Rebuilt field boost for Patriots’ program, city

Members and supporters of the Schenectady High School baseball program are leading a push to rebuild
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Members and supporters of the Schenectady High School baseball program are leading a push to rebuild the field at Mont Pleasant Middle School.

Reconstruction of the field will begin Sunday, and Schenectady varsity coach John Isabella believes it will be available for use in the spring of 2009.

“It’s a community-based effort. We’ve got the support of the district. We’ve also got the support of the city of Schenectady and the county with some of their resources, which is huge,” Isabella said. “A lot of people want to help sports in Schenectady. That area of Schenectady hasn’t had a field in quite some time.”

Isabella said the field will be used as a practice facility for Schenec­tady’s modified team, and will also be available for summer and fall community teams. Schenectady’s modified team will continue to play its games at the Schenectady Babe Ruth field.

“It could also help our varsity and junior varsity teams at times when we aren’t able to practice at Central Park,” Isabella said.

Sunday’s focus will be on clearing existing sod from the old field.

“Phase two is to bring in the new sod,” Isabella said. “Phase three is to bring in the infield mix, and we’ll go from there. There’s a lot to be done.”

Though many have already offered to volunteer their time and assistance, Isabella said all are welcome. Those interested in doing so, and those interested in making a monetary donation, can contact Isabella at 487-1729.

mckelvey excels

Schalmont junior shortstop Kyle McKelvey set four school records this season in leading the Sabres to a second-place finish in the Col­onial Council, while earning the league’s co-most valuable player award.

McKelvey batted a single-season record .511 after going 47-for-92. The 47 hits and his 15 doubles are also single-season records. He also owns the career doubles mark with 29. McKelvey struck out just four times 103 official at-bats, and made only seven errors.

Schalmont sophomore JP Sportman, a first team league all-star, tied a school single-season record with 39 runs batted in while batting .447 (38-for-85).

MEYS RANKED FIRSt

State champion Austin Meys of Shenendehowa is the top-ranked 11th-grader in the nation at 171 pounds in the final 2007-08 high school rankings compiled by InterMat.

Meys was 16th at the weight in the all-classes rankings.

Shenendehowa senior Hunter Meys, a two-time state champ, was seventh in the senior class rakings and eighth in the all-class rankings at 189.

LaSalle state champions Zach Clemente and Ken Altarac were both second in the junior class rankings in their respective weight classes of 140 and 285. Clemente was third in the all-class; Altarac was 18th.

Shenendehowa junior Luke Popolizio finished as the 11th-ranked 103-pounder, and junior Jeremy Burns of Hoosick Falls got the No. 8 ranking at 189 among 11th-graders.

TOUCHDOWN FOR YOUNGS

Lansingburgh senior Kenny Youngs ran for a touchdown and a two-point conversion in New York’s 33-22 loss last week in the New York-New Jersey All-Star Classic at Rutgers University.

Youngs’ one-yard touchdown run cut New York’s deficit to 14-6, and his two-pointer got New York within 26-16.

New Jersey won its third straight game and leads the series, 8-3. New York posted wins in 2001, 2004 and 2005. The 2001 team, which prevailed, 26-8, was led by Shenendehowa coach Brent Steuerwald and a staff from Section II.

Youngs, who is headed to Div­ision II C.W. Post, had 1,991 rushing yards and scored 31 touchdowns in leading Lansingburgh to the state Class A title game last fall. He was named Class A Player of the Year by the New York State High School Football Coaches Association and the New York State Sportswriters Association. The Daily Gazette

all-star finished his career with 5,404 rushing yards, which ranks second all-time in Section II.

saint goes d-1

Saratoga Catholic goalkeeper Brian Abernethy will continue his athletic career at Binghamton Un­iversity, and in doing so will become the first Saint to play soccer at the Division I level.

Abernethy was a five-year starter for Saratoga Catholic, and the school’s first junior to be named a team captain. He has also been a member of the Alleycats premier team for the last eight years.

“Brian possesses great shot-stopping skills in goal and tremendous foot skills, above and beyond what normal goalies have,” said Roy Pfeil, coach of the Alleycats.

Abernethy was a four-year member the National Honor Society and served as Saratoga Catholic’s Student Council president as a sen­ior.

leveille guest speaker

Mike Leveille, captain of Syr­acuse University’s NCAA championship lacrosse team, will be the keynote speaker at tonight’s Adirondack Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame/Honors Night Banquet.

The event at the Marriott Hotel on Wolf Road will begin at 6 p.m. and include the induction of hall of famers John Battaglino and Tad Knight. High school team champions from Section II and all-star players will also be recognized. The event is open to the public.

A Delmar native and Albany Academy graduate, Leveille was selected the NCAA tournament’s most outstanding player after Syracuse’s 13-10 title-game victory over Johns Hopkins. He was also the winner of the Tewaarton Award, the highest individual honor in college lacrosse.

north beats south

The Saratoga Springs tandem of Chris Adams and Ryan Quinn combined for eight goals as the North edged the South, 15-14, in Friday’s Section II Exceptional Senior boys’ lacrosse game at Bethlehem High School.

Adams pumped in five goals. Dan Sofia of Colonie and Rob Carpenter of Christian Brothers Academy led the South with two goals apiece.

North scoring: Kevin Hunt (Johnstown) 1-0, Steve Gifford (Johnstown) 0-1, John Eric Olsen (Shenendehowa) 0-3, Jesse Elliot (Shenendehowa) 0-1, Chris Jenkins (Shenendehowa) 0-1, Kevin Bloss (Shenendehowa) 2-0, Chris Adams (Saratoga) 5-0, Ryan Quinn (Saratoga) 3-0, Steven Dabkowski (Shaker) 1-1, Sam Cuddeback (Shaker) 2-0, Sean Jason (Schuylerville) 1-0. South scoring: Gerard LeClair (Troy) 1-0, Dylan Eder (Bethlehem) 1-0, D.J. O’Connell (Colonie) 1-2, Justin Davis (Colonie) 1-1, Dan Sofia (Colonie) 2-0, Jordan Sherman (CBA) 1-0, Jon Bourne (CBA) 1-1, Rob Carpenter (CBA) 2-0, Chris Gavitt (Columbia) 1-0, Rob Law (Columbia) 1-2, Miles Kerbein (Columbia) 1-0, Kevin Wentworth (Scotia) 1-0.

Goalkeepers: North, Ian O’Brien (Saratoga), 2 saves; Matt Besaw (Glens Falls), 10 saves. South, Nick Koss (Guilderland), 15 saves; Alan Hiltz (LaSalle), 8 saves.

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