Thursday, December 2, 2021

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls volleyball coach Bynon has 800 career wins

BURNT HILLS – Serve, Block, Gain, Win – Welcome to the Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Girls Volleyball Program with head coach Gary Bynon for the past 34 years.

With the Spartans 25-19, 25-13 Burnt Hills Cider Challenge final on Saturday afternoon, Bynon scored his 800th coaching victory.

“It happened to me because of 34 years of incredible children,” Bynon said. “It’s not about me.”

Bynon started the weekend with 798 career coaching victories. He earned No. 799 when his Spartans defeated Galway 25-15, 25-13 in Saturday’s semi-finals. Back then, the only thing standing in the way of celebrating 800 home court victories was Cornwall.

“A very well prepared Cornwall team followed us in the first game – 13-13, 13-14,” Bynon said. “It took us a while to regroup.”

His Burnt Hills squad took off from their first set victory before heading towards the Cider Challenge title and Bynon’s historic win. Regular stars like Danielle DeBonis, Karlie Rzeszotarski and Callie Chevalier played at a high level, but Bynon praised sophomore Leah Scalize, who first started the season on Saturday.

“We had several injuries during the week, but another sophomore came over and helped us,” Bynon said. “This is what this team is – 15 children who truly believe in each other.”

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Bynon sits at the top of Title II with 800 wins, ranking 4th in New York City history. The permanent leader of the state is Stephen Pearce of Eden with 991 wins.

Bynon’s Spartans will have to win on the road to get the 801 win. Burnt Hills’s annual bout against Section II counterpart Shenendechow will take place Monday in Clifton Park to close Commuter Council season.

“Two great teams, each having a great year,” Bynon said of the match against Shenendechova. “It will be good for both of us as we prepare for the qualifiers.”

In Saturday’s action, Burnt Hills received 46 murders and 15 digs from Chevalier, 41 murders and 15 digs from Rzeshotarski, 104 transmissions from DeBonis and 32 digs from Kiera Hartpenes.

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