Basketball season is over at Troy High & LaSalle. Both teams were eliminated in Class AA men's quarterfinal action on Saturday. LaSalle fell to top-seeded Saratoga for the second time this season, 59-44. The Blue Streaks ran their winning streak to 19 in a row, and will play #4 Colonie next. The Garnet Raiders maintained their hold on Troy, but once again had to hold the pesky Flying Horses at bay before prevailing, 51-47. Troy is now 0-4 vs. Colonie since entering the Suburban Council.
The upside for Troy, of course, is that Colonie will graduate their leading scorer, Isaiah Moll, this June, and I believe Will Aybar as well. Maybe things change next season. Troy finishes 14-8 on the season, a solid first season for head coach Greg Davis.
The other semi-final in Class AA sees old foes CBA & Shenendehowa meet. Both have already fallen to Saratoga, but don't think the sectional title is a sure thing for Saratoga just yet. Stranger things have happened. The semi-finals & finals will be contested at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls.
Meanwhile, LaSalle has moved one step closer to repeating at Section II hockey champs, but needed overtime to eliminate Shaker-Colonie, 6-5, Sunday night. Tom Ryan had 2 goals, while Jack O'Bryan had a goal & 4 assists. Sam Brendese, Christian Rudd, & Taylor Nitz also scored for LaSalle, which now faces #1 Bethlehem on Tuesday night at Union College. The Eagles eliminated CBA, this coming after the two teams had played in a Class AA basketball quarter-final, won by CBA, on Saturday.
Remember, too, that Bethlehem & LaSalle skated to a 4-4 draw last month. Again, there's no guarantee that the Eagles, who have not lost to a Section II team all season, can keep that streak going.
Hard to believe, but pre-season baseball has already started. The regular season begins Thursday, March 29, this year, and so the hype will begin. Meanwhile, Major League Baseball has put a limit on mound visits in another attempt to try to speed up the game. That won't go over very well. They've talked about a pitch clock, but that isn't going to be put into effect-----yet.
Three years ago, MMA ace-actress Ronda Rousey appeared at Wrestlemania, giving Triple H and his wife, Stephanie McMahon, a SportsCenter memory they'd rather, in character, forget. Last night, at Elimination Chamber, Rousey officially signed on the dotted line to be a part of Monday Night Raw's women's division, but the seeds have been planted for her first match to be at this year's Wrestlemania. The previous confrontation in Arlington, Texas may or may not have been referenced, but figurehead GM Kurt Angle stirred the pot, teasing that he may be Rousey's partner in a tag match vs. the WWE's power couple. Three years ago, people were speculating about a team of Rousey and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, but since the People's Movie Star will be busy the weekend of April 8, either Angle or someone else will stand beside Rousey. Regardless, HHH & Stephanie have inherited the Vince McMahon Curse, meaning that by remaining corrupt, tbey're assured of losing at the big dance. Vince never won at the Show of Shows, and HHH has lost his last two bouts at the big event, soon to be three.
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