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.

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.

 

 

 

Stillwater Boys Basketball Preview

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Head Coach:  Bruce Lilac

2018-19 Record:  11-10

Key Returning Players:  Brian McNeil, James Galarneau, Josh Luca, Grant Baker all return with newcomers CJ McNeil, Isaac Cutler,  Tyler Paffen, Jacob Zecca, Tyler Juliano and Rhett Mercier.

Stillwater will look to build on a solid season from a year ago and coach Lilac feels optimistic about doing just that.

“We have a nice mix of returning players with varsity experience along with a talented group from the JV team.  The preseason has been going well as we slowly work in the football guys after they had such a long and great season.”

As for the teams blueprint for success this year coach Lilac said, We will be a team that prides itself on the defensive end, while pushing the ball offensively.  To be successful this season we need to play to our strengths offensively and be really tough on the defensive end of the court.”

Regarding top contenders for the Wasaren title, Lilac echoed a common theme amongst league coaches.  “The league will be tough as usual but Hoosick Falls returning all five starters from last year has to be the top contender.  That being said it’s a league with lots of competition and you have to be ready to play every night or you will get beat.”

When asked of a word or phrase he wants people to associate with his team Lilac responded, “We want people to think of Stillwater basketball as a mentally tough group of kids who play hard every night and leave everything on the floor.”

If the Warriors can bring the effort, coupled with it’s talented roster, there’s a good chance they’ll be in the mix at season’s end for the league crown.

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

 

Second Team Continue reading

Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week

stillwater warriorCongratulations to Stillwater soccer player Paige Brinsko on being named Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

In the Class C state title game on Saturday, Brinsko scored the only goal of the match late in the first half when she connected on a free kick, curling a low shot around the left post giving the Warriors all the offense they would need in their 1-0 victory over Unatego.

Congratulations go out to Paige, our newest Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

Appreciate the Excellence of Stillwater

stillwater warriorExcellence.  It’s a word like others that while it may be hard to define you recognize it when it’s present.  Like love when you find it, trouble when you’re in it or  hunger when you feel it. We know excellence when we see it, and for a number of years the followers of Stillwater girls soccer have seen plenty.

I’m not the biggest soccer fan in the world, but having had the chance to watch the Warriors on occasion I always came away encouraging people to go see them play.

A talented roster filled with players owning full skill sets.  They played with chemistry, were well coached and brought the will to compete into every match.

Stillwater played with swag, and why not.

The last time the Warriors lost a game was the state finals in 2017.

Since that November day two years ago Stillwater has compiled a 43-0-3 mark in winning back to back state championships.

Undefeated in 46 outings, with the vast majority of those wins coming against quality opponents starting in a competitive Wasaren, moving into sectional and regional play and finishing at the Final Four weekend in Cortland.  Roughly one third of Stillwater’s games over the past two years have come in the post season where contenders play after pretenders are sent home.

But in a room full of contenders the Warriors showed all others the door.

This season Stillwater scored 125 goals and allowed just 18 to their opponents.  The Warrior defense pitched ten shutouts on the year, and fourteen times Stillwater scored five or more goals in a match. They were dominant with many games being decided by wide margins, but they had the grit, to grind out close wins like the 3-2 semifinal “W” and the 1-0 decision in the title game this weekend.

Stillwater will lose three players to the graduation stage in June, with Kate McEvoy, Paige Brinsko and Brooke Pickett all having played their final game in Cortland on Saturday.

Those three players were the senior leaders of a Stillwater team that put together a remarkable two year run displaying skill, chemistry, competitiveness, swag, grit and dominance, while playing all comers and not dropping one match.

Congratulations to the Stillwater Warriors, we celebrate your excellence.

 

 

 

 

Stillwater Goes Back to Back

Yesterday, in their home away from home, the Stillwater girls soccer team scored the only goal of the match on a free kick by Paige Brinsko with 3:13 left in the first half, and the Warriors made the 1-0 advantage stand, posting the championship “W” over Unatego to claim their second straight New York state soccer title in Cortland.

Appearing in their third consecutive state soccer final, the Warriors had to grind against a determined Unatego squad with Brinsko finding the net late in the first half, curling a low shot inside the left post for the eventual game-winner.

Stillwater keeper Kiertsen Conroy and the Warriors defense shut down the Unatego attack to seal the victory, completing a two year undefeated run for Stillwater with back to back titles.

 

 

Stillwater Tops Marion

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Brooke Pickett scored a goal late in the second half to lift the Warriors to a 3-2 victory over Marion in a Class C semifinal of the State Girls Soccer Tournament in Cortland on Saturday.

Pickett and Marion’s Chloe DeLyser both connected for first half goals and the teams went to the break tied at 1-1.

After intermission a Paige Brinsko scoring strike gave Stillwater a 2-1 advantage, but Marion scored the equalizer with Abigail Marotta finding the range, setting up the game-winner by Pickett.

The defending state champion Warriors advance to the state championship game today at 10:00 at SUNY Cortland where they’ll face Unatego.