10 competitions to watch for in Shenendehowa spring sports

Shenendehowa pitcher Ian Anderson sends one to the plate against Niskayuna Friday, April 24, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)Shenendehowa pitcher Ian Anderson sends one to the plate against Niskayuna Friday, April 24, 2015. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

CLIFTON PARK — Spring weather came early this year, and high school sports are not wasting any time getting going.

At Shenendehowa, the girls’ track and field and softball teams are looking to defend Section II championships. A number of other green-and-white teams are looking to either make up for tough season-ending losses or to take the next step this spring.

Here are 10 of the most-anticipated sporting events this spring season for the Plainsmen teams, as presently scheduled:

HOME SWEET HOME

Who: Boys’ tennis

When: April 6

Where: Shenendehowa

What: After opening on the road, the Plainsmen’s spring tennis squad takes on local rival Burnt Hills in its first home match of the season.

On Friday afternoon, May 29th 2015, at the Clifton Park Common, Shenendehowa softball competed against Shaker for their Section 2 Class AA Championships. Shenendehowa teammates celebrate after wining the championship. (Erica Miller / Gazette Photographer)

On Friday afternoon, May 29th 2015, at the Clifton Park Common, Shenendehowa softball competed against Shaker for their Section 2 Class AA Championships. Shenendehowa teammates celebrate after wining the championship. (Erica Miller / Gazette Photographer)

EARLY-SEASON SHOWDOWN

Who: Softball

When: April 8

Where: Averill Park

What: The defending Section II Class AA champion, Shenendehowa travels to take on the defending Class A state champion.

RIVALRY RENEWS

Who: Baseball

When: April 18

Where: Shenendehowa

What: After falling to Saratoga Springs in a Class AA championship thriller a year ago, the powerful Plainsmen get their first chance to offer some payback to the Blue Streaks.

REMATCH FOR REVENGE

Who: Girls’ lacrosse

When: April 25

Where: Guilderland

What: After falling 17-7 in last year’s Class A title game to Guilderland, this is Shenendehowa’s first chance to take on the squad that upset it to close the 2015 season.

FACING THE CHAMPS

Who: Boys’ lacrosse

When: April 27

Where: Niskayuna

What: In a matchup of the area’s top programs, Shenendehowa will travel to take on Niskayuna. The Silver Warriors won a state championship in 2015.

POWERS COLLIDE

Who: Baseball

When: April 29

Where: Shenendehowa

What: For a noon start, Shenendehowa welcomes fellow Suburban Council power Columbia to Plainsmen Park.

The Shenendehowa boys lacrosse team gathers at halftime with head coach Jason Gifford during an April 16 game against Colonie in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

The Shenendehowa boys lacrosse team gathers at halftime with head coach Jason Gifford during an April 16 game against Colonie in Clifton Park. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

SETTLING A SCORE

Who: Boys’ lacrosse

When: May 3

Where: Shaker

What: Shenendehowa takes on the Blue Bison, which upset the Plainsmen in the 2015 Class A semifinals.

TUNING UP

Who: Girls’ lacrosse

When: May 5

Where: Shenendehowa

What: In a game against small-school power Albany Academy, the Plainsmen will get a late-season nonleague chance to measure itself ahead of the postseason.

A cheer ends the April 23 unified sports basketball practice at Shenendehowa. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

A cheer ends the April 23 unified sports basketball practice at Shenendehowa. (Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter)

LET’S TIP

Who: Unified basketball

When: May 19

Where: Shenendehowa

What: The Plainsmen take on Mohonasen in a season-opening game for Shenendehowa’s spring hoops team.

BACK AT IT

Who: Boys’ and girls’ track and field

When: May 13

Where: Shenendehowa

What: Promising to be bigger and better than last year, the second edition of the Shen Invitational is scheduled. The Plainsmen’s track programs debuted the event in 2015 to a big response from area and regional teams, and the event should be a must-see for area track and field fans.

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.