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Wrestling, BH-BL fall teams top stories of 2007

"I'm just happy to win two," said Chaires, who now wrestles for the University of Virginia. "To win two is a great accomplishment for me, and I'm glad I did it here in Albany."

In other sports, CBA's three-year run as class AA Sectional basketball champions ended with a 48-43 loss to Bishop Maginn in the finals. The Brothers, who had won 23 consecutive games before the finals, led 32-19 in the second half before Maginn closed the game with a 29-11 run " a good chunk of which came while CBA's top two forwards, Greg Holle and DeAndre Kennedy, were on the bench with foul trouble.

"I was very proud of some of the things we did on defense," said CBA coach Dave Doemel. "We just had difficulty getting in our offense."

While one boys basketball dynasty ended, another one may have begun in Scotia. The Schenectady Christian School Falcons won their first Sectional championship by beating Argyle 75-54 in the class C-CC final. And with Jake Bowman, Bryan Bishop and Kelsey Collins returning to the flock in November, the small private school occupying the former Scotia-Glenville High School building is off to another strong start.

In girls basketball, Colonie returned to the top of the class AA heap by beating Guilderland 41-34 in the Sectional finals. The senior-dominated Garnet Raiders used the disappointment of a semifinal loss the previous season to fuel their run to the Sectional championship.

"I wanted this for them, and for the fact that they have worked so hard for us every single game all season long," said Colonie coach Karen Bonitatibus.

In hockey, Shen continued its dominance by winning its fifth straight Section II large school division title with a 4-1 victory over CBA. Goaltender Greg Hitchko stopped 32 of the 33 shots he faced, and four different Plainsmen scored goals to put the finishing touches on another championship.

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