Niskayuna, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Greenwich will take on Section I field hockey teams in regional finals today on the turf at Schuylerville High School.
Niskayuna and Suffern will play in the middle of the three-game card at 2 in Class A tilt. Greenwich and Bronxville meet at noon in a Class C contest, and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake goes against Lakeland at 4 in a Class B game.
Niskayuna (16-2) advanced with a 1-0 overtime win against Shenendehowa, Anna Torri scoring the lone goal in overtime. Suffern (14-1-3) ended Mamaroneck’s Section I title run at four years with a 2-1 double-overtime win, and also forged a 2-1 double-overtime victory against Kingston in the regional semifinals Saturday.
Sarah Adler scored on a penalty stroke to beat Setion IX powerhouse Kingston, while Sydney Rondina notched the game-winning goal against Mamaroneck.
Burnt Hills (12-7) got goals from Amy LeBel, Christina Krowel and Aubrey Kamppila, and played shutout defense in the second half in its 3-1 Section II title-game win over Johnstown. Lakeland (19-1) beat Pine Plains to get out of Section I, 5-0, and roughed up Rondout Valley, 4-0, in the regional semifinals.
Greenwich (18-1) outlasted Hoosick Falls in overtime strokes to advance, 1-0, while Bronxville (17-2-1) beat Pine Plains in its regional semifinal, 2-0.
Greenwich reached the state title game last year. Niskayuna made its last state tournament appearance in 2009, and Burnt Hills in 2007.
The state final fours are Saturday and Sunday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
North wins again
Schenectady quarterback Kwame Jarvis threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Shenendehowa’s Kyle Buss with just over three minutes to go as the North rallied for a 28-21 win over the South in Thursday’s Section II Exceptional Senior football game at Steuerwald Stadium.
The North came back from a 21-0 halftime deficit to win for the sixth straight time.
Liam Kane of Stillwater ran for a touchdown before Jarvis and Buss hooked up, with Buss making a grab at the 20 and sprinting for the end zone.
Christian Brothers Academy quarterback Troy Anthony threw scoring passes to schoolmates Conor Crotty and Cameron Wynn to help the South build its lead.
Schenectady has had an impact player in two of the last three all-star games, with Kirieme Pitts scoring three touchdowns in the South’s 23-14 win 2010.
Dillon’s big play
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake senior Eric Dillon had another big play in him after catching a pair of touchdown passes Friday night in a Class A regional football game against Potsdam.
“On their first possession, we stopped them,” he said. “I blocked it and scored.”
Dillon’s punt block and 23-yard return early in the third quarter helped the Spartans build a 35-0 lead in their 42-0 victory at Massena High School.
“I was setting my guy up. Every time [Potsdam punted], I was going outside, outside,” he said. “I cut inside and didn’t even have to dive. The ball came right up in my chest and I kept going.
“From there, we were on cruise control. The second- and third-string guys were able to get in, and that’s always a great thing when that happens.”
Dillon’s scoring receptions covering 23 and five yards capped a three-touchdown second quarter as BH-BL opened up a 28-0 advantage.
“The coaches were urging us on at the half, saying, ‘Let’s go.’ They wanted us to keep it up,” said Dillon. “What really got us going was when a couple of seniors who haven’t said anything all year said some things. That fired everyone up.”
Schalmont soccer standout Alexandra Cardinal has been named one of two New York winners of the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.
Cardinal and Andrew Hess of Valley Stream were among a group of 20 seniors from New York in the running. They will now compete against winners from other regions across the country for a chance to be named one of 12 national finalists.
There were 45,000 applicants at the start of the award process. Awards are based on athletic, classroom and community achievement.