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Looking back at 2011, Part I

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

Robert Goo

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• After starting the season 3-6, the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake baseball team won its last seven games to claim its first state championship. The Spartans defeated Section V champion Pittsford Sutherland 8-2 in the Class A final as Keaton Flint collected three hits, drove in three runs and scored three times.

• The Shaker baseball team came within inches of winning the Class AA state title, but Jeff Hoffman’s bases-loaded drive was caught by Josh Ludwig to give Victor (Section V) a 5-4 victory over the Blue Bison. It was only the second trip to the state tournament for Shaker, which claimed the Section II title by beating crosstown rival Colonie 6-0 in the championship game.

• Loudonville Christian played for its first state championship in a boys’ sport in school history when its baseball team made it to the Class D final. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they ran out of gas and lost to Livingston Manor 13-0. LCS had never won a Sectional title in a boys’ team sport until the baseball team defeated Germantown 13-3 in the championship game.

• The Bethlehem softball team claimed its first Sectional title since 1978 when it defeated Shen 2-1 in the Class AA final. Freshman pitcher Meagan Sullivan tossed a five-hitter, and Cassie Smith paced the offense with three hits to help the Lady Eagles upend the top-seeded Plainswomen.

• Shen had better luck on the lacrosse field, as the boys team reached the Class A state semifinals before losing to Farmingdale. The Plainsmen defeated Niskayuna 9-4 for their second consecutive Sectional title and shut down Section I champion Mahopac 8-5 in the regional final.

• The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys lacrosse team made history in 2011 when it defeated Queensbury 12-9 for the Class B Sectional championship. It was the first Sectional title for the 5-year-old varsity team and the third for head coach Tom Schwan, who won two Class A championships at Guilderland.

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