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Section II playoffs produce eye-popping numbers

Section II playoffs produce eye-popping numbers

Pickett, Ringer hit milestones; teams add titles
Section II playoffs produce eye-popping numbers
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake won its 18th straight Section II girls' volleyball title.
Photographer: Erica Miller

Section II postseason competitions provided many impressive and interesting achievements from both team and individual perspectives. Here is a look at 10 of them.


Goals piled up by Stillwater soccer star Brooke Pickett in her career when she opened the scoring in a 5-0 Class C semifinal win over Lake George. Pickett added another goal in that win, and the UAlbany commit notched three more when the Warriors topped Voorheesville 6-2 and earned their third straight Section II championship.


Goals amassed by Johnstown field hockey standout Taryn Ringer in her career when she opened the scoring in a 3-1 Class C semifinal win over Granville. Ringer added another goal in that game, and the Duke commit knocked in four when the Lady Bills defeated Schuylerville 7-0 for the Section II championship.


Consecutive Section II girls' volleyball championships won by Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake after it topped Queensbury 25-20, 25-14, 25-14  for Class A honors. Burnt Hills has garnered 22 Section II championships in the last 23 years, with only a Class B loss to South Glens Falls in 2001 interrupting the streak. The Spartans have secured 25 area championships since 1991, all under coach Gary Bynon's direction.


Touchdown runs for Shenendehowa senior running back Billy Beach in his team's two Section II Class AA football tournament wins. Beach ran for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries when the Plainsmen beat Guilderland 35-7 for their 13th Section II championship and first since 2014. Beach had four scoring runs as part of a 41-0 semifinal win over CBA.


Seconds remaining in the second half when Bethlehem junior Aidan McCaffrey scored to give the Eagles' soccer team a 1-0 win over top seed, and 2018 champ, CBA in the Section II Class AA semifinals. Jeevan Nigam set up McCaffrey with a left-to-right cross. Later on, Shenendehowa edged Bethlehem 1-0 in the area final when Jaylin Sykes connected in overtime.



Section II individual cross country championships won by Greenwich senior Brynne Wright, who ran to her second Class C title Nov. 4 and had three Class D wins in the past. Wright saved her best for last with a personal-best 17:46.91 (3.05 miles) this season at Saratoga State Park. Mayfield junior Madison Relyea was the only other repeat individual champion at the cross country sectionals with a second-straight Class D victory.


Consecutive Section II individual girls' tennis titles for Loren Cuomo of Mohonasen after the sophomore defeated Katrina Setchenkov of Guilderland 6-2, 6-4. Cuomo trailed 4-2 in the second set before rallying to win her fifth match of the tournament and advance to state competition. Cuomo beat Haejin Lee of Shaker in the 2017 and 2018 sectional finals.


Seconds remaining in the second half when Kyle Burnham scored his third touchdown from the 1 to lift Schuylerville past Holy Trinity 28-22 in the Section II Class B football final. The senior's lost fumble helped Holy Trinity tie the game late before Schuylerville answered with the game-winning drive.


Goals scored by Guilderland junior Sophia Sericolo, including the overtime game-winner, when Guilderland topped Shenendehowa 2-1 for its first Section II Class A field hockey championship. Guilderland defeated Niskayuna 1-0 and Bethlehem 2-1 in overtime to reach its first title game in program history. The Class A championship was decided by one goal for the 12th year in a row.


Section II football championships secured by Stillwater after the Warriors defeated Cambridge/Salem 21-0 in the Class C final. Mason Seymour ran for two touchdowns in Stillwater's second Super Bowl appearance. The program's first trip to the title game in 2017 ended in a 34-12 loss to then-first-time champ Holy Trinity.

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

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