BY MICHAEL KELLY
CLIFTON PARK — With most teams opening their training camps Aug. 15, the fall sports season is underway for the Shenendehowa High School teams.
Games, matches and meets start in the final week of August. Here are 10 of the most-anticipated sporting events this fall season for the Plainsmen teams, as presently scheduled:
GETTING IT GOING
When: Aug. 25, 11 a.m.
Where: Town of Colonie Golf Course
What: The first official sporting event of the fall season for Shenendehowa sees its golf team, the defending Suburban Council champions, take on Shaker.
Who: Girls’ tennis
When: Aug. 29, 11 a.m.
What: Against local rival Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, the Plainsmen will open their 2016 season with a home match.
Who: Boys’ volleyball
When: Sept. 2, 5:30 p.m.
What: After dethroning Bethlehem in last year’s championship, Shenendehowa will play the first of (likely) three matchups this season with its top rival.
Who: Cross country
When: Sept. 6, 4:15 p.m.
Where: Saratoga Spa State Park
What: Shenendehowa’s boys’ and girls’ teams take on archrival Saratoga Springs, plus Columbia and Guilderland in an early-season showdown.
Who: Field hockey
When: Sept. 7, 6 p.m.
What: The defending Section II Class A champion plays host to its top rival, Saratoga Springs, which the Plainsmen beat in the 2015 area title game.
TAKING ON THE CHAMPS
Who: Boys’ soccer
When: Sept. 20, 4:15 p.m.
Where: Ballston Spa
What: After falling in a dramatic regular season game last season to the Scotties, Shenendehowa will travel to Ballston Spa this season for its meeting with last year’s area champions.
Who: Girls’ swimming
When: Sept. 21, 4:30 p.m.
What: The Plainsmen will play host to Ballston Spa, the school where first-year Shenendehowa girls’ coach Sandy Stanislowsky coaches the boys’ swimming team.
OUT FOR REVENGE
Who: Girls’ soccer
When: Oct. 13, 7 p.m.
What: After falling to the Silver Warriors in last year’s Section II Class AA championship game in four overtimes, the Plainsmen will look to score a measure of revenge.
DOWN TO THE WIRE
When: Oct. 14, 7 p.m.
What: How the Plainsmen fare in this Week 7 matchup against Guilderland will likely determine their seed for the Class AA postseason, just like it did in 2015’s Week 7.
STOP THE STREAK
Who: Girls’ volleyball
When: Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m.
What: The Plainsmen will take their most realistic shot yet to end the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake program’s decades-long winning streak within Suburban Council play.