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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, April 19, 2007


Rain won’t go away for teams

GUILDERLAND — A shutout and rain. Those were the themes for the Guilderland baseball team this week.

The Guilderland baseball team used the strong left arm of Greg Barcomb to beat Mohonasen, 7-0, last Wednesday. However, it was the last game the Dutch have played this week. The Dutch were rained out of their game against Colonie on Thursday and again on Tuesday. Also washed out were games against Christian Brothers Academy on Saturday and Columbia on Monday.

With last Wednesday’s win, the Dutch improved to 3-0, 2-0 in the Suburban Council.

Barcomb pitched a complete game four-hitter. He had six strikeouts in the contest.

Joe Lima had a three-run double in the first inning to pace the Dutchmen’s offense.

Guilderland was scheduled to play Wednesday against Niskayuna at home. The Dutch are scheduled to play at Saratoga on Friday, Schenectady on Saturday, and Catholic Central on Sunday. Guilderland then plays at Bethlehem on Monday.

Softball

The Guilderland softball team swung the bats to beat Mohonasen, 7-3, last Wednesday.

The Dutch had 13 hits led by Lauren Napoli’s two-run triple.

The Lady Dutch had their game on Thursday against Colonie postponed. Monday’s game against Columbia was rained out as was Tuesday’s re-scheduled game against Colonie.

Guilderland was scheduled to play at home against Niskayuna on Wednesday. The Dutch are scheduled to play at Saratoga on Friday and to take part in the Shaker Tournament on Saturday, where they will play Newburgh and Middletown.


Dutch get complete win

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — Guilderland lacrosse Coach Sean McConaghy is finally pleased with the play of his team. And it came at the right time.

The Dutchmen beat a talented and athletic Saratoga High School team, 11-5, on Friday.

"It’s the first complete game we’ve played all year," McConaghy said. "We responded the way we should have all year. Hopefully, it’s the start of us coming together."

The Dutch weren’t able to carry that momentum as their game against Ballston Spa was cancelled due to wet weather on Tuesday.

Guilderland takes on Shaker today (Thursday).

In last Friday’s game, the Dutch got six goals from senior midfielder Matt Stillman. Classmate Uriah Myrie scored two goals and had four assists. Rory Nunamacher added two goals and one assist in the winning effort.

Nick Koss made 14 saves in goal for the Dutchmen.

The win moves the Dutch’s record to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the Suburban Council.

"We needed a good practice the day before," McConaghy said. "And we got one. They decided to play the whole game, which they should have done all year, win or lose. It was our goal to end the vacation week at 4-2. The seniors stepped up."
The win was the fourth in a row for the Dutchmen and was the most impressive of the season so far.

"They played Niskayuna closer than we did," McConaghy said, referring to his team’s blowout loss to the unbeaten Silver Warriors earlier in the year. "But that’s all over. We know what Shaker can do. But this win was good for them [his players] and it was a good victory as a team."

After Thursday’s game, the Dutchmen will travel to the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh to play Canton. They then return home to play Niskayuna on Tuesday.


Lady Dutch streak past Saratoga, now 5-1

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland girls’ lacrosse team improved its record to 5-1 this season with wins over Averill Park and Saratoga last week.

The Lady Dutch topped Averill Park, 17-8, and then beat Saratoga, 15-6, last Wednesday.

Guilderland beat its longtime rival after making the trek up to Saratoga.

"This was a big win for us," said Guilderland Coach Gary Chatnik. "Saratgoa is one of the premier teams in the area. We played well. This is a game where the offense and defense clicked together."

Jen Madsen led the Dutch scoring with four goals. Danielle Tetreault had two goals and two assists.

Chelsey Newman added two goals and one assist. Nikki Branchini, Amanda Best, and Abbey Fashouer each had two goals. Courtney Davis had a goal and Bridget Daley added an assist.

Jen Kaye had six saves in the goal.

"Chelsey Newman controlled the draws and got us the possessions we needed," Chatnik said. "She had a great game. Bridget Daley did a terrific job on one of their top scorers and Nikki Branchini held their top scorer to one goal. Amanda Best had an excellent two-way game and was all over the field.

"The scoring speaks for itself. Jen, Danielle, Courtney, and Abbey scored well and controlled the ball, but I was more impressed with their rides which resulted in many Saratoga turnovers. Their aggressiveness resulted in many fast-break opportunities.

"The defense also came up big," Chatnik added. "Julie Malkowksi, Lynn Tran, Lauren Cagino, Laura Decker, Amy Branchini, and Corrinne Chatnik played very well. They were all over the field and cleared the ball well. Jen Kaye just keeps getting better and is making excellent decisions on the field. This win should give us confidence in the rest of league play."

"Back on track"

The Lady Dutch beat Averill Park on April 9 in a road contest.

Fashouer led the scoring with four goals. Branchini had three goals, while Daley, Davis, Madsen, and Tetreault each had two goals.

Best added one goal and three assists and Newman had one goal and two assists

Kaye made two saves in goal for the Lady Dutch.

"It was a good game to get back on track," Chatnik said. "Our offense was solid, but our defense was a bit rusty, especially in the first half. We took control in the second half and I was pleased with the way we finished. I give Averill Park a lot of credit. They are well coached."

The Dutch had their last two games — against Shenendehowa and Colonie — postponed due to rain and poor field conditions. The Dutch play at Bethlehem today (Thursday) and return home to play Burnt Hills on Friday. Guilderland plays at Shaker on Tuesday.


No fall in numbers for the track team of Usher

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — Guilderland girls’ track coach Dick Usher has a large team this season. It’s so large, it took him about four-and-a-half hours to figure out his roster for the Lady Dutch’s first meet this season.

"We have almost 100 girls," Usher said. "But we are very young. I don’t know what a lot of the girls can do. We did go to Cornwall [invitational] with a third of the team. The rest were on vacation. Individually, I don’t know what the kids are doing yet."

The Lady Dutch have had two meets postponed so far this season, and Usher is looking to the first Suburban Council meet at Shenendehowa on Thursday. Ballston Spa will also be at that meet.

The Guilderland team is loaded with ninth- and 10th-graders, Usher said. The Dutch also have three seventh- and two eighth-graders on the team.

"They have great potential," Usher said. "It’s rare to get that many, usually you might get one from the middle school."

The team has a few seniors, but is made up mostly of underclassmen.

"That shows great promise," Usher said. "I’m excited for the season."

Usher will be joined on the coaching staff by Pete Cure, Dan Penna, Lori Rafferty, and Mike Schaffer. Cure will be working with the pole vaulters. Penna, the varsity football coach, will be working with the throwers. Rafferty will be working with the distance runners, and Schaffer will be working with the sprinters.

Depth and breadth

Usher will have a lot of athletes to choose from to fill the events. Though he hasn’t seen everyone’s potential, he has some ideas about filling spots.

Mariam Booker, a senior, will throw the discus and the shot this spring. Emily Cure will run long distance and will also pole vault for the Lady Dutch.

Jackie DeLuise, a soccer player, will run sprints. Sisters Casey and Laura Doak, will run in distance races.

Ninth-grader Amanda Foggia shows great promise in the sprints, Usher said. Carly Giles, a sophomore, will compete in the jumps — high, long, and triple. So far this spring, she has jumped five feet in the high jump.

Junior Lindsay Hall has matured into a great 400-meter runner, Usher said. Cara Lizotte is a sprinter and a high jumper for the Lady Dutch.

Senior Brittany Malone is one of the team’s captains and will run sprints this spring. Sophomore Taylor Murphy will compete in the jumping events this spring.

Annie Rodwell-Lawton will compete in the throwing events and Rhea Rubin will run in the sprint events this spring. Liz Schwennker was the most valuable player of the indoor track team, Usher said. She will run the 400- and 800-meter races during the spring season. She is also trying long jumping this year.

"She just tried it," Usher said. "And she is one of the leaders of the team in that event."

Sophomore Alicia Bowman will throw the discus and Usher is expecting good things from her this season.

Brianne Delbenne, a sophomore, will compete in the throwing events as well this season. Ninth-grader Dominique Turek has had some fast times in the hurdles this season and will also compete in the long jump.

Katie Murdock is another of the team’s captains. She will run the 400- and 110-meter hurdles this spring.

Seventh-grader Anna Pickett will run middle and long distance races for the Dutch this season.

"Fun group"

Usher though, isn’t sure of all of the talent that he has this season.

"Because of the vacation," he said, "I don’t know what all the girls can do. Unless they worked out during vacation, it’s going to be tough for them in the early going."

Usher is sure of a couple of things, though.

"This is a fun group to work with," the coach said. "They work hard. They don’t just come to get in social time. They’ve got goals and they are working hard to attain those goals. We will probably struggle early, but, by the end of the year, by sectionals and qualifiers, we’ll have a strong team."

Usher said the first meet will be interesting to see.

"It’ll probably will be a chaotic sight," he said. "We have big sisters and little sisters, and that will help out. But they’ll still need some guidance. They’ll get nervous as they get ready to race. We have fantastic leadership."


Dutchmen itching to get on the track

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — The three captains of the Guilderland track-and-field team sat in their coach’s office with a look of anxiety.

Three highly competitive and talented athletes have been confined. They haven’t been able to show what they can do on the track and in the jumping pits. Weather has messed with their season and left seniors Brian Rhodes-Devey, Mark Domaracki, and Jarrell Gatterson itching to compete.

"It’s been a tough start to the season," Rhodes-Devey said on Friday. "It’s made it real interesting. We have a lot of new kids that don’t have a lot of experience. Their first meet is a big invitational tomorrow. It’s a real difficult start to the season."

"Really, it is the first time a lot of the guys have come out," Domaracki said. "We can’t do as much and it is harder when the weather is cold. Getting in shape is tougher."

The Dutch have had their first couple of dual meets cancelled, but they did compete at the Cornwall Invitational on Saturday.
"We are looking at having four meets in eight days," Rhodes-Devey said. "It’s a rough start to the season. We just have to deal with it."

"It hard for the jumping events and the hurdles as far as finding the time to practice inside," Gatterson said. "We are running the halls and getting a sprinter’s workout. But it has been harder to work on techniques."

"We are just trying to make the best of a bad situation," Rhodes-Devey added.

Monday’s scheduled dual meet with Shaker at Niskayuna was also cancelled.

But the weather is playing havoc with all the track teams in the area.

"From March 5 to April 13, it’s been five weeks since we’ve been practicing," said Guilderland Head Coach Pete Wachtel. "We haven’t had a meet and haven’t been outside a lot. We’ve been inside; we’ve been outside; every day it’s been different."

Great attitude

Despite all the adversities, Wachtel has liked what he has seen from his team.

"The attitude has been great," the coach said. "Everyone has been positive. It helps out, when you have 95 guys on a team, to have guys like Brian, Mark, and Jarrell. We’ll have a group that runs with Brian, and other guys work with the sprinters and jumpers. They do a nice job with that."

Then motioning to his three captains, Wachtel said, "These three guys in front of me have turned into leaders. They have stepped up a lot. And I’m pleased with that. It’s nice to see and it helps us a lot."

Wachtel said that the Dutch should be a good team this year. He thinks his team will be better at invitational meets than at Suburban Council dual meets.

"It will be interesting to see if we are a dual team or an invitational team," Wachtel said. "An invitational team is what I think we have here. We have guys that will score some points. They will give us key performances."

The team will be led by Rhodes-Devey in the distance events. He is one of the best distance runners in the state and will be going to the University of Texas to run next year.

Domarcki will lead the sprinters. He will be running at Boston College next year.

The Dutch will rely on their two Division I runners a lot this season but also have other good athletes.

Gatterson will be doing jumps for Guilderland. He is looking to attend the State University of New York College at Brockport next year to play football and possibly run track.

"As a leader and a senior, everyone is looking to you," Gatterson said. "You’ve been there a long time and done the events. They look to what you’ve done. That’s part of what being a leader is for me. And being responsible in school."

"Solid team"

The Dutch will also have good juniors in sprinter David Slingerland, distance runner Roland Graves, and athletes Jeff Geisendorfer and Jeremy Bend.

"We should have a solid team," Rhodes-Devey said. "We’ve always had some good individuals. But, this year, we have depth. We have a lot of young guys that it’s their first time running track. But we expect a lot out of them. They have a lot of raw talent."

"We’re real strong on top but we have no middle," Wachtel said. "We have a lot of younger guys, but they have not been here. We are making adjustments."

There are 10 eighth-graders that could be big contributors to the team this year. If not, they show promise for the future.

"We have solid eighth-graders," Rhodes-Devey said.

"They have a lot of talent," Domaracki added.

"I like the make-up of the team," Wachtel said. "I’m really, really excited. The make-up of everybody is good."

The athletes on the team are real hard workers, which impresses the coach and captains.

"Everyone knows what they are here to do," Rhodes-Devey said.

"They know what to do to get better," Wachtel said. "And they work at it."

The captains want to make the final spring of high school track a great experience.

"It’s up to these guys," Wachtel said. "They’ve lived it for the past few years; they work at it and have the drive for it."

"We are looking forward to ending our high school careers on a high note," Rhodes-Devey said.


Cheering life leads to championship for Barcomb

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — Guilderland’s Megan Barcomb had one of the greatest days of her life on April 6.

Barcomb and her cheerleading team from Elmira College won the Division II championship at the National Cheerleading Association Championships in Daytona Beach, Fla.

"It was good competition," Barcomb said. "There were 17 teams in our division. We finished third highest in all the all-girls division. It was Maryland, Louisville, and us."

The Elmira teams finished with 8.73 points to win the Division II title.

"We’re a Division III school," Barcomb said. "But we’re the only one that finishes in the top 10 every year. So we competed in Division II."

Elmira scored an 8.50 in the preliminary round of the competition and easily advanced to the final. Elmira had the second highest score behind the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, which scored an 8.63.

"The top half of the teams go on to compete in the finals," Barcomb said. "And, because of our ranking in the preliminaries, we went second to last in the competition. We saw every other team, but we had to wait for one more team. It was the longest 15 minutes of my life."

UMass-Dartmouth scored an 8.54 in the finals to fall short of Elmira’s 8.73.

Life of cheer

Barcomb has been cheering since she was 6 years old. She cheered for the Guilderland Pop Warner.

Barcomb later cheered for Guilderland High School under Coach Patty Palmer. Barcomb was part of the first team that went to Florida to compete at the national meet at Walt Disney World’s Wide World of Sports.

"The first time we went down there, I was a junior," Barcomb said. "We had a lot of success there and we are very successful here."

Palmer was at the collegiate national championships with the University at Albany team she coaches. Albany advanced to the finals of the all-girl intermediate competition and finished sixth overall.

"Patty has been coaching me since I was 6 up through high school," Barcomb said. "She was at nationals with UAlbany. It was nice to have her there when I won."

Elmira has a big squad, which had been split into two teams.

"For the past two years, since I was a freshman, we’ve had two teams," Barcomb said. "We consolidated it into one. We took the best of both teams for the all-girl team we took down there [to the nationals."

The team was honored when it got back to school. The cheerleaders were named the Elmira College Athletes of the Week by the school.

Barcomb, a junior, is also a busy student. She has three majors — in childhood education with an emphasis on middle school; in psychology; and in social studies. She would like to teach elementary or middle school but also plans on getting a master’s degree in special education.

Cheerleading is also a big part of her life.

"Cheering is a way of life," Barcomb said. "All the work has paid off."


BKW coach looking to get acquainted with team

By Tim Matteson

BERNE — Interest is booming in the Berne-Knox-Westerlo track team.

What could be a record number of athletes have come out for the team this spring. With 71 students, BKW Coach Bill Tindale doesn’t know all of them yet.

"If it’s not the biggest, it’s one of the biggest teams I’ve had in 12 years," the coach said. "I can’t even tell you about a bunch of the kids. I haven’t seen what a lot of the new kids bring in. But it is about an even split between guys and girls."

The team has 71 total members between boys and girls.

"It’s a great turnout," Tindale said. "I expect good things out of a lot of the kids."

Another reason why Tindale doesn’t know all his athletes, is because the team hasn’t been outside on the track much this spring.

"We had one good day over vacation last week," Tindale said. "We were at Fonda on Wednesday. That was one bright spot. But the kids’ attitudes are great. There haven’t been any complaints. But they are eager to get started."

Girls

The girls’ team will rely on some familiar runners this season.

Ada Lauterbach, a top small-school cross-country runner in the area, will lead the Lady Bulldogs on the track this season.

She set the school record in the steeple chase at the Fonda meet. She ran the race in 7:53.9 to surpass the mark set by Sarah Domermuth, who is now running for Division I Marist College.

"She is looking very, very strong," Tindale said. "She has some big races that she is looking to. And I think she will break several school records."

Sarah Hannay, a senior, will be entered in the throwing events this spring.

"She will be doing good in the shot and the discus," Tindale said. "Her dad has been coaching her. She is one of the team leaders. She takes care of a lot of the little things. I think she will have a big season for us."

Hannay’s father, Scott, is a repeat medalist in the javelin at the Empire State Games.

Amber Pitcher is in her first year on the varsity, but big things are expected from her.

"She will run the 400 and 800 [meter]," Tindale said. "She is a natural athlete. She has a good work ethic. She has a chance to break some records.

"The 400 record has been around for 20 years," Tindale added. "Amber has a chance to break it."

The Bulldogs also have a strong core of athletes returning this year.

Michelle DellaRocco and Sarah Raymond are long-distance runners and leaders of the team.

"They are strong runners," Tindale said. "They will have a good season."

Christina Bartonicek will also run long-distance races like the 1,500 meters.

"She’ll score in the big invitationals," Tindale said.

Alyssa Wetterau is the best all-around athlete on the team,

Tindale said.

"She finished fifth in the pentathlon at Fonda and that was against some big schools," Tindale said. "She’ll place in a lot of meets. She’ll do the pole vault, the jumps, and 100-meter hurdles."

Anna Kusler will be a hurdler and triple jumper for the Lady Bulldogs.

"She’s a good athlete," Tindale said. "She also has a great attitude and is great to be around."

Cara Swain, a phenomenal soccer player for BKW, is coming out for track for the first time.

"Every year, we have a soccer player that comes out for the team for the first time," Tindale said. "And then they are good. Cara will be like that. She’ll compete in the sprint relays."

Kristine Skinner, a ninth-grader, will be a hurdler this spring.

"She is a good hurdler," Tindale said. "Even as a freshman, she will be good."

Jessica Squires and Sabrina Stoutt will be sprinters for BKW this year.

"They’re good sprinters," Tindale said. "This is a good team. I’m excited. I hope to start soon. Our first meet will be at the Bethlehem Invitational. It’s tough, especially for the new kids."

Boys

The boys’ team will be led by a group of distance runners from a successful cross-country team.

Jared Finke will lead the group.

"He’ll get some big times this season," Tindale said. "He wants to have some big finishes at the end of the season. We have a good distance group."

Tyler Messick and Tyler Merrill are part of that group.

Tim David is the best all-around athlete for BKW, Tindale said.

"He will do the pentathlon as well as sprints," Tindale said. "He can also be a distance runner. He’s our best athlete."

Josh Glick will be a distance runner as will Dave Haverly and Tom DellaRocco.

"He’s our best steeple-chase guy," Tindale said of Haverly. "Tom will run the two mile and is the best freshman we’ve ever had at that distance."

Sophomore Greg Hannay will do the throws for the Bulldogs this season.

"He’ll do the discus and the shot," Tindale said. "He will also hurdle for us and jump a little bit. He is the strongest athlete on the team."

Aaron Giebitz and Jeff Moller will also score points for the Bulldogs in some distance events this season.

The Bulldogs will have three good sprinters in Alan Diamond, Keith Cunningham, and Pat Whitney.

"They definitely will be tough in the 4x100 relay," Tindale said. "We’ll be good in the sprints. They will get points for us in the big meets this year."

The team has a lot of young athletes who will contribute in the future, Tindale said.

"We have a ton of young guys," he said, "and, even with the weather, they are there every day. They have a good work ethic and they will improve toward the end of the year."


Birds looking to get on track

By Tim Matteson

VOORHEESVILLE — The Voorheesville track-and-field teams are not just strong in numbers this season. They also have a lot of experience as they head into the spring season.

"The numbers are good," said Voorheesville Coach Steve Relyea. "This year, the right people are out. We have some of the past leaders of the team. They are settled into position and can get the job done. Compared to other teams, we are still small. But we have the right talent."

Voorheesville has not been able to show that talent on the track yet this season. Due to rainy and snowy weather, the Blackbirds have had to spend a lot of time practicing inside.

"It’s been hard to get out training," Relyea said. "Thursday, I hope I’m pleasantly surprised. We’re going into it pretty much blind."

The Blackbirds will have a Colonial Council dual meet with Mechanicville at Lansingburgh on Thursday.

Both the boys’ and girls’ teams will be led by several members of successful cross-country teams.

"We’ll be solid in the distances," Relyea said. "We’ll be good in the 800 and up to the 3,000 and 3,200 [meters]."

Boys

Macky Lloyd, Ryan Allison, Ian Powell, Conor Cashan, and Nathan Bub all had successful cross-country seasons in the fall, and ran at the Junior Olympic national competition last summer.

Voorheesville will also get points from some other spots on the field.

"The relays will help us out," Relyea said. "We’ll also be strong in the field events, jumps and the pole vault."

Matt Miller will compete in the high jump for Voorheesville this spring. Josh Glover and Anthony Loccisano will be strong in the field events, Relyea said.

"I can put them in to pole vault, triple jump, and long and high jump," the coach said.

Dan Whiteley will run in the 400-meter and 800-meter races this spring.

"We’re looking at him to have a good year," Relyea said.

Pat Jones will bring his talent off the football field and onto the track this spring. He will be a sprinter for the Blackbirds and will run 100-, 200-, and 400-meter, races.

Pat Mackey will run the hurdles at both the 110-meter and 400-meter distances.

There will be new throwers this season. Alex Sotola and Sean Fitzmaurice are newcomers to the team and will throw the discus and shot put.

"They can come through with some good throws," Relyea said. "I would like to see Sam Pelham into that group. But it’s still too early to see."

Relyea is excited to see the newcomers to the boy’s team.

"We have junior and seniors that have never come out before," the coach said. "They are showing promise. We’ll see how that pans out."

Girls

The Blackbirds hope crosscountry success will transfer to the track this spring. The Lady Blackbirds will be led by the Edmunds sisters, Hilary and her younger sibling, Zoe.

Chantel Little will also be a key contributor in long-distance races for the Birds this season. Grace Giampaglia, Alison Vogelien, Lizzie Dawson, and Kali Votraw will also run long distances on the track.

"They are solid and should help us with the distances," Relyea said. "They will help us everywhere from 200 and up. Alison is also an outstanding high jumper."

Michelyn Little had an outstanding cross-country season and has come on strong, Relyea said.

Seneca Gray will be good at the hurdles this season.

"She is an outstanding hurdler," Relyea said. "We are looking for great things from her."

Carrie Gorka, Jen Belgiovine, and Mollee Barone will sprint for the Blackbirds this season.

"They will be middle distance, 400 and 800," Relyea said.

The Blackbirds have 40 girls on the team this spring.

"It’s the most we’ve had," Relyea said. "But it was a very talented 40. They did well last year. We have the talent to be among the upper teams in the league. I’m looking forward to it."

High hopes

Relyea has very big expectations for the team this year. Last year, the Blackbirds competed as a Class B team. This year, due to a slight decrease in school enrollment, the Birds will be a Class CC team.

"It will be interesting to see with the changes," Relyea said. "Especially on the girls’ side. It’s going to be tougher. Greenwich is in there. It’s going to be tougher at the sectional level. The boys were second in Class B last year. We don’t have to go up against Fonda, which is a very strong B team."

Relyea has been the catalyst in rebuilding the track-and-field program at Voorheesville. Interest had waned in the years before he took over. The addition of a new track around the football field helped as well.

"This group has gotten stronger," Relyea said. "This is my fifth year here. And it’s gotten a lot better since I first started. A lot of the young kids are juniors and seniors. They’ve proved to be a good consistent team.

"They are a lot stronger and more experienced," Relyea added. "They’ve been hanging out for four and five years. We were hurt a little bit by graduation. But this year, we have a lot of numbers. The kids are seeing that, if you put the time in, you are going to have good results."


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