It’s time take a look back at what the first half of 2011 brought to the area sports scene.
• The Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball team continued its tradition of Section II excellence. The Brothers capped an undefeated run through the Sectional competition by winning their sixth Class AA title in the last eight years with a 69-46 victory over upstart Bishop Maginn in the finals. CBA advanced to the state semifinals before losing to Section VI champion Jamestown 61-56 in overtime.
• Mohonasen ended a long boys basketball title drought by beating Schenectady County rival Scotia-Glenville 53-36 in the Class A final. The Mighty Warriors last won a Sectional championship in 1992. Unfortunately for Mohonasen, it was in the same class as three-time defending state champion Jamesville-DeWitt, and the Red Rams pulled away for a 67-50 victory over the Mighty Warriors when they met in the regional final.
• The Shaker girls basketball team ended an even longer Sectional championship drought when it defeated crosstown rival Colonie 59-52 in the Class AA final. The Blue Bison hadn’t won a Sectional title since the early 1980s. Shaker lost to eventual state champion Cicero-North Syracuse 63-34 in the regional round.
• The Voorheesville girls basketball team claimed the Class C Sectional crown with a 56-53 victory over Cambridge in the finals. The Blackbirds then advanced to the state semifinals, where they lost to Section V champion Gananda 66-52.
• The Saratoga Springs hockey team advanced to the state finals for the second year in a row, only to be denied again. This time, it was Section VI champion Williamsville North that edged the Blue Streaks 3-2 in the Division I title game. Saratoga won the Section II championship by edging county rival Shenendehowa 3-2 in the final.
• Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk’s Andy Lyman capped his wrestling career by winning the 125-pound weight class at the state tournament in Albany. Lyman edged Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton’s Danny Gormley 2-1 in the finals after scoring a third-period escape. Lyman’s RCS teammate, A.J. Rue, and Loudonville Christian’s Brian Walsh each reached the finals of their weight classes before losing.