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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.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Saratoga's Madalayne Smith in SI's Faces in the Crowd

Saratoga Springs senior hurdler Madalayne Smith was selected as one of Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd for its Feb. 1 issue.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. > Track and Field
Madalayne, a senior at Saratoga Springs High, won the 55-meter hurdles in 7.90 seconds at the Yale Interscholastic Track Classic, breaking a 22-year-old meet record. It was the fastest time in the country this season. She was the New York Division I indoor champion in the event in 2009, when she also won the 55-meter dash plus the outdoor 100 hurdles.

See the post here.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

The rivalry continues!

Shenendehowa invaded Saratoga Springs High School on Friday night in a classic match up of two Section II powerhouses for a boys basketball contest that decides who sits atop the Suburban Council North.

Check back here for updates throughout the game, including scores and breaking news.



Shen holds off Saratoga in a wild one, 79-64, to remain unbeaten and in first place of the Suburban Council North.

Fouth quarter
Saratoga coach Mitch Snyder gets a technical foul with 6:22 remaining in the game.
A few minutes later, Saratoga's Tony DeLoatch is given a technical for an elbow.

End of the third quarter
Shen continues to hold strong as the enviornment at the Saratoga Springs High School gymnasium gets hostile. A spectator was ejected, coaches had words at the scorers' table and the Plainsmen remain in front, 52-39.

Shen turned up the intensity in the second quarter, coming up with 12 points off seven steals. Saratoga has 11 turnovers, too. The Plainsmen headed into intermission up, 36-22, and Shen's Matt Miner has 15.

End of first quarter
After the first quarter, Shen is up, 22-14. Plainsmen standout Matt Miner leads all scorers with 10 points.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Saratoga County boys basketball scoring leaders through Jan. 10

Saratoga County boys varsity basketball scoring leaders through Jan. 10.

Saratoga County boys varsity basketball scoring leaders through Jan. 10, 2009


Saratoga County girls basketball scoring leaders through Jan. 10

Saratoga County girls basketball scoring leaders through Jan. 10

Saratoga County girls varsity basketball scoring leaders


CDHSHL scoring leaders through Jan. 9

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Charbonneau, Bateman, Barbur, Pompa and McFee all-state football selections

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Five Saratoga County football standouts have been named to the New York State Sportswriter Association all-state team 2009 in Class B, C and D.

Jordon Charbonneau (Cornth), Austin Bateman (Schuylerville), Ben Barbur (Greenwich), Tim Pompa (Saratoga Central Catholic) and Ryan McFee (Greenwich) were all named to the annual state sportswriter selected squads.

Charbonneau, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior was selected a first-team offense selection in Class C as an all-purpose back.

Bateman, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior was chosen as a first-team defense selection in Class C at defensive back.

Barbur, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior was selected as a first-team offense selection in Class D as an offensive lineman.

Pompa, a 5-foot-9, 135-pound junior was chosen as a second-team offensive selection in Class D as a place kicker.

McFee, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior was selected as a third-team offensive selection in Class D as an offensive end.

The NYSSWA will announce its Class AA and A selections on Jan. 13.

For the entire list, visit Road to

Here are links to each class by size, Class B, Class C, and Class D.

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New Saratogian sports editor named

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Andrew J. Bernstein, the city reporter for The Saratogian since 2007, has been promoted to the position of sports editor.

“Bernstein brings to the sports section a clear understanding of this newspaper’s commitment to local coverage,” Managing Editor Barbara Lombardo said in announcing the promotion.

During his time as city reporter, Bernstein, 25, earned national and statewide journalism awards for beat reporting, breaking news, and his blog, “Saratoga City Desk.” He is a 2007 graduate of Skidmore College, where he was editor-in-chief of its weekly newspaper. He is a freelance contributor to Velo News, a national journal of competitive cycling, and is a competitive semi-professional bicyclist.

Bernstein will lead a sports section that remains dedicated to high school coverage while expanding the range of local athletes and sports that will be consistently represented, Lombardo said.

“We are in a highly competitive media market with a very demanding readership — which we’re so glad to have,” Lombardo said. “The Saratogian sports section has been ranked among the best in the nation by the Associated Press Sports Editors Association. Bernstein and the rest of the sports staff will bring Saratogian readers a sports section that not only wins awards, but is comprehensive and intensely local.”

In addition to The Saratogian, Bernstein is responsible for the sports content of three weekly newspapers: WG Life, which serves the Wilton and Gansevoort areas; Ballston Spa Life, serving Ballston Spa and Milton; and the Community News, covering southern Saratoga County.

-- Barbara Lombardo, Managing Editor


Monday, January 4, 2010

Saratoga County boys basketball scoring leaders thru Jan. 4

Saratoga County girls scoring leaders through Jan. 4