While Shaker's playoff run seemingly came out of nowhere, crosstown rival Colonie's run to the Sectional semifinals was fitting for a team that won the Suburban Council Gold Division title. The Garnet Raiders finished the regular season with a 13-3 record and then beat Bethlehem and Christian Brothers Academy before falling to Niskayuna in the semifinals.
"We knew at the beginning of the season that we can be here," said Garrett Dollard, one of Colonie's leading scorers. "It shows that Colonie is a program on the rise and that we need to be watched."
In other spring sports news:
The Shaker girls lacrosse team reached the Section II, Class A finals for the second consecutive year. The Blue Bison edged Saratoga 11-10 in the semifinals before losing to Guilderland 18-10 in the finals. Guilderland handed Shaker (16-3) all three of its losses this season.
Along the way, Shaker weathered a storm when head coach Carrie Britt resigned midway through the regular season. Junior varsity coach Leslie Carroll took over and guided the Blue Bison to the finals.
"To be honest, I've coached every single girl on this team except for two," said Carroll. "So, this has been a pretty smooth transition."
The Colonie softball team went back to the Section II, Class AA finals, where it lost to Shenendehowa 4-1.
The Garnet Raiders were ranked No. 1 in the state after a fast start, but an injury to starting pitcher Toni Fusco rattled Colonie, as it lost several games down the stretch. Once Fusco returned, the Garnet Raiders regained their stride as they mowed down their Sectional competition to get to the finals.
Shaker and Colonie both reached the Section II, Class AA quarterfinals in baseball. Shaker knocked off CBA in the opening round before losing to Bethlehem, while Colonie defeated Albany before losing its quarterfinal game against Columbia on a last-inning home run.