The numbers that defined Shenendehowa athletics in 2014-15

The Shenendehowa student section cheers after Shenendehowa defeated Guilderland for the boys Class AA Section II championship at the Times Union Center in Albany on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (PATRICK DODSON/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)The Shenendehowa student section cheers after Shenendehowa defeated Guilderland for the boys Class AA Section II championship at the Times Union Center in Albany on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (PATRICK DODSON/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Reporter

CLIFTON PARK — The 2014-15 school year was an outstanding one for the Shenendehowa Plainsmen on the hardwood, the playing fields and wherever else athletic competitions were held.

The number that best defines the success of the Plainsmen in 2015? Perhaps 10 — the number of Section II team champions the school produced, with titles coming in the following sports: boys’ basketball, boys’ cross country, boys’ soccer, football, girls’ Alpine ski, girls’ cross country, girls’ outdoor track and field, girls’ volleyball, softball and wrestling.

Catcher Cailey Cuttita of Shenendehowa and pitcher Abby Shields celebrate the win against Colonie at the Luther Forest Athletic Fields in Malta Thursday, May 28, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Catcher Cailey Cuttita of Shenendehowa and pitcher Abby Shields celebrate the win against Colonie at the Luther Forest Athletic Fields in Malta Thursday, May 28, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Here’s a look at some of the numbers that defined Shenendehowa athletics in 2014-15:

2,137: The number of yards quarterback Ryan VanGalen passed for in the football season, a new school record.

1,500: The number of spectators estimated to have attended a sold-out boys’ home basketball game against Guilderland in January, which Shenendehowa won 56-43.

1,182: The number of receiving yards wide receiver Jordan Zlogar accrued, good for a Section II record.

1,168: The number of points Carly Boland has scored through her junior season for the girls’ basketball team, which she helped lead to the sectional title game this past winter.

Shen's Jordan Zlogar (23) takes the field to face off with Colonie for Class AA football action at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park on Friday, September 12, 2014. (PATRICK DODSON/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Shen’s Jordan Zlogar (23) takes the field to face off with Colonie for Class AA football action at Shenendehowa High School in Clifton Park on Friday, September 12, 2014. (PATRICK DODSON/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

177: The number of points the girls’ track and field team compiled in winning an outdoor Section II championship.

170: The number of pounds marking the weight class at which wrestler Kevin Parker won a state championship.

94: The number of victories the boys’ swimming and diving team had recorded in a row before losing in January to Shaker.

91: The number of batters baseball pitcher Ian Anderson struck out this season, done in only 531⁄3 innings.

Shenendehowa's Julia Zachgo, left, and Danielle Jordan run together during the 3,000-meter run at the Shen Invitational May 8 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Shenendehowa’s Julia Zachgo, left, and Danielle Jordan run together during the 3,000-meter run at the Shen Invitational May 8 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

87: The number of total pitches that Nik Malachowski needed to throw in his no-hitter against Mohonasen in April.

61: The number of full minutes played — plus 33 seconds — in the hockey team’s 5-4 triple-overtime postseason win Feb. 18 against Niskayuna/Schenectady.

50: The number of points Kevin Huerter scored between the state semifinals and finals for the boys’ basketball team, which won its first state title since 1987.

49: The number of points scored as a team for boys’ cross country in winning the sectional championship.

43: The number of points hockey player Peter Russo scored, a league-best total for the Capital District High School Hockey League.

14: The number of weeks between the boys’ 4×800-meter relay team winning state championships in the indoor and outdoor seasons; Collin Rowe, Mitchell Halpern, and Tyler Schmidt were part of both titles, while Connor Buhrmeister and Jack Vite split the other spot.

10: Both the number of total goals the boys’ soccer team allowed during the course of a 16-4-1 season that saw the Plainsmen advance to the state semifinals, as well as the overall number of event Section II titles the school’s swimming and diving programs won.

9: The number of players that scored in double figures this season for the girls’ lacrosse team, which made it to the sectional final, from Meghan Prendergast’s and Olivia Pickett’s 11 to Rachael Picchi’s 53 goals.

Senior members of the Shenendehowa boys lacrosse program are shown after a May 19 game in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Senior members of the Shenendehowa boys lacrosse program are shown after a May 19 game in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

7: The number of players with 28 or more points this season for the boys’ lacrosse team, from Jake Schilling’s 28 to Liam Cannon’s 50.

Sydney Brown of Shenendehowa takes a shot while being blocked by Audrey Martino and Erin Pepe of Shaker at the Section II AA Semifinals at HVCC Thursday, March 5, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Sydney Brown of Shenendehowa takes a shot while being blocked by Audrey Martino and Erin Pepe of Shaker at the Section II AA Semifinals at HVCC Thursday, March 5, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

5: The number of consecutive Section II championships the girls’ volleyball team has now won after its November title win against Bethlehem.

3: The number of top-10 finishers at sectionals for the girls’ cross country team, including Danielle Jordan in first place.

2: The number of runner-up finishes at the state championships for the school’s ski teams, which saw Julia Smith (Alpine) and Sarah Duclos (Nordic) deliver for the Plainsmen.

0: The number of runs softball pitcher Abby Shields allowed during 21 innings of work in the Plainsmen’s run through the Section II postseason.

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.