Throughout his coaching career with the Schenectady Christian School and Mohonasen girls’ basketball teams, Paul Brosious never went half speed.
“People would say, ‘Why don’t you cut back a little?’ and my answer was always, ‘I can’t do that, not at a smaller school.’ And besides, that’s not me,” said Brosious. “I think I would have been doing a disservice to the kids.”
Brosious was thinking about his own kids, his 10-year-old daughter and two younger sons, when he decided to step down as Mohonasen’s coach after four seasons. The 42-year-old guided Schenectady Christian teams for eight seasons before that.
“My kids are getting older, and they’re all involved in sports. I want to be involved with them and their teams. I want to be coaching them,” said Brosious. “The amount of work you have to put into it [coaching] to compete, it’s too much.
“I still love it as much as I always have, and there are a lot of things I’m going to miss, but my time has come up, at least for the time being.”
Brosious’ scouting, film study, game planning and in-game dec-isions, combined with the effort of his players, resulted in great achievements by the Lady Falcons and Mighty Warriors. Both schools captured Section II championships under Brosious and combined for a 181-85 record.
“You need both a coach who does everything he can to get a team ready, and you’ve got to have players,” said Brosious, who works as a psychologist in the Cobleskill-Richmondville school district. “I had kids who bought into the ‘We have to fight harder than the other team to compete’ thing at both schools. I had a lot of kids with something special inside. The kids wanted it and fought for it.”
Brosious’ first season at Mohonasen in 2008-09 was the program’s best ever, when the Mighty Warriors claimed their first Suburban Council division title and copped their second Section II championship with a Class A win over Averill Park. The Mighty Warriors went 22-3 that season led by Nicole Adach, Michelle Aviza and Lea McClain, and beat Mexico for the school’s first regional win before a state semifinal setback against Albertus Magnus.
Brosious was selected the Basketball Coaches Association of New York Class A Coach of the Year afterward.
“The year before they lost a lot of games, but they were close. I knew what was there. The main thing was making them believe,” said Brosious. “We won our first game in overtime against Columbia, and the kids kept getting it done. We won so many close games. It was a magical, magical year.”
Mohonasen went 54-31 overall in Brosious’ four campaigns, putting together 11-8, 12-9 and 9-11 marks over the last three. The Mighty Warriors finished second in Section II in 2010-11. Last season’s team — which included only three seniors as well as six eighth, ninth and 10th-graders — made it to the sectional semifinals.
“I coached like this next game is everything, and so many kids bought into that,” Brosious said. “Even last season. We weren’t supposed to win a game and almost got to the sectional final. This past season was as special as any for me because of what those girls did.”
What Brosious did over his 12 seasons was play to his strengths, rather than stay with a scripted plan.
“Though some things stayed the same, every year we ran a different style,” he said. “We emphasized different things depending on what kind of team we had.”
One constant of Brosious-coached teams was aggressive defense. Last season’s team gave up over 50 points just four times against mostly Class AA compet-ition.
“We developed a reputation at Schenectady Christian and Mohonasen for being fierce and physical. Teams didn’t want to play against our defense,” said Brosious. “We didn’t always have a lot of scoring, but we knew we’d keep it close.”
Brosious led Schenectady Christian (now Mekeel Christian Academy) to a 127-54 record with three Western Athletic Conference Southern Division titles and a pair of WAC Cup championships. His 2006 team anchored by Katie Kaidas and Sarah Child won the school’s first Section II crown (Class C), and his 2002, 2007 and 2008 editions each placed second in the sectionals.
Brosious’ final SCS team in 2008 won 22 straight games, and his first team at Mohonasen strung together 17 consecutive victories.
Quay named all-star
Jake Quay of Shaker was named to the all-star team at the Peak 200 Lacrosse Camp at Springfield College, and scored a goal in the all-star game Wednesday to complete his strong three-day showing.
Playing for Team Hartford in the Rising Sophomores/Juniors division, Quay scored 16 goals in six games leading up to the all-star final.
“It was one of my better exper-iences over the summer,” said Quay, a midfielder and faceoff standout who’ll be entering his junior year in September. “The biggest thing is I made it to the all-star game, and we ended up winning it.”
Quay previously competed for Team Syracuse at the Brine All-American National Lacrosse Classic in Maryland. He scored five goals in four games.
“I cracked a rib on the first day, in our first game against Long Island. I scored a goal and a kid checked me,” Quay said. “I ended up playing three more games, and we went 3-1 and made the playoffs. I didn’t play after that, but I think I did pretty well when I was out there.”
Both events serve as major recruiting vehicles for college coaches.
Quay earned Suburban Council second team all-star recognition this past season as a faceoff specialist.
Lexie Ball competed for Team Syracuse in the girls’ Middle School division at the Brine All-American National Lacrosse Classic. Ball started in goal as an eighth-grader for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake varsity, and was one of 160 girls selected for the Brine showcase.
Recent Niskayuna graduate Kayla Treanor scored a goal and won three draw controls in the North’s 25-13 loss to the South at the
Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic at Towson University.
Treanor, a Syracuse-bound midfielder, was among 44 seniors nationwide selected for the prestigious all-star game at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Treanor scored her goal late in the first half to get the North within 14-8 before the South countered with six unanswered goals. Taylor Cummings scored three of those goals, and the McDonough High School (Maryland) grad was later tabbed the game’s outstanding player. Cummings finished with five goals, three assists and 11 draw control wins.
Treanor was named a United States Lacrosse All-American for the third time this year after totaling 57 goals and 38 assists. She had 213 goals and 110 assists in her four varsity seasons.
More Under Armour
Six local lacrosse players took part in the Under Armour Underclassmen Games, with their Upstate New York teams combining for a 3-5 record.
The Upstate boys (2-2) posted a 12-9 win over Long Island and a
13-11 victory over South, and dropped one-goal games against Philadelphia and New England. The team included the Niskayuna trio of Luke Goldstock, Lucas Maloney and Dom Sloma, and Peter Reilly of Christian Brothers Academy.
The Upstate girls (1-3) beat South, 14-8, with a lineup that included Nicole Beardsley of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Jenna Walsh of Guilderland.
The Underclassmen Games coincided with the All-America Lacrosse Classic.
Lacrosse standouts Tanner MacIvor of Niskayuna and the Guilderland tandem of Daniel Santandrea and Stephen Polsinelli have been invited to play in the Champion All-American Showcase July 25-27 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida.
The four-team event is part of the ESPNHS Games and features top seniors from all parts of the country.
MacIvor, a midfielder who received United States Lacrosse All-American recognition, and Santandrea, a defenseman, will play for Team Pride. Polsinelli, a midfielder, will compete for Team Freedom.
What they’re doing
A strong sophomore year at Norwich University helped Scotia-Glenville graduate Joya Clark land a spot on the under-20 national women’s rugby team.
Norwich went 25-2 in the spring and secured its first USA Rugby Division II national championship with an 82-12 win over Winona State at Stanford University. A center/wing, Clark had two tries in the victory.
Clark’s under-20 team beat a pair of under-23 teams, the South Collegiate All-Stars (53-17) and West Collegiate All-Stars (56-0), at the National All-Star Championships last month in Colorado. Clark scored in the first game and made a try-saving tackle to preserve the second-game shutout.
Clark ran track at Scotia-Glenville while competing in rugby for Capital District Select and NRU under-19 sides.
Norwich head coach Austin Hall coaches backfield players on the national under-20 team.
here and there
John DeRubertis has stepped down as the head coach of the Guilderland/Mohonasen hockey team, and Scotia-Glenville grad-uate Ed Koivula is taking the position. Guilderland/Mohonasen’s signature win last season came against North Rockland, 3-2, with all three goals coming in the final five minutes. . . .
Eric Wilson has been approved by the Fonda-Fultonville Board of Education as the school’s new athletic director. Wilson will continue to teach science and coach the Braves’ golf and boys’ basketball teams. He replaces Alex Mancini, who served as the school’s athletic director for 19 years. . . .
Dr. Joanne Van Woert and Stillwater teacher and coach Aileen Durrant were recently inducted into the New York State High School Softball Hall of Fame at the Mudville Softball Complex in Herkimer. Van Woert was a standout pitcher for Bethlehem in the late 1970s before attending Yale. Durrant served as the state softball coordinator and was a longtime umpire.