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High school roundup: Schmitz wins Section II singles title

High school roundup: Schmitz wins Section II singles title

Emma Willard celebrated its own version of Senior Day Tuesday at the Section II Individual Tennis Ch

Emma Willard celebrated its own version of Senior Day Tuesday at the Section II Individual Tennis Championships at Sportime in Schenectady.

Claire Schmitz, a native of Scotia, defeated Shannon Mukerji of Shaker, 6-4, 4-1 (ret.), in a rematch of last year’s singles championship match, and the No. 1 Emma Will­ard doubles team of Samantha Blond and Kailin Baechle won its first title, topping Fallon Etkin and Nadia Suguitan of Shenendehowa, 6-1, 6-2.

Schmitz, who dropped a 6-3, 7-5 decision to Mukerji in last year’s championship, is part of one of the area’s strongest tennis families. Her grandfather, Robert, is a member of the Eastern Tennis Association Hall of Fame, while her father, Tom, was a former Scotia standout who later became a UAlbany Hall of Famer.

Ann Phillips of Niskayuna earned her first trip to the states by defeating Mia DiCaprio of Albany Academy, 6-1, 6-0, in the third-place singles match.

The champions and the runners-up in both singles and doubles, as well as the consolation match winners, will advance to the New York state championships, which will be held at Tri-City Fitness in Latham Nov. 1-3.

Schmitz will be making her fifth straight trip to the state tournament. She finished third in the sectionals in 2009 (as an eighth-grader at Scotia-Glenville); lost to Cat Crummey of Shaker, 6-3, 6-3, in the championship match in 2010 (her first season at Emma Willard); finished third in 2011; and lost to Mukerji in the championship match last year.

SECTION II INDIVIDUAL TOURNAMENT

Singles

Championship

Claire Schmitz (Emma Willard) def. Shannon Mukerji (Shaker), 6-4, 4-1 (ret).

Consolation round

Annie Phillips (Niskayuna) def. Mia DiCaprio (Albany Academy), 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles

Championship

Samantha Blond-Kailin Baechle (Emma Willard) def. Fallon Etkin-Nadia Suguitan (Shenendehowa), 6-1, 6-2.

Consolation match

Aria Shi-Elizabeth Buckley (Bethlehem) def. Anna Steciuk-Aubrey Hodnett (Ballston Spa), 5-7, 6-2, 6-1.

Cross country

Duanesburg boys win

Pat Murphy won the individual title, covering three miles in 15:34.45, to lead the Duanesburg boys to the team title in the Western Athletic Conference Championships at Fort Plain.

Katie Gregory of Duanesburg was the girls’ individual champion (19:49.99), but Berne-Knox-Westerlo won the team title, sparked by Allie Tedeschi’s second (19:52.29) and a third-place finish by Annie Laura Shafer (20:30.63).

WESTERN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

CHAMPIONSHIPS

At Fort Plain (three miles)

BOYS

Team scoring

Duanesburg 33, Fort Plain/Canajoharie 69, Berne-Knox-Westerlo 82, Mayfield 96, Saratoga Central Catholic 100, Galway 138, Mekeel Christian Academy 166.

Pat Murphy (D) 15:34.45, Jordan Ahrens (FP/C) 15:47.34, Xavier McKinley (D) 16:25.98, Will Griffin (Schoharie) 17:00.62, Ruben McFarlane (FP/C), 17:28.66, Josh Gallup (May) 17:31.66, Jon Payack (FP/C), 17:34.91, Parker Johnson (SCC) 17:35.86, Devon Van Vleck (D) 17:37.82, Noah Valvo (Schoharie) 17:39.47, Lukus Becker (BKW) 17:40.61, Brendan Van Vleck (D) 17:59,15, Boone Lynch (D) 18:15,38, Kyle Anderson (BKW) 18:18,97, Connor Akowicz (May) 18:19.75.

GIRLS

Team scoring

Berne-Knox-Westerlo 34, Fort Plain/Canajoharie 53, Saratoga Central Catholic 56, Galway 86.

Katie Gregory (D) 19:49.99, Allie Ted­eschi (BKW) 19:52.29, Annie Laura Shafer (BKW) 20:30.63, Ella Gurney (SCC) 20:32,62, Cheyenne Munson (FP/C) 21:01.38, Kristen Maher (SCC) 21:28,94, Linsey Carlsen (G) 21:31,43, Gabby Bridgewater (FP/C) 21:37.51, Ariel Rouke (BKW) 21:40.65,

Amelia Bielefeld (SCC) 21:47,37, Bri Hazzard (FP/C) 21:53,42, Brittany Cancilla (BKW) 21:57,58, Olivia Munson (D) 22:05.28, Kristen Haley (BKW) 22:27,29, Shannon Quay (BKW) 22:27.97.

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