Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Maple Hill's Bubniak heading to Averill Park

Mark Bubniak has accepted the position of athletic director at Averill Park.

Bubniak has served as Maple Hill's athletic director since 2009. He has been the Maple Hill varsity girl's basketball coach for the past seven years. During that span, the Wildcats have won the Patroon Conference each year, as well as three Section 2 titles. Bubniak was named Section 2 Class C coach of the year three times.

The Averill Park Central School District appointed Bubniak to the position on July 22. The appointment is effective Aug. 4.

John Bishop, who has served as Averill Park athletic director since 2012, is relinquishing the position to focus solely on his role as assistant principal.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hytko's position as Cohoes girls basketball coach in question

Rumors are swirling that Dan Hytko may lose his position as varsity girls basketball coach at Cohoes.

Hytko has coached the Lady Tigers since 1998, and coached the boys varsity team the previous 11 years. He was unable answer definitively as to whether or not he is still head coach.

"It's hard to comment because I'm not sure," Hytko said. "It's a little confusing for me. I don't know what to say, I don't know if I am or not."

The issue at hand seems to be that a current Cohoes teacher applied for the position. Hytko said it is the first time in a decade a teacher has challenged for a non-teacher's coaching position.

Hytko has not heard from the athletic director or any administrators regarding the state of his job. He is on vacation and hopes a conversation will take place next week when he returns home.

Coaching positions at Cohoes are one-year appointments, and are approved annually by the Board of Education.

An online petition to keep Hytko on as head coach has started.

"I appreciate the support I've received and everybody who has reached out to me," he said.

Hytko plans to act as the head coach until he is informed the position belongs to somebody else.

"Nobody has removed me yet," he said. "Right now, I'm the Cohoes girls varsity basketball coach. I'm planning to move forward until I'm told otherwise. We have plans for the offseason, we'll do our open gyms. I'm not going to short change my girls. It's not fair to them."

Athletic director Thomas Kostrzebski and superintendent Robert Libby were each out of the office until next week and unable to be reached for comment.

Below is a link to the petition to keep Hytko on as coach:

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Hoosick Falls to open football season at the Carrier Dome

Hoosick Falls will kick off its varsity football season at Syracuse University's Carrier Dome.
The Panthers will face the Owego Free Academy Indians Sunday, September 7 at 1 p.m. in the annual Kick-Off Classic.
Hoosick Falls has 300 general-admission tickets for sale for $7. A spectator bus will also be making the trip to Syracuse.
For ticket information, email head coach Ron Jones at or athletic coordinator Tim Husser at

Final state baseball rankings

The New York State Sportswriters Association has released its final baseball rankings. Here are the ranked Section 2 teams:

Class AA: No. 2 Shenendehowa, No. 15 CBA.

Class A: No. 17 Averill Park, No. 18 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

Class B: No. 1 Schalmont, No. 14 Albany Academy, No. 18 Johnstown

Class C: No. 1 Hoosic Valley, No. 16 Maple Hill, No. 17 Fort Plain

Class D: No. 7 Fort Ann

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Final state softball rankings

The New York State Sportswriters Association has released its final rankings for high school softball. Here are the Section 2 teams to make the final cut:

Class AA:
No. 10 Bethlehem

Class A:
No. 2 Troy
No. 13 Averill Park
No. 21 South Glens Falls

Class B:
No. 4 Mechanicville
No. 6 Cohoes
No. 14 Chatham

Class C:
No. 4 Greenwich
No. 8 Duanesburg

Class D:
No. 1 Fort Ann
No. 17 Loudonville Christian

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Wasaren League Softball All-Stars

Wasaren MVP: Briana Matazinsky, Sr. Pitcher, Tamarac

Section 2 All-Star: Cierra Casale, So. Catcher, Hoosic Valley

1st Team: Samantha Carlo, Sr. Shortstop, Hoosic Valley; Lauren Madigan, Sr. Outfielder, Hoosic Valley

2nd Team: Tracy Anderson, Sr. Pitcher, Hoosic Valley; Cierra Casale, So. Catcher, Hoosic Valley; Michelle Urkevich, Jr. 1B, Tamarac; Liz Ryan, Fr. 2B, Hoosick Falls; Halle King, Sr. SS, Tamarac; Jordan Nitz, So. OF, Tamarac

Honorable Mention: Taylor Cox, Sr. 1B, Hoosic Valley; Chelsea Stevens, Jr. 1B, Hoosick Falls; Michaela Madigan, Jr. SS, Tamarac

Suburban Council boys' lacrosse All-Stars


Attack: Pat Coll, Sr. Shenendehowa; Mike D'Amario, sr. Niskayuna; Kyle Marr, Sr. Shen
Midfield: Ryan Lawson, Sr. Niskayuna; Aidan O'Brien, Jr. Niskayuna; John Prendergast, Jr. Niskayuna; Pete Sacks, Sr. Shen
Face-off Specialist: Dylan Pantalone, So. Niskayuna
Defensive Midfield: Kyle Abdellatif, Sr. Ballston Spa; Brian Guiry, Sr. Shen
Defense: Ian Grey, Sr. Shen; Carter Richardson, Sr. Ballston Spa; Jon Tiberio, Sr. Niskayuna
Goalie: Dan Comber, Jr. Bethlehem


Attack: Coltin Moseman, Sr. Ballston Spa; Stephen Rehfuss, Jr. Shaker; Jacob Smith, Sr. Guilderland
Midfield: Brad Bettinger, Jr. Bethlehem; Brad Johnston Sr. Guilderland; Liam King, Sr. Shaker; John McDonald, Sr. Ballston Spa
Face-off Specialist: Pat Fennelly, So. Ballston Spa
Defensive Midfield: Reed Avveduti, Sr. Niskayuna; Sean Ryan, Sr. Colonie
Defense: Packy Brown, Jr. Burnt Hills; Patrick Evans, Sr. Shaker; Peter Vadney, Jr. Ballston Spa
Goalie: Nick Testa, Jr. Niskayuna


Attack: Austin Clark, Sr. Burnt Hills; Peter Herrick, Jr. Columbia; Chris Stedry, Jr. Ballston Spa
Midfield: Trevor Honis, Jr. Saratoga; Joe Mineau, Jr. Colonie; Chris West, Sr. Colonie
Face-off Specialist: Jake Quay, Sr. Shaker
Defensive Midfield: Kevin Mauro, Sr. Saratoga
Defense: Peter Beidl, Jr. Shen; David Klee, Jr. Columbia
Goalie: Austin Degener, Jr. Saratoga