Section II teams and individuals turned in some impressive and interesting performances during New York State Public High School Athletic Association winter championship meets and competitions that concluded Sunday.
Here are 10 cool numbers from them.
Pins knocked down by Lansingburgh when it won the boys’ Division 2 team crown at the March 10 state bowling championships at AMF Strike N’ Spare Lanes in Syracuse. Lansingburgh prevailed by 307 points. The Knights’ senior duo of Michael Connally and Codi Genthner had the third (259) and fourth (258) highest single games, respectively, and Genthner rolled the tournament’s best six-game series (1,391, 231.83 average).
Boys’ basketball games won in a row by Lake George before an 80-63 loss to Middle Early College in the NYSPHSAA Class C semifinals March 16 at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton. Lake George set a Section II record with the 54 in a row (28-0 last season, 26-1 this season), topping the 53 consecutive victories by Scotia-Glenville’s state title-winning teams from 2013-15. Middle Early College went on a 23-6 game-closing run to end the Warriors’ win skein.
Points generated by Glens Falls senior Joseph Girard III when the Indians beat Lowville in overtime 75-74 for the NYSPHSAA Class B boys’ basketball championship March 16 at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton. The Syracuse commit won the game on a buzzer-beating layup, and had forced overtime on a deep 3-pointer with 15 seconds left. Glens Falls became just the second NYSPHSAA school to win state football and basketball titles in the same academic year along with Aquinas in 2015-16.
Years between state final four appearances by the Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons girls’ basketball team, which dropped a 56-26 Class D semifinal decision to Franklinville March 15 at Hudson Valley Community College. Senior Abby Kienzle led the Golden Knights with 10 points after scoring 12 in a regional win over Westport and 19 in the Section II title-game win against North Warren.
Points produced by Cambridge sophomore point guard Sophie Phillips when the Indians beat Watkins Glen 57-43 and captured the state Class C girls’ basketball championship March 16 at Hudson Valley Community College. Phillips’ most valuable player effort also included 17 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots.
Vault score recorded by Saratoga Springs sophomore Ava Dallas when she broke her own Section II record at the state gymnastics championships March 2 at Cold Spring Harbor High School. Dallas placed seven with her vault score, and finished 13th all-around (35.825) to lead the Section II group. Dallas set the Section II vault record as a freshman (9.400) and topped that (9.450) at a meet in February.
Relay team members who won championships — and set Section II records in the process — at the state swimming and diving meet March 2 at Nassau County Aquatic Center. Niskayuna seniors Bryan Liu, Victor Schingo, Scott Ward and junior Mark Lipkin broke their own Section II record (1:26.30 set at the sectionals) in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a 1:25.56. Shenendehowa seniors Kaleb Hotaling, James Jordan, Jackson Homan and junior Alexander Fabris broke the Section II record that had stood since 2009 (3:08.97 by Shenendehowa) with a 3:08.93 in the 400 free relay. Both foursomes not only won NYSPHSAA titles and finished second in the Federation results, but also earned All-American consideration.
Consecutive seasons in which Saratoga Springs senior Shea Weilbaker has won state championship after he defended his 3,200-meter title at the March 2 state indoor track and field finals at Ocean Breeze Track and Field Complex in Staten Island. The Georgetown commit moved up to No. 2 on the all-time Section II list with his winning 9:04.62. He won a state cross country title last fall, and a state outdoor 3,200 title last spring.
Madison Relyea’s finishing position in the girls’ individual classic at the Feb. 25 state skiing championships at Gore Mountain. The Mayfield sophomore covered the 7-kilometer cross country course in 28:07.4 and took a big leap forward after placing ninth last year and 23rd in 2017 at state Nordic skiing competitions. Mayfield placed second in the team tabulations, and Section II placed second in the all-sections scoring.
Three-point baskets made in the varsity basketball career of Tyler Leon of St. Johnsville-Oppenheim-Ephratah after the senior forward’s off-balance shot found the mark — while he was being fouled — with two seconds left in a Class D state semifinal game against Panama. His follow-up free throw tied the game at 50, and the Wolfpack eventually won 61-57 March 16 at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton. Leon, who averaged 18 points and 16 rebounds in the final four, made the all-tournament team after OESJ lost in the title game to Harrisville 67-54.