2012-2013 MHS Winter Sports Primer

At MHS, winter sports season is in full swing. Forwards Angie Tylock, Paige Hansen, Erin Maloney, and Megan Bazar work on their post games last week while Aubrey Zecca and Coach Bob Murphy look on.

The winter sports season is upon us and the Mechanicville Red Raider teams are sure to provide some exciting moments while the snow flies. This winter sports preview will help you learn a little more about local athletics from the coaches and players themselves.

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Indoor Track

This year’s indoor track team will be led by seniors Frank Aker, Adam Zielnicki, Cam Pitcheralle, Nick DeVito, and Caleb Foard on the boys side and Kylie Liberty, Schyler McGuire, and Angie Tylock on the girls’ side.

Q&A with Coach Jason Perkins

Question: What are the most important events of the season?
Answer: “The Colonial Council Championships, Division IV Sectionals, and, if athletes meet a standard time or distance, State Qualifiers. We do have athletes that should meet qualifying standards.”

Question: Who are some notable returning athletes this season?
Answer: Frank Aker – 2011-2012 Sectional High Jump Champion
Arissa Spitalny – one of the best distance runners in Class C
Schyler McGuire & Caleb Foard – strong middle distance runners

The next event for the team will be on Sunday the 16th at Hudson Valley Community College.


Q&A with Coach Fred DeCelle

Question: What seniors are back this season?
Answer: Returning wrestlers this year include Adam Erno, Isaac Haner, David Minor, Matt Coreno, and Zach Perris. Also, we have a 1st-year senior wrestler in Connor Kawola.

Question: What is the team’s goal this season?
Answer: The team’s goal is to above .500 in winning percentage.

Question: Which matches will be the most important and why?
Answer: Our most challenging matches this season will be Ravena and Schalmont because of their depth and team experience.

The team hits the mat on Thursday at home vs. Schalmont at 6pm.

Boys Bowling

The boys bowling team is led by head coach Terry O’Brien and a pair of bowlers in their final seasons, Ben Dorsey and John McCadden. Their home matches take place at Hometown Lanes on Route 4 and 32.

When asked which matches would be the most important, junior bowler Josh Heller said, “I would say every road match because our coach has always said that we are more nervous on the road, and we just need to bear down.”

The team is currently in the midst of a 4-match road trip in which they are 2-0 with victories over Cohoes and Ravena. MHS is 4-0 on the young season.

The team next bowls on Monday afternoon at Lansingburgh at 4pm.

Girls Bowling

Head coach Joe Yankowski is at the helm of the Red Raider girls bowling team. Though there no seniors this season, junior bowlers Allie Carola, Lindsey Rosen, and Hannah Costanzo lead the team.  The Lady Raiders are 3-1 this season with wins against Fonda-Fultonville, Cohoes, and Ravena with the sole blemish at the hands of Schalmont.

“Our goal is to improve ourselves as a team and individually this year,” says Carola. “We are starting off great. Our last match was Thursday away at Ravena. We beat them for the first time in my high school bowling career here at Mechanicville.”

Carola, a fixture at Hometown Lanes since 7th grade, has missed the start of the season thus far due to injury. She hopes to return after the start of the new year but is still enjoying the camaraderie of her team.

“I am injured, so although I couldn’t play I was helping out the girls and we pulled through together. We are like a happy family too. It’s great. We all get along so well.”

The team next bowls on Monday afternoon at Lansingburgh at 4pm.

Girls Basketball

The MHS girls varsity basketball team is off to a 1-1 start to the 2012-2013 season. The team is led by eight seniors including Aubrey Zecca, Mikayla Starks, Megan Bazar, Paige Hansen, Kaitlyn Pingelski, Angie Tylock, Ally Ford, and Norwegian-exchange student Inghild Stafseng.

The Lady Raider squad has a strong familial bond amongst its players with two sets of sisters: Kaitlyn and Courtney Pingelski and Aubrey and Alydia Zecca.

Q&A with Coach Bob Murphy

Question: With two sets of sisters on the team, how has that dynamic impacted team chemistry?
Answer: It has helped the seniors relate to the all sophomores on the team.  Also, the sisters are acutely aware of where their siblings are when they are both on the court.

Question: What are the team’s goals for this season?
Answer: We have four goals for the season. 1) A .500 record; 2) Be competitive in each game; 3) Finish high in the league standings; and 4) Be at our best for sectionals.

Question: What are the most important games of the season and why?
Answer: Each game is as important as the other because you want to be build off each game so that you are playing your best at the end of the season.

Question: What aspects of play will be most critical to the success of the team this season?
Answer: Mental toughness both offensively and defensively. Everyone needs to know their responsibilities at both ends of the court in addition to making good decisions each time down the floor.

The team next plays at 7pm on Tuesday night at the Academy of the Holy Names.


Boys Basketball

The defending Section II champion Mechanicville Red Raider boys basketball team returns several players from last years run. Seniors Adam Dunn, Seth Dunn, Nate Hatalsky, Nick Cervini, Sal Cimino, and Paul Vermilyea will lead the Red Raiders’ title defense.

Mechanicville has gotten off to a 2-1 start to season with victories over rival Stillwater and Mekeel Christian Academy of Scotia.

Q&A with Coach Rian Richardson

Question: What are the team’s goals this season?
Answer: Our goals are to work hard each day at practice and try to get better each day as individuals and as a team. We want to improve each game and be playing our best basketball in February so we are ready for the sectionals. At the end of the season we want to be playing in as many important basketball games as possible.

Question: What are the most important games this season and why?
Answer: Each game is as important as the next. At the end of the season the sectional committee looks at wins and loses. So we need to win as many games as possible in the regular season to put ourselves in a good position for the post-season. So in all honesty, every game means the same.

Question: What about this year’s team will surprise fans?
Answer: I think that some of our individuals worked really hard over the summer and improved their own personal games. They are going to be rewarded with some good wins this winter and it all started back in May. I think our fans will like the way we push the ball, play as a team and work as hard as possible each game. We are fortunate to play in a great community that supports us as much as they do and our team really appreciates it. It makes their high school experience that much better.

The team next plays on Monday night against Cambridge at 7pm at home.

The writer of this article, Bob Murphy, Jr., is also an assistant coach for the Red Raider girls’ basketball team.

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