The Mohonasen High School boys’ basketball team ventured into rare territory Friday night when it defeated Columbia in a Suburban Council matchup, and extended its winning streak to six games.
The streak is believed to be the longest for Mohonasen since its 1979-80 team also won six in a row. Mohonasen closed out its 1971-72 season with seven consecutive victories, and captured both the Section II Class A and A-AA championships.
Mohonasen’s 1968-69 team strung together 10 straight victories to begin that campaign.
“It’s been a lot of fun. It’s nice to be a part of it, this experience,” said Ken Dagostino, Mohonasen’s third-year varsity coach. “No one has mentioned anything about streaks, but I know it’s been quite some time since we’ve done something like this.”
Winning streaks of any length were quite rare in 10 straight losing seasons at Mohonasen before
Dagostino’s 2006-07 club won five in a row as part of its 12-10 finish. The Mighty Warriors equaled that mark with a 48-44 victory over Shaker Tuesday, and beat Columbia, 67-57, Friday, behind Jordan Macejka’s 20 points and Cameron Couball’s 19.
Mohonasen (7-5 overall, 4-4 Suburban Council) opened the season by dropping five of six games, including a four-point loss to Colonie and five-pointers against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Shenendehowa. Its streak began with a 73-32 rout of Ballston Spa, and triumphs over Schalmont (76-40), Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons (67-63 in overtime) and Averill Park
Robert Tedesco’s free throw with nine seconds left capped Mohonasen’s comeback win over Averill Park.
“We’ve got five guys rebounding and getting after it. We’re sharing the scoring, and we’ve got guys buying in at the defensive end,”
Dagostino said of his team’s winning streak, the longest active streak going among the Suburban Council’s 12 teams. “I haven’t looked at the defensive stats, but we’re doing pretty well. If you’re holding Class AA and Class A teams to 50 points, you’re doing OK.”
Mohonasen’s most impressive win during its run came against Bishop Gibbons in the title game of the John F. Kirvin Tournament on its home court. After letting a 17-point lead evaporate, and watching the Knights tie it on a last-second basket, the Mighty Warriors regrouped in overtime to knock off one of the Big 10’s best teams. Nick Battaglia hit four clutch free throws in the extra session, and finished with a team-high 15 points.
“That game showed us that we can compete with good teams. It was a quality win for us, but also an important win for our whole program,” Dagostino said. “It showed our guys [on the varsity] and the younger guys throughout the program that it’s worth putting the effort in.”
For those wondering, Mohonasen’s 1991-92 Section II Class B championship team had a pair of five-game winning streaks.
Mohonasen plays at Niskayuna Tuesday.
anderson reaches 1,000
Canajoharie senior Heidi Anderson hit a baseline jumper with 2:45 left in the fourth quarter to collect her 999th and 1,000th career points Tuesday night. The milestone came in a 57-35 homecourt loss to Berne-Knox-Westerlo, with Anderson’s 14 points leading the Cougars.
Anderson added a free throw in the final minute to push her varsity total to 1,001. Anderson is the first Canajoharie player to reach the mark since Andrea Downs in 1989.
Kelly Murphy of Mechanicville, Rachelle Black of Warrensburg and Kayla Ryan of Hoosic Valley reached 1,000 points earlier this season.
BROMIRSKI DOES IT AGAIN
Cambridge senior Shea
Bromirski turned in his seventh and eighth games with over 30 points last week, totaling a season-high 36 in a 61-59 in win over Schuylerville, and netting 31 in a 55-45 victory over Hoosick Falls.
Bromirski’s performance against Schuylerville included a game-
tying three-pointer with 35 seconds left, and a go-ahead free throw that made it 60-59 with 2.8 seconds to go as the Indians dealt the Black Horses their first Wasaren League defeat. Bromirski nailed seven three-point baskets against
The College of Saint Rose-bound guard has a 35-point game and two with 33 to his credit. He’s averaging a Section II-best 30 points per game for the 12-1 Indians.
CHALLENGE AT SIENA
Albany Academy will play five-time state champion Peekskill as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Basketball Challenge Sunday at Siena College’s Alumni Recreation Center.
Saratoga Springs (4-8) will play Mohonasen (7-5) at 2, and White Plains (8-3) will meet Bishop Maginn (10-1) at 4 before the Academy (10-2)-Peekskill (13-0) game at 6.
Albany Academy is hosting the event, which will benefit the American Cancer Society.
Peekskill beat Glens Falls last March for its third consecutive state Class A public school championship, and went on to capture its second straight Federaion title. Peekskill is ranked
No. 1 in the state in Class A, while Albany Academy is No. 11. The White Plains-Bishop Maginn game also matches state-ranked teams, with the Tigers No. 14 in Class AA, and the Golden Griffins No. 7.
lane to penn state
Greenwich senior Caitlin Lane will continue her distance-running career at Penn State.
Lane won her second consecutive state Class C cross country championship in the fall, leading the Witches to team titles both times. Last week, she was selected to the all-state Class C first team.
Lane won the state Division II 1,500-meter championship last spring.
BLUE STREAKS WIN
Saratoga Springs finished first in the varsity boys’ division of the Glens Falls Invitational giant alalom at West Mountain on Wednesday night.
Due to a scoring error, it was initially announced that Queensbury had won the race. It was later determined the Spartans and Blue Streaks actually had finished in a tie. The tie was then broken by the highest-placing fifth skier of each team. Members of the winning team were Paul Dreyer (fourth), Will Dreyer (fifth), Patrick Howard (17th) David Scavone (22nd) and Chris Pehl (25th).
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