Falcons anxiously await gymnasium debut Dec. 5

Schenectady Christian School will debut its new gymnasium on Friday, Dec. 5, when its boys’ basketba

Schenectady Christian School will debut its new gymnasium on Friday, Dec. 5, when its boys’ basketball teams entertains Cambridge in a non-league game.

“I’ve been waiting 14 years for this,” said Schenectady Christian coach Chad Bowman. “I don’t know if we’ll be able to be on it when practice starts [Nov. 3], but we’ll be all set for opening night. It’s close to being all done. The floor needs to be painted, and the bleachers are coming in next week.”

The new gymnasium, built by Amedore Construction, sits behind the school on the site of an old parking lot. The 17,300-square- foot facility includes locker rooms, team rooms, a concession stand and restrooms.

“It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but for us, it’s what we need. It really looks good,” Bowman said. “Walking in there, it’s kind of overwhelming.”

In recent years, Schenectady Christian basketball teams played their home games at Scotia-Glenville High School and Perth

Bible Academy rather than in the cramped confines of their own gymnasium. Schenectady Christian’s old gym is scheduled to be transformed in classrooms, a lib­rary and media center.

“The new gym will be able to seat between 700 and 800 people,” Bowman said. “That should be plenty for us.”

Schenectady Christian’s basketball teams have developed into Western Athletic Conference powers in recent years. Bowman guided his varsity boys to the state semifinals and a school-record 25 wins in 2006-07.

hilliard has opening

Organizers of Schenectady High School’s Arthur Hilliard Mem­orial Tournament are looking for one girls’ basketball team to fill its field. The tournament takes place Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 27-28, at the Pat Riley Sports Center.

Schenectady, Niskayuna and Col­umbia are scheduled to compete in the girls’ event. Schenectady won the title last year by beating Sar­atoga Springs and Niskayuna. Contact Mary Fritz (881-3515) for more information.

girls’ volleyball

The Section II girls’ tournament has one Class A quarterfinal today pitting Catholic Central against host Amsterdam in an all-Big 10 affair. The rest of the quarterfinals take place Tuesday, with defending champions Niskayuna (Class AA), Johnstown (Class B), Voorheesville (Class C) and Loudonville Christian (Class D) in action.

Reigning Class A champ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake has a quarter­final bye, and will meet the Catholic Central-Amsterdam winner Thursday. Burnt Hills hopes to add to its long list of accomplishments, which include 13 Section II, nine regional and three state championships.

“We’re not a big, powerful team, but we’ll serve you tough and play defense,” said Burnt Hills coach Gary Bynon, whose Spartans are 19-3 overall. “That’s what this team is built around.”

boys’ volleyball

The Suburban Council Boys’ Volleyball Tournament begins today and runs through Friday at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, where the host Spartans will be striving for a fifth consecutive championship and regional berth.

Play-in games and quarterfinals are today, semifinals are Wednesday, and the title match is Friday. The tournament winner advances to regional competition on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Cicero-North Syr­acuse High School. The Section II representative will be joined by those from Sections I, III, V and VI. Burnt Hills won its first regional title last year after placing second in 2006 and third in both 2005 and 2004.

Burnt Hills (18-0, 27-3) is the SC tourney’s No. 1 seed followed by

Niskayuna, Bethlehem (both 14-4 in league play), Shenendehowa (13-5), Saratoga Springs (9-9) and Colonie (8-10).

Suburban Council Tournament


Play-in games

Guilderland vs. Shaker, 4 p.m.; Columbia vs. Mohonasen, 4 p.m.


Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake vs. Guilderland-Shaker winner, 5 p.m.; Niskayuna vs. Columbia-Mohonasen winner, 5 p.m.; Bethlehem vs. Colonie, 6:30 p.m.; Shenendehowa vs. Saratoga Springs, 6:30 p.m.

here and there

The Section II Exceptional Sen­iors football game will be held Wednesday night, Nov. 12, at Union College starting at 7. The North ended an eight-game losing streak by beating the South last fall, 36-28. . . .

Albany Academy’s Sarah Kandath defeated Gabbie Scammacca of Shenendehowa, 6-2, 6-1, to capture the singles title at last week’s Section II tennis tournament. Both players entered the match undefeated. Kandath’s brother, Matt Kandath of Albany Academy, is a two-time state tennis champion. . . .

Casey Whitford was selected most valuable player, and schoolmates Joanie Coonie, Kelsey Hanson and Amelia Mairs made the all-tournament team after Shenendehowa beat Loudonville Christian in the semifinals, 25-13, 25-17, and Schalmont in the title match, 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, at Schalmont’s recent girls’ volleyball invitational. Schalmont beat Broadalbin-Perth in the semis, 22-25, 25-23, 25-17, and had all-tourney picks in Claire Fisher, Stacy Scheffer and Hilary Swift. . . .

Seventh-grader Addison Walkowiak established Ballston Spa school and pool records with 280.60 points for six dives in Thursday’s meet with Saratoga Springs. Walkowiak also placed first (482.95) at the recent Schenectady Diving Meet, schoolmate Devon Delay finished second (428.90), and the Scotties had five in the top nine. Heather Markus of Saratoga Springs placed third (393.20) in the 11-dive, one-

meter competition. . . .

The Schoharie junior varsity boys’ soccer team completed an undefeated run through the Western Athletic Conference with a 1-0 victory over Mayfield. Dan Fountain led Schoharie to the league champ in his first year as head coach.

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