Another busy year enters the history books

At the collegiate level, the Siena College men's basketball team provided the region with another dose of "March Madness" when the Saints won their second consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where they lost a close game to top-seeded Louisville.

In high school hockey, Shaker/Colonie officially ended Shenendehowa's six-year reign as Sectional champions when the Jets defeated Niskayuna/Schenectady 8-1 in the Division I finals. Matt Vetrone had a hat trick and two assists for the Jets, who won their first title since 2002.

Individual athletes took home state titles during the winter season. Shen's Austin Meys pinned the field on his way to the 189-pound division championship at the state wrestling tournament, while Saratoga's Madalayne Smith won the 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles titles at the state indoor track and field championships. Colonie's Kyle Plante added a victory in the 300-meter dash at the indoor track meet.

Shen's most dominant statewide performance came at the boys swimming and diving championships. Jacob Johnson (50- and 100-yard freestyle) and Shayne Buckley (200-yard individual medley) won individual titles, and they teamed up with Troy Nichols and Sean Parnett to finish first in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

April through June

A power shift took place in Section II boys lacrosse as Niskayuna moved to Class B after dominating Class A for the last four years. That move benefited both Niskayuna and Section II, as the Silver Warriors reached the state finals for the second time in school history before losing to Section V's Canandaigua Academy 10-5.

Niskayuna's move to Class B opened the door for Guilderland to claim its first Sectional title in several years. The Dutchmen defeated Shaker 8-4 in the Class A finals and reached the regional championship game before losing to Section I power Yorktown.

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