10 dates to know for Shenendehowa athletics this fall sports season

Volleyball program members Julia Paliwodzziski, left, and Charlotte Macken share a laugh at the team's opening-day practice at Shenendehowa in Clifton Park on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)Volleyball program members Julia Paliwodzziski, left, and Charlotte Macken share a laugh at the team's opening-day practice at Shenendehowa in Clifton Park on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

CLIFTON PARK — The calendar won’t deem it autumn for roughly another month, but that did not stop area high schools from starting up practices for their fall sports teams on Monday.

Most Shenendehowa teams won’t start official competition until early September, but that does not mean it is too early to look ahead to some of the most important dates on the fall sports calendar.

Minus postseason competitions, here are 10 of the most-anticipated sporting events this fall for the Plainsmen, as presently scheduled:

Members of the boys' soccer program ready for a warmup jog before the team's opening-day practice at Shenendehowa in Clifton Park on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Members of the boys’ soccer program ready for a warmup jog before the team’s opening-day practice at Shenendehowa in Clifton Park on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

HELLO, NEW FOE

Who: Shenendehowa golf

When: Aug. 24, 2 p.m.

Where: The Edison Club

What: The Plainsmen’s first athletic contest of the year, Shenendehowa golf’s debut also doubles as the school’s first league matchup against one of the Suburban Council’s new schools in the form of CBA.

Sara Conroy dribbles the ball at the girls' soccer team's opening-day practice at Shenendehowa in Clifton Park on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Sara Conroy dribbles the ball at the girls’ soccer team’s opening-day practice at Shenendehowa in Clifton Park on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

RIVALRY RESUMES

Who: Shenendehowa girls’ swimming and diving

When: Sept. 2, 4:30 p.m.

Where: Shenendehowa Aquatics Center

What: After an epic rivalry a year ago, the Shenendehowa and Niskayuna girls’ swimming and diving teams take on one another in what will be a pivotal early-season Suburban Council matchup.

REVENGE GAME

Who: Shenendehowa field hockey

When: Sept. 4, 4:15 p.m.

Where: Saratoga Springs High School

What: The Plainsmen take on the Blue Streaks in a rematch of last year’s sectional final that featured a result Shenendehowa will look to atone for in this contest.

TO THE DOME

Who: Shenendehowa football

When: Sept. 5, 5 p.m.

Where: Syracuse Carrier Dome

What: The defending Section II Class AA football champions kick off their season at the home field of the Syracuse Orange against perennial state power Canisius.

Amy Luo takes a shot at the girls' tennis team's opening-day practice at Shenendehowa in Clifton Park on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Amy Luo takes a shot at the girls’ tennis team’s opening-day practice at Shenendehowa in Clifton Park on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

A RUN IN THE PARK

Who: Shenendehowa boys’ and girls’ cross country

When: Sept. 8, 4:15 p.m.

Where: Saratoga Spa State Park

What: Against Guilderland and Saratoga Springs, the Plainsmen runners get their first taste of the season of the area’s top distance course.

Emily Crounse, left, gives girls' cross country teammate Julia Zachgo some assistance with her sneakers at the team's opening-day practice at Shenendehowa in Clifton Park on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Emily Crounse, left, gives girls’ cross country teammate Julia Zachgo some assistance with her sneakers at the team’s opening-day practice at Shenendehowa in Clifton Park on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

SUPER BOWL REMATCH

Who: Shenendehowa football

When: Sept. 18, 7 p.m.

Where: Shenendehowa High School football field

What: Head coach Brian Clawson’s group will welcome CBA in Week 3 for a rematch of last year’s Section II Class AA Super Bowl — which Shenendehowa won in a thriller, 25-20.

TAKING ON THE CHAMPS

Who: Shenendehowa boys’ volleyball

When: Oct. 2, 4:15 p.m.

Where: Shenendehowa High School main gymnasium

What: Bethlehem is the five-time defending Section II Division I champion and topped the Plainsmen a year ago in the title match, so head coach John Coletta’s squad will be looking to show it has what it takes to break Bethlehem’s streak this season.

WORTH THE WAIT

Who: Shenendehowa boys’ soccer

When: Oct. 13, 7 p.m.

Where: Niskayuna High School

What: Last year’s Section II Class AA final in this sport went the Plainsmen’s way with a 1-0 decision against Niskayuna, and this game will be the teams’ only meeting this fall — unless they tangle again in the postseason.

UNDER THE BRIGHT LIGHTS

Who: Shenendehowa girls’ soccer

When: Oct. 17, 7 p.m.

Where: Shenendehowa High School soccer field

What: Playing against Monroe-Woodbury in their regular-season finale, the Plainsmen cap their regular season with a rare home game under the lights.

Boys' soccer teammates Kyle Pfaff, left, and Kyle Landis contest a ball during the team's opening-day practice at Shenendehowa in Clifton Park on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Boys’ soccer teammates Kyle Pfaff, left, and Kyle Landis contest a ball during the team’s opening-day practice at Shenendehowa in Clifton Park on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

TEST AGAINST THE BEST

Who: Shenendehowa girls’ volleyball

When: Oct. 19, 4:15 p.m.

Where: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School

What: Last year’s Class AA champions, the Plainsmen will travel for their final regular season matchup against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, the perennial Suburban Council champion and defending Class A winner.

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.