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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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Schuylerville boys hoops ranked No. 16, Greenwich No. 17

The last NYSSWA boys basketball rankings of 2014 were released Tuesday and both the Schuylerville and Greenwich cracked the top 20 of their respective classes.

Here's a link to the girls rankings.
Here's a link to the boys rankings.

No.  16 Schuylerville (5-1) dropped its first game of the season to Broadalbin-Perth before picking up its first Foothills Council win over Hudson Falls the Friday before break.

Class B 

1. Westhill, Section III (4-1)
2. Southamton, Section XI (5-0)
3. Norwich, Section IV (5-1)
4. Rochester Leadershipo Academy, Section V (7-0)
5. Woodlands, Section I (5-1)
10. Hoosick Falls, Section II (4-0)
13. Cohoes, Section II (5-2)
16. Schuylerville, Section II (5-1)
19. Mekeel Christian, Section II (2-0)

In Class C, 2012 sectional champion Lake George is undefeated and the team to beat, but a veteran Greenwich (5-1) squad has played well in every game except a loss to Schuylerville. Fellow Section II teams Hoosic Valley, Rensselaer and Stillwater are among the honorable mentions.

Class C

1. Waterville, Section III (8-0)
2. Lake George, Section II (8-0)
3. Haldane, Section I (6-1)
4. Caledonia-Mumford, Section V (5-0)
5. Buffalo Middle College, Section VI (4-1)
17. Greenwich, Section II (5-1)

Honorable mention: Stillwater (5-2), Hoosic Valley (4-2), Rensselaer (6-2)

In Class AA Guilderland is the only Suburban Council team to crack the top 25 of the Class AA standings despite several quality out-of-section wins from undefeated Shenendehowa (8-0) over the break.  League rivals Bethlehem (5-2) were also listed as honorable mentions.

Class AA

1. Long Island Lutheran, AIS (7-0)
2. Christ the King, CHSAA (7-0)
3. Wings Academy, PSAL (7-0)
4. Brentwood, Section XI (4-0)
5. Green Tech, Section II (7-0)
19. Troy Catholic Central, Section II (5-1)
21. Guilderland, Section II (6-0)
23. Schenectady, Section II (4-1)

Honorable mention: Bethlhem (5-2), Shenendehowa (8-0)

Undefeated Shen girls hoops ranked 5th in state, Greenwich 4th

The last NYSSWA boys and girls basketball rankings of 2014 were released Tuesday and there are several Saratogian-area teams represented.

Here's a link to the girls rankings.
Here's a link to the boys rankings.

The undefeated Shenendehowa girls (9-0) were the fifth ranked team in Class AA ahead of Section II rivals Shaker (6-0) and Albany (6-1).

Class AA
1. Archbishop Molloy, CHSAA (7-0)
2. Ossing (5-2), Section I (5-2)
3. Francis Lewis, PSAL (5-0)
4. Murry Bergtraum, PSAL (8-1)
5. Shenendehowa, Section II (9-0)
12. Shaker, Section II (6-0)
 25. Albany, Section II (6-1)

In Class C, the undefeated Greenwich girls (6-0) were placed at the No. 4 spot ahead of Wasaren League rival Hoosic Valley.

Class C
1. Chautauqua Lake, Section VI (6-0)
2. Cooperstown, Section III (9-0)
3. Weedsport, Section III (8-0)
4. Greenwich, Section II (6-0)
5. Hoosic Valley, Section II (5-1)
9. Greenville, Section II (8-0)
13. Maple Hill, Section II (4-1)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Toga Sports Podcast Episode 4: Shen and Lance

Saratogian Sports staff Chris Maley and David M. Johnson discuss Shen's football quarterfinal, Shen's boys soccer semifinal, shell-shocked NFL QBs, college basketball and the amazing Lance Stephenson.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Unnamed Saratogian Podcast Episode 3

Chris Maley and David M. Johnson talk about Shenendehowa football team's run to the state quarterfinals, Shenendehowa boys soccer, Saratoga Springs field hockey and Chris' beloved New York Jets.

The order of discussion is:
Shen football
Shen boys soccer
Saratoga Springs field hockey
Mark Sanchez

Still looking for podcast name suggestions!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Un-named Saratogian Sports podcast: Episode 1

With the excitement of high school football playoffs we decided to record the first episode of what we hope to be a weekly sports podcast covering local sports at The Saratogian. It doesn't have a name yet so we're accepting suggestions.

In Episode 1:

Chris Maley and David M. Johnson break down the Section II football first round playoffs matchups for Saratoga Springs, Shenenedehowa, Schuylerville, Burnt Hills, Mechanicville, Corinth and Greenwich. They also talk about Peyton Manning's right arm.

Questions, comments or thoughts on what we should talk about next week? Contact us on Twitter or shoot us an e-mail to

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Shenendehowa athletics reveals new logo

The Shenendehowa student body voted on its new logo, and the winner is:

It seems like the next logical step is to find a name for that intense-looking horse. Send suggestions to @SaratogaSports and we'll retweet the best ones.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Shen slugger Yurchak named 3rd team All-American

Shen grad Justin Yurchak
The awards just keep accumulating for Shenendehowa shortstop Justin Yurchak. After being placed on the first team Suburban Council and named Saratogian Player of the Year, the senior slugger was voted an  American Baseball Coaches Association third team All-American. 
He was the only player from New York named to any of the first three teams and was also recognized to the ‘Region 1’ team for the second straight year. 
Yurchak  led the Shenendehowa baseball program to Section 2 Class ‘AA’ Championships in 2013 and 2014.  The left-handed hitter finished with a .526 average and a .654 on-base percentage. Yuchak tallied 10 doubles, three home runs, drove in 26 runs and scored 34.
Yurchak has committed to play Division I baseball at Wake Forest next spring. 
Here's a list of the 2014 Saratogian Baseball All-Stars.