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Numbers of note: Burnt Hills, Niskayuna, Shenendehowa athletes star

Numbers of note: Burnt Hills, Niskayuna, Shenendehowa athletes star

Highlighting top performances from the last week in high school athletics
Numbers of note: Burnt Hills, Niskayuna, Shenendehowa athletes star
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's Carlie Rzeszotarski, right, and Claire Isaksen excelled against Shenendehowa.
Photographer: Peter Barber

Here are 10 numbers to know from the past week in Section II sports.


Career points scored by former Schenectady High School basketball star Willie Deane, who was inducted into the Schenectady City School District Athletic Hall of Fame. Deane played four varsity seasons and, as a senior in 1998, led Schenectady to the state Class A championship and a 28-1 record. His 1,500 points are No. 3 on the all-time scoring list for Schenectady City School District players.


Winning score for Hudson Falls sophomore Ben Swartz at the Foothills Council Golf Tournament. Playing on his home course at Kingsbury National Golf Club, Swartz's 1-over-par 72 included four birdies and 10 pars. His previous course low was a 74. Amsterdam won the team title with a 338, followed by Hudson Falls (342) and Broadalbin-Perth (343).


Assists collected by sophomore setter Aidan Calhoun when the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys' volleyball team won the Victor Invitational Boys' Volleyball Tournament. Calhoun was named to the all-tournament team after the Spartans went 5-1 in pool play, beat Victor 2-1 in the semifinals and Brockport 2-0 in the title match. Senior Jake Baker had 46 kills and was selected the tournament's most valuable player, and junior Camden Knight had 27 digs.


Points scored by the Shenendehowa cross country team in winning the boys' Division I championship at the Queensbury Invitational. Shenendehowa beat out 21 teams for the top spot, and had all five of its runners in the top 17. The Plainsmen were led by senior Bryan Spence in fourth and senior Nolan Hickey in eighth.


Kills for sophomore outside hitter Carlie Rzeszotarski when Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake defeated Shenendehowa 25-17, 23-25, 25-14, 25-12 in a Suburban Council match that brought together defending Section II girls' volleyball champions. Junior setter Claire Isaksen had 39 assists for Burnt Hills, and senior libero Sofia Pawlusik had 14 digs.


Section II boys' soccer teams earning spots in the first set of state rankings put out by the New York State Sportswriters Association, led by Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville at No. 3 in Class D. Lake George is No. 4, Voorheesville is No. 10 and Stillwater is No. 13 in Class C; Ichabod Crane is No. 5 in Class B; South Glens Falls is No. 6 and Queensbury is No. 13 in Class A; and CBA is No. 6 in Class AA.


Goals scored by Schalmont junior girls' soccer player Ashley Cirilla when the Sabres beat Lansingburgh 14-0 in a Colonial Council game. Cirilla also assisted twice. Seniors Sofia Cassano and Alison Waldron both notched two goals for Schalmont.


Individual varsity cross country champions from Section II at the Queensbury Invitational, including the Ballston Spa senior tandem of Ben Guerin (15:43.51) and Faith DeMars (18:03.27) in the Division I 3.1-mile races. Division II varsity race honors went to Duanesburg senior Andrew Drescher (16:22.44) and Greenville junior Tess Fitzmaurice (18:50.18).


Number of times Niskayuna junior swimmer Brenna McLaughlin reached the victory podium at the Schenectady/Colonie Invitational after she won the 50-yard freestyle and helped the Silver Warriors cop both the 200 free relay and 400 free relay. Niskayuna sophomore Isabel Nelson won the 100 free and was part of the triumphant 400 free relay. Niskayuna placed first in the team standings ahead of Queensbury.


Goals scored by Mechanicville soccer player Andrew Kraszewski when the Red Raiders edged neighboring rival Stillwater 2-1 in overtime in the ninth annual Indian Cup soccer game. Tyler Tesoriero and Zac Rapaccioulo set up Kraszewski's goals, which helped Mechanicville win its Wasaren League opener while retaining the Indian Cup. Kraszewski, a sophomore, also scored an overtime goal when Mechanicville nipped Schenectady 3-2 prior to the Indian Cup.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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