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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, September 15, 2005


Football: Guilderland vs. Troy

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — The final score might not have been an indication, but the Guilderland football team took some small steps in Friday’s game against Troy.

The Dutchmen lost their home-opener to the Flying Horses, 25-7, but showed more flashes of great play than the previous week — a 22-6 loss to Shenendehowa.

"We’re keeping on building," said Guilderland Coach Dan Penna. "Our goal is to get better each week. We made some mistakes...We had some turnovers and penalties, but, on offense, we moved the ball well."

After struggling on offense against Shen, the Guilderland offense moved the ball well against Troy, but mistakes put an end to those drives.

The most costly error came in the second quarter with Troy up just 6-0.

Guilderland got the ball at the 46-yard line after a punt by Troy. The Dutch marched down the field, getting big runs from Kevin Doherty, Tim Montgomery, and Austin Elliot.

The Dutch had a first down on the Troy 18-yard line when the exchange on a handoff between quarterback Greg Buck and Doherty was fumbled and recovered by Troy.

It took the Flying Horses five plays to score on a 58-yard touchdown run by tailback Jahod Crumble. It was Crumble’s second touchdown in the half.

"That turnover hurt," Penna said. "It was a critical part. It was a 12-point swing. We were about to get up 7-6."

The first half ended with Troy up 12-0.

"Troy is explosive"

Then it didn’t take long for the Flying Horses to score in the second half.

Guilderland punted on the opening possession of the third quarter, but the kick was really short and downed at the Dutchmen’s 35-yard line.

Two big defensive plays by Guilderland — including a sack of the quarterback by Pete Stanish that lost 12 yards — looked to get the team out of trouble.

But Crumble scored on the next play on a 47-yard run with 8:17 left in the quarter. The extra-point kick was good and Troy led, 19-0.

"Troy is explosive," Penna said. "We took a couple of plays off and you can’t do that. Their running back was quick and the offensive line is powerful."

The Dutch had more problems with the kicking game, as a snap was fumbled and as Nick Zanotta tried to punt the ball but it was blocked and recovered at the Guilderland five-yard line.

But the Dutchmen defense held on four plays, stopping two runs — recovered by Crumble and Mike Krough. Krough fumbled the ball and it was recoved in the end zone by Guilderland’s Kevin Forbes.

"We showed a tremendous amount of heart," Penna said. "What I’m most proud of is that the kids didn’t quit."

The ball was placed on the 20-yard line and Guilderland went on a long drive down the field for a touchdown.

A pass-interference penalty by Troy moved the ball to the 35-yard line. After a five-yard penalty by Troy, Guilderland’s James Ramson picked up eight yards on a running play to put the ball on the 48-yard line.

Montgomery ran for nine yards on the next play.

A Guilderland penalty negated a first-down run by Doherty and a loss of a yard on the next play set up a third down and 12 yards to go.

Doherty took the handoff from Buck and started running in one direction and then handed the ball to Montgomery, who was running in the other direction. Montgomery picked up the 12 yards to get the first down and the ball was on the Troy 40-yard line.

Touchdown at last

Guilderland continued to move the ball as Buck completed a pass to John Raffensperger for nine yards. Two plays later, on fourth down, an offsides penalty by Troy gave Guilderland a first down at the 26-yard line.

Montgomery picked up 14 yards on the next play and was hit late out of bounds by a Troy player.

The penalty moved the ball to the seven-yard line and Guilderland took advantage as Ramson capped the drive with a touchdown run.

Zanotta kicked the extra point and Guilderland trailed 19-7 with 11:46 left in the fourth and final stanza.

Guilderland then tried an on-side kick to recover and the ball back. Zanotta kicked the ball at a Troy player; it bounced off the player and was knocked around before Troy recovered it at its own 45-yard line.

Troy scored again with 6:42 left in the game.

After an interception of a Guilderland pass, Crumble scored his fourth touchdown of the game on a 19-yard run.

Guilderland had one more chance to cut into the lead, but a fumble on the Troy nine-yard line ended a scoring opportunity.

Looking ahead

Despite the turnovers, Penna was pleased with some of the things he saw on Friday.

"I’m proud of this team," the coach said. "We were down 19-0 and we didn’t quit. We showed a lot of heart."

The Dutchmen will travel to Colonie on Friday to take on Christian Brothers Academy. The Brothers are 2-0 overall and 1-0 in Division I of Class AA.

"It should be a great game," Penna said. "Our goal is to get better as a football team. The great thing is that, though I’m proud of their effort, no one is satisfied. The goal is to win and we’ll win some games that people think we can’t."


Soccer: Guilderland girls vs. Amsterdam

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — It was an offensive explosion.

The Guilderland girls’ soccer team scored seven goals to roll past Amsterdam, 7-0, in a non-league soccer game on Monday at Don Snyder Field.

The Lady Dutch got four goals from sophomore Jackie DeLuise to speed by the Amsterdam Rams of the Big 10.

"It was nice to see Jackie explode," said Guilderland Coach Barb Newton. "We had quite a few opportunities. We needed it for morale boosters. It’s a good thing."

DeLuise scored the first four goals of the game. Three came in the first half.

The first goal came with 30:38 left in the opening half. DeLuise got a pass from Kayla Best, beat a couple of Amsterdam defenders, and chipped a shot over the goalie as she came out to stop DeLuise and the ball.

DeLuise’s second goal came off her head with 22:57 left until halftime.

Hannah Rosen lofted a ball in front of the goal and DeLuise put her head on it and directed it toward the goal to put the Lady Dutch up 2-0.

DeLuise’s third goal was all effort. She got the ball and dribbled through the defense, then fired a shot that found the back of the net and put Guilderland up 3-0 with 21:43 left until halftime.

DeLuise’s scoring continued into the second half. She scored her fourth goal of the contest with 37:48 left in the game and capped an amazing day of offense.

"It was nice to see Jackie step in and do very well," Newton reiterated. "She had one where she chipped it hard over the goalie; one where she bulled through three players; and one off her head. She was really scrappy and that is difficult to teach."

More goals

The Lady Dutch weren’t finished scoring on the day, though.

They scored less than a minute later on a play off the head of ninth-grader Danielle Tetreault.

Best kicked the ball on a re-start and lofted the ball in front of the goal where Tetreault got her head on it and directed it into the goal.

Devon Rosenberry added to the scoring for the Lady Dutch. She scored with 30:46 left in the game after getting a nice pass in front of the goal from Krystal Myers.

Abbey Fashour scored the final goal of the contest for Guilderland.

Julie Malkowski played the entire game in goal for Guilderland, but didn’t see much action in recording the shutout.

Malkowski was supposed to split time with Jen Mihok in goal this season, but has played well enough to keep Mihok as the last line of defense at her sweeper position.

Despite the offensive explosion, Newton says that her players could improve on some things as they head into the Suburban Council portion of the season.

"Overall, it was not a beautifully-played game," the coach said. "Our defense got sloppy and that’s not acceptable. There were times, about three times, they had pressure and we were able to get out of it."

Newton said that she was happy with the play off corner kicks and re-start kicks — direct or indirect after fouls — and that was one of the things the Dutch wanted to work on.

"We had a re-start from about 30 yards out," Newton said. "And Tetreault headed it in. That goal was nice and we need to capitalize on those."

Attitude

The win bumps the Lady Dutch’s record to 3-1 overall. They had beaten Scotia-Glenville High School, 3-1, and Mohonasen, 4-0, before dropping a game to Bethlehem, 4-2, on Friday.

"It’s a great start," Newton said. "Our goal is to get to the sectional final. We are playing with an attitude and that should help us when we mix it up with Shenendehowa, Niskayuna, and Burnt Hills. The team believes they can do it."

Newton said, that even in the loss, her team played well.

"We out-shot them but lost 4-2," Newton said. "It was a solid game for us. We had opportunities to score."

Guilderland opened league play with a trip to Averill Park on Wednesday. Guilderland then will play at Ballston Spa on Friday and host Shenendehowa, the defending state champion, on Tuesday.

"Ballston Spa is always a physical game," Newton said. "It’s a good way to go into the league. We want to go 3-0 this week. Shen has top-quality players, but I think we can keep up with them. We have the attitude this year that we can play with them."


Football: Voorheesville vs. Catholic Central High School

By Tim Matteson

VOORHEESVILLE — The Voorheesville football team lost a heartbreaker in Troy on Friday night.

The Blackbirds jumped out to a two-touchdown lead but couldn’t stop Catholic Central High School in the fourth quarter; the Birds lost, 21-20.

"It is very, very disappointing," said Voorheesville Coach Joe Sapienza. "Because in the first half we controlled the game. We just got complacent and we weren’t consistent in the second half. We came out and thought the job was done."

Voorheesville led, 14-0, through three quarters. P.J. Hognestad ran for both touchdowns in the first half.

But Catholic Central came back with two touchdowns to tie the game in the fourth and final stanza.

Then, Voorheesville scored a touchdown with just 37 seconds left to break the tie.

Nick Duncan caught a pass from Andy Catellier for the score. The extra-point-attempt failed but Voorheesville led, 20-14.

Catholic Central came right back in the final seconds.

"They drove 65 yards in 37 seconds," Sapienza said. "They did it on three plays."

The final play of the game resulted in a touchdown pass for the Crusaders. The extra-point kick was good and gave Catholic Central the win.

The loss was disappointing to Sapienza because his team played well for three quarters but could not wrap up the win.

"We were not consistent," the coach reiterated. "We got hurt very much with penalties on offense. We were able to move the ball."

Catellier threw for 138 yards on 11 completions. Hognestad rushed for 70 yards and Duncan had 97 yards receiving.

Tim Robinson had three catches for the Blackbirds and Stephen Cardinal had three sacks on defense for Voorheesville.

But Voorheesville was hurt by its own mistakes.

"We had close to 100 yards in penalties," Sapienza said. "We had some miscues. The defense played very solid. We just gave up big plays when it mattered the most. It was two different halves. It was very up and down. The first half we came out and played well. We did not finish the job and just got comfortable."

After playing their first two games on the road, the Blackbirds will return to their home nest on Saturday.

Voorheesville will host Chatham at 1 p.m. at Thomas Buckley Field at the high school.

"After losing this game," Sapienza said of Catholic Central, "now this game is pivotal. There is no dwelling on the last one. We have to take care of business this week."


Berne-Knox-Westerlo volleyball

By Tim Matteson

BERNE — The Berne-Knox-Westerlo girls’ volleyball team will rely on some fresh faces this season.

The Lady Bulldogs have only three returning players from last year’s team and they have gotten off to a slow start as they are 1-1 in Western Athletic Conference play.

"We have a very inexperienced team," said BKW Coach Cathy Allen. "We have three returning players from last year’s team. I have four that are not playing this year. One moved and the other three chose not to play. We’ve got a few holes in our game plan."

The Bulldogs did beat Canajoharie in a WAC Southern Division game on Monday, 21-25, 25-8, 25-15, 25-13. BKW lost to Fonda-Fultonville on Sept. 9 and lost to Hoosic Valley in a non-league game on Sept. 7.

The three returning players for the Lady Bulldogs are all seniors and the team’s captains.

Christine Sikule returns to full strength after injuring her knee during basketball season last winter. Also returning are twins Ashley and Casey Renko, who moved from Florida last year.

The Bulldogs have six juniors on the roster: Meg Creed; Meg Leonard; Tarcy Williams; Keri Rossback; Heather Plouffe; and Danielle Theilsen, a new student from Wisconsin.

The lone sophomore on the team is Kristen Spinnato.

"Working hard"

"We’ve been working hard," Allen said. "Every day I see improvement. We lost to Hoosic Valley, which is a very good team. But I saw improvement with Fonda. In a couple of games, the scores were close."

The Bulldogs lost the first set to Canajoharie on Monday, but came back in impressive fashion.

"We won the next three fairly easily," Allen said. "We’re coming. We’re starting to do some good things. They are learning to play with each other. We’re starting to gel. We are learning a new defense. They are learning to play with each other and trust the person next to them. That is the hardest part in volleyball."

The volleyball team at BKW has had success — being one of the top teams in the Southern Division of the WAC — in the recent past and it could continue as long as the team keeps working hard and improving, Allen said.

"They will be in a lot of games," the coach said. "The three seniors have a great deal of potential. They can make things happen. They are good at encouraging the younger players. Meg Leonard played club in the winter and has stepped up as a middle hitter and done a great job.

"They are starting to come along," Allen added. "We’re hoping to do well in the division. I think we can at least be in the top three in the division. That’s one of our goals. With the inexperience, I start wondering how well we’ll do, then they surprise me and do a great thing. We should do all right."

The young players have brought an enthusiasm to the team, said Allen.

"This is a fun club," Allen said. "This will be an enjoyable season. They are fun to be around. They are a pleasure to coach."


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