Athletic News Archives
DCS athletes participate in WAC leadership conference
March 28, 2017
Student athletes represented Duanesburg at last week's WAC leadership conference at Fulton Montgomery Community College. They listened to speakers and participated in leadership activities and presentations.
Eagles seek to soar to 20th league championship
March 23, 2017
The Daily Gazette featured our awesome, championship softball team. READ THE ARTICLE
DCS wrestlers excel at states
March 1, 2017
Zach Lawrence placed 5th at the New York State wrestling championships at the Times Union Center on Feb. 25. Coach Conway reports, "Lawrence is now a three-time state placer and only a sophomore. Teammates Ryan Harper and Charlie Grygas also had a good tournament, making it to Saturday and finishing in the top eight in the state."
Feb. 23, 2017
Duanesburg's reputation for wrestling excellence hits the mats this weekend. Zachary Lawrence heads to the state wrestling meet on Feb. 24-25 at the Times Union Center, his fourth time competing at that level, with fellow wrestlers Ryan Harper and Charlie Grygas, who received wild card berths.
Lawrence won his 3rd Section 2 wrestling title Feb. 11 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Coach Conway said, “Only a sophomore, Zach went as a wild card his 8th-grade year after placing 2nd in the section and winning titles in 7th, 9th and 10th grade. He has placed 4th and 5th in the state meet.”
After finishing second in the section 2 tournament, Harper and Grygas were selected by a statewide point system to compete at the states.
Wrestlers hit the mat with Gwiz
Dec. 29, 2016
A report from Coach Conway:
"Two-time national wrestling champion Nick Gwiazdowski, coming off a huge win in the Ukraine for the U.S.A. senior national team to help defeat a powerful Iran team, stopped by the wrestling room that he grew up in at Duanesburg High School. He spent last Monday and Tuesday helping prepare the team for the Schenectady County Duals.
"Nick's presence in the room is amazing, and he is a very gifted coach. The kids were excited to have one of the best wrestlers in the world who grew up in the same wrestling room leading the practice. Nick's next competition will be in Russia at the end of January."
Photo above: Nick Gwizdowski and Coach Caufield demonstrate takedown strategies at practice. Photo below: Gwiz and the team take a break during Monday's practice. READ MORE ABOUT NICK'S RECENT COMPETITION
Golfers to sport new bags, thanks to donation
Dec. 8, 2016
DCS golfers will sport awesome new bags thanks to a donation from Clark Industrial Park that was secured by Booster Club member Dianne Grant.
Congratulations Scholar Athletes
Congratulations to Duanesburg's Scholar Athletes for fall 2016. Scholar Athletes have to meet high standards set by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for academic and sports performance, as well as being good citizens. READ MORE
The varsity girls basketball team opened the season by capturing the 2nd place trophy in the Schenevus Tournament. They defeated Schoharie, then fell to Unatego in the championship round. Cassidy Schaeffer and Logan Smith were named to the all-tournament team.
Physics, soccer and a 99+ academic average - small school, smart students!
DCS senior Ben Lawrence is TWC-TV's Scholar Athlete of the Week. VIEW THE VIDEO
DCS runners part of state championship team
DCS cross country runners Elaine Atanasova and Jen Skeeter not only placed 16th and 22nd, respectively, in the New York State Cross Country Championship at Chenango Valley State Park Nov. 12, they were also part of a Section 2 combined team that won the meet and was crowned State Champion. Brendon VanVlack ended his stellar high school cross country career with a solid race performance at the state meet. Congratulations to the runners and Coach Lynch.
Girls XC team scores silver at sectionals
Great news from Coach Lynch:
Congratulations to the girls cross country team for finishing second at sectionals Oct. 4 at Saratoga State Park. The team held off a tough Maple Hill team to earn the runner-up plaque and was led by Elaine Atanasova who placed 4th, Jen Skeeter who placed 7th, Bridget Van Valen who placed 14th, Alice Cole who placed 19th, Hannah Lawrence who placed 30th and Astrid Marz who placed 31st and displaced Maple Hill's 5th runner to help solidify the win.
Congratulations also to the boys cross country team for a solid performance at sectionals. They placed 6th out of 15 teams with many of the runners getting PRs on the course. The team was led by Brendon VanVlack who placed 4th and Boone Lynch who placed 9th. George Atanasov - 36th, Sal Gallo - 52nd and Mark Nicolella - 63rd rounded out the scoring for the team.
Elaine, Jen and Brendon qualified for the state meet and will represent Section 2 Nov. 12 at Chenango Valley State Park near Binghamton. Good luck to the runners.
Cross country runners WAC the competition
Congratulations to the girls varsity cross country team on winning the Oct. 25 WAC Championship. The team was led by Elaine Atanasova in 2nd place, Jen Skeeter in 3rd place, Alice Cole in 9th place, Bridget VanValen in 10th place and Eleanor Felton in 16th place. The girls are currently ranked 6th in the state.
Congratulations to the modified girls on a job well done. Jessica Archambeault placed 6th, Alana Mitchell placed 7th and Abie O'Donnell placed 10th.
Congratulations to the boys varsity cross country team on their 3rd place finish behind Class B - Notre Dame Bishop Gibbons and Class C - Fonda at the WAC Championship meet. The team was led by Brendon VanVlack, who placed 2nd, and Boone Lynch, who placed 5th. George Atanasov placed 18th, Sal Gallo 27th and Paul Munson 37th, rounding out the scoring for the team. The teams will run at the Harvest Classic at Schodack Island Park on Oct. 29.
CS reigns supreme at Grout XC Invitational
Congratulations to Brendon Van Vlack for winning the 78th Annual Grout Cross Country Invitational on Oct. 1. Van Vlack ran the 2.75 mile course in a time of 14:30. Boone Lynch finished in 7th place.
Congratulations to the girls varsity team for bringing home the team championship after defeating 17 other teams and winning with a total of 66 points. They outscored the second place team by 44 points. The team was led by Elaine Atanasova who placed 2nd, Jen Skeeter who placed 6th, Alice Cole who placed 19th, Emily Schaefer who placed 20th and Hannah Lawrence who placed 22nd. Great team effort!
Girls varsity XC team runs away with 2nd at Fort Plain Invitational
Congratulations to the girls varsity cross country team for their 2nd place finish at the Fort Plain Invitational. The team was led by Elaine Atanasova who placed 6th, Jen Skeeter who placed 7th and Alice Cole who placed 12th. Hannah Lawrence and Emily Schaeffer rounded out the scoring for the team. Congratulations also to Brendon VanVlack who placed 12th and Boone Lynch who placed 17th in the boys varsity race and to George Atanasov who placed 11th and Paul Munson who placed 16th in the freshman boys race.
Varsity golf team wins 5th match in a row
The varsity golf team won their 5th match in a row Sept. 16, defeating Middleburgh 10-5. Dylan Carlson was low with a 40.Tom Cassale shot a 42, John Grant a 44, Angela Sorrentino a 47, Jeff Schmitt a 49 and Cormac Marz a 62. In the exhibition match, Matt Coons had a solid 53 and Brian Quickington shot a respectable 55. The varsity team overall record is 6-3.
Angela Sorrentino (in photo) recently became the first female golfer for Duanesburg to post a Sectional Qualifing score. Earlier this month, she shot a 41 at Hillcrest Golf Course, leading the team to victory over Notre Dame/Bishop Gibbons. Tom Cassale (in photo) also shot 41 for his fourth home qualifier of the year. Dylan Carlson has four home and one away qualifier, and John Grant has four home qualifiers for the year. Coach Conway reports that a golfer "needs three home and two away qualifing scores to make it to sectionals. Good luck golfers the rest of the way."
Girls XC team earns silver at Guilderland Invy, VanVlack finishes 3rd and Lynch 6th in boys race
The girls varsity cross country team finished second at the Guilderland Invitational Sept. 10. The team was led by Elaine Atanasova, who won the race, Jen Skeeter, who finished 4th and Alice Cole, who finished 12th. Hannah Lawrence (18th) and Emily Schaeffer (19th) rounded out the scoring for the team. Brendon VanVlack finished 3rd in the boys race and Boone Lynch finished 6th. Congratulations to all of the runners and to Coach Deann Lynch.
Golf team tees off
The varsity golf team got their first win of the season 15-0 over Schoharie on Aug. 29 at Cobleskill Country Club. The team was led by an outstanding round by freshman Dylan Carlson (in photo) who shot a 41. Carlson had two birdies on the round, a sectional qualifying round. John Grant followed with a 47, Angela Sorrentino 52, Tom Cassale 55, Cormac Marz 59 and Jeff Schmitt 60.
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Varsity softball, baseball, girls track teams honored as Scholar Athletes
June 2, 2016
Congrats to DCS's latest Scholar Athletes: the varsity softball, varsity baseball and girls varsity track teams. They met high standards set by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association in academic and sports performance, as well as being good citizens.
Softball team are WAC Cup champions
May 17, 2016
On May 12, the DCS varsity softball team clinched their 15th consecutive southern division title by defeating Middleburgh 5–2. Tori Geiger had a double and single and 2 RBIs. Devon Hennel, Jenna Lees and Ashley Potter all chipped in with big hits. On May 14, the Lady Eagles won their 6th consecutive WAC Cup defeating the previously undefeated Northern division champion Mayfield 6-1. Alexa Lombardoni pitched a no hitter and had 2 hits and 3 RBIs.
Munson honored with HMRRC Bill Shrader, Sr. Memorial Scholarship
May 16, 2016
DCS senior Olivia Munson has been awarded a Bill Shrader, Sr. Memorial Scholarship by the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club in recognition of "her athletic achievements, scholarly accomplishments and extracurricular activities outstanding in ways that exemplify the values and ideals of the Shrader Scholarship program."
Shrader was an outstanding lifelong runner and a founding HMRRC member. The scholarship was established to encourage and support young runners in their efforts to make running a lifelong part of a healthy lifestyle. Six $3,000 non-renewable scholarships are awarded each year to three male and three female runners from Section II who are planning to attend a college, university or community college on a full-time basis.
Lady Eagles a force on softball diamond
The varsity girls softball team finished second in the Red Hook Invitational tournament. The Lady Eagles defeated Rhinebeck in the first game 10-1 and in the semifinals, defeated Class A Red Hook 8-6. The semifinal win was propelled by back to back home runs by Alexa Lombardoni and Jenna Lees. Marlboro defeated Duanesburg in the finals. The Lady Eagles' are 4-0 in their league and 6-1 overall.
Coach Conway inducted into Section II Wrestling Hall of Fame
DCS physical education teacher and coach John Conway has been inducted into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association's Section II Wrestling Hall of Fame in recognition of his work as a wrestling referee. Conway was honored March 13 at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Schenectady and is pictured above with (from left) DCS coaches Steve Karandy and Mark Caufield, wrestler Zack Lawrence and coaches Matt Sitors and Dennis VanVlack.
Conway has served as a Section II wrestling official for 30 years and as a collegiate wrestling official for 15 years. He has assisted Duanesburg wrestling coaches Matt Sitor and Joe Bena and currently coaches the DCS's WAC champion softball team and varsity golf team. He was the Section II wrestling champion as a Mont Pleasant High School senior in 1975, also achieving a 5th place statewide ranking in wrestling. Conway also distinguished himself as a national-level softball pitcher.
Cheerleading team shows Eagle pride at competition
DCS’s varsity cheerleading squad competed for the first time ever on Feb. 6 at Mohonasen High School’s Suburban Council Cheer Competition, testing their skills against five other teams. READ MORE
A report from the coach: The Duanesburg wrestling team finished second overall in all of section II division II Feb. 14 at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Finishing as a champion and competing at states was 9th grader Zachery Lawrence. Runner ups were Brendon VanVlack and Ryan Harper. Third place finishers were Charlie Grygas and Jake Karandy, and finishing fourth and ending a great senior (our only senior) season Ryan Cornelius.
Wrestlers are WAC champs
The varsity wrestling team clinched the WAC title Jan. 21 with a 54 to 30 victory over Schoharie. Charlie Grygas led the way with a pin in 2:33 and Brandon Moore had a pin at 3:19. They move on to Class D sectionals at Whitehall on Feb. 6.
The girls varsity and JV basketball teams saw history being made during a Jan. 9 trip to the University at Albany, where they watched the Lady Danes basketball team win against the University of Vermont. U Albany's Shereesha Richards became the first Albany player to score 2,000 points. After the game, the Lady Danes stayed on for a meet and greet to sign autographs and pose for photos, including new record-holder Richards (pictured with Zomy Quiernan and Cierra Wolfgram). DCS's players also posed for a photo on U Albany's basketball court.
Varsity wrestlers win over Galway
The varsity wrestling team took a huge step toward reclaiming the WAC wrestling title by defeating defending champs Galway January 6 in close match 36-33. The biggest match of the night belonged to junior Brandon More, who came up with a pin late in the 3rd period. The Eagles also had pins by junior captain Ryan Harper and 2-time state place finisher Zack Lawrence. Freshman Charlie Grygas won by tech fall 17-0, junior captain Bendon Van Vlack won major decision 13-0 and junior captain Jake Karandy won by decision 4-1. Senior Ryan Cornelius received a forfeit. David Nicollela, Shane Barnes and Joe Boni showed lots of fight and determination on the mat to contribute to the big team win. The team is 3-0 in the WAC and 17-7 overall.
Congratulations to DCS's Scholar Athletes: girls varsity cross country, boys varsity soccer, girls varsity soccer and varsity golf (pictured) and the boys varsity cross country and varsity volleyball teams. Scholar Athletes have to meet high standards in their academic and sports performance, as well as being good citizens. Great going Eagles!
CBS-6 spotlights varsity wrestlers
The varsity wrestling team competed in the Mohonasen Tourney Dec. 5, coming off a big 51-30 WAC win over Canajoharie/Ft. Plain on Dec. 3. Zachery Lawrence was the night's feature bout at Mohon, defeating defending section 2 champ Brandon Merchant (Cobleskill) 5-2. Jake Karandy also made it to finals, falling to the host school 4-2. Ryan Harper finished, defeating Saratoga Springs for the 3rd place medal. The Duanesburg wrestling program was highlighted on CBS-6 news.
The junior varsity wrestling team competed for the first time this season on Nov. 28 in the Capital District Wrestling Officials Association Tournament at Shenendehowa High School. Charlie Grygas, Tommy VanValen and Mat Gentile all took home the 1st place T-Shirt. Brady Tripp and David Nicollela won the 2nd place silver medal, and Jakob Gooding made his wrestling debut.
State of success
New York is a big state with lots of student athletes, but Duanesburg's cross country runners certainly made their mark this month. Congratulations to Elaine Atanasova who placed 13th, Jen Skeeter who placed 40th and Boone Lynch who placed 54th at the New York State Cross Country Championship meet at Monroe-Woodbury on Nov. 14. They all ran strong races and represented Duanesburg well.
Cross Country teams run strong at Harvest Classic
Duanesburg's cross country teams ran strong at the Oct. 31 Harvest Classic in Schodack, bringing home a trio of trophies. The boys Modified team ran away with 1st place, the girls JV team brought home 2nd and the girls Varsity team scored third. Awesome!
John Grant is youngest DCS golfer ever to qualify for sectional play
7th grader John Grant finished his season in 38th place in the C/D sectionals held at Eagle Crest golf course. Grant finished with a score of 100 for 18 holes from the championship tees. He is the youngest player from Duanesburg to ever qualify for sectional play.
Congratulations to the DCS girls Varsity Cross
Country team for winning the WAC Championship meet Oct. 27 at Fort
Plain. The team was led by Elaine
Atanasova who won the race, Jen Skeeter who finished 4th, Katie Gregory
who finished 10th, Olivia Munson who finished 11th and Bridget VanValen who
finished 12th. Hannah Lawrence and Eleanor Felton rounded out the scoring
for the team. Duanesburg placed 10 runners in the top 18. Great runners!
DCS Class of 2015 grad Emma White recognized her alma mater for supporting her passion for cycling while being interviewed by the Daily Gazette about teaching younger riders about her chosen sport. READ MORE
Girls Soccer Night spirit
Alexandra Dombrowski, Nicole Cassale and Sydney Salisburg show their school spirit during Girls Soccer Night at DCS.
Cross Country teams fly at Blackbird Invitational
Sept. 14, 2015
Congratulations to the girls freshman cross country team for finishing 2nd in the Blackbird Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 12. The team was led by Jen Skeeter, who finished 2nd, and Hannah Avery, who finished in 4th place.
The girls varsity cross country team also turned in an impressive performance, finishing 4th out of 16 teams at the Blackbird Invitational. The team was led by Elaine Atanasova who placed 8th, Emily Schaeffer, who placed 26th and Hannah Lawrence, who placed 28th. Katie Gregory and Alice Cole rounded out the scoring for Duanesburg. Great start for the season!
Varsity golfers tee up wins
Aug. 27, 2015
The varsity golf team got off to a 2-0 start in the first week of the season. They opened up on Aug. 20 at their new home course, Hillcrest Golf Club, with a 13-2 win over Ft. Plain. The Eagle golfers also dominated new team Waterford-Halfmoon. READ MORE