New York high school football rankings through Nov. 22

This week’s high school football rankings for New York state:

Class AA
1. Archbishop Stepniac-CHSFL (11-0)
1. Aquinas-5 (12-0), vs. Saratoga in state finals
3. Saratoga-2 (11-0), vs. Aquinas in state finals
4. Grand Street-PSAL (11-0)
5. Farmingdale-8 (11-0)
6. Newfield-11 (11-0)
7. Liverpool-3 (10-2), lost in state East semifinal
8. New Rochelle-1 (11-1), lost in state East semifinal
9. Longwood-11 (10-1)
10. St. Francis-MMA (7-4)
11. Elmira-4 (10-1), lost in state West quarterfinal
12. Orchard Park-6 (9-2), lost in West quarterfinal
13. Newburgh-9 (8-3), lost in state East quarterfinal
14. Shaker-2 (9-1)
15. Lindenhurst-11 (10-0)
16. Syracuse CBA-3 (8-2)
17. John Jay-East Fishkill-1 (8-2)
18. Monroe-Woodbury-9 (8-1)
19. Canisius-MMA (8-2)
20. Tottenville-PSAL (10-0)
21. Rush-Henrietta-5 (6-4)
22. Victor-5 (8-1)
23. Oceanside-8 (10-1)
24. Fort Hamilton-PSAL (10-2)
25. Pittsford-5 (7-1)
26. East Islip-11 (9-1)
27. Cardinal Hayes-CHSFL (8-2)
28. Saint Anthony’s-CHSFL (7-3)
29. Kenmore West-6 (8-2)
30. Half Hollow Hills West-11 (9-1)
30. Hilton-5 (7-2)
Honorable mention local schools: Minisink Valley-9 (6-3)

Class A
1. Buffalo South Park-6 (11-1), vs. Lourdes in state final
2. Sayville-11 (11-0)
3. Our Lady of Lourdes-1 (10-2), vs. South Park in state final
4. Maine-Endwell-4 (11-1), lost in state West semfinal
5. Plainedge-8 (11-0)
6. Shoreham-Wading River-11 (11-0)
7. McKee/Staten Island Tech-PSAL (11-0)
8. Cornwall-9 (9-2), lost in state East quarterfinal
9. Brockport-5 (9-2), lost in state West quarterfinal
10. Rye-1 (9-1)
11. Wantagh-8 (8-3)
12. Garden City-8 (9-1)
13. Xavier-CHSFL (10-1)
14. Amsterdam-2 (7-4), lost in state East semifinal
15. Troy-2 (9-1)
16. Whitesboro-3 (9-2), lost in state West quarterfinal
17. Christ the King-CHSFL (10-1)
18. West Seneca East-6 (8-2)
19. East Syracuse Minoa-3 (8-2)
20. Canandaiguq-5 (7-3)
21. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake-2 (8-1)
22. Eastchester-1 (8-1)
23. Greece Athena-5 (6-3)
24. Williamsville North-6 (7-2)
25. Queensbury-2 (6-3)
25. Yorktown-1 (6-3)
Honorable mention local schools: Goshen-9 (6-3); Port Jervis-9 (6-4)

Class B
1. Cazenovia-3 (12-0), vs. Schuylerville in state final
2. Schuylerville-2 (12-0), vs. Cazenovia in state final
3. Locust Valley-8 (11-0)
4. Cheektowaga-6 (11-1), lost in state West semifinal
5. Eagle Academy II-PSAL (12-0)
6. Batavia-5 (10-1), lost in state West quarterfinal
7. Westlake-1 (9-3), lost in state East semifinal
8. Marlboro-9 (9-1), lost in state East quarterfinal
9. Seaford-8 (9-2)
10. Glens Falls-2 (8-2)
11. Livonia-5 (8-2)
12. Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk-2 (8-1)
13. Frederick Douglass Academy-PSAL (12-0)
14. Waverly-4 (8-3), lost in state West quarterfinal
15. Buffalo Burgard-6 (6-4)
16. Alden-6 (8-1)
17. Schalmont-2 (8-2)
18. Malone-10 (10-1)
19. Nanuet-1 (9-1)
20. Springville-6 (8-1)
21. James I. O’Neill-9 (7-2)
22. Vernon-Veronia-Sherrill-3 (7-3)
23. W.T. Clarke-8 (7-3)
24. Homer-3 (7-2)
25. Chittenango-3 (6-3)
Honorable mention local schools: Spackenkill-9 (6-3)

Class C
1. Chenango Forks-4 (11-1), vs. Greenwich in state final
2. Greenwich-2 (12-0), vs. Chenango Forks in state final
3. Bath Haverling-5 (11-1), lost in state West semifinal
4. Liberty-9 (11-1), lost in state East semifinal
5. Dobbs Ferry-1 (7-1), lost in state East quarterfinal
6. Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake-6 (9-2), lost in state West quarterfinal
7. Buffalo Bennett-6 (8-2)
8. East Rochester/Gananda-5 (9-1)
9. Newark Valley-4 (8-2)
10. Utica Notre Dame-3 (9-2), lost in state West quarterfinal
11. Millbrook-9 (8-2)
12. Canastota-3 (8-2)
13. Hoosic Valley-2 (7-3)
14. Cleveland Hills-6 (7-2)
15. Chester-9 (6-3)
16. Holland Patent-3 (6-3)
17. Thousand Islands-3 (6-2)
18. Fonda-Fultonville-2 (7-1)
19. Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour-4 (7-2)
20. General Brown-3 (7-2)
21. Mechanicville-2 (6-3)
22. Gouverneur-10 (7-4), lost in state East quarterfinal
23. Lackawanna-6 (6-3)
24. Lyons-Sodus-5 (6-3)
25. Stillwater-2 (6-3)

Class D
1. Tioga-4 (11-1), vs. Ticonderoga in state final
2. Ticonderoga-7 (11-1), vs. Tioga in state final
3. Bishop Kearney-5 (9-3), lost in state West semifinal
4. Franklinville/Ellicottville-6 (8-2), lost in state West quarterfinal
5. Deposit/Hancock-4 (9-1)
6. Clyde-Savannah-5 (8-2)
7. Red Jacket-5 (8-1)
8. Moriah-7 (8-1)
9. Avon-5 (8-1)
10. Whitehall-2 (9-1), lost in state East quarterfinal
11. Sandy Creek-3 (8-3), lost in state West quarterfinal
12. Walton-4 (7-2)
13. Cambridge-2 (8-2)
14. West Canada Valley-3 (7-3)
15. Harpursville/Afton-4 (7-2)

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NYSPHSAA state football finals matchups and schedule

Section 9 won’t send any teams to Syracuse’s Carrier Dome this year. Liberty represented the section’s final hope before the Indians lost to Greenwich 41-13 in the state Class C semifinals Saturday. Here are the NYSPHSAA state finals matchups this week, all at the Dome. The section each team won is in parentheses.

Class D
Ticonderoga (7) vs. Tioga (4)
noon Friday

Class A
Our Lady of Lourdes (1) vs. South Park (6)
3 p.m. Friday

Class C
Greenwich (2) vs. Chenango Forks (4)
6 p.m. Friday

Class B
Schuylerville (2) vs. Cazenovia (3)
noon Sunday

Class AA
Saratoga Springs (2) vs. Aquinas Institute (5)
3 p.m. Sunday

Sidenote: South Park snapped Maine-Endwell’s 62-game win streak Friday, which was the state’s longest win streak. Maine-Endwell moved up to Class A this season after winning four straight state titles: Class A in 2011 and then three in Class B. The Spartans last lost Nov. 12, 2010, 40-14 to Whitesboro. Shoreham-Wading River now holds the state’s longest win streak at 23. So it will take a while before anyone matches Maine-Endwell’s previous win streak.

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Clifford fourth at state diving championships

Minisink Valley junior Erin Clifford placed fourth at the state diving championships on Friday at Ithaca College with a score of 480.55. Clifford had placed fifth in the state as a sophomore.

New Paltz senior Caroline Murphy placed fourth in the 100-yard backstroke in the swimming finals on Saturday, swimming a time of 56.58. Murphy also placed 15th in the 50 freestyle and led New Paltz’s 200 medley relay team to a seventh-place finish.

Washingtonville junior Katie Smolar placed eighth in the 200 freestyle (1:53.84) and was 11th in the 500 freestyle (5:05.69).

For the full results, click here.

Section 9′s Saturday swimming finals results
200 medley relay: 7. New Paltz (Caroline Murphy, Morgane Kuyl, Kaela Santos, Abigail Santos) 1:49.87; 200 freestyle: 8. Katie Smolar (Washingtonville) 1:53.84; 50 freestyle: 15. Caroline Murphy (New Paltz) 24.46; diving: 4. Erin Clifford (Minisink Valley) 480.55; 24. Samantha Reichman (Cornwall) 299.95; 35. Kristen Lubeski (Monroe-Woodbury) 173.95; 39. Julia Brice (Cornwall) 161.95; 100 freestyle: 25. Erica Bachiller (Monroe-Woodbury) 54.08; 28. Mackenzie Tuttle (Monroe-Woodbury) 54.49; 500 freestyle: 11. Katie Smolar (Washingtonville) 5:05.69; 100 backstroke: 4. Caroline Murphy (New Paltz) 56.58; 13. Erica Bachiller (Monroe-Woodbury) 57.86; 400 freestyle relay: 19. Washingtonville (Paige Bacigal, Katelyn Lerner, Molly Miller, Katie Smolar) 3:40.69.

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Pine Bush volleyball headed to state final

GLENS FALLS – Pine Bush’s volleyball team is headed where no Pine Bush team has been before.

The state championship match.

In state Class AA semifinal pool play action on Saturday at the Glens Falls Civic Center, Pine Bush went 3-3. That was good enough for second place – and Pine Bush advanced on a 2-0 head-to-head tiebreak over Section 2′s Shenendehowa. Pine Bush will play Section 11′s Connetquot in the state Class AA championship match at 12 p.m. on Sunday at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

If you can’t make it tomorrow, I’ll be providing live updates on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.

Check out the video above for some thoughts from Pine Bush captains Gabby Amelio, Sydney Hofmann and Sarah Smith.

The game story will be posted soon on

You can check out some photos from today’s action at the following link.

In case you missed any of the preview stories in the paper this week, here are the links.

From sophomore to seniors in state volleyball semis

Pine Bush volleyball team knows how to win

Battle-tested Pine Bush set for pool play

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Liberty-Greenwich state semifinal: what to know

Liberty (11-0) vs. Greenwich (11-0), state Class C semifinal

Where: Dietz Stadium, Kingston
When: 11 a.m. Saturday
About Liberty: Liberty makes its first ever state semifinal appearance. The Indians lost to Edgemont 44-7 in the 1999 quarterfinals in their previous state tournament appearance. … Senior running back/linebacker Kevin Morgans leads the team with 933 rushing yards and 117 tackles. … Senior quarterback Grant Harman’s leading receiver is senior wideout Shane Black, who has 19 catches for 418 yards and seven touchdowns. They also both lead the team with three interceptions apiece on defense. … Harman has thrown 59 percent for 1,330 yards, 24 touchdowns.
About Greenwich: Senior quarterback Luke Whitehouse has thrown 65 percent for 1,393 yards and 15 touchdowns. also rushing for 1,691 yards. … Senior running back Mike Brandow holds 185 carries for 1,691 yards and 27 touchdowns. … The Witches last made the state semifinals in 1997, when they were in Class D. They shift between Class C and D every few years. … Senior kicker Linnea D’Acchille has kicked 47 PATs this season, believed to be the state record for a female kicker.
Up next: Winner advances to the state finals at 6 p.m. next Friday at Syracuse’s Carrier Dome, facing the winner of Saturday’s state semifinal between Chenango Forks and Haverling.
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McShea next stop: Maryland

Monroe-Woodbury senior Nick McShea, a 2015 state 195-pound finalist, verbally committed to the University of Maryland Tuesday night and signed his letter of intent to wrestle for the Division I school Wednesday.

“I’m really excited for it,” said McShea, who went 40-1 and won his second straight Section 9 title as a junior. “It’s like a new opportunity. I just got to work hard and be ready to compete at the Big Ten level.”

McShea will wrestle at 197 pounds for Maryland head coach Kerry McCoy, a three-time all-American at Penn State and former coach of U.S. Olympic wrestling team. He said he will most likely redshirt his freshman year.

“I’ll train there and get my body ready to be a college athlete and get after it my sophomore year,” said McShea, who will receive a partial athletic scholarship. “I’m going to have to wrestle-off for a spot.”

McShea, who is 110-21 in his high school career, will start his senior season wrestling at 220 pounds and is undecided on whether he will drop to 195 for the postseason.

“I’m excited to see how well he does in the Big Ten Conference and at the Division I level,” Monroe-Woodbury coach John Gartiser said. “I’m pretty confident that he’s going to excel. I like the Maryland coaching staff and the program. I think it’s going to be an up-and-coming program in the Big Ten.”

Monroe-Woodbury and McShea are 29th in Intermat’s preseason national rankings.

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Boys soccer final state rankings for 2015

The New York State Sportswriters Association released its final boys soccer rankings of the season earlier this week. I’ll list the top three teams in each class as well as any Section 9 teams that made the cut.

For the full list, click here.


The Varsity845 All-Stars will be released at some point in the coming weeks. I will let you know on Twitter (@THR_Montgomery) when we have a definite publication date. Thanks for following along this season.


Class AA

1. Walt Whitman (20-1-1, Section 11)

2. Ballston Spa (20-1-1, Section 2)

3. Ithaca (18-1-1, Section 4)

15. Monroe-Woodbury (14-5-1)


Class A

1. Amityville (17-5-0, Section 11)

2. Pearl River (20-3-0, Section 1)

3. Grand Island (19-2-1, Section 6)

10. Cornwall (16-3-1)


Class B

1. Plattsburgh (19-2-0, Section 7)

2. East Aurora (18-3-2, Section 6)

3.  Hastings (18-3-2, Section 1)

11. Spackenkill (15-4-1)

20. James I. O’Neill (12-4-2)


Class C

1. Elmira-Notre Dame (20-0-0, Section 4)

2. Solomon Schechter (13-5-2, Section 1)

3. Geneseo (19-2-1, Section 5)

6. Webutuck (8-9-1)

19. S.S. Seward (11-6-1)


Class D

1. Fort Ann (23-0-0, Section 2)

2. Elizabethtown-Lewis/Westport (13-4-2, Section 7)

3. Cincinnatus (20-2-0, Section 3)

6. Mount Academy (16-1-0)

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Discipline, commitment keys to Saugerties’ winning season


Saugerties celebrates its 35-28 win Oct. 30 against Red Hook, which put the Sawyers at 5-4 and gave them their first winning season since finishing 6-3 in 2009. (Photo provided)

First-year Saugerties head football coach Dom Zarrella tightened the Sawyers’ discipline. Some players took it better than others, but Saugerties went from a winless 2014 to its first winning season since 2009.

The Sawyers finished 5-4 after recording a 4-23 from 2012-14. Zarrella knew his team had potential, but he set some rules.

“Basically, we weren’t tolerating things like guys missing practice or not doing the right things in school,” Zarrella said. “So we sent a strong message to this group that those times have changed around here.”

Zarrella says he realized the Sawyers could have a winning year halfway through their season opener, Sept. 5′s 27-22 loss to Rondout Valley. He noticed his offense consistently storm down the field before making mistakes.

The head coach told his team at halftime that “we’re a decent team.” The Ganders took a 27-0 lead before Saugerties scored 22 unanswered points.

“After that game, even though we lost the game, the kids were like, ‘You know what, Coach? You’re right. We are pretty good,’” Zarrella said. “Then the next week, we beat Dover.”

Saugerties’ 21-0 win Sept. 12 against Dover was the team’s first victory since Sept. 13, 2013′s 12-7 win against Goshen. But not everyone followed the culture shift. The team ended the season with only three seniors after a few quit during the season, Zarrella said.

A couple seniors decided not to attend practice the Monday before Saugerties’ final game Oct. 30 against Red Hook. Zarrella decided those players wouldn’t play that game.

Saugerties stood 4-4 with a chance for a winning season. The Sawyers and Red Hook recently named that match “The River Bowl” and plan to play it annually.

The Sawyers won 35-28, as several players returning next year shined. Saugerties ran for 400 yards, with sophomore Jack Hindes recording 11 carries and a team-leading 101 yards.

Freshman Matt Bucci, who will play quarterback next year, posted 16 tackles, a forced fumble and a sack. Zarrella calls Bucci “the best player I’ve ever coached.”

The team will likely have 35 players next year, which allows for some positional competition, Zarrella said.

“Instead of having three seniors, we’re going to have 18 seniors,” Zarrella said. “We haven’t had 18 kids finish the season, let alone 18 seniors. ”

A few kids who left the team watched Saugerties’ win against Red Hook from the stands. They approached Zarrella after the game.

“They said, ‘You know what Coach, we’re sorry. I wish we part of that,’” Zarrella said. “I’m like, ‘I wish you were part of it too, but you knew the rules.’ And that’s the way it had to be.”

Twitter: @JoshBakan845

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VIDEO: V845 Football Show: State Playoff Edition

Josh Bakan and Will Montgomery break down the chances of Newburgh Free Academy, Cornwall, Marlboro, Liberty and Roscoe in the state quarterfinals this weekend.

The quarterfinal matchups are:

Class A: Cornwall (9-1) vs. Our Lady of Lourdes (8-2), 7 p.m. at Dietz Stadium, Kingston
Class AA: Newburgh Free Academy (8-2) vs. New Rochelle (10-0), 7 p.m. at Dietz Stadium
Class B: Marlboro (9-0) vs. Westlake (8-2), 1:30 p.m. at Sleepy Hollow HS
Class C: Liberty (9-0) vs. Dobbs Ferry (7-0), 3 p.m. at Dietz Stadium
Class D: Roscoe-Downsville-Livingston Manor (6-3) vs. Tuckahoe (2-6), 10:30 a.m. at Sleepy Hollow HS

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Nationally-ranked Crusaders

The first week of high school wrestling practice is underway and Monroe-Woodbury has earned a national ranking.

Monroe-Woodbury is No. 29 in Intermat’s preseason poll. The Crusaders rank second among East public schools in the poll. Belle Vernon Area (Pa.) is No. 18.

Monroe-Woodbury returns five Section 9 champions – seniors Nick McShea and Kevin Kelly, juniors Evan Barczak and Kendall Elfstrum and freshman Marco Vespa. The Crusaders added Pine Bush transfer Anthony Stramiello, a senior and 2014 Section 9 champion.

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