Football’s Second Season for Wasaren Squads

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With the 2019 regular season for high school football in the books, Wasaren teams overall enjoyed an excellent fall campaign and four league schools were rewarded with post season berths in the upcoming Section II tournament.

The Section II seeding committee met on Sunday and in the C classification Stillwater, Cambridge-Salem, Greenwich and Tamarac all earned spots in the eight team field competing for a title.

Top seeded and undefeated Stillwater (7-0) will host the Golden Horde of Granville (5-2) on Friday at 7 p.m.

Cambridge-Salem (6-1) is the #2 seed and will entertain seventh-seeded Voorheesville (5-2) on Saturday at 1 p.m.

#5 Greenwich (6-1) will travel to Fonda (6-1) to take on the fifth-seeded Braves in a 7 p.m. Friday night affair.

Tamarac (4-2) earned the sixth seed and will take the short trip to Watervliet to face the #3 Cannoneers on Friday night at 7 p.m.

I like all four league schools to post “W’s” this coming weekend and advance to the Class semi’s.

Stillwater has simply been dominant on both sides of the ball in running the table this regular season.  Led by quarterback James Galarneau and running back Mason Seymour the Warriors have rushed for over 2200 yards and average 40 points per contest, while defensively holding opponents to under 10 points per.

Granville has enjoyed a nice season, but their play-off run ends Friday night in Stillwater.

Cambridge-Salem rolled to a 6-1 mark this season and leaned on a deep and talented ground attack to move the football and score points. .  Kaedin Ogilvie, Gabe Scambettera and Calvin Scheneider spearheaded the Indians ground game that ran for over 2300 yards and enabled Cambridge-Salem to put 40 points on the board in all but two of it’s games this year.

Voorheesville won against lesser competition but were shutout in losses to Stillwater and Waterviliet.  Cambridge posts a comfortable win on Saturday.

Greenwich at the fifth seed is playing as well as anyone in the tournament, winners of six straight after losing to Cambridge-Salem 26-14 in week one.

Sophomore quarterback Jess Kuzmich has thrown for over 800 yards with 13 touchdowns, six going to senior back Luke Pemrick who has also rushed for six scores.

Senior back Chris Albrecht with over 600 rushing yards and five touchdowns rounds out a Witches attack that averages 33 points per contest, while defensively over the last six weeks Greenwich has allowed less than seven points per.

While Fonda is home and quarterback John Mancini ( 1050 yards, 9 TD’s 0 INT’s) can throw the football, I don’t think they’ll score enough to get past the Witches.

The Bengals of Tamarac after losing in weeks one and two, finished with four straight “W”s”, outscoring opponents 133-61 over that span, to earn the seventh seed.

Senior running back Jonah Rescott with over 600 rushing yards and six touchdowns leads Tamarac, who will have to slow down the double wing attack of Watervliet to post the upset and complete a Wasaren sweep in round one of the Class C tourney.

 

 

Wasaren Soccer

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Greenwich 2  Stillwater:  The Witches Charlie Gartner connected on goals in each half and the Greenwich defense kept Stillwater off the board, fueling the home “W” for Greenwich.

Gartner tallied at the 13:00 mark of the first half when he intercepted a pass near the top of the box and his shot found the back of the net for the 1-0 Greenwich advantage.

That score remained until late in the second half when Gartner tallied on a breakaway to ice the victory.

Greenwich keeper Andres Gonzalez saved seven shots to earn the shutout as the Witches with the win improve to 5-2-1, 10-3 on the year.

Stillwater slips to 5-4, 12-4 with the defeat.

 

Emma Willard 3  Tamarac 2:  Catherine Everett with a pair of goals and Ava Turner with a single tally led EW to the narrow victory over Tamarac.

Bre Eversten with two scoring strikes paced the Bengals attack.

 

New Lebanon 2  Hoosick Falls 1

Waterford 1  Bishop Maginn 0

 

Soccer Results

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Hoosic Valley 3  Tamarac 1:  Samantha Dickinson scored a hat trick to lead the Indians past the Bengals in Schaghticoke Wednesday afternoon.

Bre Eversten tallied for Tamarac.

 

Stillwater 4  Hoosick Falls 0:  Brooke Pickett scored a pair of goals, and teammates Keelyn Peacock and Teya Staie added single scoring strikes in the Warriors road victory over the Falls.

Stillwater keeper Kiersten Conroy saved five shots and combined with the Warrior “D” for the shutout as Stillwater improves to 14-0-1 on the season.

 

Mechanicville 9  Spa Catholic 0:  Mechanicville scored six times before the break in cruising to the one-sided decision over the Saints.

Neveah D’Alioa, Brynn Murphy and Kayla Welsh tallied twice for the Raiders with Jada Brown, Hannah Garone and Marissa Krosky all adding single strikes for Mechanicville.

Raider keeper Dani Rubino (3 saves), and the Mechanicville defense combined for the shutout as the Raiders with the win move to 12-3 on the year.

 

Boys Soccer

Stillwater 2  Schuylerville 1:  Grant Baker scored a goal in each half, and the Warriors posted the narrow non-league “W” over the Black Horses.

Schuylerville broke on top at the 17:00 of the first half when Zach Saddlemire found Matt McCarthy who finished for the 1-0 Black Horse advantage.

Eight minutes later Baker took a feed from Harry Rubenstein and connected with the equalizer.

Midway through the second half Baker scored the eventual game-winner, converting on a penalty kick and the Stillwater defense closed things out for their 11th win in 14 outings.

Soccer Roundup

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Girls Soccer

Mechanicville 7  Tamarac 1:  Jada Brown found the back of the net five times to lead the Raiders to the one-sided decision over the Bengals of Tamarac.

Brynn Murphy added a pair of goals for Mechanicville who with the win, their 10th straight, move to 11-2-1 on the season.

Tamarac avoided the shutout when Bre Evertsen connected for the Bengals score.

 

Germantown 3  Berlin 1:  Riley Gibbins scored a pair of goals and Megan Dunn added a single strike as Germantown slipped past Berlin.

Jordanne Brazie got the Mountaineers on the board with a second half tally.

 

Boys Soccer

Mechanicville 4  Tamarac 0:  The Red Raiders scored three times in the last 30 minutes of play to open up a close contest and post the “W” over Tamarac.

Mechanicville held a 1-0 lead at the break on a redirection finish by TJ Bisaillon, but in the second half the Bengals seized momentum and with 31:00 left in the game looked to tie things on a PK.

Raider keeper Zach White would have none of it, stoning the shot and Mechanicville pulled away from there with Andrew Kraszewski, Wyqui Agunda, and Mark Brackley all finding the range for scores.

Mechanicville with the victory moves to 8-0, 11-4 on the year and will close out their regular season on Thursday with a home match against the Saints of Saratoga Catholic.

 

Hoosic Valley 3  Berlin 2 OT:  Josh Ackerly scored the game-winner, connecting in the second overtime to give the Valley the well-earned “W” over the Mountaineers.

In regulation Ackerly and CJ Bassett tallies for the Indians were equalized by Kasey Billert and Dan Hunt goals for Berlin, setting up Cavert’s heroics in overtime.

 

Galway 7  Hoosick Falls 0:  Anthony Powers and Rowan Smith with two goals each led Galway to the easy victory over the Panthers of Hoosick Falls.

 

Boys Soccer

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Mechanicville 9  Hoosick Falls 1:  The Red Raiders built a 4-0 lead by halftime and cruised to the easy decision over the Panthers.

TJ Bisaillon led the Mechanicville attack with a pair of goals while Zach Rapaccioulo, Andrew Kraszewski, Wyqua Agunda, Jake LaFountain, Jordan Nolin, Dylan Olivia and Brandt St.Gelais all added single strikes for the Raiders.

Nick Houghton connected on a second half goal for the Falls.

With the win the Raiders move to 8-0, 10-4 on the year and extend their Wasaren winning streak to 39 straight.

 

Tamarac 4  Hudson 0:  Dylan Briccetti with two goals and Alex Medved and Max Ali with single tallies led the Bengals past Hudson in a non-league match on  Monday.

Saturday’s Results

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Cambridge 42  Whitehall 0:  Gabe Scambettera ran for three scores, Kaedin Ogilvie added a rushing touchdown and a punt return for six, and the Cambridge defense threw the shutout in Whitehall Saturday afternoon.

Ogilvie’s touchdowns both came in the first period, the second a 97-yard punt return giving the Indians a 14-0 advantage after one quarter of play.

Cambridge added two more scores in the second period on a Jacob Ruggles TD connection to Soyer Matteson and Scambettera’s first rushing score from 23 yards out.

The 28-0 lead at the break was more than enough as the Cambridge defense dominated play throughout, holding Whitehall to 127 total yards with no passing yardage on the day.

Midway through the third Scambettera scored on a two-yard carry and wrapped the scoring in the game early in the final period with a 1-yard TD tote.

With the win Cambridge/Salem goes to 5-1 and will complete it’s regular season in Granville next Saturday where they’ll meet the 4-1 Golden Horde.

 

Tamarac 28  Canajoharie 24:  Jonah Rescott ran for 257 yards on 31 carries and three touchdowns to lead the Bengals in the win over Canjo.

Rescott scored on runs of 31, 14, and 44 yards the latter giving Tamarac a 28-7 lead early in the third period, and the Bengals survived a Canajoharie comeback to earn the “W”.

The Bengals move to 3-2 on the year with the win and will host Mechanicville next Friday night in their regular season finale.

Girls Soccer; Stillwater, Mechanicville Stay Hot

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Stillwater 2  Hoosic Valley 0: After a scoreless first half, Kate McEvoy and Brooke Pickett connected on scoring strikes to lead the Warriors to their 9th straight victory, running their season mark to 13-0-1.

Stillwater keeper Kiersten Conroy saved three and combined with the Warrior defense for the shutout, Stillwater’s fifth of the year.

 

Mechanicville 5  Waterford 0:  The Red Raiders scored all five goals before the break in cruising past the Fordians.

Brynn Murphy scored a hat trick, Jada Brown added a pair of goals and Nevaeh D’Alioa tallied as well to lead the Raider attack.

Mechanicville keeper Savannah Bowie turned back four shots and with the Raider “D” combined for the shutout victory, their 8th straight as the Raiders move to 9-3 overall on the season.

 

Cambridge 4  Berlin 0:  The Indians held a slim 1-0 advantage at halftime but scored three unanswered after the break in posting the comfortable “W” over the Mountaineers.

Lily Phillips, Vanessa Evans, Sophie Phillips and Lily Gates all connected with second half strikes as the Indians with the win improve to 9-3 on the year.

 

Hoosick Falls 3  Spa Catholic 2:  Phoebe Thompson scored twice, and Caroline Cipperly also found the back of the net, as the Panthers slipped past the Saints.

Lauren Mahar tallied in the first half for Spa Catholic, who trailed 2-1 at the break.

 

Tamarac 4  Greenwich 0:  The Bengals rang the bell with four first half goals and coasted to the home win over the Witches.

Abby Buckley scored a pair, and Bre Eversten and Ashley Kelley added single goals to lead Tamara offensively.

Tamarac keeper Jenna Hint saved eight, and combined with the Tamarac defense for the shutout as the Bengals move to 6-4-1 on the season.

Boys Soccer; Mechanicville Continues Streak

Mechanicville 3 Waterford 0: Quietly over the past three seasons the Mechanicville boys soccer team has strung together an impressive winning streak in Wasaren play that extended to 37 straight with the defeat of the Fordians in Waterford Thursday night.

After a scoreless first half Brandt St. Gelais, Zac Rapaccioulo, and Wyqui Agunda all found the back of the net for the Raiders who move to 6-0 in league play this season, with an 8-4 overall mark.

Zach White, 3 saves, and the Mechanicville defense combined for the shutout of Waterford who go to 9-2-1 overall with the loss.

 

Stillwater 3 Hoosic Valley 0: The Warriors used single tallies by Grant Baker, Harry Rubenstein and Jack Rubenstein to slip past the Indians of Hoosic Valley.

Stillwater held a 1-0 advantage at the break and put the game away with two unanswered in the second half.

Warrior keeper Tim Buchal saved four shots and with the Stillwater “D” notched the shutout.
The Warriors improve to 4-3, 9-3 on the year while the Valley goes to 1-6, 4-9-1.

 

Tamarac 4 Greenwich 2: The Bengals ran out to a 2-0 halftime lead and used that cushion to hold off the Witches for the home victory on Thursday.
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AJ Rymph and Liam Niesz found the range for the two Greenwich scores after the break.
Tamarac, with the win improves to 6-1, 9-1 and Greenwich slips to 4-1-1, 9-2-1 with the loss.

 

Spa Catholic 8 Hoosick Falls 0: The Saints rang the bell four times in each half in coasting to the easy shutout “W” over the Panthers.

Spa’s Dante Marin scored four goals, Ben Urbaetis added a pair and Matthew Apy and Jordan Catone rounded out the Saints attack with single strikes.                                 Saratoga Catholic improves to 3-5-1, 5-6-2 on the year.

Girls Soccer

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Stillwater 5  Greenwich 2:  Stillwater jumped out to a 3-1 halftime lead, on their way to the road victory over the Witches.

Brooke Pickett scored four goals, three coming before the break, and Keelyn Peacock added a second half tally to lead the Warriors.

Faith Ingber scored both goals in the match for Greenwich.

 

Cambridge 5  Tamarac 3:  In a 2-2 game at the break, Cambridge dominated play in the second half to notch the home “W”.

Vanessa Evans with three goals and Lily Phillips with a pair of scores paced the Cambridge attack.

Taylor Smith with two goals and Sophie Champagne with one led the Bengals.

 

Mechanicville 5  Hoosick Falls 0:  The Raiders ran out to a 2-0 lead at the half and cruised to the road win over the Panthers.

Jada Brown scored two goals and Brynn Murphy, Olivia Horan and Madelyn Shakow all added single strikes for Mechanicville who notched their seventh straight “W”.

Savannah Bowie, with eight saves, combined with the Mechanicville defense for the shutout.

Friday Night Football

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Greenwich 14  Mechanicville 0:  A pair of first quarter touchdowns by the Witches were the only points of the game, but proved to be enough for Greenwich to slip past the visitors from Mechanicville Friday night.

Just three plays into the contest sophomore quarterback Jesse Kuzmich found Luke Pemrick on a 24-yard touchdown connection and the Witches took the 7-0 lead.

On the next Greenwich possession the Witches capped a seven play drive when Kuzmich threw a 26-yard scoring strike to Aiden McPhail for the 14-0 advantage.

From there, both defensive units took control, highlighted by a goal line stand from Greenwich late in the fourth period, stopping the Red Raiders on four straight runs from the Witches 1-yard line. Continue reading