BNL Athletics Schedule Updates and Game Recaps 4/15-4/19


Please see the following updates to the Athletics calendar:

  1. -Wednesday 4/21 Varsity Girls Soccer Home Game vs. Greenwich @ 5:00PM at WBH
  2. -Wednesday 4/21 JV/Varsity Volleyball Home Game vs. Tamarac will now start at 5:30PM at Berlin Middle High School
  3. -Thursday 4/22 JV Boys Soccer Game Home vs. Waterford @ 5:00pm at Berlin Middle High School
  4. -Friday 4/23 Varsity Boys Soccer Game Home vs. Hoosick Falls 5:00PM at WBH (Senior night @ 4:30PM)
  5. -Friday 4/23 JV/Varsity Girls Volleyball Game Home vs. Waterford @ 5:00pm (Senior Night)
  6. -Saturday 4/24 Varsity Girls Soccer Game Home vs. Hoosick Falls 10:30AM (Senior Day @ 10:00AM)


BNL Coach Highlights and  Recaps From 4/16-4/19


Monday 4/19

BNL Girls Varsity Soccer

BNL Girls Varsity played a tough game at home resulting in a 3-5 loss to Waterford. After going down early in the first half, the girls equalized through a Rachel Bortnick goal, with Bortnick adding a second goal ten minutes later. Waterford responded with a goal of their own, before adding a third right before half. BNL came out strong at the beginning of the second half, with Bortnick completing her hat trick equalizing at three a piece. Waterford was able to wear BNL down however, and got two before the final whistle resulting in a 3-5 loss. Kylieanne Krause recorded 22 saves in the BNL net, and Jordanne Brazie and McKenzie Krause each registered an assist. The girls go on the road today to take on the mighty Emma Willard. -Coach Kanofsky

BNL Boys JV Soccer

The BNL Boys JV soccer team didn’t snap back from their Saturday game and got off to a slow start against Hoosic Valley. The team spotted Hoosic Valle 2 points before Chris Shorter connected for a goal. In the last 20 minutes of play BNL started firing on all cylinders and put 8 shots on goal forcing the Hoosic Valle goalie to make some hard saves and clanging the ball off both posts and the cross bar.  Levi Dodge was a big part of the team revving up and along with Liam Buckenroth played from one end of the field to the other. Kristjon Culbertson had 11 saves. Unfortunately the winning streak ended in a 1-2 loss. The team will end the season with a home game against Waterford on Thursday 4/22 at Berlin/Middle High School. -Coach Burhans

BNL Varsity Boys Soccer

BNL 4 @ Hoosic Valley 2

On Monday 4/19 the BNL boys went to Hoosic Valley and after falling behind by 1 goal took the lead and never game it up.  I guess you could say that they all had a case of the Mondays as we came out slow in the beginning, but as we started to create more and more momentum we were up 2-1 at the half after two Winter Exley goals, then Kasey Billert came off the bench and scored 2 goals in less than 8 minutes, and things just started to fall our way.  The team created a lot of chances and held onto the momentum.  Excellent play by many players and a few stand out performances.  Kevin Chitternden was great in the goal, Garrett Votra continued his positive play, as Wyatt Powers, Danny Hunt, and Gabe Colin all helped to control the game in the midfield.  What a great team win. – Coach Gould

Saturday, 4/17

Boys Varsity Soccer vs. Tamarac

The BNL Varsity Soccer team had a 1-1 tie vs. a very competitive Tamarac team.  With the goal scored by Winter Exley. Outstanding play from Danny Hunt, Sam Herrick, and Gabe Colin. -Coach Gould

Boys JV Soccer vs. Tamarac

The BNL Boys JV Soccer team continued their unbeaten streak with a solid win over Tamarac 3-0.  Kristjon Culbertson got his first shutout with 7 saves. The defensive 5 had a strong game shutting down the Bengals offense. Chris Shorter added a goal and an assist, Brady Beckwith got his first goal of the season. Liam Buckenroth made a solo run through the whole defense to get BNL’s 3rd goal minutes later. With help from players off the bench the team finished the 2nd half in control only allowing 3 shots on goal.

Cross Country: Girls and Boys Varsity Meet vs. Stillwater, Tamarac-Hoosick Falls and Hoosic Valley

The BNL Boys and Girls XC Teams went to Hoosic Valley on Saturday to compete against Hoosick Falls-Tamarac, Stillwater, and Hoosic Valley. 

The BNL Girls began the day and made moves to take the lead at the very start of the race. Elsie Corbett ran alongside the number 4 girl in the state for most of the race before she came in behind her for 2nd place by only 30 seconds. Allura Meizinger ran alongside Stillwater’s girls until she made her break away in the last mile and secured the 4th place position. Sadie Giumarra, Hailey Beckwith, and Brady Hills came in as the Berlin Wall for 6th, 7th and 8th, which tied down the win for Berlin. The race also saw improvements. Addison Powell improved her mile split time and is getting faster every race now. The girls swept all 3 of their match ups for the day!

The BNL  Boys made an impressive showing. Matt Kluck battled back and forth with the front pack of boys, occasionally taking first, before finally coming in 2nd with an impressive time of 16:51. Michael Loughlin was hot on his trail and in the last 800 yards got into an exciting sprinting match with the number 1 boy from Stillwater before beating him in an insane test of endurance in the last 100 yards of the race ending in 3rd place. Aidan Van Dyk and Layne Jewett came in 12th and 13th after maintaining a solid grouping in the middle of the pack. Finally, both Eben Donahue and Carl Truax made impressive strides this meet to beat their personal records, with Eben taking 18th and Carl taking 23. Unfortunately it was not enough for the boys to beat either Hoosic Valley or Stillwater. We’ll get them next time.  Please prepare for lots of hill sprints this week XC! -Coach Viner 

JV Boys Soccer  4/15
The JV boys soccer team opened at home with an impressive win over Mechanicsville 4-1. BNL scored 4 goals before the 20 minute break and held the Red Raiders scoreless until the last 3 minutes. Chris Shorter got 2 fast goals from deep in the box, followed by Logan Healy and Liam Buckingroth. Liam and Logan’s dominant midfield play held through 60 minutes. BNL packed their defensive half and held on for the win. Kristjon Culbertson stepped up his game, ignoring the wet, muddy field and shut down anything in his box. Kristjon had over 20 saves including a PK and numerous corner kicks. He was the heart of the defense. His throws and kicks to midfield  allowed the offense to get deep into the other half fast.  -Coach Burhans


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