AA Winter Sports Recap
NYSPHSAA Athletic Teams were all recognized as Scholastic Teams. This winter AA had 7 sports and a total of 14 teams at various levels. During the winter, AA had a total of 166 contest and 75 of them were held at the Academies. AA hosted two different Hockey tournaments which were all weekend long, hosted the Section II “Last Chance” swim meet on a Saturday in February and hosted a basketball tournament which was located at the Washington Ave Armory.
AAG Winter Sports Recap
All AAG NYSPHSAA competing teams (Basketball, Indoor Track, & Skiing) qualified!
This winter, AAG had 7 sports of various levels participate including Varsity & Modified Squash (9 seniors), Varsity & Modified Basketball (2 seniors), Varsity Indoor Track & Field (6 seniors), Varsity Skiing (2 seniors), Varsity Hockey, Modified Swimming & Diving, Dance as a Sport (MS).
AA JV Squash Team
The Squash Team, who competes in the highly competitive Prep league (NEPSAC), ended their season undefeated at 8-0
AA/AAG Skiing – This team had a difficult winter getting races completed. There was either not enough snow or the weather was too severe and the races were cancelled. The team ended up getting four races completed before sectionals. The sectional date was moved due to inclement weather. The team ended up with two students in the championship race but they didn’t place.
AA Varsity Wrestling
The Wrestling Team had an overall 4-4 dual meet record. Drew B.’19 took 3rd place in the section and state/qualifier tournament. In the state match, he ended up losing during the blood round, which is the match prior to placing. Drew has had a great career recording over 100 wins and will be attending Cornell University in the Fall.
AA HS Hockey
AA made its way back onto the scene for Section II hockey. The team started out strong during the early part of the season but ended the season with a 12-8 overall record and losing in the quarterfinals of section play. Anthony S.’19 was selected All Section II Team. Ryan W.’19 was awarded onto the 1st team as a defender. Blake V.’19, Connor M.’19, and Danny M.’19 were all placed onto the Honorable Mention Team
AA Prep Hockey
The Prep School Hockey team went 18-12-2 overall. They finished the season strong with a 7 game win streak and captured the first annual Prep showcase tournament. The final game was played at RPI.
AA Swimming and Diving
The Swimming and Diving team finished the regular season undefeated in dual meets (10-0). They then went on to capture The Section II Division II Sectional Championship! It was Coach Young’s 10th sectional title in his tenure!
State Qualifying Information: Our 200 Medley Relay of Addison O.’19, Brayden Henkel, Bryce H.’21, and Gil D.’19 placed 11th in the Federation, 6th in the State; These players comprised our 200 Free Relay which placed 15th in both the Federation and State.
Bryce broke Tucker Besch's ‘17 school record in the 100 Butterfly with his time of 50.08 to finish 8th (Fed)/6th (State). He broke his own school record in the 200 Freestyle with his time of 1:41.83 to post the highest finish of an Academies swimmer with his 4th place finish in both the Fed and State. As a team, AA placed the highest in the Federation of any Academies team in at least the last 22 years with their 14th-place finish in the Federation.
AA helped Section II win the Inter-Sectional State competition! We beat perennial powers Section V (Rochester area) and VIII (Nassau County) by 29 and 34 points, respectively.
Lastly, AA/AAG Modified Swimming had an undefeated season!
AA Indoor Track
The Indoor track team captured the Colonial Council League Champion and went on to capture The Section 2 Division III Indoor Championship meet. AA had two individuals, Donald J.’19 (pole vault) and Ahmed P.’20(55m, 55H. long jump) qualify for State and National meets. In the State meet last weekend, Donald became a State Champion! With a volt of 15 feet and 3 inch.
AAG Track and Field
AAG Varsity Indoor Track & Field Team 4X800 Relay Team set a new school record (10.50.13) with Cate T.’19, Mia M.’19, Morgan S.’19, Caroline D. ‘20. In addition, Morgan S.’19 and Julia Z.’21 advanced to the state qualifier meet. Many personal bests achieved at the Colonial Council Championship Meet! Julia Z.’21 won the high jump event achieving her personal best of 5 feet!
The AA Varsity Basketball team finished 15-3 overall. All three loses came at the hands of nationally ranked schools. Currently, they are ranked #1 in NYS Sportswriters poll and preparing for the Federation Tournament on March 23rd and 24th. We had two players make the prestigious News Channel 13 all-star team: Andre J.’20 and August M.’19 who will be attending Yale University in the Fall.
The AAG Basketball team posted 818 Points on the season and had its first sectional appearance in 3 years. The team achieved first wins in three seasons against difficult teams in the Colonial Council. Season wins include Schalmont, Ichabod Crane, Lansingburgh, Watervliet, Cohoes, Loudonville Christian, and Madrid Waddington. The team also cracked the top 5 ranking in the Times Union for Class B for three weeks. Team member Aaliyah J.’19, rated 4th in Colonial Council in scoring and achieved Colonial Council All-Stars.AAG Senior Cydney O.’19 was nominated by her Coach and recognized on Sunday March 3rd at the Section 2 Girls Basketball Scholar Athlete Brunch.