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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.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Basketball Tryouts

Skidmore will be holding a basketball camp for ages 7-15 running from Monday, August 15 to August 18. Camp hours are from For more information please contact Joe Burke at 580-5384 or email at

Saratoga Stampede 14U Tryouts

The Saratoga Stampede 14U baseball team will be conducting an open tryout on August 28 at
Geyser Rd.
from The team will develop their 2012 Spring/Summer roster from this tryout. The Stampede plays in the ENYTB league as well as several tournaments and finished the 2011 season with a 34 – 8 record. The team has won the New York State title two out of the last three seasons. All players who will be age 14 or younger on May 1, 2012 are eligible to tryout. To register for the tryout or for more information, contact George Coleman at 312-3442.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Whiteface to giveaway free lift tickets

Skiers and snowboarders will have a chance to get free Whiteface Mountain lift tickets at several locations in Saratoga this weekend.
Anyone wearing winter gear – helmet, hats, goggles, skis, ski boots will get a free lift ticket and may enter a contest for a Whiteface season pass and a ski-and-stay package for two days and nights for four people.
The Whiteface Lake Placid Road Warriors will offer such prizes at four Saratoga Springs locations. On Friday, they’ll be at Bailey’s Café on Putnam Street from 7 to 9 p.m. On Saturday they’ll be at Congress Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Horseshoe Inn Bar & Grill on Nelson Avenue from 6 to 8 p.m. and at Gaffney’s on Caroline Street from 9 to 11 p.m.

Ballston Spa Pop Warner to hold board meeting

The Ballston Spa Pop Warner league will host a board meeting on Wednesday, August 10th at 6:30pm at the Concession Stand at the Ballston Spa High School football field. This is a regular board meeting open to all. Voting is limited to those that meet the voting guidelines per the organization's bylaws. All are welcome. For more information on BSPW please visit our website at

Northeast Kidney Foundation Tailgate Party

On Friday, Aug. 19 at 5 p.m. the Northeast Kidney Foundation (NeKF) will join local equestrian Colleen Cunningham and hall of fame jockey Randy Romero at the Saratoga Polo Association for the Saratoga Polo Tailgating party. An entry fee of $10 will be donated to NeKF to help raise funds for the fight against kidney disease. Colleen and Randy will team up to judge each Saratoga Polo tailgate, with the theme this year being Health and Horses. At the Tailgate Party, the crowd and judges are expected to see Saratogians decorate their spaces with tables, wine glasses and unique decor.
Colleen Cunningham is a junior at Saratoga High School and an avid equestrian who was born with a kidney issue that surfaced only a bit more than a year ago. She underwent corrective surgery and is so inspired to give something back that she immediately started raising funds and awareness for the local Northeast Kidney Foundation. She recently teamed up with famous hall of fame jockey Randy Romero, himself a dialysis patient, to reach out within the racing community. Together they have joined forces to continue Colleen and her mother Jill’s efforts to help raise funds for the fight against kidney disease.
The tailgate will kick off a weekend series of events involving Romero and Colleen. On Sunday, Aug. 21, Colleen and her mother will co-chair Catwalk for Kidneys, a brunch and fashion show at the Gideon Putnam Resort, in which Romero and additional celebrities will walk the runway. There will be a special race in honor of Randy’s involvement at the Saratoga Flat Track following the Catwalk event. Set to go off at 2 p.m., it will be called Randy's Race for Kidney Health. For tickets and more information please visit

Apex Girls Lacrosse announces fall registration

Apex Girls Lacrosse Club will be offering a competitive and officiated fall ball league on Sundays starting September 11th from 4-5pm at the Northside rec fields in Saratoga Springs. This is a great opportunity to play in the off season with some top players from the capital district. As in the past, players will be grouped with either their JV or Varsity high school team or on a "house" team, depending on the numbers. The cost is $50 for the 4 week session. Please go to for more information and to register.