While the Section II fall sports season was shortened this school year and some of the sports were pushed to March, the last few weeks haven’t been short on significant accomplishments by our athletes.
Here are 10 of them by the numbers.
Position Johnstown field hockey player-turned-cross country runner Cole Krempa finished in at Saturday’s Foothills Council dual meet with Hudson Falls. Krempa, a freshman, ran the 3.1-mile Johnstown course in 23:18.23. Three other Johnstown field hockey players who came out for the cross country team — Ayaka Sasaki, Emily Pertell and Lucy LoDestro — placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Saratoga swimming records owned by junior Rachel Love after she popped a winning 5:07.25 in the 500-yard freestyle in a season-opening meet against Shenendehowa. Autumn Boxley had held the Saratoga record since the 2013 season when she clocked a 5:07.51 in the state championship meet preliminaries. Love set the Saratoga 200 free record (1:54.95) in the preliminaries at the 2019 Section II championships.
Western Athletic Conference golf championships attained by John Grant of Duanesburg since the 2018 season. Grant won the individual title at the league tournament as a sophomore, and did it again last week to cap his senior season with 3-over-par 40 at Hopson Hills Golf Course. As a junior, Grant tied for sixth and helped Duanesburg win the WAC tournament team title.
Goals scored by Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake senior forward Isabel Adams in a 6-0 Suburban Council field hockey win at Niskayuna. The Cortland-bound Adams equaled her varsity high with goals in the first and second quarters, and added two more in the third frame for the unbeaten Spartans.
Goals Guilderland senior forward Ellen Billington had a direct hand in when the Dutch defeated Niskayuna 7-0 in a Suburban Council field hockey game. Billington piled up four assists and knocked in two goals, and did all of her offensive damage in the first three quarters. Guilderland senior Sophia Sericolo — the star of last season’s Section II Class A title game — also knocked in two goals.
Points tabulated by the Saratoga girls’ cross country team — the lowest amount possible — in each of its three Suburban Council dual meet victories over Guilderland, Albany and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. Ella Kurto, who in 2019 was named the state sportswriter’s Sophomore of the Year after anchoring Saratoga national title team, won all three of the dual meet races.
Goals produced in four games by the Niskayuna boys’ soccer team, which leads the Suburban Council. Niskayuna has beaten Troy (8-0), Guilderland (4-0), Averill Park (4-0) and Shaker (2-0). Junior striker Mike Puccioni scored both goals in Saturday’s win over Shaker.
Strokes Saratoga Springs senior captain Will Braxton needed to negotiate the par-37 front nine at McGregor Links Country Club in a Suburban Council match with Colonie. Braxton’s 3-under-par featured five birdies, and three birdies in a row to conclude his season-best round. The Washington and Lee University commit has had rounds of 35 and 36 this season, and has recorded two eagles.
Points the Shenendehowa girls’ swimming and diving team netted when it defeated 2019 Section II Division 1 team champion Bethlehem (83 points) in a dual meet. Alison Sposili won the 200 individual medley, Norah Wilson won the 50 freestyle, Alice Han won the 100 backstroke, and each of the Shenendehowa seniors took part in two first-place relay efforts.
Yards off the tee that Brandon Miller’s ball traveled before finding the cup in Broadalbin-Perth’s Foothills Council golf match with Johnstown. The Patriots’ senior used an 8-iron to record his hole-in-one on the third hole at Fox Run Golf Club, and finished with a 6-over 41 in Broadalbin-Perth’s 179-194 team win.