Hoosic Valley Girls Basketball Preview

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A familiar face and voice will be seen and heard stalking the Hoosic Valley sidelines this season as former head coach Walt Dorman returns to the lead chair.  Dorman, who led the Indians to a state title in 2012, while known by everyone at the Valley, has not previously worked with this group of players.

“Having never coached this group I’ve been happy with their ability to adjust to me and my ways”, said Dorman.  He added, ” They’ve been completely dedicated to the process.” Continue reading

Hoosick Falls Tops Schenectady

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Hoosick Falls 60  Schenectady 53

Leading Scorers:  Panthers – Logan Thayne 30      Lillian Hickey 8       Schenectady – T. Anastasia 21       L. Ambrester 14

Key Stat:  Hoosick Falls simply shot it better.  Schenectady was 22-76 from the floor  while the Panthers were 22-55 and from the free throw line Schenectady converted just 5 of 12 with the Falls connecting on 13 of 24.

Take Away:  Thayne coming off a 25 point, 16 rebound effort on Monday in a win over Meekel Christian Academy backs it up with 30 points and 15 boards in this one as the Panthers improve to 2-0 with Berlin on deck Friday night.

Stillwater Boys Basketball Preview

stillwater warriorWhile Stillwater will have a new head coach this season, as Bruce Lilac takes over for Dave Cook, they’ll be plenty of familiar faces wearing the Warrior maroon and white.

Seven players return for Stillwater this year as Brian McNeil, James Galarneau, Mason Seymour, Grant Baker, Scott Travis, Cooper Monast and Matt Breslin all started or saw quality minutes for the Warriors just a season ago.

Lilac has liked what he’s seen from his group in the early going.  “The preseason has been great.  The kids are working hard to get better and tougher.  This group realizes they must come and work every night if they want to win in our league.” Continue reading

Valley Pulls Away From Raiders

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In a game that was tied at both the quarter and halftime breaks Hoosic Valley gained some breathing room late in the third and gradually pulled away over the final eight minutes earning a 60-48 decision over Mechanicville in Schaghticoke Tuesday night.

The visitors ran out to a 5-1 lead early in the first with sophomore Amy DiSiena scoring four points off a runner and a transition bucket on a nice feed from Charli Goverski.

The Valley’s Renee Serafin tied things at 5-5 midway through the period on a runout, and her wing jumper to end the quarter again knotted the score at 8-8. Continue reading

Panthers Win Opener

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Hoosick Falls 50  Meekel Christian Academy 43

Leading Scorers:  Panthers – Logan Thayne 25       Grace Wysocki 10          Meekel – Avery Mills 21

Key Stat:  The Falls enjoy a nice night shooting the basketball connecting on 57% from two point range and knock down 6 of 18 from behind the arc.

Take Away:  Thayne has a monster opening night scoring 25 points on 11 of 15 shooting while pulling down 16 rebounds to lead the Panthers past Meekel.

Greenwich Rolls Over Schoharie

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Greenwich 88  Schoharie 51

Leading Scorers:  Witches – Molly Brophy 38         Faith Hewitt 11          Schoharie – Julie Lehoe 18        Alexis Williams 10

Key Stat:  Greenwich put 45 points on the board before the break and added 28 more in the third period in cruising to their second win of the year.

Taka Away:  The Witches in two outings are scoring 80 points per contest with Molly Brophy dropping 34 and 38 points to lead the attack.  A good test for the Greenwich offense comes on Friday night when they’ll travel to Schaghticoke to face the Indians of Hoosic Valley.

Section II Girls Soccer All-Stars

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Soccer players from the Wasaren were well represented on Sunday at the girls Section II soccer banquet with a number of league players recognized as Section II all-stars.

In Class C Stillwater’s Brooke Pickett was named Player of the Year and Stillwater head coach Christine Ihnatolya  was named co-coach of the C classification.

Joining Pickett on the all-star squad were teammates Teya Staie, Devon Wagner and Keelyn Peacock, Sami Dickinson (Hoosic Valley), Vanessa Evans (Cambridge), Annnelise Rebel (Waterford) and Josie Ryan (Hoosick Falls).

In Class B Savannah Bowie (Mechanicville) earned Goalkeeper of the Year while her teammates Jada Brown and Ryleigh Hopeck , along with Isabella Bisceglia (Tamarac)  were selected to the Class B team.

Witches Top Malone

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Greenwich 71  Malone 70

Leading Scorers:   Witches – John Walsh 25       Jesse Kuzmich 15          Carson Mosher 12 (game -winning three)   Malone – Poirier 19         Fountain 16      Sivan 12

Key Stat:  The lines were good to Greenwich who converted on 14 of 20 free throws and knocked down seven triples including Mosher’s game-winner with two seconds remaining in regulation as Greenwich moves to 3-0 on the season.

Take Away:  Some nice balance and big numbers for Greenwich.  Three double figure scorers in Walsh, Mosher and Kuzmich with 13 of Kuzmich’s 15 points coming in the second half.  Walsh added 10 boards, Mosher nine, and Luke Pemrick nearly had a triple double with eight points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.