High School Notes: Even diabetes couldn’t stop Lupo

When Aaron Lupo was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in December, he did not know if he’d be able to p
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When Aaron Lupo was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in December, he did not know if he’d be able to play his senior season of lacrosse at Schenectady High School.

“That was my first thought. My second thought was, ‘Will I be able to play in college?’ ” Lupo said. “I had no idea it would turn out like this.”

Lupo not only played this spring, he excelled, earning his second straight Big 10 Player of the Year award while landing a spot on the US Lacrosse men’s division high school All-America team. He is only the second Schenectady player to earn the honor, following Pat Meade in 2002.

“He’s a great success story,” Schenectady lacrosse coach Dave Trahan said of the 18-year-old midfielder, who had 58 goals and 24

assists. “He overcame a lot. I couldn’t be happier for him.”

Lupo moved to the top of the Section II goal-scoring list this season, with his 58 increasing his four-year total to 200. Former Christian Brothers Academy star Greg Rogowski (2002-05) had held the Section II record with 187 goals, while Meade (1999-02) had held the Schenectady mark with 154.

“I was shocked when I heard that I had done that. I had absolutely no idea. I never really thought about that,” said Lupo, who generated a school record-tying 63 goals as a junior, 55 as a sophomore and 24 as a freshman. “All I was going for was the school record.”

Lupo scored at least one goal in every game but one, and added 24 assists to give him 65 for his

career.

“Since his freshman year, he’s been our go-to guy, and he produced,” Trahan said of the Sacred Heart-bound team captain and academic standout. “There was a lot of pressure on him, and he

responded.”

Behind Lupo, Schenectady placed third in the Big 10 and went 11-7 overall for its first winning season since 2002. Two of those victories came against Suburban Council schools Bethlehem and Shaker, which reached the Section II title game.

“I hadn’t been part of a winning season until this year. Being able to help the program turn around, it’s a good feeling,” Lupo said. “In five years, when Schenectady becomes a powerhouse, I can say I was a part of the building process.”

“We’re all proud of what we

accomplished this year,” said Trahan.

“We had a winning season. We have an All-American. Dan Flora made the Empire State Games team, and Dan Desbiens is an alternate. It’s been a good year for Schenectady lacrosse.”

Joining Lupo on the US

Lacrosse men’s division high school All-America team are Niskayuna senior attackman Steve D’Amario, Niskayuna junior midfielder Dan McKinney and Colonie senior midfielder D.J. O’Connell.

“I knew what All-American was, but I can’t say I knew I was going to get it,” said Lupo. “It’s an un­believable honor. I can’t thank the coaches enough for picking me.”

“I look at an All-American as a great lacrosse player, but also a kid whose name is associated with Section II lacrosse, so they’ve got to be a quality kid, too,” said Trahan.

“That’s Aaron. The coaches I’ve talked to don’t have anything negative to say about him. It’s all positive.”

joyce top coach

Mike Joyce of Colonie has been named the Section II Coach of the Year for boys’ lacrosse after leading the Garnet Raiders to 15 wins and a spot in the Class A semifinals.

Colonie (15-5) won the Suburban Council Gold Division title, and beat Bethlehem in the first round of the sectionals, 15-10, before topping Big 10 champ Christian Brothers Academy in the quarterfinals, 13-7. Niskayuna ended Colonie’s season in the semifinals, 14-4, and went on to claim its fourth straight title.

Before this year, Colonie’s last postseason win came in a 2000 first-round game, 11-10, over Schen­ectady. Colonie last reached the sectional semifinals in 1998, and lost to Saratoga Springs in overtime, 7-6. The Garnet Raiders advanced that year with a 7-4 upset of No. 1 seed Niskayuna in the quarterfinals.

In Joyce’s fourth year at the helm, Colonie had winning streaks of five and seven games, and lost two games by one goal. Colonie had a trio of 50-plus goal scorers in Dan Sofia, Garrett Dollard and D.J. O’Connell.

Chris DeLano of Niskayuna was selected Section II’s Assistant Coach of the Year. CBA athletic director and Big 10 lacrosse representative Rich Scully was tabbed Section II’s Man of the Year.

smart players

Five girls’ lacrosse players from Guilderland and Niskayuna were recently named Adirondack chapter Academic All-Americans by US Lacrosse, based on their on-field, classroom and community achievements.

Guilderland (Class A) and Niskayuna (Class B) both won Section II championships for the second year in a row, and both reached the state semifinals for the first time. Guilderland’s Acad­emic All-Americans are Amanda Best, Bridget Daley, Courtney

Davis, Jennifer Madsen and Dan­ielle Tetreault, while Niskayuna is represented by Karlee Blank, Beth Halayko, Emily Schick, Marie

Mutryn and Allison Pfohl.

Earlier this spring, Guilderland and Niskayuna were honored as Scholar/Athlete teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

The Adirondack chapter’s other Academic All-Americans are Kathleen Tucker (Albany Academy for Girls); Kayla Lawrence, Colleen Sweeney (Ballston Spa); Libby Schultz, Hilary Rosenthal, Hye Lim Shin (Emma Willard); Allison

Meyer (Queensbury); Caitlin Kelley, Kirstyn Powell (Saratoga Springs); Katherine DeVantier, Kelley Trepass, Tammy Chow (Scotia-Glenville); Claire O’Brien and Kim Elsworth (Shenendehowa).

Blank, a senior goalkeeper who will play at Columbia, and Halayko, a senior defender who is headed to Cornell, were also honored as All-Americans by US Lacrosse.

Section II’s boys’ Academic All-Americans are Jordan Sherman of Christian Brothers Academy and Eric Landry of Scotia-Glenville.

local ties

Two New York baseball teams with local connections, George Washington and Mamaroneck, are ranked No. 2 and No. 6, respectively, in the USA Today’s final set of East Region rankings.

New York City’s George Washington went 46-2 this season, and captured the PSAL “A” champ­ionship with a 4-0, 11-inning win over Madison. Guilderland dealt George Washington one of its two losses, 6-2, at the Northeast Elite Tournament in May, when Jason Westervelt pitched a complete-game four-hitter.

George Washington entered that game with a 33-0 record. The

Trojans finished with a No. 5

national rank by USA Today.

“It’s the best game Guilderland has ever won in its history,” said John Westervelt, Jason’s dad. “I would equate it to Siena or Albany beating North Carolina in basketball.”

Mamaroneck (30-2) dealt Section II’s LaSalle its first loss in the NYSPHSAA Class AA semifinals, 7-5, before winning the title with a 6-3 triumph over Massapequa. Mamaroneck rallied from a 5-0 deficit to beat Columbia, 18-8, in a non-league game in May.

red raiders no. 1

Fifteen Section II teams are represented in the final set of softball rankings put together by the New York State Sportswriters Assoc­iation, with Mechanicville moving to the top in Class C following its fifth state championship since 2000.

Mechanicville (22-8) beat

No. 2-ranked Bolivar-Richburg

(28-4) for the state Class C title,

11-1, with Anna Arceneaux pitching a two-hitter and Lindsey McKeever going 5-for-5 at the plate. Duanesburg (19-6) and Canajoharie (18-6-1) are No. 17 and No. 19 in Class C.

Six-time Section II champ Shenendehowa (22-3) is No. 5 in Class AA, Colonie (19-6) is No. 10

and Troy (16-8) is No. 20. State runner-up South Glens Falls (22-1)

is No. 2 in Class A, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (17-8) is No. 12 and Lansingburgh (18-3) is No. 19. State semifinalist Cohoes (16-11) is No. 4 in Class B, Hoosic Valley (19-1) is

No. 6 and Schuylerville (17-7) is

No. 20. State semifinalist Argyle (18-5), Hartford (16-5) and Fort Ann (10-8) are No. 4, 14 and 20, respectively, in Class D.

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Ed Dopp, a 25-year veteran of Shaker High School and the North Colonie Central School District, has been appointed director of physical education and athletics, effective July 1.

Dopp has served as a high school physical education instructor since 1983. For the past five years, he also has served as director of continuing education, as well as faculty athletic manager and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s baseball coordinator. Dopp was the Section II baseball coordinator before that.

“I am honored, and consider it a privilege to serve in this new role,” said Dopp. “We have great students, extraordinary faculty and staff and a very supportive administration, board and community. I am eager to get to work, and to make our programs the best they can be.”

Dopp was Shaker’s varsity baseball coach for 19 years, leading the Blue Bison to 226 victories, five Suburban Council division titles and the 2003 Section II Class AA championship. He was also interim principal of Southgate Elementary School and summer school princ­ipal/reading program coordinator at Shaker Junior High School.

He replaces David Herman, who is retiring at the end of the school year after 19 years of service.

here and there

Thirteen-year-old Shaker Junior High School student Sara Berg-Love won the top prize in the Sports Evolution category for her “Volleyball Pass Back” invention at last week’s Licensing International Expo in New York City.

Berg-Love was honored as part of the By Kids For Kids-sponsored 2008 New York Challenge for youth inventors. She was looking for a way to practice at home without a partner, and came up with the idea for a backboard that is complementary to a volleyball net. It is made up of different

materials that bounce the ball back at different angles to hone a player’s reflexes. …

Emma Willard lacrosse player Sarah Mullen helped her New York team win its division at the recent School Girls National Draw Tournament in Baltimore. Mullen had a solid junior season at Emma Willard with 47 goals and 17

assists. …

Former Schenectady High School and Schenectady County Community College basketball standout Daniel Smalls is heading to Franklin Pierce. He was named SCCC’s male Athlete of the Year in 2006-07. …

Johnstown High School and Mohawk Valley Community College graduate Garrett Duross will be playing Division I baseball at MACC member Saint Peter’s. Duross was an April athlete of the week at MVCC after going 12-for-24 with eight RBI in leading his team to six wins in eight games.

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