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Sports Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, January 10, 2008

Dutchmen continue to roll, girls’ team splits pair

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland boys’ basketball team continued to roll through Suburban Council play while the Guilderland girls’ team split a pair of games this past week.

The boys’ team beat Saratoga, 64-45, and Bethlehem, 92-70, in its last two games to remain unbeaten in league play with a 7-0 record.

Four Dutchmen players scored in double figures in Tuesday’s win against Bethlehem.

Senior Brett Marfurt scored 26 points to lead the Dutch. Junior Jon Terry scored 21 points, senior Drew Smith scored 16, and junior Kevin Kost added 14. Dan Gejay chipped in with nine points for Guilderland.

The Dutchmen jumped out to a big lead with a 33-point first quarter. They held Bethlehem to 17 points in the first frame and were able to cruise to the 22-point victory.

On Friday, the Dutchmen beat Saratoga in a more defensive game.

Guilderland broke open a close game in the second half, by holding the Blue Streaks to 20 points in the final 16 minutes — including five in the fourth quarter.

Marfurt and Terry each scored 18 points to lead the Dutchmen. Paul Booker and Kost each added eight points to the Dutch’s cause.

The Dutchmen are 7-0 in the Suburban Council and 9-2 overall. They travel to Averill Park on Friday and then host Shaker on Tuesday.

Lady Dutch

The Lady Dutch beat Saratoga, 36-25, last Friday using a strong first quarter. Guilderland outscored Saratoga, 13-4 , in the opening stanza.

The Dutch used a strong defense throughout the game, only letting the Blue Streaks reach double figures in one quarter — the third.

Melissa Winne led the Lady Dutch with 14 points. Jen Madsen scored 10 points and Danielle Burns added seven.

On Tuesday, Guilderland fell victim to a bad second quarter and could not catch up with a talented Bethlehem team.

The Lady Dutch were outscored, 11-3, in the second stanza after trailing, 16-11, at the end of the first quarter.

Madsen led the Dutch with nine pints. McKenzie Michele scored eight points and Burns added seven.

Guilderland has a 4-7 overall record and are 2-5 in the Suburban Council. The Lady Dutch host Averill Park on Friday and then travel to Shaker High School in Latham on Tuesday.

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND - The Skating Dutchmen still have not cooled down.

The Guilderland ice hockey team won two more league games this past week to stay unbeaten and at the top of the standings.

The Dutchmen improved to 6-0 with 11 points in Division I of the Capital District High School Hockey League.

The Dutch lead Shenendehowa by a point and a half for the top spot in the division.

Guilderland beat Mohonasen-Schalmont, 6-3, last Wednesday and Saratoga, 4-1, on Saturday.

Brendon Glennon led the Dutch with his stellar play in goal on Saturday. He made 19 saves and helped kill off six Saratoga power-play opportunities.

Collin Burg led the scoring with a goal and an assist for Guilderland. Greg Warnken, Josh Evans, and Conor Hurley each scored a goal for the Skating Dutchmen. Dan Dickenson had an assist in the contest.

Against Mohonasen-Schalmont, Dickenson scored two goals and an assist for the Dutch.

Warnken had a goal and two assists. Nate Weinberg, Robby King, and Burg tallied for Guilderland. Anthony Liguori had three assists, and Brian Tobin, Shayne Tybur, Nick Koss, and Brian Hart each picked up an assist in the game.

Glennon made 12 saves and Michael Alsante made four stops for the Dutch.

The Dutchmen have a 6-6-1 overall record. They host LaSalle Institute on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Union College.

Cubillos, Sawyer reach milestone, Dutchmen get big wins

By Tim Matteson

GUILDERLAND - Two Guilderland High School wrestlers reached milestones this past week as the grappling Dutchmen got a pair of big wins.

Guilderland beat Niskayuna Thursday in a Suburban Council dual match, and then won the Leo J. Sammon Tournament in Ilion on Saturday with Matt Cubillos and Josh Sawyer each making their mark for Guilderland wrestling.

Cubillos won his 100th match after pinning Niskayuna's Eli Grant in 46 seconds, and Sawyer followed by picking up his 100th career win at the Ilion event.

"They are the seventh and eighth to do it in school history," said Guilderland Coach Korey Rogotzke. "Cubillos got his a little earlier and Josh joins his brother Roger, who has the school record of 158 wins. Josh has just one loss this season. He's 15-1 and won all the tournaments he's been in."

"I'll think about it more when high school is over," Cubillos said. "Right now, it's just a number."

"It does feel good," Sawyer said. "It shows that you are doing something right in the wrestling room."

"Total team effort"

The Dutchmen finished with 207.5 points to win the Leo J. Sammon Tournament in central New York.

Sawyer pinned Ryan Schiedo of Chittenango in 4:54 to win the championship in the 171-pound weight class. Cubillos won the 125-pound weight class with a 5-4 decision against Justin Widrick of Beaver River.

Devan Van Auken won the championship match in the 285-pound weight class by a 13-3 major decision against Joe Tesorio of Chittenango.

The surprise of the tournament was Clay DeCesare, who won the 160-pound weight class by a 7-2 decision over Zach Zovistoski of Colonie.

"He was unseeded and he beats the third-seeded wrestler," Rogotzke said. "He then beat the second-seeded guy, and then beats the first seed in the finals. He got a 7-2 win over Zovistoski of Colonie. It's a great sectional win. He is our Dutchmen Award winner. He's the reason why we won.

"It was a total team effort," Rogotzke added. "We took 11 kids and 10 placed. Everybody contributed. Eugene Sellie lost in the quarterfinals, but came back to win three in a row."

Guilderland had three other wrestlers reach the finals at Ilion. Kevin Bates placed second in the 103-pound weight class, Robert Romeo was second at 130 pounds, and Brendan Ruddy was in the final 189-pound match.

Matt Hart at 135 pounds finished fourth and Sellie finished in fifth place in the 140-pound class. Travis Wolanski finished fifth in the 112-pound weight class.

"Ilion is a tough tournament," Rogotzke said. "Section III has some good teams and Rush-Henrietta is one of the better Section V schools. And Colonie was there. We beat them in a dual and a tournament and that usually doesn't happen. I'm proud of that."

Comeback kids

Against Niskayuna last Thursday, the Dutchmen trailed for most of the match. They were trailing, 24-14, when they got a big win from Van Auken.

Van Auken came into the match with Gary Chrys having lost to the same opponent at the Queensbury Tournament the previous weekend. Van Auken trailed, 2-0, heading into the final period of the 285-pound match but got a point with an escape and then his takedown in the final seconds of the match gave him a 4-2 win over his rival.

"Devan let up in their match at Queensbury and Chrys took advantage," Rogotzke said. "Then Chrys lets up at the end of the match near the edge of the mat and Devan gets the win. Devan learned a good lesson. He's not going to lose any more matches like that."

Van Auken is 16-3 and the win over Chrys will help him when it comes to sectional seeding next month.

After losing their next match by pin, the Dutchmen began their comeback.

Kevin Bates won the 103-pound match by a pin in the second period to make the score 30-23. Wolanski picked up a forfeit win in the 112-pound match to make the score 30-29.

Niskayuna won the 119-pound match by decision to make the score 33-29.

Cubillos pinned his way to his 100th win and gave the Dutchmen the lead, 35-33. Robert Romeo sealed the win with a pin in 51 seconds against Frank Marsh to make the final, 41-33, in favor of the Dutch.

"Romeo is doing well," Rogotzke said. "He is 14-2 and was second on Saturday. Bates, a freshman, is 11-4 and in his first three tournaments he's been in the finals. That's impressive."

It was Alumni Night in Guilderland and a large group of past Dutchmen grapplers showed up to be honored by the current team.

"We had a nice turnout of alumni," Rogotzke said. "It was great to see the alumni come out."

"Wrestling at our expectations"

The Dutch wrestled Averill Park in a home match on Wednesday. It was Youth Night in Guilderland and the youth program was celebrated.

Guilderland will compete in the two-day, 24-team Canandaigua Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

"It'll be a good challenge," Rogotzke said. "There will be eight ranked teams. There will be excellent competition. It'll be a testing mark to see where everybody is at mid-season."

Rogotzke hopes the team keeps doing well as it starts aiming for sectionals in February.

"We are wrestling at our expectations," the coach said. "The guys are doing real well. A lot of them show real promise. I think they are going to do well at sectionals."

Bulldogs bitten in battle of unbeaten

By Tim Matteson

BERNE — For three quarters, the boys from Berne-Knox-Westerlo and Schenectady Christian School battled in an intense game in a packed gym on the Hill Saturday night.

Then Schenectady Christian showed why it is unbeaten; returning several key players from the team who went to the state final four last year.

The Falcons blew open a nine-point lead in the final stanza and picked up a 76-54 win over the Bulldogs. Heading into the match-up both teams had been unbeaten.

"A team like that will make you pay if you let your guard down at any point," said BKW Coach Andy Wright. "That team is very talented. I thought we were a very talented team, but we have to cut our mistakes down."

Schenectady Christian led, 52-43, at the end of the third period and then took over. The Falcons outscored the Bulldogs, 24-11, in the fourth quarter, led by senior Jake Bowman’s 16 points in the frame.

The Falcons couldn’t miss and the Bulldogs could not hit a shot in the fourth quarter. BKW missed some shots inside in the early part of the quarter and Schenectady Christian took advantage.

BKW did not score until Josh Skinner made a lay-up with 4:40 left in the game. In the meantime, Schenectady Christian scored 10 points to build on its lead and put the game away. The Falcons got three-point shots from Peter Serafinaouski and Bryan Bishop during the run.

BKW got late baskets by Matt Lounsbury, and Keith Cunningham, as well as three foul shots by Skinner.

"Their point guard is small," Wright said of Falcon Kelsey Collins. "But you get past that and everybody else is 6-1 or taller. If you don’t let one of them beat you, someone else will step up. They’ll likely be the number-one seed in Class CC."

"A strong game"

BKW trailed, 18-13, at the end of the first quarter and 32-26 at halftime.

David Sikule’s three-pointer with 46 seconds left until the intermission kept the game close for the Bulldogs.

"I believe, if we were down 10 points or less at halftime, we could make it a game," Wright said.

But Schenectady Christian took advantage of BKW miscues.

"I don’t mind the missed shots," Wright said, "but not the turnovers.

"They have a lot of experience playing on the court," Wright said. "I have two kids that played as sophomores. But anyone who came, saw a good high school basketball game. I promised the kids that if we weathered the third-quarter storm, we would have a good game with them...I felt we played a strong game. We scored in double digits in every quarter against them and that is great. They poured it on us in the second half, but I liked the way our kids clicked together."

BKW scored 13 points in the first and second quarters and scored 17 in the third quarter and 11 in the fourth frame.

Lounsbury led the Bulldogs with 18 points. Sikule added 16 points. Skinner scored eight and Ben Burton finished with seven points.

Bowman led Schenectady Christian with 35 points, with 16 in the fourth quarter. Bishop scored 14 points and Serafinouski added 11. Collins scored nine and Steve Brundage chipped in with seven.

"Great atmosphere"

Wright was impressed with the number of supporters who came out for a rare Saturday night game.

"It was a great atmosphere," Wright said. "Someone told me earlier in the day that they used to have some games on Saturdays. I’m glad that they don’t. I’d spend all day thinking and trying to modify things and change the things that we put in recently."

The Bulldog are now 4-1 in the Western Athletic Conference and 7-3 overall.

Wright expects his team to rebound from the loss and be ready for the rematch on Feb. 1.

After playing Canajoharie on Wednesday, the Bulldogs finished their round of matches against Southern Division teams. BKW travels to take on Duanesburg on Friday and then gets a week off before they play Middleburgh on Dec. 18.

"We want to be in good position when we come back and see them in the second game," Wright said. "We want to give them a little more of a game next time. If we do that, I’ll be very pleased. Realistically, we should have a home game for sectionals. That’s what I really want."

BKW wrestling well as sectionals loom

By Tim Matteson

BERNE — The Berne-Knox-Westerlo wrestling coach, Jeff Vogel, likes what he sees at the midway point of the season.

His team had a good weekend at a tournament in central New York and he feels he has some wrestlers who will make some noise in the Class C and Section II tournaments coming in late February.

"We were in a 13-team tournament in Section III and I took 10 guys," Vogel said. "We had three finalists and three third-place finishers. We finished sixth as a team. The kids did a great job."

The Bulldogs competed in the Little Falls Invitational, wrestling against kids from some larger schools. The top two teams were large schools from the Syracuse area, and the Bulldogs were the second small-school finisher, behind the host school.

Tom Bushnell finished second in the 130-pound weight class after losing by pin to Tyler Button of Onieda. Greg Hannay was pinned in the 189-pound weight class by Andrew Penree of Frankfurt-Schuyler, and Keith Domermuth lost by forfeit in the 285-pound weight class.

"Keith wrestled the fourth-ranked kid in the state," Vogel said. "With 10 seconds left in the first period, he fell and he was holding his arm. I looked at him and said, ‘You’re done. You had a great meet.’ It was 0-0 at the time and the match was playing into our hands. Unfortunate for Keith, he gets injured."

BKW had three winners in consolation final matches.

Dave Tiernan beat Jesse Bond of Richfield Springs by a 4-1 decision to capture third place. Josh Glick took third at 140 after beating Heitham Wady of West Genesee, 6-2.

Nolan Diamond pinned Robert Busse of Cooperstown in 1:51 to win his consolation final match.

"They had strong days," Vogel said of his third-place finishers. "Josh lost in overtime in the semifinals. He battled back hard and dominated his consolation match. He wanted to finish third.

"Nolan Diamond was upset in the first round," Vogel added. "He wrestled hard to come back and finish third. David Tiernan lost in the semifinals and came back. I’m proud of their effort."

"A long way to go"

It was a good bounce back from a tough loss to Duanesburg on Thursday.

"Though we got blown out," Vogel said, "their guys were thinking, ‘Where did they come from"’ Greg Hannay gave his guy everything he could handle. The six guys that placed in the tournament wrestled well."

Vogel is impressed with his wrestlers and the way the program is heading after only being in existence for a few years. A number of his grapplers will be competitive later in the season when the most important matches come up.

"We have guys that can do well in Class C and the sectional tournament," Vogel said. "But we have a long ways to go before we get there. I’ve seen improvement in every individual, but we still have a lot of work to do before February."

Wrestling is not the main focus of everyone on the team.

"With Greg Hannay, he trains all year to be a track athlete," Vogel said of the junior, who also is the goalkeeper on the soccer team. "He only wrestles in the winter. He works at it and he’ll come along right where we want him to."

Vogel is also developing younger wrestlers by giving them tough matches.

"We brought some ninth-graders out to the tournament," Vogel said of this past weekend. "Blake Whitbeck and Vinnie Pasquini were a little overwhelmed in that atmosphere. But now they know what it takes and it will help them down the road. It’s the same with Grady Picinich."

The second half of the schedule will be the busiest for BKW. The Bulldogs will be busy at the end of the month.

"We have four matches in 12 days," Vogel said. "We’ll face Shaker, Galway, Catskill, and Oneonta. From the 28th of January to the 8th of February will be our busiest time."

All those tough matches are leading up to the Class C meet on Feb. 16 at Corinth.

"The tough schedule should help us get ready," Vogel said. "It’s prepared us in the past. The Wasaren tournament will be a test for Keith. Two of the top kids in his weight class will be there. He’ll also see them at Class C’s. The Wasaren is just the beginning of an important three weeks. After that, we have the Class C meet and, a week after that, we’ll be at the Section II meet."

By Tim Matteson

VOORHEESVILLE — The Voorheesville wrestling team is taking steps to be a good small-school program again.

The Blackbirds are doing it by competing in tough tournaments and by practicing with wrestlers from a much larger school.

First-year Head Coach Brent Pierce had his Blackbirds in the Guilderland High School wrestling room on Monday, just after competing well in a tough tournament.

The Blackbirds finished seventh as a team at the Schenectady Invitational this past weekend and had one winner in the 12-team meet.

Taylor Treadgold beat Alex Siudy of Amerstdam in the 112-pound weight class to win the title at the invitational.

Jim Sheedy lost in the finals of the 171-pound weight class. Dan McNamara of Amsterdam pinned Sheedy in 1:49.

Colton Parrott finished fourth in the tournament after reaching the consolation finals.

"We had three or four other kids place fifth and one in sixth place," Pierce said. "It’s the best we’ve had this year. Taylor had his first tournament win and he is in tenth grade. Sheedy is also a 10th-grader and it’s the second time he placed second. They are so much improved from last year."

"Good individual wins"

The Blackbirds also competed in a dual meet at Shaker High School and Pierce was pleased with the results there.

"We had some good individual wins," the coach said. "We went head-to-head with a team with full line-ups. Before that we went to the Cohoes duals and, again, we had some solid individual wins."

Treadgold finished with a .500 record in the Cohoes meet. Sheedy had a second-place finish in the Glens Falls Tournament earlier in the season.

Pierce, with new Assistant Coach Al Pailley, will watch the Blackbirds get back into the Colonial Council dual meet schedule against Schalmont.

"He’s coming to us with a lot of experience from Tamarac and Averill Park," Pierce said of Pailley.

Pierce has seen his young squad — there are no seniors on the team — continue to get better and better as the season has gone on.

"We’ve gotten better from the beginning of the year and from the end of last year," Pierce said. "Sheedy was 7-13 last year and he is 16-4 now. I’m hoping we have a good shot at Class C’s and sectionals this year."

Wrestling is a young man’s game in Voorheesville this year. Not only is the varsity team young in age, but there is a good group of middle-school aged kids competing on the mats.

"We have 20 to 25 kids on the modified team we’re hoping to bring up next year," Pierce said. "Things are moving along."

By Tim Matteson

VOORHEESVILLE — The score of Friday’s game might not indicate it, but the Voorheesville girls’ basketball team showed it could play with the top teams in the Colonial Council.

The Lady Blackbirds lost to Cohoes, which sits atop the league standings, 55-41, in Voorheesville on Friday night, but only trailed by two points going into the last quarter of play.

Cohoes led, 33-31, as the fourth stanza began, but held off Voorheesville with a big fourth quarter.

"They hit three three-pointers in the fourth quarter," said Voorheesville Coach Robert Baron. "We had a hand in their face. It wasn’t like we weren’t defending them. They hit shots and we didn’t hit ours. It’s unfortunate. The final score doesn’t reflect how the game really was."

Cohoes went on a 9-3 run to open the fourth quarter and a jump shot by Kali Maloney made the score, 42-34.

Elizabeth Madden scored after grabbing a rebound for the Blackbirds, but Cohoes scored the next 10 points to put the game away.

Two three-point baskets by Courtney Galuski, and one by Maloney were the big shots for the Tigers.

"I love the effort"

"I told the girls after the game," Baron said on Friday, "that they played a good game and that I was upset that they didn’t do some of the things they needed to do. But I love the effort tonight. The ball didn’t fall for us. But the effort was there."

The Blackbirds trailed, 12-8, at the end of the first quarter and 24-20 at halftime.

Voorheesville battled in the third quarter and tied the game on a drive to the basket by Kelly Glath and a inside shot by Kate Prendergast.

After a Cohoes foul shot, Voorheesville’s Brittany Vogel put her team ahead, 26-25, with a fast-break lay-up.

But Galuski hit a three-pointer to give the lead back to the Tigers.

The lead was brief as Voorheesville tied the game on a put back of a missed shot by Casey Becerra.

The score was tied, 28-28, with 4:50 left in the third frame. Then neither team scored for the next four minutes until Kacie Kurzynski scored with 1:44 left in the period to give Cohoes the lead.

Madden answered for the Lady Blackbirds with a basket after grabbing a rebound on her own missed shot. She added a foul shot that gave the Birds the lead, 31-30, with 30 seconds left in the quarter.

The quarter ended, however, with a three-point basket by Cohoes’ Andrea Butler and the Tigers had the lead again and this time would not relinquish it.

The Blackbirds did not have a player reach double digits in scoring, but did have seven players score in the contest. Prendergrast and Madden each scored eight points for the Blackbirds. Vogel and Britney Creed added seven points each for the Blackbirds.

Maloney led Cohoes with 15 points. Butler and Galuski each added 11 points for the Tigers.

Voorheesville was in foul trouble all night, and it could have affected the team at the end of the contest.

"We had two girls foul out," Baron said. "That’s tough. It makes a huge difference. It changes the line-up and changes how we play."

"Making progress"

The loss dropped the Birds to 4-3 in the Colonial Council and Cohoes improved to 6-1.

"It was a big game for us," Baron said. "Cohoes is on top of the league."

But Baron was proud that his team was able to play with one of the Colonial Council heavyweights. The Birds faced another in Watervliet on Tuesday, losing 39-35.

Baron is also happy to see his team continue to get better as the second half of the season kicks into high gear. After Tuesday’s game, the Blackbirds have made one trip through the league and will play each team again, starting next Tuesday with Cobleskill.

"We’re making progress; we’re steadily improving," Baron said. "We are playing hard and intense. Everybody played and contributed. It’s a full team effort. It came down to the roll of the ball."

The Blackbirds hold league wins over Cobleskill, Lansingburgh, Ravena, and Schalmont. Voorheesville lost to top league teams Mechanicville, Holy Names, and Cohoes.

"We’re showing that we can compete with everybody," Baron said. "Our record sure doesn’t show it. Holy Names was close; we lost by eight points. And, against Mechanicville, we were up. And we were down by two points to Cohoes at the end of the third. We have to finish up better to win, but the point right now is that we are competing."

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