Sports poll: What was the top sports story of 2013 in Colonie?

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What was the top sports story of 2013 in Colonie?

  • CBA beats Shaker in Section II Class AA football final 50%
  • CBA ousted in Section II Class AA basketball semis 0%
  • Colonie bowlers win states 50%
  • James Steck‚Äôs state pole vault titles for Shaker 0%
  • Loudonville Christian meets Joey Lufkin and Argyle in Class D final 0%

2 total votes.

As we begin 2014, let's not forget what took place in 2013. There were a number of sports stories that captured our interest, but which one was the most memorable? Here are the top five choices:

CBA beats Shaker for the Section II Class AA football title. In a game that featured several momentum swings, the Brothers held on for a 13-8 victory over the defending champion Blue Bison to earn their first Sectional championship since 2006.

CBA pulled ahead on quarterback Joe Kolbe's second-quarter touchdown plunge, and the Brothers made the lead stand by thwarting two Shaker drives inside their own 10-yard line in the fourth quarter. The Blue Bison also had two potential go-ahead touchdowns called back by penalties in the second half.

CBA basketball is ousted in the Class AA Sectional semifinals. Normally that wouldn't be worthy of being a highlight, but it ended the Brothers' 10-year run of reaching the Sectional finals -- a run that may never be equalled at the Class AA level.

The Brothers fought hard in the semifinals against upstart Green Tech, an independent team that wasn't around when CBA's string of Sectional finals appearances began. But led by Jamil Hood Jr.'s 31 points, the Eagles knocked off the Brothers 64-60 to end CBA's season.

Colonie bowlers win second state title in three years.Led by juniors Justin Carl and Rick Rovelli, the Garnet Raiders defeated Long Island champion East Islip by 60 pins to bring another state team championship home to Colonie.

It wasn't as easy as the final margin looked. Colonie needed a mid-game rally in the fifth of its six games to pull ahead of East Islip for good. But with Carl (231.5 average), Rovelli (225) and senior Charles Moeske (218.83) bowling well, the Garnet Raiders prevailed.

Shaker's James Steck is king of the pole vault.One year after leaving gymnastics for track and field, Steck won the overall pole vault title at the state indoor championships and claimed the Division 1 (large school) crown at the state outdoor meet three months later.

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