Those close regular season games also helped Niskayuna when it faced 10th-seeded Shaker in the Sectional finals. When the Blue Bison (6-15) scored twice in the third quarter to tie the game at 3, the Silver Warriors responded with a 5-0 run that sealed the victory.
"We've been playing in close games all year," said Niskayuna coach Mike Vorgang. "The kids panic less than the coaches do."
In other spring sports news:
The Mohonasen baseball team reached the Sectional finals for the first time in 26 years, but Ichabod Crane's Josh Ingham single-handedly prevented the Mighty Warriors from winning the Class A title. Ingham pitched a four-hitter and drove in five runs with a home run and a double to lead the Riders to a 9-2 victory over Mohonasen.
The loss couldn't diminish all of the Mighty Warriors' accomplishments, though. Mohonasen won the Suburban Council White Division title with a 10-4 record that included victories over Niskayuna, Guilderland and Bethlehem.
"We went through a lot of difficult competition (to get to the finals)," said Mohonasen coach Jim Huggins. "The kids worked hard, and I can't take anything away from them."
Other baseball highlights included Niskayuna reaching the Class AA semifinals after upending Suburban Council champion Shenendehowa in the quarterfinals, and Schalmont finishing second in the Colonial Council standings and handing first-place Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk its only two league losses of the season.
The Niskayuna softball team finished with the second-best record in the Suburban Council on its way to claiming the White Division title. The Silver Warriors ripped off 12 consecutive wins at one point in the season before losing to Colonie in the Class AA Sectional quarterfinals.
The Niskayuna and Scotia-Glenville boys tennis teams won Sectional titles. Niskayuna went 15-1 on its way to winning the Class AA title, while Scotia-Glenville knocked off Mohonasen and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake to get to the Class A finals, where it defeated Albany Academy 5-2 for its seventh Sectional championship in the last nine years.
Niskayuna's Brian Chow qualified for the state singles tournament for the third year in a row after placing third at Sectionals.
Phil Blackwell contributed to this story.""