After a two-day pause caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Section II playoff schedule resumes today with several games.
Four local teams will be in action today.
The Johnstown field hockey team, the top seed in the Section II Class B Tournament will host No. 4 seed Glens Falls at Knox Field at 4 p.m.
Johnstown’s Ashley?Dona (1) fires a shot past?Glens Falls’ Jill Rizzo during a Sept. 13 Foothills Council field hockey game at Knox Field in?Johnstown. The Lady Bills and Indians will meet today at Knox Field at 4 p.m. in the Section II?Class B semifinals. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
The 16-1 Lady Bills have won 16 straight since dropping their season opener at defending Class A champion Shenendehowa. Since the loss, Johnstown has outscored the opposition 84-4 and piled up 12 shutouts.
Johnstown reached the semifinals with a 7-0 win over eighth-seeded Scotia-Glenville last Wednesday.
The convincing win earned Johnstown its nearly annual postseason meeting with perennial nemesis Glens Falls. The Indians posted wins over Johnstown in the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Class B title games before losing to the Lady Bills in the championship game last season.
The Lady Bills have won three straight over Glens Falls (9-8 overall), including a 2-0 win at home and a 3-0 win at Glens Falls this season. The Indians advanced with a 3-2 win over No. 5 seed South Glens Falls in the quarterfinals.
The winner will face either No. 3 seed Queensbury or No. 2 seed Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake on Sunday in the championship game at Shenendehowa High School at 2:30 p.m.
The Johnstown volleyball team also will be in action as the top-seeded Lady Bills will face No. 4 seed Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons in the semifinals of the Class B Tournament at Albany High School at 5 p.m.
Johnstown (14-3 overall) rolled into the semifinals with a 3-0 sweep of No. 9 seed Cobleskill-Richmondville on Friday.
The Lady Bills have won four straight matches and six of their last seven. Bishop Gibbons (14-4 overall), the No. 4 seed, advanced to the semifinals with a 3-1 win over No. 5 seed Holy Names.
Second-seeded Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (16-1) will face No. 3 seed Schalmont (14-3) in today's other Class B semifinal contest at Albany High School at 7 p.m. The semifinal winners advance to Friday's championship match at Stillwater High School at 8 p.m.
The St. Johnsville and Northville boys soccer will meet today in the Class D semifinals at Queensbury High School at 3 p.m.
The eighth-seeded Saints (11-7 overall) reached the semis with back-to-back overtime wins over No. 9 seed North Warren and No. 1 seed Loudonville Christian. The fourth-seeded Falcons advanced with a 1-0 overtime win over No. 5 seed Argyle on Saturday. Northville (9-6-2 overall) won the regular-season meeting between Western Athletic Conference schools Oct. 3, 6-0.
The winner advances to Saturday's Class D championship game at Colonie High School at 2 p.m. Second-seeded Fort Ann will face No. 3 seed New Lebanon in today's other Class D semifinal contest at Queensbury High School at 3 p.m.
On Thursday, both the Broadalbin-Perth boys and girls soccer teams will be in action in the Class B semifinals.
The fourth-seeded Broadalbin-Perth boys, the defending state Class B champions, will face top-seeded Ichabod Crane at Queensbury High School at 3 p.m. The Patriots and Riders met in last year's Class B title contest with B-P emerging with a 2-1 victory.
Broadalbin-Perth reached the semifinals with and 8-0 win over No. 13 seed Doane Stuart/Rensselaer and a 5-0 win over No. 5 seed Chatham. Ichabod Crane advanced with a 4-0 win over No. 16 seed Johnstown and a 4-0 win over No. 8 seed Tamarac. The winner will face either No. 7 seed Coxsackie-Athens or No. 3 seed Greenville for the championship Saturday at Colonie High School at noon.
The third-seeded B-P girls will face second-seeded Catholic Central (16-0-2 overall) on Thursday at Stillwater High School at 4 p.m.
The Lady Patriots reached last year's Class B title game before losing to eventual state Class B champion Schalmont. B-P (15-3 overall) advanced to the semifinals with a 1-0 win over No. 14 seed Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk and a 5-0 win over No. 11 seed Schuylerville.
Catholic Central reached the semis with a 5-0 win over No. 15 seed Cohoes and a 5-3 win over No. 7 seed Greenville.
The winner will face either No. 1 seed Schalmont (18-0) or No. 5 seed Coxsackie-Athens for the championship Sunday at Stillwater High School at 3 p.m.
Also taking place Thursday will be the diving portion of the Section II girls swimming championships. Fonda-Johnstown's Meghan Bartlett will be bidding for her third straight Division II title. Bartlett has already qualified for the state championship meet for the fourth straight season.
On Friday, the Northville and St. Johnsville girls soccer teams will play in the Class D semifinals at Broadalbin-Perth High School.
The fourth-seeded Falcons will face top-seeded Fort Ann at 6:30 p.m., while the sixth-seeded Saints will face No. 2 seed Loudonville Christian at 4 p.m.
Northville (9-6-2 overall), which is seeking its fifth straight Class D title, advanced with a 1-0 win over No. 5 seed Bolton, while Fort Ann (14-0 overall) posted a 2-0 win over No. 8 seed Salem.
After not meeting last season, Friday's matchup will be the sixth meeting between the Cardinals and Falcons in the last seven years.
Northville won each of the other five meetings, including a 5-2 win over Fort Ann in the 2010 championship game.
St. Johnsville (6-11 overall) posted a 1-0 win over No. 3 seed Mekeel Christian in the quarterfinals, while Loudonville Christian (12-3-1 overall) downed seventh-seeded Heatly.
The semifinal winners will meet for the Class D title Nov. 7 at Stillwater High School at 3 p.m.
The Fonda-Fultonville boys cross country team will take aim at its fourth straight Class C title Friday at Saratoga Spa State Park at the Section II championship meet.
The boys and girls teams from Amsterdam, Broadalbin-Perth, Canajoharie-Fort Plain, Gloversville, Johnstown and Mayfield also will be in action in their respective classes.
The Section II girls swimming championship continues Friday at Shenendehowa with the swimming prelims before concluding Saturday with the championship races.
Also on Saturday, the Amsterdam football team will face Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake for the Section II Class A title for the second straight year.
The game is set for 7 p.m. at Shenendehowa High School.