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2013 Year in Review: A tidalwave of titles

Guilderland leads the way with three championships in the spring

Guilderland shortstop Tori Greco throws on to first base after getting Bethlehem’s Erin O’Donnell out during the second inning of the Section II Class AA championship game May 31. Guilderland defeated Bethlehem 8-3 for its first Sectional title in 15 years.

Guilderland shortstop Tori Greco throws on to first base after getting Bethlehem’s Erin O’Donnell out during the second inning of the Section II Class AA championship game May 31. Guilderland defeated Bethlehem 8-3 for its first Sectional title in 15 years. Spotlight file photo

Bethlehem and Guilderland both fought hard in the Class AA boys basketball Sectional quarterfinals before coming up short. Bethlehem led Troy 51-48 late in the fourth quarter, but the Flying Horses closed the game on a 7-2 run for a 55-53 victory. Guilderland led Christian Brothers Academy 27-25 early in the third quarter before losing 55-41.

• Eventual state champion Saratoga Springs scored four times in the second period on its way to a 5-0 victory over Bethlehem in the Section II Division I hockey semifinals. Eagles’ goaltender Kevin Cooley made 31 saves against the relentless Blue Streaks, while Bethlehem only got 11 shots on goal.

Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk’s Alex Soutiere recovered from losing in the opening round of the state wrestling tournament to finish third in the Division 2 285-pound weight class. Soutiere rattled off three consecutive wins in the consolation bracket and received a forfeit from the wrestler he lost to, Alfred-Almond’s Connor Calkins, to reach the third-place bout, where he defeated Lowville’s Brandon Fayle 3-2.

Guilderland’s Josh LoGiudice and Mike Lainhart also competed at the state tournament in Albany. LoGiudice finished with a 1-2 record in the Division 1 99-pound weight class, while Lainhart lost both of his bouts at 106 pounds.

Bethlehem’s Samantha Taillon was part of Section II’s third-place girls intersectional medley relay team at the state indoor track and field championships in Ithaca. Teammate Grace Smith tied for fourth place in the girls high jump, while Steve Booker placed 10th in the boys 1,600-meter race.

Spring

• The Guilderland softball team won its first Sectional title in 15 years at Bethlehem’s expense, as the Lady Dutch defeated their neighbors 8-3 in the Class AA finals. Guilderland jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI doubles by Gabriella Marino and Jenna Cubello. Four more Guilderland runs in the third inning spelled Bethlehem’s doom.

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