High schools: Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Bethlehem win area girls’ tennis titles

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's Gianna Leggieri returns a shot against Albany's Ashley Zhang Friday.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's Gianna Leggieri returns a shot against Albany's Ashley Zhang Friday.

HIGH SCHOOLS – Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake won its eighth straight classification championship, and Bethlehem also took home a title as a pair of Section II girls’ tennis team championships were decided Friday at Central Park in Schenectady.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake captured the Class A title, its eighth consecutive area crown, beating Albany Academy 5-2. Mary Hayden, Lydia Koivula and Carter St. Louis were singles winners for the Spartans, who also got wins in doubles from Lily Sisler and Lily Caccamo, and Carli Ewing and Ashley Bikowicz. Zhiyi Zhang and Isabella Jarocki picked up the victories for Albany Academy.

Bethlehem earned the Class AA championship with an 8-1 victory over Saratoga Springs. Scoring singles wins for the Eagles were Kirsten Phang, Zara Pattison, Hope Brown, Anna Peles and Purvayi Patil. Bethlehem also swept doubles with the teams of Suzanna Amirbekian and Natalee Huli, Shayna Huli and Kripa Hongalgi, and Audrey Henson and Paige Davenport. Saratoga Springs’ Yurui Lin pulled out a 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3) win over Rayka Kogut to give the Blue Streaks their lone point.


Christian Brothers Academy continued its perfect start to the season, stifling Guilderland 21-7 in a Class AA contest. Jahmir Pitcher scored all three CBA touchdowns, two on runs and one on a pass from Donald Jones.

Shaker dispatched Bethlehem 55-0 as Jake Iacobaccio accounted for five touchdowns — runs of 42 and 20 yards, passes of 57 yards to Anthony Luciano and 23 yards to Colin Johnson, and a 45-yard reception.

In the Class A Capital Division, Averill Park used a big second quarter to pull away for a 33-12 win over Amsterdam. Tied 6-6 after the first quarter, the Warriors put up 21 points in the second quarter to lead 27-6 at the half. Amsterdam got within 15 after three quarters before Averill Park put the game away in the fourth.

Also in the Capital Division, La Salle Institute held off Columbia 17-14, and Troy was a 34-26 winner against Mohonasen.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake rolled up 36 first-half points in its 50-14 Grasso Division win over Queensbury. Luke Zoller ran for 127 yards and three touchdowns in the win, while Myles Yannuzzi, Jake Paulsey and Santino Mareno also had touchdown runs. Mareno also returned a fumble for a score. Queensbury’s scores both came on big plays, a 72-yard Ian Reynolds run and a 90-yard pass from Zavry Ward to Ryan Blanchard.

In Class B, Glens Falls remained perfect with a 33-0 win over Schalmont, taking a 30-0 halftime lead and cruising to the win.

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Warrensburg/Lake George/North Warren handed Schuylerville its first loss to a Section II opponent since Sept. 13, 2019, as the Wolverines pulled out an 18-7 victory in a Class C North Division contest. Brody McCabe had a pair of touchdown runs in the win, including an 80-yarder, and Caden Allen sealed things with a 17-yard scoring run with 1:23 left in the fourth quarter.

Schuylerville’s only touchdown came when Ollie Bolduc threw a pass that was intercepted by McCabe, only for McCabe to fumble and Bolduc to pick up the loose ball and take it in for an 11-yard score.

In the first renewal of one of Section II’s most storied rivalries since 2019, Stillwater topped Mechanicville/Hoosic Valley 55-14.

Fonda-Fultonville solidified its position atop the Class C North Division by topping Cobleskill-Richmondville 47-6. The Braves improved to 7-0 as Jonathan Cranker had touchdown runs of 63 and 36 yards, and caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Cusack. Peyton Webber, Jackson Croucher, Owen Hicks and Karsen Bulan also scored for Fonda-Fultonville. Cobleskill-Richmondville got a 41-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Hantho to Kyber Henry.

In Class D, Canajoharie/Fort Plain took a major step toward wrapping up a playoff spot by picking up a 16-0 win over Voorheesville. Jaxon O’Neil ran for 102 yards to lead Canajoharie/Fort Plain, and scored on a 22-yard pass from Cody Hyney on the final play of the first half to give the Cougars a 6-0 lead.


Evan Hallett scored a hat trick for Saratoga Springs as the Blue Streaks powered to a 9-2 Suburban Council boys’ soccer win over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. Also scoring for Saratoga Springs were Ryan Farr, Riley Fowler, Aidan Rosettie, Noah Friedman, Theo Paladini and Manasseh Turenne. Brian Hughes and Ben Yerina scored for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

Noah Datka’s hat trick led Ballston Spa in its 4-0 victory over Niskayuna. Riley Box also found the back of the net for the Scotties.

Broadalbin-Perth’s Alex Rogers put up five goals in the Patriots’ 7-0 Foothills Council win over Hudson Falls. Jack Holland added a goal and an assist, Massimo Pasquarelli also scored and Landon Russom provided three assists.

Matt Schraa, Kofi Jack and Quinn Fasciglione each scored once in Scotia-Glenville’s 3-1 win over Schuylerville. Jack and Saif AbuZahra added assists in the win. Sam Tyler scored Schuylerville’s goal.

Five different players scored, led by a pair of goals from Gavin Rittenhouse, to lead Glens Falls to a 6-0 win over Gloversville. Landan Phipps, Nate DiFiore, Joe Frankenfeld and Duvaney Mills also scored.

In Colonial Council play, Joe Richmond and Jacob Bogdany each scored in a 2-1 win over La Salle. Jake Johnson assisted on both goals.

OESJ’s Andrew Snell scored four of the Wolves’ five goals in their 5-1 Western Athletic Conference win over Schoharie. Dylan Barnes also scored for OESJ, and Griffen Lansing scored on a penalty kick for Schoharie.

Mayfield was a 4-0 winner over Doane Stuart in a non-league matchup behind a goal and two assists from Christian Scunziano. Also scoring for the Panthers were Brody Page, Brice Williams and Mike Smigen.


In Suburban Council girls’ soccer play, Shaker beat Schenectady 9-0 to improve to 15-1 on the season. Alyssa Camilli and Micaela Tison each scored twice for the Blue Bison, and Alina Lagace, Erika Petersen, Bridget McLoughlin, Julianna Mirabile and Alyssa Blake also scored.

Bella Franchi had two goals and an assist to lead Colonie’s 4-0 victory over Albany. Lorena Friere and Sofia Sanzo also scored for the Garnet Raiders, and Morgan Ellerbrock chipped in with an assist.

In a 1-1 tie between Saratoga Springs and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Abby Bundy scored for Saratoga Springs and Alana Yahoudy scored for Burnt Hills.

Cobleskill-Richmondville picked up a 3-0 Colonial Council win over Lansingburgh, with Olivia Trendell scoring two goals and Abby Batchler scoring one.

Schoharie’s Haley Drinon scored the winner in overtime off an assist from Lily Ballard in a 1-0 Western Athletic Conference victory over OESJ. Julianna Slater recorded the shutout with eight saves for Schoharie, while OESJ keeper Jade Bonneau finished with four saves.

Jaidyn Chest scored both of Mayfield’s goals in a 2-1 win over Galway. Madison Chase and Cloey Dopp served up assists for the Panthers.

Northville beat Duanesburg 2-1 as Ciara Thompson had a goal and an assist for the Falcons. Leah Valovic also scored for Northville, and Lily Klippel had an assist. Duanesburg’s goal was scored by Molly Laudato.

Talor Ferrucci’s hat trick powered Fonda-Fultonville’s 6-2 win over Fort Plain. Nadia Buanno and Talia Anderson added a goal and an assist each in the win, and Emma Crahan also scored. Madison Delgado and Chloe Sickler scored for Fort Plain.

Glens Falls picked up a 3-0 Foothills Council win against Gloversville. Ava Pirozzolo and Ciara Hirsch gave Glens Falls a 2-0 lead in the first 3:30 of the match, and Clara Avery also scored. Gloversville goalie Jalyn Smith finished with 10 saves.

Broadalbin-Perth beat Hudson Falls 6-0 behind two goals each from Aubrey Fisher and Jillian Sassanella. Mianna Barboza and Olivia Rogers also scored for the Patriots, and Mairead Marsden recorded the shutout with three saves. For Hudson Falls, Katie Mitchell stopped 16 shots.

In a non-league matchup, Averill Park defeated Scotia-Glenville 2-0 with the Warriors getting goals from Arianna Verardi and Grace Hanlon.

Lake George beat Stillwater 2-0, with Lila Frazier scoring a goal in each half and Alexandra Cavalier posting a 12-save shutout. Stillwater’s Miranda Price stopped three shots.


Shenendehowa beat Section VI’s Lancaster 25-13, 25-21, 27-25 in a non-league girls’ volleyball matchup of teams ranked in the top five of the state. Reagan Ennist led Shenendehowa with 17 kills and six blocks, Grace Almeida added 11 kills and 12 blocks, Sabrina Kinkaid chipped in 10 kills and six blocks, Emma Paliwodzinski provided 39 assists and Kasia Barletta had a team-high 26 digs.

Saratoga Springs got eight kills from Sam Tracy and 13 assists from Gabby Kholstinin in a 25-20, 23-25, 25-17, 25-12 win over Mayfield. For Mayfield, Brooke Long led the way with six kills, five aces and nine digs, and Meara Fitzgerald contributed 13 assists.

In Middleburgh’s 25-19, 25-14, 25-16 win over Loudonville Christian, Megan Bramer had five kills, six assists and five aces, and Skyler Czyszczon served up seven aces among her 11 service points.

Mackenzie O’Brien had 12 kills and five aces in Lansingburgh’s 25-19, 25-22, 19-25, 23-25, 15-8 win over Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk. Naima Martin added 20 kills for Lansingburgh, while Delaney Huertas recorded 20 digs.


Liam Calhoun delivered a huge performance with 32 kills in Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s 25-16, 21-25, 25-19, 28-26 Suburban Council boys’ volleyball win over Niskayuna. Morgan Belrose added 10 kills and 13 digs in the win, Cody Gladding provided 42 assists and Reid Balderston contributed 17 digs. For Niskayuna, Tyler Laing led the way with 17 kills and 11 digs, Gian Stabler had 23 digs and Caleb Goldberg had 24 assists and nine digs.

Bethlehem defeated Shaker 25-16, 25-11, 23-25, 25-15. Bethlehem’s Luake Saubier had 14 kills and 11 digs, Jonah Negris added 12 kills and six blocks, and Joe Monserrat doled out 33 assists. In defeat, Shaker was led by Josh Blake’s eight kills and Aditya Nayak’s 11 digs.


Hailey Auster, Lena Schiavo and Ali Card scored in the shootout as Niskayuna beat Shaker 2-1 in Suburban Council field hockey action. Niskayuna took the shootout 3-1, with Karleigh Mirabile scoring for Shaker. In regulation, Schiavo scored for Niskayuna in the first quarter and Lindsay Pilla tied it for Shaker in the fourth.

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