Basketball: No. 1 seeds for both Shen squads

Shenendehowa's Kevin Huerter, left, receives a greeting from head coach Tony Dzikas during a Tuesday, Feb. 3, game against Saratoga Springs in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)Shenendehowa's Kevin Huerter, left, receives a greeting from head coach Tony Dzikas during a Tuesday, Feb. 3, game against Saratoga Springs in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)
Shenendehowa's Kevin Huerter, left, receives a greeting from head coach Tony Dzikas during a Tuesday, Feb. 3, game against Saratoga Springs in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Shenendehowa’s Kevin Huerter, left, receives a greeting from head coach Tony Dzikas during a Tuesday, Feb. 3, game against Saratoga Springs in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Reporter

SARATOGA SPRINGS — No surprises emanated from the Section II boys and girls basketball committees Wednesday when it came to the Shenendehowa Plainsmen squads.

From the seeding meeting at the Holiday Inn, both the Shenendehowa boys and girls were awarded No. 1 seeds for the upcoming Class AA tournaments. The Shenendehowa boys will open its postseason Feb. 28 at Hudson Valley Community College in the quarterfinals against either Columbia or Schenectady at 7 p.m.; meanwhile the girls will have to wait until March 2 quarterfinals for their first action, which comes at home against either Ballston Spa or Guilderland at 7:30 p.m.

Both Plainsmen squads received byes through the first round.

The Shenendehowa girls finished the regular season with an 18-1 record, winning the Suburban Council league title with an 81-46 victory Feb. 10 against Shaker.

Meanwhile, the Shenendehowa boys went a perfect 19-0 during the regular season, breezing to a league title. With a long layoff until the squad’s next game, Plainsmen head coach Tony Dzikas said his club will scrimmage Thursday against Averill Park and Monday against Troy, clubs ranked No. 2 and 3, respectively, in the Class A draw.

Elsewhere in the boys’ Class AA bracket, Green Tech — undefeated this season and the reigning state champion — received the draw’s “Independent” side No. 1 seed. On the Suburban Council side with Shenendehowa, the rest of the top-four spots went, in order, to Guilderland, Bethlehem, and Shaker; finishing out the top four for the Independent draw were Catholic Central, Christian Brothers Academy, and Schenectady.

In the girls’ bracket, which consisted of a straight draw, the No. 2 spot went to Bethlehem, while Albany and Shaker followed at Nos. 3 and 4.

“I think this is one of the deepest years in [Class AA] that I can remember,” said Shenendehowa girls head coach Joe Murphy. “The top four seeds are really not separated by much at all.”

“It definitely one of the deepest tournaments I could remember,” he added.

In the latest state rankings, the Shenendehowa girls were ranked No. 5 and the boys were No. 10.

If the Shenendehowa boys were to advance to a championship game, the squad’s likely opponents, in succession, would be Schenectady, Catholic Central, and Green Tech. For the Plainsmen girls, the expected-by-seed path is Guilderland, Shaker, and Bethlehem.

 

About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.