What’s up in Shenendehowa sports: Jan. 19

Shenendehowa Swimming coach Chuck Dunham holds his plaque commemmorating his 100th win with Dr. Oliver Robinson and senior members of his swim team Tuesday, January 12, 2016. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)Shenendehowa Swimming coach Chuck Dunham holds his plaque commemmorating his 100th win with Dr. Oliver Robinson and senior members of his swim team Tuesday, January 12, 2016. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

CLIFTON PARK — The latest highlights in Shenendehowa athletics, plus what’s coming up this week for the Plainsmen.

RELAYS ROCK

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.

From left, Shenendehowa's Kelly Hamlin, Rachel Venditti, Melissa Haas, and Olivia Robbins combined to break the school's indoor track and field record in the 4x400-meter relay at an invitational at Yale. The girls broke a record set in 2004. (Photo provided)

From left, Shenendehowa’s Kelly Hamlin, Rachel Venditti, Melissa Haas, and Olivia Robbins after breaking the school’s indoor record in the 4×400-meter relay at a Yale invitational. (Photo provided)

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.

HONORING CHUCK

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.

Nick Salzone of Shenendehowa competes in the individual medley against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Tuesday, January 12, 2016. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

Nick Salzone of Shenendehowa competes in the individual medley against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Tuesday, January 12, 2016. (Peter R. Barber/Gazette Photographer)

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.

PARKER PLACES

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)

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.

SKI STARS

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.

The team of, from left, Matt Jacques, Mitch Halpern, Alex Matson, and Tyler Schmidt won the 4x800-meter relay Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at an invitational at Yale. (Photo provided)

The team of, from left, Matt Jacques, Mitch Halpern, Alex Matson, and Tyler Schmidt won the 4×800-meter relay Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at an invitational at Yale. (Photo provided)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

(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

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.