Shenendehowa has high expectations

It may be March, but the Shenendehowa baseball team is already thinking about the Section II tournam
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It may be March, but the Shenendehowa baseball team is already thinking about the Section II tournament, something it missed out on last season after reaching Class AA title games in 2006 and 2005.

“We were a junior team last year,” said veteran Shenendehowa coach Jim Carrese. “We’ve got all of our guys back, and their attitude is, ‘We have to make the playoffs. We’ve got to get the ship righted.’ ”

The Plainsmen started their season Saturday on a positive note, beating Chocticon, 3-1, and Arundel, 7-2, at the Arundel Easter Tournament in Maryland.

Seniors Jeff Carter and Jon Shippee earned victories on the mound, and Shenendehowa rapped out 13 base hits in the sweep.

“We had an excellent trip,” said Carrese, who has led the Plainsmen to 11 Suburban Council div­ision championships in 17 years; his 1994 and 1996 teams won Section II titles. “It kind of validated all the work the kids have put in.

“They’ve been working real hard. They want to turn this thing around.”

Though Shenendehowa started the 2007 season strong and finished the same, losses in between proved costly, and the perennial area power was left out of the sectionals for the first time since 2001, with a sub-.500 Suburban Council record (5-9, 9-12).

“This is a team that lost eight one-run games,” Carrese said. “We averaged nine runners left on base. When it really counted, we didn’t get the clutch hit, and our defense failed us. Our pitchers had an earned run average under two, but we left a lot of guys on, and made some key errors.”

Shenendehowa had only one error in Saturday’s two victories. At the plate, junior Bryan Marotta stroked a two-run single against Chocticon, while seniors Alex Gong and Dave Balsalmo combined for five hits and three RBI against Arundel.

“This team has great chemistry. They like each other,” said Carrese. “I like that, and I like that they come ready to play ball. They’re hungry.”

johnson a face in crowd

Shenendehowa swimmer Jake Johnson appears in Sports Illustrated’s March 24 issue, in its “Faces in the Crowd” segment, and is the third Section II athlete to be so honored this winter.

Shenendehowa wrestler Hunter Meys (national record for career pins) and Cohoes basketball player Courtney Galuski (national record-tying 15 three-point baskets) were previously cited.

Johnson, a sophomore, set school records in winning state championships in the 50-yard (21.44) and

100-yard (46.48) freestyle races. He also was a member of Shenendehowa state champion 400-yard freestyle relay (3:10.90), which set a Section II record. Johnson’s efforts helped Shenendehowa win the state ind­ividual team title.

Johnson competed at the 2007 Pan-American Maccabian Games in Argentina, and won 10 medals, including seven gold, in the junior men’s division. He recently finished up his season with the Schenectady Swim Club, and has qualified for the August Junior Nationals in Minnesota in the 100-meter freestyle.

gaugler HONORED

Amsterdam senior guard Megan Gaugler was selected both the Big 10 winner and the overall winner at the recent Capital Region girls’ basketball scholar-athlete awards ceremony at the Albany Marriott.

Gaugler carries a career classroom average of 98, and will study genetics at Skidmore College. This season, the Daily Gazette all-star averaged just under 16 points per game in leading the Lady Rams to their second straight Big 10 championship and a 22-1 record.

Scholar-athlete awards are based on classroom, on-court and community achievements. The other league award winners were Christina Scanlon of Lake George (Adirondack League), Jayne Gav­rity of New Lebanon (Central Hudson Valley League), Jamie Roden of

Watervliet (Colonial Council), Katherine DeVantier of Scotia-Glenville (Foothills Council), Mary Donohue of Ichabod Crane

(independent), Sabrine Williams of Chatham (Patroon Conference), Leanna Tice of Guilderland (Suburban Council), Carolyn Williams of Greenwich (Wasaren League) and Sarah Child of Schenectady Christian (Western Athletic Conference).

what they’re doing

Section II career scoring leader Jimmer Fredette completed his freshman season with Brigham Young University Thursday night when his Cougars lost to Texas A&M, 67-62, in an NCAA tournament West Region first-round game.

The Glens Falls graduate totaled 10 points, five rebounds and three assists coming off the bench.

Fredette averaged seven points with 61 assists, 37 rebounds and 27 steals in 35 games. The pre-business major scored 17 points in BYU’s

76-61 loss to UNLV in the Mountain West Conference championship game.

Fredette scored 2,404 points at Glens Falls, and led the Indians to the state Class A title game as a senior. . . .

Christian Brothers Academy graduate Greg Rogowski became Merrimack’s career lacrosse scoring leader Saturday with a six-point performance (four goals, two assists) in a 15-9 win over Queens College. A junior captain, Rogowski boosted his career points total to 188, and passed 2000 graduate Ryan Savagea (183) on the Merrimack

record list. Rogowski has 17 goals and four assists in four games.

state rankings

Following are the latest New York State Sportswriter Assoc­iation rankings for boys’ and girls’ basketball. The girls’ rankings include only teams from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. The Class C and Class D rankings are final for both boys and girls. The Class AA, Class A and Class B rankings will be finalized after this weekend’s Federation tournaments.

Boys

Class AA

1. Bishop Maginn-2 (26-1); 2. Abraham Lincoln-PSAL-NYC (28-4); 3. Mount Vernon-1 (23-4); 4. Holy Cross-CHS-NYC (21-8);

5. Rice-CHS-NYC (24-4); 6. Henninger-3 (21-3); 7. Boys & Girls-PSAL-NYC (26-5); 8. Christ the King-CHS-NYC (22-6); 9. Niagara Falls-6 (25-2); 10. Thomas Jefferson-PSAL-NYC (15-8). Other Section II teams: 14. CBA (21-3); HM. Guilderland (20-3).

Class A

1. Jamesville-DeWitt-3 (24-2); 2. Peekskill-1 (25-1); 3. Bishop Ford-CHS-NYC (23-5); 4. Lutheran-AIS-8 (22-5); 5. East Hampton-11 (23-2); 6. Buffalo East-6 (19-7);

7. Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons-2 (17-8);

8. Transit Tech-PSAL-NYC (18-2); 9. Albany Academy-2 (19-4); 10. Westinghouse-PSAL-NYC (17-3).

Class B

1. Acorn Academy-PSAL-NYC (20-1);

2. Olean-6 (25-2); 3. Malverne-8 (13-11);

4. Collegiate-AIS-NYC (23-5); 5. Ogdensburg Free Academy-10 (23-4); 6. Poly Prep-AIS-NYC (24-1); 7. Lawrence-Woodmere-AIS (21-4); 8. Chenango Valley-4 (19-6); 9. North Salem-1 (22-2); 10. Charlotte-5 (21-4). Section II teams: 17. Hoosic Valley (21-4);

18. Ichabod Crane (21-2); 20. Fonda-Fultonville (20-3); HM. Broadalbin-Perth (16-8); Saratoga Catholic (16-6).

Class C (Final)

1. Maple Grove-6 (25-2); 2. West Canada Valley-3 (25-1); 3. Mechanicville-2 (21-6);

4. Friends Academy-8 (11-11); 5. East Rochester-5 (23-2); 6. Union Springs-4 (20-4);

7. Dundee-5 (21-4); 8. Tuckahoe-1 (22-1);

9. Avon-5 (22-1); 10. Oakfield-Alabama-5 (20-3). Other Section II teams: 16. Schenectady Christian (19-3); 17. Cambridge (18-4). Other Section II teams: HM. Rensselaer (17-6); HM. Voorheesville (16-7).

Class D (Final)

1. Chateaugay-10 (25-1); 2. Greenport-11 (20-3); 3. Northstar Christian-5 (20-6);

4. Prattsburgh-5 (21-2); 5. Sackets Harbor-3 (20-6); 6. Roxbury-4 (21-3); 7. Fillmore-5 (18-5); 8. Clymer-6 (20-3); 9. Richfield Springs-3 (20-2); 10. South Kortright-4 (18-5). Section II teams: HM. Northville (16-9).

Girls

Class AA

1. Rush-Henrietta-5 (22-3); 2. North Babylon-11 (21-6); 3. Kingston-9 (15-10);

4. Corcoran-3 (19-6); 5. Shenendehowa-2 (21-3); 6. Hicksville-8 (17-5); 7. Fairport-5 (21-3); 8. Greece-Athena-5 (14-10);

9. Jamestown-6 (18-3); 10. White Plains-1 (14-11). Other Section II teams: 11. Beth­lehem (22-2); 16. Amsterdam (22-1).

Class A

1. Franklin Academy-Malone-10 (24-2);

2. Honeoye Falls-Lima-5 (25-2); 3. Cornwall-9 (18-6); 4. Floral Park-8 (20-4); 5. Indian River-3 (22-2); 6. Pioneer-6 (23-2); 7. Mendon-5 (22-2); 8. Huntington-11 (17-6); 9. Averill Park-2 (18-5); 10. Oneonta-4 (18-5). Other Section II teams: 20. Holy Names (14-8).

Class B

1. Briarcliff-1 (26-1); 2. Hoosic Valley-2 (27-1); 3. Seton Catholic-4 (23-2); 4. Naz­areth-5 (22-3); 5. South Jefferson-3 (23-2); 6. Burke-9 (20-3); 7. Hampton Bays-11 (21-5); 8. Malverne-8 (10-11); 9. Olean-6 (18-6); 10. NE Clinton-7 (17-5). Other Section II teams: 16. Cohoes (18-5).

Class C (Final)

1. Haldane-1 (22-4); 2. Madrid-Waddington-10 (21-6); 3. Blind Brook-1 (16-6); 4. Avon-5 (20-7); 5. Cooperstown-3 (25-1); 6. Florida-9 (20-2); 7. East Rockaway-8 (20-3); 8. Stony Brook-11 (16-6); 9. Watervliet-2 (17-8); 10. Little Falls-3 (22-1). Other Section II teams: 12. Maple Hill (22-2); 17. Schenec­tady Christian (22-1).

Class D (Final)

1. Hammond-10 (24-4); 2. Coleman Catholic-9 (22-2); 3. Sackets Harbor-3 (23-2);

4. Ripley-6 (16-9); 5. Davenport-4 (21-3);

6. Whitesville-5 (23-2); 7. Argyle-2 (17-7);

8. Romulus-5 (18-5); 9. Sherman-6 (21-2); 10. Cherry Valley-Springfield-4 (19-3). Other Section II teams: 17. Sharon Springs (9-13).

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