Shenendehowa shortstop Justin Yurchak has been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association Rawlings High School Region 1 All-American Team.
Yurchak led the Plainsmen to Suburban Council North Division and Section II Class AA championships with his hitting and fielding. The junior and three-year starter did not commit an error, and for his flawless play, earned ABCA Gold Glove accolades to go with his All-American nod.
The Suburban Council Player of the Year batted .540 (35-for-66) with 12 doubles and three home runs, knocked in 35 runs and scored 33 times. His .645 on-base percentage included 23 walks, and he struck out only four times.
Yurchak recently made a verbal commitment to Wake Forest of the Atlantic Coach Conference.
First-year Shenendehowa coach Greg Christodulu was selected the ABCA Region 1 Coach of the Year. His Plainsmen (20-4) captured the high school’s first Section II title since 1996 with a 3-2 win over Shaker.
COMING AND GOING
Matt Steinfort is taking over for Matt Sgambati as Schuylerville’s varsity boys’ basketball coach.
Steinfort is a physical education instructor at Schuylerville and has led its golf and boys’ tennis teams for the past six years. Both of those teams won Section II titles during the 2012-13 school year.
Sgambati coached Mechanicville for a season before his 12 with the Black Horses.
His Mechanicville edition and three of his Schuylerville teams secured Section II championships. Sgambati, who resigned to spend more time with his family, led his teams to a combined 227-71 record.
Curtis Nobles has stepped down as Troy’s varsity baseball coach after a six-year run and is moving to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to become its pitching coach and head assistant. Nobles guided the Flying Horses to 16 wins and a spot the Section II Class A semifinals this past spring.
NO ALL-STAR GAME
The Upstate/Downstate Football Classic scheduled for July 13 at Onondaga Community College has been called off due to insufficient financial sponsorship, the New York State Football Coaches Association has announced.
The all-star game had changed its format from the three previously held, and was to feature players entering their senior year rather than those who had completed it.