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Riders, Panthers advance in Section II tennis

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    Chatham’s Gaby Neven goes for the forehand return during the first set of her match Wednesday in the second round of the Section II, Class C/D tourney against Maple Hill.
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    Ichabod Crane’s Sarb Devi reaches low for a drop shot during the second set of her match against Catskill’s Jessica DuPont in the second round of the Section II, Class B girls tennis tournament Wednesday.
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    Maple Hill’s Rebecca Roe goes for the serve during the first set of her match against Chatham’s Gaby Neven Wednesday in the second round of the Section II, Class C/D girls tennis tournament.
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    Catskill’s Cassie Abel extends for the forehand return against Ichabod Crane’s Madeline Grout in the second round of the Section II, Class B girls tennis tournament on Wednesday.
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    Ichabod Crane’s Madeline Grout leaps for the forehand return of Catskill’s Cassie Abel’s serve during the second set of their match in the second round of the Section II, Class B girls tennis tournament Wednesday.
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    Chatham’s Aaliyah Harris goes for the backhand return during her match against Maple Hill’s Kenzie Seymour in the second round of the Section II, Class C/D girls tennis tournament.
October 11, 2017 09:00 pm Updated: October 11, 2017 09:02 pm

No. 1 Chatham 5, No. 4 Maple Hill 2

CHATHAM — Top seed Chatham hosted No. 4 Maple Hill on Wednesday in the semifinals of the Section II, Class C/D varsity tennis tournament and advanced with a 5-2 victory over the Wildcats.

"Great match between two strong Patroon teams," said Chatham coach Michael Griggs. "Maple Hill has a solid young team and plays with a lot of heart, but we were able to come away with the victory thanks to strong singles performances from Gaby Neven, Madison Newton, and Margot Schassler."

With the victory, Chatham heads to the final against the winner of No. 2 Cairo-Durham/No. 3 Schoharie today at a time and place to be determined.

Maple Hill closes its season at 9-8.

Results (CH listed first): Gaby Neven def. Rebecca Roe 6-2, 6-1; Aaliyah Harris def by. Kenzie Seymour 1-6, 4-6; Madison Newton def. Diana Pugliese 6-0, 7-5; Margot Schassler def. Claudia Eckel 6-0, 6-1; Sydney Newton def. Sarah Konig 6-0, 6-0; Doubles: Sydney Putnam/Lillian Nowak def. Rachael Adler/Kassidy Berger 6-1, 7-6 (7-3); Han Sook Baneni/Sonam Verma def by. Lexie Cartwright/Mary Beth Owen 0-6, 2-6.


VALATIE — No. 1 seed Ichabod Crane hosted No. 5 Catskill on Wednesday in the semifinal round of the Section II, Class B varsity girls tennis tournament and came away with a 6-1 victory.

"Catskill was a team that improved throughout the season.  They were a new opponent to us since we aren't in the Patroon Conference, so it is always interesting when you run into a team you haven't played before," ICC coach Megan Yeats said. " The girls played well today and will face a tough Catholic Central team tomorrow.  We split with them during the season, and both matches could have gone either way.  It is going to be a very competitive final match, which is exactly what you want."

The Cats earned their way into the match by upsetting No. 4 Coxsackie-Athens 4-3 on Tuesday.

“The Lady Cats have had an ever-improving season,” Catskill coach Angela Halwick said. “It’s great to see such hard work and progress this season.”

Results (IC listed first): Sarbjeet Devi def. Jessica DuPont 6-0, 6-2; Elise Brenna def. Audra Street 6-3, 6-4; Angelika Nelson lost to Emily Darling 6-4, 4-6, 8-10; Cristina Vlad def. Hailey Matthews 7-5, 6-0; Madeline Grout def. Cassie Abel 6-3, 6-3; Doubles: Zoe Geiger/Lily Dempsey def. Stacey Dobos/Lexie O'Connell 6-0, 6-3; Bella Rivero/Gia Sandagato def. Anna Sweeney/Emma Brown 6-3, 6-3.

No.2 Catholic Central 5, No. 3 Hudson 2

TROY -- No.2 Catholic Central downed the No.3 Hudson Lady Bluehawks on the court Wednesday 5-2 in the second round of the Section II, Class B girls tennis tournament.

No.2 Catholic Central advances to face No.1 Ichabod Crane today at Central Park in Schenectady at 3 p.m. in the Section II, Class B girls tennis finals.

Results (HUD listed first): Kristen O'Connell def. Maggie Daniels 6-1, 6-4; Saima Hannon def by. Lauren Costello 3-6, 1-6; Annalise Tampasis def. Rose Murphy 6-4, 6-4; Sarah Li def by. Jenna Piscitella 0-6, 1-6; Autumn Kudlack def by. Sarah Boucher 4-6, 0-6; Doubles: Monserrat Gomez/Malaysia Singh def by. Keeghan Nadeua/Erin Kelly 2-6, 1-6; Yasmeen Akter/Katarina Scali def by. Olivia Vessella/Megan Schubmehl 2-6, 0-6.


Catskill 3, Maple Hill 0

CASTLETON -- On senior night for the Maple Hill Lady Wildcats, the Catskill Lady Cats came in and spoiled the affair capturing a 3-0 victory Wednesday  in Patroon Conference girls soccer action.

The Lady Wildcats honored five seniors pre-game: Tori Whimple, Taylor Gerrain, Arianna Papas, Bridget Bennett, and Sam DiLorenzo.

The Lady Cats offense was firing on all cylinders in the first half, finding nylon twice to capture a 2-0 halftime lead.

In the second period, Catskill added one more score to take home the 3-0 shutout victory.

The dynamic scoring duo of Jenna Quick and Maci Mosher each found nylon once as did Jenna Murray. Quick also tallied an assist in the win.

Catskill keeper Kelsey Taylor recorded two saves while Papas stopped nine shots in net for Maple Hill.

Catskill  improves to 10-0-2 on the year while Maple Hill falls to 5-9-1.


New Lebanon 1, Germantown 0

GERMANTOWN -- The New Lebanon Tigers ended their regular season on a positive note with a 1-0 shutout victory over the Germantown Clippers Wednesday in CHVL boys soccer action.

"Germantown's defense was clicking and tonight's game was up for grabs," said New Lebanon coach Daniel Evans. "Both teams had numerous chances to put the ball away, but failed." 

Fortunately for the Tigers, halfway through the second period, Evan Vandeusen found Austin Esposito for the game-winner.

New Lebanon finishes the regular season at 10-6, winning seven of their last eight games and look forward to sectional play starting next week.