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.
Feb. 23, 2017
Spring sports sign-up is now open on Family ID. Meet the Spring Coaches Night is Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in Joe Bena Hall. The winter awards ceremony is March 1 at 6 p.m. in Joe Bena Hall.
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
Dec. 6, 2016
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
Dec. 6, 2016
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!
Nov. 17, 2016
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.
Varsity volleyball sectionals are Nov. 2 at Ballston Spa vs. Hartford. Varsity cross country sectionals are Nov. 4 at Saratoga State Park. Go Eagles!
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.
DCS 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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About DCS athletics
The Duanesburg Central School District offers students numerous opportunities to develop and recognize their talents in sports. More than 10 different sports programs are available across three seasons, including baseball, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball and wrestling.
The district is a member of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, competing as a Class D school in Section II. League affiliation is with the Western Athletic Conference.
NYS Athletic Placement Process for Interschool Athletic Programs
The Athletic Placement Process is a program for evaluating students who want to participate in sports at higher or lower levels, as approved by the Board of Regents as a part of the school eligibility rules in 1980, and is aligned with Learning Standards 1 and 2. Commissioner’s Regulation Section 135.4 (c)(7)(ii)(a)(4)states:
A Board of Education may permit pupils in grades no lower than seventh to compete on any senior high school team, or permit senior high pupils to compete on any teams in grades no lower than seventh, provided the pupils are placed at levels of competition appropriate to their physiological maturity, physical fitness, and skills in relationship to other pupils on those teams in accordance with standards established by the Commissioner.
These standards state that students will have the necessary knowledge and skills to establish and maintain physical fitness, participate in physical activity, maintain personal health, and acquire both the knowledge and ability to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.
The New York State Education Department collaborated with the New York State Athletic Administrators Association, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, the Statewide School Health Services Center, district directors of school health services (commonly referred to as medical directors and previously known as school medical officers), and directors of physical education/athletics to promote physical education and interschool athletic competition statewide. The Athletic Placement Process guide is the result of that collaboration. DOWNLOAD THE GUIDE
Booster club plays a vital role
The Booster Club plays a vital role in assisting the school district’s athletic department by providing financial support to student-athletes and athletic programs. Each year, the club raises money to support, promote and celebrate the accomplishments of all district athletes. In past years, the club has helped purchase non-budgeted items, such as uniforms, awards for sports banquets, pep rallies, and scholarships and flowers for graduates.
Concussion information for parents
A concussion is a reaction by the brain to a jolt or force that can be transmitted to the head by an impact or blow occurring anywhere on the body. Essentially a concussion results from the brain moving back and forth or twisting rapidly inside the skull. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has prepared a “Fact Sheet for Parents and Caregivers.” Click to download.
For more information, contact Director of Physical Education Penny Hardenstine at 895-5350, ext. 224.