Section II’s athletic cast forged ahead amid COVID-19 restrictions and protocols, and was still able to produce some noteworthy numbers in the second half of the fall season. Here’s a look at 10 of them.
Points amassed by the Shenendehowa girls in their home pool at the Nov. 20-21 Suburban Council swimming and diving championships, where seniors Alice Han (200 individual medley) and Alison Sposili (100 breaststroke) won individual titles and joined with Isabella Gayle and Meghan Rock for a first-place 400 free relay. Bethlehem edged Niskayuna for second 306.5-306.
Career varsity wins for retiring Shenendehowa field hockey coach Jeanne Frevola after her Plainsmen defeated Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 3-0 in the Suburban Council tournament final on Nov. 20. Frevola guided Hoosick Falls to 24 wins and a state title in a one-year coaching stint there in 1987, and the rest of her wins (286) came at Shenendehowa where she started in 1999. Frevola led the Plainsmen to state championships in 2013 and 2016.
Consecutive Colonial Council regular-season matches won by the Albany Academy boys’ golf team at the conclusion of the fall campaign. The streak began back in 2003 with a victory over Voorheesville. The Cadets notched their 250th straight league win against Schalmont on Oct. 20 at Normanside CC 147-192 behind seniors Chris Huban (36), Tim Carlson (36), Nick Lyons (37) and Jack Slote (38). Since that 2003 season, coach Jak Bestle’s team has won 15 Colonial Council tournament titles, four Section II team championships and has sent at least one player to the state tournament 13 times.
Points scored by the Saratoga Springs girls’ cross country team, the best score possible, in all but one of its seven dual meets and again at the Nov. 22 Suburban Council championships at Saratoga Spa State Park when Ella Kurto, Mackenzie Hart, Sheridan Wheeler, Emily Bush and Anya Belisle placed one through five, respectively. In the one dual meet Saratoga didn’t score 15 points, against Shaker, it scored 16. Kurto, a junior, placed first in every race the Blue Streaks ran this fall.
Wins recorded by Scotia-Glenville girls’ tennis player Emma Schaub without a defeat when she closed out her fall season by rallying past Natalie DeJohn of Queensbury 11-9 in the Nov. 6 Foothills Council team tournament final. Schaub won three straight games to erase a 9-8 deficit, and was the only Tartan to get a win in their 6-1 loss. Schaub has made a softball commitment to The College of Saint Rose.
Birdies accumulated by Saratoga Springs senior Will Braxton when he fired a 9-under-par 63 and captured the individual Suburban Council boys’ golf championship on Oct. 24 at Van Patten Golf Course. Saratoga won the team title (211) behind Braxton’s 63 which included five back-9 birdies, Dean Kellen’s 71 and Carter Sica’s 77.
Foothills Council team and individual titles won by Scotia-Glenville cross country runners in the last three seasons after sophomore Stephanie James and senior Noah Greski ran to victories Nov. 7 at Queensbury, and the Tartan girls claimed their first team championship since 2004. James also earned girls’ individual honors in 2019, and the Scotia-Glenville boys secured team prizes in 2019 and 2018.
Consecutive Western Athletic Conference individual cross country titles earned by Mayfield senior Madison Relyea after she ran the three miles at Fort Plain in 19:07.48 on Oct. 31. The UConn-bound Relyea also led the Panthers to a team championship. In 2018 and 2019, she won Section II Class D crowns after her WAC success, and she was also the 2019 state meet runner-up. Courtney Tedeschi of Berne-Knox-Westerlo won four straight WAC titles from 2008-11.
Wins for junior Ally Frame of the Burnt Hills/Scotia team at the Nov. 20-21 Suburban Council swimming and diving championships, including school-record efforts in the 100-yard freestyle (53.63) and 100-yard backstroke (57.07). Frame was the meet’s only athlete to pick up three wins after also joining Tia Jack, Morgan Felix and Kaci Owens for a triumphant swim in the 200 medley relay.
Losses by Shenendehowa’s three outdoor field sport teams this fall after its field hockey team finished 13-1, its boys’ soccer team finished 13-0-2 and its girls’ soccer team finished 12-0-1. The field hockey team lost only to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 1-0 in an overtime shootout on Oct. 19 and followed with 11 consecutive victories, including a 3-0 win over those same Spartans on Nov. 20 in the Suburban Council tournament title game. The boys’ soccer team closed its unbeaten season with a 3-2 win over CBA in the Nov. 21 Suburban Council tournament final. That same day, the girls’ soccer team finished unbeaten and shared the Suburban Council championship with Shaker after the Blue Bison forfeited due to a COVID-19 issue.