High schools: Ballston Spa approves wrestling

ERICA MILLER/THE DAILY GAZETTEBallston Spa's Nick Palso competes against Glen Cove's Isaiah Jackson in a Division I 106-pound first-round match during the state high school championships Feb. 28, 2020, at Times Union Center.
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Ballston Spa's Nick Palso competes against Glen Cove's Isaiah Jackson in a Division I 106-pound first-round match during the state high school championships Feb. 28, 2020, at Times Union Center.

Ballston Spa will field a wrestling team this winter after all, following approval by the school district’s board of education Wednesday.

The school board had given the go-ahead for other “high” risk winter sports including basketball at a meeting on Feb. 1.

Ballston Spa and the rest of the Section II wrestling schools that have been given the OK to proceed will do so in a condensed season that runs through March 13. Schedules are currently being worked out, and teams can compete following 10 required practices.

“The board approved it [wrestling] yesterday,” Ballston Spa athletic director Dave Sunkes said Thursday. “They are practicing today.”

Another Saratoga County school, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, also received approval this week to wrestle after its school board had initially put the sport on pause.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Jan. 22 that state schools could begin “high” risk sports activities on Feb. 1 upon county and school district approval.

ELSEWHERE

The Columbia boys’ bowling team bowled a double match on Thursday and drilled nearly 4,000 pins en route to finishing off a perfect season, and captured the Suburban Council title. The Blue Devils swept both Albany and Shaker, 5-0 each.

Zack Bogholtz, Ryan Lemay and Mason McDowell each pounded in 700 triples to lead the victors. Bogholtz smashed a 279 high game to go along with his 775 series. Delon Dean contributed a 236-677, while Jedrek Arasim had a 245-671 for Albany. John Heinze shot a 205-601 for Shaker.

The Blue Bisons were also pulling double duty as they faced off against Colonie. The Garnet Raiders took that match 4-1 behind a quartet of 600 series and strong third game performances, led by Tim Knowles with a 660 triple and 278 final game, along with Aiden Deitz (243-653), Matt Julien (246-628) and Ben Holner (224-619).

Shaker’s Logan Blind had the high series of the match with a 722, paced by a 268 high game.

Niskayuna took down Guilderland 4-1, despite winning the overall pin total by just three pins. The Silver Warriors’ Michael Barry had the match’s high series with a 704, followed by his teammate Julian Hansen (227-657) and Austin Haight (236-645). However, the Dutchmen had five 600 series on their card, topped by Andrew Comparetta with a team high game and series of 247 and 636, respectively.

The duo of Brady Jennings (247-694) and Aidan Byrnes (257-689) led Saratoga Springs to a 5-0 victory of Ballston Spa. Kam Hallas led the Scotties with a 238-593.

Averill Park’s Parker Brown took hopes for a perfect game into the tenth frame of the third game against Troy. He left a pin on the lane in the end, but Brown (289-718) was central to the Warriors’ 5-0 sweep of the Flying Horses.

Troy and Bethlehem were the third and fourth Suburban Council boys’ teams playing catch up, as they faced off. Troy took the match 4-1 as Olivia DeCitise paced their squad with a 216-588. However, the Eagles’ Ryan Jeffers snatched the match’s high game and triple with a 219-591.

Gloversville picked up a 3-1 Foothills Council victory over South Glens Falls. Adam Loveless (258-671) led a balanced Dragons’ performance, which included three other 600 series from Brad Wisniewski (257-659), Riley Griffiths (236-656) and Mark Sgambato (225-637).

The Bulldogs’ had a strong middle game in their lone victory of the match as Cass Ogburn rolled a match high 286, and Dalton Jones rolled a 278. Jones had the high series with a 705.

In Wasaren League action, Hoosick Falls remained undefeated with a 5-0 win over Waterford. Ziena Hurlburt smashed a 290 for the high game of the match en route to a 723 series.

The Columbia girls’ bowling team also finished off a perfect season en route to a Suburban Council title with a 5-0 sweep of Ballston Spa. Annie Motler led the Blue Devils, shooting a 223-598.

BOYS’ BOWLING

SUBURBAN COUNCIL

COLUMBIA 5, ALBANY 0

C (3,976) — Z. Bogholtz 279-775. LeMay 721. A (3,384) — Dean 236-677. Arasim 245-671.

COLUMBIA 5, SHAKER 0

C (3,976) — McDowell 241-719, Stein 249-697. Sh (3,254) — J. Heinze 205-601.

COLONIE 4, SHAKER 1

C (3,637) — Knowles 278-660, Deitz 243-653, Julien 246-628, Holner 224-619. Sh (3,537) — Blind 268-722, M. Heinze 226-637.

NISKAYUNA 4, GUILDERLAND 1

N (3,610) — Barry 246-704, Hansen 227-657, Haight 236-645. G (3,607) — Comparetta 247-636, Buess 226-632, Retajczyk 220-621, Capullo 236-607, Pomakoy 221-604.

SARATOGA SPRINGS 5, BALLSTON SPA 0

SS (3,698) — Jennings 247-694, Byrnes 257-689. BS (3,107) — Hallas 238-593.

CBA 4, SHENENDEHOWA 1

CBA (3,195) — Anson 247-693, Scaccia 236-609. S (3,089) — Bauer 225-623.

AVERILL PARK 5, TROY 0

AP (3,624) — Brown 289-718, Angrisano 213-608, Kellar 243-603. T (3,294) — DeCitise 216-588.

TROY 4, BETHLEHEM 1

T (3,294) — DeCitise 216-588. B (3,008) — Jeffers 219-591.

FOOTHILLS COUNCIL

GLOVERSVILLE 3, SOUTH GLENS FALLS 1

G (3,727) — Loveless 258-671, Wisniewski 257-659, Griffiths 236-656, Sgambato 225-637. SGF (3,611) — Jones 278-705, Bickford 221-632, Hall 215-629, Ogburn 286-601.

WASAREN LEAGUE

HOOSICK FALLS 5, WATERFORD-HALFMOON 0

HF (3,618) — Hurlburt 290-723, Merrills 247-670, King 245-634, Marshall 234-627. W-H (2,277) — Baker 156-430.

GIRLS’ BOWLING

SUBURBAN COUNCIL

COLUMBIA 5, BALLSTON SPA 0

C (3,271) — Motler 223-598. BS (2,331) — Barker 213-563.

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