What’s up in Shenendehowa sports: Dec. 21

Shenendehowa's Carly Boland, left, drives against Bethlehem's Molly Kirby during a girls' basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)Shenendehowa's Carly Boland, left, drives against Bethlehem's Molly Kirby during a girls' basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

CLIFTON PARK — Recapping the latest highlights in Shenendehowa athletics, with a look at what’s to come this week.

SHOWDOWN LOOMS

This Tuesday, the Shenendehowa boys’ basketball team will take on perennial power CBA in the first-ever Suburban Council meeting between the two schools.

The game, too, will double as a celebration of Shenendehowa’s partnership with “Got Your 6,” a group which helps veterans.

Last week, the Plainsmen kept on rolling and picked up lopsided wins against Bethlehem (90-46) and Saratoga Springs (81-34). Shenendehowa is 6-0 on the season and ranked No. 10 in the state.

Kaleb Hotaling of Shenendehowa competes in the in the 5th heat of the 200 Individual Medley during the Shenendehowa Holiday Invitational Saturday, December 19, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Kaleb Hotaling of Shenendehowa competes in the in the 5th heat of the 200 Individual Medley during the Shenendehowa Holiday Invitational Saturday, December 19, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

RECORDS FALL

A pair of school records fell this past Saturday, as Shenendehowa boys’ swimming and diving’s Luke Gordon and Shenendehowa indoor track’s Jill Shippee each broke their own marks.

Gordon, a senior, set his new record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 57.99 seconds. His old school record was 58.85 seconds.

Meanwhile, Shippee recorded a shot put of 43 feet, 1.00 inches. The junior’s throw broke her own record of 42 feet, 8.75 inches from last season.

TEAMS DO WELL, TOO

Both Shenendehowa indoor track squads collected wins Saturday, while the Shenendehowa boys’ swimming and diving team came in fourth at its home invitational.

Both indoor track squads won in dominant fashion, easily outpacing their respective fields.

For the boys’ team, solo wins came from Matt McLaughlin (55-meter dash), Tyler Schmidt (300-meter dash), Alex Matson (600-meter run), Mitchell Halpern (1,000-meter run and 1,600-meter run), Nick Michalowski (55-meter hurdles), Jacob Pishkula (triple jump), and Michael Jeffers (shot put).

Also for the boys’ team, the 4×200-meter relay team of Nicholas Jacques, Angelo Cheira, Mike Popp, and Dominick Timpanaro was a winner; as was the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay team of Mark Konye, Schmidt, Pishkula, and Joseph Novenche; and, so, too, was the distance medley relay team of Matson, Juan Perez, Nicholas Marchese, and Alex Hislop.

For the girls’ team, individual victories came from Olivia Robbins (55-meter dash, 55-meter hurdles), Emily Crounse (600-meter run), Danielle Jordan (1,000-meter run and 1,500-meter run), Katie Kelly (pole vault), Kaehle Cukerstein (long jump), and Shippee (shot put).

Also for the girls’ team, the sprint medley relay team of Hillary Halpern, Kelly Hamlin, Jordan, and Rachel Venditti won.

Meanwhile, for the swim team, Gordon won the breaststroke in which he set his record and also came in second place in the 200 individual medley; Joey Homan came in second in the 100 backstroke; and, Nick Lydon finished in third in diving.

Shenendehowa's Kevin Parker, top, contends with Niskayuna's Reggie Melvin during a match Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

Shenendehowa’s Kevin Parker, top, contends with Niskayuna’s Reggie Melvin during a match Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

MORE TITLES FOR WRESTLERS

While Kevin Parker won a solo title at a Flo-Excalibur event this past Saturday, the Shenendehowa wrestling squad won a team title the same day at an invitational in Hudson Falls with a dominant performance.

Shenendehowa scored 238.5 points at the event, well more than second-place Watervliet’s 175.0.

Picking up solo titles from the event for Shenendehowa were Mike Dimonda, Tom Burns, and Nick Joseph.

HOLIDAY BREAK

After a resounding win this past Tuesday against Bethlehem, the Shenendehowa girls’ basketball team breezed past Saratoga Springs Friday with a 73-46 win.

The victories pushed the team’s record to 6-0 for the season.

The Plainsmen will be off from game action until next week.

The Shenendehowa dance team performs at halftime during a boys' basketball game Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

The Shenendehowa dance team performs at halftime during a boys’ basketball game Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Sportswriter)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

(Home games on main campus, unless otherwise noted)

Tuesday, Dec. 22

7 p.m.: Boys’ basketball hosts CBA

Wednesday, Dec. 23

4:15 p.m.: Boys’ bowling hosts CBA, at Spare Time Lanes

7:30 p.m.: Wrestling at Shaker

Sunday, Dec. 27

8 a.m.: Indoor track at invitational, at Reggie Lewis center in Roxbury, Mass.

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.