What are the Top Ten Girl’s Sports Teams in Amsterdam High School History? The complete list will appear in my new book; Fifty Amsterdam New York Top Ten Lists, which will be available in September of 2017. Seven different sports are represented in this well-rounded compilation. Here’s a preview of five of the teams that made the list!
1982 Amsterdam Girls Softball – The first AHS girls sports team to ever reach a sectional final. Coached by Pat Reilly (photo), the varsity squad posted an overall record of 12 wins and 6 losses including NYSPHSAA Section 2 playoff wins over Schenectady (Linton), and Catholic Central (11-0 shutout) before falling to Niskayuna, 7-3 in the final. Members of the team included pitcher Margaret McNeil, Chris Poulin, and current Amsterdam Sports Hall of Famer, Sue Blazejewski.
1998-1999 Amsterdam Girls Volleyball – The 1998 AHS varsity volleyball team defeated Schenectady in their senior night home finale to wrap up their share of a program first Big 10 Conference title. The 1999 squad claimed the title outright and along the way won their first tournament title in the Tartan Invitational at Scotia- Glenville High School. Coached by Christine Sherlock, members of the team included Kelly Quist, Erica Quist, two-time league MVP Jessica Meliosky (photo), Lindsay Burtt, Erika Squillace, Jessica Close, Kate Smullen, Lindsay Boris, Chelsea Morini and Vicki Martin.
2004 Amsterdam Girls Cross Country – Coach Stu Palczak’s varsity team started the season ranked 12th in the state among Class A teams. Led by Jenna Krong, Krissy Welch, Evelyn Marrero (photo), and Michaela Catena, the Lady Rams won the Big 10 Conference title in 2004 continuing a history of success by AHS girls cross country teams in the first decade of the 21st century. Welch set the school course record with a time of 18:48, and Marrero nearly qualified for states before her career was done.
2009-2010 Amsterdam Girls Tennis – Beginning in 1997, the AHS girls tennis teams’ won every Big 10 title until the league folded in 2014 and then won the schools’ first Foothills Council team title in any sport. But, the 2009-2010 team did something the others did not do. They made it to a NYSPHSAA Section 2 final. Coach Tony Orapello’s squad made it all the way to the final match and were runners up that year. The team was led by Anna Dyakiv (photo), who was the squad’s number one singles player and went undefeated in the Big 10 in 2009- 2010.
2007-2008 Amsterdam Girls Basketball – The next AHS girls hoops teams to go undefeated and win the Big 10 were Coach Eric Duemlers’ 2007- 2008 teams. Ranked in the USA Today’s top 25, and tops in the state, the Lady Rams were led by NYSPHSAA Section 2 All Stars Brittany Stahura and Megan Gaugler, along with starters Megan Power and Ashley Welytok. Both teams reached the Section 2 playoff semi- finals before falling to Suburban Council teams Shenendehowa and Bethlehem Central. Both Stahura and Gaugler went on to play in college. Stahura received the programs first full athletic scholarship and played for Bryant University. Gaugler (photo) finished her college basketball career among the all time leading scorers at Skidmore College.
Editor’s Note: Once again, I owe a huge thank you to Mohawk Valley Compass sports editor Scott Mulford for contributing a list to my compilation of Amsterdam All-Time Top Ten Lists. He is without peer when it comes to an in-depth knowledge of the female-side of our local scholastic sports scene. Thank you Scott for another great list!