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Nisky's D'Amario earns second All-America honor

Nisky's D'Amario earns second All-America honor

Niskayuna senior Mike D’Amario has been named a US Lacrosse All-American for the second time, making

Niskayuna senior Mike D’Amario has been named a US Lacrosse All-American for the second time, making the Virginia-bound attackman the sixth Silver Warrior to attain that honor.

D’Amario scored 82 goals, one shy of the Niskayuna record, and added 38 assists for the state Class A semifinalists. As a junior, he piled up 72 goals and 44 assists.

Niskayuna’s previous two-time All-America selections were Luke Goldstock (attack, 2012-13), Dan McKinney (midfield, 2008-09), Noah Fossner (goalkeeper, 2005-06), Mark Bryan (midfield, 2004-05) and Dan Newman (defense, 1996-97).

Niskayuna junior midfielder Aidan O’Brien, Shenendehowa senior attackman Kyle Marr, Ballston Spa senior defensive midfielder Kyle Abdellatif and Schenectady junior goalkeeper James Schnepf also earned US Lacrosse All-America nods.

O’Brien led Niskayuna with 48 assists to go with 32 goals. Marr led Section II with 56 assists and scored 46 times. Marr tied the Shenendehowa record with eight assists against Ballston Spa in the Class A semifinals.

Musk records

When Greg Musk earned a victory in relief against Clinton and went the distance in a triumph over Rye Neck Saturday, the Schalmont senior boosted his win total to 10.

That was one of four school single-season pitching records Musk set as the catalyst for the state Class B champion Sabres (26-1).

The senior lefty also set pitching records with five shutouts, 107 strikeouts and a 0.39 earned run average. He tied a Schalmont record with 15 doubles.

Musk worked 71.2 innings, earned two saves to go with his perfect record and allowed seven runs, four of them earned, including two in a masterful close to his scholastic career. He worked the final three innings and gave up a run in Schalmont’s 14-6 state semifinal win over Clinton before shutting down Rye Neck in a 3-1 title-clinching victory.

Musk set a Schalmont career record with seven shutouts, two of them no-hitters, against Cohoes this season and Chatham last year in the sectional semifinals.

A center fielder and leadoff batter, Musk hit .370 with 38 runs and 16 RBI. He was 18-for-18 in stolen bases.

Musk, the Colonial Council co-MVP and a state player of the year candidate, will continue his athletic career at Hudson Valley Community College.

By the numbers

With their sweeps on Saturday, Schalmont (Class B) and Hoosic Valley (Class C) gave Section II two state baseball champions in the same season for only the third time, following Greenwich and Fort Ann in 1993, and Ichabod Crane and Greenwich in 1992.

Hoosic Valley also became the third Section II school to capture state baseball and boys’ basketball titles in the same school year. Watervliet did so in 1991 and Rensselaer accomplished the feat in 1990.

Hoosic Valley beat Seton Catholic, 2-0, and Pierson, 7-2, Saturday.

Schalmont and Hoosic Valley became the 13th and 14th schools to win state baseball crowns. See the Daily Gazette’s high school blog for the complete list of schools.

Scholar/athlete teams

The Colonie boys’ track and field team placed third in the spring portion of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Scholar/Athlete Team Award Program.

Three Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake teams placed in the state’s top 10, and Colonie and Shaker both had two. Teams are honored by having their members combine for a classroom average of 90 or above during their respective season.

The Colonie track and field team averaged 98.04 to finish behind Jerico (98.06) and Sachem East (98.21). The Colonie boys’ tennis team placed 10th (96.65), edging out Guilderland (96.64).

Both of the Burnt Hills lacrosse teams finished seventh, with the state semifinalist girls’ group averaging 96.45 and the boys averaging 94.71. The BH-BL girls’ track and field team placed ninth (98.35), one spot behind Shaker (98.41).

The Shaker boys’ track and field team placed ninth (97.50).

Remembering Pidgeon

The Schenectady football family lost one of its own May 30 with the passing of former Mont Pleasant quarterback Frank Pidgeon.

Pidgeon was over center in 1962 for one of the great upsets in the Mont Pleasant-Linton rivalry, when the Red Raiders prevailed on Election Day, 14-13. Pidgeon not only threw an eight-yard, game-tying touchdown pass to Joe Massaroni with 27 seconds left, he then followed with the deciding extra point.

That Linton team, which included Pat Riley and Mike Meola, finished 7-1. Mont Pleasant went 4-4 that year, and earned a share of the Class A League title by beating the Blue Devils.

Pidgeon taught English at Guilderland for 35 years and served in administrative roles at Schalmont, Mohonasen and Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk.

Cheers for cheerleaders

Colonie High School’s multi-championship cheerleading squad, coached by Ann Little, was recognized for its achievements by the South Colonie Board of Education at its June meeting.

The Garnet Raiders placed first in the Large All-Girl Division and earned Grand Champion status at the UAlbany Showdown, Suburban Council Cheerleading Competition, Scotia-Glenville Invitational, Midnight Madness Cheer and Dance Competition and Devil’s Nation Invitational. The team also took first in the Large All-Girl Division at the Jamfest MegaJam Competition in Syracuse.

Team members are Dionna Cohn-Campbell, Stephanie Hitchcock, Amy Pinkham, Casey Close, Katie Hutton, Jackie Rinaldi, Stephanie Cook, Imani Jonas, Cassie Setford, Alexis DePaulo, Sara Kieru, Alyssa Shea, Adriana D’Orazio, Leah Kruzinski, Alexandra Summa, Alexis Faragon, Dominique Kuentzel, Marissa Summa, Kayli Farrell, Elizabeth Lambert, Haylielyn Szemplinski, Lexy Farrell, Jillian Lambert, Jada Thompson, Anastasia Gepfert, Alexxa Lewis, Missy Vadney, Caroline Halburian, Clare Louis, Amber Waldron, Anna Hellkamp and Michaela Mullen.

The board of education also paid tribute to the high school’s varsity girls’ bowling team and to members of its Unified Sports program.

What they’re doing

Along with several year-ending accolades, Guilderland High School and University at Albany graduate Cody Futia was among five male finalists for the 2014 Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award.

One Love Foundation introduced the award in 2010 in honor of former University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Reynolds Love. Award candidates are Division I lacrosse players who excel on the field and in the classroom, yet also display outstanding character, dedication, leadership and community involvement. Dylan Levings of Yale was the overall winner.

Futia started all 18 games for the Great Danes, and the defenseman caused 16 turnovers and scooped up 28 ground balls. He was named to the American East All-Conference second team for the third consecutive season.

A business administration major, Futia’s earned America East All-Academic laurels with his 3.74 GPA, and was a SUNY Chancelor’s Award winner.

Futia was a key member of Guilderland’s Section II Class A title-winning team in 2009.

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