Here are 10 cool numbers from the past week in Section II high school sports.
Pins knocked down by South Glens Falls sophomore Willis Bickford in a Foothills Council bowling match against Amsterdam at Kingpins Alley. The sophomore rolled a 642 triple with a 179 and a 163 to go with his perfect game. A two-sport winter athlete, Bickford also skates for the Adirondack Rivermen hockey team.
Career wrestling win total reached by Columbia junior Jake Edwards at the Jay Alvarez Invitational and by Warrensburg sophomore Hunter McKenna at the Battle in the Valley. Edwards went 4-0 and McKenna went 5-0, and both helped their teams win championships.
Saves made by Shenendehowa junior goalkeeper Kent Leighton in back-to-back Capital District High School Hockey League wins over La Salle and Bethlehem. Leighton made 38 saves when the Plainsmen beat La Salle 5-3 and 35 when they held off Bethlehem — the state’s No. 2 team — 4-3. Senior Zach Rupert scored a late goal to break a tie with Bethlehem.
Seconds into overtime when senior Anthony Sericolo completed a hat trick and gave Albany Academy a 5-4 Capital District High Hockey League win over Queensbury. Will Vogel’s two goals for Queensbury included the equalizer with 19 seconds left in the third period.
Unanswered points the Amsterdam girls’ basketball team rattled off to close out the first quarter in a 71-37 Foothills Council win over Hudson Falls. Amsterdam trailed 2-0 before its lengthy run, boosted its lead to 39-12 at the half, and improved to 6-0 behind Antonia May’s career-high 24 points.
Number of Section II runners named to all-state boys’ cross country teams and honorable mention lists by the New York State Sportswriters Association. First team honors went to senior Shea Weilbaker of Saratoga Springs (Class A), seniors Tyler Berg, Aidan Gillooley and Evan Brennan of state champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Class B), and 12th-grader Brandon Olden of North Warren.
Three-point baskets Shenendehowa and Averill Park combined for in the Plainsmen’s 68-67 double-overtime boys’ basketball victory, including clutch hoists by Warriors’ senior Zach Price and Plainsmen junior Jake Reinisch. Price’s 3 with 20 seconds left sent the game into overtime tied at 53. Reinisch’s buzzer-beating 3 knotted the game at 58 and brought on the second OT.
Victories for Niskayuna senior swimmer Bryan Liu at the Shenendehowa Holiday Invitational. Liu won the 50 free and 100 free, and helped the Silver Warriors take the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay. Shenendehowa senior Kaleb Hotaling also had a big meet with wins in the 200 individual medley and 100 breast while helping the Plainsmen place first in the 400 free relay.
Shenendehowa placed second and Niskayuna was third behind team champion Pittsford.
Slam dunks Mekeel Christian Academy sophomore Alex Barnhill pounded down in a 91-49 win against Destiny Christian School of Rochester. One of those jams came late in a 21-0, first-quarter run, and the other two came in the second quarter as the Lions’ lead grew to 60-19. Barnhill, a reserve on Mekeel’s state title-winning team last season and a one of its four new starters, scored all 18 of his points in the first half.
Aliyah Wright’s position on the all-time scoring list for Colonie girls’ basketball after the senior guard notched 14 points in a 57-53 Suburban Council loss to Averill Park. Wright moved past 1996 Colonie graduate Kelly Charette, who totaled 1,282 points in her career with the Garnet Raiders.