Thursday, February 22, 2018

High school this 'n' that

Readers of The Record have complained about the slanted coverage given to Saratoga County, home to The Saratogian, on a number of topics, sports included.

Suffice to say, the hometown paper now has no choice but to give the defending Section II hockey champs, LaSalle, major coverage as they defend their title this weekend at Union College.

The skating Cadets defeated Saratoga, 3-1, on Wednesday night in their final home game of the season at Hudson Valley Community College. Tom Ryan, Ryan Murray, & Sebastian Geiger had the goals for LaSalle, which beat the Blue Streaks for the 3rd time this season.  Up next for the Cadets will be Shaker-Colonie, which upset 3rd seeded Shenendehowa, also by a 3-1 count. This will be the nightcap of the Sunday doubleheader at Union's Messa Rink.

Form held on the other side of the bracket as Bethlehem shut out Adirondack, and CBA defeated Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa for the second time in as many weeks. Recall that Bethlehem upset CBA in last year's tournament, and swept the Brothers in the regular season. That alone would be motivation  for CBA to knock off the top seed. They will drop the puck at 4:30 on Sunday, with LaSalle vs. Shaker-Colonie ticketed for a 7:15 start.
LaSalle's basketball team is the only non-Suburban Council team left in the Class AA boys' tournament after beating Ballston Spa on Wednesday. That's the good news. The bad? What amounts to a de facto home game at HVCC on Saturday night will have the Cadets facing top seeded Saratoga, which has won 18 in a row. The Streaks may have some extra motivation to avenge the losses foisted on their hockey brethren, as well as keeping their winning streak intact. 

Meanwhile, Troy beat Guilderland for the 2nd time this season, and will have a chance to avenge their earlier loss to Colonie in the opener of a AA quadruple-header on Saturday. Not only that, but Greg Davis' club will be looking to snap a 3-game losing streak to the Garnet Raiders. As with LaSalle, Saturday's game is a de facto home game for Troy, though due to seeding, they'll be the visitors, same as with LaSalle.

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