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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, August 2, 2007


EMPIRE STATE GAMES


Blast sends GBR 15’s to regionals

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — With one ping of the bat, the Guilderland Babe Ruth All-Star 15-year-olds punched their tickets to Pennsylvania.

Steve Anderson blasted a home run over the right field fence in the bottom half of the fifth inning to lead Guilderland to a 5-3 victory over Kingston in the Eastern New York State Championship Game held in Clifton Park last Wednesday night.

Guilderland will now play in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament in State College, Pa. this weekend.

"He was throwing a first-pitch strike to every player," Anderson said of the Kingston pitcher. "I usually don’t jump on it"but he put it right there and I gave it a ride."

Anderson’s shot also drove in Luke Stark and Matt Roth and gave Guilderland a 5-2 lead.

Kingston added a run in the sixth inning, but was shut down by Stark in the seventh inning and Guilderland was able to celebrate its second straight Eastern New York title.

"The second one is even better," Anderson said.

Guilderland took a 2-0 lead in the third inning.

Jeremy Tobin led off the frame with a walk and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Zach Kaplan.

Nick Blow then hit an offering to left field for an RBI double to give Guilderland the lead. Blow would later score on an RBI single by Roth.

Kingston cut the lead in the top half of the fourth inning and tied the score with a run in the top of the fifth.

In the bottom half of the frame, Stark was hit by a pitch and Roth singled to put runners on base, setting up Anderson’s mighty swing that sent the ball over the high right-field fence, 315 feet from home plate.

"Up to that point," Anderson said, "I hadn’t gotten a hit in my last six at bats. It’s a nice way to get out of a slump."

Joe Berschwinger started the game for Guilderland and pitched five-and-one-third innings. He gave up two runs before being replaced by Stark.

Stark gave up a bases-loaded groundout that drove in a run. Stark then retired the next four batters he faced to end the game.

"Mentally tough"

"This was really a very good game," Guilderland Manager John Roth said. "Kingston came out and played awesome. They are a tough team and they were a tough team last year."

Guilderland beat Clifton Park, the host team in the semifinals, last Tuesday night.

"All our kids are mentally tough," Roth said. "They have a desire to win and when they walk onto the field, practice, or game, they give 110 percent."

The bats were key for the Guilderland team during the district tournament but it was pitching and defense that aided the 15’s to the state championship.

"Joey pitched a good game," Roth said. "Luke came in and closed the game out. Nick Blow had a crucial hit and Matt Roth made some crucial plays. And then Steve Anderson hits the home run.

"That was the turning point of the game," Roth added. "That took the wind out of their sails."

"Pitching and defense were big," Anderson said. "Considering that this team didn’t hit well, we found a way to win. We didn’t hit well, but, when we needed a hit, we got it."

The Guilderland team struggled at the Mid-Atlantic Regional last year, and hopes to do much better this summer. The Guilderland players have set a goal of reaching the Babe Ruth World Series in Alabama.

"Last year, we were just happy to be there," Anderson said. "This year is totally different. We want to go to Alabama. It’s win or go home. We just want to win."

"We have deeper pitching and we are a better hitting team," Roth said. "And we are good defensively. We go eight deep on our pitching staff. That’s phenomenal."

Husten Govel, Ethan Slupski, Kyle LaValley, and Alex Boccio, can also pitch for Guilderland. Also on the team are Tim Flaherty, Chris Heller, and Tommy Sabbag.

The Guilderland squad also has players who have big-game experience. Anderson and LaValley played on the Section II Class AA championship team while Berschwinger and Blow were on the varsity team at Voorheesville.

With a deep roster, Roth has a lot of confidence in his team.

"We want to win it all," he said. "We want to go to Alabama and play in the world series."


Miller bounces back on the bike, wins gold at ESGs

By Saranac Hale Spencer

VOORHEESVILLE — During a race two years ago, Beth Miller lay on the road unconscious, her face smashed, a bone broken.

But she was back on her bike nine days later.

"It’s a lot like having to get back on a horse," she said.

Last week, she rode her bike to two gold medals, a silver, and a bronze at the Empire State Games.

Among dozens of men, Beth Miller holds her own.

"It’s good for me to train with them," she said of the men that make up her cycling club before a Tuesday evening bike ride.

Pushing herself in training put Miller well before the 15 other women competing in the 55-mile road race at this summer’s Empire State Games, held in Westchester County last week. She finished the course in two hours and 41 minutes; the silver medalist finished nearly three minutes behind her.

"She was able to solo away on the hills on the last lap and finish alone," said Gary Toth, cycling coordinator for the games. The road race is probably the single hardest event for cyclists, he said.

Miller also took home a gold medal for the 10-mile time-trial event and she won silver in the 20-mile criterium. In the team time-trial event, her duo got the bronze medal in a race against teams of three.

"Beth and Jenny had the best time on the first lap," said Toth, referring to Miller and Jenny Ives. But they were each doing 50 percent of the work instead of 33 percent, like members of the other teams of three. They came in less than a second behind the second-place team.

"It was good to be the woman who was awed at," Miller said of winning. "This weekend was definitely a confidence booster."

Overall, though, winning isn’t that important to Miller, she said. Unlike running, which she had done before, cycling is a social sport. When she got into it a few years ago, Miller rode from Buffalo to Albany in the FANY, Five hundred miles Across New York, ride, where she met some great people, she said.

Last year, Miller said, she was in about 25 races all across New England. "It’s definitely a way of life for me now," she said.

She was introduced to the sport by Andy Ruiz, when they were both teaching at New Visions, a program for the mentally retarded. The two are now a couple, and Ruiz is integral to her cycling, Miller said.

"It’s my therapy," said Miller, a school psychologist, when asked what she likes about bike riding. "It’s an indescribable feeling," she said.


Four Dutchmen bring skills to Empire’s

By Tim Matteson

PLEASANTVILLE — These four Dutchmen of the Adirondack Region baseball team, with each having their own talents, brings fury to the diamond.

There is the tall, lean pitcher with a thunderbolt for an arm.

There is the big basher, who cuts an imposing look and carries a mighty swing.

There is the deceiver. While short in stature, he still carries a big stick.

And there is the speedster. The lean man of speed controls the outfield and burns up the base paths.

Each of these four Dutchmen put their talents into play this week representing Guilderland High School and the Adirondack Region in the most New York of all-star tournaments, the Empire State Games.

C.J. Sohl, the pitcher, Jake Colavito, the basher, Andrew Simpson, the deceiver, and Nick Ranalli, the speedster, participated in the 30th edition of the Olympic-style games held this year in Westerchester County — baseball specifically being held at Pace University.

"We can play"

The Adirondack team just finished a double-header on a very warm, sunny, and humid day in Pleasantville last Friday.

Adirondack beat New York City, 15-2, in the first game of the day but lost the second contest, 4-0.

"We got robbed in that last one," Simpson said afterward the second game.

"We’ve got a good team here," Ranalli said. "There is good competition. Hopefully, it will work out in the end."

It did not work out quite as well as Ranalli and his teammates had hoped as they fell to Hudson Valley — the eventual gold medal winner — on Saturday morning and lost in the bronze medal game to Central, 7-5.

Despite ending the tournament with a 2-4, record the Guilderland quad feels they left some kind of mark.

"Coming in," Colavito said, "a lot of people didn’t think that this team was that great. I think we’re showing people that we can play."

Adirondack won the first game of the tournament behind the pitching of Sohl. He pitched six innings and did not give up a run on Thursday morning against Western.

Western scored two runs in the seventh inning but Adirondack held on for a 4-2 morning win.

The game started at 8 a.m. The team had to get up at 5:30 a.m in order to get ready for the game and get bused to Pace from Manhattanville College, a few towns away.

The early morning might have affected the Adirondack team later in the day as it lost to Central, 15-7.

Adirondacks bats woke up as the team pounded out 12 hits to beat the team from the City, 15-2.

Simpson had a pair of hits in that game.

The heartbreaker and momentum-changer came in the next game against Long Island. The game was tied for five innings before the eventual silver medalists broke through for a pair of runs in the sixth inning and a pair of runs in the seventh to take the game.

Adirondack got pounded, 15-1, by Hudson Valley on Saturday morning and had to come back later that afternoon to play in the bronze-medal game.

The Adirondack squad held the lead, 5-4 in the fifth inning but gave up three runs in the frame to lose the lead and the game.

"Guilderland is coming up"

Though the Guilderland four would have loved to have left Westchester County with a medal, there was more to their experience than winning games.

And that is despite having to play all their game at Pace and not getting games at the other baseball site, Manhattanville College, where the baseball teams were housed.

"It is about getting out there and getting yourself seen," Simpson said.

"This is a big deal in New York State," said Colavito, who has been all over the east coast at baseball events. "To be part of this team means that you are one of the best in your area."

Despite having players from all over Section II and beyond, the team members have gotten along pretty well.

"We came together pretty quickly as a team," Ranalli said.

"We’re all from the same area," Colavito said. "We’re no more than 20 minutes away from each other. We’re mostly from near Albany, so we know a lot about each other. We have a good relationship."

But the four players showed pride in being Dutchmen and loved having bragging rights after winning the Section II title in the spring.

Guilderland had four representatives at this year’s games, two more than last year when Simpson and recent graduate Nick Polsinelli played on the Adirondack team.

"It shows that Guilderland is coming up," Sohl said.

"We are going to defend our title this year," Colavito added. "A lot of our starting line-up is here and there could have been a few more but there weren’t positions for them."

"We got a lot of guys coming back and a lot of new guys that want to make a statement," Ranalli said.

All four players are looking to play baseball in college. Ranalli also has the option of playing football at the next level, or, he would like to play both if the opportunity arises.

Most of the guys would head south to play collegiate baseball because the weather there allows teams to play longer and against tough competition.

Colavito is looking at Stetson University, which is a league rival of a former teammate’s college.

"I’ll be playing against Benny in a couple of years," he said.

Ben Henderson will be playing at Jacksonville University next spring.

But for now, the four Dutchmen will have one more year to show off their talents.


Suker goes from bat girl to pitching star

By Tim Matteson

WHITE PLAINS — Last weekend marked the second trip to the Empire State Games for Cyrilla Suker.

Though this was her first time as a player.

About a decade ago, Suker was a bat girl for the Adirondack squad on which her older sister played. This year, Suker decided to try out and made the team as a pitcher. She helped earn a key win that led to Adirondack’s silver medal.

"I was 12," Suker said of her bat girl days. "I was the same age as our bat girl. We’ve talked about a lot of the similar situations. When we got our medals, it was cute that they called her out. I remember that, too."

Suker did not pitch in the gold-medal game against Long Island, but she pitched against the team from the Island earlier in the day and helped the girls from the North Country earn a spot in the championship game.

"I came in, in the fifth inning," Suker said. "Me and Jen Mineau split the game. I was strong and she was even nastier. It was a very good game, and we made for a good combo."

Adirondack won that game, 3-0, setting up a rematch. In the second game, Long Island prevailed, 2-0.

Suker pitched in the team’s lone loss of the tournament, a 3-2 loss to New York City.

Adirondack did beat Central, 3-0; Western, 6-1; and Hudson Valley, 1-0, to earn a 4-1 record and earn a spot in the gold-medal game.

"Strong all around"

"Gold was our first goal," Suker said, "but silver is definitely just as good. It proves how hard we’ve been working.

"It was a good game and a really good tournament," Suker added. "It was one game and one bad inning. The rest of the games we played really hard. It was really fun. It was a great experience."

Suker was inspired by her sister to try out for the Adirondack team.

"I wasn’t sure at first if was going to try out," she said. "But I tried out and I stuck with it. We were strong all around. All the girls are nice."

Playing at the Empire State Games isn’t the only thing that was new for Suker this past year.

Suker transferred colleges and moved up to a higher level of softball.

Suker started her college career at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell but transferred to Binghamton University before the spring semester.

"It was a rocky first year," Suker said of this past spring. "We have a good coach and we have 11 recruits coming now for the fall. We’re definitely building it up for following years."

Suker, a 2005 graduate of Voorheesville, had thought about transferring for a while, but was looking for the right school.

"I was really nervous," she said. "But there are great people at Binghamton. I became friends with other athletes."

Suker finished the season with a 10-8, record pitching the first and third games of every series. There was one other pitcher on the team.

"We were also a good complement for each other," Suker said. "We worked well together."

At the end of last season, Suker was 29th in the nation in strikeouts. She also set the school record for strikeouts in a season and tied the record for strikeouts in a game.

Suker was excited to play Division I softball after transferring from Division II Lowell. But there were other reasons why Suker made the move.

"Academics were important," she said. "Also the number of pitchers on the team. I talked to the coaches and completely liked them. It felt comfortable. I’m happy again."

Suker is very happy she made the move after spending a year-and-a-half at Umass-Lowell.

Suker plans on staying at Binghamton and continuing to help the softball program get better. She also wants to graduate with a degree in psychology.

"I like to work with kids," Suker said. "I don’t exactly know what I want to do with them, but I’ll figure that out."

Suker is working at Camp Nassau in Guilderland this summer. She is not sure if she will play in the Empire State Games again, though she had a lot of fun this year."

"It depends on if a I get an internship or because of a job or school," Suker said. "The opening ceremonies were so nice. The whole experience is like a mini-Olympics. I’ll always remember it."


Better days for Adirondack boys’ lax

By Tim Matteson

NEW ROCHELLE — Guilderland’s Aaron Cahill, was hoping that his experience at this year’s Empire State Games would be better than last.

It appeared to be heading that way as Adirondack won more lacrosse games — one — than last year. But Cahill did not get to enjoy that victory.

Cahill got knocked out in the game and missed the ending of his first Empire State Games victory.

Cahill sat out the next game, later that day against Long Island, but played in the rest of the tournament.

Cahill said that he was fine during the Long Island game, and was ready to get back onto the field. He said that he was knocked out cold but did not suffer a concussion.

Cahill was happy to get a win under his belt. Last year, he and former Guilderland teammate Scott Raffensperger did not win a game as members of the Adirondack team.

"We definitely improved from last year," Cahill said. "It’s a little bit different."

Mixed results

The Adirondack team opened the tournament with an 11-6 loss to Western, but came back for a big 10-5 win over Hudson Valley on Friday morning.

Cahill picked up an assist in the Western game.

Adirondack lost, 16-6, to eventual gold-medalist Long Island on Friday night, in the game Cahill sat out.

Rory Nunamacher, a Guilderland junior-to-be, picked up an assist in Friday night’s contest.

Adirondack bounced back to beat New York City on Saturday for its second win of the tournament and set up a chance for a bronze medal on Sunday against Central.

"We really want a medal," Cahill said after the game against Long Island. "It would be the second medal in three years."

Adirondack has only won two bronze medals in the 30-year history of the games.

"We’re still in the hunt," said Kip Stillman, another Guilderland player. "We have two losses, but we have to play well in our next two games. We can’t look back; we just have to go for wins."

Adirondack played well against a tough Central team, which won the silver medal, before losing, 8-7.

Adirondack led, 2-0, at the end of the first quarter and the teams were tied 3-3 at halftime. Central led, 6-5, at the end of the third quarter and Adirondack could not catch up in the final period.

Changes

Cahill, Stillman, and Nunamacher were happy to be competing in the games even after the big loss to Long Island. Cahill and Nunamacher are midfielders and Stillman is a defenseman.

"It’s exciting," Nunamacher said.

"The first game we watched, I started getting butterflies," Stillman said.

For the veteran, Cahill, it is still a fun experience, though this was different.

"Last year, we were all in one area in the dorms," he said. "We’re a lot spread out. If we want to go watch girls’ volleyball, we’re 30 minutes away."

"The dorms are fun," Nunamacher added.

The Adirondack team is also different in that it has a new coaching staff.

Former Guilderland varsity coach Tom Schwan took over the team this year and was aided by his long-time assistant at Guilderland, P.J. Williams. Schwan is now the coach at Christian Brothers Academy and Williams is an assistant coach at Niskayuna High School.

"He coached a lot of us, back in the day," Nunamacher said.

"He got us playing lacrosse pretty much," Stillman added. "Especially me and Rory."

"A higher level"

A big part of playing in the Empire State Games is to be noticed by college coaches, as all three Guilderland players want to pursue lacrosse in college.

While Cahill is the only rising senior, and the only player seriously looking at schools, Nunamacher and Stillman are getting their first exposure to college coaches.

Cahill is interested in the University of Delaware and LeMoyne College in Syracuse.

"I’m 50-50 between Delaware and LeMoyne," he said.

"It’s fun," Stillman said of competing in the games. "We want to take a lot from it and see what we can do against other kids. And, hopefully that will take us to a higher level."

The Guilderland trio also hopes that playing in the games will help prepare them for next spring’s high school season.

"Everything I’m learning this summer is only going to help my play for next year," Stillman said.

"I can’t wait for next year," Nunamacher added. "This is helping us for next season."

The trio hopes that the work from this summer will pay off next year so that they can win the championship that they have been denied for the past three seasons.

"We want to win Section II," Nunamacher said.

"Enough of this runner-up stuff," Cahill added.

"We’ve been working all summer for this," Stillman added. "We’re hoping that it pays off big."


Dutch six look to keep strong grip on crown

By Tim Matteson

RYE — If there is strength in numbers, then the Guilderland girls’ lacrosse team will be able to keep a stranglehold on its Section II crown next year.

Six underclassmen members of last year’s Section II champion Lady Dutch team were selected to play for the Adirondack team at the Empire State Games this past weekend.

Amanda Best, Abbey Fashouer, Bridget Daley, Danielle Tetreault, Chelsey Newman, and Lauren Cagino represented Guilderland at the 30th edition of the Olympic-style games for New York all-stars.

"We rub it in a little," Tetreault said about playing with members of teams they beat in the spring to win the title.

"This is a big accomplishment for Guilderland," Newman added.

"This shows how strong our team will be next year," Best said.

"But when we’re on the field, we are all equal," Cagino said.

The Adirondack team members played well together, though they won just two games and finished the tournament with a 2-3 record. They got a chance for a medal but lost in the bronze medal game, 12-7, to Central.

Adirondack did beat Western, 7-6, in the first game of the tournament as Tetreault scored the winning goal with 51 seconds left in the game. It was her second goal of the game, and Newman and Best also tallied in the contest.

But Adirondack lost something in the first game. Fashouer injured her knee just 10 minutes into the game and missed the rest of the games.

The Guilderland players missed having one of their senior captains on the team.

Adirondack then beat New York City for its second win of the tournament.

Tetreault, Best, Newman, and Daley each scored a goal in the win.

"We have good players"

"Everyone here is a good player," Tetreault said. "The vibe here is that we have good players. That will make it tough in the league."

Though most of the six Guilderland players will be underclassmen next season, they were excited to play for a college coach — University at Albany mentor Lindsay Hart and assistant Jen Fluck. And the players were also excited to play in front of other college coaches.

"The coaches here are great," Best said.

"It’s amazing," Cagino said. "I’ve already improved because of Lindsay and Jen."

Cagino will be the other senior captain for Guilderland next spring.

"We’re the only team with college coaches here," Newman said.

"It’s nice to get something different than what we get from our high-school coaches," Daley said. "It’s good to hear someone else’s styles."

Cagino and Fashouer will be seniors next year while Tetreault, Best, and Daley will be juniors. Newman will be a sophomore next year.

Improving their skills and being recruited were just two of the reasons the Guilderland six wanted to play at the Empire State Games. There were other reasons as well, such as playing with different players from their region and against players from other parts of the state.

The players stayed at Manhattanville College and got to bond.

"We’re good friends outside of the lacrosse field," Newman said. "We’ve built friendships and we are looking out for each other."

There were other aspects of the game some players were working on.

"This definitely will help my leadership skills for next season," Cagino said. "Abbey and I are captains and I learned a lot of things to bring back to the team."

Plans for next season

"Everyone is so good that the level of competition rises," Daley said.

The Guilderland players know what it takes to win a championship. They want to defend their title and playing in off-tournaments will only help them accomplish that goal.

"We want to make it to Cortland," Newman said of the site of the state’s semifinal and championship games.

"We want to win sectionals again," Tetreault added. "But we also want to take another step."

"We have so many people coming back," Best said, "so we’ll be good."

Though just four players graduated from last year’s team, they were key players on the defensive side of the field.

"We have some players that graduated on defense," Tetreault concluded. "We have some big shoes to fill."


Adk canoe and kayak: The next generation

By Tim Matteson

NEW ROCHELLE — The new generation is here and they are working hard to be just as successful as their predecessors.

There is a youth movement within the Adirondack canoe/kayak team and Hilltop Hoppers that comprise most of that team.

The movement started at last year’s Empire State Games, when the team was made up of many young paddlers in their first competition.

"We have a very similar team as last year," said Coach Jill Norray. "But we have less experience than last year. But we raced well. Kristen [Norray] is our youngest, but she is a year older and she did better."

Kristen Norray is just eight years old.

This year’s Empire State Games competition was held at Glen Island Park just outside of New Rochelle in Westchester County out on Long Island Sound.

The racecourse was set up in an inaccessible area from the main area and dock.

"It’s hard," Norray said. "We can’t watch the races because we are so far away."

Norray said the layout made it harder to see what the young kids were doing and to be able to coach them.

The dock was also far away from the starting point, which affected some of the younger paddlers.

"The start is 1,500 meters from the dock," Norray said. "They have been running a tight schedule to make sure eveyone is up there. But yesterday, they had to postpone the women’s K-4 [kayak quad] because the tide went out. There wasn’t enough water to paddle on."

Medalists

The Adirondack team did bring home medals. Six medals were won by some of the more experienced paddlers.

Jesse Darrone of Berne and Chad Staubach of Altamont won a bronze medal in the canoe pair 500-meter race. Becky Dergosits of Schenectady, Victoria Dow of Selkirk, Kristen Norray of Berne, and Holly Bisbee of Burnt Hills teamed up to win a bronze in the kayak quad 500-meter race.

Dergosits won a silver medal in the kayak single 200-meter competition. Jesse Chartier of Voorheesville and Staubach won silver in the canoe pair 200-meter race.

Dergosits and Bisbee teamed up to earn a silver in the kayak pair 200-meter race and Mitchell Jeune of East Berne, Maclin Norray of Berne, Larry Staubach of Altamont, and David Taylor of Alplaus won a bronze in the kayak quad 500-meter race.

Norray and Staubach are two of the younger kids who started competing last year.

"We have a very accomplished canoe team," Jill Norray said. "Justin Staubach is back paddling. He was a member of the senior national team. His brother, Chad, competed on the senior national and junior national teams. Jesse Darrone was on the senior national, junior national, and junior world teams. Jesse Chartier is also a national team member."

Those accomplished paddlers have helped the younger competitors in many different ways.

"They are great role models," Norray said. "They help get the boats into the water and they helped prepare kids. That helps, too, because we are dealing with a million and one races."

Surprises

Norray was pleased with the results of most of the races and a couple of the results surprised her.

"I was impressed with the K-4," she said during Saturday’s final races. "They did way better than I expected. Other than that, I say we are where I expected. The competition in the men’s canoe and kayak classes is tougher. We have young kids in those classes this year."

Adirondack used to dominate the competition at the Empire State Games but Norray said other regions are starting to catch up.

"Canoe is stronger"," Norray said. "That is good to see. And we are seeing more competition in other races, which is good."

Norray said that, overall, the games were good and will go a long way for the younger competitors.

"It was a great experience, especially for the kids," Norray said. "They got to see a drawbridge, and the boats [at the marina]. And we are on saltwater, which they have never paddled on before.

"This year, it is hard to see the races at the start," she added. "The young kids get out of our view, going out to the races, but they have been doing a good job with that."

It is another learning experience for a group of young competitors who will be the future of the sport in the Adirondack region and in the Hilltowns.

"It was positive in several aspects," Norray said. "Everyobdy should learn something."


Local athletes copete in 30th Empire State Games

By Tim Matteson

WESTCHESTER COUNTY — About 6,000 athletes converged in parts of Westchester County to compete in the 30th Hugh L. Carey Empire State Games.

Athletes from six regions of the state — Adirondack, Western, New York City, Hudson Valley, Central, and Long Island — took part in the Olympics-style event.

Local athletes competed as part of the Adirondack Region in scholastic and open (post high school) divisions in many of the 28 different sports at the event.

Opening ceremonies were last Wednesday at Kensico Dam in Valhalla and the final events were finished on Sunday.

One of the highlights of the games was the performance of Beth Miller from Voorheesville. Miller dominated the cycling event in the open women’s category. She won two gold medals and a silver medal during the four-day event.

Here are the final results for the local athletes listed by sport. Medals are italicized.

Archery

John McCullen of Altamont, ninth in open men’s all-around.

Athletics

Gered Burns of Altamont, bronze, open men’s 800 meters; Dan Olson of Voorheesville, gold, open men’s high jump; Maxwell Desieno of Voorheesville, 10th in open men’s hammer throw; Scott Hannay of Westerlo, bronze, open men’s javelin; Sarah Hannay of Westerlo, eighth in open women’s javelin; Jonathan Aziz of Guilderland, sixth in scholastic men’s 1,500 meters; Greg Hannay of Westerlo, fifth in scholastic men’s javelin; and Briana DelBene of Altamont, 10th in scholastic women’s discus.

Baseball

Jake Colavito of Guilderland, Nick Ranalli of Guilderland, Andrew Simpson of Guilderland, and C.J. Sohl of Guilderland, fourth in scholastic men’s.

Boxing

Clare O’Connell of Altamont, gold, open women’s Super Heavyweight class.

Canoe/Kayak

Chad Staubach of Altamont and Jesse Darrone of Berne, bronze, open men’s canoe pair 500 meters; Justin Staubach of Albany and Jesse Chartier of Voorheesville, bronze, open men’s canoe pair 500 meters; Becky Dergosits of Schenectady, fifth in heat, open women’s kayak single 500 meters; Larry Staubach of Altamont and David Taylor of Alplaus, fifth in heat, kayak pair 500 meters; Mitchell Jeune of East Berne and Maclin Norray of Berne, fifth in heat, kayak pair 500 meters; Kristen Norray of Berne and Dergosits, fifth in heat, kayak pair 500 meters; Dergosits and Victoria Dow of Selkirk, sixth in open women’s kayak pair 500 meters; Chad Staubach, fifth, open men’s canoe single 500 meters; Holly Bisbee of Burnt Hills, Dow, Norray, and Dergosits, bronze, open women’s kayak quad 500 meters; Maclin Norray, sixth in heat, open men’s kayak single 200 meters; Darrone, sixth, open men’s canoe single 200 meters; Dergosits, silver, open women’s kayak single 200 meters; Maclin Norray and Taylor, sixth in heat, open men’s kayak pair 200 meters; Larry Staubach and Jeune, fifth in heat, open men’s kayak pair 200 meters; Darrone and Justin Staubach, fifth, open men’s canoe pair 200 meters; Chartier and Chad Staubach, silver, open men’s canoe pair 200 meters; Dergosits and Bisbee, silver, open women’s kayak pair 200 meters; and Jeune, Maclin Norray, Larry Staubach, and Taylor, bronze, open men’s kayak quad 500 meters.

Cycling

Chuck Quackenbush of Slingerlands, 20th, open men’s 10-mile time trial; Quackenbush, 37th, open men’s 74-mile road race; Quackenbush, 49th, open men’s 31-mile criterium; Beth Miller of Voorheesville, gold, open women’s 10-mile time trial; Miller, gold, open women’s 55-mile road race; Miller silver, open women’s 20-mile criterium.

Diving

Kirstie Russell of Feura Bush, eighth, scholastic women’s one-meter; Russell, fourth, scholastic women’s three-meters.

Fencing

Brian Cucinelli of Slingerlands and Alexander Siy of Feura Bush, fifth, scholastic men’s team.

Gymnastics

Dana Goodknight of Altamont, 14th in open women’s all-around; Connie Kung of Slingerlands, 26th, in open women’s overall; Goodknight and Kung, silver, all-around team; Kara Goodknight of Altamont, 10th, scholastic women’s all-around; Goodknight, silver, scholastic women’s all-around team; and Goodknight, bronze, scholastic women’s vault.

Lacrosse

Aaron Cahill of Guilderland, Rory Nunamacher of Guilderland, and Christopher Stillman of Guilderland, fourth, scholastic men’s; Amanda Best of Guilderland, Lauren Cagino of Guilderland, Bridget Daley of Guilderland, Abbey Fashouer of Guilderland, Chelsey Newman of Guilderland, and Danielle Tetreault of Guilderland, fourth, scholastic women’s.

Shooting

Thomas Stark of Voorheesville, silver, men and women’s skeet; Robert Tigue of East Berne, fourth in men’s trap; Tigue, silver, men’s and women’s trap.

Softball

Cyrilla Suker of Voorheesville, Alison Meacham of Guilderland, and Amber Maisonet of Slingerlands, silver, open women’s.

Soccer

Jenn Mihok, of Guilderland, bronze, open women’s; Frank Campagnano of Guilderland and Tony Campagnano of Guilderland, gold, scholastic men’s.

Swimming

Nathan Foley of Slingerlands, seventh, open men’s 200-meter freestyle; Foley, fifth, open men’s 400-meter freestyle relay; Foley, silver, 800-meter open freestyle; Foley, fifth, open men’s 800-meter freestyle relay; Stephenie Bintz of Altamont, 14th in heat, open women’s 50-meter freestyle; Bintz, 15th in heat, open women’s 200-meter breaststroke; Bintz, 12th in heat, open women’s 100-meter backstroke; Foley, bronze, open men’s 400-meter freestyle; Bintz, sixth, open women’s 400-meter medley relay; Foley, sixth, open men’s 400-meter medley relay; Jared Fish, of Albany, 15th in heat, scholastic men’s 100-meter breaststroke; Reynalyn Canchela of Albany, 18th in heat, scholastic women’s 200-meter freestyle; Brittney Ginsburg of Slingerlands, 14th in heat, scholastic women’s 100-meter butterfly; Canchela, 17th in heat, scholastic women’s 100-meter butterfly; Erin Dewey of Guilderland and Canchela, sixth, scholastic women’s 400-meter freestyle relay; Fish, sixth, scholastic men’s 400-meter freestyle relay; Dewey, 12th in heat, 200-meter individual medley; Ginsburg, sixth, scholastic women’s 800-meter freestyle relay; Fish, 16th in heat, scholastic men’s 50-meter freestyle; Fish, 13th in heat, scholastic men’s 200-meter breaststroke; Ginsburg and Dewey, sixth, scholastic women’s 400-medley relay; Canchela, 17th in heat, scholastic women’s 100-meter freestyle; Ginsburg, 13th, scholastic women’s 200-meter butterfly.

Tennis

Joey Milstein of Guilderland, sixth, scholastic men’s.

Volleyball

Arielle Smith of Voorheesville, fifth, scholastic women’s.

Wrestling

Roger Sawyer of Guilderland, gold, open men’s Greco-Roman 167-pound weight class; and Keith Domermuth of Westerlo, lost in prelimary of scholastic men’s freestyle 275-pound weight class.


END OF EMPIRE STATE GAME COVERAGE


Blast sends GBR 15’s to regionals

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — With one ping of the bat, the Guilderland Babe Ruth All-Star 15-year-olds punched their tickets to Pennsylvania.

Steve Anderson blasted a home run over the right field fence in the bottom half of the fifth inning to lead Guilderland to a 5-3 victory over Kingston in the Eastern New York State Championship Game held in Clifton Park last Wednesday night.

Guilderland will now play in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament in State College, Pa. this weekend.

"He was throwing a first-pitch strike to every player," Anderson said of the Kingston pitcher. "I usually don’t jump on it"but he put it right there and I gave it a ride."

Anderson’s shot also drove in Luke Stark and Matt Roth and gave Guilderland a 5-2 lead.

Kingston added a run in the sixth inning, but was shut down by Stark in the seventh inning and Guilderland was able to celebrate its second straight Eastern New York title.

"The second one is even better," Anderson said.

Guilderland took a 2-0 lead in the third inning.

Jeremy Tobin led off the frame with a walk and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Zach Kaplan.

Nick Blow then hit an offering to left field for an RBI double to give Guilderland the lead. Blow would later score on an RBI single by Roth.

Kingston cut the lead in the top half of the fourth inning and tied the score with a run in the top of the fifth.

In the bottom half of the frame, Stark was hit by a pitch and Roth singled to put runners on base, setting up Anderson’s mighty swing that sent the ball over the high right-field fence, 315 feet from home plate.

"Up to that point," Anderson said, "I hadn’t gotten a hit in my last six at bats. It’s a nice way to get out of a slump."

Joe Berschwinger started the game for Guilderland and pitched five-and-one-third innings. He gave up two runs before being replaced by Stark.

Stark gave up a bases-loaded groundout that drove in a run. Stark then retired the next four batters he faced to end the game.

"Mentally tough"

"This was really a very good game," Guilderland Manager John Roth said. "Kingston came out and played awesome. They are a tough team and they were a tough team last year."

Guilderland beat Clifton Park, the host team in the semifinals, last Tuesday night.

"All our kids are mentally tough," Roth said. "They have a desire to win and when they walk onto the field, practice, or game, they give 110 percent."

The bats were key for the Guilderland team during the district tournament but it was pitching and defense that aided the 15’s to the state championship.

"Joey pitched a good game," Roth said. "Luke came in and closed the game out. Nick Blow had a crucial hit and Matt Roth made some crucial plays. And then Steve Anderson hits the home run.

"That was the turning point of the game," Roth added. "That took the wind out of their sails."

"Pitching and defense were big," Anderson said. "Considering that this team didn’t hit well, we found a way to win. We didn’t hit well, but, when we needed a hit, we got it."

The Guilderland team struggled at the Mid-Atlantic Regional last year, and hopes to do much better this summer. The Guilderland players have set a goal of reaching the Babe Ruth World Series in Alabama.

"Last year, we were just happy to be there," Anderson said. "This year is totally different. We want to go to Alabama. It’s win or go home. We just want to win."

"We have deeper pitching and we are a better hitting team," Roth said. "And we are good defensively. We go eight deep on our pitching staff. That’s phenomenal."

Husten Govel, Ethan Slupski, Kyle LaValley, and Alex Boccio, can also pitch for Guilderland. Also on the team are Tim Flaherty, Chris Heller, and Tommy Sabbag.

The Guilderland squad also has players who have big-game experience. Anderson and LaValley played on the Section II Class AA championship team while Berschwinger and Blow were on the varsity team at Voorheesville.

With a deep roster, Roth has a lot of confidence in his team.

"We want to win it all," he said. "We want to go to Alabama and play in the world series."


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