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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, November 15, 2007

Bulldogs’ JV gets its kicks going unbeaten

By Tim Matteson

BERNE — These Bulldogs have bite.

The Berne-Knox-Westerlo junior varsity girls’ soccer team blew away the competition this season. The Lady Bulldogs finished the fall campaign with a 17-0 record in games and also won both scrimmages.

"We had two scrimmages and we won those," said BKW Coach Bill Dergosits. "Officially, we’re 17-0, but the girls are counting it as 19-0."

A whole group of high-school newcomers were a huge part of the success.

"We had a great group of freshmen come in," Dergosits said. "And the sophomores stepped up and led them. I could look down my bench; anyone could have been a starter on teams I’ve had in the past. Those girls were just as committed."


The Bulldogs were explosive on offense, scoring 53 goals this season. Their defense was just as good as they gave up just nine tallies this fall. The Bulldogs also won 12 games by shutout, including both scrimmages.

"I coached swimming at Mohonasen for seven years," Dergosits said, "and I’ve been here for three years, coaching track and soccer. And none of them were as well-rounded and as motivated as these girls."

Dergosits had so much depth to play with, he split his goaltenders during the season.

Sophomore Megan Bassler and seventh-grader Liz Harvey split time in goal and both were equally as good.

Each pitched six shutouts in goal this season.

"I alternated them every other game," Dergosits said. "The defense really helped them a lot. They would get bored back there at times. The defense allowed hardly any shots on goal."

Marion Bates and Victoria Perchiballi were two of the top scorers for the Lady Bulldogs this fall.

"She got just about every single assist for Marion," Dergosits said of Perchiballi. "They made a dynamic duo. They made my job real easy. They work hard and they are ready to go at all times."

The Bulldogs had some tough competition this season, but had a strength that helped them stay unbeaten.

"There were only two games we were down at halftime," Dergosits said. "We were well conditioned and in the second half pulled away. Mayfield gave us a close run."

On top of the unbeaten season, Dergosits thinks that his players will be ready to play varsity in the future.

"They have to try out as individuals every year," Dergosits said, "but any one of them can be varsity players or even a starter next year. The dedication and the effort are there. This is a strong group of girls. I see pretty good things down the road for the girls’ soccer program."

One of the things that really helped the junior-varsity team is that the players are together a lot of the time.

"They play together a lot," Dergosits said. "They play a lot of sports. And I think a lot of them are playing basketball and a lot will do track or play softball in the spring. Also in the spring, they play on the Helderberg Soccer Club. They are working together all year long."

Girls’ soccer seems to be booming at BKW as the modified team also had a large turnout of players this fall.

"There was a lot of interest and a lot of players tried out," Dergosits said. "Hopefully, that trend continues."

By Tim Matteson

A slew of local runners competed in the New York State Cross-Country Championship meet on Saturday at Norwood-Norfolk High School in the North Country.

Some of the local runners made the long trip worth it.

The Voorheesville boys’ team had a strong showing after winning the Class C race at the Section II meet on Nov. 2. The Blackbirds finished third at the state meet in Class C.

Voorheesville scored 119 points, but Newark Valley of Section IV and Tully of Section III were the top two teams with 37 and 42 points respectively.

Senior Mackey Lloyd was the top finisher for the Blackbirds. He ran the race in 16:58.3 to finish in 18th place.

Conor Cashin was the next finisher for Voorheesville, coming in 37th with a time of 17:21.6. Nathan Bub was 56th, Tommy Pasquali finished 60th, Taylor Treadgold finished 67th, and Tucker Bourque was 101st.

Dave Haverly of Berne-Knox-Westerlo also competed in the Class C race after qualifying at the Section II meet. Haverly, a junior, ran 17:42.5 to finish 50th in his attempt at the state meet.

Voorheesville also had a pair of runners in the Class C girls’ race.

Hilary Edmunds ran 20:35 to finish 42nd and Michelyn Little ran 21:09.2 to come in 59th place.

Ada Lauterbach of BKW also competed in the race. She ran 20:29.8 to finish in 38th place.

Caitlin Lane of Greenwich won the race in 18:18.4.

Guilderland had one representative at the state meet. Roland Graves competed for the Dutchmen and finished 32nd in a time of 16:29.2. Pat Dupont of Fairport (Section V) won the race in 15:35.3.

Graves will have another race to compete in as he will run in the prestigious, invitation-only Federation Meet this weekend in Wappingers Falls near Poughkeepsie.

The Guilderland girls’ team did not compete at the state meet, but because of their third-place finish at the Section II meet, the Lady Dutch earned an invitation to the Federation competition. Section II is considered the toughest in New York.

By Tim Matteson

A turnaround year will wrap up with a trip to Long Island this weekend for Guilderville Coach Brenna Autrey and some of her swimmers.

Long Island is the site of the New York State meet held this weekend in Uniondale and Autrey will get to coach one swimmer in the competition.

Eighth-grader Jenna Bickel earned a spot in the state meet after qualifying in the 100-yard backstroke at the Section II meet held early this month.

Bickel swam the qualifying time during the preliminary round at sectionals. She had a time of 1:00.93, easily surpassing the needed time of 1:02.

Bickel swam even faster in the finals at the sectionals. She hit a mark of 1:00.69.

"I was really excited and nervous, too," Bickel said at practice on Tuesday.

Bickel, in her first year on the varsity team, had no idea she would make it to the state meet.

"Not in the beginning," she said. "After I went to a few meets, everybody was hoping I would."

"She’s so young and qualified so instantly," Autrey said. "I have five years with her. That’s wonderful. She gets better every single meet. She works hard in practice. She is deserving of this."

"So supportive"

Bickel was one of a team of dedicated swimmers. And that showed at the Section II meet as most of the swimmers dropped their times and swam faster. It shows even more as they continue to practice. Although the season is over for Guilderville, eight members of the team have been working out at the pool in Voorheesville with Bickel.

"Eight girls volunteered to work out," Autrey said. "Two weeks into the off-season, that doesn’t usually happen. But the deal was, if they wanted to go to states, they had to come and do the hard work."

"They are so supportive," Bickel said. "They’ve been awesome the whole year. It’s awesome that they practice with me. We’re a great team, and we’re so close."

Guilderville had a good end to its season as it finished fifth at the Section II meet.

"We did awesome this year," Autrey said. "They did such a good job. They dropped their times like crazy. You always want that to happen, but it doesn’t always happen. We had a lot of girls that swam their personal best. Erin Dewey swam the best she ever had in an individual event. And our 200-yard medley relay just missed going to states by three seconds."

The team of Bickel, Dewey, Reyalyn Canchela, and Victoria Stuto finished fourth at the sectional meet with a time of 1:57.96. They needed 1:54.12 to qualify for the state meet.

"We put in some hard work coming into it," Autrey said. "We tapered for the event and it worked well at sectionals.

"We had girls in the finals in just about every single event," Autrey added. "It was a fun event."

Katrina Nakao reached the finals of the 200-yard freestyle. Dewey finished fourth in the 200-yard individual medley and missed going to states by a second.

Stuto and Kaylee Barr swam in the finals of the 50-yard freestyle; Brittany Ginsburg finished sixth in the 100-yard butterfly; Bickel finished seventh in the 100-yard freestyle and Canchela finished ninth in the event.

Ginsburg finished fifth in the 500-yard freestyle and Helen Merkley finished 14th in the event.

Guilderville finished ninth in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Bickel finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke and Katrina Nakao finished eighth.

Dewey finished fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke. Stevie Church finished 13th in the same event.

Yvonne Cardinal was the top diver from Guilderville in the meet. She finished 14th.

"It was a long three days, but a good three days," Autrey said. "Jenna going into states is ranked 11th. A lot of the 11 swimmers in the state meet had their best times in September and October. I have high hopes she can make it to the finals on Saturday."

"I’d like to make it to the finals," Bickel said. "But I would be happy with being in the consolations."

Bickel has swum competitively since she was 10. She started with the Albany Starfish in the fourth grade and then started competing for the Jewish Community Center Arrows in fifth grade.

"A goal for next year"

Autrey said that 80 percent of her team is going to be named scholar-athletes, and most of her swimmers are returning.

"Next year is going to be the year," Autrey said. "It’ll be hard to compete with Shenendehowa and unbeaten Bethlehem. But we’re young enough that we can make some noise at sectionals. The only one we have to replace on our relay is Tori Stuto. We’ll do a little finagling to get someone in there."

Guilderville finished 7-5 in dual meets this season, a huge improvement over the 2-6 mark it tallied the year before.

Autrey expects all the returning swimmers to be better, especially Bickel.

"It’s nice she’ll be in high school next year," Autrey said. "For middle-schoolers, it’s not the same practice. We do dry land work 20 minutes before we get into the pool. She misses out."

Autrey is also giving her swimmers a taste of the swim meet by taking them down to Long Island this year.

"Eight spectators are going down to support her," Autrey said of some of Bickel’s teammates. "They’ll get a taste of what states is like and they can make it a goal for next year. It’s at the Eisenhower State Park in Uniondale. It was made for the Pan-American Games in 1998. It’s gorgeous."

By Tim Matteson

VOORHEESVILLE — Two varsity Voorheesville volleyball players will be making the ultimate sacrifice for their team.

They’re giving up a chance to spend some time in France to spend some time in Glens Falls.

Normally, it does not sound like an even tradeoff, but how many times does someone get to play for a state title"

The answer for senior co-captains Kristen Lysenko and Alyssa Cave is once and that will be this weekend. While classmates are on a school trip to France, the Voorheesville volleyball team will play on Saturday — and they hope Sunday — at the Glens Falls Civic Center in the Class C state tournament.

The Lady Blackbirds will play in a round-robin tournament consisting of three matches on Saturday. Their first game starts at 3:30 p.m.

If they finish first or second, the Blackbirds will play one match on Sunday for the state title.

"We controlled the tempo"

Voorheesville reached the title match with a 25-8, 25-6, 25-13, three-game sweep of Tupper Lake in Malone last Saturday.

"We played three solid games," said Coach Sandy Vorse on Monday. "The kids were kind of let down after how hard we worked all through sectionals."

After a long trip to the North Country, the Lady Blackbirds wasted little time in beating Tupper Lake for the regional title.

"Some of the parents were saying that it took four hours to get there and only one hour to play," Vorse said. "I’m thrilled with how we played and it was amazing to see the group of parents there. I was worried because we were out of Section II that we would not get a good crowd and that would help Tupper Lake a lot. But we dominated them on the court and in the stands."

Lysenko finished the match with 25 assists. She also served four aces and had two digs on defense.

Amanda O’Brien had 15 service points, including seven aces. She also served eight points in a row to close out the first set of the contest.

Senior co-captain Taryn Smith had nine kills and three blocks in the match to help the Blackbirds to the victory.

"In the first game, I think, we came out jittery," Vorse said. "But we won the first game handily and then won the second game, 25-6, and then the next game, 25-13. We handled them pretty well. Offensively, we controlled the tempo. And on defense we were able to force them into a lot of errors."

New territory

Now the Blackbirds won’t have to travel as far for the state finals. The team will stay in Section II as it will be the host section.

Westlake of Section I, Eden of Section VI, and Center Moriches of Section XI (Long Island), will travel to the small city in Warren County.

Those four teams will play in the round-robin tournament on Saturday with the top two teams advancing to the championship match on Sunday.

"It’s different than what we are used to," Vorse said. "It will work either for us or against us. We’ve been in tournaments before."

But Vorse said that they are looking forward to going to the state tournament. It was much more than they expected.

"Our goal at the beginning of the season," Vorse said, "was to reach the sectional semifinals. That would have been the farthest we’ve ever gone. And now we’ve made it to states. I’m excited for the seniors. They have done a tremendous job this season. I said to them, ‘This is not about me. This is not about you. This is about the team.’"

And Vorse got the ultimate team commitment when Cave and Lysenko decided to play and not go to France. Their original idea was to go for the week and fly back for the tournament. But they weren’t allowed to do that. They would have to go or stay with the team.

"Kristen and Alyssa decided to play with the team," You can’t get a better commitment than that.

"We’re looking forward to states," Vorse added. "We’re the first volleyball team in school history that has made it to states."

The boys’ team in 2004 and 2005 won regional championships during the winter season. But boys’ volleyball does not have a state tournament.

"Not any team other than the cross-country team has had the success we’ve had," Vorse said. "We have the chance to be part of something great. We’re excited about that."

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