Porcelli’s departure leaves Albany football post vacant

Albany High School is looking for a new varsity football coach following the recent resignation of P
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Albany High School is looking for a new varsity football coach following the recent resignation of Pete Porcelli.

Albany went 0-9 in Porcelli’s lone season at the school, and saw its losing streak reach 19 games with a season-ending 32-7 setback against Colonie. The Falcons went 0-9 under Brian Spicer in 2008, and 3-6 in Joe Burke’s final season in charge in 2007.

“I have resigned for personal reasons,” said Porcelli, who is a phys­ical education teacher in the Albany school district. “I hope to be on a sideline somewhere soon.”

Positions have opened up since the end of the season at Scotia-Glenville, Shaker and Christian Brothers Academy, where coaches Mike Turgeon, Dennis Bender and Matt Gormley, respectively, departed.

Porcelli was a successful lower- level coach at Albany before guiding Catholic Central’s varsity to a 6-3 record in 2000. His Lansingburgh teams posted a 67-19 record in eight seasons, won three division championships and advanced to six straight Section II title games from 2002-07 and won four of them.

His Section II Class B-winning teams in 2002 and 2005 reached the state semifinals, and his Class A-winning team in 2007 advanced to the state final and finished with an 11-2 record.

Albany has had only two winning seasons since going 7-3-1 and capturing the Section II Class A championship in 1996. The Falcons went 5-4 in both 2004 and 2005 under Burke.

Shooting for 1,000

Fonda-Fultonville senior Paula Egleston will attempt to score her 1,000th career point tonight when the Braves play at Galway in a Western Athletic Conference game.

Egleston is seventh on the Braves’ career scoring list with 988 points. Natalie Mosconi is the career leader with 1,350.

Maginn streak ends

Christian Brothers Academy ended Bishop Maginn’s 39-game Big 10 basketball winning streak last week with a 72-61 victory on the Golden Giffins’ court.

CBA was also the last team to beat Bishop Maginn in league play, posting a 62-61 triumph on Jan. 16 2007. Bishop Maginn won its final six Big 10 games that 2006-07 season, claimed league championships in 2007-08 and last season with 16-0 records, and opened this year with a 71-48 success against Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons.

Top player

Monroe-Woodbury senior quarterback Dan Scalo has been selected the Gatorade New York football player of the year after leading the Crusaders to their sixth straight Section IX Class AA championship.

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