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A look back at 2012 in Schenectady County sports (Part 1)

Scotia-Glenville’s Chris Zanta (red jersey) shoots in front of Mohonasen’s Killian Tallman (12) and Billy Manikas (33) during last Friday’s Section II Class A semifinal game at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The Tartans edged the Mighty Warriors 62-61 in overtime.

Scotia-Glenville’s Chris Zanta (red jersey) shoots in front of Mohonasen’s Killian Tallman (12) and Billy Manikas (33) during last Friday’s Section II Class A semifinal game at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The Tartans edged the Mighty Warriors 62-61 in overtime. Robert Goo

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• The Scotia-Glenville boys basketball team returned to the top of the Section II heap by beating Bishop Gibbons 59-43 in the Class A finals. Joe Cremo scored 24 points, and tournament most valuable player Chris Zanta contributed 15 points for the Tartans, who won their second Sectional title in three years.

To get to the finals, Scotia-Glenville needed a last-second overtime basket by Matt Renko to edge defending Class A champion Mohonasen 62-61 in the semifinals. The Mighty Warriors led by as many as 11 points in the second half before the Tartans rallied to tie the score at 57.

• Mekeel Christian Academy entered the Class B playoffs as the No. 2 seed, but the Lions were upended by No. 6 Cohoes 71-57 in the semifinals. The loss ended a stellar career for Collin Stewart, who set a school record for total points (1,482) and points in a single game (47).

• The Scotia-Glenville girls basketball team reached the Class A Sectional finals, but defending champion Averill Park forced the Lady Tartans into 24 turnovers on its way to a 41-33 victory. Cassie Broadhead led Scotia-Glenville with 15 points.

Averill Park defeated Mohonasen 48-41 in the Sectional semifinals to advance into the Class A finals. It was the final game for Mohonasen coach Paul Brosious, who stepped down after guiding the Mighty Warriors to back-to-back Sectional final four appearances, including the 2011 Class A finals.

• Schalmont’s Nick Gallo qualified for the state wrestling tournament for the second year in a row. Gallo won his first-round bout before dropping into the consolation bracket with a quarterfinal loss to Medina’s Tristan Hamner. The freshman finished the tournament with a 2-2 record.

• The Niskayuna boys swim team placed second to Shenendehowa at the Section II Division I championships. Emerson Wells led the Silver Warriors with a victory in the 500-yard freestyle, while Josh Dodway placed second in the Division I diving competition to qualify for the state meet. Evan Melby qualified for states in the 100-yard breaststroke, and the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Melby, Wells, Dylan Karlok and Ryan Burke won the Division I title.

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