Tamarac Boys Basketball Preview

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Head Coach:  Eric Medved

2018-19 Record:  14-7

Key Returning Players:  Dalton Maxon (only returning starter)

Coming off an excellent 2018-19 campaign the Bengals roster lost seven players to graduation but will see an infusion of talent from the senior class as Tristan Nemjo, Jacob Barbera, Alex Medved and Miles Ednie, will all return to basketball after spending a year away from the sport.

Danny Honsinger returns as a “glue kid” for coach Medved who likes what he see’s in the preseason from his Bengals.

“We get better each and every practice which is what you want to see in a new group.  This is a very unselfish team that simply lacks varsity level game experience.   We have four sophomores and a freshman who will play significant roles this season which is a huge benefit down the road, but for now we are young. ”

Medved likes the potential he sees in freshman Joe Poulin and sophomore Zach Rice saying the tandem could be “poetry in motion” as they continue to grow moving forward.

When asked what his team needed to do to be successful this year the Tamarac mentor responded, “We pass the ball very well and are unselfish, if we utilize that as a strength we may surprise some people.”

As for top contenders in the league, Medved named a handful of squads as is so often the case in the Wasaren where on any given night the difference between a “W” and a Ziggy is slim.

Defending champion Hoosick Falls, an experienced Stillwater squad, a Mechanicville team that “returns 90% of it’s firepower”, Spa Catholic and a “savvy Waterford group” highlighted Medved’s thoughts on the league’s best.

Finally, the head coach wants people to recognize his team as being “hungry”. ” We may not be pretty to look at all the time, but we will compete.”

 

 

 

 

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 Volleyball All-Stars

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MVP:  Gabriella Cellucci      Tamarac     Sr.   OH

First Team

Giuliana DiCarlo        Tamarac             Sr.   S

Kaitlin Coleman         Mechanicville   Sr.   S

Shannon Brown         Hoosic Valley    Sr.   S

Adrianna Roarke        Cambridge        Sr.   S

Haley Russell               Waterford         Sr.   S

Catrina Murphy           Tamarac            Jr.   MH

Lyndsay Robens          Mechanicville   Sr.   MH

Eden Bailey                  Cambridge         Sr.   OH

 

Second Team

Kerianne Bugbee         Tamarac            Sr.   MH

Alivia Wood                  Mechanicville   Sr.   OH

Emaleigh Peckham      Hoosic Valley    Jr.   MH

Olivia Smith                   Hoosic Valley   Sr.   OH

Alice Roosevelt              Cambridge        Sr.   MH

Grace O’Reilly                Spa Catholic      Sr.   OH

Kyleigh Frank                Stillwater           Sr.   MH

Ayden Richard               Waterford         Sr.   MH

 

Honorable Mention

Tamarac:  Melissa Washock

Spa Catholic:  Allison Motler

Hoosic Valley:  Rachael Gregg  Katelyn St.Gelais

Cambridge:  Katie Simon  Maria Teal

Mechanicville:  Erin Salvadore

Waterford:  Skylar Kennedy

Volleyball Sectionals

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With all Section II tournaments moving closer to crowning classification champions, the girls volleyball tournament will play it’s semifinal matches on Tuesday with the Bengals of Tamarac very much in the mix.

In the opening round of the Class C tournament, while #2 Tamarac received a bye, #12 Hoosic Valley and # 7 Mechanicville drew first round opponents, and both squads posted straight set”W’s” to advance, with the Valley eliminating #5 Greenville and the Raiders turning back #10 Chatham.

In the quarterfinals Hoosic Valley fell 3-2 to the Blackbirds of Voorheesville, and in an all-Wasaren match, Tamarac slipped past Mechanicville 3-2.

In a pair of semifinal matches on Tuesday, with the top four seeds having all advanced, it plays out in Gloversville with #1 Lake George vs. #4 Voorheesville at 5 p.m. and #2 Tamarac taking on #3 Fonda in the nightcap at 7 p.m.

The Class C championship match is scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. at Saratoga High School.

Weekend Sectional Results

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Stillwater 35  Greenwich 21:  In a game tied 21 all at the half, the Stillwater defense took center stage after the break, throwing a second half shutout, and a pair of third period touchdowns by the Warriors proved more than enough for the Stillwater victory in a Class C semifinal in Stillwater on Friday night.

Offense looked to be the theme of the night in the first period with the two teams combining for 27 points.

Greenwich needed just two plays to get on the board, a 50-yard run by sophomore quarterback Jesse Kuzmich, followed by a 14-yard touchdown run by Chris Albrecht gave the Witches a 6-0 lead while fans were still settling in.

Stillwater answered with scoring runs by running back Mason Seymour, and quarterback James Galarneau to jump in front at 14-6.

A Luke Pemrick touchdown run drew the Witches to within a point at 14-13 at the end of one.

Seymour opened the scoring in the second stanza with a 5-yard touchdown tote giving Stillwater a 21-13 lead, but before the break Kuzmich found Pemrick on a slant pass that went for a 62-yard touchdown and with a Kuzmich run for the two-point conversion the game was knotted at 21-21 with 1:57 remaining in the half.

In the third Galarneau scored on a pair of TD runs, the second coming at the end of an 11 play 71-yard scoring drive giving the Warriors a 35-21 advantage, and the Stillwater “D” closed things out sending the Warriors on to the championship game with Cambridge-Salem on Friday night in Lansingburgh.

 

Cambridge-Salem 41  Tamarac 21: In a one-score game at the halftime break, Cambridge-Salem used a pair of third quarter  scores to take control, on their way to the Class C semifinal “W” in Cambridge on Saturday afternoon.

The Indians held a 7-0 lead after the first on a Kaedin Ogilivie touchdown run, leading to a second period with plenty of points.

A 5-yard TD run by Jonah Rescott pulled Tamarac even at 7-7 early in the quarter.

The Indians responded with scoring runs by Hunter Day and Gabe Scambettera to take a 21-7 lead, before the Bengals trimmed the cushion to 21-14 when Tristan Nemjo found Jack Mayes with an 18-yard scoring strike.

Cambridge-Salem scored the only points of the third period, those coming on touchdown runs by Ogilvie and Day giving the Indians a 35-14 advantage after three.

In the fourth Tamarac drew closer in a 13-yard scoring connection from Nemjo to Rescott, but an 84-yard kickoff return by  Scambettera wrapped up the victory, punching the Indians ticket to the sectional final with Stillwater on Friday.

Crossover Games

Hoosic Valley 28  Canajoharie 18:  Holding a slim 14-12 lead after three periods the Valley used a pair of Gavin Giordano touchdown runs in the final quarter to post the victory over Canajoharie.

Giordano finished with 131 yards rushing on 21 carries and Connor Wilson added a 40-yard touchdown romp as the Indians finish the season with two straight victories and a 2-7 overall mark.

 

Hoosick Falls 48  Taconic Hills 0:  Panther quarterback Jake Sparks threw for 174 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a score as well in leading the Falls to the easy “W” over Taconic Hills.

The Panthers Max Kipp added a pair of rushing scores and a touchdown reception as Hoosick Falls ends it’s season with their third straight victory to finish at 3-6 on the year.

Football, Soccer Sectional Outlook

With the Section II tournaments entering their second week of play in football and girls and boys soccer, let’s take a look at how many Wasaren teams are continuing to compete for a sectional championship.

In the Class C football tourney things played out as we talked about on this site last week with all four Wasaren schools advancing to the semifinal round this weekend.

The top two seeds in Stillwater and Cambridge-Salem handled their business as expected, the Warriors posting a 46-16 “W” over eighth-seeded Granville, and Indians turning back seventh-seeded Voorheesville 36-4.

The other two league squads came away with upset victories, at least on paper, with fourth-seeded Greenwich dominating #5 Fonda 45-7, and the sixth-seeded Bengals of Tamarac topping #3 Watervliet 28-16.

Semifinal weekend shakes out with #1 Stillwater hosting #4 Greenwich on Friday night and #2 Cambridge-Salem will entertain #6 Tamarac on Saturday afternoon.

The Friday night game should be a dandy.  Can Greenwich come into Stillwater and knock off the undefeated Warriors?  They could as the Witches after a week one loss to Cambridge-Salem are playing as well as anyone in Class C. Continue reading

Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week

47_tamaracCongratulations to Tamarac football player Jonah Rescott on being named the Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

On Friday night in Watervliet Rescott scored three touchdowns in the Bengals 28-16 upset victory over the Cannoneers in a Class C quarterfinal.

The senior back carried 36 times for 173 yards, scoring on runs of eight and 39 yards, and caught two passes including a 49-yard touchdown reception in leading the sixth-seeded Bengals to the “W”.

Congratulations to Jonah, our newest Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

Sectionals Roundup

Boys Soccer

Mechanicville 1  Hudson 0:  After a scoreless first half played between the 18’s, the Red Raiders increased the intensity after the break and cashed in with 18:00 remaining in regulation when Andrew Kraszewski found Zach Rapaccioulo who beat a defender and finished for the eventual game-winner in Class B quarterfinal action.

Zac White (5 saves), and the Mechanicville defense combined for the shutout as the Raiders move on to the semi’s and will face Schuylerville on Wednesday at Mohonasen High School.

 

Galway 2  Waterford 0:  Carson Scribner and Braden Boudreau connected for first half goals and the Galway “D” shut down the Fordians attack, posting the victory in a Class C quarterfinal.

Henry Flint with four saves earned the shutout for Galway.

 

Maple Hill 4  Stillwater 0:  In a 1-0 game at the half, Maple Hill took control with three scores after the break in posting the shutout “W” over Stillwater in Class C quarterfinal action. Continue reading

Sectional Soccer Results

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Girls Class B

Mechanicville 4  Catholic Central 1:  Mechanicville scored a pair of goals in each half to secure the victory in the opening round of the Section II tournament.

Nevaeh D’Alioa with two goals and Hannah Garone and Patty Snyder with a goal apiece led the Red Raider attack.

Emily Drake connected with a first half tally for the Crusaders.

Mechanicville advances to the quarterfinals and will host Johnstown on Saturday.

 

Cohoes 2  Greenwich 1 OT:  Quincy Hytko found the back of the net in overtime giving the Tigers the win over the Witches.

Caileigh Miron for Cohoes and Tess Merrill for Greenwich connected with first half scoring strikes, while after the break defense took center stage as the two squads played through a scoreless second half setting up Hytko’s overtime heroics. Continue reading

Tamarac; Wasaren Volleyball Champs

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The Bengals of Tamarac swept through the 2019 volleyball regular season in dominating fashion, posting an overall record of 16-1 with a perfect league mark, to earn the Wasaren volleyball championship.

The Bengals didn’t drop a single set through their first six matches before Mechanicville finally took a pair of games from Tamarac in the Bengals 3-2 victory on September 26th.

Tamarac has suffered only one defeat on the season, a 3-1 decision to Albany.

The Bengals average over 7.0 kills and 4.5 aces per set, with more than 160 blocks blocks on the season.

Junior Catrina Murphy leads the Bengals in serving points and aces with over 150 points on the year.  Murphy and senior Kerianne Bugbee are the top two Bengals in blocks

Senior Giuliana DiCarlo has served up more than 50 aces with over 100 points scored and senior Gabriella Cellicci rounds out the Tamarac leaders, tops in both digs and kills for the Clum’s Corners squad.

Tomorrow night Tamarac wraps up it’s regular season in a home match with Emma Willard on Senior Night.

With sectional brackets due out next week the Wasaren Champs should receive a high seed, with all signs  pointing towards a deep Bengals run through the Section II tournament.