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Numbers of note: Schenectady, Northville, Albany Academy athletes star

Numbers of note: Schenectady, Northville, Albany Academy athletes star

Top performances from past week
Numbers of note: Schenectady, Northville, Albany Academy athletes star
Ella Kurto of Saratoga Sprigs was among the winners at the Burnt Hills Cross Country Invitational.
Photographer: Erica Miller/Gazette Photographer

Here are 10 numbers of note from the past week in Section II high school sports.


Points accumulated by Albany's Anna Flanders when she won the 11-dive title at the Niskayuna Diving Invitational. The Hackett Middle School eight-grader moved up to No. 3 on the state leaderboard and added to her successful season which includes a win at the Saratoga Diving Invite and a third at the Shenendehowa Invitational.


Career goals for Northville soccer star Brytney Moore after she scored three of them in a 7-0 Western Athletic Conference win over Mekeel Christian Academy. The 2018 all-state Class D second-team selection scored her 99th and 100th goals in the first half and added one more in the second half for her fourth hat trick this season.


Points totaled by the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys' cross country team when it held off Guilderland (85) for the Division III team crown at the Burnt Hills Cross Country Invitational at Saratoga Spa State Park. Ryan Allison and David Metacarpa placed fourth and seventh for the Spartans, who earned their third big-meet win this fall with a new lineup of lead runners.


Goals scored by Holland Patent in its first 13 field hockey games before Johnstown shut down the defending Section III Class B champion in a 1-0 non-league win. Abby VanValkenburgh made four saves for Johnstown, and Kanako Sasaki scored the lone goal in the second half. Johnstown improved to 14-0 with the victory, and Holland Patent dropped to 12-1-1.


Number of competitors in the inaugural Section II Girls' Golf Sectional and NYS Qualifier at Fairways of Halfmoon, including the Albany Academy tandem of Kennedy Swedick and Nicole Criscone, who placed first and second. Swedick carded a 4-over 76 and Criscone carded an 80. Nine girls advanced to the state tournament in June.


Section II Class A girls' tennis championships won by Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake since the 2006 season after the Spartans beat Queensbury 7-0. Burnt Hills has appeared in every title match since 2006, winning in 2006-09, 2011-12 and from 2014 through this year. The Spartans effort against Queensbury included set-down comeback wins by Rebecca Dudley and Emma Nuzzi in the singles.


Goals scored by Saratoga Central Catholic senior soccer player Dante Marin in consecutive wins against Hoosic Valley (5-2), Hoosick Falls (8-0) and Bishop Maginn (4-1). Marin also had a four-goal game earlier in the season to go along with a hat trick, and leads the Saints with 27 goals.


Major races won by the Saratoga Springs girls' cross country team this season, and first-place efforts by Blue Streaks sophomore Ella Kurto, after their Division III triumph at the Burnt Hills Cross Country Invitational at Saratoga Spa State Park. Saratoga scored just 25 points, and had seven of the top 13 runners in the 3.05-mile race. Shenendehowa twins Jade and Jada Dennis placed second and fourth between Saratoga's Sheridan Wheeler.


Finishing position for Schenectady senior Shazim Permaul in the Varsity Boys’ D race and Greenwich senior Brynne Wright in the Varsity Girls’ E race at the Manhattan College Cross Country Invite in the Bronx. The Greenwich girls and Columbia boys (Varsity F) won team titles, and the Shaker girls placed second (Varsity A) with Leonni Griffin, Tory Mariano and Kaleigh Higgins running third, fourth and fifth. Liyat Kebbede of Niskayuna placed 12th in the featured Girls’ Eastern States race.


Golf strokes separating Saratoga Springs (325) and Albany Academy (326) when the Blue Streaks won their third straight Section II Class A boys' championship at Fairways of Halfmoon. AJ Cavotta of Saratoga Springs and Aidan Fitzgerald of Albany Academy shared medalist honors with a 4-over 76.  Ichabod Crane defended its Class B team title, and Hoosick Falls won the Class C/D team title.

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

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