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Numbers of note: Burnt Hills, Stillwater among state stat producers

Numbers of note: Burnt Hills, Stillwater among state stat producers

New York competitions delivered memorable performances
Numbers of note: Burnt Hills, Stillwater among state stat producers
The Stillwater girls' soccer team beat Unatego 1-0 to defend its state championship.
Photographer: Erica Miller

During the last few weeks, Section II individuals and teams produced a number of memorable efforts in state-level competition. Here are 10 numbers to outline some of the best performances.


Career goals scored by Stillwater senior soccer star Brooke Pickett — No. 2 all-time in Section II — after she produced two in a 3-2 Class C state semifinal win over Marion. Pickett notched the game-winner with 1:30 left to push her season goal total to a school-record 58. The University at Albany commit piled up 52 goals as a junior and 49 as a sophomore.


Assists compiled by Shenendehowa senior setter Rohan Gangaraju when the Plainsmen beat Suffern in three sets and Cicero-North Syracuse in five sets to win their third Division 1 regional title. Gangaraju totaled 44 assists in the regional final that saw Shenendehowa rally for the victory (25-19, 13-25, 22-25, 25-22, 16-14).


Consecutive games without a loss for the Stillwater girls' soccer team after it beat Unatego (coached by Middleburgh graduate Sue Herodes) 1-0 to secure its second straight Class C state championship. Senior Paige Brinsko scored on a first-half free kick, and Stillwater finished the 21-0-2 after going 22-0-1 in 2018. Last season's mark was highlighted by a 5-0 state title-game win over Little Falls. Stillwater's last loss came in the 2017 state final against Allegany-Limestone 3-2.


Number of times the Saratoga Springs girls have prevailed at the New York State Federation Cross Country Championships after the Blue Streaks scored 36 points at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls. North Rockland was a distant second with 157 points. Saratoga sophomore Ella Kurto placed third in the race and McKinley Wheeler, Sheridan Wheeler, McKenzie Hart and Anya Belisle also scored for the Blue Streaks.


Kills recorded by Class A tournament most valuable player Carlie Rzeszotarski of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake when the Spartans beat West Irondequoit 25-17, 26-24, 25-22 to earn their seventh state volleyball championship. Rzeszotarski, a sophomore who served as a team manager on the Spartans' 2015 state title team, added 13 defensive digs and three aces in Burnt Hills' fifth three-set sweep of the postseason.


Tackles recorded by Schuylerville junior Jack Koval — a game high — in the Black Horses' 38-14 loss to Chenango Forks in the Class B state championship football game at the Carrier Dome. The defensive lineman had 13 solo tackles and a pair of assists in Schuylerville's second title-game appearance. Schuylerville junior Caleb Max added 14 tackles (10-4) and senior Tyler Bowen had 12 tackles (9-3).


Class B New York State Public High School Athletic Association cross country championships secured by the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys after the Spartans scored 44 points to prevail at SUNY Plattsburgh. Sophomore Ryan Allison took third in the race and Will Marchant, Kevin Board, Matt Rounds and Dante Ubriaco also scored as the Spartans won for the fourth year in a row.


Touchdowns scored by Shenendehowa senior running back Billy Beach when the Plainsmen beat Pine Bush 41-7 in a Class AA state quarterfinal football game. Beach ran for four touchdowns and caught a scoring pass from Brody Vincenzi — all in the first half — as part of Shenendehowa's first state tournament win since 2014. Beach ran 21 times for 188 yards.


Seconds left in the first 7-on-7 overtime when Johnstown sophomore field hockey player Kalena Eaton scored to give the Lady Bills a 3-2 Class C state semifinal win over Carle Place. Junior Taryn Ringer scored Johnstown's first two goals to increase her school single-season record to 44, topping the 43 she had in 2018. Johnstown lost to Bronxville 1-0 in the title game and finished 20-1.


Bethlehem's placement in the 200-yard freestyle relay at the girls' state swimming and diving championships. Seniors Anna Bernasconi and Sydney Sorbello and juniors Maggie Hartman and Megan Novak broke their Section II record (1:37.08 at the 2018 state meet) with a 1:36.80 in the preliminaries and lowered it with a 1:36.14 in the final.

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

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