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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, April 27, 2006

BKW baseball

By Tim Matteson

BERNE — Youth and inexperience have been the theme for the Berne-Knox-Westerlo baseball team this season.

The Bulldogs are 2-2 in the league and have a 2-4 overall record.

The latest loss came on Tuesday at Middleburgh. The Bulldogs gave up four runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning and lost, 6-3.

"We were down 2-0 in the second inning," said BKW baseball Coach Jeff Teats. "We pulled ahead with three runs in the fifth"But in the bottom of the fifth inning, we gave up four runs on two hits and two errors. We beat ourselves. Errors are hurting us. We are not making plays."

Zack Davis and Bobby Patrick led off the Bulldogs’ fifth inning with walks, and Jeremy Mann, Matt Lounsbury, and Josh Skinner followed with singles that led to the three runs.

The Bulldogs hadn’t played since April 12 since a wood-bat tournament in which they planned to play this past weekend was rained out.

The Bulldogs lost to Canajoharie, 8-2, on April 12.

BKW trailed just by one run through five innings, but a big inning by Canajoharie put the game away.

"We were in the game," Teats said. "But we blew up again. They scored five runs in the sixth inning. We had a couple of errors and they had some timely hits. We blew the game up. We had nine hits and Canjo had nine hits."

Patrick had two singles and a double for the Bulldogs and Greg Mulson has two singles and a double as well.

Pair of victories

The Bulldogs did get a win in their first two league games of the season.

BKW beat Schoharie, 14-7, on April 6.

Mann and Patrick combined strong efforts on the mound with Patrick getting the win. He also had a single, double, and two runs batted in.

Lounsbury went four-for-four at the plate and tallied five RBIs. Jayson Villenueve had three singles and two RBIs.

"It was a good start," Teats said. "We hit the ball. I had a few concerns about the offense, but that was as good as we can be."

The Bulldogs followed that win with another over Schenectady Christian on April 10.

BKW had another strong day at the plate, scoring 10 runs in a 10-2 decision.

Ben Burton pitched five innings and gave up just one run to get the win.

Mann had two singles, a triple, and three RBIs to pace the offense. Skinner had a single, triple, and an RBI.

"We were 2-0 in the league," Teats said. "Those were two games we could have and by all means should win."

Non-league losses

The Bulldogs opened the season with non-league losses to Voorheesville and Fort Plain.

Against Fort Plain on April 3, the Bulldogs kept the game close until the fifth inning when the Hilltoppers pulled away from the Bulldogs for a 9-1 win.

"It was a 3-1 ballgame," Teats said. "But they scored six runs in the fifth inning on a couple of errors and timely hits."

Mann led the Bulldogs with a single and a double in the contest.

Burton pitched four innings and gave up just a couple of runs.

"He pitched solid," Teats said. "We were in the game up to that point. It was the second game we played."

"Still young"

Teats said that this season his team plays well for most of each game but has just one bad inning.

"We have to stay away from the big inning," he said. "It snowballs and the teams playing us — I tip my hat to them — come up with a couple of hits and a couple of runs. Middleburgh was a tough loss. I knew we were rusty coming in. We had not played in 12 days."

The Bulldogs played at Duanesburg on Wednesday. BKW plays at Saratoga Spa Catholic on Friday and at Greenwich on Saturday. The Bulldogs host Fonda-Fultonville on Tuesday.

The Bulldogs will be playing those games without Villeneuve, the team’s starting left fielder. He broke his leg playing soccer and is out for the season.

"Those games will be tough," Teats said. "We’ve got to step it up. In most of our games, we’ve had a chance to win. We’re still young. We’re learning as we go and, hopefully, we’ll continue to get better."

Guilderland girls' lacrosse vs. Shaker

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland girls’ lacrosse team has a lot of depth and it showed in Friday’s Suburban Council match with Shaker.

The Lady Dutch got goals from seven different players in a 16-11 decision played at Guilderland High School.

Kayla Best, Amanda Best, Abbey Fashouer, Valerie Feldman, Danielle Tetreault, Kaitlyn Vennard, and Molly Daley all scored to keep the Lady Dutch unbeaten in Suburban Council play.

The team improved to 7-0 in the league with a 10-8 win over Saratoga on Tuesday.

But Friday’s game wasn’t easy.

"The kids turned it on when they had to," said Guilderland Coach Gary Chatnik. "I got everybody in the game. The kids that have not gotten that much time got a lot of experience. They did a good job."

The Dutch held a four-goal lead, 10-6, until halftime and then rattled off the first five goals of the second half to build a nine-goal lead.

Vennard opened the second half, scoring with a tally at the 22:18 mark. She was assisted by Kayla Best.

The Dutch offense was at its best in the early part of the second half.

Feldman scored on a well-executed play where she cut to the goal and received a perfect pass from Daley.

That combination worked well a few minutes later as Felman scored again with an assist from Daley with 11:19 left in the contest.

Amanda Best scored on a free possession after a Shaker foul with 9:12 left in the second half to make the score 14-6.

Feldman scored again two minutes later with an assist from Nikki Branchini.

Lexi Dalcol ended the Guilderland run and got Shaker back on the board with a goal with 5:53 left in the contest.

But Daley answered with a goal that essentially put the game away with 4:57 left in the contest. Daley was assisted by Fashouer.

Shaker scored four goals in the final 4:33 to make the game close but the Dutch lead was safe.

Kat Thomas scored two goals and Liza Gross and Caroline Rehfuss each added a tally.

"Shaker is a good team," Chatnik said. "When they had to, they made a run. We let them hang around too long, especially early. We threw the ball away a couple of times."

Daley opened the scoring in the contest after she picked up a loose ball and ran through the Shaker defense and fired a shot into the upper corner. Kayla Best scored with an assist from Lynn Tran to make the score 2-0.

After Shaker scored three goals to take the lead with 15:57 left in the half, Amanda Best tied it at 3-3 on the ensuing draw. Best was assisted by her older sister, Kayla.

The Lady Dutch then scored three straight goals to lead by a score of 6-3.

Daley scored an unassisted goal; Tetreault scored with an assist from Branchini and Kayla Best scored unassisted.

After Shaker scored, Tetreault and Vennard tallied goals. Vennard was assisted by Daley.

Fashour scored two goals for the Lady Dutch in the first half, the second gave her team a four-goal cushion at the intermission.

Jen Kaye made 15 saves in goal for Guilderland and Rachael Coons made seven saves for Shaker.

"We did a lot of things better in the second half," Chatnik said. "We felt good when we got up by that much, but I knew they would get a couple of goals in the end."

"Very deep"

The Dutch were coming off a 15-2 win over Colonie earlier in the week that kept them unbeaten in the Suburban Council. Guilderland lost its second game of the season on Saturday night after making the trip to the Syracuse area to take on Liverpool. The Dutch’s only other loss this season came to another Section III school, Fayetville-Manlius.

"We were missing a couple of pieces," Chatnik said of the Fayetville-Manlius game. "The kids came in thinking they were playing the state champions. They did not have the right attitude. I think now they realize that this team can compete with anybody we play."

Chatnik likes what he has seen from his team so far, but thinks that his players can still be better.

"We are getting healthy," the coach said. "We should be at full strength next week. We’ll get Jen Mihok back. We’ve had some nagging injuries.

"We’re solid," Chatnik added. "Everyone is in the right position. We go very deep. We have freshmen in the game that can handle the ball."

Chatnik realizes that the Dutch still have some tough games as the season begins to wind down.

The Dutch play at Columbia today (Thursday) and then host Mount Anthony Union High School of Vermont on Saturday. Guilderland then travels to take on rival Bethlehem on Tuesday. The Dutch handed the Eagles their first Section II loss in over three years earlier this month.

"The Suburban Council is as good as any league in the state," Chatnik said. "Each team has terrific players, good experience, and leadership. Our seniors have stepped up and have done a nice job."

Stacy Zounes Family Fun Run

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — Jennifer Coton and Patty Hoffman wanted to do something to honor their dear friend Stacy Zounes.

Coton and Hoffman thought they could truly pay tribute to Zounes by holding a five-kilometer road race.

The first Stacy Zounes Family Fun Run will be held on Saturday at DiCaprio Park in Guilderland.

Zounes was killed in a car accident on Dec. 22, 2004. She left behind two daughters — Courtney and Cameron. Zounes was 33.

"She loved fitness," Coton said of Zounes. "She ran in the Freihoffer’s [Run for Women] and she ran in three other races. So, after she passed, we thought this was the best way to celebrate her. Everyone came together."

The race begins at 10:30 a.m. at the park located on East Lydius Street in Guilderland. Pre-race registrations will begin at 9 a.m.

"We now have 80 people registered," Coton said. "It will go up as people will come out on the day of the race and we’ll have an open registration."

The registration fee on Saturday will be $25.

The proceeds of the race will go to a scholarship fund in Zounes’s name. The scholarship will go to a Guilderland High School senior who will go on to college to become a teacher.

Fitness and working with children were two key parts of Zounes’s life. She earned a degree in education at the State University of New York College at Cortland and a dual master’s degree in special education and reading from Russell Sage College in Troy.

"We want to find someone with the same attributes as Stacy," Coton said. "We want to give it to someone who is going on to college for teaching. This will be the first year it’s given."

When asked what attributes Zounes had that would apply to the scholarship recipient, Coton listed many.

"Stacy loved fitness," Coton said. "She was an aerobics teacher and was a good swimmer at Guilderland. We want someone who is athletic. Stacy was a friend to everyone and a positive person. As soon as you met her, you liked her. She was high-energy and very friendly. She was a wonderful spirit."

Coton said it was challenging to start a road race. She was happy with the help she got from Hoffman, who she called a co-coordinator. The pair also got help from Theresa Gavigan, Cheryl Ledet, and Jill Daviero.

"We started it up with the five of us kind of taking on different jobs," Coton said.

Coton and Hoffman decided to start the project and the others joined in.

"Patti and I said, ‘We’re going to do it,’" Coton said. "We are all neighbors and we were in a play group together. They lived a couple of doors down from Stacy. Everyone thought that would be a good way to remember her."

Coton said that she had known Zounes for six years.

"We were a new group of friends," Coton said. "She has a group of friends from high school that are volunteering and helping out."

Coton said there are about 40 volunteers for Saturday’s race.

Many events are being held the day of the race, including "family-fun events" such an obstacle course, bouncy houses, and face painting. A separate registration is required for kids to participate.

Gift baskets will also be awarded to the top man and woman overall and to the top runner in the under-12 age category.

"Because she was killed so tragically," Coton said, "all of a sudden she was there and then she’s gone, we want to say to her that ‘We love you and we celebrate you.’"

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