High schools: Niskayuna’s Franjieh runs nation’s fastest 3,000-meter steeplechase time

Niskayuna senior Julian Franjieh races towards the top spot at the Suburban Council boys' cross country championships at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs Saturday, October 30, 2021.

Niskayuna senior Julian Franjieh races towards the top spot at the Suburban Council boys' cross country championships at Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs Saturday, October 30, 2021.

Niskayuna’s Julian Franjieh won the boys’ 3,000-meter steeplechase at the prestigious Loucks Games on Saturday in White Plains in a nation-best time of 9 minutes, 8.46 seconds. It was a Loucks Games record and a school record. It’s the second-fastest time in Section II history and qualifies him for the New York State Championships and the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Philadelphia.

Also at the Loucks Games, Mohonasen’s Zionna Perez-Tucker was a double-winner. On Satuday she won the girls’ 100 in 12.13. Friday, she captured the 200 in 24.63. Saratoga Springs’ Sheridan Wheeler won the girls’ 2,000 steeplechase in 6:49.71. On Friday, Shenendehowa’s Carter Cukerstein won the 200 (21.27), and on Thursday, Saratoga Springs’ Emily Bush, Alycia Hart, Mackenzie Hart and Ella Kurto won the East Coast distance medley relay (11:55.0).

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake had seven individual winners and a victorious relay team at the Dr. Jack V. Irion Queensbury Invitational. Headlining the Spartans’ day was Anthony Nuzzi’s victory in the boys’ pentathlon with 2,559 points. Other individual winners for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake were Arriyana Derby in the girls’ 100 hurdles (16.38), Quinn Stowell-Melley in the girls’ 3,000 (10:44.37), Ryan Allison in the boys’ 3,200 (9:38.62), Peter Fulgieri in the boys’ 1-mile (4:25.52), Jenna Vaughan in the girls’ 400 hurdles (1:10.27) and Mia Paolino in the girls’ 2,000 steeplechase (7:44.93). Also, the boys’ 1600 relay team of Jaleel Joseph, Matthew Rounds, Allison and Fulgieri won in 3:35.37.

Other local winners were Saratoga Springs’ Gordon Murray in the boys’ 400 hurdles (58.76), Mason Talarico in the boys’ 3,000 (10:21.69) and Jack Foster in the boys’ discus (157-4); Mechanicville’s Sara Fitzgerald in the girls’ 400 (1:01.28) and Olivia Horan in the girls’ shot put (33-0 1/4); Schuylerville’s Daryl Headen in the boys’ high jump (5-10). South Glens Falls’ Jacob Revell in the boys’ pole vault (11-6) and Stillwater’s Gianna Locci in the girls’ long jump (18-2).

In the team scoring, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s girls were a close second to Smithtown West, 110.12-109. Saratoga Springs’ boys won with 115.50 points.


Nicolas Jos hit a walk-off home run to give Shenendehowa a 7-6 non-league baseball win over Queensbury. Jos finished 3 for 4 with three RBIs for the Plainsmen, and Giuseppe D’Elia added a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. Tyler Spaulding singled twice and drove in three runs for Queensbury.

Colonie’s Daniel Barbaro hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and drove in six runs in the Garnet Raiders’ 20-1 win over Schlamont. Tyler Sausville also homered for Colonie, and Sam Falace struck out 15 over five innings of one-hit ball. Joe Baker had Schalmont’s only base hit.

Albany Academy beat Ballston Spa 5-1 behind pitcher Alex Gay, who struck out 10 over six shutout innings. Porter Willsey added a double for Albany Academy, while Blaine Zoller, Matthew Arnold and Jack Staszak singled for Ballston Spa.

Schuylerville recorded a 6-1 win over Hoosic Valley, with Ryan Dow lacing two doubles and a triple while Owen Sherman went 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Thomas Rice and Logan Santiago singled for Hoosic Valley.

Guilderland beat Massapequa 4-2. Ty Santabarbara doubled and knocked in two runs for the Dutchmen, and Nick Mahar singled twice and scored twice.

Andrew Alexander had a double and two RBIs in Shaker’s 6-4 win over Kingston. Also for the Blue Bison, Sam Case went 3 for 3 with a double.

Berlin/New Lebanon beat Berne-Knox-Westerlo 13-6 behind four hits and three RBIs from Wyatt Powers. For Berne-Knox-Westerlo, Ryan Murphy and Luke Boltri had three hits each.

Gloversville picked up a 10-4 Foothills Council win over Glens Falls, Kyle Robare drove in three runs for the Huskies, while Dane Dillenback went 2 for 4 with a triple, scored three runs and earned the win on the mound with 10 strikeouts over 5 1-3 innings. John Heimer added a double and drove in two runs in the win, while Nicholas LaRowe also doubled.

Giovanni DiCaprio went 2 for 4 with a double and three runs scored in Fonda-Fultonville’s 6-2 Western Athletic Conference win over Galway. Jackson Croucher added a double and knocked in a run for Fonda-Fultonville, and Derek Duval earned the win on the mound with six strikeouts over 3 2-3 innings of shutout relief. Myles Pleasants had three of Galway’s five hits.

Colin Campbell pitched a one-hitter with 15 strikeouts and added two singles and a run batted in to lead Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons’ 4-1 win over Fort Plain. Nalzon Henry struck out 12 for Fort Plain, and Noah Horning went 2 for 3 with a double and a run scored.

In the Wasaren League, Andrew Sparks went 5 for 6 with a double, triple and three RBIs to lead Hoosick Falls’ 15-0 win over Saratoga Central Catholic. Josh Colegrove added a double, single and three runs scored in the win, and Connor Jones pitched a five-hit shutout. For Saratoga Central Catholic, Ben Dalto went 2 for 2 with a triple.


In the Jamesville-DeWitt Tournament, Ballston Spa fell 4-3 to Jamesville DeWitt in a game at Carrier Park in East Syracuse. Lauren Jesmain ripped a triple for Ballston Spa, while Maggie Lyon and Hadley Donnelly each doubled.

Ballston Spa bounced back to beat Liverpool 7-0 behind a three-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts from pitcher Livia Wiltsie, who also contributed at the plate with a double, triple and three RBIs. Jesmain singled twice and drove in three runs.

Mayfield scored three runs in the fifth and six in the sixth to rally for a 10-5 win over Broadalbin-Perth. Alexis Broderick homered and drove in two runs for the Panthers, and Marissa Wille added a double, a single, two RBIs and two runs. For Broadalbin-Perth, Mairead Mardsen recorded two doubles and two RBIs, and Camille Calderone added a double and two singles.

At the Mudville Softball Complex in Herkimer, Shenendehowa fell 5-2 to Xaverian, which was led by doubles from Alexa Bruno and Emerson Hannan. Sara Isaacs led Shenendehowa with a single, double and two RBIs. Ava DeMarco also doubled.

Also at Mudville, Kari Graziano pitched a one-hit shutout and added a double at the plate in Ichabod Crane’s 11-0 win over Cicero-North Syracuse. Emma Scheitinger went 4 for 4 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored in the win.

Ichabod Crane then beat Windsor 6-1. Morgan Ormerod struck out nine in a complete-game win, Clare Knapp and Ava Heffner drove in three runs apiece and Scheitinger went 2 for 4 with a triple.

In the Western Athletic Conference, Hallie Gasner’s 2-run walk-off double in the bottom of the eighth inning capped off a 6 for 6 day at the plate with three doubles as Middleburgh beat Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons 16-15. Cierra DuPont had a five-hit day and Olivia Skawfoe had two singles and a double for Middleburgh.


Niskayuna used a run of 13 unanswered goals to spark a 19-8 Suburban Council boys’ lacrosse win over CBA. Saif Chowdrey scored six goals, Lucas Klokiw had four goals and three assists and Greyson Vorgang added three goals and four assists.

Brigid Duffy compiled six goals and four assists to lead Queensbury to a 19-12 non-league girls’ lacrosse win over Ithaca to improve to 12-0 for the season. Mer Montgomery added four goals, while Kendra Ballard had two goals and two assists. Kaitlyn Barton had a goal and three assists. Defensively, Lindsay Bauer made seven saves.


After dropping the first two singles matches, Shenendehowa rallied for a 6-3 victory over Albany Academy in the Section II Class AA boys’ tennis tournament quarterfinals. Dhev Jammula and Zain Magdon won at singles for Albany Academy. Advaith Ramani, Evan Hickey, Tony Liu and Andrew Hwang got the Plainsmen going with their singles victories. Andrew Jung and Kah Seng Tang and Ribhav Mishra and Darren Cheng won at doubles for Shenendehowa.

Shaker won all three doubles matches in its 6-3 victory over Niskayuna. The doubles winners were Roshan Mehta and Joshua Hennessy, Shashank Bossa and Joe Sung, and Ben Preceruti and Jacob McCormick. Roshan Mehta, Devraj Singh and Renat Gosmanov were singles winners for Shaker. Singles winners for Niskayuna were Zain Choudy, Jeremy Burstyn and Vivek Lanka.

In another Class AA match, Bethlehem beat Albany 9-0 behind singles wins from Ashrith Rao, Will Bievenue, Aadi Ojha, Hayden Brown, Aden Haas and Ian Jin.

Averill Park beat Troy 7-0 in Class A. Zachary Ryan, Christian Romer, Cavan Hicks and Greg Effman were victorious for Averill Park in matches that were played.

La Salle defeated Coxsackie-Athens 7-0 in Class B behind singles victories from Austin Olson, Geoffrey Olson, Dan Lovely, Jagger Granich and Kevin Fritz.

Glens Falls won the final three singles matches and both doubles contests to beat CBA 5-2. Heath Borgos, Vincent Westfall and Nathan DiFirore were victorious at singles for Glens Falls, while Ronan Westfall and Tim Motsiff and Ahmad Amir and Shivam Matta won at doubles. Spencer Smith and Michael Versaci were the singles winners for CBA.

Greenville edged Taconic Hills 4-3. Brady Grupe, Liam Bowden and Ellis Snyder captured singles matches for Greenville, while Nick Trostle and Colin Augustein won their doubles match.

Ichabod Crane downed Cobleskill-Richmondville 7-0 behind singles victories from Ean Lantzy, Brett Richards, Liam Curry, Simon Papas and Holden Reynolds.

In Class C/D, Mekeel Christian Academy defeated Whitehall 6-1. Winning at singles for Mekeel were Noah Bennett, Franky McCleneghen, Oliwier Niedzielski and Caleb Jahnel.

Singles victories by Connor Moulton, Caeden Wilson, Sean Frasier, Katrin Schreiner and Carolina Lott-Diamond helped Hadley-Luzerne to a 7-0 win over Chatham.

Lake George got singles wins from Christian Siletti, Zachary Bruno, Daniel Nichols, Sam Knauf and Everett McLarty as it beat Schoharie 7-0.

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