The 2022 Section II football season began much as the 2021 season ended — with Christian Brothers Academy standing tall.
The Brothers rolled to a 55-0 victory over rival La Salle in a non-classification game on Friday, as the defending Section II Class AA champions retained the Sabre. CBA led 35-0 at halftime and never looked back.
Fonda-Fultonville gave head coach Mike Mancini a win in his debut as the Braves rallied from a two-score deficit to beat Section III’s Central Valley Academy 13-12.
Owen Hicks accounted for all 13 Fonda-Fultonville points on touchdown runs of 8 and 5 yards. After taking the lead in the fourth quarter, Fonda-Fultonville’s Nate Mycek came up with a crucial interception that sealed the win.
Also victorious in his head coaching debut was Broadalbin-Perth’s Rick Wallace, as the Patriots pulled out a 14-6 win over Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley. Sam Hotaling ran for 55 yards and a touchdown for the Patriots, Tanner Christman blocked a punt and the defense held Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley to 119 total yards.
In the Upstate-Downstate Challenge at UAlbany, Niskayuna opened its season with a 21-12 victory over Washingtonville.
Averill Park beat Middletown 26-21 at UAlbany as Nicholas Galuski ran for three touchdowns and passed for another.
Also at UAlbany, Colonie fell 40-22 to Eastchester, with quarterback Caleb Eastman throwing for 231 yards and two touchdowns to lead Colonie.
Shaker fell 32-25 to defending Class A state champion CBA of Syracuse.
In a Class B contest, Lansingburgh beat Hudson Falls 27-13, with Logan Hardt running for a pair of touchdowns. Israel Baker added a touchdown run and Nazareth Lozada tossed a touchdown pass to Anthony Huff for the Knights.
Jacob Bogdany scored four goals, leading Voorheesville boys’ soccer in a 6-0 Colonial Council win over Schalmont.
Dylan Ensslin added a goal and two assists for Voorheesville, with Jake Johnson also scoring a goal. Schalmont got five saves from goalie Caleb Mathurin.
Samuel Sunderland scored a goal in each half in Canajoharie’s 5-2 Western Athletic Conference win over Fonda-Fultonville. Also scoring for the Cougars were Gavin Colburn, Noah Colburn and Brady Toher. Jonah Bluvas and Adam Saltsman scored for Fonda-Fultonville.
In a non-league matchup, Queensbury and Averill Park played to a 2-2 draw. Gavin Kelly and Max Roca scored for Queensbury, with Hayden Kiehl and Kyle Almeida finding the net for Averill Park.
OESJ beat Little Falls 6-3, with Drew Snell scoring four goals to lead the Wolves. Dylan Barnes and Jordan Simzer added a goal apiece.
Shaker beat Utica Proctor 1-0 on Kofi Sarfoh’s goal. Waqas Hagali added an assist and goalies Kyle Harriman and PJ Strand combined for three saves in the shutout.
At the Middleburgh Tournament, Middleburgh and Cairo-Durham played to a 3-3 draw. Austin Johns scored all three goals for Middleburgh, and Eric Pickering provided two assists. Antonio Brooks, Braeden Deyo and Andrew Searing-Burke scored for Cairo-Durham.
AMSTERDAM PICKS UP WIN
In Foothills Council girls’ soccer action, Madison Cebula and Madisyn Meca scored on either side of halftime and Carolyn Sculco recorded a shutout with three saves as Amsterdam beat South Glens Falls 2-0. South Glens Falls goalie Elena Kennedy made 11 saves.
Scotia-Glenville beat Glens Falls 2-0. Lily Dempsey and Susan Sidlauskas scored for Scotia-Glenville, and Kortney Clark made three saves for the shutout. Glens Falls goalie Sarah Wolfstich stopped nine shots.
Victoria Piteri scored the only goal in Schuylerville’s 1-0 win over Broadalbin-Perth. Anna Armstrong recorded the shutout for Schuylerville with five saves, while Broadalbin-Perth goalie Mairead Marsden finished with 10 saves.
In the Colonial Council, Mohonasen cruised to a 6-0 win over Albany Academy. Hannah Bachorik led the way with three goals and an assist, Ella Mullin added two goals and two assists, and Olivia Andriola also scored. Trinity Gulbrandsen notched a two-save shutout.
Schalmont bested Voorheesville 7-2, led by four goals from Gianna Cirilla. Simone Cassano, Emily Parrella and Abigail Hughes also scored for the Sabres, while Cassano and Addison Shultis each had two assists.
Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk’s Katie McFerran scored all of her team’s goals in a 5-4 win over Cohoes. Payton Heighes scored twice for Cohoes, with Claire D’Angelico and Jaclyn Benedetti adding a goal apiece.
Saratoga Springs picked up a 2-1 non-league win over Mechanicvlle, with Olivia Goodman making 10 saves to backstop the win. Maddy Hopeck scored Mechanicville’s goal off a Madison Daley assist.
Niksayuna beat Bethlehem 4-1 in a non-league meeting of Suburban Council foes. Carli Maltbie, Fiona Bean and Kyra Buhrmaster all scored for Niskayuna, which alos benefited from an own goal. Bethlehem’s Casey Holstein scored on a penalty kick.
Mayfield defeated Gloversville 4-0, with Abigal Chest and Cloey Dopp each scoring two goals. Kaylee Klymkow added two assists, and Sallyann Agerter posted a shutout with two saves.
Bolton/Warrensburg beat Stillwater 1-0 behind a goal from Kara Brown and 13 saves from Hope Sherman. Stillwater goalie Miranda Price made three saves.
In the opening round action at the Middleburgh Tournament, Schoharie and Berne-Knox-Westerlo played to a 1-1 draw, with Schoharie advancing to the championship game 4-2 on penalty kicks. Haley Drinon scored for Schoharie, and Julianna Slater made five saves. For B-K-W, Nina Lefkaditis scored a goal and Claire Curvin made 19 saves.
In the other first-round game, Duanesburg beat host Middleburgh 5-3, with Shannon Zink scoring three goals and Julianna Maura scoring two for Duanesburg. Ianey Heaney scored two goals and Brianna Devlin scored one for Middleburgh.
BALLSTON SPA SWEEPS NISKAYUNA
Ballston Spa swept its way to a 25-16, 25-20, 25-16 Suburban Council girls’ volleyball win over Niskayuna, led by 15 service points, five aces, six kills and 11 digs from Madelyn Perrone and 15 assists from Makenna Catherall. Niskayuna was led by nine assists, seven kills and seven digs from Anjana Kurian, and eight kills and nine digs from Ava Schewe.
In a Suburban Council boys’ volleyball contest, Bethlehem picked up a 25-13, 25-13, 25-11 win over Niskayuna. Alex Schalk, Cade Allen, Jonah Negris and Caden Bernardo had five kills apiece to lead Bethlehem, while Tyler Laing and Noah Castle had five kills apiece for Niskayuna.
Shenendehowa was led by Bennett Wilson’s 13 kills and Ryan Connors’ 24 assists in a 25-19, 25-17, 25-21 win over Shaker. Josh Blake had five kills and Aditya Nayak had five digs for Shaker.
Brenna Welling scored two goals and Lindsay Pilla had a goal and an assist in Shaker’s 3-2 non-league field hockey win over Salem/Cambridge, which got a goal apiece from Kady Crosier and Mary Kate McPhee.