Just about everybody is done with the regular season now, save for a few stragglers who will finish up over the weekend. Time to get ready for sectionals. I'll have a short preview of the postseason tomorrow, if I can muster up the energy.
The Foothills finish didn't disappoint, with Queensbury's 3-2 victory over Schuylerville making for a three-way tie at the top of the North Division.
The similarities to 2012 — when four teams tied for first place in the Foothills — are a little eerie. Like 2012, all of this year's first-place finishers won at home and lost on the road against the other contenders. And like 2012, it ended with Queensbury scoring an overtime goal in the season finale to top it off ... although there was a little more light available for this one than the goal scored five years ago with 2 seconds left, after which we all wished we had flashlights to find our cars.
For a trip down memory lane, click here to read the 2012 game story. A quick thought on this — the 2012 first-place tie involved four teams, which was 50 percent of the league. This year's tie involves three teams that made up 60 percent of the North.
Friday's overtime goal was a disputed one. The officials conferred, then talked with Queensbury coach Jason Tenner, then let the goal stand. Click here for the game story, which has the video embedded. You can draw your own conclusions, though from where I was standing, you're blocked off from the ball for a moment after it reaches the goalkeeper.
A title up north: Johnsburg finished off its best-ever soccer regular season with a 4-1 victory over Willsboro to clinch the Division III title of the Northern Soccer League.
Megan Bacon scored twice and Charlize Bernard made 15 saves as the Jaguars improved to 13-1 in the league. Johnsburg will be one of the top seeds in the Section VII, Class D tournament.
The Jags have come a long way. It wasn't too long ago they were a field hockey-playing school.
Elsewhere: Mechanicville was a 3-0 winner over Cambridge in the Wasaren League championship game. The Red Raiders look good heading into sectionals.
Lake George finished out the Adirondack League season 14-0 and Bolton-Warrensburg won to finish 11-2-1. Whitehall also beat H-L 4-0. It should be noted that Salem's 7-6-1 record makes the Generals the best Adirondack team outside of the usual three contenders, which is not a small accomplishment.
A busy night: What a night for local sports. We had the Thunder season preview running in Saturday's paper, along with covering the Adirondack League boys championship game, the girls soccer game at Queensbury and a football game at South High. Also, the Yankees played Game 1 of the ALCS, and ... how did Syracuse beat Clemson?
We ended up running out of room for the Yankees. We ripped up page C2 for it, but we couldn't plate the page until after the press had started. Then I pulled open the first paper and saw I had Schuylerville football beating Rensselaer in a headline, which was not good, since the opponent was actually Amsterdam. So this night goes into the loss column for me.
Indirect kicks: No portable scoreboard at Queensbury Friday, and it's the one day I left my stopwatch at home. ... You can't beat listening to The Boss in your earphones while typing at 3 in the morning. ... I will be happy when this weekend is over. There are a few too many balls in the air right now.