Friday, August 11, 2017

2017 High School Football Schedule

FOX Sports Radio North Country, 97.9FM/1230AM, will broadcast 10 regular season games this fall, covering nearly all schools within its broadcast radius in 2017.

The schedule kicks off on Labor Day weekend with a pair of games, starting with the Friday Night Lights match between the Hoosick Falls Panthers and the Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne War Eagles and continuing into Saturday afternoon with the renewal of the Spartan Bowl between Burnt Hills and Queensbury.

In Week 2 we head south of the river for an interclass matchup between Ravena and the South Glens Falls Bulldogs.  Then in Week 3 we head for the first of two trips to Schuylerville this season as the Black Horses host the Hudson Falls Tigers in Class B.

Then a trip across the river to Greenwich for Week 4, as we check out John Irion's new team in Granville as the Golden Horde face the Witches in the Whipple City.

A doubleheader is on tap for Week 5, starting under the lights in Corinth as the Tomahawks face the Mechanicville Red Raiders, and wrapping up under the sunlight on Saturday Afternoon as the Fort Edward/Argyle Flying Forts face the Warrensburg Burghers.

A return trip to Schuylerville is on deck in Week 6 as we catch the defending champions for the first time all season.  The Glens Falls Indians, favorites to repeat again in Section 2, get tested by the Schuylerville Black Horses in what should determine the divisional champion.

Finally, rivalries are on the docket in Week 7 with a pair of games in Washington County.  First, under the portable lights in Granville, the Golden Horde face off against the Whitehall Railroaders in a renewal of their longtime rivalry, and then on Saturday, the annual Jug Game takes place in Hudson Falls as the Tigers host the Glens Falls Indians.

Week 8's broadcasts will be determined at a later time, with playoff games in Classes B and C getting priority.  If no local options exist, games that matter towards playoff seeding in Classes A and D will be scheduled for this week.  Weeks 9 and beyond will depend if local teams are still playing for a title, and will be made the week of the broadcast.

All broadcasts will begin 15 minutes before kickoff with a pregame show featuring coach interviews, previews of the game, and a comprehensive look at what's going on across Section 2.  All games will be heard on both frequencies, 97.9FM and 1230AM.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Buffalo Bills returning for 6th season on WMML

FOX Sports Radio 97.9FM/AM 1230, the Glens Falls region's home for the Dan Patrick Show, Rich Eisen and more, will carry the Buffalo Bills once again in 2017.

All 16 regular season games will air on FOX Sports Radio 97.9FM/AM 1230, in addition to the final preseason game on Thursday, August 31st against the Detroit Lions as we ensure proper reception of the game broadcast prior to the regular season.

With new head coach Sean McDermott and returning stars like Lesean McCoy, the 2017 Buffalo Bills hope to end their playoff drought, sitting at 17 years without making the playoffs.  But making the playoffs will be tough as the Bills face strong teams like the New Orleans Saints, Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons in addition to their AFC East opponents in the Jets, Dolphins and Patriots.  

All broadcasts will begin two hours before kickoff with the Buffalo Bills Pregame Show, hosted by Howard Simon (Mike Schoop and Chris 'The Bulldog' Parker for the Thursday night game) as he and other members of the local Buffalo media analyze the upcoming game, and highlight major stories unfolding in the National Football League.  

Play-by-play broadcaster John Murphy takes over 30 minutes prior to kickoff as he interviews head coach Sean McDermott and break down the keys to the game with his analyst partner Mark Kelso.  

After the game, listen for the Buffalo Bills post-game report for a breakdown of the game, scores from across the National Football League, press conferences from the coach and key players, and reactions from Buffalo Bills fans.

Studio broadcasts will emanate from the WGR-550 studios in Buffalo.

Buffalo Bills 2017 Schedule
Preseason games in red will NOT be carried on WMML
8/10     vs. Minnesota Vikings            7:00PM
8/17     at Philadelphia Eagles           7:00PM
8/26     at Baltimore Ravens              7:00PM
8/31     vs. Detroit Lions                   7:00PM

Regular Season
9/10      vs. New York Jets                 1:00PM
9/17      at Carolina Panthers             1:00PM
9/24      vs. Denver Broncos               1:00PM
10/01     at Atlanta Falcons                1:00PM
10/08     at Cincinnati Bengals            1:00PM
10/15     BYE                                                
10/22     vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers    1:00PM
10/29     vs. Oakland Raiders              1:00PM
11/02     at New York Jets (TNF)         8:25PM
11/12     vs. New Orleans Saints          1:00PM
11/19     at Los Angeles Chargers        4:05PM
11/26     at Kansas City Chiefs            1:00PM
12/03     vs. New England Patriots      1:00PM
12/10     vs. Indianapolis Colts           1:00PM
12/17     vs. Miami Dolphins               1:00PM
12/24     at New England Patriots       1:00PM
12/31     at Miami Dolphins                1:00PM
Weeks 5-17 are FLEX weeks, all non Monday/Thursday/Saturday games 
are subject to change from 1PM/4:05PM starts.  Schedule subject to change.


Friday, March 3, 2017

B Championship: Glens Falls 60, Mekeel Christian Academy 55

In a wild back-and-forth battle of unbeatens, the Glens Falls Indians dug in and came away in the 4th quarter to beat the Mekeel Christian Academy Lions 60-55 in the Class B Sectional Championship at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The game featured plenty of scoring early as the two teams combined for 45 points in the first quarter, capped by Carter Stewart's half court three at the buzzer for the Lions.  Stewart scored 18 points in the first half as Mekeel Christian Academy went to the half up by five points.

Joe Girard III started slow for Glens Falls, scoring 14 points in the first half, but started the second off with a bang, scoring the first couple buckets as the Indians quickly seized the lead away from Mekeel Christian Academy in the third quarter.  Tony Green's coast-to-coast play tied the game at 40-40, but Jordan Jackson's three gave the Lions back the lead with less than two minutes in the third quarter. 

The Lions had opportunities late in the game, like when Joe Girard III was called for the offensive charge with over five minutes left in the fourth quarter.  Mekeel would score a three on the ensuing possession to take a 1 point lead, but Joe Girard III answered back with a three to retake the lead.  Girard would dig in late with 12 points to help pad the Indians lead, and seal the Lions fate. 

He would finish with 34 points, earning him tournament MVP honors.

Tony Green assisted with 10 points, 2 of which coming by fluke as he unintentionally tipped in a rebound off a missed Joe Girard III shot in the third quarter.  Dylan Balcom added 8 for the Indians.

Carter Stewart scored 25 points for the Mekeel Christian Lions,  while Deonte Holder added 15.  Both would earn tournament team honors.

 The Glens Falls Indians next travel to Section 10 for their Regional Semifinal.

D Championship: Argyle 64, Fort Ann 60

 A battle between Adirondack League rivals turned into a battle between top scorers Kobe Lufkin and Tyler Mattison in the Class D Championship at the Glens Falls Civic Center.  But it was the weight of Kobe Lufkin's 3 point shooting that led the Argyle Scots to back-to-back championships, winning the Class D title over the Fort Ann Cardinals 64-60. 

The Cardinals flew to a 10-0 advantage in the 1st quarter before Kobe Lufkin and Jonah Horton combined to draw the Scots closer to Fort Ann, before taking a narrow lead in the 2nd quarter.  The duo teamed up for the majority of Argyle's ten 3 pointers in the 1st half. 

During the half, Section 2 acknowledged Kobe Lufkin's passing of Joel Wincowski for all-time scoring leader in the section, to a standing ovation at the Glens Falls Civic Center. 

The third quarter saw the Cardinals build another lead before the long ball allowed the Scots to regain the narrow advantage, leading 51-50 at the end of the 3rd quarter.  It was an advantage the Scots wouldn't relinquish.

Peyton Lufkin scored a three with 2:35 left in the game that put the Argyle Scots up by 6, but Fort Ann would battle back to within 2.  But that was as close as they would get, as a pair of Argyle foul shots would seal the deal with less than 30 seconds to go.

Kobe Lufkin scored 30 points for the Scots, getting 24 of those 30 points long-range.  Jonah Horton added 15 points before fouling out late in the 4th quarter, and Brodie Flewelling contributed with 11 points.

For Fort Ann, Tyler Mattison ends his high school career with 29 points, including 12 in the 3rd quarter.  Jeremy Johnson added 13 points for the Cardinals.

Argyle moves onto the NYSPHSAA State Tournament, facing the winner of Section 7's Class D title game.  The regional game will be next Saturday, 3PM at Hudson Valley Community College.

Championship Week - The Semis in Review, some thoughts & videos

With Lake George and Stillwater's wins in the Class C Semifinals on Thursday, we close the book on the semifinals and get ready for the championships coming to the Glens Falls Civic Center tonight and tomorrow.

But first, let's take a look back:

The Scores:
Class D Semifinals
Fort Ann 56, St. Johnsville 42 | Recap
Argyle 75, Northville 65 | Recap

Class C Semifinals
Stillwater 57, Maple Hill 43 | Recap
Lake George 69, Granville 55 | Recap

Class B Semifinals
Mekeel Christian Academy 55, Voorheesville 51 | Recap
Glens Falls 77, Ichabod Crane 55 | Recap

Class A Semifinals
Averill Park 51, Scotia 40 | Recap
Lansingburgh 55, Mohonasen 50 | Recap

Class AA Semifinals
Bethlehem 64, LaSalle 58 | Recap
Colonie 72, Schenectady 61 | Recap

Team of the Semis: Averill Park

It's no secret that the Warriors played this season with heavy hearts after former player and alum Ryan Bielawa was killed in South Carolina back in October.  They dedicated the season to him, and kept him in their hearts all season long, taking his #10 wherever they went, including Wednesday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.  Everyone on that team feels Bielawa was responsible for that win over Scotia, and why Averill Park is now 32 minutes away from possibly hoisting their first Class A Championship in 11 years. 

Player of the Semis: Joe Girard III, Glens Falls

Joe Girard III's 28 second half points gave the Indians the comfortable cushion they needed to dispatch of the Ichabod Crane Riders and secure their spot in Friday's Championship against #2 seeded Mekeel Christian Academy.  He may of started cold, but buckets inside, outside and at the line helped propel his Indians to victory.

Game of the Semis: Mohonasen vs. Lansingburgh

The Class A Semifinal between these two teams seemed tight throughout, despite Lansingburgh fronting the Warriors a head start.  It was a game where you never knew who was going to pull through until the very end, and forced both teams to go all out at the end, giving the crowd that came to the Glens Falls Civic Center Wednesday evening a thrill.

With a couple exceptions, the team that came out in front at the final buzzer had to make a mid-game comeback in order to get ahead of their opposition as the higher seed.  Lake George was the only team who didn't wear the lighter jersey to advance in the end, but like said in our recap, their win over Granville was less of a surprise than Dave Jones figuring out what his team needed to do to knock off the Golden Horde.

In all these comeback cases, the opposition cooled down.  Whether it was bad turnovers or bad shot selection, or a case where the better team on paper made the necessary adjustments.  Case in point, Glens Falls, who yielded a early lead to Ichabod Crane.  Leading scorer Joe Girard III had an uncharacteristic 14 points at the half before exploding in the 2nd half for 28.  Whatever adjustments the Indians made at the half, it worked.

But all of these teams with cold starts cannot be doing this in their next game.  A slow start could prove to be fatal, especially in the case of Mekeel vs. Glens Falls, which could become a shootout at the Glens Falls Civic Center between two of the best scoring teams in Section 2.

Lufkin's Accomplishment
It surprised me that NO announcement was made about Kobe Lufkin topping Joel Wincowski's scoring mark.  I understand the comments given to Will Springstead by head coach Jack Sherwin about there being a time or a place, and I honestly wouldn't of wanted to see the game be halted for fanfare.  But it would of been nice to note the occasion via the P.A., even if said announcement came after the teams walked off the court at the end of the game.  While Lufkin's time on the top of Section 2's scoring may be limited as it will be no surprise if Joe Girard III crushes the mark in the next two years, it should of been commemorated somehow.

The Civic Center
This was my first year taking in all the games at the Glens Falls Civic Center, instead of just games of local interest.  It was nice for once to be able to see athletes from across Section 2, and see the variety of play that exists across the Section.  It's a shame this court won't see the NYSPHSAA Championships in two weeks, so why not come by this weekend to check out the best Section 2 has to offer.

Pep Bands
Hearing the pep bands Thursday night from Stillwater and Granville added a jolt to the Civic Center.  It makes what is already a great place to watch some basketball even better.   It would be nice if more schools had pep bands, and as Stillwater showed in their four piece outfit, it doesn't have to be big to be enjoyable.

Maybe the Civic Center should ask, since they are the lead-off game for the C Championship on Saturday, if their pep band can perform The Star-Spangled Banner instead of using the pre-recorded organ.

The Videos:
Voorheesville vs. Mekeel Christian Academy - The Tip

Ichabod Crane vs. Glens Falls - First buckets for the two teams

Northville vs. Argyle - Northville's Ridell drains a 3

Northville vs. Argyle - Lufkin's 3 to top Joel Wincowski's scoring record

Scotia vs. Averill Park - Early 3rd Quarter play

Scotia vs. Averill Park - Anthony Germanerio drains a 3

Mohonasen vs. Lansingburgh - Tip and Lansingburgh's first possession

Maple Hill vs. Stillwater - Tip and Maple Hill's first possession

Lake George vs. Granville - Start of the game

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Game 10: Lake George 69, Granville 55

It was a team effort for Lake George as the Warriors knocked off the top-seeded Granville Golden Horde in the Class C Sectional Semifinals in their 69-55 win.

The top-seeded Golden Horde fell behind early, but unlike other top seeds this week, was unable to mount the comeback needed to get past the Warriors as fouls, turnovers and missed shots added up, especially in the third quarter.

While Mason Flatley led the Lake George Warriors with 22 points, two other Warriors had over 10 points.  Alex Jones scored 12, while Caleb Scrime, despite missing part of the third quarter after going down hard chasing a rebound off a missed Granville shot, put up 17 points.

Matthew Fuller led the Golden Horde with 21 points, 9 of which came in the 4th quarter.  Trace Bourne scored 10 points. 

Lake George became the only team to knock off a higher seed in the 10 semifinal games at the Glens Falls Civic Center, though their win should come as little surprise to those who have observed the Adirondack League this season.  It was the second straight win for Lake George over the Granville Golden Horde, who became league rivals this year with their move to the Adirondack League from the Wasaren League.  This was the fourth meeting between these two teams this season, with Granville winning the first two.

Lake George won the two that mattered most, however, first in the Adirondack League playoffs, then now in the Class C Semifinals to end the Golden Horde's season.

The Warriors will take on the Warriors of Stillwater for the Class C Sectional Championship Saturday afternoon, 2PM at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Game 9: Stillwater 57, Maple Hill 43

A big second quarter run lifts the Stillwater Warriors into the Class C Sectional Championship Saturday Afternoon with their 57-43 win over Maple Hill at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The championship will be against the winner of the Granville/Lake George game, 2PM at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday.

The Maple Hill Wildcats had a fast start, jumping to a narrow 10-9 advantage to open the second quarter, and after three points to take a 4 point lead, it was all Stillwater, as they established a 18-0 run to jump out to a 27-16 lead before Maple Hill scored their first bucket in nearly 10 minutes with Nate Mannion's three point bucket. 

Maple Hill did themselves few favors as they continued to turn over the ball and gave up several offensive rebounds to the Warriors.  Those woes would continue into the second half as the shooters for Maple Hill would get cold.

When the ball started going into the bucket for Maple Hill, it was little too late, as every time the Wildcats tried to narrow the advantage, the Warriors dug in and built upon their double-digit lead.  

Garrett Axtmann was a non-factor in the game offensively, only scoring 1 point for the 2nd best scorer on the Maple Hill squad.  Austin Decker led the Wildcats with 16 points, while Nate Mannion, the team's #3 scorer, added 15 points. 

Jared D'Aloia led the Stillwater Warriors with 22 points, and Ezra Echeandia and Zack Travis both scored 12 points a piece for the #2 seed in the Class C bracket.