Reigning Suburban Council most valuable player Jordan Stevens of Saratoga Springs High School could miss the remainder of the boys’
basketball season due to a hand
injury sustained in an opening-round game at Schenectady’s holiday tournament late last month.
“I feel bad for our team, but I feel worse for him,” Saratoga coach Mitch Snyder said of the 6-foot-5 junior forward, who was averaging nearly 23 points — tops in the area — and nine rebounds per game. “He’s the best kid. He’s so coachable. It’s a difficult blow, but knowing him, I’m sure he’ll keep his chin up.”
Stevens played in both games at the Arthur Hilliard Memorial Tournament, scoring 20 points in a 79-63 win over Glens Falls on Dec. 27, and netting 19 in a 79-52 loss to the host Patriots the next night. Stevens had scored in double digits in every game this season, including a career-high 34 points in another win over Glens Falls early last month.
“I didn’t know anything about it, and when I saw our trainer taping him up before the Schenectady game, I asked him, and he said he thought he had a sprained finger. He played with it that night,” Snyder said. “The next day, I told him to rest it, and the following day, it was still hurting, so he went and got it checked out, and sure enough, it was broken.
“We think it happened in the Glens Falls game when he dove on the floor for a loose ball, and he got stepped on or kicked.”
Stevens injured his left hand — his primary shooting hand — and has been fitted with a cast that extends below his elbow.
“The diagnosis is six weeks. They’ll re-examine it in a couple of weeks, and see how it’s healing,” Snyder said. “I don’t know if he’ll be back for sectionals or not. Those small bones don’t heal real fast.”
As a sophomore, Stevens reached the 1,000-point plateau, and was projected to be Section II’s next 2,000-point scorer
“He doesn’t concern himself with individual accomplishments, but he had a chance to do some big things, as far as career scoring,” said Snyder. “When he comes back, I’m sure he will still make a big impact.”
Stevens averaged just under 19 points and seven rebounds as a sophomore, and was selected to the Daily Gazette’s All-Area first team, the first 10th-grader to earn the honor since Craig Forth of
Columbia in 1999. He was named to the Section II Class AA tournament all-star team after leading the Blue Streaks to the semifinals. He later gained an 11th-team spot on the all-state team.
Saratoga played its first game without Stevens Friday night, and lost to Guilderland, 64-45.
“We’ve been through some adverse situations this year,” said Snyder. “We’re going to try to stay positive, and we’re going to keep plugging along.”
ryan reaches 1,000
Hoosic Valley senior forward Kayla Ryan sank two foul shots in the second quarter Friday night to give her 1,000 career points in the Indians’ 68-26 Wasaren League win over Stillwater.
Ryan, who finished with 14 points, is the second Hoosic Valley player to reach the milestone this season, following Phil Lanoue. Kelly Murphy (Mechanicville), Rachelle Black (Warrensburg) and Jake Bowman (Schenectady Christian) have also reached 1,000 career points this season.
Canajoharie senior guard
Heidi Anderson is in line to join the 1,000-point club, needing 13 points to achieve the milestone. Canajoharie hosts Berne-Knox-Westerlo Tuesday night.
davidson top senior
Saratoga Springs cross country star Hannah Davidson has been selected the Senior of the Year by the New York State Sportswriters Association, and is joined on the all-state Class AA first team by schoolmate Cassie Goutos.
Nine Section II cross country runners earned first-team all-state status in the five classes, including Sam Roecker of state Class A champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Scotia-Glenville’s Jillian King and Caitlin Lane of state Class C titlist Greenwich.
Davidson’s superb fall season included victories at the Suburban Council, Section II and state championships, a second at the Nike Team Nationals qualifier and a third at the Federation meet.
Goutos, a sophomore and Saratoga’s next star in the making, took second at the sectionals and seventh at the state event.
Roecker placed first at the Section II and Nike Team qualifying events, and second at the state championships. The junior later placed third at the Nike Team Nationals, one spot ahead of
Roecker and King are joined on the Class A first team by Queensbury’s Morgan Mueller, while Lane is joined on the Class C first team by the Greenwich trio of Emily Fung, Roxanne Henningson and Cady Kuzmich. King’s senior season included third-place efforts at the sectionals and state meet. Lane followed up her triumph at the sectionals with a second straight state individual title.
Forty-two Section II runners were honored by the NYSSA, with six gaining second-team laurels. Emily Lipari of Roslyn was named the Overall Runner of the Year and Sophomore of the Year, Shelby Greany of Suffern was tabbed the Junior of the Year, Courtney Chapman of Fayetteville-Manlius selected the Freshman of the Year, and Caroline O’Hea of Ward Melville was chosen the eighth-grader of the Year.
Class AA — Hannah Davidson, 12, Saratoga Springs (first team, Senior of the Year); Cassie Goutos, 10, Saratoga Springs (first); Cara Janeczko, 10, Shenendehowa (second); Sydney King, 9, Saratoga Springs (third); Lizzie Predmore, 8, Shenendehowa (third); Morgan Roche, 12, Shenendehowa (third); Chelsea Trant, 11, Niskayuna (fifth); Megan Conway, 9, Saratoga Springs (sixth); Mikala Anson, 11, Colonie (HM); Brianne Bellon, 10, Saratoga Springs (HM); Meredith Peabody, 11, Shenendehowa (HM).
Class A — Sam Roecker, 11, Burnt Hills-ballston Lake (first); Jillian King, 12, Scotia-Genville (first); Morgan Mueller, 10, Queensbury (first); Jordan White, 12, Holy Names (second); Brittany Winslow, 9, Queensbury (second); Danielle Winslow, 9, Queensbury (second); Carly Wynn, 9, Queensbury (second); Alyssa Drapeau, 8, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (third); Meaghan Gregory, 11, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (third); Martha Brown, 12, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (fourth);
Rachael Cyrus, 9, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (fourth); Molly Pezzulo, 9, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (fourth); Rachel Stalker, 9, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (fourth); Riley Wilk, 9, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (fourth); Christian Brambley, 10, Queensbury (fifth); Claire Hardwick, 12, Holy Names (fifth); Lauren Recchia, 10, Holy Names (HM).
Class B — Gina Christaldi, 11, Broadalbin-Perth (fourth); Elizabeth Ferlazzo, 11, Broadalbin-Perth (fourth); Erica Kuhn, 9, Glens Falls (HM); Erin Kugn, 12, Glens Falls (HM).
Class C — Caitlin Lane, 12, Greenwich (first); Emily Fung, 12, Greenwich (first); Roxanne Henningson, 10, Greenwich (first); Cady Kuzmich, 9, Greenwich (first); Ashley Fung, 12, Greenwich (second); Emma D’Ambro, 11, Hoosic Valley (third); Brittney Lane, 10, Greenwich (third); Samantha Watson, 9, Schuylerville (third).
Class D — Ashley Jackman, 12, Duanesburg (third); Joan Kanarkiewcz, 12, Duanesburg (HM).
rOBICHAUD TO UALBANY
Two-way line standout Guy Robichaud of Section II Class AA champion LaSalle will continue his football career at the University at Albany.
Playing both defensive end and offensive tackle, the 6-foot-5,
275-pound Robichaud helped the Cadets (9-2) win the Empire Division championship and three playoff games, the last a come-from-
behind effort against Guilderland in the Super Bowl.
Though Robichaud was selected to the Empire Division first-team defense and to the Gazette’s All-Area first-team defense, he is expected to play on the offensive line at Albany after a redshirt year.
champs to be honored
Albany Academy’s 1983 state champion ice hockey team will be honored as part of The Albany Academies Alumni Hockey Day on Saturday, Jan. 19.
An alumni hockey game will take place at 11:15 at Robison Family Hockey Arena in The Albany Academies Field House, and an on-campus alumni family lunch will follow. Albany Academy’s varsity team will face off against Pomfret in a Western New England Prep School League game at 2, a player-fan get-together will follow, and the 1983 team will be honored at 5:30.
The 1983 team was the first from Albany Academy to win a state title in any sport, beating Salmon River, 2-1, for the Division II banner. The Cadets also won the state Division II championship in 1987 and the state Division I crown in 1991.
The Capital District Track and Field Officials organization will be running training clinics this month at Colonie and Fonda-Fultonville high schools.
The clinics are for those interested in becoming certified track and field officials. The clinics at Colonie start at 6 p.m. on Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31. The clinics at Fonda-Fultonville start at 6:30 p.m. tonight as well as on Jan. 14, 22 and 28. Contact
David Sammons (661-5637) for more information.