Boys Basketball; Panthers Top Fordians


Hoosick Falls 76  Waterford 57

Leading Scorers:  Panthers – Jon Kempf 24      Tristan Williams 22      Max Kipp 12     Fordians – Michael Talavera 27

The Falls held a 34-18 advantage at the half with Williams scoring 18 points to lead the way. After the break Kempf took charge hitting for 22 of his 24 points in the Panthers 55th straight Wasaren victory.


Spa Catholic 83  Greenwich 65

Leading Scorers:  Saints –  Anthony Barile 32      Robbie Bolen 20      Jordan Catone 19  Witches – Alex Curtis 20

A 25-9 first frame by the Saints set the tone as Spa Catholic played with a working margin throughout, in posting the “W” over Greenwich.  The Saints bottomed 13 triples in the game with the high-scoring Barile connecting on six.


Stillwater 47  Cambridge 42

Leading Scorers:  Warriors – CJ McNeil 15     James Galarneau 11         Indians – Jeffrey Burke 13      Soyer Matteson 12

The Warriors built a 37-26 lead after three periods and held off the Indians for the victory.  Stillwater enjoyed a big advantage at the free throw line converting on 13 of 24 chances while Cambridge was just I of 2 from the stripe.

Friday Night Hoops



Hoosic Valley 48  Hoosick Falls 40

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Sam Lanoue 13      Ashlyn Chartier 12         Panthers – Logan Thayne 24      Maddie Walker 11

The Valley held a 29-16 lead at the half and rode that cushion after the break to the victory.  The Indians held the Falls to single numbers in the first and second periods and allowed just three Panthers to score on the night.


Mechanicville 59  Greenwich 37 Continue reading

Tuesday Night Results


Hoosick Falls 78  Greenwich 61

Leading Scorers:  Falls – Jon Kempf 29       Tristan Williams 18       Dimitri Rose 13       Max Kipp 12          Witches – Jesse Kuzmich 30      Sam Howard 12       Christian O’Brien 11

In a game close throughout, the Panthers led by four midway through the fourth, but closed things out with a 17-4 run to notch the home victory.


Spa Catholic 89  Berlin/New Lebanon 30

Leading Scorers:  Saints – Hayden Day 21      Jordan Catone 15      Anthony Barile 13     Robbie Bolen 10         Mountaineers – Brandon Rifenburg 7

The Saints held Berlin/New Lebanon to single numbers in each of the final three frames in posting the one-sided “W” over the Mountaineers.


Waterford 62  Hoosic Valley 49

Leading Scorers:  Fordians –  Michael Talavera 17      TJ Kelley 17      Jake Houle 10   Indians – CJ Bassett 15      Logan Reilly 13

The Valley held a 28-27 lead at the half but the Fordians outscored their hosts 35-21 over the final two periods to capture the road win.


Stillwater 61  Tamarac 44

Leading Scorers:  Warriors – James Galarneau 20     Josh Luca 15       Bengals – Zachary Rice 13

Stillwater built a 40-20 first half advantage and coasted through the final two quarters to the home victory.

Basketball Roundup



Greenwich 61  Corinth 39

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Jesse Kuzmich 19       Sam Howard 11      Christian O’Brien 11    Alex Curtis 10         Tomahawks – Melville 8

Greenwich put four players in doubles and won every quarter in the easy non-league victory over Corinth


Voorheesville 72  Waterford 63

Leading Scorers:  Blackbirds – Zaveon Little 28      Anthony Puma 15      Tanner Tedesco 13   Jack Barringer 10         Fordians – TJ Kelley 25      Michael Talavera 23

The Fordians held a two point advantage heading into the final frame but Voorheesville used a 22-11 quarter to post the “W” in the championship game of the Waterford Holiday Tournament.

Voorheesville’s Zaveon Little was named tournament MVP while both TJ Kelley and Michael Talavera of Waterford were named to the all-tournament team.


Niskayuna 67  Mechanicville 44

Leading Scorers:  Nisky – Ethan St. Lucia 21      Darian Parker 15      Jaden Giammattei 11    Red Raiders 16

Niskayuna ran out to a 38-17 halftime lead in posting the non-league win over the Raiders.



Greenwich 67  Corinth 44

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Adrianna Rojas 20      Molly Brophy 15      Tomahawks – Maddie DeLisle 14      Miranda Dockum 11

Greenwich won every quarter and had 10 players score in the one-sided victory over the Tomahawks.

Boys and Girls Basketball Blazing Five


Here’s a look at the top five individuals and teams from the Wasaren in a few offensive categories.


Standings (Overall)

Mechanicville   5-0

Cambridge    4-0

Greenwich    4-1

Hoosick Falls   3-1

Hoosic Valley   4-3

Spa Catholic    2-3

Berlin/New Leb.  1-2

Stillwater      1-5

Tamarac        1-5


Scoring / Individual Continue reading

Friday Night Hoops



Cambridge 47  Hoosick Falls 39

Leading Scorers:  Indians – Sophie Phillips 22 (5 3’s)      Lily Phillips 11       Panthers – Logan Thayne 15

In a close game throughout the Indians defense kept the Panthers in the 30’s while Phillips twins combined for 33 points themselves in notching the “W” in a battle of undefeated squads.


Greenwich 59  Hoosic Valley 47

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Molly Brophy 29         Valley – Ashlyn Chartier 13        Sam Lanoue 11

Greenwich led 12-7 after one, and closed with a 15-10 fourth period to get past the Indians in Schaghticoke.  Brophy’s 29 was fueled by four triples, and 7 of 10 from the free throw line.


Tamarac 70  Saratoga Catholic 40 Continue reading

Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week

waterford logoCongratulations to Waterford basketball player Michael Talavera on being named Wasaren Sportsnet Player of the Week.

Talavera opened the season with a 34 point effort in a 105-20 victory over Heatly in the first round of the Waterford Tip-Off Tournament and poured in 27 points the next night in the Fordians 75-53 win over Salem.

This past Friday the senior guard scored 27 points including four triples, in the Fordians 64-63 win over Schoharie.

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

Friday Night Hoops


Hoosic Valley 40  Tamarac 36

Leading Scorers:  Valley Sami Dickinson 16     Ashlyn Chartier 12         Bengals – Jordyn Sorel 12

Key Stat:  In a defensive battle where the Bengals managed just one double digit quarter, the game was tied after three frames, but the Valley used a 12-8 fourth period to notch the “W”.


Hoosick Falls 45  Emma Willard 23

Leading Scorers:  Falls – Logan Thayne 21           Jesters – Molly Zahnleuter 22

Key Stat:  While Zahnleuter had a big scoring night the Panthers defense limited her Jester teammates to just one point in the contest.


Mechanicville 58  Catholic Central 32  (Thursday night)

Leading Scorers:  Red Raiders – Charli Goverski 18     Amy DiSiena 15        Crusaders – Sarah Mattfeld 12

Key Stat:  The Raiders held Catholic Central to single numbers in each quarter, and slowly pulled away to earn the non-league victory.


Waterford 64  Schoharie 63

Leading Scorers:  Fordians – Mike Talavera 27     TJ Kelley 17           Indians – Shane Helmstadt 20      John Blackwood 16

Key Stat:  Trailing 20-10 after the first, the Fordians scored 42 points over the middle two quarters and took a 52-39 advantage into the final frame where they held on for the “W”.

Waterford Boys Basketball Preview

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Head Coach:  Brian Eastman

2018-19 Record:  12-9

Key Returning Players:  Mike Talavera   Evan Fairclough   TJ Kelley   Gavin Bodah   Dom Pontore

I saw the Fordians just once last season and that was in the Wasaren championship game against Hoosick Falls.  They took the Panthers down to the wire in that one and I came away impressed with Waterford.

Well the Fordians return plenty of talent from last year’s group starting with Mike Talavera and TJ Kelley.  Over the weekend in the Waterford Tip-Off Tournament,  Talavera enjoyed 34 and 27 point outings with Kelley adding 16 and 20 point efforts as the Fordians cruised to the tournament championship.

Coach Eastman has liked what he’s seen in the preseason saying, “They are working hard each day.”

Eastman touts, “Quickness and work ethic,” as the Fordians main strengths of which there seem to be many.

“For us to be successful this year we must rebound and continue to get better each day,” added the head coach.

As for title contenders in the Wasaren, Eastman echoed what many have said, “Until somebody proves they can beat Hoosick Falls they are the favorites.”

“Team toughness,” is a phrase Eastman would like people to associate with his team this season.

That trait was evident watching the Fordians a season ago and if they can bring that to the floor again this year, look for Waterford to fill the win column and once again vie for a Wasaren title.