David Sikule witnessed Berne-Knox-Westerlo history back in 2004 when Craig Houck piled up a school-record 46 points in a 90-53 Western Athletic Conference win over Sharon Springs.
“I was at that game,” the Bulldogs’ senior point guard said. “I remember sitting there and thinking, ‘That was pretty special.’ ”
Sikule was even more so Monday night on that same Berne-Knox-Westerlo court, and made some history of his own by netting 50 points in a 68-43 WAC crossover victory against St. Johnsville. The 17-year-old started fast with 20 first-quarter points before netting 13, 12 and five over the next three periods.
“I was feeling it from the start. Everything was going in,” said Sikule, who by the half had passed his previous career high of 32 points. “I think I made my first seven shots, and I missed only two in the first half.”
For the record, Sikule was 19-for-30 from the field and 3-for-5 from the free throw line. He made nine three-point baskets for another school record on 14 attempts.
“I owe a lot to my teammates,” said the 5-foot-11 Sikule, a three-year varsity performer. “In the first half, they were giving me a lot of good passes in transition. In the second half, they were setting some great screens, and that allowed me to run off them and get shots.”
Sikule said putting the ball in the basket became more difficult as the game progressed.
“They [St. Johnsville] went with a 3-2 zone the first couple of plays, and then they switched to man,” he said. “In the second half, they switched again to a box-and-one and kept putting different guys on me. It was harder to score.”
Sikule broke Houck’s record with a three-point basket in the fourth quarter, boosting his game total to 48, and sank two free throws before coming out with 6:48 left in the contest.
“I told coach [Andy Wright] if I get 47, I’m fine with coming out,” Sikule said. “He left me in there just a little bit longer, and I got to 50.
“It was a fun thing to do. It was exciting,” he added. “When the game was over, my teammates lifted me up and carried me off the court.”
Sikule’s 50 points and nine three-point baskets are both Section II highs for the season. Justin Nassivera of Fort Ann scored 43 points against Hartford, Kevin Kost of Guilderland knocked down eight three-point hoops against Catholic Central, and C.J. Saunders of Corinth made eight threes against North Warren for the previous highs.
In other noteworthy scoring performances, Brian Hamor of Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons connected for 41 points against Amsterdam, and Haneef Scott of Lansingburgh generated 40 against Cohoes. Scott’s effort came Tuesday in a 79-54 win as the Knights wrapped up their first Colonial Council championship since 1980.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake senior co-captain Doug McErlean, who scored a perfect 800 on the math portion of his SAT, is the 2008-09 Section II Swimmer/Scholar Award winner.
McErlean carries an unweighted 97 classroom average with 16 AP honors courses. He is a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist with a combined 1,530 SAT score, and plans to study computer science in college.
At last Saturday’s Section II small-school championships at Amsterdam, McErlean placed seventh in the 200 free and eighth in the 100 free. The four-year varsity performer also helped the Spartans place fourth and sixth, respectively, in the 400 free and 200 free relays.
Other Section II Swimmer/Scholar Award candidates were Andrew Cook (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Stephen Meigher (Albany Academy), Rajiv Raghavan (Albany Academy), Anthanasio Athanassiadis (Albany), Athanasios Anton (Albany), Hugh Kelly (Albany), Brandon Doyle (Ballston Spa), Dan Lee (Guilderland), Kevin Murphy (Saratoga Springs), Dennis Florence (Saratoga Springs), Brian Janiszewski (Schenectady), Loreto Pantano (Schenectady), David Rowley (Shaker), Stephen Maxwell (Shaker) and Sean Parnett (Shenendehowa).
Show of sportsmanship
Shaker junior Frankie Dyer drew plenty of attention for his combination of athletic ability and sportsmanship at Saturday’s Section II large-school swimming finals at Niskayuna.
After winning both the 200 free and 500 free, the 17-year-old shook hands with each of the other seven finalists as they stood on the starting blocks to accept their awards.
“I think it’s the courteous thing to do,” Dyer said. “If I wasn’t in first, I’d hope they’d do it for me.”
Dyer set a Section II record in the 200 free preliminaries Friday before breaking it Saturday, clocking a 1:39.94. He later won the 500 free in a pool-record 4:34.70. Dyer is the Section II record holder in the 500 free (4:31.06), setting that mark earlier in the season.
Jones to Siena
Power-hitting outfielder Shannon Jones of Troy High School has made a verbal commitment to play softball for Siena College.
Jones helped the Flying Horses win their third straight Big 10 championship last spring when she batted .527 with six home runs. Jones also drove in 21 runs and scored 32, and was selected the league’s most valuable player before landing a spot on the all-state Class AA first team.
Jones was also tabbed the Big 10’s MVP in volleyball last fall after leading Troy to its first league championship and a spot in the Section II Class A title match. The middle blocker made the all-state third team.
Abraham Lincoln senior guard Lance Stephenson became the state’s all-time leading scorer in boys’ basketball Sunday when he dropped 24 points on Thomas Jefferson in an 81-61 win that gave the Railsplitters their fifth straight Brooklyn borough championship.
Stephenson broke the record with his first basket, a layup off the opening tip, and with his 24 points boosted his career total to 2,808. Former Lincoln star Sebastian Telfair had held the state record with 2,785 points.
Stephenson’s Lincoln team defeated Bishop Maginn in the Class AA state Federation semifinals last season after the Golden Griffins won the NYSPHSAA title. Lincoln went on to win its second straight Federation championship. ...
Jamesville-DeWitt’s state-leading 38-game winning streak in boys’ basketball came to and end with a 67-66 loss to Christian Brothers Academy in the Section III regular season finale for both teams.
Jamesville-DeWitt beat Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons in the state Class A public school tournament regionals last season before winning the title, and went on to claim the Federation championship.
Here and There
-- Anthony Servidone has resigned as Columbia’s varsity football coach after leading the Blue Devils to a 9-18 mark over three seasons. Columbia went 4-5 and reached the Section II playoffs in 2006 and last season. Servidone is in his 21st season as the high school’s wrestling coach, a position he plans to remain in.
-- Kathy Frederick has stepped down as Shenendehowa’s varsity girls’ gymnastics coach. Her Lady Plainsmen were unbeaten in dual meets and captured the school’s last Section II team championship in 1998, and in 2004, she had a Section II all-around champion in Julie McCallion. Frederick joined the Shenendehowa gymnastics program in 1982.
-- The state gymnastics meet is a week from today at Shaker High School, with Heather Markus of Saratoga Springs, Kylee Teague of Shenendehowa and Kara Goodknight of Guilderland representing Section II in the all-around segment, and Allyssa Knaack of Bethlehem competing on the vault, beam and floor. Markus became the eighth gymnast to win multiple all-around titles at the Section II meet, and scored a personal-best 36.775 while leading the Blue Streaks to their eighth straight team title.
-- Shenendehowa distance runner Alex Leuchanka (University at Albany), pole vaulter Michelle Quimby (Kennesaw State) and discus/shot put specialist Evan Palmer (Maryland Baltimore County) will sign official letters of intent Wednesday at the high school.
-- Lorraine Lewis of Holy Names has been invited to compete at this summer’s Italian Cup Volleyball Tournament in Foligno, Italy, as part of the 365 Sports Program. The program offers elite athletes opportunities to train and compete nationally and internationally.
-- The SGS Rowing Association will hold its general membership meeting Monday at 7 p.m. at the Schenectady County Library’s McChesney Room. All Schenectady, Scotia-Glenville and Guilderland middle and high school students who are interested in the spring rowing season are invited to attend, along with their parents. Registration information and the season schedule will be available. Contact Bonnie Barner at 393-0282 for more information.