Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Joel Wincowski's heading to Maryland

Joel Wincowski announced on Twitter this morning that he will be taking his basketball talents to the University of Maryland Baltimore County starting next fall.

The senior point guard from Lake George helped carry the Lake George Warriors to the NYSPHSAA Class C title back in 2013, winning the honors of Class C Player of the Year by the NYSSWA.  Last year, he scored an average of 30 points per game as he helped carry the Warriors to the Adirondack League title, but couldn't defend the state title as the Warriors were eliminated by Spa Catholic in the semifinals of the Class C Sectional tournament.

The University of Maryland Baltimore County play in the America East conference along with University of Albany, another team that was pursuing Wincowski.

Here's Joel Wincowski in the closing minute of the Lake George Warriors game against the Argyle Scots from this past January.  The Lake George Warriors would prevail in overtime.

Week 2: Winners and Losers

Let's take a look at how Week 2 went by looking at who scored big and who came up empty.

Tie: CBA + Shenendehowa.  These two teams helped cement their place as dangerous teams in Class AA, and which team will have the best path to the Empire Division #1 seed will get settled when the two meet up at CBA this Friday.  

LOSER: Saratoga Springs.  The Blue Streaks had a chance to make a strong statement with a non-divisional win over Shaker.  But going 0/1 on extra points and 0/2 on two point conversions coupled with surrendering two late touchdowns to the Blue Bison walking away winners and Saratoga Springs kicking off their divisional schedule with a 1-1 record.  

Shenendehowa at CBA: These two teams have blown out their opponents in the first two weeks, making quite the case that it could come down to these two teams when settling who will get the Empire Division's #1 seed.  

Shaker at Schenectady: After posting wins over Ballston Spa and Albany, the Schenectady Patriots will get a better look at how good their team is with a showdown against Shaker.  The Blue Bison begin their divisional schedule after facing CBA and Saratoga Springs to kick off their season.

WINNER: Queensbury.  We already knew that Coach Irion's squad was looking good this year, but that idea was enhanced with a good win over Troy on Friday.  Coach Irion showed that his team can not only run the ball, but they can score on the pass and even kick for points.  Drew Wilson has complimented the offense as much as his counterpart last year, Aidan Switzer.  Juan Escamillia gives defenses something to think about on third down situations after booting a 47 yard field goal.

LOSER: Gloversville.  Gloversville got the job done in their Week 1 win over Green Tech, surviving a shootout to win the hard-fought game.  However, that win looks less impressive after the Huskies got shut out by Scotia 70-0, and when you couple that with Green Tech's 32 point loss to Burnt Hills, it doesn't make their 1-1 record look as good as it does on paper.

Troy at Burnt Hills: Last year these two teams brought us two of the better games of the season, the first being in a rain-filled slugfest that required four extra frames in order to declare a winner, and the second being in the Sectional Semifinals, with Burnt Hills surviving a late raid by the Flying Horses to advance to the Super Bowl at Shenendehowa.

Averill Park at Amsterdam: Playoff positioning could come down to this game.  Averill Park already has down themselves a game in the Southeast Division after losing to Troy in Week 1 and cannot afford to lose another divisional game that could set themselves up with a bad seed heading into Week 8.  Amsterdam bounced back from their loss at the Dome with a good win over Mohonasen.

WINNER: Schamont.  They quickly disposed of last season's #1 seed in the Reinfurt, scoring the first 69 points before the Tigers were able to score 13 late.  Hunter Gac and Nick Gallo are massive threats for the Sabres.  These kids want to make it back to the Carrier Dome so badly. 

LOSER: Hudson.  Entering the season Hudson was talked about for their explosive speed and potential to surprise some this season.  They looked good in their first week win over Ichabod Crane.  But they didn't look good after getting shut out by Cobleskill on Friday.  With Ravena and Schalmont looming on their schedule, a bounce-back win is needed this week against Cohoes.

Broadalbin-Perth at Schuylerville
: Broadalbin-Perth and Schuylerville are the front-runners for the Class B West crown, with the rest of the field trailing at the first quarter pole of the season.  Who will gain the inside path to the #1 seed will be determined this Friday under the lights at Schuylerville High.  

Tie - Coxsackie-Athens + Greenwich.  One team surprised the league in Week 1 by shutting out the team that has represented the south in the Super Bowl for four of the last five years.  The other is transitioning well after advancing up from Class D.  And the neat thing ... both teams face each other in Week 5.

LOSER: Watervliet.  It was a magical Friday evening in the Arsenal City.  Watervliet was unveiling its new beautiful field, complete with lights that will allow the Cannoneers to play under the lights for years to come.  And then the game began.  Watervliet lost control of the magical evening, emphasized by the hail mary from Robert Denman to end the first half with Voorheesville up 23-6.  

Mechanicville at Voorheesville: Both teams have jumped out to a 2-0 start to become the front-runners for the Central Division.  With only the divisional winner guaranteed the playoff spot, and the rest having to hope for the wild card system, games like this become very important.

Tie - Hoosic Valley + Whitehall.  We already know Cambridge and Rensselaer are strong threats to play in Week 10, but Whitehall shows that they could very well be a threat to replace one of those two teams.  Whitehall's crushing of a team that hasn't seen a win since October 26th, 2012 won't mean anything when it comes to playoff seedings, but it does show what the Railroaders are capable of doing.  Hoosic Valley is playoff ineligible as a C playing a D schedule, but looked very good in their win over Fort Edward on Saturday.  

LOSER: Fort Edward.  Fort Edward had several miscues on their way to their 47-14 loss to the Hoosic Valley Indians.  Four straight bad snaps on fourth down punting plays came back to haunt the Flying Forts, especially on the first one where the punter picked up the ball, tried to kick and wound up missing to give the Indians great field advantage.  The Flying Forts had an opportunity to get back into the game after their first score in the second quarter, but lost control once the Indians scored on the next offensive drive to make it 21-8.

Rensselaer at Cambridge: These two squads have met to determined the top two seeds in the last few years.  While the winner isn't guaranteed the #1 seed, their chances of obtaining the top seed at the end of the season will be much easier.

Canajoharie at Warrensburg: In Class D this year, four teams will make the playoffs out of the seven.  Four teams sit at 2-0, but one of those four is Hoosic Valley, ineligible for the postseason.  The remaining three teams, all at 0-2, will be fighting for that last playoff spot.  The winner here has a jump above the other two for the final spot.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Thoughts from the Press Box: Week 2

I, like most of you, was hoping for pleasant weather for the Saturday afternoon games, especially after having to endure possible thunderstorms the week before. 

We didn't get that.

Light to moderate rain all afternoon long made for a mess in Fort Edward, where the home Flying Forts succumbed to several sloppy mistakes with the moist pigskin and quickly found themselves down to the Hoosic Valley Indians, eventually losing the game 47-14.

Sloppy games are tough to watch sometimes, because mother nature gets in the way of what should be a better rhythmic game.

Especially when it's not a close game.

Fort Edward couldn't get anything going offensively, except for a third quarter series that eventually resulted in the Flying Forts scoring 6 points in the early stages of the fourth quarter.  At that point, Kevin Stimpson had Dan Herring take the snaps, while Chris Boucher was running from the backfield in the "I" formation. 

But Hoosic Valley's attack was strong and consistent, and it resulted in a win for the Indians.  

As we talked about during the broadcast, the theme for both of these teams is building for the future.  Hoosic Valley is playoff ineligible, playing a D schedule as a team that qualifies for Class C.  Playing young bodies, Coach Pete Purcelli has some talent that will grow with the team.  In fact, they already have, winning four of their last five contests dating back to last season.

Meanwhile, Fort Edward is building with their new relationship with the kids who come from Argyle.  Only six are on the varsity squad, but several more line the J.V. and the Modified squads that are the building blocks for the future of football on top of the hill.  

A special thanks goes out to The Post-Star's sportswriter Pete Tobey, who came by and joined us during the broadcast.  He was taking refuge from the rain that was soaking the players and his clipboard.  You don't really get to appreciate all the hard work he puts into a game recap article until you see him in action, writing down furiously on every play.  Especially at various points when we put him on the air to get his insights about Section 2 football.

This Saturday we're at Hudson Falls High School, where the Tigers try to bounce back from their loss to the Johnstown Sir Bills.  They face the Ichabod Crane Riders, who have started the season 0-2 after losing to perennial playoff-bound Ravena.  We're on the air at 1:15PM, so listen along or join us at H. G. Moran Field for a good Saturday of football in the North Country.


Schedule Change: We got word late last week the the Queensbury/South Glens Falls game, originally scheduled for Saturday, October 11th at 1:30PM, has been moved and now will be played under the lights on Friday, October 10th at 7:00PM.

As such, we will not be broadcasting the Chatham/Lake George/Hadley-Luzurne game as originally intended.  The other station group in town will be broadcasting that game still, and thus we will broadcast the Queensbury/South Glens Falls game.  

With the open date on Saturday, we will now add the Warrensburg/Cambridge-Salem game on Saturday, October 11th, at 1PM.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

High School: Week 2 Results



Bethlehem (2-0) 26, Ballston Spa (0-2) 21
CBA (2-0) 35, La Salle 0
CBA - Jaylen McIntyre: 105 yards, 3TD
Columbia (1-1) 20, Guilderland (0-2) 14
Shaker (1-1) 34, Saratoga Springs (1-1) 18
Saratoga: 0/3 on extra points (1 PAT; 2-2pt)
Shenendehowa (2-0) 49, Colonie (1-1) 6
SHN - Ryan Van Galen: 128 passing yards, 3TD

Burnt Hills (2-0) 48, Green Tech (0-2) 16
Scotia (1-1) 70, Gloversville (1-1) 0
Queensbury (2-0) 45, Troy (1-1) 8
QSB - Tyrell Adams: 95 yards, 2TD
Amsterdam (1-1) 37, Mohonasen (1-1) 13
Averill Park (1-1) 27, Lansingburgh (0-2) 7
AVP - Tim Vermiyla: 151 yards, 2TD
Bishop Maginn (2-0) 14, Niskayuna (0-2) 10
Albany Academy [B] (1-1) 36, South Glens Falls (0-2) 0

Schalmont (2-0) 69, Cohoes (0-2) 13
Cobleskill (1-1) 34, Hudson (1-1) 0
Ravena (2-0) 38, Ichabod Crane (0-2) 6
Broadalbin-Perth (2-0) 30, Glens Falls (0-2) 7
B-P: Zach Morreale: 7/9, 97 yards, TD
Johnstown (1-1) 41, Hudson Falls (1-1) 26

Schulyerville (2-0) 43, Corinth [C] (1-1) 12

Mechanicville (2-0) 40, Granville (0-2) 8
Greenwich (2-0) 40, Stillwater (0-2) 8
Voorheesville (2-0) 44, Watervliet (1-1) 12
Cambridge/Salem (2-0) 48, Canajoharie (0-2) 6
Saturday's Games
Schenectady (2-0) 46, Albany (0-2) 6

Holy Trinity (1-1) 28, Tamarac (0-2) 20
Fonda (1-1) 47, Cairo-Durham (0-2) 6
Chatham (1-1) 34, Schoburg (0-2) 6
Coxsackie-Athens (2-0) 16, Taconic Hills (1-1) 6
Hoosick Falls (2-0) 41, Lake George/Hadley-Luzurne (0-2) 0

Hoosic Valley (2-0) 47, Fort Edward/Argyle (0-2) 14
Rensselaer (2-0) 31, Warrensburg (0-2) 14
Whitehall (2-0) 54, Pine Plains [9] (0-2) 6

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

High School Football: Week 2 Games to Watch


(All games at 7PM)

Bethlehem at Ballston Spa
CBA at La Salle
Guilderland at Columbia
Saratoga Springs at Shaker
Colonie at Shenendehowa

Burnt Hills at Green Tech
Gloversville at Scotia
Queensbury at Troy
Amsterdam at Mohonasen
Averill Park at Lansingburgh
Bishop Maginn at Niskayuna
Albany Academy [B] at South Glens Falls

Cohoes at Schalmont
Hudson at Cobleskill-Richmondville
Ichabod Crane at Ravena
Glens Falls at Broadalbin-Perth
Hudson Falls at Johnstown

Schulyerville at Corinth [C]

Granville at Mechanicville
Stillwater at Greenwich
Voorheesville at Watervliet
Schoburg at Chatham
Taconic Hills at Coxsackie-Athens
Cambridge/Salem at Canajoharie
Saturday's Games
(All C-D Games at 1PM; AA-A-B at 1:30PM, unless otherwise noted)

Schenectady at Albany - 7PM (at UAlbany)

Tamarac at Holy Trinity
Cairo-Durham at Fonda
Lake George/Hadley-Luzurne at Hoosick Falls - 7PM

Hoosic Valley at Fort Edward/Argyle
Rensselaer at Warrensburg
Whitehall vs. Pine Plains [9] at Ravena

Refresh for this in a few.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

High School Football: Saturday/Sunday Games

Bethlehem (1-0) 41, Albany (0-1) 8


Queensbury (1-0) 49, Niskayuna (0-1) 0
QBY - Tyrell Adams: 142 yards, 2TD
Cornwall [9] (1-0) 50, Amsterdam (0-1) 7
CRN - Jason Bailey: 17/22, TD, 210 yards

Hudson Falls (1-0) 42, Cobleskill (0-1) 26
HDF - Geno Brancati: 257 yards, 6 TDs


Westhill [3] (1-0) 28, Fonda (0-1) 20
Greenwich (1-0) 27, Granville (0-1) 14
GCH - Lucas Whitehouse: 130 passing yards, 1TD; 1 rush TD

Cambridge/Salem (1-0) 54, Cairo-Durham (0-1) 0
CMB - Josh Steele: 2 rec. TD; two 20+ yd punt returns

Hoosic Valley (1-0) 14, Warrensburg (0-1) 6
HOV - Mark Delude: 68 yards, game-tying TD

Hoosick Falls (1-0) 48, Owego Free Academy [4] 21

Saturday, September 6, 2014

High School Football: Friday Games


Colonie (1-0) 18, Guilderland (0-1) 10
COL - Scored all 18 points in the 4th Quarter, 
Will McCann with two TD passes (20/36, 2TD, 217YDS)
CBA (1-0) 34, Shaker (0-1) 16
CBA - Jaylen McIntyre: 163yds on 12 carries
Shenendehowa (1-0) 61, Columbia (0-1) 0
SHN - Ryan Van Galen: 8/13, 3TD, 152 Yards; 
Matt Taft: 115yds on 4 carries
Saratoga Springs (1-0) 49, La Salle (0-1) 28
SAR - Over 300 yards rushing, Manlapaz: 127YDS
Schenectady (1-0) 21, Ballston Spa (0-1) 10
SDY - Outscored Ballston Spa 13-0 in second half
Brandon Gwinner: 13/21, 1TD, 217YDS

Troy (1-0) 14, Averill Park (0-1) 13
TRY - Scored all 14 points in 4th Quarter;
Zack Johnson pass to Tajuan Hudson
late w/Bethel 2pt conversion for the win
Gloversville (1-0) 48, Green Tech (0-1) 40
GLV - Blamo Keta w/84 yard TD run in 1st Quarter (2TDs)
Mohonasen (1-0) 42, Lansingburgh (0-1) 7
Burnt Hills (1-0) 34, Scotia (0-1) 14
BH - Danny Maynard: 220 yards on 15 carries
Bishop Maginn (1-0) 28, South Glens Falls (0-1) 0
BM - Gino Bianchino: 8/11, 2TD, 184YDS.
Kyere Tillery w/89 yard TD reception in 4th Quarter

Broadalbin-Perth (1-0) 14, Cohoes (0-1) 8
B-P: Zack Morreale to Biagio Buccifero 61yd TD pass
that gave the Patriots the lead for good in 4th Q.
Ravena (1-0) 31, Albany Academy (0-1) 20
David Warnken: 87 rushing, 68 passing yards; 4TD (1 rush)
Hudson (1-0) 34, Ichabod Crane (0-1) 7

Schuylerville (1-0) 46, Johnstown (0-1) 0
SCH - Over 450 yards rushing, Josh Thomas w/127 yards
Schalmont (1-0) 61, Glens Falls (0-1) 0
SHL - Three rushers with over 100 yards
Hunter Gac (171), Nick Gallo (113), Cameron Brooks (107)

Corinth (1-0) 43, Lake George/Hadley-Luzurne (0-1) 0
COR - Chantz Baudoux: 148 yards on 8 carries, 1 rush TD, 1 pass TD
Mechanicville (1-0) 48, Tamarac (0-1) 22
MEC - Chase DeLossantos: 282 yards, 24 carries, 5TD
Voorheesville (1-0) 26, Holy Trinity (0-1) 18
VOR - Matt Feller: 134 yards on 26 carries
Watervliet (1-0) 24, Stillwater (0-1) 7
WAT - Anthony Halpin: 13/23, 125YD, 1TD
Taconic Hills (1-0) 32, Schoburg (0-1) 14
TH - Justin Doty: 12/14, 4TD, 175YD
Coxsackie-Athens (1-0) 19, Chatham (0-1) 0
COX - Zach Girvin: 2TD, Chris Goss: TD

Whitehall (1-0) 36, Canajoharie (0-1) 31
WHT - Goal Line Stance with 9 seconds left to play to preserve victory
Justin Hoagland: 113 yards on 9 carries, 2 rush TD, 3 pass TD
Rensselaer (1-0) 28, Fort Edward/Argyle (0-1) 8
REN - Chris Spath: 3/3, 1TD, 112YD

1PM (C-D)/1:30PM (AA-A-B) start unless otherwise noted

Bethlehem vs. Albany (at University at Albany)

Niskayuna at Queensbury - ON FOX SPORTS 1230
Amsterdam vs. Cornwall [9] (at Carrier Dome) - 5PM

Cobleskill at Hudson Falls

Fonda vs. Westhill [3] (at Carrier Dome) - 11AM
Greenwich at Granville

Cairo-Durham at Cambridge/Salem

Warrensburg at Hoosic Valley

Hoosick Falls vs. Owego Free Academy [4] (at Carrier Dome) - 1PM