Cambridge Rolls Over Mt. Anthony

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Cambridge 56  Mt. Anthony 27

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Sophie Phillips 18      Lily Phillips 12         Patriots – Grace Mahar 11

Cambridge ran out to a 27-6 lead after the first eight minutes, added to their cushion with a 20 point second period and cruised from there to the non-league road victory over the Patriots of Vermont.

The Indians connected on nine triples in the “W”, running their mark to a perfect 7-0 on the season with a big home matchup on Wednesday when they’ll welcome in the Red Raiders of Mechanicville.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

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‘Twas the night before Christmas and in Wasarenland

Players had gathered for the basketball tournament at hand.

A two on two tourney was about to unfold

Standing room only, no tickets left unsold.

A boy and girl player from each league school

Playing as teammates on the eve of the Yule.

Make it Take it, was the rule on this day

Or “Winner’s Outs”, said another way.

First team to 11, have to win by two

Would reduce the field to a precious few.

The sound of a whistle began first round play

Games at each end in a half court fray.

Cross-overs and jumpers, blocked shots and more

It was something to see, the talent on the floor.

As the round played out it was great holiday fun

Except for good players who were one and done.

Mueller and Galarneau, Kuzmich and Brophy

Upson and Bolen would take home no trophy.

Gone too, Stalker and Ritter, Faraj and Rice

Their defense was naughty but all their J’s were nice.

One semifinal bounced Bassett and Lanoue

In the other Thayne and Kempf, they went home too.

Mechanicville and Cambridge were the last teams to ball

Goverski and D’Ambro facing Phillips and Hall

But before the game started, at the far end of the gym

The door swung open with Santa and the Mrs. stepping in.

“Combine your teams,” yelled Santa, “Two in and two out.”

“While Mrs. C and I show you what the game’s all about.”

Phillips and Hall started against the holiday pair

Quickly learning Kris’s wife could score from anywhere.

Knocking down jumpers and scoring at the rim

The hopes for the Wasaren began to look grim.

Trailing 6-2 Goverski and D’Ambro took the floor

Each connected once from deep but would score no more.

Santa blocked a D’Ambro floater that opened everyone’s eyes

It had plenty of arc, but the Kringle Man can rise.

He showed athletic skill belying his diet

The man lives on cookies and milk, I think I might try it.

Santa bottomed five in a row to close the championship out

As for the tourney’s best, the north’s duo left little doubt.

And from a cheering gym Santa quickly ran to his sled

Filled with plenty of gifts for the long night ahead.

Having enjoyed his run in the gym down below

Santa’s magical sled rose through the night time snow.

And I heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,

“Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoosic Valley Girls Basketball Preview

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Head Coach:  Walt Dorman

2018-19 Record:  15-6

Key Returning Players:  Sam Dickenson  Emaleigh Peckham  Anna Jensen

Coming off a 15 win season a year ago the Indians will have,  ” A nice mix of returning players and a few new ones,” according to head coach Walt Dorman.  A trio of starters in Dickenson, Peckham and Jensen give the veteran coach a solid core to build around.

In the early going things have looked good for the Valley with Dorman commenting, ” We had a nice tempo this preseason.”

On a team with strengths on both sides of the ball Dorman highlights what’s been the Indians calling card for years, ” Our ability to play tough man to man.”

As for goals set for the Schaghticoke squad Dorman said simply, ” To improve everyday as a player and a person.”

The head coach touted Cambridge and Mechanicville as the front runners for the Wasaren title in a league with a host of quality teams.

While Coach Dorman didn’t respond with a word or phrase he most would like people to associate with his team this year, I know what fans will most likely see from the Indians.

A tough, physical man to man team, with the ability to extend the floor defensively and turn opponents over, leading to transition buckets.  Also a program that brings to the court a winning pedigree, and a high level of compete.

All longtime cornerstones of the Hoosic Valley program that I’m confident will be ever present, once again, this winter in Schaghticoke.

 

Witches Win Season-Opener

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Greenwich jumped out to a 26-10 lead at the end of one and extended their advantage to 49-17 at the half in cruising past Corinth 86-34 in the boys basketball opener for both squads on Tuesday night in Greenwich.

Alex Curtis with 23 points and Jesse Kuzmich with 19, led the Witches attack that used the long ball effectively, bottoming nine triples in the contest.

Isaac Melville with 10 points showed the way for the Tomahawks.

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.

 

 

 

 

Warriors Fall To Gouverneur

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Most quality football teams have a few things in common.  A skilled, deep and coachable roster that plays for each other, along with a high compete level come to mind.

The Stillwater Warriors checked all the boxes this season and on Friday night in their state quarterfinal in Rotterdam they leaned heavily on their ability to compete, keeping the decision in doubt until the clock showed triple zeroes.

The Warriors, trailed the entire contest and were held scoreless until late in the fourth, but managed to give themselves a chance on the game’s last play, before falling to Gouverneur 10-2.

Gouverneur jumped on top less than two minutes in on a 23-yard touchdown from quarterback Caleb Farr.

Those would be the only points in the game until early in the fourth when the Wildcats added a 25-yard field goal that gave Gouverneur a 10-0 advantage.

On the ensuing Stillwater drive the Warriors moved the football to the Wildcat one-yard line but were denied on three straight run plays, giving the ball back to Gouverneur with 5:45 remining.

Undeterred, the Warriors defense came up big three plays later when Farr was smothered in the end zone by a host of Stillwater defenders for a safety, trimming the deficit to 10-2.

After receiving the free kick Stillwater ran just four plays, before turning the ball over on downs to the Wildcats who looked to run out the clock and seal the “W”.

But with 1:41 on that clock Stillwater’s “want to” gene showed up again, when the Warriors Rhett Mercier recovered a Gouverneur fumble giving Stillwater life at their own 37-yard line.

On the game’s final series Stillwater picked up three first downs in moving the ball to the Wildcat 23 yard line.  But from there the Warriors final three passing attempts fell incomplete, the last coming with all zeroes on the clock, and Gouverneur survived, walking off with the quarterfinal victory.

Stillwater wraps up an outstanding season with a 10-1 mark and the schools first Section II Football Championship.