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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.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Saratoga's first-year coach Geller earns first W

SARATOGA SPRINGS — First-year Saratoga Springs varsity soccer coach Jeff Geller has his first game, and first victory, under his belt.
His Blue Streaks opened the season with a 1-0 victory over Niskayuna at Maple Avenue Middle School on Tuesday afternoon.
"I’ve coached a lot of these kids on JV for the past few years so I know a lot of them."
Geller, who coached the Saratoga JV squad for the past eight years, was promoted to varsity head coach after last season, and said he’s thrilled with the opportunity.
"I’m just excited to be up here and excited to work with these kids.," Geller said. "I’m looking forward to a good season."

— Sam Hollingsworth
Sports writer, 583-8729 ext. 333

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Soccer Hall of Fame closing...for now

The biggest soccer ball in the world that resides down I-88 in Oneonta may have just been given the proverbial boot.

In a press conference earlier this week, President and CEO Jonathan Ulman said that the location will be closed to the public after Labor Day except for dates where matches are scheduled on the fields adjacent to the facility.

The facility is schedule to be open and honor its commitments to the High School Hall of Fame Cup scheduled for later this month and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys soccer championships Nov. 21 and 22.

Check out the story from the Hall of Fame's hometown newspaper, the Oneonta Star here.


South High alum Weller traded to Anaheim Ducks

South Glens Falls native and Clarkson University hockey standout Shawn Weller was traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Anaheim Ducks.

Weller played for the Binghamton Senators last season, Ottawa’s primary affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). He appeared in a career-high 70 contests, collecting 4-5=9 points with 57 penalty minutes (PIM). The 6-2, 199-pound winger recorded 1-1=2 points for his first multiple-point game of the season on Jan. 16 vs. Wilkes-Barre. Weller also appeared in four contests with Elmira of the ECHL last season, earning 1-1=2 points with two PIM.

Originally selected by Ottawa in the third round (77th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Weller has appeared in 134 career AHL contests, recording 12-13=25 points with 101 PIM. The Glens Falls, NY native played three seasons of college hockey at Clarkson University of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC), earning 36-42=78 points with 237 PIM in 109 career games.

He led the club in goals and points in 2006-07, collecting 19-21=40 points in 39 games. In 2005, Weller played for Team USA’s Under-20 team at the IIHF World Junior Championships, appearing in seven contests.

-- Courtesy Anaheim Ducks website

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