Students from the Schoharie and Duanesburg school districts will play varsity football in the fall as part of Section II’s Class D league.
Schoburg’s jump from junior varsity to varsity competition became official Tuesday with approval by the Duanesburg Board of Education.
“Schoharie approved it about a month ago. Tonight, Duanesburg said OK,” Schoburg head coach Ken Meyer said Tuesday night. “We built the Pop Warner up. We did the JV. Here’s the next step. We’ve got our big chance, and we’re going to let the kids run with the ball.”
Privately funded by the Schoburg Football Club, Schoburg will be a member of the Section II Class D South Division, and has varsity games scheduled with Salem, Greenwich, Hoosic Valley, Rensselaer, Canajoharie, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons and Cambridge.
“We’ve got some tough dates. I’ve seen the schedule. We respect all of those teams, but we’re not afraid,” said Meyer. “We think we have something special.”
Meyer’s junior varsity Schoburg team won six games last season, and was awarded two victories by forfeit. Schoburg met varsity teams from Warrensburg and Green Tech at the tail end of the season and lost close decisions.
“We thought we were ready. We wanted to give it a shot, and the boys did not disappoint,” said Meyer. “We lost to Warrensburg in the last minute (12-6), and we went four overtimes with Green Tech. We lost that one, too [18-12], but it was one of the best games I’ve ever been involved with.”
Schoburg will field a modified team to go with its varsity squad.
“We’ve got all of the kids covered,” said Meyer. “Grades seven through 12 will be playing.”
The Schoburg JV had just under 30 players last year.
“I think we’ll have about the same number for our varsity, and even more on our modified team,” said Meyer. “A lot of kids have expressed interest in playing modified.”
The Schenectady High School football team will open its 2013 season at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse against Section III representative Fayetteville-Manlius as part of the Kickoff Classic.
The 1:30 contest on Saturday, Sept. 7, will be among four non-league matchups that day in the Dome.
“We threw our name in the hat a couple of times. They called up and invited us,” said Schenectady coach Jim Kramer, who played his high school football at Section III’s Oneida. “We’ve done some good things over the last couple of years, and we earned it. Now, it’s our job to perform well. It’s a great showcase to show what we can do.”
The Patriots put together a four-game winning streak that propelled them into the Section II Class AA semifinals last season. They finished 6-3 after a 28-21 loss to Shaker. Fayetteville-Manlius went 7-2 last season after bowing in the Section III semifinals against Baldwinsville, 38-36.
“This is pretty exciting for our program. The kids are excited to play,” said Kramer. “When I told them we were going, their jaws dropped.”
Section II teams will be meeting those from Section III throughout the 2013 season. Colonie will play East Syracuse-Minoa in Week 2, Shaker will play Nottingham in Week 3, LaSalle will play Indian River in Week 4, Albany will take on Fowler in Week 5, Albany Academy will go against Jamesville-DeWitt in Week 6, and Hudson will battle Oswego in Week 7.
Scotia-Glenville is dropping from Class A to Class B based on enrollment, according to the recently released 2013 Section II football league allignment and schedule.
Scotia-Glenville will join the Class B West Division which includes 2012 state runner-up Glens Falls, Schalmont and Johnstown. The Tartans placed second in the Class A Southeast Division last fall, and made their first postseason appearance since 2006.
Johnstown will return to the field after forfeiting the remainder of its 2012 season after an 0-3 start due to low player numbers.
Catholic Central is rejoining Class C (North Division) and is playoff eligible after competing in Class D the past two seasons. Catholic Central is a Class C-size school. Hoosic Valley, another Class C-size school, remains in Class D.
Cairo-Durham is slated to compete in the Class C South Division after canceling its 2012 and 2011 seasons due to a low number of players.
Marini leads section
Guilderland junior Hailey Marini placed 11th on the vault (9.20) and 15th on the floor (9.025) for Section II’s top individual efforts at the state gymnastics championships last weekend at Smithtown East.
Rema Bianco (33.40), Saratoga Springs schoolmate Morgan Winnie (33.25) and Marini (33.225) took 23rd, 24th and 25th, respectively, in the all-around.
Section II placed seventh among the 11 teams with 166.90 points, and fifth in the floor scoring (44.40) led by Marini, Tori Shaffer of Saratoga (16th, 9.00) and Winnie (tie 17th, 8.95).
Section III (Syracuse area) claimed the team title and had the all-around winner in Meghan Pflieger of Holland Patent. Pflieger took first on the vault, bars and floor.
Gazette foul shooting
The Daily Gazette Foul Shooting Contest is Saturday at Schenectady High School’s Pat Riley Sports Center.
Registration for the boys will start at 9:30 in the morning and competition will follow at 10. Registration for the girls will begin at 11 and foul shooting will kick in at 11:30. Two boys and two girls from any Section II varsity or junior varsity team are eligible for the best-of-25 event.
Contact Steve Boynton (boyntons@Schenectady.k12.ny.us) for more information.
Here and there
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Division I Sacred Heart. . . .
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