Macbeth stops as the Mohonasen boys’ basketball coach – The Daily Gazette

Graham Macbeth quit earlier this week as Mohonasen’s university basketball coach for boys, but he’s not leaving the match altogether.

The 37-year-old Mohonasen candidate is queuing up to train another group of high school students from Monday, when the Mighty Warriors’ season of unified basketball – a program designed by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and Special Olympics New York – kicks off .

“It’s a lot of fun,” said Macbeth, who coached the United team several years ago. “It’s good for the kids. It’s a whole different side of basketball that I love.”

Macbeth spent the last three seasons on the university side of things, and he loved that too. He said his departure from the basketball position was a difficult call, but was based on his goal of obtaining advanced certification as a special education instructor and starting a family.

Macbeth coached junior varsity basketball and worked as a university assistant for six years at Mohonasen before being given the opportunity to coach the university team he played for as a teenager.

“It’s not easy to walk away from something you love to do, but if I do not do it now, I will never do it,” Macbeth said. “I want to spend some time focusing on myself. It’s something I have not done in nine years.”

Macbeth guided his last college team to a 6-14 record after the first two went 8-12 and 2-4 in a COVID-shortened season.

“If it was a mess, I would not feel good about it,” Macbeth said of his move away from the program. “We took some lumps this year and kept our lower groups together. The victories and losses were tough, but the way we did it should provide a bright future.”

Macbeth said he was proud of his three college teams for a variety of reasons, including diligence in his final edition, which started the season with six straight losses but went 6-8 to finish.

“We started the season getting tough and they got better,” Macbeth said. “Our best weeks were in February. The kids kept working and working.”

Macbeth’s signature win with Mohonasen came in early February when the Mighty Warriors put together a 15-6 run in the fourth quarter and shocked one of the Colonial Council’s top teams in La Salle 44-43. A 46-41 victory over Voorheesville at senior night followed.

“The boys showed up and played their hearts out,” said Macbeth, whose team had lost to La Salle by 26 points earlier in the campaign. “The [La Salle] beat Suburban Council champion Niskayuna in the playoffs. “

Great bustle, a desire to grow, team unity and to represent the Mohonasen in a positive way were among the trademarks of the Macbeth-trained teams.

“I’m proud of the way we did things,” Macbeth said. “We wanted to do things the right way.”

Macbeth said he intends to train more school basketball in the future, but he has no set time to return.


Troy junior Olivia DeCitise hit 27 batters Wednesday in a 2-1, 12-inning Suburban Council softball loss to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

The left-handed softball and bowling standout hit the side five times. At one point, she recorded 11 consecutive outs for Troy via strikeout, and during another segment of the game, she recorded nine straight outs via K.

“When you get into your teens with 13, 14, 15 [strikeouts], it’s a business. What she did was an incredible achievement, “said Troy coach Sean Geisel.” She used a variety of pitches and she got stronger as the match went on. “

DeCitise gave up five hits, and Burnt Hills cheerleader Katie Rhodes also went the distance, with second place allowing four hits and hitting 10 in her first appearance at the university.

“Both pitchers did a good job of getting out of the jam,” Geisel said. “She [Rhodes] also played great. “

Both pitchers also got plenty of help from their teammates in the marathon competition, which took three hours and 20 minutes to complete.

“Phenomenal defense of both teams,” said Geisel, Flying Horse’s sixth-year coach, “especially in big situations.”

Beginning in the 10th inning, the international softball rule was used, with each half-frame beginning with a runner on second base. Danielle Debonis got the winning race home in the top 12 with a bunch of singles.

Chi Benamiti of Burnt Hills homered in the second half after Olivia Ashline of Troy homerated in the first.

“Great high school game. It had the feel of a sectional environment,” Geisel said. “Of course we wanted to get to the top, but we have a lot to be proud of in terms of focus and robustness.”

DeCitise bowls with the Troy boys team (the school does not have a girls team) and was named a first team star in the Suburban Council last season. She competed as a freelancer at the girls’ Section II Class A tournament and rolled the high singles while earning a state tournament spot.



Jack Foster’s position on the Saratoga Springs outdoor athletics all-time leaderboard after the senior threw the discus 170 feet, 1 inch in a Suburban Council meeting Tuesday against Schenectady. Foster smashed the school record (144-61 / 2) established by Elijah Taylor in 2018. Foster won the state indoor disco title in March and is also the school record holder in that event (57-9 3/4).


Grand slams hit Mayfield players in a 19-6 non-league softball victory over Amsterdam on Wednesday, with Alexis Broderick and Kaylee Klymkow both clearing the bases with their home runs.


Strikeouts recorded by Albany Academy pitcher Aviv Drucker in a no-hit, five-inning, 13-0 Colonial Council baseball victory over Cobleskill-Richmondville on Wednesday. On Monday, Tyler Sausville (five innings) and Josh Slater (two innings) teamed up on a no-hitter as Colonie beat Troy 6-0 in the Suburban Council action.


Points collected by Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake junior MK Lescault, on 11 goals and an assist, in an 18-8 Suburban Council girls lacrosse victory over Niskayuna on Thursday. The Johns Hopkins commit set a school record with his 11 goals and set another with his 12 points. Lescault have 29 goals and five assists in four games this season.


Consecutive wins by the Queensbury girls’ lacrosse team – which set a program record – after the Spartans beat Schuylerville 23-4 on Monday in a Foothills Council match, with Brigid Duffy and Kendal Kelsey scoring five goals each. Queensbury won 14-0 last season, beating Glens Falls and Johnstown before topping Schuylerville. Queensbury’s 2013 edition won 16 games in a row.

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