BPHS volleyball headed to state finals, place four on Foothills all-star team

The Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots varsity volleyball team from Section 2 of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) won their Class C regional final on Saturday defeating Salmon River of Section 10 at SUNY Canton to earn their second straight trip to the NYSPHSAA championships. Broadalbin-Perth won by scores of 25-13, 25-20, 25-12 to advance to the state final four on Saturday and Sunday, November 21-22 at the Glens Fall Civic Center.

Broadalbin-Perth will be in the morning session of pool play in Class C on Saturday, November 21 and will face a pair of familiar opponents in defending NYSPHSAA Class C champion Eden Central School (Section 6), and Mattituck (Section 11), champion of the Long Island region. The Lady Patriots played against both teams at last year’s state championships and defeated Mattituck in their first match in school history at the championships. BPHS met Eden in last years Class C state final and led or tied in all three games before finishing as the Class C runner-up. Eden comes into this year’s tournament having won the last four Class C state titles and six state titles in a row (two in Class B).

The only new member of the Class C final four is Millbrook of Section 9. Millbrook defeated last year’s final four entry Spackenkill to win the Mid-Hudson region. Pool play in Class C on Saturday is scheduled to begin at 8:30am. The top two teams will play in final on Sunday at noon.

Broadalbin-Perth is one of five entries in the 2015 NYSPHSAA volleyball championships from Section 2. Shenendehowa (Class AA), Burnt Hills -Ballston Lake (Class A), Hudson Falls (Class B), and Mayfield (Class D) all won their regional finals to advance to the championships at Glens Falls.

The Mayfield Lady Panthers defeated their nemesis Chateaugay (Section 10) in four games, 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-17 to reach the final four. Mayfield will also be in the morning session of pool play on Saturday and will face the schools of Tioga, Haldane, and Portville. Shenedehowa will be the third Section 2 team in the morning session facing opponents in Pine Bush, Clarence, and Connetquot. An opening ceremony for the morning session will take place at 7:40am.

Foothills Council champion Hudson Falls, the only team to defeat Broadalbin-Perth (18-2) will be part of the afternoon session on Saturday and will face schools from Owego, John Glenn, and Westhill beginning at 3pm. Joining the Lady Tigers in the afternoon session will be perennial Section 2 Class A champion Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake. The Lady Spartans are making their 14 straight trip to the NYSPHSAA final four, and along the way earned a school record 30 wins this season. BH-BL will face schools from Water Panas, Kings Park, and Williamsville East. An opening ceremony for the afternoon session begins on Saturday at 2pm.

The Class D championship will tip off the finals on Sunday at 10am. The Class AA and Class C title matches are scheduled to begin at 12pm, and the Class A and Class B final contests are scheduled for 2pm.

Lady Patriots place four on 2015 Foothills Council All Stars

Four members of the Broadalbin-Perth Lady Patriots varsity volleyball team were named to the Foothills Council All Star team. Seniors Zoe Simonson, Gabby Smith, and Megan Ryder, and junior Jordan Marshall were honored as first team selections. All four were part of the BPHS team that became the first in school history to reach the NYSPHSAA state volleyball championships and reached the final last year. Smith was then named to the 2014 state all tournament team.

Players from local high schools also receiving all star honors included Jordan Rose of Johnstown (1st team), Amsterdam’s Maria Lomanto, Kateland Cooks, and Cinderea Chrzynowski, all juniors, were named to the second team, Johnstown’s Claire Guzielek and Mia Franco (2nd team), and Gloversville’s Christina Pavlovsky (2nd team). Tanner Barton of Section 2 Class B champion Hudson Falls was named the league MVP.

Scott Mulford

Scott Mulford has been covering local sports for over 20 years. He previously wrote for the Amsterdam Star and The Free Press of the Mohawk Valley.