High schools: Ballston Spa’s Keeney, Shenendehowa’s Holmes, Shaker’s Stein among Saratoga Invitational champs

Ballston Spa's Ralph Keeney goes for a pin against Shenendehowa's Greg Green in the 102-pound championship match of the Saratoga Invitational wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 8 at Saratoga Springs High School.

Ballston Spa's Ralph Keeney goes for a pin against Shenendehowa's Greg Green in the 102-pound championship match of the Saratoga Invitational wrestling tournament on Saturday, Jan. 8 at Saratoga Springs High School.

Ballston Spa wrestler Ralph Keeney needed just 35 seconds to pin Shenendehowa’s Greg Green in the 102-pound championship match at Saturday’s Saratoga Invitational.

Keeney was one of five Section II wrestlers to win their weight class at the event. Also ascending to the top of the podium were Shenendehowa’s Jashon Holmes, a 13-1 decision winner over General Brown’s David O’Neil at 138; Shaker’s Ryan Stein, who won a 6-4 decision against Ballston Spa’s Darrien Insogna at 215; Glens Falls’ Avi Berg, who pinned Tioga’s Deakon Beakley at 110; and Queensbury’s Dylan Schell, who took a 5-3 decision over Canajoharie/Fort Plain’s Reed Douglass at 172.

Tioga won the team competition with 186 points, with two more out-of-section squads rounding out the top three in Spaulding (135.5) and Windsor (126). Shenendehowa (114) was the top Section II team in fourth, followed immediately by Shaker (109.5), Ballston Spa (105) and Saratoga Springs (92).

In the Leo J. Sammon Tournament at Central Valley Academy, Fonda/Johnstown’s Owen Hicks took first place at 145 pounds, winning a 6-1 decision over Central Valley Academy’s Kace Cook in the championship match. The 138-pound weight class was split into two divisions due to field size, with Amsterdam’s Renso Montalvo taking first in one of the divisions with a pin of Copenhagen’s Dylan Petrie in the final round.


Addie Borowsky’s game-high 17 points led Troy in a 49-23 Suburban Council girls’ basketball victory over Schenectady. Ava Mamone added 11 points, and Troy blanked Schenectady 11-0 in the first quarter to set the tone for the win. Anya Hernandez led Schenectady with eight points.

In a Foothills Council contest, Johnstown got 31 points from Jaden Wilson and 30 from Jaidyn Chest in its 72-41 win over Scotia-Glenville. Johnstown led 17-2 after one quarter and 34-12 at halftime, and the team made 28 free throws, including 13 from Chest and nine from Wilson. For Scotia-Glenville, Karaline McCarthy scored 16 points and Tori Nardini scored 12.

In a non-league boys’ basketball game, Troy raced to an 82-58 win over Schalmont. Troy got 24 points from Daniel Covington, 23 from Chance Peterson and 18 from Terrance Clark, and led 22-9 after the opening quarter. Schalmont was led by Sean Willis’ 14 points.

Section IX’s Kingston beat Shenendehowa 75-74 in overtime behind 27 points from Kemontae Thawe, including the game-winning free throw in the final seconds.


The Burnt Hills/Scotia boys’ swimming and diving team turned in a commanding performance at the Schenectady Invitational, winning nine of 11 events and capturing the team title with a 126-point margin.

Burnt Hills/Scotia was led by Sam Brown, who had two individual and two relay wins, with meet records in all four events. Brown won the 100 butterfly in 50.84 seconds and the 100 backstroke in 51.14. He teamed with Liam Marshall, Keegan Stafford and Addison Pokines in the 200 medley relay (1:37.98) and with Pokines, Stafford and Ryan Karaca in the 400 free relay (3:16.84).

Karaca and Stafford won two individual events each, with Karaca taking the 200 IM (1:59.03) and 500 free (4:54.37) and Stafford winning the 100 free (49.07) and 200 free (1:47.60). Marshall added a victory in the 50 free (22.54).

Guilderland/Voorheesville won the other two events, with An Nguyen breaking the meet record in the 100 breaststroke (58.72), and the team also winning the 200 free relay.

Burnt Hills/Scotia finished with 423 team points, with Guilderland/Voorheesville (297), Glens Falls (237), Mohonasen/Schalmont (232) and Cornwall (184) completing the top five.


The Shenendehowa boys and Guilderland girls indoor track squads captured the team championships, and Mohonasen had a pair of standouts win two individual events apiece during the Ed Cepiel Invitational at Springfield College.

Shenendehowa won four boys’ events en route to its team championship, led by Carter Cukerstein winning the 55-meter dash in a meet record 6.52 seconds. The Plainsmen’s other individual winner was Jason Colindres in the 200 hurdles (26.92), to go along with relay wins in the 4×200 and sprint medley.

Mohonasen’s Isaac Nevin-D’Allaird had a pair of individual wins, taking first in the 55 hurdles (8.27) and triple jump (42-4 3/4), while teammate Andrew Farnsworth won the high jump (6-1). Niskayuna took a pair of middle-distance wins with Daniel Malatesta in the 1,000 (2:38.58) and Julian Franjieh with a meet record in the 1,600 (4:25.44). Also breaking meet records were La Salle’s Gitch Hayes in the 3,200 (9:37.63) and Mount Anthony’s Isaiah Brunache in the shot put (57-4 3/4)

Rounding out the indidual winners were Colonie’s Ben Ross in the 300 (37.81), Guilderland’s Will Cusato in the 600 (1:26.54), Fonda-Fultonville’s Alessandro Saltsman in the weight throw (57-1 1/2), Shaker’s Sean Gilday in the long jump (19-6 1/4) and Taconic Hills’ Neil Howard in the pole vault (14-0). Completing the list of relay winners were Schenectady in the 4×400 (3:41.53) and Guilderland in the 4×800 (8:42.77).

Shenendehowa ran away with the team competition, finishing with 133 points to easily eclipse Guilderland (55), Mohonasen (53), La Salle (49) and Niskayuna (41) in the top five.

In the girls’ events, Guilderland’s win was sparked by five first-place finishes. The Lady Dutch got individual wins from Maeghan Hickey in the 55 hurdles (8.98), Kate Scanlan in the 200 hurdles (29.34) and Cadence Brewer in the shot put (35-11), along with relay wins in the 4×200 (1:51.86) and 4×400 (4:24.55).

Taking top individual honors was Mohonasen sprinter Zionna Perez-Tucker with a meet record in the 300 (40.14) and a win in the 55 (7.14). Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake produced a trio of individual winners with Mia Paolino in the 600 (1:42.99), Alexandra O’Rourke in the 1,500 (4:55.33) and Mia Belanger in the high jump (5-3).

Stillwater’s Gianna Locci won the long jump (19-2 1/4), breaking her own meet record in the process, and teammate Kara Moran won the triple jump (34-6 1/2), Shenendehowa had one individual winner with Alexa Dochat in the weight throw (42-0), to go along with 4×800 and sprint medley relay victories.

Also picking up wins were Bethlehem’s Rylee Davis with a meet record in the 3,000 (10:20.26), Shaker’s Charlotte Dunkel in the 1,000 (3:11.88) and Columbia’s Makenzie Wagner in the pole vault (8-6). 

Guilderland finished with 101 team points to take first place ahead of Shenendehowa (81.5) and Burnt Hills (69), with Shaker and Bethlehem tying for fourth with 53 points.


Mak Flik and Jake Fernandez scored for Albany Academy in the Cadets’ 2-1 overtime win over the Mohawks in a Capital District High School Hockey League contest. Albany Academy goalie Jackson Bissell made 51 saves in the victory.

In a non-league game, the Capital District Jets beat Rome Free Academy 3-1 behind goals from Cole Davidson, Christopher Evans and Kyle Millington, along with a 21-save performance from goalie Michael LaCouture.

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