High schools: Saratoga Springs girls’ relay sets nation-best mark

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HIGH SCHOOLS The Saratoga Springs girls’ 4×1,600-meter relay team of Ella Kurto, Alycia Hart, Mackenzie Hart and Emily Bush ran the fastest time in the nation in the event this year, winning in a meet-record 19 minutes, 48.59 seconds at the New York Relays.

It’s the fastest-ever outdoor time recorded in the event, though for record-keeping purposes metric events are converted up to the 4xMile. Saratoga Springs’ converted time for the 4xMile was 19:55.53, the third-fastest in history. The Blue Streaks set the national record of 19:40.67 in the 4xMile last year at Nike Outdoor Nationals.

“They were determined to go out there and get a good time,” Saratoga Springs coach Linda Kranick said in a phone interview. “Ella opened up. This is good for our confidence going into Penn Relays next week.”

Also for Saratoga Springs at the event, Sheridan Wheeler won the girls’ 2,000 steeplechase in 6:53.12, McKinley Wheeler won the girls’ mile (5:03.12), Ryan Bush won the boys’ 3,200 meters (9:06.92) and Jack Foster won the boys’ shot put (54-10). Shenendehowa’s Carter Cukerstein won the boys’ 100 meters (10.73), and the Plainsmen also won the boys’ 4×100 relay. 

Mohonasen’s Zionna Perez-Tucker won the 100 and 400 meters at the Niskayuna Warrior Track and Field Classic, including a meet record of 12.22 seconds in the shorter sprint. Perez-Tucker won the 400 in 57.52 seconds. Also winning two events was Albany Academy’s Erin Boler in the 1,500 (4:50.60) and 3,000 (10:13.34.)

Other individual winners on the track were Shenendehowa’s Cate Donaldson in the 200 (26.97) and Charlotte Gable in the 800 (2:21.82), Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s Arriyana Derby in the 100 hurdles (16.52) and Mia Paolino in the 2,000 steeplechase (7:21.32) and Ballston Spa’s Harriet Healey in the 400 hurdles (1:08.67). In the field, winners were Burnt Hills’ Mia Belanger in the high jump (5-4), Columbia’s Makenzie Wagner in the pole vault (9-3), Bethlehem’s Camella Douglas in the long jump (17-1), South Glens Falls’ Abby Seaman in the triple jump (35-9 ¼), Fonda-Fultonville’s Emma Crahan in the discus (94-5) and Colonie’s Duanena Graves in the shot put (33-11 ¾).

Shenendehowa won the girls’ team title with 94 points, with Burnt Hills in second with 73 and Guilderland third with 72.

In the boys’ competition, meet records fell in four events with Niskayuna’s Daniel Malatesta in the 800 (1:57.05), Burnt Hills’ Peter Fulgieri in the 3000 (8:43.81), Albany Academy’s Bashir Praileau in the long jump (22-5 ½) and Fonda-Fultonville’s Alessandro Saltsman in the discus (177-6).

Schenectady had a pair of sprint winners with Deron Davis in the 100 (11.05) and Che Samuel in the 200 (22.54). Other track winners were New Rochelle’s Kaique Braga in the 400 (42.19), Columbia’s Nathan Davis in the 1,500 (4:02.95), Queensbury’s Michael Kilgallon in the 110 hurles (14.96), Ballston Spa’s Isaiah Hannah in the 400 hurdles (59.26) and Niskayuna’s Julian Franjieh in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:32.68). In field events, other winners were Mohonasen’s Andrew Farnsworth in the high jump (6-2), Fonda-Fultonville’s Carter Petersen in the pole vault (13-0), Columbia’s Alexandros Wheeler in the triple jump (45-6) and Mount Anthony’s Isaiah Brunache in the shot put (59-0 ½).

Fonda-Fultonville won the team competition with 60 points, four better than runner-up Schenectady.

BALLSTON SPA SOFTBALL SHINES AT GRAND SLAM

At the Ballston Spa Grand Slam Tournament, the host Scotties started their day with a 12-0 win over Mt. Anthony (Vt.) as Livia Wiltsie pitched a one-hit shutout with eight strikeouts to go along with a solo home run at the plate. Carlie Koebbeman also homered, while Maggie Lyon doubled, singled and drove in four runs and Natalia Guthrie ripped a double with three RBIs.

Ballston Spa followed that up by scoring 14 unanswered runs in a 14-2 win over Oneida. Hadley Donnelly homered and doubled and was one of five players — along with Taylor Russell, Madleyn Perrone, Maggie Lyon and Koebbeman — to drive in two runs apiece. Ballston Spa broke the game open with eight runs in the second inning and a five-run third.

Monroe-Woodbury posted a 2-0 win over Shenendehowa at the event, with Brianna Roberts striking out 14 in a no-hitter. Shenendehowa pitcher Becca Zawistoski was strong in defeat, striking out six and scattering seven hits.

After being no-hit, Shenendehowa responded later in the day with a 15-5 win over Averill Park. Kelsey Higgins went 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs, Natalia Colonie finished a triple shy of the cycle with three RBIs and four runs scored, and Breanna Hayes was 3 for 5 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Averill Park’s Abbey Nagel and Molly Eaton both homered.

Also at the Ballston Spa Grand Slam, South Glens Falls defeated Colonie 10-3, with Jade Maille belting a pair of home runs and driving in four runs as the Bulldogs collected eight extra-base hits. Gabby Baumann doubled twice for Colonie.

In a non-league matchup, Hoosick Falls scored six runs in the first to set the tone for a 14-1 win over Mechanicville that included three RBIs from Kate Waugh, while Lyric Kriner singled, doubled, tripled and scored four runs. Allie Kenyon and Kadynce Goudreau singled for Mechanicville.

Greenwich defeated Greenville 7-1, then beat host Maple Hill 10-0 to win the Maple Hill Tournament. Maple Hill beat Amsterdam 18-2 in the other first round game, and Greenville beat Amsterdam 15-0 in the consolation game. Amsterdam’s Shelby Lamont was named to the all-tournament team.

FONDA-FULTONVILLE WINS WARING MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

Jackson Croucher drove in the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as Fonda-Fultonville baseball beat Schuylerville 2-1 in the championship game of the Phil Waring Memorial Tournament. Derek Duval went 3 for 3 and drove in a run for Fonda-Fultonville, while also striking out 13 in six innings on the mound before Tyler Daus earned the win in relief. Owen Sullivan singled and knocked in Schuylerville’s lone run.

In the opening round of the Phil Waring Tournament, Fonda-Fultonville beat Saratoga Catholic 4-3 as the Braves took the lead in the top of the seventh.Duval led the way with a double and two RBIs. Ronan Rowe singled twice for Saratoga Catholic.

Schuylerville beat Canajoharie 12-2 in the other opening-round game, with Ashton Morris providing two singles and two RBIs. Jack Montanye doubled for Canajoharie.

Canajoharie beat Saratoga Catholic 5-0 in the consolation game behind a combined three-hit shutout from Rich Tamsett and LA Fairley. Tamsett pitched six innings of two-hit ball and added a double and two RBIs at the plate, while Tom Weingart homered for the Cougars. Hunter Fales, Pierce Byrne and Chris Lockwood had the Saratoga Catholic base hits.

In the Colonie Cup, CBA defeated Colonie 9-1. Michael O’Shaugnessy drove in three runs and combined on a one-hitter on the mound with Owen Goodridge. Goodridge allowed an unearned run over five no-hit innings, and O’Shaugnessy struck out six of the seven batters he faced in relief, with Tyler Sausville singling for Colonie’s lone hit.

In the second Colonie Cup game, Joe Karpierz and Sam Case drove in three runs apiece in Shaker’s 11-4 win over Colonie. Daniel Barbero doubled, singled and drove in two runs for Colonie, which also got a triple from Jordan Juliano.

In the final game of the round-robin, Karpierz went 3 for 4 with a double and three RBIs as Shaker scored three times in the top of the eighth for an 8-5 win over CBA. Ben Huckans doubled, singled and drove in two runs to lead CBA.

In a Colonial Council game at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, Cohoes’ Nicholas Chicaway struck out 10 to lead a 5-0 win over Cobleskill-Richmondville. Michael Melendez had a pair of hits for Cobleskill-Richmondville.

Albany Academy’s Geneo Savoca struck out seven in a complete game four-hitter in a 3-0 win over Albany Academy. Alex Gay and Andrew Kindlon each doubled in the win. Sam Booth had two of Niskayuna’s four hits.

Shenendehowa dropped a 5-3 decision to Mamaroneck, with David Gustafson lacing a double and two singles in defeat to go along with an Austin Caldwell double.

Shenendehowa bounced back later in the day with an 11-2 win over New Rochelle. Ethan Farina went 4 for 5 with a double and three RBIs to lead the Plainsmen, and Gustafson had a single, double and two RBIs.

Columbia fell 5-3 to New Rochelle despite a three-hit day from Kyle Blake and two hits each from Steven Heller, Jack Bennett and Jacob Skarlis. Both of Bennett’s hits were doubles.

Mamaroneck beat Columbia 9-3 in the Blue Devils’ second game of the day, with Columbia getting three hits from Skarlis  and a home run from Jack Bennett.

Saratoga Springs took a 13-1 win over Broadalbin-Perth as Raul Rodriguez went 3 for 3 with a double and drove in three runs. Charles DeRizzo added two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored. Luke Tambasco singled and drove in a run for Broadalbin-Perth.

Fort Plain beat Johnstown 5-1 as Austin VanGorder pitched a three-hitter with eight strikeouts for the Hilltoppers. Johnstown’s Vinnie Rizzo laced a triple.

GUILDERLAND BOYS’ LACROSSE BEATS SHENENDEHOWA

Danny Macchiarella had four goals and an assist in Guilderland’s 9-7 Suburban Council boys’ lacrosse win over Shenendehowa. Tommy Tyksinksi added two goals and an assist in the win, and goalie James Meier made 14 saves. For Shenendehowa, Nate Wolfe and Freddy Hicks scored two goals each.

Ballston Spa defeated CBA 12-6 behind three goals and three assists from Geno DeRubertis, three goals from Sean Dwyer and 17 saves from Dom Zichelli. CBA’s Logan Murphy scored three goals.

Bethlehem picked up a 9-7 win over Saratoga Springs as goalie Tyler Novak made 22 saves while Danny Johnson and Evan Diligent each scored two goals. Huck Patton and Tobey Diulio scored twice each for Saratoga Springs.

Gwen Jamison scored five goals as Averill Park rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to beat Albany Academy 8-7. Sophia Sperling scored three goals to lead Albany Academy.

Bullis (Md.) ran out to a five-goal halftime lead that stood up down the stretch in a 13-8 win over Shaker, which was led by three goals from Lauren McCulloch, two goals from Lauren O’Hagan and a goal and two assists from Lindsey McCulloch.

Shaker beat Troy 9-0 in a Suburban Council boys’ tennis match. Roshan Mehta, Matt Mittleman, Jacob McCormick, Harry Shen, Darren Duan and Pranav Puviarasu won singles matches for the Blue Bison.

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