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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, March 30, 2009

Hall of Fame classic set for June 21

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will welcome five Hall of Fame members to kick off its inaugural Baseball Hall of Fame Classic, the contest that has replaced the annual Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown.

The contest is set for Father’s Day weekend, June 21 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown and will welcome Hall of Fame baseball legends Bob Feller, Ferguson Jenkins, Paul Molitor, Phil Niekro and Brooks Robinson along with 20 other former Major League Baseball players beginning at 2 p.m. on Father’s Day.

Other major leaguers committed to the contest include George Foster, Bill Lee, Steve Rogers and Lee Smith with additional announcements slated as players commit throughout the spring.

A parade will kick off the day’s events followed by a 1 p.m. hitting contest following the first pitch at 2 p.m. for a seven inning event.

Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. April 18 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum box office. Tickets are $12.50 for first- and third-base seats and $11 for outfield seats.

While 2,500 tickets are available during the one-day sale in Cooperstown, museum members can purchase tickets over the phone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling a special number active only for this sale at 877-849-7770. Callers must be museum members prior to the April 18 date and must provide their membership number at the time of the call.

Phone purchases are subject to a $3.50 handling fee per ticket and limited to six tickets per member. Member phone orders will be handled through Sunday, April 26 or as long as tickets last.

Tickets remaining after Sunday will be made available to the general public via phone on April 27.

For more information, call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633), 607-547-7200 or visit their web-site at


Saturday, March 28, 2009

Miss Scotties softball tryouts April 4

Miss Scotties Softball will hold tryouts for its 2009 10U Travel Teams 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at the Wood Road Intermediate School Gymnasium.

These tryouts are for the 10U teams only and are open to girls born in 1998-2000. These travel teams will begin practicing immediately and will play games and tournaments from June to the beginning of August.

For more information about the program, please contact the Travel Program Director, Don LeBarron, at Additional information is also available on the organization's website at

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Saratoga Pop Warner registration and coaches meeting

Saratoga Pop Warner Football and Cheer will be holding registrations for the upcoming season from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 25 and 26 at the East Side Rec field house.

The league will also host a coaches meeting 7 p.m. March 30 at the Eagles Club adjacent to the Lake Lonely Marina.

Anyone interested in coaching this season with Saratoga Pop Warner is encouraged to attend.

For more information, visit the Saratoga Pop Warner web-site.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

BH-BL grad Filak Oneonta's Athlete of the Week

SUNY-Oneonta sophomore hurler Dave Filak was named Red Dragon co-Athlete of the Week after leading his squad to a 3-0 win over Gettysburg in the second game of a double-header Saturday.

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake graduate earned a complete game shutout, throwing seven full innings, scattering three hits and striking out 11.

This season, Filak is 2-0 with a 0.95 ERA. He has three starts under his belt for SUNY-Oneonta and has thrown 19 innings while allowing only two earned runs and 12 hits. He has struck out 31 batters and has kept opposing batters to an anemic .182 batting average.

Filak is looking to top his freshman season where he earned a host of awards including Oneonta State Male/Fred Puritz First-Year Athlete of the Year award, the SUNYAC Rookie of the Year award and the ECAC Division III Upstate New York Rookie of the Year honors.

He finished his 2008 campaign with a 4-3 record with four saves an a 4.05 ERA. He pitched 40 innings, allowing 36 hits leading to 22 runs, 18 of them earned. He struck out 58 batters and walked only 16.

-- Stan Hudy

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Boys lacrosse action heats up

Sunday brought sunny skies, winds, a few flurries along with lots of Section II boys lacrosse action at RPI for the Suburban Council scrimmages.

Shenendehowa, Shaker, Niskayuna and Ballston Spa each squared off on the RPI turf to work the kinks out of their games and get a chance to play at full speed against an opponent in a different color jersey.

Shenendehowa coach Chuck Holohan refuses to call this a "rebuilding year" after losing such a large and talented graduating class and is hoping his underclassmen can mature quick enough to be ready for the post season.

There were more cheers than jeers for Niskayuna as the Silver Warriors move down to Class B competition due to class size and are expected to dominante in each contest and roll through the Section II tournament vying for a state title.

Section II upstart from last year Shaker looked skilled, but wasn't at Class A final skill level yet, making this week a long one for the Bison.

Ballston Spa had moments of greatness and then, well, just moments.

Coach Kevin Dayton is again working with a short bench, 21 players, and will also rely on his youth as the Scotties are hoping to not only make the Section II playoffs, but win their first Class A post-season game in school history.

Scrimmages continue this week with league action beginning next week.

-- Stan Hudy


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Wasaren League boys hoops All-Stars

Wasaren League All-Stars
First team
MVP - Keven McMahon Jr. Hoosick Falls
Steve Hunt Sr. Tamarac
Josh Lyons Sr. Granville
Nick D’Alberto Sr. Stillwater
Tanner Finney Sr. Hoosick Falls
Alex Kugler Sr. Hoosic Valley

Second team
Brent Matazinsky Sr. Tamarac
Luca D’Auito Jr. Cambridge
Austin Bateman Jr. Schuylerville
Jared Kirk Sr. Greenwich
Robert Shiland Sr. Hoosick Falls

Honorable mention
Anthony Goldstein Sr. Hoosick Falls
Casey Walsh Jr. Greenwich
Hutton Rasmus Jr. Hoosick Falls
Andrew Smith Sr. Stillwater
Tyler Shaw Sr. Tamarac
Mike Bucciero Sr. Granville
Brian Byer Jr. Stillwater
Kyle Parmenter Jr. Cambridge
Joe Estramomte Fr. Greenwich
Nick Bartolotta Jr. Schuylerville
Brad Lyon Sr. Hoosick Falls
Kevin Woods Sr. Hoosick Falls
Justin Deuel Jr. Stillwater
Connor Hoagland Jr. Granville
Kyle Pallozzi Jr. Hoosic Valley
Jameson McGrath Sr. Tamarac
Will Bromirski Fr. Cambridge
Alex McNeice Jr. Hoosic Valley


WAC girls basketball All-Stars

WAC All-Stars
North Division Co-MVPs
Paula Egelston Fonda-Fultonville
Chelsea Paul Northville

First team
Cate Mensler Saratoga Catholic
Irena Longworth Galway
Kaley Schelling Galway
Kelsey Logan Fort Plain
Mallory Baum Fort Plain
Alyssa Nowak Fonda-Fultonville
Britteny Lasky Fonda-Fultonville

Second team
Amanda Baker Fonda-Fultonville
Megan Beaulieu St. Johnsville
Angela Warner Mayfield
Nicole Jones Galway
Heather Sickler Galway
Heather Voght Fort Plain
Brooke Mawery Mayfield

South Division Co-MVPs
Andrea Van Dyke Berne-Knox
Ashlyn Slater Schenectady Christian

First team
Olivia Tomasewski Sharon Springs
Jocelyn Mann Berne-Knox
Sarah Lamoureux Schoharie
Emilie Liddle Canajoharie
Bethany Goodrich Schenectady Christian
Allison Paludi Duanesburg
Alyson Sanders Duanesburg

Second team
Amber Pitcher Berne-Knox
Emily DeGuile Duanesburg
Mackenzie Stahler Canajoharie
Kelsey Aldi Canajoharie
Madison Van Kuren Middleburgh
Monica Compton Schenectady Christian
Hillary Hext Schoharie


Colonial Council boys hoops All-Stars

Colonie Council All-Stars
First team

Haneef Scott Sr. Lansingburgh (MVP)
Ethan Mackey Jr. Voorheesville
Nick Benoit Sr. Cohoes
Josh Rougia Sr. Mechanicville
Nick Lettrick Sr. Mechanicville
Nick Kiniski Sr. Voorheesville
Second team

Bobby Sheehan Sr. Schalmont
Josh France Sr. Cobleskill
Griffin Kelly Fr. Watervliet
Mike Snyder Sr. Voorheesville
Jared Teta Sr. Lansingburgh
Third team

Jesse Milligan Sr. Lansingburgh
Gary Gill Sr. Cohoes
Devonte Gleason So. Watervliet
Xavier Murray Sr. Lansingburgh
Tom Ebonoch Sr. Watervliet