Here are 10 cool numbers from the past week in Section II high school sports.
Career points milestone reached by Lake George girls’ basketball star Graceanne Bennett when she dropped in 19 to go with 16 rebounds and six blocked shots in a 49-14 win at Granville. The 6-foot-2 Georgetown-bound senior became the eighth girl from Section II to get to 2,000 points, and the first since Carolyn Gottstein of Albany in the 1999-2000 season.
High triple rolled at the Colonial Council girls’ bowling tournament by Mohonasen sophomore Mackenzie Simmons. Mohonasen also had the top singles bowler in Katie Adamec with a 238, and the Mighty Warriors collected 3,370 points to beat out Lansingburgh (3,245) for the team title. Simmons, Adamec and teammates Amber Lupi and Elizabeth DeLorenzo were named Colonial Council first-team all-stars.
Points generated by Shenendehowa’s field athletes when the Plainsmen won the girls’ team title at the Suburban Council indoor track and field championships. Shenendehowa had 127 points in all, and its field athletes by themselves outscored every team except meet runner-up Niskayuna, which finished with 72. Shenendehowa senior Chidera Anameze won the weight throw and the shot put, and Plainsmen junior Annabel Flatland won the pole vault.
Free throws attempted, and free throws made, by Argyle junior boys’ basketball player Peyton Lufkin in a 75-69 overtime win against Hartford. Lufkin nailed seven 3-pointers to go with his perfect effort from the foul line, and finished with 44 points. Lufkin had games with 42 and 39 points in wins earlier this season.
Consecutive wins for the Shenendehowa girls’ basketball team after its 62-42 victory against Niskayuna, where senior Cat Almeida led the way with 16 points. Shenendehowa’s streak started after a 59-50 loss to Our Lady of Lourdes from Poughkeepsie, and includes triumphs against state-ranked teams from Saratoga Springs, Albany, Averill Park and Jamesville-DeWitt.
Vault score recorded by Saratoga Springs gymnast Ava Dallas at the Kate Filiberti Memorial Invitational, which broke her own Section II record in the event. As a freshman last year, Dallas scored a then-record 9.40 in the vault in a dual meet against Bethlehem. Aside from her vault win at the Filiberti invitational, Dallas placed first in the balance beam and floor exercice, and was crowned the all-around champion while helping the Blue Streaks take the team title.
Goals scored by Bethlehem junior Michael Bievenue in a 7-2 Capital District High School Hockey League win at Albany Academy. Bievenue had a pair of four-goal games and five hat tricks before his six-goal outburst. The performance left him with 39 goals this season after he totaled 14 as a sophomore.
Section II Class D wrestling titles for Duanesburg senior Zack Lawrence after he pinned Brennan Card of Whitehall/Fort Ann (1:57), Ethan Mattison of Hoosick Falls (5:05) and Reese Steele of Hoosick Falls (2:59) in the 152-pound bracket to remain unbeaten. Lawrence will be among the top seeds at the Section II state meet qualifier Saturday in Glens Falls.
Section II players in the running for the 2018-19 Mr. New York Basketball Award. Senior guards Joseph Girard III of Glens Falls and August Mahoney of Albany Academy made the list of seven finalists for the state’s highest basketball honor for boys’ basketball.
Boys’ basketball players in Johnstown’s 1,000-point club after senior Matt Boyle reached the milestone with 23 points in a 67-51 loss to Schuylerville. Boyle’s achievement came on a night when Johnstown honored its late hall of fame boys’ basketball coach Jack Dunlap.
Seniors Stratton Sherman of Schuylerville and Luke Van Slyke of Canajohare also reached 1,000 career points. Sherman got there with 18 in a 63-54 loss to Gloversville. Van Slyke equaled a season-high with 35 points as his special night was part of an 82-62 win over Dolgeville.