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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, October 13, 2005

Colling wins sectionals

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — Guilderland senior Mason Colling won the Class A golf tournament last Thursday.

Colling shot a 69 to finish two strokes under par and beat Niskayuna’s Bryan Barach by two strokes.

Colling made the first cut of the inter-sectional — which includes all classes — on Tuesday. He finished fifth on the day after shooting a 75. The second and final round of the tournament is scheduled for Friday. The top finishers advance to the state meet that will be held in the spring.

"He made the state tournament last year," said Guilderland Coach Andy Ryan. "And he’s gotten better. He’s looking forward to going back to Cornell. But I’ve seen guys who went last year that are not even in it and guys that were qualified as sophomores that you don’t here from. He has to work just as hard on Friday. He deserves to go on."

Guilderland boys' soccer vs. Averill Park

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland boys’ soccer team is on a little roll as the season begins to wind down.

The Dutchmen have won three straight games including Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Averill Park on a dreary, drizzly day in Guilderland.

"I don’t have much to say; we played pretty well," said Guilderland Coach Mike Kinnally. "We knocked it around and I was able to put people in. Our turnovers were cut by 25 percent."

The Dutchmen are now 8-5 overall but have a tough stretch of games coming up, including a make-up game with Niskayuna.

The Dutchmen play Colonie on Saturday; Shaker on Tuesday; Ballston Spa on Thursday; and Saratoga on Saturday, Oct. 22, to wrap up the regular season.

"I wouldn’t be shocked if we beat any of those teams," Kinnally said. "Colonie will be tough."

"Colonie, at home on Saturday, it will be a festive atmosphere," Kinnally added.

On Tuesday, the Dutchmen dominated play and had many opportunities to score. Guilderland had 26 shots to just two shots by Averill Park.

The Dutch also took 13 corner kicks in the Averill Park end.

"We were moving the ball well," Kinnally said. "I wouldn’t be happy if we scored six goals against a bad keeper or had a couple that trickled in. We had a good work rate to get the ball into an area to finish. I’m happy with the work rate to get the ball in."

Guilderland got two goals in the first half and two in the second.

The first tally came off the foot of Chris Conway. He used his speed to beat defenders and took a pass from Greg Murphy to get the goal.

The second goal came with 36:02 left in the half.

Mike Camardo scored with an assist from Kelly Young.

Camardo scored his second goal of the game in the second half. Frank Campagnano kicked the ball over the Averill Park defense and Camardo was able to run down the ball and finished his shot to give the Dutch a 3-0 lead.

Conway scored the final goal of the day for the Dutch.

Nick Stark blasted a shot that hit off the right post. But the ball bounced to Conway who kicked it into the goal.

Senior Barry Kinlan played the entire game in goal, but only had to make two saves.

"One game at a time"

The Averill Park win follows wins over Saratoga and Columbia. Guilderland beat Saratoga and their great goalie Warren Gross, 1-0, and then beat Columbia, 2-1.

"It should have been 3-0," Kinnally said of Columbia. "But it was 50/50 in terms of possession."

It took a well-placed shot by Camardo to beat Saratoga.

The Dutch have a goal of finishing at least .500 this year and it looks promising with five games remaining.

"We want to get to 10 wins," Kinnally said. "We are taking it one game at a time. We are capable of beating any team and we are capable of losing to any team. We’re taking it step by step."

Getting to .500 with a young team will be a big step for rebuilding the program back to prominence.

"It’s a plan," Kinnally said. "It’s not just last year or this year. It’s for three or four years. It’s no doubt that we are getting there. We’ll be returning eight starters. We’ll be getting ready for next year right after the season. We’ll start lifting in November and get the kids bigger and stronger."

Guilderland football vs. Colonie

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — Turnovers and penalties doomed the Guilderland football team in its game Friday night against Colonie.

The Dutchmen committed five turnovers and had a touchdown wiped out by a penalty in a 21-0 loss to the Garnet Raiders.

The wet, rainy conditions didn’t help either team, but Colonie’s potent offense was able to take advantage of the Dutchmen’s mistakes.

"We came out tight," said Guilderland Coach Dan Penna. "And to beat the best teams, you have to be so focused. We started to step up and make plays. We had five or six turnovers and a couple of penalties. But there was a touchdown called back on Colonie. One of the great things about this team is that we love to fix the mistakes that are hurting us."

An interception led to Colonie’s first score.

Guilderland quarterback Bill Rafferty threw a pass that was intercepted by Colonie at the 40-yard line.

A big pass play by Colonie quarterback Hunter Moffatt to Joe Griner moved the ball to the Guilderland five-yard line. After two running plays, Moffatt capped the short drive with a run from the one-yard line. Moffatt added the extra-point with a kick and the Garnet Raiders led, 7-0, with 5:33 left in the opening stanza.

Guilderland punted on its next possession, but then caught a break. On Colonie’s first play from scrimmage after the punt, the running back fumbled after a hit by Kevin Forbes. Pete Stanish recovered the fumble and gave the Dutch the ball at the 36-yard line.

But the Dutch could not take advantage and had to punt. Nick Zanotta booted the ball and it slid into the end zone to give Colonie the ball at its own 20-yard line.

Colonie then proceeded to move the ball down the field behind the running of Chris Wiley and Heath Furbeck.

The Garnet Raiders capped the 80-yard drive with a six-yard run by Furbeck. Again, Moffatt kicked the extra point and Colonie led, 14-0.

Guilderland put together a good drive of its own on its next possession.

The Dutch got some hard running by Kevin Doherty and used a fake punt on a fourth down play.

The Dutch were facing fourth-and-one from their own 41-yard line. Ian DeSol snapped the ball directly to Forbes and he leaped over linemen and dove for the first down.

But Guilderland couldn’t move the ball after that and had to punt on the fourth down.

This time, the ball got away from Zanotta and the ball was downed at the 34-yard line.

Guilderland’s defense held and got a sack by Kyle Hussey and Judd Robinson on fourth down to end the Colonie drive.

The score remained 14-0 until halftime.

"We made some mistakes"

The Dutch fumbled on their first two possessions of the second half. The second led to Colonie’s final score.

On their second possession, the Dutch had the ball on their own 38-yard line.

On the first play from scrimmage, Rafferty ran an option play to his left and kept the ball. He broke some tackles to get into the open field then sprinted to the end zone for an apparent touchdown.

But a holding penalty on the Dutchmen wiped out the play and, two downs later, they fumbled and Colonie recovered the ball at Guilderland’s 29-yard line.

It took Colonie four plays to score as Moffatt completed a pass to Joe Poleto on fourth down for the touchdown. Moffatt kicked his third extra point and Colonie led, 21-0.

The Dutch fumbled on their next possession and Colonie recovered on the 37-yard line.

But Guilderland’s defense held when Joe Lima knocked a pass away on fourth down.

Guilderland had a decent drive going as runs by Doherty and new quarterback Greg Barcomb moved the ball to the 50-yard line.

Barcomb then completed a pass to Tim Montgomery for nine yards and Doherty picked up a first down with a six-yard run.

But Barcomb was intercepted by Rob Goo at the 11-yard line.

The wet weather hampered both teams’ offense, but Colonie was able to make some big plays in the air.

"We did a good job of stopping the run," Penna said. "Ironically, they threw the ball fairly well. We had some coverage mix-ups. That’s a mistake we have to fix. Colonie’s a good football team. We knew they threw the ball well. We have to make more plays against the pass."

And with an offense like Colonie’s, mistakes will lead to points.

"We made some mistakes," Penna said. "We gave them a short field and they were able to punt the ball and pin us back a few times."

The Dutch have a record of 1-5 and have three games remaining. They wrap up the regular season with a match-up at Bethlehem on Friday.

"The kids have a lot of heart and desire," Penna said. "We’ve got to come back and re-group and get some wins in our last three games of the season.

Guilderland girls' soccer vs. Saratoga

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland girls’ soccer team got a win it desperately needed on Tuesday night.

The Lady Dutch capped off their Senior Night celebration with a 1-0 win over a scrappy Saratoga team.

"We’ve been in a little slump," said Guilderland Coach Barb Newton. "This will be a little morale booster."

The Dutch had a pair of losses this past week. They lost to Columbia last Wednesday and to Burnt Hills last Friday, both by 2-1 scores.

"Both games we were beaten by one goal," Newton said. "We’ve been in every game. We put a lot of pressure on those teams in the last five minutes. We rise to the occasion too late."

The Lady Dutch got off to a late start in Tuesday’s game. The score reamained 0-0 until Hannah Rosen scored with 20:54 left in the contest.

Rosen hit a ball from the right side that fooled the Saratoga goalie and went into the upper left corner for the score.

"Hannah hit a great outside shot," Newton said. "It fooled the goalie and it took me by surprise. It was a nice quality shot."

Julie Malkowski preserved the shutout with eight saves in net.

"Julie did a good job," Newton said. "She made some nice saves."

Newton has seen the same recurring problem with her team — slow starts.

And it happened on Tuesday as the Lady Dutch were lethargic until Rosen’s goal.

"We do very well at the end of games," Newton said. "It seems that we wake up to late. But the girls battle back."

Seniors honored

Newton said the win was nice for the seniors on their special night.

"It was a nice Senior Night," the coach said. "The seniors got a lot of playing time. We battled back. We had opportunities but we didn’t connect on shots."

Newton was also happy for her three captains — Jen Mihok, Kayla Best, and Bianca Germain.

"It was nice for the three captains," Newton said. "It was a nice win for them also."

Honored at halftime with their parents were seniors Mihok, Germain, Best, Taylor Stringer, Krystal Myers, Kaitlyn Gescedi, Christina Rodriguez, Carolyn Powers, Sam Ruppenthal, along with Lauren Driessen, who is out with a season-long injury, and manager Val Feldman.

The win bumps the Lady Dutch’s record to 9-4-1 overall and 6-3-1 in the Suburban Council as they prepare for the stretch run.

Guilderland has four games remaining. They take on Ballston Spa on Friday and travel to Niskayuna on Monday and to Shaker on Wednesday. The Lady Dutch wrap up the regular season with a match against Columbia.

The Section II tournament will begin the week of Oct. 24.

"The season is winding down," Newton said. "Our goal still is to get to the sectional finals. That’s something we’re pushing for."

Voorheesville golf

By Tim Matteson

VOORHEESVILLE — Voorheesville golf coach Tom Gladd was surprised by his team this year.

His team from 2004 lost seven seniors to graduation and Gladd knew he would have to rebuild this year.

"We did better than .500," Gladd said. "We did a little better than I thought."

The Blackbirds finished with a 10-8 overall record and 9-7 record in the Colonial Council this fall.

"We did some good things," Gladd said. "Cobleskill is traditionally a good team and we beat them twice. Schalmont is always a good team and we beat them both times."

The Blackbirds also had a golfer qualify for the inter-sectional tournament to determine who will compete in the state tournament held in the spring.

Senior Pete Lindner took part in the event that started on Tuesday.

Lindner shot a 80 to finish in the top 14 at the Class C-D sectional tournament and advance to the inter-sectional meet. The medalist of the tournament shot a 75.

"He played well overall to earn the inter-sectional spot," Gladd said. "He’s been playing pretty well so we’ll see what happens.

"He has the potential to make the state team," Gladd added. "We’ll see how it plays itself out this week."

Justin Arico has been the Blackbirds’ number-two player all year. The junior also qualified for the Class C-D sectional tournament.

"He’s been steady all year long," Gladd said. "He’ll come back and be one of the senior leaders on the team."

Senior Mark Casolo also qualified for the sectional tournament and has been the third top player for the Birds this season.

John Malfetano was the number-four player for the Birds this season and became a good player as a freshman.

"He really worked on his game over the summer," Gladd said. "He had a real solid year. He improved steadily all year."

Dan Healy filled the number-five slot as a freshman.

"It’s his first year and he came close to qualifying for sectionals," Gladd said. "That’s not too bad for a freshman. He’ll continue to work on his game. He’s a big kid that hits the ball well."

Senior Jake Norris was the number-six player on the squad.

"He had a good year," Gladd said. "He finished out the year strong."

Steven Wang, a junior, was the seventh player for the Blackbirds this season.

"It was his first year back," Gladd said. "He hadn’t played in a couple of years. He played a lot this year. Our fourth through seventh was interchangeable this season. He’ll be back as a senior and provide leadership."

Eighth-grader R.J. Cave was new to the team and worked hard at his game and got better during the season.

"He didn’t play any meets as a scoring player," Gladd said, "but he played some good rounds and played well. He did a good job. We have some young, good players that love golf and work on their game."

Clay Miller is a senior and came out for the team after being cut the year before.

"We are allowed to carry only 10 players," Gladd said. "He played in a few matches. He’s a nice guy and a lot of fun. He’s even-keeled and he showed the younger guys how to behave on the course."

Freshman J.T. Campbell rounded out the roster.

"He came out for the team but didn’t have a lot of experience," Gladd said. "He played in one scoring match. But he will get better and keep working on his game."

With the team season over, Gladd is looking ahead to next year and all the returning players that he will have.

"We’ll have a couple of slots to fill," the coach said. "But the young guys have developed already. I’m looking forward to next year and to having more success."

Voorheesville football vs. Canajoharie

By Tim Matteson

VOORHEESVILLE — The circumstances were strange, but the Voorheesville football team will take the outcome.

It took two days to complete the game, but Voorheesville was able to win a big divisional game over Canajoharie, 15-6.

The majority of the game was played on Friday night at Canajoharie, but with 9:12 left in the game, a set of lights went out and the game was suspended by the officials.

The game was concluded in Canajoharie on Monday afternoon — starting at 4:30 — with the Blackbirds up 9-6 and Canajoharie with the ball.

"We came in early today and watched some film," said Voorheesville quarterback Andy Catellier after the game on Monday. "It’s like going back to our j.v. days."

Catellier hasn’t played on a Monday since his freshman year on the junior-varsity team. Varsity games are traditionally on Saturday afternoon or occasionally on Friday night.

"For me it was stressful," said Voorheesville Coach Joe Sapienza. "It was very stressful. I told the kids that next week is significant. We usually are getting ready for the next game. We had to come up with a nine-minute game plan."

The Blackbirds got points on Friday night on a one-yard touchdown run by Catellier and a 34-yard field goal by Matt Miller.

Nine minutes

Canajoharie had the ball on the 39-yard line on Monday, but fumbled on its second play and it was recovered by Voorheesville linebacker Eric Dickson.

But the Blackbirds couldn’t take advantage and were forced to punt.

Canajoharie got the ball back and was forced to punt after good defensive plays by Sam Pelham and Charlie McGrail.

Voorheesville got the ball back at the 39-yard line. Catellier completed a long pass to Tim Robinson that moved the ball to the Canajoharie 15-yard line.

But a penalty was called for a block in the back and negated the play.

The Birds were then forced to punt.

Canajoharie got the ball at its own 25-yard line with less than three minutes left in the game.

The Cougars’ quarterback threw three incomplete passes and then was sacked on the fourth down by Jeff Connors and Sean Fitzmaurice. That ended the drive and gave the Blackbirds the ball on the 19-yard line.

On the second play of Voorheesville’s possession, P.J. Hognestad ran for a 17-yard touchdown to put the Birds up 15-6.

Hognestad left last week’s game with an injury and still showed some ill effects.

"He’s not 100 percent," Sapienza said. "But he played like it."

Canajoharie got the ball back and moved the ball down the field, getting help from a Voorheesville penalty, and had one last chance to score from the Voorheesville 36-yard line.

But, Pelham sacked the quarterback as the clock ran out and Voorheesville left with the win.

"Our defense has done the job all year," Sapienza said. "Their quarterback couldn’t set up and get a good look."

First place

The win keeps the Birds in first place of the Southern Division of Class C. The Birds are 4-2 overall and 4-1 in the division.

Voorheesville wraps up the regular season at home against winless Coxsackie-Athens. A win on Saturday will give the Birds a division title and a number-one seed for the playoffs.

"It’s nice to have," Catellier said of being close to winning the division. "You have to go back some years. It’s key for us and key for the program."

"It’s a good step for us," Sapienza said. "It’ll be pretty positive. The kids on this team are positive about what can happen."

Catellier passed up a trip to Pennsylvania to visit a couple of colleges because of the suspended game. Bucknell University and Muhlenburg College were on Catellier’s original weekend itinary. Instead, he stayed and prepared for Monday’s finale.

"It doesn’t matter," Catellier said. "What matters most is winning the division with this team."

BKW girls' soccer vs. Canajoharie

By Tim Matteson

BERNE — The Berne-Knox-Westerlo girls’ soccer team kicked into high gear and sped by Canajoharie, 6-0, in a rain-soaked game in Berne on Friday.

"It was an excellent game," said first-year BKW Coach Coriellen Travis after the game. "We played a perfect game in my eyes. Today, we couldn’t have done things anymore as great as we did. We very much played as a team, no matter where we put them."

Cara Swain scored four of the six goals for the Lady Bulldogs and was the leader of a potent attack that dominated most of the game.

Swain’s first goal came with 22:52 left in the first half. She dribbled through defenders and blasted a shot into the upper part of the goal.

Katie Moller got the second goal of the game for BKW.

Moller sent the ball toward the goal from outside the penalty box and it was misplayed by Canajoharie’s goalkeeper. The ball bounced into the net and gave BKW a 2-0 lead.

The Bulldogs made the score 3-0 with 8:53 left in the first half.

Swain tallied after getting a pass from Jennifer Lounsbury.

Lounsbury scored the fourth goal of the contest for BKW. She got the rebound of her own shot.

Swain made the score 5-0 with 12:07 left in the game. Swain got to the ball off a rebound of a direct kick by Mariana Bartonicek.

The final goal came with 8:08 left in the second half. Swain picked up her fourth goal of the game.

The Bulldogs controlled the game and took 38 shots in the contest. Canajoharie took just seven and its goalie made 16 saves.

BKW goalie Sarah Hannay made four saves.

Hannay was helped out with solid defense by sweeper Stephanie Campbell and defenders Amanda Perciballi, Amanda Altieri, and Caren Shunney.

"Cara’s great," Travis said of her leading scorer. "But she gets a lot of support from the rest of the team."

"Mature team"

The Bulldogs are 7-5-2 overall and are in third place in the Southern Division of the Western Athletic Conference. They are behind Duanesburg and Middleburgh in the league.

"We’ve played so well," Travis said. "We’ve tied a couple of games. It is absolutely fun to work with a mature team that has a high skill level. They’ve been working hard to get where they are. I’m very proud of them."

The Bulldogs have players who have been on the team for a few years.

"We have lots of experience," Travis said. "We have 10 seniors, six juniors, and a sophomore. We are a very experienced team."

Swain, who is a junior, has three years of varsity experience and Bartonincek, a sophomore, has just as much time on the varsity.

"We only have a couple of new players on the varsity," Travis added. "We have a few girls on the team that have been on varsity for awhile. They work with each other; they work together well as a team."

The Bulldogs played Duanesburg on Wednesday and at Sharon Springs on Friday. BKW then hosts Heatly on Monday and travels to Middleburgh on Wednesday.

"Duanesburg’s tough," Travis said. "They have one girl and we didn’t stop her. Middleburgh, we almost won. We gave them a run for their money. We can’t wait until we see them again. We are looking forward to that game."

The Bulldogs have taken a big step so far this season and beating one of those two teams will be even bigger.

"It was rough last year," Travis said. "So far, we’ve made a step up. We’re just where we want to be."

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