• The University at Albany football team earned a share of the Northeast Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, and Guilderland High School graduate Andrew Smith was a big part of it. Smith was the team’s leading running back with 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns. It was the Great Danes’ first NCAA playoff berth at the Division I level.
• Things went swimmingly for Section II at the New York State Girls Swimming and Diving Championships in Buffalo. The region won its first intersectional title since 1999 with help from Niskayuna’s Kina Zhou and Maggie Jordan – both of whom won individual events and swam as part of the Silver Warriors’ state record-setting 400-yard freestyle relay team. Guilderville’s Jenna Bickel defended her state title in the 100 backstroke, and Ballston Spa’s Addison Walkowiak earned her first state diving championship.
• Shaker (boys) and Saratoga (girls) won the team titles at the Federation cross country championships. Shaker went on to win the Nike Team Nationals New York regional, while Saratoga placed second both in the regional and the national meet.
• The Shenendehowa boys soccer team got as far as the state semifinals in Class AA before losing to Long Island champion Hicksville 3-0. The Plainsmen edged Colonie 3-2 for their 13th Sectional championship since 1988.
The Mohonasen boys soccer team won its third Class A Sectional championship in the last four years by beating Queensbury 2-0. Cameron McDermott and Joseph Avery scored first-half goals for the Mighty Warriors. East Syracuse-Minoa ended Mohonasen’s season with a victory in the regional final.
• Shaker’s Cat Crummey finished fourth at the state girls tennis tournament. Crummey reached the singles semifinals before losing to Wallkill’s Morgan Herrmann 7-6, 0-6, 7-6. Crummey then fell to Seton Catholic’s Claire Minnoe 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the third-place match.