In a lot of ways, Alex Sausville has had a perfect senior year at Scotia-Glenville High School.
As a starting guard, he helped the Tartans’ basketball team win a pair of state championships and compile a 27-0 record. On Wednesday afternoon in a Section II team semifinal tennis match, Scotia-Glenville’s No. 2 singles player posted a straight-sets victory to run his mark to 15-0.
“When I joined the team, it was, ‘Let’s see if I can stay over .500,’ ” Sausville said.
Sausville not only went unbeaten as a solo competitor this spring, but never lost a set. His strength is consistancy moreso than power.
“He keeps the ball in play. That’s what he does,” said Mark Sausville, Alex’s dad. “He uses his athleticism to get to balls. He’s got the footwork, and that comes from basketball.”
“Keep it in play, make kids make mistakes,” said Alex. “That’s my game, although every once in a while I’ll rip it. I had a couple today.”
The younger Sausville had never played high school tennis before this season. His background in the sport consisted mostly of hitting balls with his father.
“I wasn’t going to play. I never had a lesson or anything like that, but at the end of the year, I figured my high school career is going to be over. Why not have some fun?” said Sausville, who will compete in doubles at the upcoming Section II individual tournament. “It’s been a great time.”
“He’s met a lot of new kids,” said Mark Sausville. “He’s enjoyed the camaraderie of tennis.”
Sausville beat Matt Ricciardelli of Queensbury, 6-1, 6-3, as part of Scotia-Glenville’s 5-2 Section II Class A quarterfinal win. Sausville topped Joaquin Rossen of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 6-1, 6-0, in a 5-2 loss Wednesday.
The lefty, who has committed to St. John Fisher College, helped Scotia-Glenville go unbeaten in the Foothills Council with a 10-0 singles mark. Sausville’s ledger also includes a 2-2 doubles mark.
“The coach [at St. John Fisher] wants me to play tennis,” Sausville said. “I’ll have to see.”
Sausville will be adding more Section II flavor to the St. John Fisher basketball roster, which includes Empire 8 first-teamer Chaz Lott (CBA), Tyler Hunt (Columbia) and Garrett Sisson (Mohonasen). Jake Hicks of Shenendehowa will be joining Sausville as a team newcomer.
Sausville averaged 16.2 points to go along with six rebounds, three assists and three steals per game during Scotia-Glenville’s historic basketball season. He sank 59 three-point baskets, including eight to tie the all-class, one-game tournament record when the Tartans beat East High for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A title.
Emily Burns has several running records in the Guilderland book, and wants to break one at today’s William F. Eddy Jr. Memorial Track and Field Meet at Schenectady High School.
The junior star believes she’ll get the needed push to do so in the 1,500, which has Section II athletes seeded one through seven.
“I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of competition in the race,” said Burns. “It’s the premier distance race there.”
Swimmer-turned-runner Julia Flower of Schalmont and fast-rising Janelle Rothacker of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake are the 1,500 top seeds ahead of Burns, who is followed by Courtney Breiner of Emma Willard, Danielle Jordan of Shenendehowa, Megan Kellogg of Queensbury and Natalie Muller of Bethlehem.
Flower popped a 4:37.24 at Middleburgh’s Marsh-Galotta Invitational earlier this month, and in late April went 4:38.3 at the Kingston Tiger Relays. Rothacker ran a 4:38.71 at last week’s Queensbury Invitational despite a strong headwind on the backstretch.
“I’m entered in a couple of things,” Rothacker said after her win at Queensbury. “I’ve got to see who some of the other girls are and how the legs feel.”
Burns hopes Rothacker’s agenda includes the 1,500.
“That would be good for me,” said Burns, who went 4:46.04 behind Rothacker’s winning 4:44.19 at the Hudson Falls Invitational.
Burns’ school 1,500 record is 4:46.03, set in 2012 at Queensbury.
“It will be my first 1,500 [at the Eddy Meet],” said Burns. “I haven’t been focusing on the event too much, but I ran a pretty good time two weeks ago. I’m going to try to PR at Schenectady.”
Burns, who is one of the area’s best in the steeplechase, won the Eddy 3,000 as an eighth-grader and took third at that distance last year.
Keelin Hollowood of Saratoga Springs won the 1,500 last year as part of her brilliant senior season.
Section II’s roster for today includes 2013 girls’ champions Nikari Carota of Queensbury (100 hurdles), Abby Marco of Guilderland (400 hurdles), Leah Triller of Holy Names (800) and Kaylee Scott of Holy Names (3,000).
“I’m hoping to win again,” said Carota, who prevailed in both hurdle events at Thursday’s Foothills Council championship meet. “The trophies are so huge.”
Izaiah Brown will again lead defending boys’ team champ Amsterdam after winning 200 and 400 titles last year. Brown clocked a 47.72 in the 400, coming up short in his bid for the Eddy meet record (47.22) set by Roger Hunter of Thomas Jefferson in 1983. Brown would go on to win the state 400 crown with a Section II-record 47.20.
Smith to Cortland
Guilderland football and lacrosse standout Jake Smith has opted to catch the ball rather than distribute it at Cortland State.
Smith had a superb senior football season, earning Class AA Empire Division and Daily Gazette first-team honors as a wide receiver, and that’s where he will set up with the Red Dragons.
“He’s put in a tremendous amount of work since his junior season. He realized how good he could be at this,” said Guilderland football coach Dan Penna. “He’s put in time in the weightroom, and he’s always looking for an opportunity to run routes.”
An all-state third-team selection, Smith broke his own school records with 799 receiving yards, 149 yards in a single game against Shenendehowa, and 42 receptions.
He caught his third touchdown pass for the deciding points when Guilderland beat Shenendehowa, 29-22, and also had three scoring grabs in a 31-18 loss to Saratoga Springs. Smith finished with 11 touchdown receptions.
“Great competitor,” said Penna.
Smith has 28 goals and team-leading 33 assists for the Guilderland lacrosse team. Twice he’s collected five assists in a game.
Guilderland lineman Julian Christiano is also headed to Cortland. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder was among a strong senior class that helped the Dutchmen post their most wins (six) since the 2007 season.
“He’s got experience snapping the ball and playing guard and tackle,” Penna said of the Empire Division first-team all-star. “Where ever they put him, he’ll be ready to go.”
Guilderland’s record-setting quarterback, Frank Gallo, will attend Utica College where former Schenectady coach Jim Kramer is the offensive coordinator. Gallo is expected to sit out, though, due to lingering back issues.