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Reported in on 9/23

Girls Modified Volleyball
Girls modified volleyball lost the match but had some incredibly close sets on Friday. 23-25, 18-24 and 28-30. High points included Marissa Yerdon and Alaina  Lafond with an ace each. Nice hustle to get the critical set from Alexis Rifenburg. Great communication and leadership on the floor from Rebecca Smith. We learned some valuable lessons about energy and effort and look forward to facing off against Tamarac again. Next game is tonight against Waterford. Give us a motivating word when you see us!

Boys Varsity Soccer
Roses were red, violets were blue, these coyotes went on the attack and there was nothing Middleburg could do. On a hot Saturday our boys’ soccer team made a decision, either wilt under the heat or turn it up, and turn it up they did.  This team went into the half with a 1-1 tie as both teams traded penalty shots, Dylan Lambert knocking one in for us. As the on field temperature reached over 90 degrees these mighty hunters came out ready to apply crippling pressure on the schoharie county team that proved to be too much. An early 2nd half goal by Nikifor Popov as he darted into the 18, and then a follow up by an aggressive Cody Hunt was too much for Middleburgh.  Malik Plouffe had 9 saves as the defense tightened as the game went on. Kasey Billert, Danny Hunt and Conner Voltra played multiple positions on the field and showed how important they are to the team. They proved that the nickname “the coyotes” seems appropriate, running as a pack, and working together… Solid all around play by everyone.

Boys  Modified Soccer
The boys modified soccer team traveled to Mechanicville Friday for their first game of the season. The boys came out strong in the first minutes of the game. Miss communication would lead to Mechanicville scoring the first goal. The Berlin/New Lebanon boys had several chances at the net, but couldn’t get the lucky bounce. Aiden Cave (Berlin), Gabe Kalisz (New Lebanon), and Mason Garhartt (Berlin) had great defensive performance. Kaleb Sweener (Berlin) had 8 saves in goal. The boys’ next game is Wednesday in Stephentown.

Varsity Cross Country
The Varsity XC team traveled to Plattsburgh for the pre-state meet and had some impressive performances. The girls finished 6th amongst some of the best in the state as Elsie Corbett led the way finishing 12th overall and shaving off over 2 mins from her previous invitational time. Sadie Giumarra continues to improve finishing over a minute faster than her previous best. The boys saw the back end of the team really step up as Malachi Ritter showed the potential he has and Brandon Rifenburg achieved his personal record in his first big race of the season. The best performance of the day came from Dan Hendricks who broke through his wall, helped a teammate and still had energy to sprint home in the final 200 meters.

Reported in on 9/24

Girls Modified Volleyball
Girls modified volleyball lost the first set 15-24, won the second 24-19, but lost a hard fought third set 22-25. We played a well matched combined Waterford team. Jasmine Gates had another incredible run on points serving. Marissa Yerdon came off the bench with some high energy digs and critical saves. Alexis Rifenburg set a fantastic game and Sarah Roy provided vital defensive play. These girls get better every game! We take on Cambridge Wednesday. Should be a good match!

Boys Varsity Soccer
The Varsity Soccer team went hunting for a victory last night and took the sting out of the Hornets of Heatly. These young coyotes cornered their prey and began scoring early and often.  The first goal was scored by Danny Hunt and that opened the floodgates. Matt Hart started dishing out assists while Peyton Labonte, Shawn Powlows, Josh Bosso, and Conner Votra locked down the Hornets offense. These prairie wolves began to howl as subs came in and out and intensity never subsided.  The Hornets tried to fight back, but couldn’t avoid the shut out. It was a great team effort. Congrats to everyone who was able to drop one in the net, but more accolades to those who put in great runs, delivered fine passes, and maxed out their effort on the field.

Girls JV Volleyball
Congratulations to the JV Volleyball team on their win over Waterford last night. It was a team effort led by Sierra Pettibones awesome serving. Great job ladies!

Reported in on 9/25

Girls Varsity Soccer
The Girls Varsity Soccer worked hard in their game against Mechanicville yesterday afternoon. The girls never gave up and put their best foot forward for the entire game. Sophie Ericson had an amazing performance in goal, making a total of 30 saves! The defense on a whole worked extremely well together both communicating and hustling to get the ball past half field. Jessica Bosso went above and beyond throughout the game making plays both defensively and offensively. Rachel Bortnick was able to capitalize on an offensive run, scoring a goal for Berlin. The girls play away on Thursday against Saratoga Spa Catholic.

Girls Varsity Volleyball
Girls Varsity Volleyball built momentum in their first two sets against Cambridge and fought hard in a close third set. Coach Slaver sees a bright rest of the season for the team if they can maintain the level of play they showed in the third set. Great job!

Varsity Cross Country
The XC team competed yesterday at Grafton against Stillwater and Hoosick Falls in their first home meet of the year. The mods were led by overall winner Aidan Van Dyk and Jayli Capasso finished her best race of the year even after a mix up on the course. The varsity boys ran extremely well beating both teams. Matt Kluck and Collin Douglas led the way finishing 3rd and 4th, followed closely Michael Loughlin and Jackson Flowers in 6th and 7th. Malachi Ritter continue to improve rounding out the top 5 for Berlin and Phil Oakes ran his best race of the year with an 8:16 pace. The girls began to show signs of running like the team they are expected to be with the middle of the pack keeping within 17 seconds of each other. Ariana Hendricks had her best performance of the year getting her pace down to 8:21, while Jordan Shupe wrapped up her last home meet in style with a hard finish to hold off another runner at the line. The team travels to Utica this weekend to compete in the EJ Herrmann Invitational.

Reported in on 9/26

Boys Modified Soccer
The boys modified soccer team hosted their first home game last night. The Berlin/New Lebanon players were slow on the start, but after halftime the boys regrouped and got back into the game. Neck and neck with Saratoga Catholic the boys knew they needed to push a little harder. Logan Healy (Berlin) stepped up to the plate and put one into the back of the net for Berlin/New Lebanon. A few minutes later, Saratoga answered back with a goal of their own. Again, Logan Healy was able to find the back of the net to put them up one. Miscommunications in the back of the field gave Saratoga the opportunity to tie the game. Kaleb Sweener (Berlin) came to play and had an amazing 14 saves in goal. Jonah Lottey (New Lebanon) Jared Bruns (New Lebanon) and Nate Hendricks(Berlin) we’re all key players in last night’s game. The boy’s next game is Friday at Stillwater.

Girls Modified Volleyball
Congrats to the girls modified volleyball team on winning their match against Cambridge last night! Too many good things to mention but highlights include Rebecca Smith, captain, providing great leadership to her team; Alexis Rifenburg and Destiny Wagner had crazy runs of aces; Alana Zuke had a killer block; and Alaina Lafond set the example with communication and hustle! Great effort from everyone. We are home Friday against Hoosic Valley. Come check us out!

Reported in on 9/27

Girls Varsity Soccer
The Girls Varsity Soccer team played an incredible game that went into overtime against Saratoga Spa Catholic School. Spa Catholic were a tough competitors in the first half, at one pointing meeting us 6-3. With a phenomenal effort both offensively, and defensively, the girls were able to hold them at 6 goals and put up 3 more of our own ending the game tied. Just before the end of regulation time, the Girls Varsity had a devastating injury to Rachel Bortnick who had previously scored all 6 of Berlin’s goals. The girls came together and left it all on the field during overtime. Dominating the ball and stopping offensive pushes. While every girl on the team should be recognized for their efforts, special shout outs go to Nora Colin, Jordanne Brazie, Heather Hughes and Jessica Bosso for working together to stop a strong offensive player on Spa Catholic. Sophie Ericson had another great game in goal with a total of 12 saves. While Bortnick scored all of the goals, it couldn’t have been done without the assist from Jordanne Brazie and two assists from Chloe Meyers. The Berlin Girls Varsity play again on Saturday against Middleburgh.

Reported in  on 9/30

Boys Modified Soccer
The Berlin/New Lebanon boys modified soccer team traveled to Stillwater Friday. Both teams came out on fire in the first half. Stillwater got the upper hand and got one in the net late with 5 minutes left in the first half. The boys didn’t give up and before time would expire Jared Bruns (NL) found himself all alone inside the 18 and drilled one into the goal. After halftime the momentum changed and Stillwater was able to push pass Berlin/New Lebanon’s defense and hit the back of the net. Kaleb Sweener (Berlin) was the player of the game with another 14 saves in goal. The boys stay in Stephentown Wednesday to take on Tamarac. Game time is 4:15.

Girls Varsity Soccer 

It was a hot day on Saturday as our Berlin Lady Mountain Lions took on the mighty Middlebourgh Knights. Despite being a worthy opponent, the Knights proved to be helpless against the offensive pushes of the Lady Lions. Berlin struck early in the 1st half with a cross from Chloe Meyers that led to a beautiful finish by Claire Barnum that pegged the goalie. Jordanne Brazie later went on to score the next goal from a shot 40 yards out that also pegged the goalie. They were no match for Berlin’s goal kicks as they cleared every time. The Mountain Lions later went on defense mode to shut out the Knights 2-0. Great effort was shown in the back line from defensemen such as Lizzy Hunt, Lauren Meyer, and Kylieann Krause. Sophomore keeper Sophie Ericson added another shutout to her resume. The girls face their next opponent tonight under the lights at New Lebanon. Come support the girls and only senior, Heather Hughes as they face the defending 2-time State Champions, Stillwater.

Girls Modified Volleyball 

Girls modified volleyball lost 2-1 against Hoosic Valley Friday. Even so, these were some of our best games yet. Aliza Beaudry wowed everyone with her continuous run of aces in her 1st match this season. Sarah Roy kept our spirits up with her motivational chatter. Alexis Rifenburg put up some beautiful 2nd hit sets for her teammates. This whole team sets the example when it comes to energy, effort and attitude!

Varsity Cross Country 

The XC team traveled to Utica to compete against some of the best of Section 3. Aidan Van Dyk was a team of 1 and finished 46th amongst over 150 runners shaving over a minute from last years’ time. The boys finished in the middle of a crowded field led by Collin Douglas who finished 32nd and Michael Loughlin who finished just over the 20 minute mark. Phil Oakes continues to improve by shaving almost 4 mins off from last week’s invitational.

The girls are rounding out and proving why they are one of the favorites for the section 2 crown. The girls were led by 6th place finisher Elsie Corbett who held the position the whole race. Brady Hills looked determined to lead the rest of the pack and finished 29th and Sadie Giumarra lost a shoe early, kicked off the other one and ran shoeless for 2.5 miles helping the girls claim 6th place and 3rd amongst class D schools. The team is home tomorrow at Grafton for Senior night.

 Boys Varsity Soccer 

Friday night under the bright lights down at the Den… Our wild coyotes took the field and took on the boys from Bishop Magin, and beat them 1-0. We are a team above all else and worked as a unit to earn this win. This pack of wild dogs controlled the ball for over 90% of the game and never allowed their opponents to take control. Great leadership all over the field, Conner Votra organized the defense as Cody Hunt pushed the offense. Key plays all over the field and contributions from nearly every player on the team. Kasey Billert knocked in the winner. Come on out and support the team tomorrow, as we look to howl our way to another victory.

Upcoming Meets and Games

Monday, September 30th

Girls Varsity Volleyball vs New Lebanon                    4:30pm

Girls Varsity Soccer vs Stillwater (New Lebanon)       7:00pm

 

Tuesday, October 1st

Cross Country vs Saratoga/M’ville (Grafton State Park)       4:15pm

Boys JV Soccer vs Stillwater (Lower Soccer Field @ MS/HS) 4:15pm

Boys Varsity Soccer vs Stillwater (New Lebanon)                   4:15pm

Wednesday, October 2nd

Girls Varsity Soccer @ Tamarac                                             4:15pm

Girls JV/Varsity Volleyball @ Mechanicville                              4:15-JV, 5:30-V

Girls Modified Volleyball vs Mechanicville                                 4:15pm

Boys Modified Soccer vs Tamarac (Stephentown Elem)            4:15pm

Girls Modified Soccer vs Tamarac (Lower Soccer Field @ MS/HS)  4:15pm

Thursday, October 3rd

Boys JV Soccer @ Tamarac                                  4:15pm

Boys Varsity Soccer @ Tamarac                            4:15pm

 

Friday, October 4th

Girls Modified Volleyball @ Saratoga Cath.            4:30pm

Boys Modified Soccer @ Hoosic Valley                    4:15pm

Girls Modified Soccer @ Hoosic Valley                    4:15pm

Girls JV/Varsity Volleyball vs Saratoga Cath.           4:30-JV, 5:45-V

Saturday, October 5th

Cross Country                                  TBD

Note: The weekly schedule is always subject to change