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
Successful alum credits Coach Conway
June 18, 2015
Successful businessperson and DCS grad Tracy Chesebrough credits Coach Conway as teaching her life lessons through sports. READ MORE
DCS grad and Olympic wrestling hopeful profiled by Daily Gazette
June 11, 2015
DCS grad Amy (Whitebeck) Golding was profiled by the Daily Gazette about her ongoing pursuit of wrestling excellence. READ MORE
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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
Sports schedules on schedulestar.com
Schedulestar.com is an online service devoted solely to covering high school sports. Users can find the most up-to-date and accurate schedules for all DCS sports at all levels, in addition to practice schedules, driving directions, schedule changes, updated scores and stats and pictures. Sports schedules are available by day, week, month and season. You can also sign-up to receive e-mail notification of changes to the sports schedule, as well as when scores and stats have been updated online. Notifications can be sent to your e-mail account or as a text message to your cell phone. VISIT SCHEDULESTAR.COM
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.