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High school notes: Shen's Yurchak named All-American

High school notes: Shen's Yurchak named All-American

Shortstop Justin Yurchak of state Class AA runner-up Shenendehowa has been selected to the American

Shortstop Justin Yurchak of state Class AA runner-up Shenendehowa has been selected to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings High School All-America third team.

Yurchak put up superb numbers as a senior, including two strikeouts in 104 plate appearances and a .654 on-base percentage. He batted .526 (40-for-76) with 10 doubles, three home runs and 26 RBI, scored 34 runs and was 8-for-8 in stolen bases.

His home run was part of a 5-0 state semifinal win over Ketcham.

Yurchak was the lone New York player named to the three All-American teams. The Wake-Forest-bound standout was tabbed a Suburban Council first-team all-star after helping the Plainsmen (24-2) win league, section and regional titles.

Columbia shortstop Kevin Smith earned a spot on the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove team after Yurchak made it last year. The Maryland-bound Smith was selected the Suburban Council Player of the Year.

Willows in Classic

Queensbury attackman Ben Willows will play for the Syracuse Region team at next week’s Brine National Lacrosse Classic at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Willows’ Syracuse team will be among 20 in the 2015-16 graduate division. The classic will be held Monday through Thursday.

Willows was selected a Foothills Council first-team all-star for the second time, and earned Queensbury’s offensive MVP award following his junior season. He led the Spartans to the Foothills championship and a runner-up finish in the Section II Class B tournament.

His top scoring game this spring came in a 15-1 sectional win over Troy with seven goals and five assists.

Willows made the all-star team last summer at the Orange Crush College Recruiting Showcase and Philly Boys Showcase Camp.

Known for his hard shot, the 6-foot, 210-pound Willows has made a verbal commitment to Division II Merrimack College in Massachusetts.

Class D football

Holes in the 2014 Section II Class D football schedule created with the merger between Cambridge and Salem have been filled by non-league opponents.

Cambridge/Salem will follow the original Cambridge schedule. The Indians and the Generals were set to open the season against each other, and the merged team will now start against Class C Cairo-Durham, which had a bye.

All of the other teams filling gaps are from Section IX except for Pawling, which is from Section I.

The complete Section II schedule can be found at www.section2football.com.

Revised Class D Schedule

Sept. 6 — Cairo-Durham at Cambridge, 1 p.m.; Sept. 13 — Pine Plains vs. Whitehall at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, 1 p.m.; Sept. 20 — Hoosic Valley vs. Pawling at site, time TBA; Sept. 27 — Rensselaer at Sullivan West, time TBA; Oct. 4 — Tri-Valley at Warrensburg, 1 p.m.; Oct. 11 — Fort Edward at Liberty, time TBA; Oct. 17 or 18 — Red Hook at Canajoharie, date, time TBA.

State title count

Section II won 12 New York State Public High School Athletic Association team championships during the 2013-14 academic year, and three schools accounted for seven of them.

Queensbury topped the group with a trio of state titles in football, girls’ cross country and girls’ Nordic skiing. Shenendehowa gained a pair in field hockey and boys’ Alpine skiing, and Hoosic Valley netted two in boys’ basketball and baseball.

Each of those schools also had a state runner-up, while Greenwich had two second-place teams.

Section II

2013-14 State Champions


Football — Queensbury (Class A). Field hockey — Shenendehowa (Class A). Girls’ cross country — Queensbury (Class B).


Boys’ basketball — Green Tech (Class AA), Scotia-Glenville (Class A), Hoosic Valley (Class C). Boys’ skiing — Saratoga (Alpine). Girls’ skiing — Shenendehowa (Alpine), Queensbury (Nordic).


Baseball — Schalmont (Class B), Hoosic Valley (Class C). Softball — Fort Ann (Class D).

2013-14 Second place


Football — Schalmont (Class B). Girls’ volleyball — Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (Class A); Johnstown (Class B). Boys’ cross country — Greenwich (Class D). Girls’ cross country — Saratoga Springs (Class A).


Girls’ basketball — Hoosic Valley (Class C); Fort Edward (Class D). Boys’ bowling — Mohonasen. Girls’ bowling — Colonie. Boys’ skiing — Queensbury (Nordic).


Baseball — Shenendehowa (Class AA). Softball — Greenwich (Class D).

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