Paul Brosious of Mohonasen High School has been selected the state Class A girls’ basketball coach of the year by the Basketball Coaches Association of New York.
Brosious guided Mohonasen to its first state final-four appearance and a 22-3 record in his first season at the school. Along the way, Mohonasen won its first Suburban Council division championship, its first Section II title since 2002 and its first regional game.
The Mighty Warriors put
together a 17-game winning streak to reach the state public school semifinals, and finished with a
No. 3 state ranking by the New York sportswriters association. Just two seasons ago, Mohonasen won two games.
Brosious coached the Schenectady Christian School varsity girls for eight seasons before his move to the Rotterdam school. His Falcons put together a 127-54 record, won three Western Athletic Conference division banners and a pair of WAC Cup titles. Four of his teams reached sectional finals, with his 2006 team claiming the Class C crown.
The BCANY’s other class coach of the year seletions for the state include Carole Olsen of Copiague (Class AA), Carlos Fidalgo (Nanuet), John Cifronelli (Bishop Grimes) and Guy Leonard (Coleman Catholic). Aside from
Brosious, the BCANY’s Section II coach of the year selections include Ken Strube of Shenendehowa (Class AA), Wendi Waters of Fonda-Fultonville (Class B), Mark Bubniak of Maple Hill (Class C) and Christina Pudney of Germantown (Class D).
Mohonasen forward Nicola Adach, who became the school’s second 1,000-point scorer, earned a spot on the BCANY’s top 50 player list. Adach and Michelle Aviza were Mohonasen’s only seniors.
Schenectady scoring leader Dan Flora has committed to Division III lacrosse heavyweight Western New England College in Springfield, Mass.
Flora scored 42 goals as a junior and has 30 through eight games this season, including seven in wins over Glens Falls and Troy, and six in victories over Bethlehem and Lansingburgh. He also had a seven-goal performance last year against Amsterdam, one shy of the school single-game record.
Flora is in his fourth year as a starter, and three times has been selected a Big 10 first-team all-star. The attackman represented the
Adirondack Region at last summer’s Empire State Games.
Western New England College is currently 6-0 in the Commonwealth Conference, 9-2 overall and ranked No. 13 on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III poll.
Coach John Klepacki’s Golden Bears reached the NCAA quarterfinals and finished 15-5 in 2008 for their fifth straight winning season.
falcons to saint rose
Schenectady Christian School guards Kelsey Collins and Ashlyn Slater, who each achieved a milestone during this past basketball season, will attend The College of Saint Rose.
Collins became the Falcons’ all-time assist leader during his
senior season, and finished with 503. Slater became the school’s fourth female to reach 1,000 points, and closed out with 1,219.
Both of the team captains were selected Western Athletic Conference Southern Division co-most valuable valuable players, Collins sharing the honor with Payton Stahler of Canajoharie, and Slater sharing the award with Andrea Van Dyke of Berne-Knox-Westerlo.
Both players scored in double figures in every game they played as seniors, Slater averaging 18.3 points and Collins 15.9. Slater scored a season-high 27 points in a sectional win against Corinth, and Collins fired in a season-best 26 points in a win over Middleburgh.
geleta to ualbany
Shenendehowa center Adam Geleta will continue his football
career at the University at
The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Geleta was named a Daily Gazette and Section II Class AA Empire Division first-team all-star, as well as an all-state second-team pick, following his senior season.
Geleta also played defensive tackle for the Plainsmen. This past winter, he won the Section II
Class A 285-pound wrestling championship.
Marbry Gansle, a Shaker High School physical education teacher and coach, recently received the National Association for Girls and Women Sports’ Pathfinder Award.
Gansle has coached girls’ cross country, gymnastics and track and field at Shaker for 32 years. She is the Section II and state gymnastics coordinator, as well as the Section II girls’ cross country coordinator. Additionally, Gansle is the senior class advisor and ski club advisor at Shaker, and in past years, served as a volunteer coach and chairperson for Empire State Games open division track and field.
locals take on world
Ten teenagers from the Capital Region will compete for the CNY Storm’s small senior level 5 team this weekend at the International All Star Federation Cheerleading World Championships at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.
The CNY Storm team, which is comprised of athletes from both its Albany and Syracuse-based gyms, qualified at the Spirit Fest Nationals last month in Hartford, Conn. At the world event, the
18-and-under group will compete with teams from South America, Japan, China, Australia, Canada and western Europe.
The local gymnasts are Kasha Chyczewski, Carley Dunleavy, Stephanie Dunleavy and Kristen Roddy of Scotia; Angelica Stone and Arianna Stone of Schenectady; Kaitlyn Dusse of Duanesburg; Casey LaBoissiere of Albany;
Marissa Reinhart of Latham; and Kacie Kendall of East Greenbush.