High schools: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls’ volleyball wins 35th straight division title


HIGH SCHOOLS – The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls’ volleyball team earned its 35th consecutive Suburban Council division title Thursday with a three-set sweep of Saratoga Springs.

Sarah Robbins was a force at the net with eight kills and eight blocks in the Grey Division champions’ 25-11, 25-18, 25-17 victory. Danielle DeBonis had 23 assets and three aces for Burnt Hills (9-0, 11-1), while Brianna Cassia and Noelle Slye had 10 and nine kills, respectively, for the Blue Streaks (5-5, 6-5), and Kadyn Castillo added 11 defensive digs.

Shenendehowa (10-0, 13-4) also remained unbeaten in the SC after a 25-12, 25-11, 25-21 triumph over Bethlehem. Reagan Ennist had nine kills and five digs for the Plainsmen, Grace Almeida had eight kills and six blocks, Emma Paliwodzinski amassed 24 assists, five digs and six service points, and Lianna Rizzo had 10 service points and six digs. Caroline Davis had six blocks for the Eagles, and Nina Palella had seven assists.

Shannon Coyle delivered 12 kills to go with 10 digs and three aces, and Charley Herrington assisted on 20 points in Colonie’s 25-21, 25-17, 24-26, 25-22 win over Averill Park. Vivian He anchored Colonie’s defense with 18 digs.

Natalie Litrell had 10 kills and four aces, and Arricca Silliman had seven kills, 17 digs and four aces to lift Columbia over Guilderland 25-21, 25-19, 25-23. Lauryn Forand and Sarah Bayly had 19 assists and 15 digs, respectively, for Columbia. Emily Norgrove had six kills and seven digs for Guilderland, Jaime Lowe had five kills and five digs, and Sara Allen piled up 20 digs.

In a match where each set was decided by three points or less, Ballston Spa got past Niskayuna 25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 26-24. Julia Haight had 10 kills and four aces for Ballston Spa, Makenna Catherall had five aces and 15 assists, and Carlie Koebbeman had nine kills. Anjana Kurian had a big performance for Niskayuna with 27 assists, 17 digs, four kills and four aces. Ava Schewe had 17 kills and seven digs, Audrey Mason had 10 kills and 10 digs, Jordan Haughney had six kills and 12 digs, Keira Gullickson had five kills, six blocks and 11 digs, and Julia Mason finished with 21 digs and five aces.

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Amber Kolpakas produced 15 kills, and Galway (8-0, 9-1) dealt Mekeel Christian Academy (7-1, 8-3) its first Western Athletic Conference setback while extending its league win streak to 60 matches 25-14, 25-15, 25-11. Grace O’Brien had 13 assists and four aces for Galway, and Courtney Smith and Taylor Garrison both had four blocks. Mekeel got seven kills from Alanah Barnhill, and 12 assists out of Gabriella Luna.

Madison King had 11 kills, eight digs, six aces and five blocks as part of Mayfield’s 25-19, 25-23, 26-24 WAC win over OESJ. Brooke Long had 12 digs, four aces and four kills for Mayfield, and Lilia White had 13 assists and four digs. Lilyanna O’Callaghan paced OESJ with nine blocks and four kills, Jade Dygert served six aces, and Maddion Simonds had 10 assists. 

Hannah Borski collected nine kills and a team-high 12 service points in Duanesburg’s 25-21, 21-25, 12-25, 26-24, 15-10 comeback win over Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons. Heather Black picked up 12 assists for the Eagles, Abigail Hart served for nine points, and Rileigh Wilsey had four blocks. Julia Jaworowski starred for NDBG with 30 kills, 16 digs and seven aces, while Tatum Liverio had 35 assists and 10 digs. Alanah Kelly had nine kills, Klo Ifenuk had 16 service points, and Julia Dobkowski had 19 digs.

Tori Harrington had nine kills and 14 service points for Schoharie in a 25-19, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23 win over Middleburgh. Alyssa Ciezynski led Schoharie with 18 service points and Ciarra Nay had 17. Megan Bramer led Middleburgh with 11 kills, eight assists and four blocks.

Berne-Knox-Westerlo beat Canajoharie/Fort Plain 25-17, 25-20, 21-25, 25-18. Gab Murphy served five aces for Canajoharie/Fort Plain.  


Camille Calderone had eight kills, Haley Tomlinson had seven kills and eight aces, and Sami Westfall contributed six kills and five aces in Broadalbin-Perth’s 25-13, 25-14, 25-15 Foothills Council volleyball win over Amsterdam. Annie Fedullo paced Amsterdam with five kills.

Allie Salvione had 19 assists, and Zoie Tesi came through with eight kills, 19 digs and seven aces, to help Gloversville beat Johnstown 25-10, 25-23, 25-23. Jackie Rattray had six kills and 11 digs for the Huskies, and Mckenzie Siler added 11 digs. Hannah Maxson had 24 digs and seven service points for Johnstown, while Abbi Lewis notched 15 digs and four service points. Camille Gray registered 19 digs and five service points for the Lady Bills, Alyssa Whitbeck had nine digs and five service points, and Deanna Beaupre added six digs and five kills.

Tyler Carey became Queensbury’s all-time coaching wins leader with 210 after his Spartans defeated Hudson Falls 25-8, 25-23, 25-9. 


Jazzelle McLean had eight kills and eight blocks, and Mechanicville dealt Stillwater its first Wasaren League volleyball loss 25-19, 25-22, 18-25, 25-19. Jenna Tesoriero had 10 service points and eight assists for Mechanicville (9-6, 9-6), and Ella Zecca had 10 digs. Stillwater (12-1, 13-2) got nine kills and seven aces from Ana Parella, and seven kills from Peyton Morris.

Alexa Knapik assisted on 27 points, and Keira Noga came away with 10 kills and 10 service points for Schalmont in a 25-18, 22-25, 25-20, 25-11 Colonial Council win over Cohoes. Mikayla Townsend had 20 service points and 10 aces for the Sabres, and Anna Redmond and Haley Ryder both had six kills. 

Ichabod Crane (12-1, 12-2) continued its strong play in the Colonial Council with a 25-13, 26-24, 25-21 win over Voorheesville. Emma Scheitinger had 16 kills and 10 digs for the Riders, Ally Flint had 16 digs, Bella Rivero had 13 digs, and Delaney More and Angie O’Leary both closed out with 10 assists.


Jackson Wagner’s second-half goal lifted Columbia over Guilderland 1-0 in a Suburban Council boys’ soccer game.

Kyle Almeida turned a Eamon Delair assist into a first-half goal, and Brady Mazzeo totaled five saves, in Averill Park’s 1-0 win over Colonie

Sofia Sanzo scored a goal assisted by Ella Irons, and Hailey Blake made five saves for the Colonie girls in a 1-0 Suburban Council shutout of Averill Park.

Voorheesville beat Holy Names in the Colonial Council 3-0 on two goals by Lily Farrell and another by Sophia Bouplon. 


The Guilderland field hockey team defeated Shenendehowa for the second time this week  2-0 on second-half goals by Giuliana Vivenzio and Lily Durivage. Skyler Van Wormer assisted on

both goals. Evelyn Noakes made 10 saves for Shenendehowa, and Sofia Cannistraci needed only one stop to shut out the Plainsmen again after Monday’s 3-0 triumph.

Tatum Hickey scored three goals, and Megan Marcoux and Ava Kasulinour both scored two, in Hoosick Falls’ 9-1 non-league win over Glens Falls


Three Section II girls’ team tennis championships postponed Thursday due to inclement weather will be played today. Both the Class AA final pitting Saratoga Springs and Bethlehem, and the Class A final matching Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Averill Park, will be contested at 3 p.m. at Central Park in Schenectady. The 3 p.m. Class B final between Ichabod Crane and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk will be held at Coxsackie-Athens.

Greenwich defeated Chatham 6-1 for the Section II Class C/D title Wednesday.

Section II playoffs to determine regional representatives (AA vs. A; B vs. C/D) are slated for Saturday at sites/times to be determined. Section II will host Section III in regional competitions Oct. 22 at Central Park. The state team tennis championships will be held Nov. 4 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing.

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