Senior Josh Quesada of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake has been named to the all-state Class A first-team offense after piling up over 2,000 rushing, receiving and in return yards.
The Daily Gazette Offensive Player of the Year and Section II Class A Player of the Year scored 22 touchdowns, with 11 of those efforts covering 20 yards or more.
“He was a huge part of what we did,” said Spartans coach Matt Shell. “You don’t see a lot of athletes that have such great awareness, great balance and great vision.”
Blessed with superb speed, as well, Quesada rushed for 1,075 yards on 108 carries, and led all Section II backs with 26 receptions for 348 yards. He ran for 16 touchdowns, caught three scoring passes, and returned a kickoff and two punts to the end zone.
“He has that elusiveness that’s tough to coach,” said Shell.
Quesada helped the Spartans reach their eighth straight Section II Super Bowl when he caught a touchdown pass and ended Troy’s final drive with an interception in a 24-19 semifinal win. He also scored the game-winning touchdown on a 20-yard dash when BH-BL outlasted Troy in a four-overtime game early in the season.
Offensive tackle Marc Lambert and defenive nose guard Frank Nassivera of unbeaten state Class A champion Queensbury were also honored with first-team spots by the New York State Sportswriters Association. The Class A second team defense includes tackle Nico Fragale and linebacker David Newell of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and linebacker Ryan Byrnes of Troy.
LaSalle receiver Dylan Thompson made the Class AA second-team offense, while the third team includes Guilderland wide out Jacob Smith, Schenectady all-purpose back Feliz Rodriguez and Shaker defensive tackle Nick Griffin.
OE, Dylan Thompson, LaSalle, 5-10, 167, 12 (second team); OE, Jacob Smith, Guilderland, 6-1, 160, 12 (third); AP, Felix Rodriguez, Schenectady, 5-7, 170, 12 (third); QB, Frank Gallo, Guilderland, 6-1, 170, 12 (fourth); RB, Elliott Croskey, Christian Brothers Academy, 6-2, 205, 12 (fourth); OL, Julian Christiano, Guilderland. 6-4, 275, 12; OL, Alex Plastini, Shenendehowa, 5-9, 220, 12.
DL, Nick Griffin, Shaker, 6-4, 260, 12 (third); LB, Nick Stiansen, Saratoga Springs, 5-11, 2010, 12 (fifth); DB, Don Vivian, Christian Brothers Academy, 6-2, 180, 11.
QB, Jake Eglintine, Saratoga Springs; QB, Will Williams (LaSalle); RB, Connor Kinzelmann, Columbia; RB, Aidan O’Brien, Niskayuna; Line, Justin Richards, Schenectady; DB, Mike Graves, Bethlehem; DB, Micaiah Henningham, Guilderland; AP, Devon Edwards, Colonie; PK, Spencer Ferrigan, Bethlehem.
RB, Josh Quesada, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 5-8, 165, 12 (first); OL, Marc Lambert, Queensbury, 6-1, 290, 12 (first); RB, Brett Rodriguez, Queensbury, 5-11, 165, 10 (third); OL, Kyle Gross, Queensbury, 6-0, 235, 12 (third); OL, Tyler Cranker, Amsterdam, 6-5, 260, 12 (fourth); AP, Rayshawn Johnson, Troy, 5-7, 142, 12 (fourth).
DL, Frank Nassivera, Queensbury, 6-2, 180, 12 (first); DL, Nico Fragale, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 5-10, 240, 12 (second); LB, Ryan Byrnes, Troy, 5-11, 192, 12 (second); LB, David Newell, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 5-9, 190, 12 (second); DB, Kody Bruno, Queensbury, 5-8, 165, 12 (third); DL, Paul Krowel, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 6-3, 185, 12 (fourth); DL, Chris Johnson, Queensbury, 6-2, 190, 12 (fourth).
LB, Taylor Wilson (Quensbury); DB, Erik Wettersten, Queensbury; AP, Marcus Pritchard (Amsterdam).
Pantalone to Siena
Niskayuna faceoff specialist Dylan Pantalone will be following his brother to Siena College.
Pantalone, a sophomore, has given Saints lacrosse coach John Svec a verbal commitment to join his team for the 2017 season.
“He liked the school, and he liked the fact that his parents can see him play. That was super important,” said Niskayuna coach Mike Vorgang. “I know he liked coach Svec. He made a huge impression.”
Pantalone and his brother, Tyler, shared faceoff duties last spring and helped Niskayuna (21-1) capture Section II and regional Class B championships by both winning over 70 percent of their faceoffs.
“Dylan gained valuable experience,” said Vorgang. “Now that Tyler has moved on to Siena, his role will increase.”
Dylan Pantalone scored three goals and assisted on a pair to go with his faceoff work.
“Not only is he very good at faceoffs, he can put the ball in the net,” said Vorgang. “That’s something the college coaches liked about him.”
Pantalone also considered Syracuse, Hofstra and the University of Massachusetts. He was selected an all-star this past summer at the Maverick Showtime Showcase and Orange Crush Showcase.
Siena went 8-9 last year and advanced to its fifth consecutive MAAC championship game. The Saints made NCAA Division I tournament appearances in 2009 and 2011.
All in the family
Senior Gen Schoff of Little Falls scored 15 points in a 52-42 win over Holland Patent Saturday to push her career total to 1,009, and give the Schoff family a seventh member to reach the milestone quadruple figure.
Her father, Ted Schoff, a multi-sport star at St. Johnsville, scored a school-record 1,856 points for the Saints. Her cousins, Caryn (state record 3,548) and Wendi Schoff (2,285), and uncle Richie Schoff (1,046), also hit the spacial number in a St. Johnsville uniform.
Gen’s older sister Ann (1,427) and cousin Phil Schoff Jr. (1,778) hold the Little Falls career scoring records.
Moisidis has big day
Shaker swimmers Nikos Moisidis and Andrew Semmes were among the Section II standouts at the Schenectady Invitational Saturday, and helped the Blue Bison take second in the team race behind Canisius.
Moisidis was second in the 50 free, third in the 100 free, and swam a leg on Shaker’s runner-up 200 medley and 400 free relays. Semmes took second in the 200 free and 500 free.
Brandon Beaudoin of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake was second in the 100 breaststroke, and Matt Walton of Queensbury was second in the 200 individual medley. Raislan Aiken of Glens Falls won the diving.