Guilderland High School

An intense game with two overtimes ended Wednesday with the Guilderland field hockey team’s first-ever chance to play a sectional title game. The Dutch pulled out a 2-to-1 victory on Bethlehem’s home turf against the Eagles in the Class A sectional semifinal.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Dutch cross-country team traveled to the Crossings of Colonie to face Troy, Saratoga, and Colonie. The boys won against all three; 15 to 50 over Colonie, 25 to 30 over Saratoga, and beat Troy due to the Flying Horses having an incomplete team.

Girls on the Guilderland-Voorheesville swim team, who call themselves the Geese, traveled to Shaker to take on the Blue Bison last Friday afternoon. Shaker doesn’t have a diving board but the girls were still up to the task to beat the Blue Bison, 86 to 79.

The Dutch girls’ tennis and field hockey players used their rackets and sticks to get past their opponents last week. The tennis team opened up sectional play on Tuesday afternoon at home as the number-one seed in Class AA and smashed Ballston Spa, 8 to 1.

On Saturday, Guilderland’s soccer teams held their Senior Day to honor players in their final year of the soccer program. The girls were first up on the pitch, playing against Shaker. The score went back and forth, taking the game into overtime — but ending in a tie: 2 to 2.

Voorheesville’s cross-country team hosted its annual Blackbird Invitational on Saturday morning at the Stephen P. Wallace Park on Swift Road. This year, the invitational had a record 32 teams competing in the two division races. Voorheesville and Berne-Knox-Westerlo competed in Division 2.

The 2019 football season kicked off at home this weekend for both the Guilderland Dutchmen and the Voorheesville Blackbirds. The Dutch players faced off against Shaker, a team they’ve battled in playoffs. The Dutch fell to the formidable Bison team, 41 to 23, on Friday night.

Getting off on the right foot is key for the girls on Guilderland’s tennis and volleyball teams as they strive to get good seeds for sectional play in the coming weeks of the fall season. On Friday, both teams were in action.

Guilderland girls — five of them — have their own golf team for the first time this year since Section 2 of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association has recognized girls’ golf as a sport.

Going into every season, no matter the sport, each team looks to its senior players for leadership. The Class of 2019 did not disappoint as he athletes led their teams into sectional play or even into state competition.


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