Shenendehowa athletics report: Oct. 29

Shenendehowa field hockey senior Emily Fraser, right, moves upfield during a game Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)Shenendehowa field hockey senior Emily Fraser, right, moves upfield during a game Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

CLIFTON PARK — Our rundown with the latest top-five news items concerning Shenendehowa athletics.

ONE: After a comeback win against Columbia a week ago, the Shenendehowa football team heads to Saratoga Springs Friday to take on the rival Blue Streaks in the Section II Class AA semifinals.

Earlier this season, Saratoga Springs walked away with the victory when the teams met.

PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER Amanda Volk of Shenendehowa and Dora Hayes of Columbia battle for the ball Tuesday, October 27, 2015.

Amanda Volk of Shenendehowa and Dora Hayes of Columbia battle for the ball Tuesday, October 27, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

TWO: A showdown with No. 5 Bethlehem awaits for the No. 1 Shenendehowa girls’ soccer team on Friday at Stillwater High School.

The Shenendehowa squad advanced to the semifinals with a 3-0 win Tuesday against Columbia.

Earlier this week, the Shenendehowa boys’ soccer team saw its season end with a 1-0 loss to Saratoga Springs.

THREE: It took a bit for the Shenendehowa field hockey squad to get going Wednesday, but a 5-0 win against Niskayuna was the game’s ultimate result.

With the win, the No. 1 Plainsmen advanced to Sunday’s title game against No. 2 Saratoga Springs at Schuylerville High School. Shenendehowa twice beat Saratoga Springs this season.

Against Niskayuna, Taryn Marra led the team with two goals and an assist.

FOUR: When sectional seeds were awarded earlier this week, both the Shenendehowa boys’ volleyball and Shenendehowa girls’ volleyball team were rewarded.

The boys received the No. 2 seed in Section II Division I, and won their quarterfinal matchup Tuesday against Saratoga Springs with a 3-0 score. In that match, Tom Hurley had 20 assists to lead the way.

Next up, the boys play the winner of today’s match between No. 3 Niskayuna and No. 6 Colonie. That semifinal will take place next Tuesday at Bethlehem High School.

Meanwhile, head coach Lori Kessler’s girls’ squad received the No. 1 seed for the Section II Class AA tournament. Shenendehowa is the five-time defending champion and will play the winner of No. 5 Shaker vs. No. 4 Guilderland next Tuesday at Ballston Spa High School.

FIVE: The postseason is here for the Shenendehowa cross country squads. Both the Plainsmen boys and girls will be in action Saturday at the Saratoga Spa State Park course for the Suburban Council Championships.

Team members huddle before a Shenendehowa boys' volleyball match against Bethlehem on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

Team members huddle before a Shenendehowa boys’ volleyball match against Bethlehem on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

(Home games on main campus, unless otherwise noted)

Friday, Oct. 30

7 p.m.: Football at Saratoga Springs, Section II Class AA semifinals

7 p.m.: Girls’ soccer vs. Bethlehem, at Stillwater, Section II Class AA semifinals

Saturday, Oct. 31

9 a.m.: Boys’ cross country at Saratoga Spa State Park, Suburban Council Championships

9 a.m.: Girls’ cross country at Saratoga Spa State Park, Suburban Council Championships

Sunday, Nov. 1

2 p.m.: Field hockey vs. Saratoga Springs, at Schuylerville, Section II Class A championship

Tuesday, Nov. 3

5 p.m.: Boys’ volleyball vs. Niskayuna/Colonie, at Bethlehem, Section II Division I semifinals

5 p.m.: Girls’ volleyball vs. Shaker/Guilderland, at Ballston Spa, Section II Class AA semifinals

Thursday, Nov. 5

4 p.m.: Girls’ swimming at Mohonasen, Section II Division I diving championship

Friday, Nov. 6

9 a.m.: Boys’ cross country at Saratoga Spa State Park, Section II Class A championship

9 a.m.: Girls’ cross country at Saratoga Spa State Park, Section II Class A championship

4:30 p.m.: Girls’ swimming at home, Section II Division I swimming championship preliminaries

Saturday, Nov. 7

3 p.m.: Girls’ swimming at home, Section II Division I swimming championship races

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.