Sunday, December 15, 2013

High School Sports: Winter Recap 12/08-12/14

Foothills Council play begain for all 8 teams in the basketball league on Friday.  It may be early, but we're already seeing teams become threats to still be playing in March.

Meanwhile, in hockey, the section's lone Division 2 team still remains without a win, and the tri-conglomerate team consisting of Hudson Falls, Glens Falls and South Glens Falls players earned a shutout victory on Thursday.

Here's our recap of what happened in local High School Sports for the past week:
Boys Basketball - Foothills Council
Foothills Council fans were treated to a local rivalry when the Queensbury Spartans met up with the Glens Falls Indians at the Blue Gym in Queensbury to kick off the Foothills Council schedule.

Glens Falls used a 17-6 2nd Quarter and then kept the Spartans at bay after they clawed back in the 3rd Quarter to win 61-55 in another close renewal of this tight rivalry.  Jordan Green led the Indians with 26 points, helped with Caleb Canty's 19.

The 2nd Quarter was beneficial for the Hudson Falls Tigers as they beat the South Glens Falls Bulldogs 57-45 for their 2nd win of the season.  Wyatt Gorham scored 18 for the Tigers, who outscored the Bulldogs 27-13 in the 2nd Quarter.  Travis Ramsey scored 16 for the Bulldogs.

Scotia already looks like they're going to be the team to beat in the Foothills after their 71-24 dismantling of the Johnstown Sir Bills.  Austin Riska's 7 points was the most any Sir Bill could drop against the Tartans. Joe Cremo scored 23 points and was supported with Alex Sausville's 19.

And Asa Barnhill and James Scholl put up 17 points each as Gloversville wore out Broadalbin-Perth 57-48.  Gloversville's 2-0, but will get tested when they host Glens Falls on Tuesday.

Boys Basketball - Adirondack League
The Argyle Scots bounced back from their season-opening loss to Hoosick Falls with four consecutive conference wins, including a 93-63 win over Hadley-Luzurne on Friday.  Kobe Lufkin is starting to fill Joey Lufkin's shoes, scoring 25 points to put his season's average to just below 23 points per game.  Lufkin's 19 three pointers this season is tied with Troy Anderson of Waterford for the top spot in Section 2. Before that, Argyle slowed down co-top scorer in Section 2's Tad Jones, holding him to only 14 points in Argyle's 65-51 win.

Speaking of Tad Jones, he scored 47 points against Bolton on Friday as Hartford bounced back from their loss to Argyle with a 79-31 victory.  Josh Persons scored 15 points in the loss for Bolton.

Some have noted the Fort Ann Cardinals as a team to watch out in potentially stopping Argyle as league champions.  They prepped for this Wednesday's showdown with the Scotts with a 70-45 win over North Warren.  Derek Durkee was a perfect 10 for 10 from the free throw line on his way to 25 points for the Cardinals.

After two barn burners, the Lake George Warriors made easy work of the Whitehall Railroaders in their 80-33 win.  Joel Wincowski continued where he left off last year, scoring 30 points in the victory.

Girls Basketball - Foothills Council
Like with the boys, Friday was the start of Foothills Council play for the girls as Scotia and Broadalbin-Perth keep their records clean, Hudson Falls could make things interesting after their win over South Glens Falls.  And the Queensbury girls came away winners over Glens Falls.

Girls Basketball - Adirondack League
Friday will be a big showdown as two undefeated squads meet up in Fort Ann.  Fort Edward, last year's Class D Sectional Champions, will get to see how good their team is when they face the 5-0 Fort Ann Cardinals.  Alexis Thomas scored 18 in Fort Edward's 64-46 win over Corinth.  She leads the Flying Forts with just under 20 points per game.  But she'll be meeting a Cardinal defense that has stopped teams in their tracks, holding two teams to only 10 points for the entire game.  The Cardinals leading scorer, Molly Bailey, scored a game-high 15 points against North Warren on Friday.

Lake George and Warrensburg look to be the teams to watch in the West, and which one of those two will sit on top of the conference will be determined on Tuesday.  Erin Langworthy is a top scorer for Warrensburg, scoring 29 points against Salem on Thursday.

Boys Hockey - Capital District High School Hockey League
The tri-conglomerate of Glens Falls-Hudson Falls-South Glens Falls (Tri-Falls as I call them on Twitter) picked up their first win of the season on Thursday as they shut out the Bethlehem Eagles 4-0.  Chris Haas, Drew Nizolek, Kraid Price and Jared Thomas each scored goals as the Rivermen earned the first two points of the young season.  The Rivermen travel up north to Olympic Arena in Lake Placid next weekend.

However, the Queensbury Spartans couldn't do the same, losing both games of the Salmon River tournament as they lost 3-1 to Massena on Friday, then was shut out against Salmon River on Saturday.  The Spartans are 0-6, however all 6 games they've played were against non-conference opponents.  They will face their first Section 2 opponent of the season on Friday as they travel down to Bethlehem to face the Eagles.

Saratoga Springs pieced together their second league win as they beat Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa 3-0. The Blue Streaks sit on top of the Capital District High School Hockey League with a 3-1 record, which will get challenged this Wednesday when they face the Shenendehowa Plainsmen for the first of two meetings this year.

Other Musings
The 2013-14 Winter High School Sports season kicks off on 1230 Fox Sports Radio this Tuesday as we travel to South Glens Falls as the Bulldogs face the Johnstown Sir Bills in Boys Basketball.  Both teams are searching for their first league win.  South Glens Falls needs the momentum boost badly, as they face Glens Falls on Friday, then face defending Class B Champions Watervliet over the holiday break.  Then after school resumes, they have a Friday night Foothills Council showdown against Scotia.

Travis Ramsey leads the offense for the Bulldogs, scoring 21 points.  He is the lone Bulldog to be averaging better than 10 points per game at this young juncture of the season.  Austin Riska is the leading Sir Bill, scoring 39 points in the 3 games this season.  But his free throw shooting needs work, going 9/19 from the charity stripe.  He's not the lone Sir Bill to convert less than 50% of their free throws, as Jonathan Heroth is 27% from the stripe with 11 attempts.  This could become key in late-game situations.

Broadcast will begin approximately 7:15 p.m. on 1230 FOX Sports Radio with the 1230 FOX Sports Warmup.

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