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Saratoga, Schalmont, Mayfield athletes shine

Saratoga, Schalmont, Mayfield athletes shine

Postseason numbers that stand out
Saratoga, Schalmont, Mayfield athletes shine
Saratoga Springs senior Dolly Cairns surpassed the career 2,000-point mark in the Section II tournament.
Photographer: Peter Barber

A weeks-long run of Section II tournaments and title competitions came to a close Saturday with several boys' and girls' basketball finals. Here are 10 numbers of note that came from those area events.


Career points for Saratoga Springs basketball star Dolly Cairns, who scored 20, 35 and 11 when the Blue Streaks beat Guilderland and Shaker and lost to Shenendehowa in the Section II Class AA tournament. The Rhode Island-bound Cairns climbed to No. 8 on the all-time Section II scoring list.


Seconds it took for Shenendehowa 113-pound junior Stevo Poulin to win his third straight Section II Division I wrestling crown. Poulin pinned Nathan Fischer of Averill Park in 18 seconds, pinned Kyle Griskowitz of Saratoga Springs in 12 seconds and pinned Gabe Goss of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in 20 seconds as a lead-in to the state meet, where he earned his third consecutive championship.


Points piled up by Schalmont senior basketball standout Shane O'Dell — a school record — in a 78-56 Section II Class B first-round win against Coxsackie-Athens. O'Dell had a 40-point effort earlier in the season in a win against Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, and netted 43 as a sophomore in a sectional quarterfinal win over Hudson.


Points produced by Guilderland junior basketball star Valencia Fontenelle-Posson — a school record — in a 54-46 Section II Class AA first-round win over Columbia. Fontenelle-Posson had scored 38 points against Columbia in the regular season and also had games with 34 and 33.


Consecutive Section II girls' gymnastics team championships for Saratoga Springs, after the Blue Streaks defended their title with a season-high score of 173.650. Junior Sophia Damiano became the fourth different Saratoga gymnast in as many years to earn the all-around title, placing first ahead of teammates Ava Dallas and Carly Ruschack. Saratoga won its 13th straight Suburban Council title as a prelude to the Section II championship.


Feet cleared by Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk senior Shane Racey when he set the Section II indoor pole vault record at the Division III championship meet. Donald Jones of Albany Academy went 15-11 last season. Racey's record lasted only until the state meet qualifier when he cleared 16-6, and he went 16-2 in winning the state title.


Points scored by the Mayfield girls while defending their Section II Nordic skiing championship. Panthers junior Madison Relyea won the individual title for the second year in a row, and Mayfield also got scoring from third-place Fianna Halloran and fifth-place Tatjana Bjelica. Lucas Jenkin won the boys' race and led Queensbury to the team title.


Consecutive Section II Class A girls' basketball championships won by Averill Park after the Warriors beat Queensbury 52-39 in a rematch from 2019. Averill Park has won 10 Section II titles in 11 years, and 12 in 15 years. The Cambridge girls won their third straight Section II Class C title, the Shenendehowa girls won their second straight Class AA title and the Mechanicville girls won their second straight Class B title. The Lake George boys captured their fourth straight Section II Class C title.


Consecutive Section II Division 1 boys' swimming and diving team championships won by Shenendehowa, and first-place efforts by Plainsmen senior Alexander Fabris at the meet. Fabris won the 50 free and 100 free, and helped Shenendehowa notch victories in the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay. Bethlehem senior Joey Chiarella won the 200 free and 100 fly, Bethlehem sophomore Max Kaback won the 100 back and 200 IM, and the duo both helped the Eagles take the 400 free relay.


Goals scored by senior Justin Chenaille, one in each period, when Bethlehem beat Saratoga Springs 3-2 for its third straight Section II Division 1 ice hockey championship. Bethlehem beat La Salle 7-0 for its first Section II title in 2018, and topped Shenendehowa 4-2 for its second in 2019. Chenaille is this season's Section II Player of the Year.

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

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