Three-sport standout Kelsey Logan of Fort Plain had her soccer jersey retired at the high school’s recent year-end athletic awards ceremony.
Logan is only the second female athlete from Fort Plain to receive the honor after Erica Cutspec, also a three-sport star, had her basketball jersey retired in 2004.
“She’s an outstanding athlete. She’s a leader and a hard worker,” Fort Plain soccer coach Kim Lathers said of Logan. “She deserved it for all the things she accomplished.”
Logan set Fort Plain records with 76 goals and 42 assists, and was four times named a Western Athletic Conference and Section II Class C first-team soccer all-star.
She was selected the Section II Class C co-Player of the Year and gained a spot on the all-state second team as a junior after collecting 22 goals and 14 assists and leading the Hilltoppers to their first Section II championship.
The SUNY-Cortland-bound Logan excelled in basketball and softball as well as soccer, and was the school’s female recipient of the Outstanding Senior Athlete Award.
This past basketball season, she went over the career 1,000-point mark and was selected the WAC Northern Division’s top player.
Green Tech to Class A
Following a recent appeal by the school, Green Tech has been moved from Class AA to Class A for the 2011 football season.
Section II officials originally voted to place Green Tech in the Class AA Liberty Division. Green Tech is now slated to play its initial varsity season as a member of the Class A Southeast Division. The Eagles will be coached by Pete Porcelli, who in past years led varsity teams at Albany, Lansingburgh and Catholic Central.
Green Tech is an all-boys’ school located in Albany with 263 students. The school fielded its first football team last season, and competed at the junior varsity level.
Green Tech’s adjustment leaves both the Class AA league and Class A league with 13 schools. League schedules that were released earlier this year have been reworked, and now include some crossover games between Class AA and Class A teams.
Green Tech will open its season Sept. 2 against Mohonasen at a site to be determined. Those schools are joined by Averill Park, Bishop Maginn, Lansingburgh, Scotia-Glenville and Troy in the Class A Southeast Division. Amsterdam, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Glens Falls, Gloversville, South Glens Falls and Queensbury make up the Class A Northwest Division.
The Class AA Liberty Division includes Colonie, Columbia, LaSalle, Niskayuna, Schenectady and Shaker. The Class AA Empire Division includes Albany, Ballston Spa, Bethlehem, Christian Brothers Academy, Guilderland, Saratoga Springs and Shenendehowa.
The 5-year-old Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake varsity boys’ lacrosse team took several strides forward this season, culminating with its first Section II title.
“We had more victories than ever before. We won the section championship for the first time. We beat every team in the Suburban Council except for Shenendehowa, Niskayuna and Colonie,” said second-year Spartans coach Tom Schwan. “We did a lot of big things. We want to build on the positives.”
The highlight of Burnt Hills’ season came against Queensbury in the Section II Class B final, when the Spartans rallied from 3-0 and 7-4 deficits to prevail, 12-9.
“I’ve never been part of a team that has been so resilient,” Schwan said. “Eight or nine times, we trailed and came back.”
Burnt Hills went 6-7 in the Suburban Council for the second year in a row after winning just one league game in its first three seasons. Last year’s team reached the Section II Class B final before losing to Niskayuna.
“My message to the 18 guys coming back was, we’ve raised the bar. Expectations are higher now,” said Schwan, who had success at Christian Brothers Academy and Guilderland before taking over the BH-BL varsity. “Our goal is not to get to the section final. Our goal is to win it and get to the state tournament.”
Burnt Hills finished with an 11-8 record after a regional loss to Yorktown. The team is losing six seniors in Evan Nusbaum, Nucci Lauria, Connor Young, Mark Cerrone, Alex Lewek and Alex Stewart.
Rowan to hall of fame
National team member Katie Rowan will be among the inductees into the Adirondack Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame June 29 at the Franklin Terrace Ballroom in Troy.
Rowan set numerous scoring records as a two-time All-American at Bethlehem High School and a three-time All-American at Syracuse University. She’s been a member of the national team since 2008. Veteran high school and college referee John Stiso, and longtime high school and youth coach Dan DePersis, will also be inducted into the hall of fame.
As part of the honors banquet, Section II’s All-Americans, championship teams and their coaches will be recognized. More information can be found on the chapter’s website: www.adirondack-lacrosse.-com.
State semifinalists South Glens Falls (Class A, 21-1), Mechanicville (Class B, 21-3) and Greenwich (Class C, 17-9) each ended up at No. 3 in the final set of state softball rankings.
Other top-10 spots went to Hoosick Falls (No. 6, Class B, 20-2), Bethlehem (No. 8, Class AA, 18-6), Duanesburg (No. 9, Class C, 21-3) and Fort Ann (No. 9, Class D, 16-2).
Germantown (No. 11, Class D, 18-3), Shenendehowa (No. 12, Class AA, 19-4), Cohoes (No. 16, Class B, 15-6), Averill Park (No. 17, Class A, 10-9), Chatham (No. 19, Class B, 19-2), Colonie (No. 24, Class AA, 15-5) and Queensbury (No. 25, Class A, 14-6) also received recognition by the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports and the New York State Sportswriters Association.
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