Mohonasen coach steps down

Scott Sabourin is stepping down as Mohonasen High School’s varsity footbal coach after a 12-year run
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Scott Sabourin is stepping down as Mohonasen High School’s varsity footbal coach after a 12-year run in which he guided the Mighty Warriors to new heights.

Sabourin’s 1996 team was the school’s first to qualify for the Section II playoffs, and his 1997 team was Mohonasen’s first to win a postseason game, defeating Glens Falls. That 7-2 team, sparked by Matt Miller, Aaron Smith and Duane Hilmar, also tied a school record for single-season wins.

“In my 12 years, we’ve done a lot of great things, a lot of things I’m proud of,” said the 43-year-old Sabourin, a history teacher at the high school. “And I think more good days are ahead. Our junior varsity team has won the last two Super Bowls.”

Mohonasen’s varsity team, though, did not fare as well last season, topping Scotia-Glenville,

28-27, for its lone victory. Mohon­asen went 5-4 in 2006 and 2003, 6-3 in 1996 and was one game under .500 in 1998 and 1999.

“Last year was a little difficult,” Sabourin said. “I think it’s time for a fresh way of looking at things. It’s time for a new voice. It’s time to let someone else give it a shot.

“We’ve got some lower-level guys who have done a great job, and are champing at the bit.”

Sabourin said he’s looking forward to spending more time with his wife and young daughter.

“That’s certainly part of it,” said the former assistant coach at

LaSalle, Bishop Maginn and Amsterdam. “I’ll have a little more time to do that.

“I’m going to take a breath of fresh air, catch my wind a little and see where the wind blows.”

Sabourin sent 18 players on to college programs, including 2006 Daily Gazette All-Area first-team quarterback Patrick Barnes (Sacred Heart). Six of his teams qualified for the sectionals, with his 2003 and 2005 teams, like the 1997 club, winning quarterfinal games.

“We made the [Section II] final four four times,” Sabourin said. “We won some big games. I have some great memories.”

Sabourin said his objective at

Mohonasen was two-fold. He wanted to make young men better football players, and at the same time, better citizens. He attempted to do the latter with a character educ­ation program.

“We instituted that several years ago, and we spent 20 minutes on it every day of the football season. I saw a guy at a clinic talking about it, and since then, I’ve done three or four clinics myself, discussing the program,” Sabourin said. “It’s a systematic process of teaching morals, values and character through story telling. We talked about honesty and integrity. I believe the guys got a lot out of it.”

Sabourin was an assistant coach at Amsterdam in 1995 when the Rugged Rams, under head coach Frank Derrico, won the state Class B championship. Before that, as an assistant at Bishop Maginn, he helped the Golden Griffins reach three Section II Class A finals.

“I’m not done coaching yet,” said the graduate of Shenendehowa and the University at Albany. “When I’m ready to get back in it, I’m sure there will be an opportunity out there.”

STRUBE HONORED

Shenendehowa’s Ken Strube has been named New York State Girls’ Basketball Co-Coach of the Year, as selected by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York.

Strube earned his 500th

career coaching victory during the

2007-08 season while leading the Lady Plainsmen to the Section II Class AA title.

dudas changes roles

George Dudas will be taking over for Bill Martin as Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s varsity boys’ basketball coach, after spending the last six seasons as the high school’s varsity girls’ basketball coach.

Dudas had his greatest success with the Spartans during the

2004-05 season, when they captured Section II and regional Class A championships, advanced to the state title game and finished with a 21-6 record. Dudas was named the state Class A Coach of the Year by the New York State Sportswriters Association, and star forward

Rachel Ormsby landed a spot on the all-state first team.

Burnt Hills won 17 games twice under Dudas, with his 2005-06 team reaching the sectional final.

Dudas has also directed the BH-BL varsity boys’ soccer team the last six seasons. His Spartans won the last two Section II Class A championships, and last fall, they made it to the state final.

Dudas coached boys’ basketball and girls’ soccer at Averill Park and Mechanicville before his move to Burnt Hills. He also had a stint with the Catholic Central boys’ basketball team.

kenny goes deep

Chatham senior Sean Kenny tied a Section II record with four home runs in a recent 19-3 Patroon Conference victory at Greenville.

A three-sport standout who is headed to the University at

Albany to play football, Kenny went 4-for-5, and drove in seven runs. His first two homers were of the inside-the-park variety before he twice cleared Greenville’s fence. Kenny also homered as a pinch-hitter the day before in an 11-2 home win over Greenville.

Kenny is believed to be the first Section II batter to connect for four homers in a game since Leo Corvino of Columbia did it against

Mohonasen in May 2003. Brent Will­iams of Maple Grove (Section VI, southwestern New York) clubbed five home runs in a game in 2000, setting a state record and tying the national single-game record. . . .

Maple Hill junior Nick Papas belted three home runs, including two grand slams, and drove in a school-record 13 runs in a 30-3 win over Greenville Thursday. The outburst gave Papas seven homers and 36 RBI in 14 games.

johnson to fairfield

Shimeek Johnson of state Class AA basketball champion Bishop Maginn will play for Fairfield

University of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, after gaining his release from Central Connect­icut State, which he signed with during the season.

The 6-foot-7 Johnson, a Daily

Gazette first-team All-Area selection, will be eligible to play for Fairfield in the 2008-09 season. He averaged 15 points and just over 11 rebounds, and was named the Big 10 and Section II tournament most valuable player.

ny state news

Shannon Smith of West Babylon became the state’s all-time goal- scoring leader for girls’ lacrosse recently with an eight-goal effort in a 19-16 win against North Babylon. The eight goals gave Smith 447, and topped the 443 goals Shari Masun scored for Clarkstown North from 1999-2002.

here and there

Tim Snyder has stepped down as the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Cobleskill-Richmondville after a

20-year run. His 1997-98 team won the Tri-Valley League large-school and Section II Class B champ­ionships, and strung together 16 straight wins before a regional loss to Westhill. Snyder also guided the Bulldogs to the sectional semifinals in 2004. He was an assistant football coach at the school for 30 years, its varsity baseball coach for eight years and its modified baseball coach for 22 years. .  .  .

Carrie Britt recently resigned as Shaker’s varsity girls’ lacrosse coach, citing personal reasons, according to Shaker athletic director Dave Herman. Britt was in her seventh season with Shaker, and last spring, guided the Blue Bison to their first Section II title-game appearance and 14 victories. Shaker’s junior varsity coach, Leslie Carroll, has taken over for Britt. . . .

Michael LaRose has been named Christian Brothers Academy’s varsity ice hockey coach, replacing Ron Kuhl. Kuhl led the Brothers to the sectional semifinals this past season. . . .

Former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason will be among a group of six to be inducted into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in August. Esiason earned several all-state honors in football, basketball and baseball while attending East Islip. He played at Maryland before his 14-year NFL career, which included a stop with the New York Jets. . . .

The all-comers exhibition race at the girls’ Schenectady Invitational track meet, held on Tuesday, was named in honor of the late Charlotte Hoyt, an assistant track coach and longtime scorekeeper at var­ious Schenectady athletic events. At Thursday’s boys’ invitational, the all-comers race was named in honor of former Schenectady and Mont Pleasant track coach Nelson Griffin, who retired last year. . . . 

Midfielders Jon Bourne and Jordan Sherman of Big 10 lacrosse leader CBA have committed to play at Manhattan College. Both seniors had impressive outings in a recent 12-11 overtime win against Ballston Spa, with Bourne getting four goals and four assists, and Sherman totaling three goals and three assists.

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