Here are 10 cool numbers from the last week in Section II high school sports.
3-point baskets in the career of Gloversville girls’ basketball senior Harmony Philo, a Section II record, after she dropped seven of them in a 70-52 win over Glens Falls. Philo moved past 2015 Troy graduate Kiana Patterson (248) on the all-time Section II 3-point list. Philo also holds Gloversville records for 3s in a game (8) and a season (71).
Career wins for Cobleskill-Richmondville junior Ethan Cooper after he earned the 170-pound title and most outstanding wrestler honors (for higher weights) at the Schenectady Invitational. Niskayuna junior James Murphy and Mohonasen sophomore Jake Deguire got to 100 wins at the Eastern States Classic, and Ichabod Crane junior Jerald Rhoades reached 100 wins at the Joe McCabe Invitational.
Points produced by Schalmont girls’ basketball freshman Payton Graber, who nearly outscored Voorheesville by herself while setting a school record, in a 53-42 win. Graber hit five 3-point baskets and went 11 of 13 from the foul line in more than doubling her previous high (19) for the season. Her dad is former Schalmont and University at Albany standout Jason Graber.
Points scored by Schalmont junior Shane O’Dell when he reached 1,000 for his career in a 73-49 win against Voorheesville. O’Dell needed 33 to get to the special plateau and join his brother Zac O’Dell and Corey Osinski on Schalmont’s 1,000-point list for boys. Garret Delaney of Mayfield, August Mahoney of Albany Academy and Sydney Gagnon of North Warren also reached 1,000 points since the new year.
Saves by senior goalkeeper Kyle Grace when Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa hockey beat Shenendehowa 3-0. Sophomores Noah Sinclair, Grant Rice and Sean Speck scored the goals. Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa’s last win vs. Shenendehowa came in the 2015 Section II playoffs.
Consecutive unbeaten Suburban Council seasons for the Saratoga Springs girls’ gymnastics team after its 169.00-144.55 win vs. Shaker. Blue Streaks sophomore Ava Dallas earned all-around honors after placing first on the vault, bars and floor. Guilderland was the last team to beat Saratoga in league competition, back during the 2006-07 season when the Dutchmen did it twice.
Three-point baskets knocked down by Glens Falls boys’ basketball senior Joseph Girard III in a 94-67 win vs. Broadalbin-Perth. The Syracuse-bound guard finished with 56 points after producing 44 in the first half. Seniors August Mahoney of Albany Academy and Kyle Jakovic of Doane Stuart both had eight 3-point baskets in a game, and Columbia senior Lexi Van Vorst, Fonda-Fultonville junior Jackson Atty and Shenendehowa sophomore Meghan Huerter each made seven 3s in a game.
Matches won by Duanesburg wrestler Zack Lawrence at the Eastern States Classic, capped by a 4-2 decision over Danny Mauriello of Hauppauge in the 152-pound championship bout. Lawrence’s 5-0 record included three decisions, a major decision and a pin. Duanesburg’s all-time wins leader was joined by Shenendehowa sophomore Stevo Poulin as an Eastern States titlist.
Wins for Skyler Smith of Niskayuna at the Dartmouth Relays, which included a school freshman-record 1:39.07 in the 600-meter run. Smith was also part of Niskayuna’s victorious distance medley relay (12:27.28) with Maddy Hesler, Alexa Smith and Liyat Kebbede, and its triumphant 4×800 relay (9:44.05) with Maddie Beltramo, Hesler and Charlotte Kokernak. Niskayuna girls’ indoor track and field won the team championship at the 50th annual meet.
Rank in New York state for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls’ distance medley relay team after it clocked a 12:10.41 to win by over seven seconds at the Yale Track Classic. Senior Rory Graham anchored the relay with a 4:59.0 for the 1,600, and also placed third in the 1,000 (2:56.26) while just missing her own school record. Other DMR legs were run by Emily Berg, Hannah Lewis and Jamisen Vendetti.