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Niskayuna stymies Shaker again
COLONIE

Niskayuna stymies Shaker again

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Joe Carosella can’t fully explain it. Neither can his players.
Whatever the reason, Niskayuna is the one team that had Shaker’s number during the Suburban Council boys’ soccer season. The Silver Warriors’ success extended Thursday night, when they beat the Blue Bison, 3-1, in the Class AA semifinals.
 

Hockey: Rivals too focused on present to worry about past

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
For the fans of the Union and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hockey teams, the Jan. 25 Mayor’s Cup postgame brawl between the two clubs will never be forgotten.
But the players on both sides have moved past what happened nine months ago. They have too much to worry about this season, like correcting mistakes and trying to find goal scoring.
 

Mowrey, Sir Bills hold off Mighty Warriors

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Anthony Mowrey ran for three touchdowns, including the fourth-quarter clincher, as Johnstown closed its season with a 34-20 crossover win against Mohonasen Thursday night at Knox Field.
 

Field hockey: Danes no longer relying just on defense

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
After mixing international standouts with local stars, University at Albany field hockey coach Phil Sykes knows he has another winner on his hands.
Now in his 11th season, Sykes has guided the Great Danes to three of the last six America East Conference titles (2008, 2010 and 2012) and three NCAA tournament berths. Heading into this campaign, he owned a solid 125-94 overall record, including a 35-16 conference mark, but despite a demanding schedule, this year’s Great Danes (15-2) have already clinched at least a share of the league crown and are ranked 12th in the nation.
 

Volleyball: Spartans keep rolling

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake reached its 18th straight Section II girls’ volleyball title match with its second sweeep of Averill Park this season in Class A semifinal play Thursday at Schalmont High School.
 
ROTTERDAM

Football: Strube glad to be back with Sabres

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Schalmont senior Kyle Strube caught a screen pass and was quickly tackled for no gain in last week’s Section II Class B quarterfinal win against Johnstown.
“Just to be on the field for senior night was the best feeling in the world,” said Strube. “I only touched the ball one time and it hurt a little, but it was all right. It was good to be out there again.”
 

Hockey: ECAC sees no need for extra precautions

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
The events that occurred between Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Union at the end of last season’s Mayor’s Cup won’t affect how ECAC Hockey views this weekend’s series between the Route 7 rivals.
 
KANSAS CITY, Mo.

World Series: 'MadBum' pitches like a champion

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants succeeded where no team had in 31⁄2 decades, winning Game 7 on the road for their third World Series title in five years. Punctuating one of the finest October performances in baseball history, Bumgarner came out of the bullpen to pitch five scoreless innings on two days’ rest for his third win of the Series, and the Giants held off the Kansas City Royals, 3-2, Wednesday night in a championship pushed to the limit.
 
Coaching just part of coach’s job these days
COLONIE

Coaching just part of coach’s job these days

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
A college coach’s job is to win. A college coach’s job is to mold teens and 20-somethings in and out of the classroom. A college coach’s job is to hand out coffee to commuters.
 
ALBANY

Devils vs. Springfield: Devils get more help

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Injuries and recalls took two men off the Albany Devils’ second line this week, but they just plugged in two more and watched them spark a comeback win Wednesday. With centerman Kelly Zajac out with an upper-body injury and left wing Reid Boucher up with New Jersey, Albany coach Rick Kowalsky gave rookie Graham Black the nod at center and Stefan Matteau — who just returned from an injury — the look at left wing, with Mike Sislo remaining on the right side.
 
EAST GREENBUSH

School Football: Chandler lifts Scotties

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Senior quarterback Derek Chandler ran for one touchdown and passed for two more to propel Ballston Spa to a 35-21 victory over Columbia in a crossover football game Wednesday night.
 

School Volleyball: Mohonasen gains final

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Deonta Neeley’s 12 kills lifted Mohonasen over Columbia, 25-13, 25-21, 24-26, 25-16, in the Division II boys’ sectional semifinals Wednesday night.
 

College Field Hockey: Freshman Hanks an instant contributor

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

The first time Maryland freshman Carrie Hanks saw her name flashed up on the scoreboard as starting lineups were announced, it didn’t go to her head. It went to her stomach.
 

College Hockey: No animosity between Appert, Bennett

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
ustomers who arrived at the Dunkin’ Donuts store on Troy-Schenectady Road in Latham on Wednesday morning to get a coffee or a doughnut had to do a double take. Was that really Union hockey coach Rick Bennett and his counterpart at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Seth Appert, filling orders for them? Weren’t these the same two coaches who nearly came to blows at the end of last January’s Mayor’s Cup game at the Times Union Center?
 
Sectional Field Hockey: Spartans shut down Indians
SCHENECTADY

Sectional Field Hockey: Spartans shut down Indians

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
Coach Kelly Vrooman’s pregame speech was a little bit motivational and a lot instructive, and based on Wednesday’s outcome, her Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake field hockey team was all ears. “She said we had to stay flat. Keep the sticks down. Hit the open person,” said Spartans sophomore Danielle Kempf. “We’ve been rethinking basics a lot, and it’s been working.” Those little but important things culminated in numerous offensive thrusts that Burnt Hills parlayed into a 2-0 Section II Class B semifinal win over Glens Falls at Union College’s College Park.
 
 

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