LaSalle standout Terrell bound for Hobart in fall

One of the Capital Region’s finest running backs is headed to Hobart College to play defense.
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One of the Capital Region’s finest running backs is headed to Hobart College to play defense.

Marquis Terrell, who amassed 46 touchdowns as a junior and senior at LaSalle Institute, will be vying for time at cornerback when he joins the Statesmen in the fall.

Hobart is a Division III power, having won the Liberty League championship in 2008, while putting together its 12th consecutive winning season.

“They had a need at cornerback, and they wanted him really bad,” said LaSalle football coach Al Rapp. “They were after him for some time, and after Marquis weighed all of his options, that was his choice.”

Terrell is an outstanding defensive back, though his play on that side of the ball was often overshadowed by his running exploits, which added up to 1,803 yards as a senior and a school-record 1,939 yards as a junior. He ran for 365 yards and scored seven touchdowns in a 61-37 rout of Schenectady as an

11th-grader, setting school single-game records in both categories.

His 4,353 career yards are another school record, and rank No. 5 on the all-time Section II list.

“He’s probably one of the best all-around football players I’ve coached,” Rapp said of the 5-foot-9, 175-pound two-time Daily Gazette All-Area first-team selection. “He’s a great defensive player. At that level, I think he’ll be a standout performer.”

Terrell made 53 tackles with 17 assists during his senior season, intercepted four passes and recovered two fumbles. He had six tackles and six assists when LaSalle beat Schenectady, 26-14, for its second straight Section II Class AA championship, and the following week, in a 33-7 regional loss to New Rochelle, he had 18 tackles, three assists and a blocked field goal.

“He had a great Super Bowl, and if not for Marquis, New Rochelle might have had two or three more touchdowns,” said Rapp.

Terrell played three varsity seasons, and was named to the all-state Class AA second-team offense last fall.

Hobart went 6-1 in the Liberty League last season under head coach Mike Cragg, marking the eighth time since 1995 the Statesmen placed first or tied for first, and went 9-2 overall. Hobart qualified for the NCAA playoffs for the seventh time since 2000, and lost in the second round to Mount Union.

Union College handed Hobart its other defeat in 2008.

Gleason to Saint Rose

Watervliet baseball standout Caleb Gleason, who belted eight home runs as a junior, signed a letter of intent with The College of Saint Rose on Thursday.

The outfielder and pitcher was named to the all-state Class C second team last year, and for the third time, earned first-team Colonial Council laurels after batting .495 with 38 RBI. In 83 at-bats, the four-year varsity starter struck out only twice, and at one point, he had 11 consecutive hits.

His mound work included 52 strikeouts and a 1.30 earned run average.

Gleason also played basketball and football for the Cannoneers. He was selected an all-state second-team linebacker last fall after helping Watervliet capture the Section II Class C championship.

The Bethlehem trio of linebacker Mike Bonacci, defensive tackle Dan Donato and center Vincent Adams will continue their football careers at Utica College. Bonacci was selected to the Class A Empire Division first-team defense last fall.

Scotia-Glenville softball captain Meghan Hart is headed to LeMoyne College on a combination academic/athletic scholarship.

Four among Golden 50

Paul Layton of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Ben Miseikis of Amsterdam, Adhem Elsawi of Sar­atoga Springs and Bunduka Kargbo of Bishop Maginn have been named to the New York State High School Football Coaches Association’s Golden 50 Team.

Layton, who led Burnt Hills to the state Class A championship game with his play at quarterback and kicking exploits, was previously selected the association’s player of the year at that level.

Layton and Miseikis, a running back/defensive back, will continue their playing careers at the University at Albany. Elsawi, an offensive lineman, is headed to Campbell University in North Carolina, and Kargbo, a quarterback/defensive back, will play at the University at Buffalo.

All four seniors were named to the Daily Gazette All-Area first team following their successful 2008 seasons.

No-hitters

When Mark Hanifin and Dan Wiecek combined on a no-hitter in Fort Plain’s 15-1 milestone win over St. Johnsville on Thursday, it marked the third such performance in a 10-game span for the Hilltoppers.

Dustin Baker authored no-hitters for Fort Plain against Salem in the quarterfinals of last year’s Section II Class C tournament, and against Ticonderoga in a state regional semifinal game. Hanifin and Wiecek joined for theirs as part of the 600th career victory for longtime Hilltoppers coach Craig Phillips.

Before Baker’s first gem, Fort Plain hadn’t had a no-hitter since the 2002 season, when Todd Sim­zer shut down Duanesburg.

Thursday’s no-hitter was the fourth in a three-day span for Western Athletic Conference pitchers. Dylan Anderson and Christian Garcia of Saratoga Catholic combined to blank Sharon Springs Tuesday. On Wednesday, Tyler Quintana and Aaron Casper of Duanesburg no-hit Cambridge, and the Fonda-Fultonville trio of Josh Nethaway, James Sheehan and Luke Nethaway no-hit Northville.

School records

Senior attackman Mark Leeson scored a school-record nine goals and added an assist in South Glens Falls’ 16-7 Foothills Council lacrosse win against Schuylerville Thursday. Leeson has 23 goals and 26 points in six games.

Lansingburgh junior Terrance Kemp went 23 feet even to set a school long-jump record in a Colonial Council track meet with Voorheesville and Mechanicville. Kemp also won the triple jump, and ran a leg on a first-place 400 relay.

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