With 2009 one week away from being placed in the history books, it's time to look back at the year that was in Capital District sports.
January through March
The Section II boys basketball season proved to be anything but predictable at least when it came to the Class AA playoffs.
Casual fans expecting that the Big 10-champion Bishop Maginn Golden Griffins would waltz to their third consecutive championship were stunned when they lost to an equally-tough Albany Academy squad in the semifinals. The Cadets readied themselves for Sectionals by playing a tough schedule independent of any area league, and it showed as they held on for a 60-59 overtime victory.
Bishop Maginn's loss opened the door for venerable Big 10 power Christian Brothers Academy. After defeating Shenendehowa 63-56 in another overtime semifinal game, the Brothers captured their fifth Sectional title in seven years by beating Albany Academy 62-49 in the finals.
Scotia-Glenville ended a 34-year title drought when it won the boys Class A title with a 56-47 victory over Foothills Council rival Gloversville. The game wasn't as close as the final score appeared, as the Tartans established an 11-2 lead early on and never looked back.
In girls basketball, Bethlehem and Mohonsen proved the Suburban Council's might by winning Sectional titles and getting to the state's final four.
Bethlehem claimed its first Sectional championship in six years by beating Shenendehowa 46-42 in the Class AA finals. The Lady Eagles kept winning until the state finals when in a rematch of the 2003 championship game " Long Island champion Copaigue pulled away to a 74-58 victory.
Mohonasen garnered its first Sectional title since 2002 by pulling out a 44-39 victory over Suburban Council rival Averill Park in the Class A finals. The Mighty Warriors reached the state semifinals before bowing to Albertus Magnus (Section I) 68-56.