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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, December 22, 2005


Guilderville boys' swim team

By Tim Matteson

This season might be a tough one for the Guilderville boys’ swim team, but Coach George Marshall sees a bright future.

The team has 25 competitors from Guilderland and Voorheesville but doesn’t have a large contingent of upperclassmen.

"We’re certainly a young team," Marshall said. "We have two seniors out of 25 and eight juniors. The rest are underclassmen, including two eighth-graders. We have youth and depth, which will bode well for future squads."

The two seniors on the team are Captain Chris Gockley and James Lounello. The juniors are captains David Cerutti and Chris Schwartz, and Andrew Crowder, Chris Diakiwski, Mark Gorczyca, Josh Handen, Ryan O’Roarke, and Chris Schwartz.

"It’s tough," Marshall said. "We lost a lot from last year’s team. We lost four kids that were major contributors. We only have one kid that swims club. A lot of the time I’m teaching from scratch."

Last year, Guilderville sent eight swimmers to sectional competition and finished sixth as a team.

The Guilderville team has an 0-4 record in dual meets so far this season but has been close in a couple of those competitions.

"I thought we had a shot against Albany Academy," Marshall said. "We had some guys that were sick. We were four swimmers down. That’s played against us this season."

Marshall said that some of the younger swimmers are still maturing physically and mentally. And a lot of the new team members are still learning how to compete.

Good leadership

One of the underclassmen who has matured physically is Vadim Yafayev. Yafayev, a sophomore, has qualified for the state meet in the 200-yard individual medley.

"For the first time, swimmers can qualify for states in season," Marshall said. "He did in our first meet against Schenectady in essentially his race of the season. It’s promising to have one boy going to states. We have an outside chance to get others."

Marshall said that he is getting good leadership from his three captains — Cerutti, Gockley, and Schwartz.

"They are doing well," Marshall said. "They are representing us well in the water and on the deck."

Marshall has also been impressed with the efforts of the two eighth-graders, Matt Wheeler and Sean Molloy.

Molloy is a diver and was on the team last year. Wheeler swims in the sprint events for Guilderville.

They both have more experience than some of the swimmers on the team.

"Potential is there"

"We have six or seven guys that have no competition experience," Marshall said. "They are country-club swimmers and these are the biggest races they have swam in. But we have promise for the future."

There is promise for the younger swimmers if they want to stick with the team for a few more years, he said.

"These are nice boys," Marshall said. "The potential is there if the kids want to stick around. I try to provide a positive environment to stick around."

A format change at sectionals could also help Guilderville. Teams will be split during preliminaries and could give Guilderville more chances to place swimmers in the finals.

"Hopefully, that will help us," Marshall said. "Vadim will shine in sectionals and hopefully we have enough guys supporting him to do well."

But the Suburban Council will be tough for Guilderville.

"There are no tougher group of teams," Marshall said. "Niskayuna, Bethlehem, Shenendehowa, and Saratoga are the one, two, three, and four top teams in the section."

What makes those schools have such strong teams as the opportunities to swim in clubs outside the school season. A couple of Guilderville swimmers compete for the Albany Starfish.

"The luxury they have is they have clubs in their area," Marshall said. "We don’t have a club that supports our team. In November, they are swimming for the first time. We have two kids that swim club, and hopefully we can get some boys to join club to get some outside competition."


Guilderland hockey holiday tourney

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland hockey team has made some strides since they were beaten badly in their Thanksgiving tournament.

The Skating Dutchmen hosted their second tournament of the season this week playing well against a pair of teams from downstate.

Guilderland lost to Mahopac, 4-2, on Saturday and lost to Mamaroneck, 5-4, in a shootout on Friday.

In Saturday’s contest, the Dutchmen tied Mahopac at the end of the first period after goals by Aaron Cahill and John Potts.

Cahill scored the first goal of the contest with 12:16 left in the opening stanza. He was assisted by Tim Montgomery and Jon Fogel.

Mahopac tied the game just 30 seconds later on a goal by Dominick Varrone. He was assisted by Nick Aloslo.

Potts gave Guilderland the lead with 8:30 left in the first period. He was assisted by Colin Burg.

Mahopac tied the game with 51 seconds left in the first quarter. Varrone got his second tally of the game with assists from Alex Stevenson and Aloslo.

There were no changes in the second period as neither team scored.

Mahopac took the lead with 14:37 left in the third and final period. Rob Fitchett scored with an assist from Varrone and Aloslo.

Mahopac sealed the game with a goal from Fitchett. Varrone and Aloslo assisted on the tally that gave Mahopac a 4-2 lead.

Adam Gray made 34 saves in goal for Guilderland. Chris Mammaro made 21 for Mahopac.

Shootout

Friday’s contest was much more exciting. Mamaroneck scored two goals to tie the score, 3-3, and force overtime and, when the game wasn’t decided in the extra frame, the contest went to a shootout.

Mamaronceck got goals from Alex Weisberger and David Ives to edge out the Dutch in the shootout.

Cahill scored the lone goal fin the shootout or the Dutchmen.

Guilderland had a 2-0 lead with 8:22 left in the second quarter.

Potts scored in the first period to give Guilderland an early lead. Brian Tobin assisted on the tally.

Tim Montgomery scored in the second period with assists from Cahill and Fogel.

Mamaroneck scored with 2:31 left in the second stanza. Alex Weisberger got the tally with assists from Brian Conner and David Solon.

The Dutchmen responded with a goal by Potts. Havard Brustad and Jeff Geisendorf assisted on the tally.

Mamaroneck scored two goals in the third period and held Guilderland scoreless.

Michael Chiapparelli scored with 2:35 left in the period and Sean Hagan scored with assists from Joe Van Valen and James Satalich to tie the game.

The overtime session was scoreless and went to the shootout.

Each team had nine chances; Mamaroneck made two goals and Guilderland had just one.

Gray made 39 saves in goal for the Dutchmen.

Losing to LaSalle

The Dutchmen opened play in the Capital District High School Hockey League with a 6-3 loss to LaSalle Institute on Tuesday.

Guilderland trailed, 3-0, after the first period but played even with the Cadets in the next two frames.

Jay O’Neil scored the first goal of the game for the Cadets. He was assisted by Conor O’Brien and Tom Phibbs.

Chad Cassidy scored the second goal with an assist from Peter Ryan and Zac Crowley scored the third with an assist from Craig Ware.

LaSalle took a 4-0 lead on Cassidy’s second goal of the contest. He was assisted by O’Neil.

Montgomery scored the first goal for the Dutchmen with 6:48 left in the middle period. Cahill and Brustad assisted on the tally.

Phibbs put LaSalle up 5-1 with an unassisted goal with 5:28 left in the middle stanza.

Ben Fogel cut the lead to three with a tally, coming with 2:55 left in the second period. He was assisted by Montgomery.

LaSalle scored first in the third period with 1:38 remaining. Peter Bonelli got the tally with an assist from Justin Luzinas.

Steve Marciano closed out the scoring for Guilderland with six seconds left in the contest. John Potts and Kyle McKenty assisted on the goal.

Gray stopped 31 shots for Guilderland and LaSalle goalie John Daley made 18 saves.

Next up for Guilderland is a trip to the Clinton Tournament on Thursday and Friday. The Dutchmen then return home for a match against Burnt Hills/Scotia-Glenville on Dec. 30.


B-K-W boys' basketball vs. Schenectady Christian

By Tim Matteson

BERNE — Berne-Knox-Westerlo boys’ basketball coach Andy Wright stands by his word that his team is on the rise.

The third-year coach set a plan when he first took over as coach and is starting to see some good things, even in a game like Tuesday’s 73-53 loss to Schenectady Christian.

"To outsiders, it looks like a blowout," Wright said. "In fact, I saw many small victories in terms of playing with heart, desire, and determination."

The Bulldogs kept the game close early, trailing by just five points, 16-9, at the end the first quarter.

They stayed that close until Schenectady Christian went on a run late in the second quarter.

The Falcons used a 7-0 run in the last 1:50 of the half to break open a lead that had been just five points.

After a foul shot by BKW’s Josh Stoodley, Schenectady Christian got a foul shot. Then Schenectady Christian’s Jake Bowman made a steal and a fast-break lay-up which he was fouled on and converted the free throw. A foul shot by Olen Henderson and two more foul shots by Jared Kulbako gave the Falcons a 35-23 halftime lead.

"The spurt game"

"They are a team that capitalizes on the spurt game," Wright said. "They have little quick bursts before you know what happened."

BKW never recovered after that burst by Schenectady Christian and tried to play catch-up for the second half.

The Bulldogs trailed, 55-36, at the end of the third quarter and were outscored, 18-17, in the final stanza.

"That’s the league champion and I’ll be blunt about that," Wright said of Schenectady Christian.

The Bulldogs had a bright spot in scoring by senior Andrew Elderd.

Elderd led all scorers with 24 points, getting a lot of points inside against the Falcons’ defense.

"Andrew Elderd shook off a tough night against Duanesburg," Wright said. "He scored close to half our points. When he comes to play, he is very tough to stop."

Schenectady Christian’s Matt McCarty scored 23 points to lead his team. Cordell Galliard, who was in foul trouble in the first half, scored 19 points and Jake Bowman added 14.

Matt Lounsbury was the only other BKW player to reach double figures. He scored 10 points for the Bulldogs.

Lounsbury and Josh Skinner were two of three sophomores who started for the Bulldogs on Tuesday night.

"We have two sophomores that potentially could be three-year varsity starters," Wright said.

Stoodley is also a sophomore and saw a lot of playing time off the bench.

The bench isn’t very deep as there were only three subs Wright could choose from.

"We have a small bench," Wright said. "We had eight guys tonight and we’ll probably be running with nine this year."

Tuesday’s loss drops the Bulldogs to 1-6 so far this season. The lone win came in the first game in the Rensselaer Tournament against Heatly.

The Bulldogs have lost six straight games, including their first four Southern Division Western Athletic Conference games.

Looking ahead

The Bulldogs play at Waterford on Thursday and then play in the St. Johnsville Tournament on Dec. 27 and 28.

"We start in the first round with Herkimer, which is ranked sixth in the state in Class C," Wright said. "And we get to play them. Our program is on the rise and I stand by that statement. The junior varsity is 5-2 and has a lot of promising talent. "Nothing but good things should happen. We just have to shake off the month of December and get going in January and February. We need to stay optimistic and focus on the positives."

Wright said that the Bulldogs are a different team than last year’s and are missing a couple of components that graduated.

"We definitely don’t have the same team dynamic as last year," the coach said. "Matt Mulson is out of our line-up and we lost many of the positive things he did on defense with rebounding, and he was a scorer. He had a lot of strength and that helped us. We’re not anywhere near as strong. He was one of the strongest kids playing. We’ve missed him this year."

But Wright still feels that this team will have the same end result as last year’s version of the Bulldogs.

"We still can finish around .500," Wright said. "It’s going to take some work to achieve it."


Voorheesville boys' basketball

By Tim Matteson

VOORHEESVILLE — Voorheesville boys’ basketball coach Don Catellier was putting his players through tough physical drills during practice on Monday.

The Blackbirds’ coach watched a big lead fall away on Friday against Schalmont though his team held on for a 50-44 win.

"In the second half we did not play at all and they played well," he said of the Schalmont players. "They made some shots, but the difference was we got lazy."

The Blackbirds led 25-14 at halftime and led by 13 points at one point in the third quarter.

"Schalmont did some things defensively that took us out of our game," Catellier said. "They made some adjustments at halftime and we didn’t adjust as well. It was a combination of they played really well and we fell into a rut. We fell asleep."

The Blackbirds did get balanced scoring in Friday’s contest.

Greg Klopfer led the way with 11 points. Nick Duncan and Mike Hopper each scored nine points.

Duncan grabbed nine rebounds for the Blackbirds.

The win boosts Voorheesville’s record to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the Colonial Council.

The Blackbirds beat Ravena, 51-39, last Tuesday.

"We played well in that game," Catellier said. "We came out and went ahead. We led 21-14, at halftime. and 41-20 at the end of the third quarter.

"Schalmont and Ravena are the same in that they play physical," Catellier added. "They are tough, physical teams."

Catellier added that his team can play that brand of basketball.

"We can bang with them," the coach said. "Is it our first choice" No. But we are not afraid of it. We have good-sized kids."

The Blackbirds also beat Lansingburgh, 83-51, on Dec. 6.

"We came right out and scored 27 points in the first quarter," Catellier said. "Greg and Andy [Catellier] scored 24 out of those 27 points. They made six three-pointers."

The Blackbirds made 10 three-point shots in the entire game. Klopfer made seven and Catellier hit for three.

"That kind of opened it up on the inside," Coach Catellier said. "Nick Duncan had one point in the first quarter and then had 18 in the next three."

Klopfer finished the contest with 26 points. Andy Catellier scored 20 and Duncan added 19.

"We got 31 points out of the post with Nick, Mike, and Evan Christner," Catellier said. "We try to establish one or the other. If we establish the inside, it opens up the outside and, if we establish the outside, it opens up the inside."

The Birds blew away the Knights. They led 27-13 at the end of the first quarter; 44-29 at halftime, and 64-36 at the end of the third frame.

Working on D

Catellier was putting his players through defensive drills on Monday, because he felt that aspect of the game is lagging behind.

"We are behind on defense," the coach said. "We’re ahead on offense. We are giving up six points higher than we did last year."

The Blackbirds also gave up 73 points in an overtime loss to Glens Falls in the first game of the season.

"For the most part, I’m pretty pleased," Catellier said. "We’re starting to get things worked out and we’re working together as a team. We had to mix in new parts. I’ve seen progress and we’re finding out exactly what we can do. On the third of January we have Watervliet and that is always a battle."

The Blackbirds played Cohoes on Wednesday as part of a double-header with the varsity girls’ team. The Birds then will have a week off before facing Mechanicville in a make-up contest.

"Originally, we had two weeks off," Catellier said. "But the Cohoes game got moved to Wednesday and Mechanicville got moved to the middle of vacation."

Catellier knows that it will only get tougher for his team as they head toward the meat of their schedule.

"Everybody circles us on their schedule," Catellier said. "We’re at the top and teams will be coming after us. We can see film on a team and they could not look so good and we may not react as well as we think we’ll do. Teams are doing stuff that is pretty amazing.

"I liked it last year when we were under the radar," Catellier said. "Well, we weren’t under the radar, but we did not get a lot of respect."


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