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Fonda-Fultonville boys’ and girls’ basketball teams — which only have one loss between them — play t
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Fonda-Fultonville boys’ and girls’ basketball teams — which only have one loss between them — play their final meaningful games as members of the Western Athletic Conference tonight when they each compete in their respective WAC championship games at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

While the Fonda-Fultonville boys take on Schoharie at 7:30, the Braves girls’ team squares off with Berne-Knox-Westerlo at 6.

Fonda joins the Colonial Council next year.

“We’re excited to go into the Colonial Council,” said Fonda boys’ coach Eric Wilson, whose team is 17-0 overall. “The WAC is a good league. It’s well run, and I think it’s proven itself year after year in the sectionals with Class C and Class D championships. But for our school, I think we’ve outgrown it a little. I think it’s a good move, size-wise, and we’re excited for the challenge. It’s a big jump for us, but the feeling is like it’s almost like we’re going into a new school. It will be totally different.”

Wilson said tonight’s WAC championship game will be more than just a non-league prep for the upcoming sectionals.


“What’s great about this team is that our kids are serious about every game. We have a group that is very focused. When we put the ball out in practice, they are serious even about the drills. They are very competitive. We want to end the regular season on a good note.”

Wilson is concerned about Schoharie’s perimeter game.

“Schoharie is a very good team, and they give us a different challenge because they’ve got so many kids who can knock down three-pointers,” he said. “We haven’t played a team with that many shooters, and we’re excited about this challenge.”

The Fonda coach added that his team doesn’t feel any added pressure about protecting its unbeaten record.

“What is nice about this group is that they’re focused on their goals, but we haven’t talked about having an unbeaten record this year. I can’t remember a time when the kids brought up the fact that we are undefeated. We never talked about it as being one of our goals. I know it’s a cliche, but we really talk about just one game at a time. We want to improve every game. I think we’re getting rejuvenated right now after leveling off a little at midseason. If they’re talking among theirselves about us being undefeated, I don’t know about it.”

Leading the way for the Braves is 6-foot-1 senior guard Brandon Mercado, who averages 17.8 points per game.

“Mercado is an all-around good player. Defensively, he’s one of the best we’ve got,” said Wilson. “He’ll guard anybody. He’ll go into the post and be physical, or he’ll guard the opposing team’s point guard. He’s also our emotional leader.

Every timeout, I almost have to shut him up, because he’s such a vocal leader for us. Offensively, he’s a good shooter. He can handle the ball and is very good in transition. He sees the floor very well. There’s not one thing I can pick out that is his strongest suit. He’s good at everything.”

Seth Hidde (15.1 ppg), James Sheehan (7.7 ppg), Luke Nethaway (7.0 ppg) and Kyle Hanson (6.9 ppg) are other key players for the Braves. Schoharie (13-4) is paced by Jacob Karker (19.7 ppg), Tyler Keller (8.8 ppg), Arnalle Marabelle (9.3 ppg) and Cody LaBadia (7.3 ppg).

Meanwhile, the Fonda girls come into tonight’s championship game with just one loss, a non-league setback to Broadalbin-Perth.

The Braves, who are 12-0 in WAC play, try to dominate inside with Paula Egelston, who produces 21.4 points per game. Amanda Baker adds 9.0 ppg.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo (14-3) will try to neutralize Egelston with the 1-2 punch of Elizabeth Harvey (20.2 ppg) and Marian Bates (14.8 ppg).

In a boys’ WAC crossover game Monday, Northville improved to 10-8 with a 60-53 victory over Berne-Knox-Westerlo.

McKenzie Groff scored 20 points, and Mike VanNostrand added 16 for the Falcons. Ryan Lobell netted 21 for the Bulldogs.

Jason Smith’s 24 points carried St. Johnsville over Duanesburg, 52-49. The Eagles got 13 points from Matt St. John and 10 each from Joe Hulbert, Anthony Strever and Travis Wengenack.

Cody Stevens (18) and Sean Hobbins (17) combined for 35 points as Saratoga Central Catholic stopped Sharon Springs, 71-62, despite 27 points from the Spartans’ Doug Ullman.

Schenectady Christian ripped Mayfield, 50-38.

In a non-league game, Mount Anthony topped Hoosick Falls, 58-39, behind 32 points from Kyle Callanan.

Nate Sitterly scored 18 points, and Payton Stahler added 11 points and 17 rebounds to lift Canajoharie (14-4) over Fort Plain, 42-39.

The 9-9 Hilltoppers missed a three-pointer at the buzzer. Tyler Barhydt (13) and Jack Ray (11 points, six rebounds) paced Fort Plain.

GIRLS

Emilie Liddle and Caitlyn Mosher scored 11 points each to help Can­ajoharie beat Mayfield, 40-20, in a WAC crossover game. Liddle also grabbed 10 rebounds.

Samantha Tomeck scored 11 points as Duanesburg (11-7) topped Saratoga Central Catholic, 43-28.

Lindsey Standhart’s 24 points sparked Middleburgh (4-14) over St. Johnsville (1-17), 60-31.

Brooklyn Griffin scored 10 points as Schoharie slipped past Northville, 32-30.

Christina Lockenwitz scored 14 points in Sharon Springs’ 47-41 win over Fort Plain.

BOYS

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

Crossover games

NORTHVILLE 60, BERNE-KNOX-WESTERLO 53

BERNE-KNOX-WESTERLO

Tombasco 2-1-5, Audino 6-1-15, Krinsky 1-1-3, Clark 3-0-7, Lobell 10-1-21, Pitcher 1-0-2. Totals: 23-4-53.

NORTHVILE

Miklic 2-0-4, VanNostrand 3-10-16, Briggs 4-2-12, Groff 8-3-20, Rose 2-1-5, Bedell 1-1-3. Totals: 20-17-60.

BKW 13  9 12 19 — 53

Northville 14 10 14 22 — 60

Three-point goals: Audino 2, Clark, VanNostrand 3, Briggs 2, Groff.

DUANESBURG 52, ST. JOHNSVILLE 49

ST. JOHNSVILLE

Belien 6-5-18, Hart 2-1-5, Jalkin 1-0-2, Smith 10-3-24. Totals: 19-9-49.

DUANESBURG

Casper 1-0-2, Gentile 3-1-7, Hulbert 4-2-10, St. John 3-7-13, Strever 4-2-10, Wengenack 5-0-10. Totals: 19-12-52.

St. Johnsville 9 17 5 18 — 49

Duanesburg 9 18 8 17 — 52

Three-point goals: Belien, Smith, Gentile 2.

SCHENECTADY CHRISTIAN 50, MAYFIELD 38

MAYFIELD

Olbrych 3-0-6, Morey 3-0-6, McNamara 3-0-6, Hennessy 3-2-8, Hoagboon 4-3-12. Totals: 17-5-38.

SCHENECTADY CHRISTIAN

McCarty 4-5-14, McClain 3-0-6, Bowman 2-0-5, Spencer 2-3-7, Col. Stewart 2-4-8, Tapplin 4-0-10. Totals: 17-12-50.

Mayfield 7 8 10 13 — 38

Sch. Christian 2  8 18 22 — 50

Three-point goals: Hoagboon, McCarty, Bowman, Tapplin.

SARATOGA CENTRAL CATHOLIC 71, SHARON SPRINGS 62

SHARON SPRINGS

Bartlett 3-0-7, French 3-0-6, Simpson 1-0-3, Kelly 1-1-3, Ullman 10-7-27, Baker 3-2-9, Larkin 2-1-7. Totals: 23-11-62.


SARATOGA CATHOLIC

Hobbins 5-7-17, McDonough 1-0-2, Bickford 0-1-1, Keller 2-0-4, Ronayne 1-3-5, Stevens 6-4-18, Keehn 6-2-14, Scammell 2-0-4, Anderson 1-3-5. Totals: 24-20-71.

Sharon Springs  8 9 20 24 — 62

Saratoga Catholic 17 19 14 21 — 71

Three-point goals: Bartlett, Simpson, Baker, Larkin 2, Stevens 2.

CANAJOHARIE 42, FORT PLAIN 39

CANAJOHARIE

Hodge 2-2-6, O’Neil 0-2-2, Sitterly 8-2-18, Stahler 4-3-11, Taylor 2-0-5. Totals: 16-9-42.

FORT PLAIN

Barhydt 5-1-13, Baker 2-0-5, Ray 5-1-11, Yacowenia 1-1-3, Weaver 2-0-5, Parker 1-0-2. Totals: 16-3-39.

Canajoharie 9 10 10 13 — 42

Fort Plain 6 11 14  8 — 39

Three-point goals: Taylor, Barhydt 2, Baker, Weaver.

NON-LEAGUE

MT. ANTHONY 58, HOOSICK FALLS 39

HOOSICK FALLS

Lilac 1-0-2, Williams 5-0-11, Rasmus 1-1-3, Hayden 2-1-5, McMahon 6-3-15, Dingman 1-0-3. Totals: 16-5-39.

MT. ANTHONY

Callanan 12-1-32, Brooks 1-2-4, Darwell 3-0-9, McVay 3-0-6, Palmer 3-1-7. Totals: 22-4-58.

Hoosick Falls  9 17  8  5 — 39

Mt. Anthony 12 20 15 11 — 58

Three-point goals: Williams, Dingman, Callanan 7, Darwell 3.

GIRLS

WAC

Crossovers

CANAJOHARIE 40, MAYFIELD 20

MAYFIELD

Warner 0-2-2, Henry 1-2-4, Miskinis 1-0-2, Manoogian 1-0-2, Wooden 2-0-5, Frazier 2-0-4, Brower 0-1-1. Toals: 7-5-20.

CANAJOHARIE

Stahler 3-2-8, Liddle 5-1-11, Mosher 4-1-11, Stetin 2-3-7, Stroemsvaag 1-1-3. Totals: 15-8-40.

Mayfield 5  4  6  5 — 20

Canajoharie 8 10 10 12 — 40

Three-point goals: Wooden, Mosher 2.

DUANESBURG 43, SARATOGA CENTRAL CATHOLIC 28

SARATOGA CATHOLIC

Lenz 2-2-6, Diggins 2-3-7, Mensler 4-1-9, Signor 1-2-4, Gregoire 1-0-2. Totals: 10-8-28.

DUANESBURG

Hill 1-0-3,Sanders 1-0-3, Crowley 2-0-6, Rice 3-0-6, Tomeck 5-0-11, Paludi 2-0-5, Kenyon 1-0-2, McGarry 3-1-7. Totals: 18-1-43.

Saratoga Catholic  6 8  7 7 — 28

Duanesburg 17 8 10 8 — 43

Three-point goals: Hill, Sanders, Crowley 2, Paludi, Tomeck.

MIDDLEBURGH 60, ST. JOHNSVILLE 31

ST. JOHNSVILLE

Stowell 2-0-4, Reynolds 2-1-5, Christman 2-1-5, Lull 4-6-15, Halpin 1-0-2. Totals: 11-8-31.

MIDDLEBURGH

Standhart 8-3-24, Clayton 3-4-10, Cos­tello 1-3-5, Downs 1-0-2, Marotta 3-1-7, Wood 3-1-7, Morgan 2-0-4, Roney 0-1-1. Totals: 21-13-60.

St. Johnsville  7 12  4  8 — 31

Middleburgh 15 12 22 11 — 60

Three-point goals: Lull, Standhart 5.

SCHOHARIE 32, NORTHVILLE 30

NORTHVILLE

Shell 1-0-2, Williams 1-0-3, Ellsworth 1-4-6, Wadsworth 1-1-3, Robinson 2-2-6, Flood 1-6-8, H. Williams 1-0-2. Totals: 8-13-30.

SCHOHARIE

Kuntze 1-0-2, Cerolao 3-0-8, Stephenson 1-0-2, McCormack 1-2-4, Griffin 3-4-10, Cornell 3-0-6. Totals: 12-6-32.

Northville 9 15 0  6 — 30

Schoharie 3 11 6 12 — 32

Three-point goals: Williams, Cerolao 2.

SHARON SPRINGS 47, FORT PLAIN 41

FORT PLAIN

Gros 2-0-4, Hagadorn 3-1-7, Logan 8-3-19, Resch 4-0-9, VanLoan 1-0-2. Totals: 18-4-41.

SHARON SPRINGS

Collins 1-0-2, Davenport 3-2-8, Johnstone 3-0-6, Judd 2-1-6, C. Lockenwitz 3-8-14, S. Lockenwitz 1-0-2, Tomaszewski 2-0-4, Varin 2-0-5. Totals: 17-11-47.

Fort Plain 11  4 10 16 — 41

Sharon Springs  8 10 11 18 — 47

Three-point goals: Resch, Judd, Varin.

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