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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, 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.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Jockey stands up early at Pimlico, gets nailed at the line

For the first 3,920 feet of the race, jockey Stacie Clark-Rogers
worked to guide Graced to the lead heading down the stretch of the Lady
Legends Race at Pimlico.

Everything changed in the final 40 feet of the six-furlong race on a sloppy track.

stood up to celebrate what she though was a 1 1/2 length victory when
Zuerstgold, with Andrea Jean Seefeldt aboard, completed a stretch run
rally to win by a nose. Here's the video.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Suburban Council Baseball Standings: Saratoga Springs one win from sectional berth

Saratoga Springs 3B Eric Beer
Saratoga Springs' boys baseball team is one win away from clinching its first Section II Class AA playoff berth since 2011 after picking up a 7-6 win over Columbia and an 11-6 victory over Niskayuna this week. The Blue Streaks need one win in their final four league games — starting with Friday's 4:15 contest vs. Shaker at Eastside Rec — to get the job done. Shenendehowa, Columbia and Niskayuna have already clinched playoff berths in Class AA while Burnt Hills' 8-4 record has the Spartans into the Class A sectional field. Saratoga Springs, Shaker and Guilderland are one win away from the postseason while Ballston Spa and Colonie must win all four of their remaining games to qualify.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Saratoga's Stiansen honored by National Football Foundation

Stiansen excelled both as a student and an athlete at Saratoga Springs High School

Stiansen, center, and his parents
Saratoga Springs senior Nick Stiansen was recently honored as much for his success in the classroom as on the field when he was named a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame scholar athlete.
Playing as a defensive lineman this fall, Stiansen recorded 101 tackles (more than 11 per game), including 59 solo and seven for a loss. He also caused two fumbles, recovered two others, and was credited with two sacks. As the starting tight end on offense, where he was used primarily as a blocker, the senior captain caught two passes for touchdowns in the Blue Streaks' run to the Section II Class AA semifinals.
Stiansen also played varsity basketball for Saratoga Springs.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Saratoga Catholic, Saratoga Springs players named All-State Basketball honorable mentions

Saratoga Catholic sophomore Evan Pescetti
Three members of Saratoga Central Catholic's Class C Section II basketball finalist squad were named as honorable mentions on the New York State Sports Writers Association's Class C All-State team
Saints seniors Michael Naughton and Luke Spicer made the list as did sophomore Evan Pescetti.
Mike Pierre, who led Hoosic Valley to both the Section II and state titles, was named the Class C Player of the Year while Greenwich junior Justin Carruthers was placed on the All-State sixth team.
In Class AA, Saratoga Springs senior Noah Arciero and Shenendehowa sophomore Kevin Huerter were named All-State honorable mentions.
Fellow Suburban Council all-star and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake senior Austin Nydegger was an honorable mention for Class A. Scotia-Glenville's Joe Cremo was named the Class A player of the year for leading his team to a Section II and state title.
The complete list of Class AA and A All-State selections are here.
The complete list of Class B, C and D All-State selections are here.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Schuylerville baseball throws its hat into Wasaren title race

Before the season, Schuylerville baseball coach Darrin Renner thought his young team was good enough to qualify for sectionals for the first time in the past few seasons. After Thursday's 6-3 win at Wasaren League rival Greenwich, the Renner's Black Horses might be setting their sights a little higher.
"I think what happened today is our kids went from a group of kids who were thinking about sectionals to a group of kids who are thinking about fighting for a league title," Renner said. "That's a nice transformation to see."
The Black Horses got a complete game seven-hitter from Jake Petralia on the mound and clutch hits from Tanner Dunkel, Clayton Patrick and Zack VanKeuron as they scored six runs on the Witches' strong pitching staff.
"Codie Brown and Tanner Dunkel, our No. 1 and 2 hitters, did a great job at the beginning of the game setting the table and our big hitters came up and drove those runs in," Renner said. "That's what we've been doing." 
Junior Pete Telesco took the loss for Greenwich which now has losses to Stillwater and Schuylerville. Hoosic Valley routed Schuylerville but lost to Greenwich. Hoosick Falls is also alive with one loss (to Schuylerville)  to put the league title up for grabs in the second half of the season.
Whatever happens though, Schuylerville has a reason to be confident going forward.
"I think when we they walk on the field they expect to win and that's a good thing," Renner said.

Schuylerville 6, Greenwich 3
Schuylerville  201 020 1   6-6-2
Greenwich    020 000 1   3-6-2
Petralia (W) and Patrick; Telesco (L) and Tom Pratt.
2B: Matt Saddlemire (S), VanKeuron (S), John Barnes (G).

Monday, February 24, 2014

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