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2013 Year in Review: A new dynasty begins

Colonie bowlers win second state title in last three years

The members of the 2013 state champion Colonie boys bowling team are, from left, (front) Ricky Rovelli, Noah Burke and Nick Peckowitz; and (back) Eric Kaminski, Justin Frey, C.J. Leisenfelder, coach Bill Carl, Justin Carl, Nick Shaw and Charles Moeske.

The members of the 2013 state champion Colonie boys bowling team are, from left, (front) Ricky Rovelli, Noah Burke and Nick Peckowitz; and (back) Eric Kaminski, Justin Frey, C.J. Leisenfelder, coach Bill Carl, Justin Carl, Nick Shaw and Charles Moeske. Spotlight file photo

CBA only got as far as the Sectional quarterfinals, where it lost to Bethlehem 3-2. The Eagles built a 2-0 lead after two periods and fended off the Brothers the rest of the way to avenge a quarterfinal loss to CBA in the 2012 Sectional playoffs.

Zach Swanteck and Mike Betts tallied for the Brothers in the loss.

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Steck captured his second pole vault title of the year when he won the Division 1 championship at the state meet in Middletown. Steck cleared the bar at 14 feet, 6 inches to claim the divisional title. Ellenville’s Justin Farrenkopf was the Division 2 and overall champion after clearing the bar at 15 feet.

Shaker nearly claimed the Division 1 and Federation titles in the boys 400-meter dash. The team of Austin Drescher, Kevin Egan, Kenny Jackson and Lloyd Smalling finished second with a time of 42.26 seconds, .23 seconds behind first place Greece Olympia (Section V). Ian Weykamp was third in the Division 1 400-meter intermediate hurdles race with a time of 54.56 seconds.

Loudonville native Catherine Maloy was part of the Academy of Holy Names’ 3,200-meter relay team, which finished third among Division 2 teams with a time of 9:18.17.

• The Shaker baseball team came up short in its bid to win its second Sectional title in three years, as Shenendehowa rallied for a 3-2 victory in the Class AA finals. A Sean Egan solo home run and a Garrett Klahr RBI single in the top of the second inning gave the Blue Bison a 2-1 lead before the Plainsmen came back. Matt Buckley’s RBI single in the bottom of the fifth inning proved to be the difference for Shen, which won its first Sectional championship in 17 years.

Loudonville Christian School made it as far as the Class D semifinals before losing to Central Hudson Valley League rival Germantown 3-0.

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