Monday, April 23, 2018

High school this 'n' that

We've reached the halfway point in the spring sports season in Section 2. Due to the cold weather during the first half, the schedules for some teams have become brutal.

Take, for instance, LaSalle Institute. The Cadets are in the middle of a ridiculous stretch. This week, they're playing five games in six days, four of them at home. The current homestand continues today at Geer Field (South Troy Little League) vs. Cobleskill-Richmondville, and they'll finally get to play Albany Academy tomorrow at the same location. Then, LaSalle visits Schalmont on Wednesday before coming home to play Voorheesville on Friday and South Glens Falls on Saturday. Coach Jesse Braverman's club opened the 2018 Coaches vs. Cancer series at Bruno Stadium with a 7-1 win over Watervliet on April 20, only to return to Geer Field 24 hours later and absorb a 14-4 loss to Queensbury.

Unfortunately, rain is in the forecast from Wednesday forward, so there's no guarantees.......!

Albany Academy, the reigning Class B champs, have rolled through the Colonial Council so far, thumping Schalmont on Saturday, 14-4, to go to 7-0 in league play. After tomorrow's game at LaSalle, Dave Rider's Cadets return home to play Cohoes on Wednesday, then return to Lansingburgh, this time to play Catholic Central at Knickerbocker Park, Friday afternoon. Weather permitting on both games, of course.

Conversely, at Troy High, it's already a lost spring.

The once mighty softball team ventured out to Whitesboro on Saturday, coming off a tough loss to Columbia in extra innings to drop their record to 1-5 overall (1-4 in the Suburban Council). 2nd year coach Sean Geisel might not be a distant relative to the late Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel), but he could use a little Seussian magic in the 2nd half of the season. Troy hosts Colonie today, then travels to Shenendehowa on Wednesday before returning to Troy (weather permitting, natch) to play Shaker on Friday.

Troy's lacrosse team is off until hosting Colonie tomorrow. As of press time, the result of Saturday's non-league home game vs. Scotia hadn't been reported, but they have just one win on the season as well. Likewise for the baseball team, which has the same schedule as the softball team (home vs. Colonie, at Shen, home vs. Shaker) this week. If I'm athletic director Paul Reinisch, I have to think about declining bids for the sectionals next month if things don't improve.

Speaking of Voorheesville, they were on the losing end of a 12-10 score at Bruno Stadium, losing to Cohoes in what reportedly was the longest game of the season so far. As it was reported on Upstate Sports Edge, the game took some three hours and change to complete seven innings due to all the scoring. Week 2 of the Coaches vs. Cancer series, weather permitting, sees a Suburban Council double-header (CBA-Columbia, Shen-Mohonasen). I recommend checking with the schools involved, or log on to or for up-to-date information come Friday. You'll be glad you did.

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