Sign-up to our email list and you will receive exclusive news about Shen baseball.
The history of the Shenendehowa Baseball program dates back to a rural school district in Clifton Park, N.Y. In 1955, the baseball program was formed to compete against local schools with Bob Hill as the school's first coach. In 1959, Paul Quigley was named Head Coach and held that position for one year and proceeded to move on to district administrative responsibilities. In 1960, recent graduate from Springfield College, Don Van Vleet, become the district's third coach in the history of the new program. Coach Van Vleet guided the Plainsmen to multiple league titles and two Sectional Championships in 1979 and 1984. Coach Van Vleet retired in 1990. James Carrese was promoted from JV to Varsity Head Coach in the early spring of 1991. Coach Carrese guided the Plainsmen to two Sectional Championships in 1994 & 1996, two Regional Championships in 1994 & 1996. In addition, in 2011 the Shenendehowa Baseball program earned the NYSPHSAA Academic State Champion award as the top performing academic baseball in team in N.Y.S. out of 700 schools participating...
On August 14th, 2012, Greg Christodulu was named the 5th Head Coach in the history of the program. The following spring, on May 31st 2013 Shenendehowa Baseball claimed their first Sectional Championship in 16 years with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Shaker... The 2013 team also competed in regional play but lost to eventual N.Y.S. Class ‘AA’ Champion Baldwinsville High School. In 2014 the program won the Suburban Council, repeated as Section 2 Champions and won the Central Region Championship over Auburn H.S. In the State Final Four, the team beat R.C. Ketchum in the semi-finals (5–0) but lost to eventual State Champion Victor H.S. in the State Class ‘AA’ Finals. The 2015 team once again won the Suburban Council and advanced to the Sectional Finals, but lost to eventual state final runner-up Saratoga 1-0 in the sectional championship.
In 2016, the program won its 3rd consecutive Suburban Council Championship, the Central Regional Championship and the New York State Class ’AA’ Championship. The season culminated with a thrilling and dramatic come from behind 3 run bottom of the 7th inning victory over Webster-Schroeder to seal the 7-6 win and the programs 1st State Championship! Two players were drafted by MLB. Ian Anderson (rhp) by the Atlanta Braves #3 overall and brother Ben Anderson (rhp) by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 26th round.
All four teams (2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016) have been recognized by the NYSPHSAA as a ‘Scholar-Athlete Team'