Section II’s winningest baseball coach has added another honor to his vast collection.
Fort Plain’s Craig Phillips, who is two wins shy of 600 for his career, has been selected the American Baseball Coaches Association High School Division III Region I Coach of the Year.
Region I includes New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire.
“It’s a very prestigious award. I’m very honored,” said Phillips, whose 2008 team won 26 games and reached the state Class C semifinals. “This award recognizes a lot of hard work by me, all my coaches and the players. In 34 years of coaching baseball, I’ve had a lot of great players who were willing to put in extra effort on the field, raise money for our program, practice in the mud, work to groom our fields, whatever it took to succeed. I’m very proud of my kids.”
Behind Phillips, the Hilltoppers last season won their 20th league championship, seventh Section II title and fourth regional banner before losing to Thomas Edison in the state semifinals. Fort Plain’s 2007 team captured the state Class C championship and set a school record with 27 victories.
“Coach Phillips has had a phenomenal career in high school baseball,” said Shenendehowa coach Jim Carrese, the Region I representative on the ABCA Coach of the Year committee. “Considering the size and the rural nature of the Fort Plain community, for the team to be that good for that many years tells me he’s demonstrated committed leadership and established a winning tradition there. I’m amazed at what he’s accomplished.”
Fort Plain won the Western Athletic Conference North Division title last spring before defeating Salem (2-0), Canajoharie (6-4) and Duanesburg (3-2) for Section II Class C honors. After beating Corinth (8-1) in the Class CC-C playoff, Fort Plain thumped Ticonderoga (8-0) and Brushton-Moira (11-1) in regional action before dropping a 4-1 decision to Thomas Edison. Dustin Baker pitched
no-hitters against Salem and Ticonderoga as part of the the Hilltoppers superb postseason run.
by the numbers
The Schenectady High School football team improved to 6-0 with last week’s 34-7 Class AA, Liberty Division-clinching win against LaSalle. You’ve got to back to 1967 to find the last Schenectady city school to achieve such a record to begin its season.
Mont Pleasant won its first six games that year and went on to defeat Middletown (52-14) and Linton (27-13) to complete a perfect campaign under head coach Larry Mulvaney. The Schenectady High School field is named in honor of the legendary coach.
Linton’s 1966 team went 6-0 before ending its season with a tie against Mont Pleasant. Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons started its 1967 season at 5-0 before losing to Cardinal McCloskey.
The last Schenectady County team to open with six straight wins was Scotia-Glenville in 1985. Coach Tony DiCocco’s Tartans finished as Section II Class B champions with a 10-0 mark.
Schenectady (6-0) remained at No. 11 in Class AA after beating
LaSalle, and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (6-0) stayed at No. 4 in Class A after beating South Glens Falls in the latest set of state football rankings released by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
Saratoga Springs (5-1), which lost at Monroe-Woodbury, fell six spots to No. 23 in Class AA. Bishop Maginn (6-0) moved up four spots to No. 15 in Class A after last week’s win at Troy (5-1).
Class AA: 1. Orchard Park-VI (6-0); 2. William Floyd-XI (5-0); 3. St. Anthony’s-CHSFL (5-1); 4. Monroe-Woodbury-IX (6-0); 5. Curtis-PSAL (6-0); 11. Schenectady-II (6-0); 23. Saratoga Springs-II (5-1).
Class A: 1. Aquinas-V (6-0); 2. Ossining-I (6-0); 3. Cornwall-IX (5-1); 4. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake-II (6-0); 5. Somers-I (6-0); 15. Bishop Maginn-II (6-0); 23. Troy-II (5-1).
Class B: 1. Rye-1 (6-0); 2. Oneida-III (6-0); 3. Lackawanna-VI (6-0); 4. Geneva-V (5-1); 5. East Rochester/Ganada-V (5-1); 16.
Cohoes-II (6-0); 20-tie. Schalmont-II (5-1).
Class C: 1. Bishop Ludden-III (6-0); 2. Dobbs Ferry-I (6-0); 3. Cazenovia-III (6-0); 4. LeRoy-V (6-0); 5. Jamestown Southwestern-VI (6-0); 8. Schuylerville-II (6-0); 13.
Chatham-II (6-0); 17. Fonda-Fultonville-II (5-1).
Class D: 1. Walton-IV (6-0); 2. Maple Grove-VI (6-0); 3. Watertown IH-III (6-0); 4. Dolgeville-III (6-0); 5. Moriah-VII (6-0); 11. Rensselaer-II (6-0).
going to the wells
Gloversville senior Gabe Wells followed up his school-record
receiving performance with another big game Friday, hauling in six passes for 103 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-28 overtime loss to Amsterdam.
Wells set a Gloversville single-game record the week before with 220 receiving yards in a 56-6 win against South Glens Falls. In that game, he had six catches and three touchdowns covering 76, 65 and 45 yards. His touchdowns Friday, on passes from Chad McCloskey, covered 12 and 24 yards.
Jorge Rodriguez had held the Gloversville receiving yards record with 194 (on five catches), set in 1996 against Glens Falls.
Heather Mallette of Duanesburg, riding Cingate Suzy Q, won several awards at the 36th annual Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show held Oct. 4-11 in Oklahoma City.
The 16-year-old placed fifth in the World Championship Saddle Seat Classic Equitation, third in the Senior Saddle Seat Classic
Equitation and earned top 14 honors in the UPHA Finals Saddle Seat Equitation.
Riders representing 46 states, Austria, Canada and Great Britain competed in one of the country’s premier horse shows.
Riding since the age of eight, Mallette trains year round at Trinity Farm in Broadalbin.
Daily Gazette All-Area basketball first-teammer Meg Olsen of Bethlehem has made a verbal commitment to play for St. Michael’s College of the Northeast 10 Conference.
The versatile 5-foot-10 guard played a key role last season as the Eagles reached the Section II Class AA final, averaging 13.5 points with 98 rebounds, 74 steals and 52 assists. She reached double-digit scoring 18 times, including a 21-point display in a Class AA semifinal win over then-unbeaten Amsterdam.
Olsen was named a Suburban Council first team all-star and earned a spot on the Class AA all-tournament team.
She is currently playing for Bethlehem’s unbeaten soccer team.
here and there
u Seven high school athletes, including Nikki Anthony (Schenectady), Christopher Frost (Niskayuna), Joseph Holm (Scotia) and Ryan Schmitz (Schenectady), will represent the Junior New York Buzz at the USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championships in Mobile, Ala., Oct. 30-Nov. 2. The Schenectady-based Buzz, which also includes Cathryn Crummey (Loudonville), Riley Lorenz (Oneonta) and Amanda Rosati (Albany), will compete against 15 other teams in the 18-and-under intermediate division.
u The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys’ volleyball team lost to Midlakes in the semifinals of the Penfield Tournament Monday, 25-18, 20-25, 29-27, for only its second defeat this season. Burnt Hills (24-2) swept Gates-Chili and Spencerport in pool play before beating Rush-Henrietta in the Gold Division quarterfinals. Midlakes won the Gold Division championship by beating Gates-Chili in three games, and will host a tournament Saturday that includes BH-BL.
u Fort Ann boys’ soccer coach Rich McCabe reached 400 victories Monday when his Cardinals beat Warrensburg, 10-0. McCabe, in his 28th year at Fort Ann, has led the Cardinals to 13 league titles and seven Section II championships. Warrensburg coach Brian Lemery was a ball boy for McCabe when he won his 100th game, and played on the Glens Falls team Fort Ann beat for McCabe’s 200th victory.
u The New York State Public High School Athletic Association will conduct its fourth annual wrestling coaches clinic Oct. 30 at Cornell University. Scheduled clinicians include University of Buffalo coach Jim Beichner, Cortland State coach Brad Bruhn and Cornell coach Rob Koll. Contact assistant director Todd Nelson at the NYSPHSAA (690-0771) for more information.
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