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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.

Monday, February 24, 2014

What did we learn from Syracuse-Duke II? That Twitter can't spell Jim Boeheim's last name

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Girls basketball poll: Shen ranked No. 9 in state, Greenwich No. 8

Carly Boland, Shenendehowa
The undefeated start to Shenendehowa's girls basketball season has the Plainsmen (4-0, 5-0) ranked as the No. 9 Class AA team in the state based on the latest poll released by the New York State Sportswriters. No. 6 Albany High (5-0) is the only Section II team ranked above Shenendehowa, while Suburban Council rival Shaker (6-0) came in at No. 30. Here are the top five Class AA and local schools:

Click here for the complete rankings
Class AA
1. Christ the King (5-3), CHSAA
2. Murry Bergtram (8-1), PSAL
3. Long Island Lutheran (7-0), AIS
4. Nazareth (9-3), CHSAA
5. Albany (5-0), Sec. II
9. Shenendehowa (5-0), Sec. II
30. Shaker (6-0), Sec. II

Greenwich's girls basketball team made the Class C state rankings thanks to its 3-1 Wasaren League, 6-1 overall start. The No. 8 Witches' only loss this season came on the road at Class B Hoosick Falls. Greenwich has already beat fellow ranked Class C Hoosic Valley earlier in the season. Here are the top five Class C and local schools:

1.  Harpursville (7-0), Sec. IV
2. Keshequa (6-0), Sec. V
3. Little Falls (7-0), Sec. III
4. Tri-Valley (6-0), Sec. IX
5. Staten Island Academy (5-0), CHSAA
8. Greenwich (6-1), Sec. II
12. Hoosic Valley (6-2), Sec. II
17. Maple Hill (7-1), Sec. II

Monday, December 2, 2013

NYRA may raise admission prices at Saratoga Race Course

General and clubhouse admission costs at Saratoga Race Course may rise in 2014 according to numbers discussed at Monday’s NYRA Franchise Oversight Board meeting according to NYRA Director of Communications Eric Wing.
The price of general admission tickets may increase from $3 to $5 and admission to the clubhouse could go from $5 to $8 under the 2014 budget proposal that’s up for approval by the board of directors at a meeting scheduled for Wednesday. Those price increases would also apply to Belmont Park but not at Aqueduct Race Course.
The increase in cost of admission is just one change the NYRA board is considering along with a hike in fees for simulcast partners and parking according to a story by’s Tom Precious. NYRA CEO Chris Kay told the group of state regulators the proposed budget estimates an operating profit of $250,000 and includes improvements at the tracks to improve the experience of patrons.
Attendance and all-sources handle at the Spa was down in 2013 compared to 2012 when there was a slight increase.
What's your reaction to the proposed changes? 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Nearly 1 in 6 Burnt Hills students are pumped up for Saturday sports

Number of Spartans competing Saturday
If you were to go to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School today and randomly pull six kids aside (go
ahead I'll wait) .... there's a good chance at least one of them will be competing for a Section II, regional or state championship on Saturday.
That's because the Spartans have three boys sports (football, cross country and volleyall) and five girls sports (soccer, cross country, swimming, volleyball and field hockey) alive in various stages of postseason competition.
That accounts for 133 students competing out of a total student body of 841 according to Section II — or nearly 16 percent of all students.
That figure is kind of stunning considering how many teams needed to win sectionals to still be playing (girls soccer, boys cross country, boys and girls volleyball and field hockey) and the scheduling coincidence of all events happening on the same day. When you add up student managers, JV players and friends also traveling to these events, that's a lot of Spartan pride being spread out across New York State Saturday. 
Burnt Hills junior Meghan Malone is one of 133 students competing for Burnt Hills Saturday.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Saratoga Springs athletics fields to get an upgrade according to press release

Anyone who's played high school sports on Saratoga Springs' high school fields knows they can wear down pretty quickly. It appears there's a group of people plan to do something about it. The group has 174 likes on Facebook. I'll follow up on this story later in the month:

SARATOGA SPRINGS >> “Build it and he will come.” This famous line from the Kevin Costner movie, Field of Dreams, about an Iowa corn farmer who builds a baseball field on his farm, is the inspiration behind a new project to “rebuild” the fields at Saratoga Springs High School. The Toga Fields of Dreams project is a grassroots fundraising campaign created to raise money for a state of the art sprinkler system to irrigate the athletic fields at the Saratoga Springs High School. The project will be funded in several phases, with the first phase commencing this fall for the girls' Varsity field hockey, lacrosse, soccer and softball fields.
Over the years, several of the varsity fields have deteriorated, for a number of reasons, to the point that some of the  varsity teams have been forced to play and practice offsite.  Parents, coaches and student athletes were not happy about this and met with school officials to determine what needed to be done to fix the fields so that teams could play on them. The answer was complicated, yet simple. They needed water.
“We started out as a small group of concerned parents,” said Ralph Petruzzo, one of the group’s organizers, and then word got out and more and more people wanted to get involved. We are now working together with the school’s administration to put an irrigation plan in place that will eventually make Saratoga’s fields the envy of the capital region.  ‘Build it and they can play’ is everyone’s goal for this project.”
In addition to the newly formed parent’s group, members of the school’s administration have been instrumental in making this project a priority. “I have been so impressed with the energy and enthusiasm of those involved with this project”, said Peter Sheehan, Saratoga Springs High School Athletic Director.  “It is great to see our different Booster Clubs come together and work with the administration to the benefit of our student-athletes.
When completed the plan will involve:
·        Irrigating almost 22 acres of land
·        Installing 5 miles of pipe that runs the length of the football field 90 times
·        Creating 87 separate watering zones
·        Eliminating water waste by creating a much more efficient system
The project will be done over time and financed once funds are raised. Phase I is starting now, before the weather turns, and their goal is to raise $25,000 in the next few months. The fundraising committee is reaching out to all members of the community, including local businesses, to contribute whatever they can to help them reach their goal.
People can go to to make donations. Their progress can also be followed on Facebook at

Monday, October 14, 2013

Once-beaten Schuylerville girls soccer climb to No. 17 in state rankings

Natasha Capobianco and Schuylerville are now
ranked No. 17 in the latest Class B state poll
The Schuylerville girls soccer team moved up one spot in the latest NYSPHSAA state rankings. The Black Horses, who can clinch the outright Wasaren League title for the first time in program history Tuesday night against Hoosic Valley, are now the No. 17 ranked team in Class B. Schuylerville's place is one higher than No. 18 Hoosick Falls, and behind undefeated Section II powers Catholic Central (No. 9) and Schalmont (No. 1).

Here are the notable teams in the Class B state rankings:
1) Schalmont-2 (14-0)
2) Briarcliff-1 (10-0-1)
3) Marcellus-3 (14-1)
4) Oneonta-4 (11-2-1)
5) Bronxville-1 (10-2)
9) Catholic Central-2 (13-0)
17) Schuylerville-2 (13-1)
18) Hoosick Falls-2 (12-2)

In Class AA, Shenendehowa dropped to No. 9 in the rankings with Suburban Council-leading Guilderland the highest-ranked Section II team at No. 6. Fellow league rivals Niskayuna are No. 11.

 Class AA
1) Northport-11 (12-0)
2) Monroe-Woodbury-9 (14-0)
3) St. John the Baptist-CHSAA (8-0-2)
4) Massapequa-8 (11-1)
5) North Rockland-1 (10-0-1)
6) Guilderland-2 (13-1)
9) Shenendehowa-2 (10-2-1)
11) Niskayuna-2 (12-2)

Undefeated Queensbury is the top ranked Section II team in the Class A ranking at No. 9. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, the eight time defending section champs, enter the poll at No. 15. No other Section II squads made the top 20 in the rankings.

Class A
1) Honeoye Falls-Lima-5 (14-0)
2) Rockville Centre South Side-8 (10-1-1)
3) Garden City-8 (8-2-1)
4) Williamsville South-6 (13-0)
5) Somers-1 (10-1)
9) Queensbury-2 (14-0)
15) Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake-2 (7-6-1)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Boys soccer: South High up to No. 17 in latest state rankings

South Glens Falls' boys soccer team climbed up to No. 17 in the latest NYSSWA Class A state rankings released Monday afternoon. Coach Travis Birkholz's Bulldogs head into Monday with a nine-match shutout streak and actually beat Queensbury (No. 14 in Class A) earlier in the season.
South High's opponent Monday is Broadalbin-Perth, the No. 14 team in Class B.

Click here for the complete rankings.

Here's the Class A top 5:
1. Williamsville East-VI (11-0)
2. Syracuse Fowler-III (12-0)
3. East Hampton-XI (9-1-1)
4. Byram Hills-I (9-0-1)
5. Wallkill-IX (9-0)

In Class AA, formerly top-5 ranked Shenendehowa 9-2-1 was knocked out of the rankings entirely after a loss to No. 12-ranked Guilderland. Suburban Council rivals Shaker hold the No. 20 ranking.
Class AA top 5:
1. Arlington-I (9-0)
2. Walt Whitman-XI (10-0)
3. Fairport-V (8-0-2)
4. Mamaroneck-I (10-0)
5. Washingtonville-IX (9-0-2)

Class B top 5:
1. Livonia-V (12-0)
1. Ichabod Crane-II (10-0)
3. Carle Place-VIII (9-0)
4. Westhill-II (10-0)
5. Bronxville-I (8-1-1)

Class C top 5:
1. Lansing-IV (11-0)
2. Friends Academy-VIII (9-0-1)
3. S.S. Seward-IX (10-1)
4. Kendall-V (10-0)
5. Fabius-Pompey-V (9-1-1)

Class D top 5:
1. Chazy-VII (9-1-1)
2. Poland-III (11-0)
3. Fort Ann-II (11-0)
4. Harrisville-X (8-0-1)
5. Northville-II (9-0-2)