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Athletics

Department of Health, Physical Education and Athletics

Albany High School

700 Washington Ave.

Albany, NY 12203

Phone: 475-6310

Fax: 475-6311

 

Kathleen Ryan, Athletics Director
E-mail: kathy.ryan@albany.k12.ny.us

Rachel Shatney, Assistant Athletics Director/Athletic Trainer
E-mail: rshatney@albany.k12.ny.us

Brenda Mangan, Secretary

E-mail: bmangan@albany.k12.ny.us

 

Spring sports begin March 9

Varsity and JV sports begin Monday. Click here for a copy of the week 1 practice schedule.

 

Eight head to state indoor track championships

Eight Albany High School student-athletes will head to Cornell University this weekend to compete in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association indoor track championships.

 

Junior Jahari Coleman will compete in the 55 meters and 300 meters after winning those races at both the Section II Division I indoor championships and the Section II state qualifiers.

 

Coleman also will be part of a 4x200 relay team that includes junior Mercedes Johnson, senior Destini Harris and junior Larisa Chestnut, with junior Nina Rouse and senior Unique Shaw as alternates. The 4x200 team also took first in the state qualifiers.

 

Sophomore Eileen Bequette will compete in the long jump and high jump. She took third in the state qualifier for long jump and second in the state qualifier for high jump.

 

Sophomore Syeed Holtzclaw, the lone male qualifier, will compete in the 300 meters. He placed second in the state qualifiers.

 

Coleman, Johnson win events at indoor track and field sectionals

Jahari Coleman cemented her position  as the fastest student-athlete in Section II girls' track and field Feb. 21 with a pair of sprint victories at the Division I indoor championships at the University at Albany.

 

Coleman, a junior, won the 55 meters and 300 meters to lead Albany High School to a fourth-place finish. Mercedes Johnson, also a junior, won the 55-meter hurdles to help the Lady Falcons to their strong team finish.

 

Albany High also finished second in the 4x200 relay and fourth in the 4x400 relay. Senior Tiaria Gaines placed fifth in the triple jump and sophomore Eileen Bequette turned in a sixth-place finish in the long jump to add to the team's point total.

 

Basketball playoff schedules

It's playoff time for Albany High School's basketball teams.

 

The boys lost a first-round Section II Class AA playoff game at Bethlehem on Feb. 24, dropping a 73-68 decision.

 

The girls (17-2) broke into the state rankings for the first time this season Feb. 18 and currently are ranked No. 24. In the Section II playoff bracket, the Lady Falcons are seeded third overall in Class AA. They have a first-round bye in the Section II playoffs and will begin their quest for a fourth consecutive championship-game appearance and their second title in three years with a quarterfinal game Monday, March 2 against the Colonie-Niskayna winner. That game will be played at Bethlehem High School beginning at 6 p.m.

 

With a win, the Lady Falcons would advance to the semifinals Thursday, March 5 at Hudson Valley Community College, most likely a semifinal rematch with second-seed Bethlehem (17-2), which is ranked No. 18 in the state. Tipoff for that game would be 6 p.m. The Lady Falcons begin the playoffs on an 11-game winning streak and completed the regular season unbeaten against Capital Region teams for the third season in a row. Defending champion Shenendehowa (18-1) is the top-seeded Class AA team in Section II and ranked No. 4 in the state.

 

Good luck to all of our student-athletes!

 

Young tops Section II bowlers with best three-game series

Freshman Jahlil Young rolled the best three-game set in the Section II Class A bowling tournament Feb. 11, helping Albany High School rally to a strong sixth-place finish.

 

Young, who like his teammates struggled during the morning session at Schenectady’s Boulevard Bowl, responded with a 721 series in the afternoon. That was the best series from any of the 80 bowlers on the 16 teams competing in the large-school division.

 

Young (pictured above) rolled games of 235, 231 and 255 to lead the Falcons to the best team score in the afternoon session. Senior John Henry Phillips rolled an outstanding 681 series in the afternoon, and junior Queone Sylvester contributed a 635. Visit our Athletics News section to read more about the team’s excellent performance.

 

Freshman sets game, season records for 3-pointers

Freshman Bridget Whelan set a school record Jan. 28 with seven 3-pointers to lead the Albany High School girls' basketball team to a convincing 63-41 win over Guilderland.

 

Whelan scored all 21 of her points from beyond the arc to lead the Lady Falcons (14-2) to their eighth straight win. Her seven 3-pointers tied for the fourth-most in the history of Section II girls' basketball. Her 41 3-pointers on the season also has set a new school record -- and counting!

 

Seniors Mylah Chandler (12 points) and Ariel Greer (10 points) also made major contributions on offense against Guiilderland to keep Albany High rolling toward the postseason. The Lady Falcons built a 28-8 lead after one quarter. Chandler turned in a typically strong all-around performance, adding 11 rebounds, seven steals and four assists.

 

Albany High is off until travelling to Schenectady on Feb. 6, then back in action at home Feb. 13 for another test against a Suburban Council opponent, Averill Park. The Lady Falcons conclude the regular season at home against New York City's Frederick Douglas on Feb. 16, and then begin their quest to reach the Section II Class AA championship game for the fourth year in a row.

 

Coleman shines at major indoor track event

Albany High School junior Jahari Coleman won her heat and placed seventh overall in the 300 meters at the New Balance Games at the Armory in the New York City on Jan. 24.

 

Competing against 148 student-athletes from throughout the northeast, Coleman turned in a personal-best time of 41.25 seconds to win her heat. Click here to watch her performance in the 300. Coleman also won her heat in the 55 meters and placed ninth out of 73 student-athletes in that event.

 

Winterball lacrosse program at Albany High

Calling all students in grades 3-12 interested in learning lacrosse! Come to the Albany High School gym for the Albany Lacrosse Club Winterball intramural program (see schedule below).

 

Please bring sneakers, a water bottle and a molded mouthguard. All other equipment will be provided. The fee is $20 for all sessions. Scholarships are available on an as-needed basis. For more information or questions contact Michele Fields at mfieldslax@gmail.com or Theresa Story at tstory@albany.k12.ny.us. The remaining dates for Winterball:

Boys
Jan. 11 – 1-3 p.m.
Jan. 18 – 3-5 p.m.
Feb. 1 – 1-3 p.m.
Feb. 8 – 3-5 p.m.
Feb. 15 – 1-3 p.m.
Feb. 22 – 3-5 p.m.
March 8 – 1-3 p.m.
March 15 – 3-5 p.m.

 

Girls
Jan. 11 – 3-5 p.m.
Jan. 18 – 1-3 p.m.
Feb. 1 – 3-5 p.m.
Feb. 8 – 1-3 p.m.
Feb. 15 – 3-5 p.m.
Feb. 22 – 1-3 p.m.
March 8 – 3-5 p.m.
March 15 – 1-3 p.m.

 

'Beam Queen' Arduino accepts Division I gymnastics scholarship

Albany High School senior Mary Elle Arduino (pictured above with Director of Athletics Kathy Ryan) has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in gymnastics at Division I Towson University next year. The school recognized Arduino with a ceremony before the boys' varsity basketball game against Troy on Dec. 12.

 

Arduino, also ranked in the top 10 of her class academically with a 96 grade-point average, has participated in gymnastics since she was 18 months old. A specialist on the balance beam, she was the 2011 and 2014 New York state champion in the event and a national qualifier in 2012, among many other achievements. Her excellence in her sport's most difficult event earned her the nickname Beam Queen. Visit our Athletics News section to read more.

Basketball standout Chandler makes commitment to Colgate official                       

Albany High School senior Mylah Chandler, a standout performer on the court and in the classroom, made her college choice official Nov. 14, signing a National Letter of Intent to attend Division I Colgate University next year. Surrounded by her teammates on the Lady Falcons girls' basketball team, Chandler described Colgate as providing her the best combination of Division I athletics and top-flight academics. Visit our Athletics News section to read more. 

                                                 

Show your Falcon pride with Falcon apparel

You can wear your Falcon pride on your sleeve (and other places) thanks to a range of other apparel that's available online or at the school store, Falcon Rock. Click here or on the box in the upper right-hand corner of the page to shop online. During the school year, you also can visit Falcon Rock Tuesdays and Thursdays during all lunch periods (10:18 a.m.-1:18 p.m.). 

 

Director's Memo: Sports are a time commitment
Updated for the winter 2014-15 sports season
Sports are a time commitment.

If you are participating in a varsity, JV, freshman or modified (grades7-8) sport, please keep in mind that you are making a commitment to your team and that sport. To be fair, each player must make the commitment to be present at each practice and contest throughout the season before tryouts begin. This weighs heavily on the decisions made by coaches when they determine their rosters. A schedule is given at the beginning of each team’s season and is also available before tryouts upon request. (MORE)

 

Student-Athlete Code of Conduct

Click here to read the City School District of Albany's Student-Athlete Code of Conduct.

 

Athletic offerings

The City School District of Albany offers students an opportunity for athletic competition in grades 7-12 at Hackett Middle School, Myers Middle School, North Albany Academy and Albany High School.

 

The district's athletic teams are competing as independents in 2014-15, with no conference affiliation, following the dissolution of the Big 10 Athletic Conference last summer. All Albany High School teams and student-athletes remain eligible for postseason competition in Section II of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). The district is also a member of the Tri-County Indoor Track League, Adirondack Swim League for men and the Aqua Swim League for women. 


The district offers 11 female sports activities on 25 teams at varying levels of competition, and 12 male sports activities on 27 teams at varying levels of competition. Each year more than 1,000 athletes go through the district's program coached by certified athletic coaches.

 

Girls' Athletic Teams
KEY: V=Varsity; JV= Junior Varsity; F=Freshman

Sport

Level

Season

Basketball

V, JV & F

Winter

Cheerleading

V & JV

Fall & Winter

Cross Country

V

Fall

Indoor track

V

Winter

Lacrosse JV Spring

Outdoor track

V

Spring

Soccer

V & JV

Fall

Tennis

V

Fall

Volleyball

V, JV

Fall

Softball

V & JV

Spring

Swimming

V

Fall

 

Boys' Athletic Teams

Sport

Level

Season

Baseball

V & JV

Spring

Basketball

V, JV & F

Winter

Bowling

V

Winter

Football

V & JV

Fall

Cross Country

V

Fall

Indoor track

V

Winter

Lacrosse JV Spring

Outdoor track

V

Spring

Soccer

V & JV

Fall

Swimming

V

Winter

Tennis

V

Spring

Wrestling

V & JV

Winter

 

Modified Athletic Teams
For those students in grades 7-8, there is interscholastic modified program. It includes the following sports:

KEY: Site = practice location

Fall Sports

Boys

Girls

Site

Cross Country

X

X

Albany High

Soccer

X

X

Myers Middle School

Football

X

 

Albany High

Volleyball

 

X

Myers Middle School

Winter Sports

   

Basketball

X

X

Held at respective middle schools

Swimming/Diving

X (co-ed)

X (co-ed)

Myers Middle School

Wrestling

X

 

Albany High

Spring Sports

   

Outdoor Track

X

X

Albany High

Baseball

X

 

Myers Middle School

Softball

 

X

Myers Middle School

Lacrosse

X

X

Albany High/Myers Middle School

 

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