Athletic Director hopeful about the success of Shen’s fall sports programs

BY: HANNAH LETTIERI AND CHARLOTTE MACKEN

Following the success of last year’s fall athletic teams, Shenendehowa High School Athletic Director, Christopher Culnan, is hopeful that this year’s batch of athletes are going to go the distance in the postseason.

Last year, the Shen field hockey team won a state title, both volleyball teams won a section title, and the girl’s cross country team ran in a national race in Oregon.

Culnan stated, “Out of the 11 programs, eight of them are ranked in the top 20; six or seven of them are in the top six.”

According to Culnan, the football team has five main rivals currently in Section II: Saratoga, Christian Brothers Academy, Troy, Shaker, and South Colonie.

“It’s going to be a hard championship,” he said.

The Shenendehowa Varsity Football team is coming off a dominant performance from last Saturday’s game.

“It is a senior-based team,” Brendan Belott stated, which means they are going to have to work much harder next year to continue to compete at the higher level. Bellot stepped up this year as the starting quarterback for the Plainsmen as a junior.

He currently has thirteen touchdowns this season and Shenendehowa’s school record for one season is twenty-four.

“I’m not worried about that right now, I’m just taking it one game at a time,” he said.

Belott stated that the coolest moment he had this season so far was “Definitely the eighty-nine yard touchdown pass.”

The team is very excited for their upcoming homecoming game against Ballston Spa, one of the toughest opponents in the Section, on Friday.

For the girl’s volleyball team, their biggest game is quickly approaching, coming to the opponents gym on Oct. 18: Burnt Hills / Ballston Lake.

“This season is great”, Shenendehowa High School Volleyball Player Izzy Burns stated.

“Great people and coaches all around. We’ve had positive vibes all season which has been our motto,” she said. Everyone is very nice and open which makes playing that much easier. Not to mention our great coaching staff, they have a lot of knowledge.”

Izzy said she thinks the team will make it to states, but in reality if they don’t continue to work hard they won’t make it there.

Alexandra Henniger and Zach Goldberg contributed to this report.

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