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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.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ballston Spa leads Saratoga in Battle of Route 50

With the voting heating up during the first day of non-contact competition between Ballston Spa High School and Saratoga Springs, the Scotties have just over a two touchdown lead over the Blue Streaks.

Ballston Spa, according to Saturday's votes, is a 57.5 percent favorite to win the Battle of Route 50 next Friday night in the Class AA Super Bowl with Saratoga Springs receiving 42.5 percent of the vote.

It is early in the voting process, so spread the word, contact your booster clubs, friends and families of both the Scotties and the Blue Streaks and have then cast their vote here.

The voting will close out Thursday night and we will publish the results in Friday's Saratogian.

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The Battle of Route 50 is set. Pick the winner.

After Ballston Spa's 42-9 win over Guilderland and Saratoga's 32-0 rout of Schenectady, the Section II Class AA Super Bowl, The Battle of Route 50, is now officially set for 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Colonie High School.

The Class AA contest is the only one slated for Friday night and should be a sell out as these two juggernauts will decide who will advance to the regionals and hopefully to the Syracuse Carrier Dome. Along the way our newspapers will have all the action leading up to this historic showdown between these two Saratoga County teams.

But first things first...who will win? We want you to Pick the winner of the Battle of Route 50.

The results will be posted on-line and in next Friday's edition of The Saratogian.

Good luck to both teams.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Leuchanka handling the collegiate stage just fine

ALBANY — University at Albany cross country star Alex Leuchanka, a June 2009 Shenendehowa High School graduate, was named America East Conference Men's Cross Country Performer of the Week.

The announcement was issued Tuesday by the league office and is the first time Leuchanka has been honored in his young college career.

The freshman, who was also the New York Cross Country Federation champion in 2008 at the high school level, finished fifth out of 189 runners with a time of 24 minutes and 59.9 seconds to help the Great Danes earn third place out of 24 teams at the 43rd UAlbany Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Leuchanka is one of three true freshman turning heads for the UAlbany cross country team (they finished in the team's top five) and Leuchanka improved his 8,000-meter time by 27 seconds.

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

Monday, October 19, 2009

Section II football playoff sked/seeds

Section II Football Playoff Schedule
CLASS AA (all games Friday at 7 p.m.)

No. 4 Colonie (3-4) at No. 1 Saratoga Springs (6-1)
No. 3 Shenendehowa (5-2) at No. 2 Schenectady (5-2)
No. 3 Bethlehem (3-4) at No. 2 Ballston Spa (6-1)
No. 4 Guilderland (3-4) at No. 1 La Salle (7-0)

No. 4 Averill Park (3-4) at No. 1 Burnt Hills (7-0), 7 p.m.
No. 3 Queensbury (4-3) at No. 2 Niskayuna (5-2), 7 p.m.
No. 3 Bishop Maginn (2-5) at No. 2 Gloversville (6-1), 7 p.m.
No. 4 Glens Falls (3-4) at No. 1 Troy (7-0), 1:30 p.m.

No. 4 Albany Academy (4-3) at No. 1 Schalmont (5-2), 7 p.m.
No. 3 Hudson (5-2) at No. 2 Hudson Falls (4-3), 1 p.m.
No. 3 Cobleskill (2-5) at No. 2 Cohoes (5-2), 1:30 p.m.
No. 4 Broadalbin-Perth (3-4) at No. 1 Lansingburgh (6-1), 7 p.m.


No. 4 Canajoharie (5-2) at No. 1 Hoosick Falls (7-0), 7 p.m.
No. 4 Corinth (5-2) at No. 1 Chatham (7-0), 7 p.m.
No. 3 Granville (6-1) at No. 2 Fonda (6-1), 1 p.m.
No. 3 Voorheesville (6-1) at No. 2 Cambridge (6-1), 1 p.m.

No. 6 Saratoga Catholic (2-5) at No. 3 Lake George (5-2), 7 p.m.
No. 5 Warrensburg (2-5) at No. 4 Bishop Gibbons (5-2), 1:30 p.m.

Section II championship games are scheduled as follows:
Class AA - at Colonie, Friday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.
Class A - at Shenendehowa, Saturday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.
Class B - TBA
Class C - at CBA or Saratoga, Friday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.
Class D - at Glens Falls, Saturday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m.

NOTE - Both of the Class C semifinals will be played at Stillwater’s new FieldTurf field on Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Week 8 Crossover Games
Class AA
Columbia at Albany, 7 p.m.
CBA at Shaker, 7 p.m.
Class A

Mohonasen at Amsterdam, 7 p.m.
Scotia at South Glens Falls, 7 p.m.
Class B

Ravena at Johnstown, 7 p.m.
Class C/D
Mechanicville at Rensselaer, 7 p.m.
Greenwich at Schuylerville, 7 p.m.
Salem at Stillwater, 7 p.m.
Whitehall at Ichabod Crane, 7 p.m.
Watervliet at Taconic Hills, 7 p.m.

Class C/D

Fort Edward vs. Hoosic Valley at Stillwater, 7 p.m.
Tamarac at Cairo-Durham, 1 p.m.
Catholic Central at Coxsackie-Athens, 1 p.m.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Saratoga/Shen on TW3

Friday night's Class AA, Empire Division showdown between Saratoga and Shenendehowa will be televised on Time Warner Cable channel 3. With a win, Saratoga will capture the crown for the second straight year. However, if the Plainsmen pull it out, the will likely be a three-way tie at the top, with Ballston Spa included.
Game time is 7 p.m. and the game will be played at Saratoga Springs High School.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Mr. Everything is having too much fun

CORINTH — Corinth senior quarterback Jordon Charbonneau certainly got a little fatigued Friday night at the Tomahawks' homecoming celebration, but it doesn't mean he wasn't having tons of fun doing it.

"Oh, I'm getting tired, but I'm having a lot of fun," he said after the 46-0 rout of lowly Stillwater at Corinth Middle School.

Mr. Everything tore up the Stillwater defense in typical Charbonneau fashion Friday night, rushing for five touchdowns and throwing for another on his way to helping Corinth improve to a 5-1 record on the season and a possible home-field sectional game — a first-ever for the school.

Charbonneau, the leading rusher in Section II, also acheived a personal milestone on Friday night, surpassing former Corinth running back Mike Weatherby's single-season school rushing record of 1,290 yards, set in 2003, with his 1,316 yards so far this season. Corinth still has one week of regular-season football left to play.

The Tomahawks host undefeated Hoosick Falls next Friday in what will certainly be a high-octane Class C affair. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. under the Corinth lights.

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