Shen's playoff ride ended with a regional loss to Section III champion Cicero-North Syracuse, but with several players scheduled to return next year, the Plainsmen are on target for a run at their seventh consecutive Sectional crown.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake nearly joined Shen in regionals, but the Spartans fell short with a 3-0 loss to top-seeded South Glens Falls in the Class A Sectional finals. BH-BL still had a strong season, finishing second in the Suburban Council White Division standings.
Meanwhile in Las Vegas, Travis Stevens became the first Jason Morris Judo Center team member not named Jason Morris to earn a berth on the United States Olympic squad. Stevens, who moved to Glenville several years ago to train with Morris, swept through his three bouts in the 81-kilogram division to punch his ticket to Beijing for the Olympics.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School graduate Jeremy Liggett nearly joined Stevens on the flight to China.
Liggett lost to top-ranked Taylor Takata in the 66kg division finals, but he bounced back to defeat Tanner Singh and gain the alternate spot.
Another BH-BL grad, Hannah Martin, also earned an alternate spot after posting a 3-1 record in the women's 57kg division. Martin defeated JMJC teammate Carrie Chandler in the semifinals before losing to top-ranked Val Gotay in the finals. Martin then defeated Janine Nakao to lock up the alternate spot.
In other spring sports news:
Saratoga, Shen and BH-BL all won titles at the state rowing championships. Saratoga boats finished first in 12 events including the girls varsity eight first and second divisions and the girls freshman eight race, while Shen took first place in the girls lightweight duo event. BH-BL won the boys varsity eight title for the first time since 2001.
The BH-BL boys lacrosse team ended its second year at the varsity level with an appearance in the Section II, Class B finals. The Spartans upset No. 1 Scotia-Glenville 9-5 in the semifinals before falling to South Glens Falls 13-5 in the finals.