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Patriots’ Santorio chooses Tennessee

Patriots’ Santorio chooses Tennessee

Gabrielle Santorio’s soccer career has been one part goal producer, another part defensive stopper.

Gabrielle Santorio’s soccer career has been one part goal producer, another part defensive stopper.

“I’m more of a defensive player,” Santorio said Wednesday after signing on with the University of Tennessee. “I like to play defense. I’m not all about getting credit. I’m about the team, but really, I can play anywhere. I’ll play wherever they want me to.”

It’s fair to say the Volunteers of the Southeastern Conference are getting an extremely versatile player in the Schenectady High School senior.

In four seasons with the Patriots and two at Clark High School in San Antonio, she amassed 124 goals and 81 assists. Fifty of those goals came during her freshman year, when she played locally in the fall and then in Clark’s winter season after her father’s work took the Santorios to Texas.

Club and more elite teams have often called on Santorio to make defensive plays, while also taking advantage of her offensive skills.

“She has good speed. She has good speed with the ball. She has a good shot,” said local soccer icon Cesare Maniccia, who has worked with Santorio at the club level, in Olympic Development programs and as an assistant coach at Schen­ectady. “She’s been very committed and has a lot of good attributes. She will do well at Tennessee, and possibilities exist after that.”

“Soccer is something I really enjoy. It makes me happy,” said the soft-spoken Santorio, who wore a Tennessee sweatshirt for her signing ceremony. “If it can take me far, if there are opportunities out there, that’s what I’ll do.”

Santorio selected Tennessee over the University of Texas, and will play on athletic scholarship for first-year coach Brian Pensky. The Volunteers are coming off a 15-7 season in which they advanced to the NCAA Division I tournament for the second time in four years, and ninth time in all.

“Being there, it was a great atmos­phere. All the people were so nice,” said the 18-year-old, who made her official visit to the Knoxville campus in October. “The whole environment brought me to Tennessee.”

“She worked many, many hard years for this,” said Schenectady coach Eric Obman of the three-time Big 10 Most Valuable Player, who was listed among ESPN’s top prospects for 2012. “She deserves all of this.”

Santorio made all-state teams twice at Schenectady and twice in Texas, but stood out long before that, first in the Capital District Youth Soccer League. She’s been a member of Quickstrike FC in Newburgh since the age of 12.

“When she was 14 years old, the 18-year-olds needed a player, and called her up. She scored a goal, and it was a rocket. Twenty two yards out,” said Gabrielle’s dad, Giulio Santorio. “Their coach [Jesse Kolmel] spotted her and said, ‘I’ve got to get her on my team,’ and she joined them. She’s always played up, with older girls.”

Santorio has piled up over 250 goals and over 250 assists in her club career. Due to eligibility rules, she was unable to add to her high school totals last fall after playing the maximum six varsity seasons. As a 10th-grader, she played only at Clark, before concluding her scholastic career as a junior at Schenectady.

Santorio played tennis in the fall, and is competing this winter for Schenectady’s basketball team.

BH-BL star to Stetson

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake linebacker Dylan Wydronkowski will break new ground as Section II’s first football player to compete at Stetson University.

Stetson, in DeLand, Fla., will start up its football program after a 57-year hiatus in the fall of 2013 after a 2012 work-up season. Stetson fielded teams from 1894-1956, and will be a member of the NCAA Division I Pioneer Football League upon its return.

Wydronkowski made 125, 124 and 101 tackles the last three seasons and helped the Spartans win the Section II Class A championship each time. Wydronkowski made 15 tackles for a loss, forced five fumbles and recovered two during his senior season when BH-BL advanced to the state title game, after which he was selected The Daily Gazette All-Area co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Stillwater lineman Matt Campion will continue his football career at the University at Albany, and Col­onie record-setting track stars Kyle Plante and Giancarlo Sainato are headed to the Big East, to South Florida and Georgetown, respectively.

Soccer standout Abby Maiello, a two-time all-state first teamer and Mechanicville’s record holder with 145 career goals, is going to St. Bonaventure. Nicole Shively of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake is going to NCAA Division II national soccer champion Saint Rose. Olympic soccer development program members Justine Tiger of Shaker and Quinn Massaroni of Holy Names have signed with Coastal Carolina and Bryant.

Niskayuna has another Division I-bound member of its Section II champion girls’ lacrosse team in junior attacker Kelly Schlansker, who has verally committed to Michigan.

Family affair

Hoosick Falls senior guard Alex Lilac turned in the best offensive performance of his varsity career Tuesday in the gymnasium named after his grandfather, longtime Stillwater coach Mike Lilac.

The young Lilac — who is coached by Mike Lilac’s son, also Mike — piled up 34 points that included a Hoosick Falls record-

tying nine three-point baskets. With his 9-for-13 effort, Alex Lilac tied the nine threes Devin Taft netted for the Panthers in 2004 against Tamarac.

The eldest of the three Lilac’s led Stillwater to 450 wins and the state 1988 Class C championship in a

34-season run that ended in 2000.

Dobbs top SC player

Guilderland guard Cameron Dobbs was selected the Suburban Council Player of the Week for basketball games Jan. 23-27 after netting 22 points in a 60-38 victory over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

The senior triggered a key 22-12 third-quarter run with 14 points, and reached 20 for the ninth time this season. Dobbs scored a career-high 35 early in the season in a win over Glens Falls.

Big numbers

Thomas Disbrow fired a perfect game as part of Schenectady’s Big 10 bowling sweep of Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons Wednesday. Pat Devoe of Bethlehem recently joined the 300 club in a match with Niskayuna, while Jordan Nichols of Saratoga Springs and Phil Baker of Ballston Spa both rolled a 299 in other Suburban Council matches.


title to tartans

Cassie Broadhead matched her season best with 30 points, and Scotia-Glenville clinched no less than a share of its third straight Foothills Council title by beating Glens Falls, 54-30.

The Tartans (9-0, 13-2) allowed 11 points through the first three quarters en route to their 30th league win in a row. Meresa Mason led the Indians (3-6, 5-9) with nine points.

Second-place Johnstown (6-3, 9-6) got 12 points from Lindsay Achzet and 11 from Stacy Loucks, in a 53-41 win at Queensbury. Jamie McLaughlin had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans (4-5, 4-9).

Kaitlin Wood fired in a season-high 27 points and took down 14 rebounds to lift Broadalbin-Perth (2-8, 8-8) over South Glens Falls, 52-46. Sydney Coon nailed six threes and finished with 20 points for the Bulldogs (4-6, 7-6).

Hannah Friend scored 16 points for Holy Names (12-1, 14-1) in a 60-33 Colonial Council win over Mechanicville (4-9, 5-10).

Sam Randio delivered 23 points before sitting the fourth quarter for Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (9-4, 10-5) in the Indians’ 47-33 triumph over Ichabod Crane (7-6, 7-8).

Sam Tomeck scored 20 points, Maddy Kenyon had 12, and Duanesburg (7-2, 11-3) dominated the middle quarters in a 56-30 Western Athletic Conference win over Sharon Springs (0-9, 1-12).

Abby Spagnola’s 12 points were best as Galway (7-5, 9-7) dealt Northville (5-7, 8-8) a 30-19 WAC setback.




Celeste 1-1-3, Mason 3-0-9, Sullivan 1-0-2, Girard 1-1-3, Haraughty 2-1-6, Vanderhyden 2-0-4, Mack 0-1-1, Agnew 0-2-2. Totals: 10-6-30.


Compton 3-0-6, Ferrari 1-0-2, Janson 1-0-2, Broadhead 14-1-30, DiJohn 3-2-8, McDonald 1-0-2, Casey 1-0-2, Conley 1-0-2. Totals: 25-3-54.

Glens Falls  4  6  1 19 — 30

SG 17 14 19  4 — 54

Three-point goals: Mason 3, Haraughty, Broadhead.



Achzet 5-2-12, Barnholt 1-0-3, Cirillo 3-3-9, Heroth 1-0-2, Hlozansky 2-2-6, Loucks 3-5-11, Swatt 3-0-9. Totals: 18-12-53.


Tecl 5-0-11, Nelson 0-2-2, McLaughlin 4-1-11, Jenkins 1-2-4, Davis 1-3-5, Carota 4-0-8. Totals: 15-8-41.

Johnstown 10 15 11 17 — 53

Queensbury  9 11  9 12 — 41

Three-point goals: Barnholt, Swatt 3, Tecl, McLaughlin 2.




O’Brien 1-0-3, Coon 7-0-20, Fish 2-0-6, Higgins 1-2-4, Barber 1-0-2, Smith 3-3-9, Celeste 1-0-2, Miller 1-0-2. Totals: 16-5-46.


Ottati 1-5-7, Orapello 2-0-4, Magliocca 2-2-6, Wood 9-6-27. Totals: 18-13-52.

SGF 11  6 11 17 — 46

BP 14 13 13 10 — 52

Three-point goals: O’Brien, Coon 6, Fish 2, Wood 3.




Bazar 3-0-6, Baker 1-0-2, Maiello 0-3-3, Corbett 1-0-2, Pingelski 2-0-4, Bolesky 2-1-5, Ford 3-0-6, Hanson 2-1-5. Totals: 14-5-33.


Murray 3-2-8, Spicer 4-2-10, Jordan 2-0-4, Kit Small 2-0-4, Kil. Small 3-1-7, Friend 6-4-16, Smith 1-0-3, Franchini 3-0-6. Totals: 24-10-60.

Mechanicville  9  8  4 12 — 33

Holy Names 20 15 20  5 — 60

Three-point goals: Smith.




Razanousky 4-1-10, Williams 2-1-5, James 6-0-12, Hall 3-0-6. Totals: 15-2-33.


Randio 10-1-23, Hotaling 3-0-6, Stott 2-0-4, Vosburgh 3-0-7, Rebeor 1-0-2, Bernacki 1-0-3, Forte 1-0-2. Totals: 21-1-47.

IC 12  4  4 13 — 33

RCS 13 14 16  4 — 47

Three-point goals: Razanousky, Randio 2, Vosburgh, Bernacki.




Gallup 1-1-3, Gamache 2-0-4, Goodwin 1-0-2, Hennel 3-1-8, Iveson 1-0-2, Kenyon 5-2-12, Nicolela 0-1-1, Rice 2-0-4, Tomeck 8-1-20. Totals: 23-6-56.


Benoit 1-0-2, Devenport 3-0-7, Handy 3-0-8, Judd 2-2-8, Plank 2-0-5. Totals: 11-2-30.

Duanesburg 16 16 16  8 — 56

Sharon Springs 10  3  2 15 — 30

Three-point goals: Hennel, Tomeck 3, Devenport, Handy 2, Judd 2.



Van Nostrand 1-2-4, Ryan 0-4-4, L. Wadsworth 1-0-2, Bills 3-2-9. Totals: 5-8-19.


Gould 1-0-2, Matthews 3-0-6, Spagnola 5-1-12, McDonald 3-0-6, Chase 1-1-4. Totals: 13-2-30.

Northville 6 2  4 7 — 19

Galway 8 9 12 1 — 30

Three-point goals: Bills, Spagnola, Chase.


tardiff ends it

Brad Tardiff scored an unassisted goal 2:40 into overtime as Shenendehowa edged Christian Brothers Academy, 2-1, in a Capital District High School Hockey League game Thursday matching teams battling for playoff seeding.

Kevin Miles tallied early in the third period for Shenendehowa (9-2, 10-8) before Chris O’Keefe answered for the Brothers (9-6, 9-9-1).

CBA 0 0 1 0 — 1

Shenendehowa 0 0 1 1 — 2

First period — None.

Second period — None.

Third period — 1, S, Miles (Kuhl), :30. 2, C, O’Keefe (G. Stockman), 10:50.

Overtime — 3, S, Tardiff, 2:40.

Goalkepers — CBA, K. Stockman, 31 saves. Shenendehowa, Walter, 25 saves.

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