Several Section II athletes and teams turned in noteworthy performances over the past week as the spring season hit its stretch run. Here are a number of them.
Milestone goal total achieved by Hoosick Falls senior lacrosse captain Lillian Hickey when she fired in five in a 21-2 Section II Class D quarterfinal win over Cohoes. Hickey scored her 200th goal off an assist from Meghan Backes, and helped the Panthers beat the Tigers for the third time this spring.
Varsity home runs belted by Ballston Spa sophomore shortstop Ana Gold after she connected for two in a 19-0 non-league softball win over South Jefferson. The Scotties' leadoff batter has six homers this season, and hit 12 of them as a freshman and six of them as an eighth-grader. Gold homered in her first-ever varsity at-bat.
Years in a row that the Niskayuna boys' lacrosse team has won its Section II tournament opener after the top-seeded Silver Warriors brushed aside No. 8 Colonie 23-1 in a Class A quarterfinal game. Niskayuna's last opening-game defeat in the tournament came against Colonie in 1998, when the No. 8-seeded Garnet Raiders upset the No. 1 Silver Warriors 7-4. Niskayuna won Section II championships in each of the next three seasons.
Strikeouts recorded by Schoharie junior Shane Helmstadt when he pitched a no-hitter in a 9-0 Western Athletic Conference win over Berne-Knox-Westerlo. The Stony Brook commit struck out the side in each of the last four innings to boost his season strikeout total to 107 in 51 innings. He's walked just three and hit two batters. In Schoharie's follow-up game, Helmstadt belted a three-run homer as part of the Indians' 16-5 win over BKW.
Wins without a loss for the Bethlehem boys' tennis team, which clinched an undefeated season with a 5-4 victory over Saratoga Springs in the Section II Class AA final. Bethlehem beat Albany 9-0 and Shenendehowa 7-2 before securing its second consecutive Section II title and unbeaten regular season. Govind Chari, Lleyton Emery and Michael Bievenue won singles matches in the sectional final, and Graham Hardiman and Tao Xie, and Justus Demarest and Jack Burman, won doubles matches. Meanwhile, Ichabod Crane defeated Schalmont 5-2 for the Class B title, and Lake George beat Hadley-Luzerne 5-2 for the Class C/D championship.
Seconds it took for Colonie senior Josiah Kemp to win the 110-meter high hurdles at the William F. Eddy Jr. Memorial Track and Field Meet at Schenectady. Kemp moved to the top of the state leaderboard with his performance, and took first after a runner-up effort in the event as a junior. He also helped Colonie prevail in the 400 relay.
Points registered by Voorheesville senior Ian Owens against Cambridge this lacrosse season after he collected three goals and three assists in a 10-9 overtime win in the Section II Class D quarterfinal round. The football and lacrosse standout scored the game-winner in overtime as the Blackbirds completed a season sweep of the Indians. Previously, Owens also had six goals and an assist in an 11-6 win over Cambridge, and three goals and an assist in an 8-6 win.
Runs batted in by senior shortstop Madison Teta in Lansingburgh's 18-6 Colonial Council softball win over Schalmont. Teta went 4 for 4 with a grand slam, a three-run home run and two doubles. Angelise Montanez also went 4 for 4 for the Knights with a solo homer and five runs scored.
Number of times Saratoga Springs distance star Kelsey Chmiel has won the 3,000-meter run at the William F. Eddy Jr. Memorial Track and Field Meet after she prevailed in 9:37.71. The North Carolina State-bound Chmiel set a national sophomore record (9:18.09) when she won the race in 2017.
Hits and runs batted in by Guilderland senior third baseman Mason Steward when the Dutchmen clipped Troy 6-5 in a Suburban Council baseball game. Steward went 3 for 3 and ended the Dutchmen's home game with a walk-off two-run single after Troy had taken a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh.