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Thoughts, news and notes from the sports staff of The Saratogian newspaper, located in historic Saratoga Springs, New York. The gang in the corner office on Lake Avenue give you the post-game wrap-ups, news and notes from the games we cover and opinions about the sports we read about every day.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Shen's Huerter brothers named to All-State boys basketball teams

The NYSSWA boys basketball All-State selections for Class AA and Class A were released Thursday and several Section II stars were honored.
Shen's Kevin Huerter was named a Second Team All-State player after helping lead the Plainsmen on an undefeated run to the Class AA state title, while his brother Thomas Huerter was a Seventh Team selection. Scotia-Glenville's Joe Cremo, a UAlbany commit, was named co-player of the year in Class A along with Canisius' LaTerrance Reed.
Here are all the Section II honorees:

Class AA
Second Team
Kevin Huerter, Shen junior, 17.5 ppg
Third Team
Anthony Mack, Catholic Central junior, 26 ppg
Sixth Team
Anquan McLean, Green Tech senior, 16.3 ppg
Seventh Team
Thomas Huerter, Shen senior, 15.7 ppg
Tenth Team
John Sica, Bethlehem senior, 18.2 ppg
Honorable Mentions
Brandon Fischer, Shen senior
Raiquis Harris, Catholic Central senior
Jahlil Nails, Columbia senior
Class A
Player of the Year: Joe Cremo, Scotia-Glenville senior, 28.3 ppg
Second Team
Hameir Wright, Albany Academy sophomore, 14.8 ppg
Fourth Team
Zach Radz, Troy junior, 18.7 ppg
Sixth Team
Dyaire Holt, Troy junior, 17.7 ppg
Tenth Team
Myles Joyce, Averill Park senior, 17.7 ppg
Rory Flaherty, Albany Academy senior, 13.4 ppg
Eleventh Team
Scott Stopera, Scotia-Glenville senior, 9.6 ppg
Twelveth Team
Keeghan O'Leary, Queensbury senior, 18.3 ppg
Honorable Mentions
Diamond Corker, Scotia-Glenville senior
Kory Bergh, Amsterdam junior
Joe Girard, Glens Falls 8th grade

Here are the Class B, C and D All-State basketball teams.

The entire All-State list is below.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Saratoga-area players named to NYSPHSAA

The New York State Sportswriters Association released the 2014-15 boys basketball All-State players for Classes B, C and D.

Here are the Section II selections:
Class B
Fourth Team: Zac O'Dell, Schalmont, junior 18.6 ppg.
Seventh Team: Andrew Hoag, Hoosick Falls, senior 12.6 ppg.
Eighth Team: Ty'Jon Gilmore, Watervliet, junior 19.3 ppg.
Tenth Team: Shelton Alston, Cohoes, senior 16.8 ppg.
Eleventh Team: Ryan Dingman, Broadalbin-Perth, senior 16.2
Twelveth Team: David Warnken, Ravena, senior 19.8
Thirteenth Team: Dante Langley, Schuylerville, senior 18.8
Honorable Mentions
Sean Daly, Ichabod Crane, junior
Keenan Loder, Cobleskill-Richmondville, junior
Connor McCart, Hoosick Falls, junior
Kolby Phillips, Cairo-Durham, junior
** Mitch Wayand, a Stillwater junior was placed as an honorable mention in Class B despite the Warriors competing as a Class C school for the 2014-15 school year.

Class C
Player of the Year: Joel Wincowski, Lake George, senior 33.0 ppg.
First Team: John Rooney, Hoosick Valley, s
enior 28.4 ppg.
Third Team: Justin Carruthers, Greenwich, senior 14.0 ppg.
Fifth Team: Josh Orton, Waterford-Halfmoon, senior 21.0 ppg.
Honorable Mentions
Evan Pescetti, Saratoga Catholic, junior
Jesse DeMarsh, Hadley-Luzerne, senior
Greg Depaolis, Berlin, senior
Dylan Klock, Oppenheim-Ephrata-St. Johnsville, junior

The Class AA and Class A teams are expected to be released next week.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Think you're good at FIFA15? Prove it vs. the American Outlaws

AP Photo - U.S. men's national team players Michael Bradley (left) and Aaron Johannsson at training in Denmark.
Last summer, Wolff's Biergarten was the place to watch the U.S. men's national team take on the world in the 2014 World Cup. This Sunday, gamers will have a chance do that themselves in a FIFA '15 tournament.
The ages 21-and-over tournament is being hosted by U.S. soccer supporters group the American Outlaws. Proceeds from the $5 entry fee will go to benefit the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.
AO member Jeffery Dockum said in a press release:

“Last year we held a similar event and it was a huge success. There was a lot of attention with the World Cup just a few months away. Instead of an entry fee, we collected food donations, and were able to fill several large boxes for the Regional Food Bank of Northeast New York.

“This year, we are partnering with the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. They’ll have volunteers at the event to provide more information about adoption, volunteer opportunities and other programs. There will be an entry fee this time, but 100% will go to the charity. It’s only $5 to play but if you pay more there are some perks.”

“It’s always slow at the end of a World Cup cycle; it’s like one big collective exhale. But everything is quickly picking up with the Women’s World Cup this summer, the men’s team in the Gold Cup - we have members going to both."

This is the second year that the American Outlaws have hosted a sponsored EA Sports FIFA tournament. With even more excitement surrounding this edition of the game, a large crowd is expected to attend. EA Sports has provided copies of the game, and a chance to win prizes like an AO Beer Stein, a signed Clint Dempsey or DeAndre Yedlin U.S. Soccer jersey and signed goalkeeping gloves from Nick Rimando.

Wolff’s Biergarten is located at 895 Broadway, in Albany. During the tournament, there will be leaders available for all in attendance to get help signing up for membership, although it is not required to attend and participate, as with most of their events. All supporters of the U.S. are encouraged to come cheer their team to victory. More information is available:
The American Outlaws are the largest, most dedicated group of supporters united behind the United States National Soccer Team. Starting as a local supporters group in Lincoln, Neb., the American Outlaws have expanded to every U.S. state with more than 150 local chapters. Every time the U.S. National Soccer team takes the pitch, American Outlaws can be found in the stands as well as hosting watch parties in every state of the union. For more information, visit
  Good luck to all who enter!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Updated Kentucky Derby Entry point standings

Dortmund, right, holds off Firing Line to win the Robert B. Lewis.
After the latest round of prep races, and the final nominations for the Run for the Roses, here are the updated Kentucky Derby point standings for nominated horses. According to the official standings here, Dubai Sky was nominated late,
after winning the Cincinnati Spiral Stakes this weekend. Tiz Shea D and Divining Rod were also late nominees.

1. El Kabeir (John Terranova II) 75
2. International Star (Mike Maker) 71
3. Dortmund (Bob Baffert) 70
4. Carpe Diem (Todd Pletcher) 64
5. American Pharoah (Bob Baffert) 60
6. Firing Line (Simon Callaghan) 58
7. Dubai Sky (Bill Mott) 50
8. Itsaknockout (Todd Pletcher) 50
9. Upstart (Rick Violette Jr.) 36
10. Conquest Typhoon (Mark Casse) 26
11. War Story (Tom Amoss) 24
12. Far Right (Ron Moquett) 22
13. Madefromlucky (Todd Pletcher) 20
14. Ami's Flatter (Josie Carroll) 20
15. Prospect Park (Cliff Sise Jr.) 20
16. Tiz Shea D (Bill Mott) 20
17. Bold conquest (Steve Asmussen) 17
18. Mr. Z (D. Wayne Lukas) 14
19. Frosted (Kiaran McLaughlin) 13
20. Classy Class (Kiaran McLaughlin) 13
21. Keen Ice (Dale Romans) 12
22. The Truth or Else (Kenny McPeek) 11
23. Ocho Ocho Ocho (Jim Cassidy) 10
24. Daredevil (Todd Pletcher) 10
25. Far From Over (Todd Pletcher) 10
26. Pain and Misery (Henry Dominguez) 10
27. Metaboss (Jeff Bonde) 10
28. Bolo (Carla Gaines) 10
29. Divining Rod (Arnaud Delacour) 10
30. Firespike (Mike Maker) 10
31. Frammento (Nick Zito) 10
36. Toasting Master (Dale Romans) 5

Remaining Championship Series races (with points up for grabs)
March 28: UAE Derby at Maydan Racecourse (100 1st, 40 2nd, 20 3rd, 10 4th)
March 28: Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park (100-40-20-10)
March 28: Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds (100-40-20-10)
Apirl 4: Wood Memorial at Aqueduct (100-40-20-10)
April 4: Blue Grass at Keenland (100-40-20-10)
April 4: Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita (100-40-20-10)
April 11: Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park (100-40-20-10)
April 11: Lexington at Keenland (10-4-2-1)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Saratoga grad, MLB pitcher Tim Stauffer supports Act With Respect Always

Staffer pitches for his former team in 2014.
Retired Saratoga Springs tennis coach Rich Johns, founder of the Act With Respect Always program has been given a message of support from Minnesota Twins pitcher and Saratoga Springs native Tim Stauffer. Stauffer played high school baseball for coach Phonsey Lambert at Saratoga Central Catholic.
"Tim Stauffer represents everything that Act With Respect Always strives to be," Johns said. "I cannot thank him enough in his endorsement and belief that everyone can make a difference every day."
Staffer made his big-league debut with the San Diego Padres in 2005 and has compiled a 32-34 with a 3.87 ERA in 183 appearances (73 starts) over parts of nine seasons. The right-hander battled injuries for many years with the Padres before signing with the Minnesota Twins in December.
"In life both on and off the field I believe that respect is one of the most important things that we can give and receive," Stauffer said in a statement. "I believe that the Golden Rule 'Always treat others as you would like them to treat you,' best sums up how I was raised and how I strive to act each and every day. The Act with Respect Always program is a great tool for our young people to implement in their lives. Coach Johns’ message can and should be implemented in every walk of life. Thank you Rich for all you do."

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Section 2 releases 2014-15 Girls Basketball brackets

Selection Wednesday in the Capital Region produced the brackets for all five girls basketball classes. 
In Class AA, state-ranked Shen took the No. 1 overall seed and will await the winner of Suburban Council rivals No. 9 Ballston Spa at No. 8 Guilderland.

In Class A, independent Troy grabbed the top seed while Averill Park was seeded No.2 thanks to its tough Suburban Council schedule.

In Class B No. 1 Hoosick Falls edged No. 2 Watervliet for the top seed in the tournament. Cohoes is No. 3 while Tamarac clinched the No. 4 seed on the strength of its Wasaren League schedule.

Hoosic Valley's big win over Greenwich in the regular season finale for both schools may have been the thing that clinched the top seed for Hoosic Valley. Greenwich is No. 2 followed by No. 3 Maple Hill and No. 4 Greenville.

The Flying Forts earned the No. 1 seed in Class D ahead of No. 2 Warrensburg and Adirondack League rival No. 3 Argyle.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Suburban Council announces new Blue, Gray divisions for 2015-16

As reported last month, the Suburban Council will grow by four teams (Troy, CBA, Schenectady and Albany) at the start of the 2015-16 school year because of the dissolution of the Big 10.
Friday we learned the council will eliminate the North and South divisions and replace them with realigned Blue and Gray divisions.

Here's how the new-look Suburban Council will be divided:

Blue Division                                   Gray Division
Bethlehem                                                        Albany
Colonie                                                             Averill Park
Columbia                                                          Ballston Spa
Guilderland                                                      Burnt Hills
Niskayuna                                                         CBA - Albany
Saratoga                                                          Mohonasen
Shaker                                                             Schenectady
Shenendehowa                                                 Troy                 

 According to the press release sent by Suburban Council President John W. Rickert of Niskayuna High School, preserving rivalries, enrollment, geography and strength of the overall programs went into deciding which division schools were placed in.

The press release also announced the creation of a Competition Committee chaired by Niskayuna athletic director Larry Gillooley in charge of reviewing the divisions annually to determine if changes are needed. 

“We have spent considerable time as a Council planning for this expansion and we have worked closely with the administrators from the new districts," Rickert said in the release. "The principals and athletic directors have done a great job of working collaboratively to bring this together in time to create a league schedule for the 2015-2016 school year. We look forward to having one of the most organized and competitive leagues for inter-scholastic athletics in all of New York State."