Gloversville football makes big plays late to beat Schalmont, reach Class B Super Bowl

Gloversville football makes big plays late to beat Schalmont, reach Class B Super Bowl

ROTTERDAM — As soon as Gloversville wide receiver Dominic Dorman cradled the 11-yard touchdown pass to his body with 14.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter of Friday’s Section II Class B semifinal against Schalmont, Huskies football coach Jim Robare had already decided to go for a 2-point conversion and the lead.A Schalmont timeout gave Robare a chance to reevaluate. He put the decision in the hands of his seniors.“There was no doubt [we were going for it],” Gloversville senior tight end/fullback Giorgio Glionna said. “I knew I wanted the ball. I was going to get it for us.”With the…
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Abdella, Mayfield boys claim top Class D prizes at Section II Cross Country Championships

Abdella, Mayfield boys claim top Class D prizes at Section II Cross Country Championships

SARATOGA SPRINGS — As he geared down to cross the finish line in victory Friday afternoon, Mayfield cross country runner Cameron Abdella let out a celebratory whoop.It was just the start of the celebration for the Panthers.Not only did Abdella score the individual victory in the boys’ Class D race during Friday’s Section II Cross Country Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park, becoming Mayfield’s first male Section II champion since Nick Munson in 2000, but Abdella and his teammates delivered a clear team win for the Panthers’ first area title since 2010.“I’m super proud,” Mayfield coach Rebecca Newkirk said. “They killed…
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Mechanicville boys’ soccer outlasts Broadalbin-Perth in OT, advances to Class B final

Mechanicville boys’ soccer outlasts Broadalbin-Perth in OT, advances to Class B final

GLOVERSVILLE — Mechanicville has scored exactly 300 goals over its last two boys’ soccer seasons, but No. 300 was easily the most memorable.For now.Coach Mike Ciulla’s team dominated Wasaren League play during its spring season, running off 15 straight wins, but a league championship was as far as Mechanicville could go with the Section II tournament called off due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.Back on the pitch this fall, Mechanicville picked up right where it left off, with a draw against Class AA Guilderland as the team’s only blemish. But, for all that dominance — which included the team breaking…
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Fourth-quarter surge sends Johnstown field hockey back to Class C championship game

Fourth-quarter surge sends Johnstown field hockey back to Class C championship game

JOHNSTOWN — They came in as the No. 1 seed in the Section II Class C tournament, but the Johnstown field hockey team entered Wednesday’s semifinal against Schuylerville having not played a game in 13 days and having gone 20 days since the last time the Lady Bills both won a game and scored a goal.Johnstown coach Christine Krempa, whose team had a bye into the semis, said her team may have felt the effect of that rust for a little while on Wednesday, but after 45 minutes of controlling the game without a goal to show for it, the…
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ENDORSEMENT: DeSantis has earned a full term as Gloversville’s mayor

ENDORSEMENT: DeSantis has earned a full term as Gloversville’s mayor

The city of Gloversville is finally headed in the right direction when it comes to finances, addressing blight, improving recreational opportunities for citizens, securing grants and making the city more friendly and open to business. To keep that momentum going, it needs a steady hand at the top with the experience, temperament and a history of solving problems. So when Gloversville voters go to the polls to elect their mayor on Tuesday, they should stick with incumbent Democrat Vincent DeSantis. DeSantis, a former prosecutor, city judge for over 20 years, former councilman and councilman-at-large, is just finishing out the term…
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Fonda-Fultonville football gets inventive with trick-play TD pass

Fonda-Fultonville football gets inventive with trick-play TD pass

There are plenty of trick plays in football, but the one that Fonda-Fultonville dusted off last Friday against Mechanicville was a doozy.It was the kind of play that elicited a simple reaction: “Wait, what?”Up 21-0 in the second quarter of their senior night game, the Braves lined up near midfield. Jackson Cusack went in motion, and took a jet sweep handoff from quarterback Connor Weaver. Cusack then turned and threw a cross-field lateral to Derek Duval, who chucked a 40-yard missile to a wide-open Weaver downfield for the touchdown.At its simplest, the play is a double pass, a fairly common…
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