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Rob Jonas

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A look back in Delmar/Guilderland sports

Voorheesville's run to boys basketball Sectional title highlights winter season

With two weeks remaining before the start of the spring sports season, it’s time to take a glance back at the recently completed winter season.

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A look back in Colonie sports

Colonie girls bowling leads the list of winter accomplishments

With two weeks remaining before the start of the spring sports season, it’s time to take a glance back at the recently completed winter season.

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Tradition continues at Tisa Memorial game

Two Veeder Elementary School families chosen to receive funds from annual charity basketball contest

John Aidala has volunteered at the Amy Tisa Memorial Basketball Game as its scorekeeper since it started in 2008. He never thought he and his family would one day be selected to receive funds from it.

Realignment hits Section II football again

Several teams switch classes and divisions for 2014

Section II football divisions have been changed for the 2014 season.

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Boys basketball: Green Tech gets past Guilderland

Hood Jr.'s late three-pointer secures Eagles' first Sectional title

It's a shot Jamil Hood Jr. practices all the time, and it's highly effective.

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Boys basketball: Voorheesville gives its coach his first Sectional title

Blackbirds cruise past Broadalbin-Perth for Class B crown

As a Voorheesville basketball player, David Burch never had the opportunity to play in a regional game. Now as his alma mater's varsity boys basketball coach, Burch has that opportunity.

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Girls basketball: Albany outhustles Bethlehem

Waterson makes game-saving defensive play for Falcons

Cara Waterson personally saw to it that there would be no overtime.

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Boys basketball: No Big 10 teams left in Class AA playoffs

Guilderland pulls away from CBA in second half to win quarterfinal contest

For the first time since the state added Class AA to its boys basketball playoff structure a decade ago, a Big 10 team has failed to make it to the Section II semifinals.

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Boys basketball: Shaker duels Green Tech to the final horn

Eagles make big plays at the end to prevail

Green Tech came through in crunch time.

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Boys basketball: Voorheesville advances to Class B semifinals

Balanced attack helps Burch get back to Glens Falls as a coach

Voorheesville boys basketball coach David Burch remembers the last time he was in Glens Falls for a Section II playoff game.

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Girls basketball: Shaker fends off Guilderland in quarterfinals

Lady Bison need 16-point fourth quarter to put away the Lady Dutch

Patience was a virtue for the Shaker girls basketball team.

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Not as seen on TV

Curling is more difficult than the Olympians make it look

Do not be fooled by what you’ve seen on television. Curling is harder than the Olympians make it look.

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Girls basketball: Shaker prepares for playoffs

Undefeated Lady Bison own Suburban Council's No. 1 seed

Shaker girls basketball coach Emily Caschera-Blowers knows owning the Suburban Council's top seed for the Section II Class AA playoffs doesn't guarantee a trip to the finals.

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Seven Bethlehem athletes announce their college choices

Booker, Muller take their talents to Division I track programs

Four Bethlehem Central High School senior student-athletes signed their National Letters of Intent at last Tuesday’s ceremony in the school’s library, while three more announced their college choices.

Wrestling: Short match packs high energy

Burt pins Tangora in first period to win 220-pound final

The best championship bout at Saturday's Section II Division I Class I wrestling tournament at Shaker High School was also one of the shortest of the evening.

High school: Five Guilderland athletes make their college selections

Capollari stays close to home at Siena, while O'Brien heads to Stonehill

Two key members of the Section II Class AA champion Guilderland boys soccer team were among the five seniors that made their college choices official at Thursday's signing day ceremony.

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Wrestling: Josh LoGiudice leads Guilderland at Mahopac Invitational

Dutchmen place sixth at downstate tournament

The Guilderland wrestling team represented Section II well at Saturday's Mahopac Invitational outside Newburgh.

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Hockey: The beat goes on

Shaker/Colonie sends Guilderland/Mohonasen/Scotia to another loss

One hockey team was hunting for a playoff spot. The other was just happy to be on the ice.

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Boys basketball: Bethlehem escapes with a win

Key fourth-quarter sequence allows Eagles to pull away from Mohonasen

Ben Zonca made his presence known at the right time.

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Girls basketball: Guilderland's rally falls short

Cacckello sees progress in loss to Columbia

The Guilderland girls basketball team is making progress this season, even if it doesn't show in the win column.

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Football: Jason Clas signs with Division I school

Bethlehem senior gets scholarship offer from Wagner

Jason Clas is taking his football talents to Staten Island. The Bethlehem Central High School senior accepted a full scholarship Friday to play for Wagner University, a member of the Northeast Conference in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

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Indoor track: Jenna Robinson surges to victory

Guilderland senior passes three Saratoga runners on final lap of 3,000-meter race

Jenna Robinson surged when others might have faded. The Guilderland senior waited until the final lap and then passed three Saratoga runners to win the girls 3,000-meter race at Saturday's Suburban Council Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University at Albany's SEFCU Arena.

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Girls basketball: Sophomores lead Voorheesville past Cobleskill

Pettograsso scores eight of her 12 points in pivotal fourth quarter

When your varsity basketball team is loaded with sophomores, there is going to be a learning curve.

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Girls basketball: Shaker rallies past Bethlehem

Barra, Rowland lead Lady Bison in big fourth quarter

The Shaker girls basketball team had never trailed by double digits in any game this season prior to Friday's Suburban Council showdown at Bethlehem. Yet, the Lady Bison found themselves facing a 16-4 deficit five minutes into the contest.

Wrestling: A big finish for Bethlehem

Five Eagles win their weight classes at Schenectady Invitational

The Bethlehem wrestling team turned in one of its best performances of the season at Saturday's Schenectady Invitational.

Boys swimming: Gunnar Zemering aims for another banner season

Defending state champion enjoys additional role as team leader

Before Friday's home meet against Shenendehowa, Bethlehem unveiled a new banner recognizing its three state swimming champions -- Ken Neff, Elyse McDonough and Gunnar Zemering.

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Hockey: Shaker/Colonie can't hold West Genesee down

Two late goals seal Wildcats' latest victory

The Shaker/Colonie hockey team made West Genesee work for its 4-0 non-league victory Saturday at the Albany County Hockey Facility.

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Basketball: CBA bounces back with dominating performance

Stire's 19 points leads Brothers past LaSalle in Big 10 game

The Christian Brothers Academy basketball team had no intention of blowing a double-digit halftime lead two home games in a row.

Hockey: Bethlehem rallies to tie Saratoga

Lemieux's second goal of the night pulls Eagles even with defending state champs

Trailing 3-0 early in the third period against the defending state champions, it would have been easy for the Bethlehem hockey team to lose heart.

Boys basketball: Late run helps Guilderland avoid upset

Platek's 29 points lead Dutchmen past stubborn Niskayuna team

The Guilderland boys basketball team ended a 16-day layoff with another double-digit victory, but Niskayuna made the Dutchmen work for it.

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2013 Year in Review: Battles won and lost

Football final between CBA and Shaker among second half highlights

This appears in the Jan. 1 edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

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2013 Year in Review: Big wins and near misses

Dutchmen from Albany and Guilderland make noise in second half of year

This appears in the Jan. 1 edition of The Spotlight

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2013 Year in Review: A tidalwave of titles

Guilderland leads the way with three championships in the spring

This appears in the Dec. 25 edition of The Spotlight.

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2013 Year in Review: A new dynasty begins

Colonie bowlers win second state title in last three years

The following article appears in the Dec. 25 edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

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Boys basketball: Guilderland rolls past Shaker

Four Dutchmen reach double figures in 17-point win

What was supposed to be a showdown of two Suburban Council powerhouses turned into a one-sided affair. Four Guilderland players reached double figures in a 67-50 boys basketball victory over Shaker Thursday in Latham.

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Wrestling: Golan Cohen, Austin Dicerbo lead Colonie at Stuart Memorial Duals

Snowstorm causes problems at annual tournamnt

Saturday night's snowstorm turned out to be a minor bump in the road at Colonie's annual Linda Stuart Memorial Duals Tournament.

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Wrestling: Justin Schipano gets his dream job

Ravena '03 graduate is new varsity coach

Life is good from Justin Schipano's point of view. The 2003 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School graduate is now the varsity wrestling coach at his alma mater, and as such is taking control of one of the premier Colonial Council programs.

Boys basketball: Guilderland fends off Albany Academy

Matt Cerutti leads Dutchmen to non-league win over defending Federation champs

The Guilderland boys basketball team passed a major test Saturday.

Boys basketball: Guilderland too much for Colonie to handle down low

Matt Cerutti, Marc DuMoulin dominate for the Dutchmen

Try as it might, Colonie had no answer for Guilderland's Matt Cerutti and Marc DuMoulin.

Wrestling: Colonie, Shaker impress at first invitationals

Garnet Raiders win Ballston Spa Duals title; Shaker places third at Columbia Duals

The Colonie and Shaker wrestling teams made a good impression during the first invitational dual meets of the season Saturday.

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Girls basketball: Bethlehem finds a way past Guilderland

Jenna Giacone's 16 points pace Lady Eagles in opener

A strong first quarter proved to be enough for the Bethlehem girls basketball team.

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Hockey: Bethlehem storms past CBA in league opener

Five-goal second period propels Eagles to first win

When Andrew Carroll scored 12 seconds into the second period, it was a sign of things to come for the Bethlehem hockey team.

Boys basketball: Colonie varsity job too good for Jim Boland to pass up

After three decades as an assistant coach, Boland makes the jump

By Jim Boland's own admission, he could have taken a head coaching job at any time over the last couple of decades, but he held out. Not any more.

Boys basketball: Bethlehem tests itself before season begins

A.G. Irons puts veteran Eagles through their paces with tough scrimmages

A.G. Irons wasn't going to wait until the start of the Suburban Council season to test his Bethlehem boys basketball team.

Girls basketball: Shaker needs new players to step up in 2013-14

Lyric Artis, Jenny Barra among those being counted on for more offense

Madison Rowland is no longer around to lead the Shaker girls basketball team to victory, so other players must step up this season.

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Boys basketball: Guilderland bolstered by the return of Matt Cerutti

Senior forward's health issues are almost in the rear view mirror

The 2012-13 season was difficult for Matt Cerutti and the Guilderland boys basketball team.

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Hockey: Bethlehem's first-period blues cost the Eagles at opening tournament

Mamaroneck scores goals in bunches to beat Bethlehem

The season is two games old, and already Bethlehem hockey coach Andre Rodrigue is tired of seeing his team fall behind early.

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Hockey: "Moon Dog" leads Shaker/Colonie to first win over Mamaroneck

Zach Dignum stops 24 shots in shutout

Zach "Moon Dog" Dignum was the leader of the pack in Shaker/Colonie's first-ever win over Mamaroneck.

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Girls basketball: The next wave rolls in

A new group of players must help Colonie remain in the hunt

Colonie girls basketball coach Heather Fiore isn’t calling this a rebuilding season, but there are more questions than answers going into the season opener Dec. 6 home opener against Columbia.

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Hockey: Experience is necessary

Caswell and Carroll return to lead Bethlehem’s top line into the 2013-14 season

Will this be the year the Bethlehem hockey team finally reaches the Section II Division I finals?

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