The Guilderville girls’ swim team sent eight athletes to Ithaca College to compete in the New York State swimming and diving championships last weekend, Nov. 18 and 19.

Racing against the top runners in the state last Saturday, November 12, at Chenango Valley State Park in Fenton, New York, Guilderland and Voorheesville cross-country runners attempted to win state titles.

Getting to states, in Syracuse, is the ultimate goal for runners and field-event athletes. Local athletes first had to succeed at the State Qualifiers at Shenendehowa High School on June 2 and 3.

Defending last year’s Section 2 title, the Guilderland girls’ varsity lacrosse team won its first game of the season, against Canandaigua from Section 5 at the University at Albany on April 1.

When Mike Kinnally first coached Dutch soccer a decade ago, the team never gelled. It's déjà vu for Kinnally this season, but he hopes the unique group of players can learn to work together.

Growing up in a segregated Wichita, André Thomas found a place where race didn't matter — the choir. But he eschewed spirituals, seeing them as a way whites put down blacks, until his mentor, Jester Hairston, led him to embrace his heritage. Now, he's an authority on spirituals and most recently sought his African roots.

Guilderland's newest high school assistant principal comes from Niskayuna, where she created a course in sports literature.

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