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Looking back at 2011, Part I

State titles for BH-BL alpine skiing and baseball teams highlight first half

• The Shenendehowa wrestling team won a state title without having one individual champion. The Plainsmen placed several wrestlers in the top six of their weight classes to claim first place in the individual team standings.

• Relay teams from Section II performed well at the state indoor track and field championships. The Colonie girls 1,600-meter relay team finished first, as did the Shaker boys and Shen girls 3,200-meter relay teams.

• Colonie’s boys and girls bowling teams won state titles. The boys team got past Vernon-Verona-Sherrill by 144 pins with a score of 5,944, while the girls team eased past the competition by 226 pins to win the team title with a score of 5.576. Tyler Mochrie led the Colonie boys with a six-game score of 1,191 pins, while Stephanie Buckley paced the girls team with 1,138 pins.

• Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake claimed the girls alpine skiing title in 2011. Demi Feder led the way with a second-place finish in the slalom for the Lady Spartans.

• It was a down year for Section II in boys swimming, as the region placed last in the team standings at the state meet. The lone champion was Albany Academy diver Manny Pollard, who took first place in the 1-meter springboard with a score of 543.35.

• College hockey moved to the forefront of the Capital District sports scene, as Union College won the ECAC regular season title and both Union and RPI earned berths in the NCAA Division I tournament. Both area teams lost in the opening round.

• The Siena College men’s basketball team saw its three-year Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship streak come to an end, while the University at Albany suffered a quarterfinal round loss in the America East Tournament.

• In their first season, the Albany Devils dropped into last place in the East Division on the final day of the American Hockey League regular season. The Devils moved back to the Capital District after the Albany River Rats (once affiliated with New Jersey before becoming Carolina’s AHL affiliate) moved to Charlotte, N.C., to be closer to their NHL parent club.

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