Leading Scorers:  Red Raiders – Josh Germaine 18     Devin Garland 16        Anthony Attala 12        Luciano D’Ambro 12        Blue Hawks – Dayquan Griffin 32        Lavon Fernandez 15

Key Stat:  The Raiders started fast and held a 23-12 advantage after one, and led 40-29 at the break.  But Hudson used a 24-13 third period to knot things at 53 all entering the final eight minutes where the Raiders closed things out.  Mechanicville bottomed six triples and converted on 7 of 8 from the free throw line in the game and with the win advance to play Watervliet, 101-50 winners over Bishop Gibbons, on Friday. Continue reading

Wasaren Teams Hit the Road on a Sectional Tuesday

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With the Wasaren girls basketball teams fresh off a Saturday where they won six of seven sectional contests, eight boys squads from the league take the floor Tuesday night in the Section II tournament’s Round of 16 for the B and C classifications.

But unlike the girls who played all but one of the games on their respective home courts, the boys schedule offers a reversal of fortune with seven of the eight Wasaren teams playing on the road.

While playing at home is a nice advantage in the second season, it’s the action on the floor, not the noise from the stands that determine outcomes and with that, here’s why almost all of the Wasaren schools can walk into their opponents venue and post a “W”.   Continue reading