BY MICHAEL KELLY
CLIFTON PARK — The latest highlights in Shenendehowa athletics, plus what’s coming up this week for the Plainsmen.
The Shenendehowa indoor track and field teams were in action Friday and Saturday at the 34th annual Yale Interscholastic Track Classic, and turned in a number of strong performances.
Two of the more notable highlights from the two-day event for the Plainsmen were the finishes of the school’s boys’ 4×800-meter relay team and the girls’ 4×400-meter relay team.
For the boys’ relay team, the combination of Matt Jacques, Mitchell Halpern, Alex Matson, and Tyler Schmidt combined to win the 4×800-meter relay with a mark of 8:01.43, a time ranked No. 8 in the country.
Meanwhile, the team of Kelly Hamlin, Rachel Venditti, Melissa Haas, and Olivia Robbins broke the school’s indoor track record with a second-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay with a time of 4:00.72.
That time broke a 2004 record of 4:04.50.
Shenendehowa boys’ swimming and diving head coach Chuck Dunham was honored during his team’s victory last Tuesday against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake for his 100th career victory with the program.
Dunham — who stepped down from his post as head coach of the Shenendehowa girls’ swimming and diving team after winning a sectional title this past fall — earned his 100th win with the boys earlier this season during a 103-70 win Dec. 8 against Albany.
Now in his 10th season leading the boys’ program, Dunham owned a 104-2 record through Shenendehowa’s Jan. 12 victory and has won eight Section II championships.
In the Plainsmen’s 102-61 win against Burnt Hills, individual wins for Shenendehowa came from Dillon Harding (200 freestyle), Nick Salzone (200 individual medley), Joey Homan (50 freestyle), Nick Lydon (diving), Luke Gordon (100 freestyle), and Kaleb Hotaling (500 freestyle).
THE LAW FIRM OF MYSLIWY, GILLOOLEY, & FIORE
Three Shenendehowa football players were honored last week with all-state selections.
Senior lineman Luke Mysliwy led the way, earning a spot on the New York State Sportswriters Association’s third-team offense.
Also for the Plainsmen, senior running back Carl Fiore and senior defensive lineman Michael Gillooley earned honorable mentions.
Kevin Parker was the lone athlete from Shenendehowa wrestling to earn a place finish at the Eastern States Wrestling Classic.
Parker took second place this past Saturday in the 182-pound division, losing in the final to Wyoming Seminary’s Christian Dietrich via an 8-4 decision.
Also a runner-up last year at Eastern States, Parker later won a state title in 2015.
Last week, the Shenendehowa team beat Ballston Spa in a local matchup. We took a special look, too, at the career and future of senior Anthony DiNallo.
STILL GOING, AND GOING, AND GOING
Both the Shenendehowa boys’ basketball and Shenendehowa girls’ basketball teams are still undefeated after last week’s action.
The boys picked up 90-46 and 82-58 wins against Mohonasen and Columbia, with Kevin Huerter leading the way in both games with 27 and 29 points, respectively. Those victories pushed the boys’ record to 14-0.
Meanwhile, the girls breezed past Mohonasen with an 85-48 decision, but needed a second-half comeback to take a 56-51 win against Columbia. In the latter contest, Carly Boland had 24 points and Morgan O’Brien added 11 for the Plainsmen. The girls are now 12-0.
Also in Shenendehowa basketball news, Huerter earned a nomination to the McDonald’s All-American Game, but did not earn a roster spot.
This past Saturday, the Shenendehowa Nordic ski team’s boys picked up a first-place finish at the Queensbury invitational.
Individually, Owen Putman took first place and teammate Aaron Huneck was second.
At Monday’s Shenendehowa invitational, the Shenendehowa Alpine ski teams produced strong finishes, too, with the girls coming in second and the boys in third both slalom events
Individually, Evan Scriven won both boys’ slalom events, while Melissa Taggert led the girls with a third-place finish in the regular slalom.
(Home games on main campus, unless otherwise noted)
Tuesday, Jan. 19
4:15 p.m.: Bowling at Colonie
4:30 p.m.: Boys’ swimming hosts Guilderland
7 p.m.: Boys’ basketball at Colonie
7 p.m.: Girls’ basketball hosts Colonie
Wednesday, Jan. 20
4:15 p.m.: Bowling hosts Albany, at Spare Time Lanes
5 p.m.: Alpine ski at Glens Falls, at West Mountain
7:30 p.m.: Wrestling hosts league crossover
7:30 p.m.: Hockey hosts Guilderland/Mohonasen/Scotia-Glenville, at Clifton Park Ice Arena
Thursday, Jan. 21
4:30 p.m.: Boys’ swimming hosts Mohonasen
7 p.m.: Boys’ basketball hosts Albany
Friday, Jan. 22
4:30 p.m.: Nordic ski at Guilderland invitational, at Crandall Park
6 p.m.: Wrestling hosts tournament
7 p.m.: Girls’ basketball at Albany
Saturday, Jan. 23
9 a.m.: Wrestling hosts tournament
4:20 p.m.: Hockey hosts Ithaca, at Clifton Park Ice Arena
Monday, Jan. 25
4:15 p.m.: Bowling at Niskayuna