2019 Spring Championships Recap

Author: Antony Mantova, Intern and Alberto Cannistraci, Intern

Boys Lacrosse

For the third consecutive year, St. John Fisher College hosted the 2019 NYSPHSAA Boys Lacrosse Championship on Saturday, June 8th.

In Class A, Massapequa (Section 8) defeated Fairport (Section 5) by a 10-6 score. Massapequa’s top performer was Thomas Greenblatt who recorded three goals and three assists. This is the Chiefs second NYSPHSAA Class A Championship and first since 2014.

 In Class B, Victor (Section 5) captured it’s fourth state title in five years. Victor defeated John Jay (Section 1) by a 9-7 score. The Blue Devils were led by Camden Hay and Jack LaRue who each notched three goals on the day. 

In Class C, Shoreham-Wading River (Section 11) captured its fourth NYSPHSAA state title by defeating Jamesville-DeWitt (Section 3) by a 12-7 score. Shoreham-Wading River was led by junior attackman Xavier Arline who scored a game-high five goals. 

The tournament ended with a thrilling Class D overtime game between LaFayette (Section 3) and Briarcliff (Section 1) 9-8 (OT). LaFayette’s Reid Jackowski scored the game winner 37 seconds into overtime.  Mason Homer of LaFayette led the team with three goals.

Girls Lacrosse

            NYSPHSAA celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Girls Lacrosse State Championships at SUNY Cortland on June 7-8. SUNY Cortland has hosted the Girls Lacrosse Championship since 1995. 

In Class A, Northport (Section 11) captured the state title with a win over Baldwinsville (Section 3) by a 10-8 score. The Northport Tigers were led by Olivia Carner, a senior midfielder who scored five times and had an assist.

In Class B, another Section 11 school captured the state title.  Eastport-South Manor defeated Fayettville-Manilus (Section 3), 9-7. Most of the goals scored for Eastport-South Manor came from their midfielders, Ellie Masera (4 goals) and Kasey Choma (3 goals).

In Class C, the defending state champions Cold Spring Harbor (Section 8) captured another state title Saturday by defeating John Jay (Section 1) by a 11-8 score. The Seahawks were led by Nicole Mormile and Caroline DeBellis, who each scored four goals.

In Class D, Mattituck (Section 11), the defending state champions, came out victorious over Bronxville (Section 1), 11-7.  Mackenzie Hoeg had herself a day for the Mattituck Tuckers by scoring a game-high five goals.



            For the 17th consecutive year, the greater Binghamton area hosted the NYSPHSAA Baseball State Championships. The State Semifinals took place on Friday June 14th and the State Finals were on Saturday June 15th.

            In Class AA, McQuaid Jesuit (Section 5) captured the state title with a 5-0 victory over Shenendehowa (Section 2). The Knights were able to keep the Plainsmen scoreless on the day with a no hitter from senior pitcher Hunter Walsh. Walsh was able to throw his no-hitter in only 70 pitches. The only baserunner for the Plainsmen came via a walk in the 6th inning. 

            In Class A, Ballston Spa (Section 2) beat the hometown team Maine-Endwell (Section 4), 13-6 to seize their first ever state championship. Ballston Spa came out swinging in the first inning. Sophomore Chance Checca hit a two-run home run which gave the Scotties a 3-0 lead. Donovan Rhoden (double) and Jayden Williamson (single) each had two-RBI hits on the day. As for the pitching, Michael Poirier went 6 1/3 innings, throwing 112 pitches, before Nick Reed came in to get the last two outs.

            In Class B, the defending champions Center Moriches (Section 11) won another state title by beating Schuylerville (Section 2), 11-1.  Center Moriches finished an undefeated season (26-0) with the win. They were led by senior catcher Alec Maag who hit a three-run home run in the first inning.

            In Class C, Ticonderoga (Section 7) beat Cooperstown (Section 3) 7-3. After falling behind 1-0 in the top of the 1st, Ticonderoga took the lead 2-1 in the bottom of the 1st with a homerun from Nick Robarge-Greene. Cooperstown won 15 straight games before the state title game loss to Ticonderoga.

            In Class D, Whitehall (Section 2) was able to capture a state title with a 12-1 win over Brocton (Section 6). Whitehall’s Austin Barnao led the offense with a 4-for-4 day, driving in six runs. Every starter on Whitehall managed to reach base at least one time during this game.  Thomas Fish earned the win on the mound for the Railroaders.


Track and Field

            The 2019 Outdoor Track & Field Championships were held at Middletown High School for the second time since 2013. Previously held at Cicero-North Syracuse, this year Middletown High School became host. The dates for the preliminaries were Friday, June 7 & Saturday, June 8 were the finals.

NYSPHSAA crowned champions for 40 different events which included a repeat state title for:


Boys D-I Champ


Shot Put

Jon Surdej



John Poplawski

Walt Whitman


Boys D-II Champ  


100M Dash

Jaheim Jones    

Our Lady of Lourdes   

200M Dash

Jaheim Jones

Our Lady of Lourdes


Girls D-I Champ



Sarah Trainor


100M Hurdles  

Chibugo Obichere 

Valley Stream South  

400M Hurdles

Vanessa Watson


Long Jump

Anaya Dees


Shot Put

Sarah Ctrockett

Rome Free Academy


Girls D-II Champ


100M Hurdles  

Ama Boham

Ichabod Crane

400M Hurdles

Kayleigh Robinson

Mount Sinai


The Boy’s 2019 Preliminaries and Final results can be seen below


The Girl’s 2019 Preliminaries and Final results can be seen below


Boys Golf:

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association celebrated its 40th consecutive year at Cornell University for the annual Boy’s Golf state championship. The 2019 championship was held on Sunday, June 2nd and Monday, June 3rd at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Course.

From Somers High School (Section I), senior Nathan Han’s performance surpassed all his competitors as he earned the state title this year. In round one, he shot a 71 and in round two he notched a 70, finishing -1 on the day. Han also captured the 2017 championship when he totaled 146 strokes.

Han was followed by three players who tied for second place. Evan Sits (Section IV), Alex Kyriacou (Section I) and Shane Devincenzo (Section XI) each tallied 148 strokes in two rounds. Sits finished 5th in 2017, Kyriacou finished 4th in 2018 and DeVincenzo placed 13th in 2018 making a significant leap.

            The 2019 championship was very competitive with scores reflecting that nature. Section I had a strong performance with 1,058 strokes in total throughout the tournament, Section III followed in second place with a combined total of 1,104 strokes. Just two strokes separated Section III and Section V who totaled 1,106 strokes, and an even closer gap followed for the fourth-place holder, Section VI with a total of 1,107. Containing fifth place for the year was Section VIII (1,111), sixth place obtained by Section 2 (1,116). At seventh place, there was a tie with both Sections IV and XI with 1,127 strokes. Positions nine, ten and eleven were held by Sections IX (1,202), Section X (1,216) and Section VII (1,288).


Girl Golf:

After spending the previous three years at the Bethpage Golf Course, the NYSPHSAA 2019 Girls Golf championship moved to the recently upgraded 27-hole course at The Deerfield Country Club in Brockport, New York. The championship spanned across the weekend of Friday, May 31st - Sunday, June 2nd.

Junior, Melanie Green from Medina (Section VI) bested all her opponents as she earned the state title for the second year in a row, while in 2017 she placed third. In the first round she shot 72, then a 73 in the second round. Making her overall for the weekend a +1.

In the runner up position is Greens top competitor from the 2018 tournament as well, Bailey Shoemaker an 8th grader from Unadilla Valley Secondary School (Section IV) who had an overall of +2 this year. Section I had a strong presence in the top five this year having their participants placing third, fourth and fifth. Alice Hodge a Junior from Ursuline School snatched third place with +6 overall. Another junior, Taylor Miano sealed fourth place with a +10 overall. In fifth place with an overall of +12 is Kaitlyn Lee, a senior from Scarsdale Senior High School.

Identical to boys golf, Section I had the strongest performance of the weekend with an overall of +135 stokes placing them at first among all the sections. Section VIII found second place with an overall of +217, and in third place is Section VI with a total of +230 strokes.



The 2019 Softball State Championship was hosted by Section 2 for the ninth and final year. This year’s championship marked the sixth year Section 2 has utilized the Town of Moreau Harry J. Betar Jr. Recreational Park in collaboration with South Glens Falls Central School District. The state championship took place on Saturday, June 15th.

In Class AA, Corning-Painted Post (4) ranked number two in the state triumphed over Cicero-North Syracuse (3) who was ranked third, in an 11-inning game with a final score of 4-3.

 In Class A, after a 20-inning semifinal game vs Sayville (11), Ballston Spa (2) fell to Williamsville East (6) 3-0 to make Williamsville East the Class A State Champions.

In Class B, Ardsley (1) defeated Oneida (3) to be crowned state champions for the first time in the school’s softball program history. This also marks the first time any girls team in the district has won a state championship. Coach Degnan, an Ardsley graduate, guided the team to the 5-0 win.

In Class C, Edison (4) mercied Warsaw (5) in the 6th inning with a final score of 10-0 to take home the State Championship. Edison also captured a state title in 2014 with a 1-0 win over Solvay (3).

In Class D, Deposit (4) secured the State Championship with an 8-0 win over Alfred Almond (5). Deposit also won the State Championship recently in 2015, 2016 and 2017. In 2018, Deposit was runner up to Fort Ann (2) losing 4-3. Deposit also won the State Championship in 1989.


Boys Tennis:

The 2019 NYSPHSAA Boy’s Tennis State Championship was played at the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, NY. The championship spanned across three days starting on Thursday, May 30th and finished on Saturday, June 1st.

In singles, junior Ryan Fishback from Geneva High School (5) matched up against Kabir Rajpal, a senior from Syosset Senior High School (8). The match went into three sets, with Fishback securing the first set 6-0, Rajpal winning the second 6-3 and Fishback triumphing in the third winning 6-2 to take be crowned the NYSPHSAA Boy’s Tennis Singles Champion. Fishback previously came in second place to Patrick Maloney from Oyster Bay (8) in the 2018 championship. In 2017, his freshman year, he finished in fourth place as he fell to Hayden Cassone from John Jay Cross River (1).

In doubles Nikolay Sahakyan and Jason Shuler from Scarsdale (1) took on Charlie Levinson and Connor Aylett from Mamaroneck (1) in the state finals. Sahakyan and Shuler proved their might in the first set with a 6-3 win. However, in the second set we saw a tough fought battle from both ends of the court, Levinson and Aylett took the second set with a 7-6 scoring. The contest was pushed to the third set where the Scarsdale doubles team prevailed with a 6-4-win titling Nikolay Sahakyan and Jason Shuler the 2019 Boy Tennis Doubles State Champions.