Thursday, January 29, 2015

Hobbs keeps Queensbury scoreless, Blue Streaks win 5-0

GLENS FALLS - On a day where Queensbury paid tribute to Breast Cancer survivors and victims, Danny Hobbs turned aside all shots he was faced with as the Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks shut out the Queensbury Spartans 5-0.

The win kept the Blue Streaks on pace with the Shenendehowa Plainsmen for the top spot in the CDHSHL, with the two teams slated to meet next Wednesday at Weibel Avenue Arena in a game that could determine the winner of the DelVecchio Cup.

Hobbs stopped 24 saves in the shutout, 13 of which came in the 1st period as the Spartans kept the Blue Streaks off the scoreboard in the 1st period.

But Jake Fauler netted his 8th of the season off assists by Josh Dagle and JT Rafferty 2:47 into the second period to give the Blue Streaks the 1-0 lead, and then scored again nearly three minutes later to double their lead.

JT Rafferty deflected a Austin Patterson shot to extend the lead to 3-0, and Josh Dagle earned his third point of the game on the power play to give the Blue Streaks four goals in the period.

Queensbury took chances, but was unable to net a goal in the third period.  Evan Conlin was pushed away by Eric Jess before he was able to get a quality scoring chance on Danny Hobbs.  But Saratoga kept the play in the Queensbury zone for the most part, getting chance after chance at Otto Miller, who was replaced by Teddy Nolan in the middle of the second period.

Towards the end, the game turned a little chippy as a couple Blue Streaks went down on a scramble in front of Teddy Nolan, resulting in Zach Guzi to drop the gloves and get some shoves and punches on Trevor Metcalfe.  Metcalfe refrained from dropping the gloves, then was further restrained by Teddy Nolan.  Zach Guzi earned a game misconduct for fighting with 1:47 left in the third period, and was still animated as he slammed the locker room door open after being told to leave the ice.

The Spartans, whose last goal came in the third period against CBA on January 15th, fall to 4-12 on the season as they travel to Bethlehem to face the Eagles on Friday night.  Saratoga will have a week off as they prepare for their second meeting with the Shenendehowa Plainsmen next Wednesday.  The Plainsmen are undefeated in league play and won the first meeting at Clifton Park Arena 4-2 back in December.

It was Queensbury's annual "Pink in the Rink" event, as they honored those affected by breast cancer by wearing pink jerseys with special names/organizations on the back.  At the end of the game, the Spartans gave their jerseys to those names honored on the jerseys.  The night's 50/50 and "chuck-a-puck" proceeds, as well as basket raffle receipts, would be donated to the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzurne.

Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks at Queensbury Spartans
Saratoga Springs    0   4   1   5
Queensbury          0   0   0   0

1st Period: No Goals

2nd Period: Fauler (8), from Dagle (7) & Rafferty (1) - 2:47; Fauler (9), from Dagle (8) - 5:37; Patterson (1)*, unassisted - 8:18; Dagle (10) - PP, unassisted - 11:53

3rd Period: Paton (7), from Luse (5) & Russel (4) - 6:31

* - Scoresheet indicates Patterson was credited with the goal, however, the shot was deflected in by JT Rafferty on the far post.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Boys Hoops - Our Top 4 for each classification

As sectionals roll closer, we're going to try to make this a weekly feature with our thoughts on who are the Top 4 teams are for each classification in Section 2.

The culmination will be our sectional seeding preview edition coming up in about three weeks.  As Albany Academy doesn't play as a Section 2 team, I will keep them out of the Class A rankings for now.

1) Green Tech (11-0)
2) Shenendehowa (14-0)
3) Guilderland (11-1)
4) Bethlehem (11-3)

COMMENTS: Green Tech and Shenendehowa facing each other in sectionals would be quite the treat.  The way both teams are playing, the only way that will happen is at the Times Union Center for the Sectional Championship.  Guilderland yields position with their loss to the Plainsmen last week, and Bethlehem is another team to watch out for.

1) Scotia (13-0)
2) Amsterdam (11-3)
3) Averill Park (11-3)
4) Troy (9-5)

COMMENTS: Scotia has yet to stress during the course of their 13 wins this season.  And except for the pending game against Amsterdam, there's no reason to think Scotia won't enter Sectionals undefeated again this year.  Amsterdam showed that they are a top team with their easy win over Queensbury on Friday, causing the Spartans trouble inside the arch.  Averill Park has a tough Suburban Conference schedule and made Monday's game against South Glens Falls look easy.  And Troy's independent schedule this year is mighty tough, and it's going to get harder for the Flying Horses when they play Long Island Lutheran coming up in a couple weeks.

1) Hoosick Falls (13-0)
2) Schalmont (11-2)
3) Mekeel Christian Academy (10-0)
4) Catskill (11-1)

COMMENTS: Let's be serious here -- there's nine different teams that could make this list.  Hoosick Falls has survived a few scares, but the teams that have played them close are teams that could be playing at the Glens Falls Civic Center at the end of February.  Schalmont's second loss was on Saturday against Green Tech, which gave them a strong idea what they need to work on in order to make a deep run.  Mekeel Christian Academy will get a strong test on Wednesday when they host Broadalbin-Perth.  Catskill is a team not many are talking about, beating their opponents by an average of 20 points on their way to a strong 10-0 start in the Patroon Conference.  And if that's not enough, Hudson and Voorheesville are also 10 win teams, Cohoes is a very respectable 9-4 and Broadalbin-Perth and Schuylerville could use the experience they gained from good Foothills Council teams to make runs in February.  It's safe to say the B tournament is going to be wild again this year in Section 2.

1) Lake George (14-1)
2) Greenwich (12-2)
3) Stillwater (9-5)
4) Spa Catholic (9-6)

COMMENTS: Lake George suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday, losing to a good Hoosick Falls team by a single point that could have very well gone the other way if Joel Wincowski's roll-in went down the net.  They can clinch the Adirondack League west title with a win over North Warren on Friday.  Greenwich has been playing decent basketball, losing to two good programs: Schuylerville and Hoosick Falls.  And the loss to Hoosick Falls was only by 4 points, something that could motivate the Witches next month when they play in Rensselaer County.  Stillwater has survived a few scares on their way to nine wins, including a sweep over a Hoosic Valley squad that's not the same this year without Mike Pierre.  Spa Catholic split their season series with both Fort Plain and Canajoharie, but gets the nod over those two thanks to their last two efforts - a double-digit win over Waterford and Monday's win over Corinth

1) Germantown (12-1)
2) Fort Ann (11-2)
3) North Warren (12-2)
4) Northville (10-4)

COMMENTS: Germantown fell to a Class C squad in Berlin on Friday, but could remain a favorite for the top seed if they can get past Loudonville Christian on Friday.  Fort Ann lost to North Warren earlier in the season, but is playing better basketball right now and should have no trouble scoring a top seed, especially with how hard they played Lake George a couple weeks ago.  Speaking of North Warren, their loss to Hadley-Luzurne will be forgiven on this list if they put together a great effort against the Warriors up in Chestertown on Friday.  Northville had a setback last Friday against Spa Catholic, but otherwise has been a team very few are talking about when it comes to teams who could make it to the Civic Center towards the end of February.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Boys Basketball - NYS Career Points

This list, from the New York State Sportswriters Association, shows the list of top career point scorers in New York State.

Glens Falls's Jimmer Fredette tops the list for Section 2 with 2,404 as he helped the Indians make a trip to the hometown Civic Center for the State Championship during his time playing high school ball.  

Joel Wincowski, through 15 regular season games in his senior season, has 2,237 points.

NYS Basketball
Player School(s) Years Points
Lance Stephenson Abraham Lincoln-PSAL 2004-2009 2,946
Ryan Creighton Greenport-11 2004-2009 2,799
Sebastian Telfair Abraham Lincoln-PSAL 2000-2004 2,785
Ken Anderson Archbishop Molloy-CHSAA 1985-1989 2,621
Ken Wood East Hampton-11 1985-1989 2,613
Kyle McAlarney Moore Catholic-CHSAA 2001-2005 2,566
Bobby Hodgson William Floyd-11 1989-1994 2,532
Desmond Harad FDR-PSAL, Adelphi Academy-AIS 1994-1998 2,516
Bernard Blunt Jamesville-DeWitt-3 1985-1990 2,507
Felipe Lopez Rice-CHSAA 1990-1994 2,486
Robert Phelps Nazareth-CHSAA 1986-1990 2,477
Neil Weidman Dansville-5 1988-1993 2,441
Ralph Angelo Honeoye-5 1987-1991 2,407
Jimmer Fredette Glens Falls-2 2003-2007 2,404
Greg Paulus Syracuse CBA-3 2000-2005 2,399
Scott Wilson Lyme-3 1978-1982 2,391
Chris Ciaccio Gloversville-2 1986-1990 2,373
Terry Brown Clyde-Savannah-5 1982-1986 2,360
Rich Campbell Buffalo Burgard-6 1986-1990 2,355
Duane Ivory Our Saviour Lutheran-AIS 1982-1986 2,351
Ryan Whelpley Olean Walsh-MMA 2007-2012 2,347
Eric Siegrist Spackenkill-9 1995-1999 2,345
Ray Toomer York Prep-NYC 1989-1993 2,341
Jason Amore Friendship-5 1989-1993 2,332
Tony Crandall Baldwin-NYC 1970-1973 2,326
Damien Foster Buffalo Traditional-6 1992-1996 2,324
Greg Cerillo Faith Academy-CHS (L.I.) 1998-2003 2,320
Bill Dodson Trevor Day-AIS 1997-2002 2,315
Jason Rowe Buffalo Traditional-6 1992-1996 2,286
Marcus Whitfield Buffalo Burgard-6 1985-1989 2,285
Nate Cannon Rome School for the Deaf-3 1966-1970 2,262
Maceo Wofford Jamestown-6 1995-1999 2,258
Jim Ryder Tioga-4 1984-1988 2,238
Joel Wincowski Lake George-2 2011-2015 2,237
Mike Heary Fredonia-6 1990-1994 2,235
Toby Foster Candor-4 1995-1999 2,231
Tony Traver Greenwich-2 1976-1980 2,189
Joe Girard Shenendehowa-2 1986-1990 2,179
Robert Dominiak Birch-Wathen-Lenox-NYC 2000-2004 2,178
Curtis Aiken Buffalo Bennett-6 1979-1983 2,162
Talor Battle Bishop Maginn-2 2003-2007 2,162
Chris Moore Park School-6 1992-1996 2,161
Nate Dukes Rochester Freddie Thomas-5 2006-2009 2,155
Sylven Landesberg Holy Cross-CHSAA 2005-2008 2,149
Joey Lufkin Argyle-2 2009-2013 2,146
Keith Spellman Jefferson-PSAL 2005-2009 2,136
Rasheem Jenkins Wings Academy-PSAL 2003-2006 2,126
Gary Williams Bay Shore-11 1989-1993 2,125
Will Scott Collegiate-AIS 1999-2003 2,124
Kevin Morris Martin Luther King-PSAL 1992-1996 2,120
Tom Stith St. Francis Prep-CHSAA 1953-1957 2,119
Danya Abrams Hackley School-1 1988-1993 2,119
Artavius Fisher Kingston-9 2000-2004 2,119
Al Edwards Greenport-11 1968-1972 2,117
Will Thomas Morrisville-Eaton-3 2009-2013 2,108
Jim Stockwell Belleville-3 1965-1969 2,108
Tobias Harris L.I. Lutheran-AIS, HH Hills West-11 2006-2010 2,105
Jason Mathias Galway, Amsterdam-2 1992-1995 2,103
Kevin Yanni Watervliet-2 1995-1999 2,085
Jim McNamara St. Agnes-CHSAA 1953-1956 2,080
Stephon Marbury Abraham Lincoln-PSAL 1991-1995 2,078
David Mascia Lynbrook-8 1987-1991 2,077
Albert King Fort Hamilton-PSAL 1973-1977 2,071
Lew Alcindor Power Memorial-PSAL 1961-1965 2,067
Chris Secky Maple Grove-6 2006-2010 2,067
Christian Laettner Buffalo Nichols 1984-1988 2,066
Chris Rooney Smithtown West-11 1985-1989 2,063
Todd Scott Peekskill-1 1979-1983 2,055
James Pate Babylon-11 2003-2009 2,049
Greg "Boo" Harvey Jackson-PSAL 1981-1985 2,039
Ray Blackburn Lackawanna-6 2001-2005 2,039
Anthony Hargraves Our Saviour Lutheraan-AIS 1977-1981 2,038
Jim Manos Poly Prep-AIS 1974-1977 2,036
Bruce Lefkowitz Edgemont-1 1979-1983 2,036
Fred Burton Francis Lewis-PSAL 1979-1983 2,036
Greg French Buffalo Traditional-6 1997-2001 2,029
Elton Brand Peekskill-1 1993-1997 2,027
Jermaine Smoake Van Arsdale-PSAL 1987-1991 2,026
Don Juan Tyson Buffalo Traditional-6 1999-2003 2,023
Larry Jennings St. John's Prep-NYC 1994-1998 2,021
Adam Stockwell Belleville-Henderson-3 1988-1992 2,020
Clyde Vaughan New Rochelle-1 1976-1980 2,016
Dwayne Johnson Mater Christi-CHSAA 1977-1981 2,014
Benji Miller Smithtown Christian-11 1990-1994 2,013
Adonal Foyle O'Hara (Pa.), Hamilton-3 1991-1994 2,008
Bill Young Angelica-5 1961-1964 2,006
Will Regan Buffalo Nichols 2006-2010 2,006
Bret Gray Livingston Manor-9 1988-1992 1,993
Andy Moore Cuba-5 1977-1981 1,987
Scott Knapp Vernon-Verona-Sherrill-3 1993-1997 1,987
Tom Emma Manhasset-8 1975-1979 1,983
Joe Greco Whitehall-2 1967-1971 1,983
Lionel Chalmers Bishop Gibbons, Albany-2 1995-1999 1,980
Greg Wildes Farmingdale-8 1978-1982 1,974
Connor Caldwell Watertown IHC-3 2007-2011 1,970
Craig Kowadla Westhill-3 1987-1991 1,966
John Works Addison, Jasper-5 1992-1995 1,960

Here is the list for Section 2 players only.

Player School(s) Years Points
Jimmer Fredette Glens Falls-2 2003-2007 2,404
Chris Ciaccio Gloversville-2 1986-1990 2,373
Joel Wincowski Lake George-2 2011-2015 2,237
Tony Traver Greenwich-2 1976-1980 2,189
Joe Girard Shenendehowa-2 1986-1990 2,179
Talor Battle Bishop Maginn-2 2003-2007 2,162
Joey Lufkin Argyle-2 2009-2013 2,146
Jason Mathias Galway, Amsterdam-2 1992-1995 2,103
Kevin Yanni Watervliet-2 1995-1999 2,085
Joe Greco Whitehall-2 1967-1971 1,983
Lionel Chalmers Bishop Gibbons, Albany-2 1995-1999 1,980