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High school notes: Niskayuna's Treanor invited to U.S. senior lacrosse tryouts

High school notes: Niskayuna's Treanor invited to U.S. senior lacrosse tryouts

Two-time lacrosse All-Amer­ican Kayla Treanor of Niskayuna has been invited to try out for the U.S.

Two-time lacrosse All-Amer­ican Kayla Treanor of Niskayuna has been invited to try out for the U.S. Women’s Senior National Team May 26-27 at Stony Brook University.

Treanor helped the national under-19 team place first at the Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Championship last summer.

“They invited all of the under-19 girls, but only a few of them are going,” said Mark Treanor, Kayla’s father. “These are the best players in the country, great players. She’s

going to go out and give it a try. The experience will be great for her.”

As one of the youngest players, Treanor will be a long shot to make the team that will utimately compete in the 2013 FIL World Cup in Canada. Under-19 standout Courtney Fortunato of Northport, a good friend of Treanor’s, is also expected to attend the tryout.

“This is the next step, but it’s

going to be tough to go in there and make an impact,” said Treanor. “Even if I try out and don’t do so well, it will be a good for me to go up against the best players, and I’ll also get to see my friend.”

“The exposure and experience will do her a world of good,” said Niskayuna coach Peter Melito. “It can only help her. She’ll come out of it saying, ‘This is what I need to do,’ and she’ll work on it. She had tremendous drive.”

Treanor scored 14 goals at the under-19 world event last summer when the United States team posted an 8-0 record.

She scored the game-winning goal when Niskayuna beat Guilderland in last season’s Section II Class A championship game, and this season the Syracuse University-bound midfielder reached 200 goals for her high school career.

Pats make playoffs

With a late-inning comeback, Schenectady overhauled Catholic Central Thursday for a 6-5 Big 10 win, and qualified for the Section II Class AA baseball tournament it missed out on last season.

The Patriots finished 4-11 in the league in 2011 and failed to make the sectionals for the first time since 2004. With Thursday’s win, their fourth straight, the Pats improved to 8-5 in the Big 10 (8-7 overall).

“That was our first goal. Our seniors were determined this year to make it to the sectionals. Our second goal is to make it past the first round,” said Schenectady coach John Isabella. “Beating Cath­olic Central was big for us. They’re a good team.”

The Crusaders put up five runs in the home fourth inning to take a 5-3 lead before the Patriots scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh on Mike Randazzo’s double.

“We showed some guts,” said Isabella. “We weren’t giving up.”

Cody Shafer went 3-for-3 with three RBI, and reliever Javar Tillman pitched shutout ball over the final three innings to keep Catholic Central at bay.

Schenectady finishes its league schedule at home today against Catholic Central, at Troy Wednesday and at home Friday against the Flying Horses.

“We’ve got three games this week, and hopefully, we can win a little more, get a better seeding for the sectionals and add to our momentum,” said Isabella.

Improving eagles

Duanesburg’s young baseball team surpassed its season win total in consecutive Western Athletic Conference games when it beat Northville (13-11 nine innings) Thursday, Sharon Springs (18-1) Friday and Mayfield (2-0) Saturday.

The Eagles do not have a senior on their roster after starting eight of them last year.

“We have two starting juniors and the rest are sophomores and freshmen,” said veteran Duanesburg coach Chris Wyanski. “It shows, but it’s getting better. We’re building.”

Duanesburg was 2-7 in the WAC and 2-12 overall before its string of successful games. Just before the three wins, the Eagles lost to Berne-Knox-Westerlo (1-0) and to Saratoga Catholic (5-3).

Sophomore Gabe Gentile picked up his first varsity win against Mayfield with seventh-inning help from junior Sean McGarry. Sophomore Logan Largeteau had the key hit, a two-out, two-run single in the second inning.

Strikeout kings

Tim Burek struck out 18 batters during a complete-game four-hitter as Rensselaer beat Germantown, 4-0, Thursday and clinched the Central Hudson Valley League championship.

Burek and teammate Will Brooking combined for 20 strikeouts earlier this year in a 10-1 win over New Lebanon, with Burek fanning four and surrendering a hit before leaving with abdominal tenderness. Brooking struck out 16 and hurled hitless ball over the final 52⁄3 innings.

On Friday, Kevin Connolly of Voorheeville struck out 21 Fonda-Fultonville batters in a 2-1, nine-inning loss, and John Sica of Bishop Maginn fanned 19 Amsterdam batters in a 6-3 setback. Connolly and Sica both allowed four hits.

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