Shenendehowa athletics report: Nov. 2

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BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

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

ONE: With a 2-1 victory Sunday, the Shenendehowa field hockey team picked up its fifth Section II Class A title in the last eight years.

The Plainsmen beat Saratoga Springs in the championship game, with the victory marking the third time this season Shenendehowa bested its No. 1 rival.

Taryn Marra and Kelly Quinn scored the goals for the Plainsmen, which advanced into regional play.

Brian Williams of Saratoga is tackled by Jacob Szwarcberg of Shenendehowa Friday, October 30, 2015.

Brian Williams of Saratoga is tackled by Jacob Szwarcberg of Shenendehowa Friday, October 30, 2015.

TWO: This Wednesday, the Shenendehowa girls’ soccer team will take on Niskayuna for the Section II Class AA title.

The Plainsmen advanced to the championship match with a 2-0 victory against Bethlehem.

THREE: Both the Shenendehowa volleyball teams will be in action tomorrow, with the boys taking on Niskayuna and the girls facing Guilderland. Those games are semifinal contests.

FOUR: The Shenendehowa football team’s season came to a close Friday with a 35-7 loss to rival Saratoga Springs in the semifinals of the Section II Class AA postseason.

Dakota Harvey led Saratoga Springs with three touchdown rushes. With the win, the Blue Streaks improved to 8-0 on the season.

Shenendehowa’s lone touchdown came on a short run from Carl Fiore, a score which was the first of the game.

The loss capped a 4-5 season for the Plainsmen, which won the Section II Class AA Super Bowl in 2014. Shenendehowa had defeated Columbia 28-17 in the quarterfinals of this year’s postseason.

FIVE: The Shenendehowa cross country teams competed at Saturday’s Suburban Council Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park, with the girls taking second place and the boys getting third.

For the boys’ team, Mitchell Halpern led the way with a sixth-place finish at 15:33.62, while top-20 finishes also came from Henry Christopher (15:59.46, 14th place), Alex Matson (16:00.81, 15th place), and Joshua Lacey (16:04.05, 17th place).

For the girls’ team, Danielle Jordan finished in second place at 17:21.12, while Julia Zachgo was eighth at 17:48.72. Kristina Watrobski also had a top-20 finish with a 18:23.91 mark, good for 17th place.

Saratoga Springs swept both team titles.

Julia Samson of Shenendehowa jumps into the pool on the last leg of the freestyle relay at Shenendehowa High School Thursday, October 22, 2015. (Shenendehowa Varsity swim coach Chuck Dunham whistles from pool side Thursday, October 22, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Julia Samson of Shenendehowa jumps into the pool on the last leg of the freestyle relay at Shenendehowa High School Thursday, October 22, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

(Home games on main campus, unless otherwise noted)

Tuesday, Nov. 3

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

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

Wednesday, Nov. 4

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

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

Sunday, Nov. 8

11 a.m.: Field hockey vs. Fayetteville-Manlius, at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, state quarterfinals

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.