BY MICHAEL KELLY
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.