Mike Hughes of Amsterdam hits a shot off the 12th fairway at Fox Run on Thursday. (Paul Antonelli/Recorder staff)
JOHNSTOWN — Amsterdam’s Mike Hughes won individual medalist honors by firing a round of 77 to lead Amsterdam to a third-place team finish, and Johnstown came away with the team championship for the second year in a row in the Foothills Council Golf Championships, Thursday at Fox Run Golf Club.
Hughes took top honors by two strokes over runner-up Ryan Mahardy of South Glens Falls, with Broadalbin-Perth’s Dom Zippiere finishing third with a round of 81.
“It was a challenging day due to the wind, however, I just stayed focused, and listening to my coach’s tips throughout the years, it helped lead me to the score,” said Hughes, who earned a special spot on the Foothills Council all-star team thanks to his effort.
“(Hughes) shot very well considering how windy it was,” Johnstown coach Mark Ralbovsky said.
Along with Hughes’ 77, Amsterdam got rounds of 87 from Erin Rivera, 90 from Stephen Knack and 92 from C.J. Durinick to finish with a cumulative score of 346, four strokes behind Johnstown and three behind runner-up South Glens Falls.
“The guys really played well,” Amsterdam coach Tim Jones said.
Knack’s round of 90 earned him a place at sectionals alongside teammates Rivera, Hughes and Durinick.
Johnstown edged South Glens Falls by one stroke, 342-343, for the title. Ethan Wager and Jake Miller each shot 84 to lead the Sir Bills, while Colin Kowalski carded an 85 and Jarred Brown logged a round of 89.
“The fact that we won can be directly attributed to our depth and the fact that 8th grader Colin Kowalski came in with such a relative low score,” Ralbovsky said. “Now that we’ve won the league and the league tourney, we have to set our sights on defending our sectional title in the Class B’s.”
Zippiere’s 81 led B-P to a fourth-place finish, three strokes behind Amsterdam. Also for the Patriots, Stuart Bond carded an 88 to go along with rounds of 90 from Matt Danise and Connor Canale.
Schuylerville, Scotia-Glenville, Hudson Falls, Glens Falls, Queensbury and Gloversville rounded out the team standings. Aiden Carter’s 92 led the way for Gloversville.
Fonda-Fultonville’s Adam DeSorbo, the area’s lone representative at the state tournament last season, took medalist honors by firing a round of 77 at Pioneer Hills.
Western Athletic Conference
Duanesburg 3, Canajoharie 0
Olivia Dykstra had 11 kills and 13 service points to lead the Eagles in a 25-6, 25-16, 25-13 win over Canajoharie.
Sophia Loukidas and Victoria Passono served up nine aces apiece for Duanesburg, while Annabelle Rieseler had 10 assists and served four aces.
Mekeel Christian 3,
Clare Nelson had eight kills and Sydney Ekstein contributed seven kills as Mekeel swept Mayfield by scores of 25-9, 25-9 and 25-16.
Mackenzie Islip served nine aces among her match-high 22 points and added 19 assists for Mekeel (6-0, 6-0 WAC), which also got eight aces from Sophia Armao.
Katelyn Harrington had six digs and Katie LaGrange added three kills and two blocks to lead Mayfield (4-4, 3-3).
Galway 3, Middleburgh 0
Carlee Horstmann put up 13 kills and seven blocks in Galway’s 24-14, 25-20, 25-23 victory.
Emma Smith added 10 kills and 21 digs for the Golden Eagles (5-1, 5-1). Hannah Bramer chipped in 22 assists and had 15 service points.
B-K-W 3, Fort Plain 1
Amber Skinner had 14 kills, 11 digs, nine aces and nine assists to led B-K-W in a win by scores of 25-14, 15-25, 25-19 and 25-11.
Laura Grippin added 18 digs for the Lady Bulldogs, Shelby Clickman doled out 15 assosts and Reagan Smith had nine aces and nine kills.
Lauren Weinberger led Fort Plain with three blocks, three aces and three kills.
The Lady Bills scored both of their goals in the final 21 minutes of the match to prevail against B-P on the Lady Patriots’ Senior Night.