Colonie High School football coach Mike Ambrosio remembers game planning to stop his son last season before the Garnet Raiders met Shaker in a Class AA game.
Mark Ambrosio, Shaker’s starting junior tailback, scored two touchdowns, but Colonie got the best of the Blue Bison in a 31-28 week-five victory.
“We were having the meeting in my basement, and it was weird, because he was right upstairs,” Mike Ambrosio said. “We were going over the scouting report and trying to figure out how to stop my kid. I think it was the toughest on my wife because she was in the middle of it.”
The coach won’t find himself in that awkward position this fall, after announcing his decision to take a year off as the head of the Colonie program.
“I’m going to sit in the bleachers and be a father and a fan,” said Mike Ambrosio, who has been with the Colonie program since 1984, serving as head coach the last 11 years. “I’ll sit on the blue [Shaker] side and root for my son.”
Mark Ambrosio had a solid junior season, which included a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown in Shaker’s only win, against Columbia. He finished with five touchdowns, over 500 rushing and receiving yards, and earned a spot on the Class AA Liberty Division all-star first team for his work on punt and kick returns.
“Going into his junior year, I was thinking he’d be a back-up quarterback and wide receiver, but [Sean] Fruscio goes down in the first game, and all of a sudden, he’s the first-team running back,” Mike Ambrosio said. “He ended up playing a lot more than I thought, and I kept thinking, ‘I’m missing this. I’m missing a lot.’
“I saw him play three times last year, including our game with Shaker, and this is something I really wanted to do,” he added. “Based on what he did last year, he should be a significant part of their package.”
Mike Ambrosio said he will be working as an assistant coach with the Colonie freshman team. John Preston will take over as the varsity team’s head coach after previously serving as its offensive coordinator.
“The school district gave me this opportunity, and I’m thankful,” said Mike Ambrosio, a physical education teacher at the high school. “Our athletic director, Dave Foust, went to bat for me.”
Colonie put together a 58-43 record in Ambrosio’s 11 season. The Garnet Raiders won the Suburban Council title in 1999, and three of his teams reached Section II championship games, in 2006, 2002 and 1998.
Albany Academy senior Denzel Ogunyase has signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Division I Elon University (North Carolina) of the Southern Conference.
Ogunyase was selected the Colonial Council Player of the Year after scoring 22 goals and collecting 33 points, both ranking third among Section II players. He led the Cadets to a perfect Colonial Council season and a 17-1 overall record.
Colonie track and field standouts Jim Kehrer and Steve Crouse will attend Connecticut and Kentucky, respectively, on athletic scholarships. Kehrer set a Section II record (7.35) in winning the state
55-meter hurdles title last weekend, and Crouse placed second in the triple jump (48-8).
gets troy post
Curtis Nobles, a former Bishop Maginn multi-sport standout, has been named Troy High School’s varsity baseball coach.
Nobles is taking over for Jack Brady, who in 15 years guided the Flying Horses to 234-100 record and Big 10 championships in 2003, 1998, 1996 and 1994. His 2003 edition beat Schenectady in a one-game playoff for the league title, while his 1995 team lost in a three-way playoff with LaSalle and Amsterdam.
Nobles served as an assistant at Troy last year, and with Brady attending to personal matters during the Section II Class AA tournament, he guided the Flying Horses to wins over then-defending champ Colonie, top-seeded LaSalle and Schenectady. Troy later lost to Guilderland in the final. Troy was also the Class AA runner-up in 2004.
Nobles previousy led the Bishop Maginn varsity baseball team. He was a standout in baseball and football at the school, and also competed in basketball. Nobles continued his baseball career at Hudson Valley Commuinty College and Brockport State, earning numerous honors.
Nobles is also an assistant coach with Troy’s football program.
spartans lose semi
Queensbury’s hockey season ended in the state Division II semifinals for the second year in a row, with a 3-1 loss to eventual champion Webster Thomas of Section V.
Adam Walkup had the lone goal in Saturday’s game, and the Spartans, in only their eighth varsity season, finished 23-3-2. Queensbury beat Glens Falls to get out of Section II, 4-2, and topped Skaneateles in the state quarterfinals, 3-2, on Matt Soprano’s overtime goal.
Canajoharie’s Heidi Anderson scored 15 points and was named MVP, and Schenectady Christian’s Sarah Child added 12 points, leading the Southern Division to a
58-32 win over the Northern Division in Western Athletic Conference
Exceptional Seniors girls’ game.
Schuyler Thomas of Schuylerville hit seven threes and totaled 26 points, and Pat Lanoue of
Hoosic Valley made the game-winning shot with three seconds left as the Wasaren League seniors beat those from the Patroon Conference,
SOUTHERN 58, NORTHERN 32
Lavada 0-1-1, Vance 0-2-2, Madsen 3-1-7, Raccuia 1-0-2, Henry 0-1-1, Fowler 1-0-2, Hitchcock 2-0-4, Allen 2-1-5, Carson 0-1-1, Tooley 1-1-3, Baker 1-1-4. Totals: 11-9-32.
Dano 1-0-2, Holt 4-0-8, H. Farrell 2-0-4, Anderson 7-1-15, Child 5-2-12, Brush 1-0-2, Kusler 2-0-5, Cummings 3-2-8, A. Farrell 1-0-2. Totals: 26-5-58.
Northern 4 12 13 3 — 32
Southern 13 15 16 14 — 58
Three-point goals: Baker, Kusler.