Shenendehowa athletics report: Oct. 6

A cheerleader performs during the Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 Shenendehowa football homecoming game in Clifton Park. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)A cheerleader performs during the Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 Shenendehowa football homecoming game in Clifton Park. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

CLIFTON PARK — Our early-week report on everything Shenendehowa athletics, with recent scores and highlights for the Plainsmen teams.

BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY

The latest: The squad came in eighth place in its race at the McQuaid Invitational in Rochester, with Tyler Schmidt leading the way with an overall finish of No. 32.

What’s next: A league meet today, at Niskayuna’s Iroquois Middle School course.

BOYS’ SOCCER

The latest: No games since a win Thursday against Albany, but the Plainsmen have been quietly dominant through a 9-2 start to the season. Only six goals allowed in 11 games for Shenendehowa.

What’s next: A meeting today with Troy, on the road at 6:30 p.m.

BOYS’ VOLLEYBALL

The latest: A tough 3-1 loss in a well-played four-set match Friday to Bethlehem, then a great 3-1 win Monday against Guilderland.

What’s next: A trip tomorrow to take on a red-hot Niskayuna squad.

FIELD HOCKEY

The latest: A 1-0 win this past Wednesday against Saratoga Springs was the precursor to a 2-0 win Friday against Shaker for the Plainsmen, which are 10-1.

What’s next: A home contest Wednesday against Guilderland.

The student senior section is shown at a Shenendehowa homecoming football game against Ballston Spa on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

The student senior section is shown at a Shenendehowa homecoming football game against Ballston Spa on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

FOOTBALL

The latest: A resounding 42-7 win against Ballston Spa, which puts Shenendehowa at 2-1 in divisional play.

What’s next: The last regular-season home game is this Friday when the Plainsmen play host to winless Albany.

The Shenendehowa girls' cross country team took first place at the 51st McQuaid Invitational at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester. Contributing that day for the team as varsity runners, in finishing order, were Danielle Jordan, Julia Zachgo, Charlotte Hartman, Emily Crounse, Kristina Watrobski, Caroline Hartman, and Elise Maddalone. (Photo provided)

The Shenendehowa girls’ cross country team took first place at the 51st McQuaid Invitational at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester. Contributing that day for the team as varsity runners, in finishing order, were Danielle Jordan, Julia Zachgo, Charlotte Hartman, Emily Crounse, Kristina Watrobski, Caroline Hartman, and Elise Maddalone. (Photo provided)

GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY

The latest: A huge team victory at the McQuaid Invitational in Rochester, where Shenendehowa — now ranked No. 3 in New York — toppled a great field of teams in dominant fashion, beating second-place Centerville 75-81. Leading Shenendehowa were Danielle Jordan (No. 4 overall) and Julia Zachgo (No. 9).

What’s next: A league meet today, at Niskayuna’s Iroquois Middle School course.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

The latest: Shenendehowa has been off since its 1-0 win this past Thursday against Albany.

What’s next: The tough part of the schedule. After today’s meeting with Troy, the undefeated Plainsmen will take on Niskayuna, Saratoga Springs, and Shaker — who, combined, have two losses.

GIRLS’ SWIMMING & DIVING

The latest: Making preparations for one very busy week …

What’s next: Shenendehowa goes to Guilderland Wednesday, and then plays host to its own invitational this Saturday. The Plainsmen’s invitational is one of the turning-point events of the Section II season, as many athletes will be looking to swim top times.

GIRLS’ TENNIS

The latest: A 5-4 win Friday against Saratoga Springs.

What’s next: A home meeting today with Troy.

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

The latest: In league action, the Plainsmen are still undefeated and have not played since last Wednesday in the Suburban Council.

What’s next: A match today with Troy before heading to Shaker tomorrow.

GOLF

The latest: A Monday win against Troy, plus a win Friday against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, in which Mike Ross shot a 37, and Tom McPartlon and Angelo Cafaro each had a 38.

What’s next: Sectionals are Wednesday for the Plainsmen, where Shenendehowa will look to collect a team title at Eagle Crest.

Athletes prepare to pounce during a Shenendehowa homecoming football game against Ballston Spa on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Athletes prepare to pounce during a Shenendehowa homecoming football game against Ballston Spa on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

(Home games on main campus, unless otherwise noted)

Today

4:15 p.m.: Girls’ soccer hosts Troy

4:15 p.m.: Girls’ tennis hosts Troy

4:15 p.m.: Boys’ cross country at Schenectady

4:15 p.m.: Girls’ cross country at Schenectady

5:30 p.m.: Girls’ volleyball hosts Troy

6:30 p.m.: Boys’ soccer at Troy

Wednesday, Oct. 7

9 a.m.: Golf at sectionals, at Eagle Crest

4:15 p.m.: Girls’ tennis hosts Colonie

4:15 p.m.: Field hockey hosts Guilderland

4:30 p.m.: Girls’ swimming and diving at Guilderland

5:30 p.m.: Boys’ volleyball at Niskayuna

5:30 p.m.: Girls’ volleyball at Shaker

7 p.m.: Boys’ soccer hosts Shaker

Thursday, Oct. 8

4:15 p.m.: Girls’ soccer at Shaker

4:15 p.m.: Golf hosts Saratoga Springs

5:30 p.m.: Boys’ volleyball hosts Saratoga Springs

Friday, Oct. 9

4:15 p.m.: Field hockey at Niskayuna

7 p.m.: Football hosts Albany

Saturday, Oct. 10

9 a.m. Girls’ swimming hosts Shen invitational

9 a.m.: Boys’ volleyball at Penfield tournament

9 a.m.: Boys’ cross country at Manhattan invitational

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.