The Fall Season has come to a close, and with 296 student-athletes participating in Fall sports, they always kept it exciting and gave it their all from practice to competition and beyond.
“I am truly blown away by the talent, hard work, and sportsmanship of our student-athletes and coaches,” said the New Director of Athletics, Physical Education, Health & Wellness, Ms. Murphy. “This was my first sports season with RCS, and they did not disappoint. I can’t wait to see how they grow and thrive next!”
A huge thank you goes to the coaches, parents, caregivers, staff, chaperones, transportation team, and most notably, our student-athletes for an invigorating season! Each of you plays an important role in supporting our athletic program, and it is greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to all of our student-athletes and coaches on a successful fall season! They left everything on the field, court, and pool, representing RCS with pride and honor. Here is a wrap-up of each sport:
Cheerleading: The team really got involved with the crowd, fans, and the student section this year. They taught pop warner cheerleaders some cheers to perform at the Senior night game, participated in the pep rally, performed a halftime show for the homecoming football game, participated in creating banners for the players to run through, and also cheered on the fans for the home field advantage playoff game!!
It was a fun and busy season, and Coach Green had this to say, “I really enjoyed working with these girls. They really stepped up from last season, and it showed. The crowd loved them!! Great job, ladies!! I am proud of you all!!!”
Great job to the whole team, and huge congratulations to Senior Julianna Musso, you will be missed!
Boys Soccer: The team had an exciting season with many impressive wins! They won twice against Schalmont and Mohonasen, as well as their games against Lansingburgh and Cohoes. They kept pushing and really grew together over the course of the season. They are also an NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete team, meaning at least 75% of the team roster had an average of 90 or above!
Congratulations to the team's eight seniors, Ben Cruz, Damian Cruz, Howard Bray Engel IV, Joseph McHugh, John Meddaugh, Keenan Pagan, Michael Pecora, and Nathan Ryan. Additionally, to Ben Cruz, who was selected as a Colonial Council 1st Team All-Star, and Damien Cruz, who was selected as a Colonial Council 2nd Team All-Star.
Great work this season, team!
Girls Soccer: They finished this season 8-10 with a first-round sectional win against Albany Academy. They had an impressive season of wins against Cohoes, Lansingburgh, Tamarac, Coxsackie-Athens, Cobleskill-Richmondville, and twice against Ichabod Crane. Additionally, they are an NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete team, meaning at least 75% of the team roster had an average of 90 or above!
Katie McFerran led the team in points which includes goals and assists, while Hayden Wolfe and Olivia Craft were tied for second in points. Madison Wilcox recorded 102 saves for the season.
Katie McFerran received Colonial Council 1st Team All-Star, while Alicia and Olivia Craft received Colonial Council 2nd Team All-Star. Katie McFerran was also selected as a Section II Class B All-Star at the Girls Soccer Section II Banquet. Lastly, the team has three seniors, Olivia Craft, Alicia Craft, and Hannah VanDerzee – they will be missed!
Great job on this season, ladies!!
Girls Tennis: The team had their most wins (6) and made it to the finals of their sectional tournament for the first time! During the season, they won against Schalmont twice and Catholic Central twice. During sectionals, they won against Coxsackie-Athens and Greenville, making them Class B Team Tennis Finalists! They are also an NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete team, meaning at least 75% of the team roster had an average of 90 or above!
They were led by six seniors: Elizabeth Robertson, Sulamita Voronko, Hannah Ryan, Emma Banahan, Kayla Stanton, and Emily Robbins. Elizabeth Robertson was selected for the Colonial Council 2nd Team All-Star, and Alivia Ortiz was selected as an honorable mention for All-Star Teams.
Fantastic Season, Team!! Best of luck to the seniors!
Boys Golf: Golf had a rebuilding season with two returning players, and 5 of the 8 players were brand new to the sport, including three 7th graders! It was an exciting season of growth as the players learned the sport and developed their skills. Additionally, they are an NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete team, meaning at least 75% of the team roster had an average of 90 or above!
“We had lots of fun as we didn't worry about winning,” said Coach Miller. “We are well-situated for the next several seasons!”
Congratulations to Justin Sulik, Tyler Carrk, and Ryan Harris for their efforts at the Colonial Council Tournament and to the whole team for a great season of growth!
Girls Swimming & Diving: The team swam really well this season! In their very first meet of the season, every single athlete earned a sectional cut, something that usually takes the course of the season to achieve, ending the season with a winning record of 4-3. The team is also an NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete team, meaning at least 75% of the team roster had an average of 90 or above!
It was a challenging season for the team that started with the loss of the pool, and for most of the season, they took a bus to Myers Middle School to get practices in. True dedication! The pool reopened in mid-October, reigniting the morale of the group. They finished strong at Division II Section II Championships, coming in 3rd overall (the best the girls team has performed in over a decade).
Two RCS swimming records were broken throughout the Sectional Championship Meet. Ana Ball broke the 50 Freestyle record with a time of 25.79 (previous time was 25.95), and the 200 Freestyle Relay team of Ana Ball, Jayme Fink, Clarissa Ball, and Katherine Burch broke the school record with a time of 1:46.93 (previous time was 1:49.34).
Congratulations to seniors Jayme Fink and Jenna Grogan!! Overall it is safe to say it was a great season for the Girls Varsity Swimming & Diving team! Great job!
Football: An exciting and wonderful season for the Varsity Football Team! The team finished their season with a 10 - 3 record and made it all the way to the NYS Semifinals, losing to Pleasantville 14-6. The team won their second straight Section II Class B title with a 44-6 win over Lansingburgh. From there, they then traveled to Ausable Valley to defeat Peru 35-19 in the Regional game.
The team was led by Seniors Aidan Lochner, Michael McMullen, JT Lyle, Tyler Lischak, Brendin Winfield, Luke Misetich, and Frank Broadhurst, as well as the Team Captains Garrett Poland, Antonio Piscatelli, Robert Dorrance, Anthony Sanchez, Jorge Betancourt, Jaymie Carkner, and Tyler teRiele.
The team and individuals received numerous honors during and after the season.
Aidan Lochner Class B Player of the Year
Michael McMullen Defensive Player of the Year
1st Team All-Stars included: Frank Broadhurst (RB, LB), Jack McFerran (WR, DB, Kicker), JT Lyle (OL), Wyatt Algozzine (DB, Returner), Kayden Potter (LB), and Anthony Sanchez (DB).
2nd Team All-Stars included: Brendin Winfield (LB), Jorge Betancourt (DL), Tyler Lischak (OL), Jayden Holl (OL), Dominik Paljusaj (WR), Wyatt Algozzine (WR) and Jack McFerran (All Purpose).
Huge congratulations to the team and coaches for a great season!
Girls Volleyball: RCS Volleyball had a fun and exciting season! Although their record doesn’t properly reflect their level of play, intense games, and the all-around great job they did, these ladies learned so much. Season highlights include the games to 5 with Ichabod Crane, who went on to win the sectional title, and winning in 4 against Mohonasen. The team could play with any of the teams they faced! As a result of the team’s performance throughout the season, other coaches noticed how well they did. The team is also an NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete team, meaning at least 75% of the team roster had an average of 90 or above!
Senior Elizabeth Baldes was nominated for the 2nd Team All-Star for the second consecutive season and was also nominated to be a member of the Exceptional Senior Game. Both Seniors Elizabeth Baldes and Ariana Quinn hope to continue their volleyball career in college.
Great job, ladies!
Boys & Girls Cross Country: The Cross Country Team had a season of rebuilding! The team consisted of 11 modified Girls, 3 Modified Boys, and 2 Varsity Boys.
Our modified girls team attended three Invitationals: Grout Invitational, Maple Hill Invitational, and Burnt-Hills Invitational. The girls Modified team placed 9th out of 18 teams at Burnt-Hills Invitational, and placed 2nd at the Maple Hill Invitational. Congratulations ladies!
Additionally, congratulations to Piper Weddell (8th grade, Modified Girls Team) for placing 16th out of 232 girls at the Burnt-Hills Invitational! Outstanding job!
Our modified boys and Varsity Boys also attended the invitationals and did an excellent job! The Varsity Boys (Luc Leto and Donovin Taber) competed in the Albany County Championship and Colonial Council Championships meet. Modified Cross Country teams also competed in the Colonial Council Championship meet. Congratulations to the Varsity and Modified teams on great races!
Here are some pictures from our fall season: