High schools: Mohonasen sprinter Perez-Tucker stars at Section II state qualifer


Mohonasen’s senior Zionna Perez-Tucker swept the girls’ 55 meters and 300 at the Section II state qualifier at Hudson Valley Community College on Saturday.

Perez-Tucker posted a 7.30 in the 55, four-hundredths of a second ahead of Stillwater’s Gianna Locci.

Locci also competed in the long jump, and won with a jump of 18-9.25, and was second to teammate Kelly Moran (38-5.25) in the triple jump, at

Perez-Tucker won the 300 in 41.59.

Shenendehowa junior Cate Donaldson won the 600 in 1:37.67.

Sophomore Emily Bush of Saratoga Springs took first in the 1,500 in 4:49.29, and her teammate Alycia Hart, also a sophomore, won the 1,000 in 3:04.20.

Bush, Hart, Mackenzie Hart and Ella Kurto rolled in the 3,200 relay with a time of 9:34.68.

Shaker’s Gabby Karins, Kamira Medford, Annabel Kelsey and Leana Sousa posted a 4:23.60 to win the 1,600 relay.

On the boys’ side, LaSalle senior Gitch Hayes won the 3,200 in 9:34.27, as Niskayuna senior Julian Franjieh was second in 9:38.02, and Hayes also took the 1,600 in 4:30.47.

Hayes also anchored the Cadets’ winning 1,600 relay, in a hotly contested race between LaSalle (3:42.93) and Colonie (3:43.08).

An even closer relay was the 800, won by Shenendehowa’s Carter Cukerstein, Tyler Dedrick, Jason Gillan and Michael McElrath in 1:37.86, justfive-hundredths of a second faster than the Patriots’ Che Samuel, Dior Roberts, Jelani Wells and Deron Davis.

Cukerstein also won the 55 in 6.53.

Michael Puglisi of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake barely won the 300 with a time of 37.55, two-hundredths of a second ahead of Ichabod Crane’s Baden Seabury.

Niskayuna junior Ryan Hesler won the 600 in 1:28.67, and Fonda-Fultonville senior Carter Petersen won the 55 high hurdles with a time of 9.14.

Columbia senior Alexandros Wheeler was a double winner in the long jump and triple jump.

The state qualifiers will be completed Monday at Shenendehowa with the girls’ and boys’ weight throw and shot put competitions.

During the event on Saturday, the Petersen family presented $500 checks to eight senior athletes going to college or trade school. The athletes were nominated by their coaches, and were recognized in memory of long-time Section II track official Chris Petersen, who died of a brain aneurysm last year. The athletes honored Saturday were Tyler Cristaldi of Greenwich, Maia Cacchione of Shenendehowa, Kelly Moran of Stillwater, Emma Gepfert of Colonie, Alex Saltsman and Carter Petersen of Fonda-Fultonville, Gitch Hayes of La Salle Institute at Matti Levasalmi of Bethlehem. Carter Petersen is the oldest of Chris Petersen’s seven grandchildren. The family will also be honoring eight senior athletes during the spring outdoor track season.


Fonda-Fultonville/Johnstown had a pair of wrestlers capture individual titles at the Section II Class CC tournament, as Owen Hicks won the 145-pound title and Jonathan Cranker placed first at 160 pounds. Both won their final matches by pin.

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, led by individual titles from Kaden Potter at 138 pounds and Erik Chapman at 189, took first place with 176 points, five points clear of Hudson Falls. Glens Falls (140), Watervliet/Cohoes (135) and Schalmont (125) rounded out the top five, followed by Lansingburgh (120) and Fonda-Fultonville/Johnstown (119).

Runner-up Hudson Falls had just one individual champion, with Justin Mullis taking first at 102. Lansingburgh had three individual winners with 118-pounder Derik Carey, 215-pounder Jayden Morales and 285-pounder Erik Loya.

Also winning their weight classes were Glens Falls’ Avi Berg at 110, Schalmont’s Dylan Devine at 126, Schuylerville/Greenwich’s Donald MacMillan IV at 132, Watervliet/Cohoes’ Kendryek Flynn at 152 and La Salle Institute’s Ray Hutton at 172.

At the Class C tournament, Cobleskill-Richmondville bookended the event with individual champions as Ashten Haley won at 102 and Masen Cooper won at 285 to help the Bulldogs finish third in team scoring behind Coxsackie-Athens and Tamarac.

Coxsackie-Athens, which got individual titles from Ryker Cox at 110 and Rocco Salvino at 126, finished with 198 points. Runner-up Tamarac, led by championships from Trevor Bishop at 118, Torin Bishop at 132, Austin Fitzpatrick at 145 and Bryan Macky at 172, scored 195 points.

Following Cobleskill-Richmondville (185.5), Granville/Fort Ann (113) and Catskill (109) completed the top five. 

Rounding out the individual winners were Greenville’s Kieran Cullen at 132, Mechanicville/Stillwater’s Luke Schirmacher at 152, Catskill’s Daniel Forbes at 160, Granville/Fort Ann’s Brent Perry at 189 and Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George’s Logan Marissal at 215.

In the Class D tournament, Duanesburg/Schoharie had a pair of individual champions en route to a runner-up. Scott Nicolella won the 118-pound title with a decision victory over Warrensburg/Bolton’s Zachary Olden and Jermey Rehberg won the 152-pound title by pinning Whitehall’s Sawyer Ostrander.

Warrensburg/Bolton finished with 238 team points, followed by Duanesburg/Schoharie (181.5), Salem/Cambridge (165.5), Maple Hill (142) and Canajoharie/Fort Plain (129) in the top five.

Warrensburg/Bolton had four individual winners with Dylan Winchell (126), Tanner McKenna (132), Dante Corriveau (145) and Tristan Hitchcock (285). Canajoharie/Fort Plain crowned a pair of champions in Cody Haig (138) and Reed Douglas (172).

Sixth-place team finisher Berne-Knox-Westerlo/Middleburgh had three individual champions in Gabe English (102), Liam English (110) and Hunter Parker (160), all winning by pin. Rounding out the champions were Whitehella’s Troy Austin (189) and Salem/Cambridge’s Lucas Martindale (215).


Amsterdam scored 26 first-quarter points in its 67-54 Foothills Council win over South Glens Falls. Caesar Thompson scored 20 points to lead four Amsterdam players in double figures. The Rams also got 16 points from Victor Dueno, 13 from Jhai Vellon and 10 from JJ Pleasant. Orion Delisle scored a game-high 23 points for South Glens Falls.

Gloversville defeated Queensbury 59-39, with Dominic Dorman putting up 20 points — including five 3-pointers — and seven rebounds for the Dragons, who also got 12 points from James Collar. Trevon Bailey scored nine points and Aidan Bleibtrey scored eight for Queensbury, which trailed 26-19 at halftime before Gloversville pulled away in the second half.

Hudson falls raced to a 92-38 win over Johnstown, with Ben Swartz scoring 24 points, Peyton Smith scoring 22 and Evan Kwasniewski scoring 12 in the win. Hudson Falls scored at least 20 points in all four quarters. Johnstown got 14 points from Steven VanNostrand and nine from Kyle Everest.

In a Colonial Council matchup, Catholic Central beat Lansingburgh 66-55 behind 20 points from Damien Moore, 15 points from Danny Bologna, 13 points from Seimir Roberson and 12 from Adam Gemmill. For Lansingburgh, James Oliver scored 19 points and Elias Anderson scored 15.

Duanesburg collected a 55-34 Western Athletic Conference win over Middleburgh, with Bryce Burkhardt scoring 13 to lead the winning effort. Duanesburg got out to a 13-3 lead after the first quarter and never looked back. Middleburgh received 15 points from Troy Cammer and 10 points from Gage Calitri.

Canajoharie outlasted Mayfield 47-43, with Aundray Fowler scoring a game-high 17 points and L.A. Fairley totaling 14 points, 17 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks. Cameron Abdella scored 15 points and Britain Goodemote scored 10 for Mayfield.

Northville beat OESJ 61-51, with Daniel VanNostrand making 13 of 15 free throws en route to 20 points for the Falcons, who also got 15 points from Jacob Frank. Colten Christien’s 21 points and Paetyn Logan-Dillenbeck’s 14 points led OESJ.

In the Zero Gravity/SLAM North South Classic at the Washington Avenue Armory, Albany Academy rolled to a 72-39 win over St. Joe’s Prep (Mass.). Keyshaun Tillery led four Cadets in double figures with 16 points, while Bobby Chandler posted a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Albany Academy also got 14 points from Shamiere Green and 10 from Jarin Beauford.

Also at the Armory, Mechanicville beat Voorheesville 52-41, with Colin Richardson leading Mechanicville with 21 points. Voorheesville, which trailed 21-13 at halftime, got a team-high 17 points from Carson Carrow.


In Duanesburg’s 80-23 Western Athletic Conference girls’ basketball win over Duanesburg, Madison Meyer put up 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven steals for the Eagles, while Cassidy Miakisz contributed 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Middleburgh’s Alyssa Wayman scored seven points.

Hailey Monroe scored a season-high 28 points and added 15 steals for Northville in its 59-29 win over OESJ. Sophia Reidell chipped in 10 points for Northville. Brooke Trumble led OESJ with 13 points.

Eighth-grader Morgan Vien’s 16 points led Albany Academy’s 66-42 Colonial Council win over Mohonasen. Also for Albany Academy, Meleena Ottati and Bella Vincent each scored 10 points, and Saige Randolph chipped in nine points and eight assists. Mohonasen’s Bella Petrocci scored 18.

Hannah Vanderzee scored 14 points to lead Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk’s 38-35 win over Cobleskill-Richmondville. Meghan Ellis scored 12 points and Amanda Rice scored 10 for Cobleskill-Richmondville, which trailed 22-11 at the half before taking the lead heading into the fourth quarter thanks to a 16-4 run in the third, only for Ravena to pull out the win.

In a non-league matchup, Berne-Knox-Westerlo beat Hoosic Valley 57-30, with Alexis Wright scoring 23 points and Grace Tymchyn scoring 11 in the win. Hoosic Valley was led by 11 points from Sophie Squires.

In non-league play, Section III’s Dolgeville beat Fort Plain 57-34, with Kersia Van Olst scoring 13 of her 18 points in the first half for the Blue Devils. For Fort Plain, Erin Crouse scored nine points, Marissa Wilder and Rylee Herron each scored eight and Sarah Florian chipped in seven points.


Niskayuna senior Connor Compton put up 560.00 points on 11 dives to easily take first place in the Mohonasen/Schalmont Dive Meet.

Compton won by more than 100 points, though the next three divers — Shaker’s Evan Fecko (448.10), Bethlehem’s Ryan Campbell (444.15) and Albany Academy’s Andrew Cataldo (441.05) all finished within 7.05 points of each other. Rounding out the top 10 were Shenendehowa’s Nathan Davey (391.15), Albany Academy’s James Gerdeman (383.65), Glens Falls’ Aidan Murphy (345.75), Albany Academy’s Mikey McCauley (345.25), Bethlehem’s Jackson Gray (345.00) and Shenendehowa’s Nathaniel Bloss (338.85). 




55 – Cukerstein (Shenendehowa), 6.53; Seabury (Ichabod Crane), 6.69; Gershon (Mohonasen), 6.81. 300 – Puglisi (Burnt Hills), 37.55; Seabury (Ichabod Crane), 37.58; Ross (Colonie), 38.39. 600 – Hesler (Niskayuna), 1:28.67; VanAlstine (Broadalbin-Perth), 1:29.22; Farnan (Columbia), 1:29.63. 1,000 – Cusato (Guilerland), 2:42.79; Bernd (Saratoga), 2:44.28; Malatesta (Niskayuna), 2:44.33. 1,600 – Hayes (LaSalle), 4:30.47; Davis (Columbia), 4:31.97; Fulgieri (Burnt Hills), 4:32.10. 3,200 – Hayes (LaSalle), 9:34.27; Franjieh (Niskayuna), 9:38.02; Brimhall (Shenendehowa), 9:41.29. 55 HH – Petersen (Fonda), 8.14; Praileau (Albany Academy), 8.28; Yaki (Shenendehowa), 8.31. 800 relay – Shenendehowa (Cukerstein, Dedrick, Gillan, McElrath), 1:37.86; Schenectady, 1:37.91; Albany, 1:40.96.1,600 relay – LaSalle (Rotondi, McMahon, Stodghill, Hayes), 3:42.93; Colonie, 3:43.08, Niskayuna, 3:56.35. 3,200 relay – Shenendehowa (Adonnino, Colindres, Clay, Brimhall), 8:32.35; Niskayuna, 8:41.10; Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 8:44.82.

High jump – Farnsworth (Mohonasen), 6-2; Nevin-D’Allaird (Mohonasen), 5-10; Xu (Shaker), 5-8. Pole vault – Howard (Taconic Hills), 13-6; Petersen (Fonda), 13-0; Levasalmi (Bethlehem), 12-6. Long jump – Wheeler (Columbia), 21-6.75; Howard (Taconic Hills), 21-5.25; Praileau (Albany Academy), 20-10.50. Triple jump – Wheeler (Columbia), 45-8.50; Jerome (Guilderland), 41-3.75; Nevin-D’Allaird (Mohonasen), 40-4.50.


55 – Perez-Tucker (Mohonasen), 7.30; Locci (Stillwater), 7.34; Scanlan (Guilderland), 7.41. 300 – Perez-Tucker (Mohonasen), 41.59; Scanlan (Guilderland), 42.75; Healey (Ballston Spa), 43.39. 600 – Donaldson (Shenendehowa), 1:37.67; Paolino (Burnt Hills), 1:39.14; Griffin (Shaker), 1:39.96. 1,000 – A. Hart (Saratoga), 3:04.20; M. Hart (Saratoga), 3:05.44; Vendetti (Burnt Hills), 3:08.11. 1,500 – Bush (Saratoga), 4:49.29; Belisle (Saratoga), 4:53.21; Cestaro (Niskayuna), 4:54.54. 3,000 – S. Wheeler (Saratoga), 10:01.46; Higgins (Shaker), 10:02,23; M. Wheeler (Saratoga), 10:02.73.55 HH – Deweese (Saratoga), 8.92; Hickey (Guilderland), 9.04; Tassone (Burnt Hills), 9.34. 800 relay – Guilderland (Swan, Barnhart, Hickey, Novak), 1:52.41; Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 1:54.12; Bethlehem, 1:54.65. 1,600 relay – Shaker (Karins, Medford, Kelsey, Sousa), 4:23.60; Guilderland, 4:28.68; Columbia, 4:29.70. 3,200 relay – Saratoga Springs (Bush, A. Hart, M. Hart, Kurto), 9:34.68; Shenendehowa, 9:41.74; Columbia, 10:25.91. 1,500 race walk – Rose (Hoosic Valley), 8:07.83; Cui (Shenendehowa), 8:34.25; Irwin (Guilderland), 9:42.26.

High jump – Belanger (Burnt Hills), 5-4; Tesi (Gloversville), 5-2; Seaman (South Glens Falls), 4-10. Pole vault – McBain (Saratoga Springs), 9-6; Wagner (Columbia), 9-0; Gretzinger (Shenendehowa), 8-6. Long jump – Locci (Stillwater), 18-9.25; Moran (Stillwater), 17;10.75; Douglas (Bethlehem), 17-3.50. Triple jump – Moran (Stillwater), 38-5.25; Locci (Stillwater), 36-9.50; Moran (Stillwater), 35-6.25.




102: Ju. Mullis (HudF) pinned Forster (Rav), 2:15. 110: Berg (GF) pinned Cotter (FF/J), 1:55. 118: Carey (Lan) dec. Diffee (HudF), 5-3. 126: Devine (Schal) dec. Broadhurst (Rav), 5-4. 132: MacMillan (S/G) pinned Krywy (HudF), 4:38. 138: Potter (Rav) pinned Hebert (Schal), 2:49. 145: Hicks (FF/J) pinned Cesare (W/C), 2:49. 152: Flynn (W/C) pinned Johnson (GF), 4:23. 160: Cranker (FF/J) pinned Sturdevant (GF), 4:23. 172: Hutton (LSI) pinned Je. Mullis (HudF), 4:40. 189: Chapman (Rav) pinned Schilling (Schal), 2:40. 215: Morales (Lan) pinned Fitzgerald (W/C), 2:53. 285: Loya (Lan) pinned Oathout (W/C), 2:38.


102: Ju. Mullis (HudF) pinned Batchelder (GF), 1:28; Forster (Rav) pinned Amadzai (W/C, 0:46. 110: Berg (GF) pinned Gratto (W/C), 0:26; Cotter (FF/J) pinned Hozanovic (LSI), 1:04. 118: Carey (Lan) pinned Murphy (Schal), 3:03; Diffee (HudF) dec. Coleman (W/C), 16-15. 126: Devine (Schal) dec. Myles (FF/J), 5-0; Broadhurst (Rav) pinned Doyle (HudF), 1:28. 132: Krywy (HudF) pinned Jones (Rav), 3:48; MacMillan (S/G) pinned Vanderpool (GF), 1:28. 138: Potter (Rav) pinned Lettieri (LSI), 3:38; Hebert (Schal) pinned McCoy (FF/J), 5:28. 145: Hicks (FF/J) pinned Millington (Lan), 1:35; Cesare (W/C) dec. Scott (Schal), 3-2. 152: Flynn (W/C) pinned Heaney (HudF), 1:47; Johnson (GF) pinned Fu (Lan), 3:12. 160: Sturdevant (GF) pinned Jones (S/G), 5:00; Cranker (FF/J) pinned NeJaime (LSI), 3:57. 172: Hutton (LSI) major dec. Cavanaugh (Schal), 13-1; Je. Mullis (HudF) pinned Lyle (Rav), 1:41. 189: Chapman (Rav) pinned Ross (HudF), 2:48; Schilling (Schal) dec. Wright (GF), 4-3 (OT). 215: Morales (Lan) pinned Carkner (Rav), 1:58; Fitzgerald (W/C) major dec. Williams (GF), 16-5. 285: Oathout (W/C) dec. Pregent (GF), 6-4; Loya (Lan) pinned Maltese (Rav), 4:30.



102: Haley (C-R) pinned Ortiz (Tam), 3:28. 110: Cox (C-A) dec. Torres (G/FA), 9-3. 118: Tr. Bishop (Tam) dec. Johnson (G/FA), 7-0. 126: Salvino (C-A) dec. Crum (G/FA), 5-3. To. Bishop (Tam) pinned McMahon (G/FA), 1:21. 138: Cullen (Gre) pinned McIntosh (H-L/LG), 2:47. 145: Fitzpatrick (Tam) major dec. Caringi (C-A), 13-2. 152: Schirmacher (M/S) dec. Henry (C-R), 3-1 (OT). 160: D. Forbes (Cat) pinned Martinez (C-A), 2:54. 172: Macky (Tam) dec. Iamunno (C-A), 9-6. 189: Perry (G/FA) dec. S. Forbes (Cat), 9-2. 215: Marissal (H-L/LH) dec. Pryor (C-R), 10-3. 285: Cooper (C-R) pinned Donovan (C-A), 3:22.


102: Ortiz (Tam) pinned LaFountain (M/S), 1:35; Haley (C-R) pinned Murphy (C-A), 3:52. 110; Torres (G/FA) major dec. York (H-L/LG), 16-2; Cox (C-A) major dec. Carpenter (M/S), 15-8. 118: Tr. Bishop (Tam) pinned Bracket (TH), 2:13; Johnson (G/FA) pinned Decker (C-A), 4:45. 126: Crum (G/FA) pinned Vanauken (Gre), 1:45; Salvino (C-A) dec. Frost (Tam), 4-0. 132: To. Bishop (Tam) pinned Scolaro (C-R), 3:04; McMahon (G/FA) major dec. Rulison (C-A), 16-8. 138: Cullen (Gre) major dec. Roadcap (Tam), 14-2; McIntosh (H-L/LG) dec. Yorke (C-R), 8-7. 145: Fitzpatrick (Tam) pinned Heath (Gre), 2:57; Caringi (C-A) major dc. Wilson (G/FA), 14-6. 152: Schirmacher (M/S) dec. Dodig (Cat), 8-4; Henry (C-R) pinned Grogan (Tam), 4:41. 160: Forbes (Cat) pinned Luciano (R/LC), 0:12; Martinz (C/A) major dec. Retell (Tam), 11-3. 172: Iamunno (C-A) pinned O’Connor (Gre), 4:00; Macky (Tam) major dec. Rehberg (C-R), 9-0. 189: Forbes (cat) pinned Ulscht (C-A), 2:28; Perry (G/FA) pinned Burns (TH), 3:32. 215: Marissal (H-L/LG) pinned Derival (Tam), 0:18; Pryor (C-R) pinned VanAlstyne (Cat), 2:39. 285: Cooper (C-R) pinned Signoretti (Cat), 1:14; Donovan (C-A) pinned Cooper (IC), 1:33.



102: G. English (B-K-W/Midd) pinned Dill (S/C), 1:38. 110: L. English (B-K-W/Midd) pinned Carpenter (W/B), 1:04. 118: Nicolella (D/S) dec. Olden (W/B), 11-5. 126: Winchell (W/B) pinned Ortiz (MH), 1:56. 132: McKenna (W/B) pinned Vogt (D/S), 0:27. 138: Haig (C/FP) dec. Stealey (D/S), 6-3. 145: Corriveau (W/B) pinned Gress (HooF), 3:02. 152: Rehberg (D/S) pinned Ostrander (Whi), 3:55. 160: Parker (B-K-W/Midd) pinned Mosher (W/B), 2:59. 172: Douglass (C/FP) pinned Sturgis (MH), 1:22. 189: Austin (Whi) pinned Donaldson (S/C), 5:50. 215: Martindale (S/C) pinned Nemec (W/B), 0:55. 285: Hitchcock (W/B) major dec. Day (S/C), 16-8.


102: G. English (B-K-W/Midd) pinned Harrington (HooF), 1:05; Dill (S/C) dec. Bernash (Cor), 4-1. 110: L. English (B-K-W/Midd) pinned Gibbons (MH), 1:27; Carpenter (W/B) pinned Horender (C/FP), 3:37. 118: Nicolella (D/S) tech fall Adams (S/C), 4:33; Olden (W/B) pinned Smith (C/FP), 6:00. 126: Winchell (W/B) pinned Killenberg (D/S), 0:56; Ortiz (MH) pinned Colvin (MH), 3:01. 132: McKenna (W/B) pinned Bink (S/C), 4:00; Vogt (D/S) dec. Ayarza (MH), 10-3. 138: Haig (C/FP) dec. Bell (W/B), 10-4; Stealy (D/S) dec. Colvin (MH), 6-5. 145: Corriveau (W/B) injury def. Schweigerd (D/S); Gress (HooF) pinned Cambridge (S/C), 4:00. 152: Rehberg (D/S) pinned Maier (MH), 2:14; Ostranger (Whi) major dec. Grenoble (HooF), 9-1. 160: Parker (B-K-W/Midd) pinned Pomykaj (MH), 3:59; Mosher (W/B) pinned Noviczski (D/S), 4:58. 172: Douglass (C/FP) pinned Kluck (B/NL), 3:31; Sturgis (MH) pinned Combs (W/B), 5:08. 189: Austin (Whi) pinned Roy (MH), 1:14; Donaldson (S/C) pinned Rushia (W/B), 2:50. 215: Martindale (S/C) pinned Cooper (D/S), 2:18; Nemec (W/B) dec. Burr (S/C), 3-1 (OT). 285: Hitchcock (W/B)  pinned Cameron (B/NL), 0:17; Day (S/C) pinned Lloyd (D/S), 0:43.

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