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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, February 21, 2008


Glick’s win a first in BKW wrestling history

By Tim Matteson

BERNE — History was made for the young Berne-Knox-Westerlo wrestling program on Saturday.

BKW had its first-ever classification champion in only its third year of being a varsity team.

Josh Glick won the 140-pound weight class at the Class C meet in Corinth on Saturday. Glick bested Tyler Nicholson of Corinth to win the weight class. It was Glick’s 29th win of the season.

"He avenged a loss from earlier in the season," said BKW Coach Jeff Vogel. "He dominated the match, 14-9."

Not only did the Bulldogs get their first champion, but five wrestlers qualified for the Section II small-school tournament at the Glens Falls Civic Center this Friday and Saturday.

"It’s quite the accomplishment," Vogel said. "This year they are only taking the top four in each weight class. In the past, they took six."

Nolan Diamond reached the final of the 160-pound weight class. Greg Hannay went 4-1 in the 189-pound weight class to earn a spot at the Section II meet.

Matt Hoffman finished fourth in the 145-pound weight class and David Tiernan finished in the same spot in the 125-pound class.

"He had an awesome day," Vogel said of Hannay. "His weight class had nine boys with 18 wins or more in it. He had a tremendous day. He has 27 wins on the season."

The Bulldogs had a good day without one of its best wreslters.

"Our main guy, Keith Domermuth, is out with an injury," Vogel said. "That makes the day more remarkable. He’s our super heavyweight and one of the favorites in the section. He was injured two weeks before and was not able to wrestle."

Tommy Bushnell finished sixth in the 152-pound weight class.

"He was injured in the semifinals," Vogel said. "He would’ve finished higher."

The Bulldogs finished the day with six grapplers in the top six of their weight classes.

"We finished with over 100 points," Vogel said. "I don’t know of any third-year team that scored as high in the section."

BKW scored 101 points and finished seventh against much longer-established programs.

"I think ending the year with at least nine high quality wrestlers is great," Vogel said. "We had six placed in the top six and three more that were in the round of eight."

The Bulldogs also had a good regular season as six wrestlers finished with 20 wins or more.

"That is a major accomplishment especially if you look at our non-league matches," Vogel said. "We wrestled two CC schools and an AA as well as some B schools. So to have six kids with 20 or more wins with an aggressive schedule like that is something to be proud of."

The Bulldogs wrestled Shaker, a much larger Class AA school, as well as Class B schools Oneonta, Schalmont, and Catskill during the regular season.

BKW also finished second in the Western Athletic Conference behind Duanesburg, which is a top-10 team in the state in Class D.

And the best part for the Bulldogs, is they have just one senior. Tiernan is the only wrestler who will graduate this June.

"We’ll have Keith coming back," Vogel said, "and add in Blake Whitbeck, Vinnie Pasquini, and Steven Yakel and that is nine quality varsity wrestlers coming back next year. That is great for a fourth-year program to start the year with nine really good varsity wrestlers."


Good effort, tough ending for Lady Dutch

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — It was a disappointing end.

The constantly-improving Guilderland girls’ basketball team played one of its best games of the season and almost came away with what would have been the biggest win of the year last Thursday.

The Lady Dutch put together a great performance on Senior Night, but lost to Columbia, 56-54, in a thrilling overtime contest.

"We out-played them tonight," said Guilderland Coach Frank Cacckello. "We played with great effort and executed on the offensive end. There were numerous plays that we made mistakes. That one play stands out, but we certainly had opportunities to come out with a win tonight."

The play Cacckello referred to came at the end of regulation play.

The Lady Dutch were up by three points with less than 10 seconds left. Columbia had the final possession and Lucy Tremblay missed a three-point shot. She got the loose ball off the missed shot and attempted to take another shot but was fouled and awarded three free throws.

Tremblay knocked down all three foul shots to send the game into overtime, tied at 46.

The game was back-and-forth in the extra frame, but Columbia got another big shot as time was running out.

Lauren Hanman hit a jump shot with about one second left in the game to give the Blue Devils the win.

Proud coach says players have progressed

"I was proud of the effort of the seniors," Cacckello said. "Every one of them got in, in the first half. They did a great job."

Cacckello plays a younger line-up with just one senior in the starting line-up and playing the clutch minutes at the end of the game.

"Danielle Burns is great," Cacckello said of the senior. "Everyone just follows her. It’s contagious. That’s what we call her, because her play is contagious."

In the overtime, Tiana Lott hit a three-pointer for Columbia, giving the Blue Devils the advantage. Melissa Winne scored inside to answer for Guilderland. A foul shot by Columbia was equaled by Guilderland’s Alicia Bowman to make the score 50-49 in favor of Columbia.

Gabi Regan scored inside for the Blue Devils but Burns made two foul shots for Guilderland to keep the Columbia advantage to one point.

Regan made two foul shots to give Columbia a three-point lead with 27 seconds left in the game.

Cacckello then subbed in senior Jess Bender and she promptly knocked down a three-point shot to tie the game, 54-54, with 14 seconds left.

Hanman then hit a jump shot from the right side as time ticked away to give Columbia the victory.

"We couldn’t get any stops right there at the end," Cacckello said on Thursday. "They got some points, and we missed free throws."

Tremblay led Columbia with 19 points. Regan added 14 points and Lott chipped in with 12 for the Blue Devils.

Junior guard Jen Madsen led the Lady Dutch with 13 points. Burns scored 12 points — 10 on foul shots — and Bowman added nine for Guilderland.

"A big change this season has been the play of our post," Cacckello said of his inside players, especially Bowman. "The effort of our post players has been tremendous. We started off as a guard-oriented team, but now it makes teams actually have to defend us in all areas of the game. It’s been enjoyable to see them progress."

"A good shot"

The Dutch have been playing well of late. They played two good games in the Suburban Council Tournament before facing Columbia.

Guilderland beat Saratoga in the first-round of the second-tier — teams that didn’t finish in the top four — of the Suburban Council Tournament. It was Cacckello’s 100th win as a varsity basketball coach.

The Lady Dutch then lost to Averill Park, 38-36, in the second game of the tournament.

"In the second half, we’ve played great," Cacckello said of the season. "We played well against a good Averill Park team."

The Columbia game was the last home contest for seniors Burns, Bender, Casey Peebles, and Tice.

Their last game of the season could have been Wednesday. The Lady Dutch open up the Section II Class AA tournament with a trip to Albany High School to take on the host Falcons.

Guilderland is the seventh-seeded team from the Suburban Council half of the bracket and Albany is the second seed from the Big 10 side. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

"We are looking at Albany High," Cacckello said. "I think we have a good shot at upsetting them if we play this way. We lost this one [Columbia] for a reason."


Dutch trio flips its way to state meet

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — A Dutch trio will be heading to the New York State gymnastics meet after impressive performances at the Section II meet at Shaker High School last Thursday.

Ninth-graders Alexa Patnaude and Kristi Russell, along with eighth-grader Cat Diamente will travel to the state meet that will take place on March 1 in Carmel.

Guilderland, which hosted the competition, finished second at the meet to Saratoga by a score of 169 to 158.025. For the second year in a row, the Lady Dutch finished second at the sectional meet.

"The goal was second," said Guilderland Coach Brenda Goodknight. "Saratoga has beaten us during the season by 11 or 12 points. The goal was second. The rest of the teams were pretty even talent-wise. It came down to who has a good day and who doesn’t.

"We’d beaten Bethlehem, Shaker, and Shenendehowa at some point during the season," Goodknight added. "Not every time, but we want one more good try."

Bethlehem was third with 157.5 points, Shen was fourth with 157.375, and Shaker was fifth in 154.7.

The battle for second place came down to the final event, the balance beam. It’s an event the Lady Dutch have struggled with this season.

"In the last event, we really put it together," Goodknight said. "The girls didn’t let the pressure get to them. They didn’t give up and finished strong as a team. That’s the reason we got second. If we had a typical showing on the beam, it would have been different. They put in hard work the past couple of weeks and it paid off for them."

Three qualify for state meet

Patnaude will be competing in the state meet for the second consecutive year in the uneven bars and vault. She finished second in the bars behind all-around winner Heather Markus of Saratoga. Patnuade scored 8.65 points.

Patnaude finished fifth in the vault with a score of 8.375. She also came in fifth in the all-around with a combined 33.40 points.

"Alexa’s been injured and sectionals was her fifth meet of the season," Goodknight said. "Most girls had at least 12 or more. For her to be at sectionals was an amazing comeback."

Patnaude was injured during a meet at Bethlehem High School on Jan. 3. She broke her heel after falling while performing on the uneven bars.

Russell came in second in the floor exercise last Thursday after scoring 9.25 points. She will compete in that event at states.

Russell came in 11th in the all-around with a combined 32.075 points. Russell made the team as an alternate in the floor exercise.

Diamente came in third on the balance beam and finished the event with a score 8.75. She finished 17th in the all-around with a combined 30.525 points.

It is Diamente’s first trip to the state meet.

"We got three girls this year," Goodknight said. "Hopefully, next year we’ll get a couple more."

"Total team effort"

The three state qualifying gymnasts paced the Lady Dutch last Thursday, but other competitors aided in the Dutch’s strong performance.

Seventh-graders Casie Girvin and Lena Rotella had good performances in their first sectional competition.

"They handled the pressure of sectionals well," Goodknight said. "But it was a total team effort."

Juniors Corrine Chatnik and Corrina Goutos helped the newcomers handle the ultra-competitive scene at the sectionals, Goodknight said.

"They really helped the girls keep their focus," the coach said.

Goodknight credited ninth-grader Jasmine Day with having a good day at the sectional meet.

"She did well. But it was a total team effort," she re-iterated. "Everyone did their best."


Eleven Dutch grapplers pin down spots in section meet

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — Saturday proved to be a busy but fruitful day for the Guilderland wrestling team, even if the wrestlers did not accomplish everything they wanted.

With their sights set on second place at the Class A Section II meet at Albany High School, the Dutchmen came up just short but still had 11 wrestlers place in the top six in their weight classes to advance to the Section II large-school competition at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday and Saturday.

Guilderland finished third with 174 points. Shenendehowa ran away with the team title with 294.5 points and Ballston Spa was second with 177.5 points.

Guilderland also had three finalists and all three brought home a Class A championship.

"Our philosophy is that we want everybody to contribute," said Guilderland Coach Korey Rogotzke. "We want everybody to do their part and contribute and that happened. Even though wrestling is an individual sport, they showed that, in essence, it can also be a team sport."

Champs

Juniors Matt Cubillos and Devan Van Auken and senior Robert Romeo won Class A titles after ripping through their respective weight classes.

Cubillos won the 125-pound weight class to win his second Class A title. He also went to the state tournament last year as a sophomore.

Cubillos pinned Lou Angelo of Columbia with eight seconds left in the first period of their championship bout.

"I would’ve been disappointed if I didn’t get it," Cubillos said after his match. "I’m looking forward more to next weekend."

Romeo earned his first Class A title in the very next match. Romeo pinned Brian Latham of Columbia with 1:32 left in the second period of their 130-pound match.

"I wanted it bad this year," said an excited Romeo after his match. "This is my senior year and this is one of my last times I would be able to get it. I gave it my all."

Romeo was a runner-up at the Class A meet last year.

Van Auken’s 285-pound weight class match was much closer than his teammates’. He won by a 4-2 decision over Andrew Jones of Schenectady High School.

"I’ve been training real hard for this," Van Auken said. "I have to credit my coaches. Everyone’s been pushing me real hard. I feel I have better conditioning than the others. With that and if I stay focused, there is no reason I can’t win the tough matches."

"I don’t think Romeo’s as good without Cubillos," Rogotzke said. "And Van Auken without the coaches. We train with Devan. Kyle Hussey and Ryan Serafin have come back to help. If those alumni don’t come back to practice with him, he doesn’t improve. Everybody contributes, parents, alumni. The wrestlers can’t do it themselves."

Consolation finals

The Dutchmen had four wrestlers reach the consolation finals, but all finished in fourth place.

Kevin Bates finished fourth in the 103-pound weight class. Matt Hart was fourth in the 135-pound class, Eugene Sellie finished the same in the 140-pound weight class, and Josh Sawyer was fourth in the 171-pound class.

David Taylor finished fifth in the 145-pound weight class and Brendan Ruddy finished the same in the 215-pound class. Travis Wolanski also finished fifth in the 112-pound class.

Matt Miler finished sixth in the 160-pound weight class to qualify for the Section II meet.

"David Taylor is not seeded and he finishes fifth," Rogotzke said. "And Ben Moon has a 2-0 lead over Chudzinski who is 30-6. Moon is 7-20 this year and he beat a guy that was 18-7 in the first round."

"Name on the wall"

The goal for the Dutchmen is to get several wrestlers to the state meet and to get even more to place at the sectional meet.

"Our goal is to have three guys in states," Rogotzke said. "Last year, we got three and we had seven sectional place finishers. We want to get as many names on the wall this year."

Getting his name on the wall is the main goal of any Guilderland grappler who enters the doors of the wrestling room.

"It’s real important to them," Rogotzke said. "They want to get their name on the wall. That’s a permanent place in Guilderland wrestling history. Any wrestler that comes in here believes they can get their name up there and is willing to put the work in to do that."

Three wrestlers will already have their names added to the wall for 2008.

"It’s nice," Van Auken said. "It made the day worth it. And it makes all the work you put in worth it. When you win, it makes you realize all the work you put in the room is worth it and it makes you work even harder."

Van Auken plays football in the fall, but some of his teammates spend the off-season working to achieve success on the mat. Some have even spanned the globe to improve.

"I wrestled in Italy for a week with their national team," Romeo said. "I also wrestle for the Journeymen Club and the Black Widow Club in Guilderland. The most I took off was two weeks. During the off-season, I wrestled every week."

"I did a lot of new stuff," Cubillos said. "I competed in nationals in Fargo, N.D. It was tougher competition. When I wrestle in tournaments during the season, I’m used to it."

The dedication of the three classification champions has rubbed off on the younger Guilderland grapplers.

"The junior varsity guys are watching these wrestlers and they now understand what it takes in the room every day," Rogotzke said. "These guys have a tremendous work ethic."

"We’re a family"

The work paid off as the Dutchmen also had a successful regular season. They finished with a 10-5 record in dual meets, which is good for a team usually known for being better suited for tournaments.

"We’re typically a tournament team," Rogotzke said. "But 10-5 in dual meets is awesome. We probably had the third-best record in the Suburban Council. We finished third in the Class As and last year we were fourth. We were so close to second and that is important. We didn’t have guys wrestle nervous."

The competitiveness of the athletes comes from the coaches and the support of families.

"We pride ourselves, with four coaches, to be able to give a lot of individual attention," Rogotzke said. "Coaches Mahan, Favro, and I wrestle a lot with the kids and that translates to teaching individually. We’re a family. You could see how loud the parents were on Saturday. They support us and go everywhere with us and that matters."


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