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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: July 2007

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Phillies sweep Wizards NYCBL 1st round

The Saratoga Phillies know playoff baseball and for the second straight year the defending NYCBL champions swept another playoff series.
On Monday night at East Side Rec, Saratoga defeated Watertown, 15-2 and 5-0 at home in a rare playoff doubleheader.
With a scheduling conflict effecting available fields Saratoga took the option of playing its two higher seeded games at home today.
The plan worked.
Mike Fiers (U of Cumberlands) earned a 15-2 win in the first game and Bret Harvel (NW Missouri State) earned a 5-0 win in the nightcap.
Saratoga extended its playoff win streak to eight consecutive games. Watertown's 3-9.
Saratoga will play on the road at Glens Falls Thursday before returning home Friday at 7:30 pm.

Phils up through 7 innings
Bret Harvel was lifted with two outs in the seventh, bringing in NJIT lefty Corey Kuzmik.
Harvel was strong, throwing 6 2/3 shutout innings, allowing only four hits, striking out nine and walking one.

Phils up in second playoff game, 2-0
The Saratoga Phillies appear to like seeing a pitcher at least once before they start to rack up their runs.

In the second playoff game Monday night at East Side Rec, Saratoga took a good long look at Watertown starter Luis Castillo, sizing up the right-hander for two innings.

In the third, Saratoga opened up the game with 4 runs on 5 hits.

Corey Hunt (Virginia) led off with a double down the left field line and eric Walker reached on a dropped third strike. Donnie Webb (Oklahoma State) crushed a double that hit the right outfield wall, scoring Hunt from second. Bryan Rose's (Kentucky) infield single plated Walker for the 2-0 lead. Jake Willis (Siena) sent Webb home on a bloop single to center that evaded three defenders.

After a visit from the Watertown coach, Bryan Cook (Nova Southeastern) sent a Castillo fastball into the left field wall near the 347-foot mark, driving in Rose for the 4-0 lead.

Meanwhile Saratoga right-hander Bret Harvel (NW Missouri State) is cruising through four innings, allowing a lone hit and striking out four.

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Phils stymie Wizards 15-2 NYCBL playoff opener

Phils up 3-0 through fourth

It took a little time for the Phils bats to warm up, After three scoreless innings, Saratoga put up three runs on three hits and a Watertown error. Brian Harris (Vanderbilt) led off with a single up the middle and was moved over on a Bryan Rose (Kentucky) walk. Siena's Jake Willis put down a textbook bunt down left of the mound. Watertown third baseman James Ryan attempted to barehand the grab and throw to first while airborne. The throw pulled first baseman Ryan Holley off the bag and everyone was safe. Bryan Cook (NOVA Southeastern) scored Harris on a groundout to second for a 1-0 lead. Duke's Jon Nicolla brought up the big lumber, roping a single to deep centerfield, driving in Rose and Willis for the 3-0 lead. Meanwhile, Saratoga starter Mike Fiers (University of Cumberlands) is in control. The right-hander has allowed only two hits and struck out seven in four innings of work. His only miscue was hitting Watertown's Chris Edmunson in the foot in the first inning. The home plate umpire warned Fiers and both benches. The warning caused some hurt feelings on the Wizard's bench and one of its coaches was ejected for his comments. Apparently there is some bad feelings between the two squads with rumor of a possible skirmish occuring at Watertown between the two clubs prior to their July 17 meeting.



Phils add to lead, 9-0

Saratoga was cooking with gas in the bottom of the fifth, scoring 6 runs on 5 hits and two errors, taking a commanding 9-0 lead. Donnie Webb (Oklahoma State) led off with a single to left center and was advanced by a Brian Harris (Vanderbilt) walk. Both players would score when Bryan Rose (Kentucky) tattooed a double that hit the right field wall on one bounce for a 5-0 lead. Jake Willis (Siena) followed wit a double of his own, this time a blooper to right, scoring Rose. Bryan Cook (Nova Southeastern) sent a single to right, putting two on for Jon Nicolla (Duke). The designated hitter drilled Quigley in the foot and saw the ball dribble in the infield. Willis scored when Quigley's throw sailed past first into foul territory. Things got worse when the right fielder chucked the ball home attempting to throw out Cook. Nicolla was following the action as he rounded the bases and was awarded home on an interference call after the ball ended up behind the plate. When the dust settled, the Phillies were ahead, 9-0.


Things bad to worse for Wizards

Let's hope the Phils have something left in the tank after throttling the Wizards in the first game. With two outs in the eighth the Phils continued to pile-up the runs. Jake Willis singled, Bryan Cook doubled for an RBI and Jon Nicolla singled, driving in Cook. Ryan Powers walked and came around on singles by Tyler Scruggs and Corey Hunt. When the white flag went up, Saratoga was ahead 15-0.

Watertown scored two in the top of the ninth, but that was it.
Saratoga now owns a 7-0 record in the post-season, extending its win streak from last year's championship season.
The Wizards drop to 3-8 in the post season.
Next up...Bret Harvel takes on Watertown in the nightcap.

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Phils start title defense today

It's good to back at a Saratoga Phillies game at East Side Rec here in Saratoga Springs.
Other assignments and a road-heavy second half schedule for the Phils has kept me away. Thanks to my Saratogian counterparts for filling in during my time at other events.
The defending NYCBL champions, Saratoga Phillies, begin their title defense in the first round against the Watertown Wizards.
Due to a field conflict, Watertown will play two contests today at East Side Rec. Normally, the higher seed would host the first and third game of the best-of-three series. With the Watertown field unavailable on Tuesday, the Wizards face Saratoga at home in a twi-night doubleheader.
Watertown holds a 3-2 series advantage over Saratoga this season, but the Wizards haven't faced Phillies ace Mike Fiers (University of Cumberlands). Fiers is 5-1 with a 1.99 ERA and threw a no-hitter this season at Amsterdam.
Watertown sends Ryan Quiqley out. Quigley is winless in seven appearances with a 4.43 ERA.
Both games are slated as nine inning regulation contests.
Stan Hudy
518-365-9640

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Ballston Spa added to Mid-Atlantic Regional

CLIFTON PARK -- Ballston Spa manager Al Kaplan had to re-arrange this week's schedule for his Cal Ripken Baseball 12-year-old squad. After coming up short in the 50/70 Eastern New York State Tournament last week to Spring Youth Baseball in the final, the Scotties have another chance at a World Series.
Ballston Spa was invited to today's Mid-Atlantic Regional, hosted by Clifton Park after the Maryland region winner declined to travel to upstate New York. The Cal Ripken World Series will be held Aug. 11 in Aberdeen, Md. The Maryland champ earned automatic entry into the World Series and was not required to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Regional. The Maryland runner-up also declined entry into the multi-state regional event. The offer was then extended to Ballston Spa.
"We're happy to be in it," Ballston Spa coach Al Kaplan said. "We didn't back into this. We're the second team in New York, we came in second in the tournament. We're not to be walked on."
With their all-star season closing last week, players and families had to return to the area for the new opportunity.
"Everyone changed same plans for this," Kaplan said. "They're excited to be here."
Almost everyone was able to change plans.
Kaplan said one player will miss today's competition, along with himself.
"I have a meeting for work I have to go to," Kaplan said. "Ron Manna is stepping in. We went over the game plan, they're won't be any change."
Ballston Spa opens against Aston Valley, Pa. At 1:30 p.m. today. On Friday the Scotties face Piedmont, Del. at 12:30 p.m. before getting a re-match with Spring at 5:30. On Saturday Ballston Spa faces Hamilton, NJ at noon to finish pool play.
The top two teams advance to the semifinals Sunday afternoon with the championship game scheduled for noon Monday.

Stan Hudy
518-365-9640

Monday, July 23, 2007

Update, Phils up 10-4 vs. Russia

Sorry for the delay, catching up with faces in the crowd.
The capacity crowd is thinning as the Saratoga Phillies have been putting on a clinic for a lot of the first time fans in attendance.
If there is any disappointment, it might be the score and the contest is only now entering the eighth inning.

Stan Hudy
518-365-9640

Phils up 4-1 vs. Russia

The damage wan't done in the first inning as the Phillies scored three runs in the first and tacked on another in the second for a 4-1 lead.
Bryan Rose drove in the first run and came around to score. Mark Riffee took one for the team in the ribs and would come around on a Ryan Powers single. He would come around to score for the 3-1 lead.
In the second, Donnie Webb reached on an error and would come around to score on a throwing error by the Russian catcher. He slid in safely against the foreign big man, without causing an international incident, taking a 4-1 lead.

Stan Hudy
518-365-9640

Russia vs. Phillies tied 1-1

After the Russian Olympic squad took a one-run lead in the top of the first inning, the Saratoga Phillies tied the contest at one apiece.
Donnie Webb led off with a four-pitch walk and Bryan Rose sent a broken bat single into centerfield, scoring Webb from second.
You can tell that its an exhibition contest as manager Garret Baron made some line-up changes.
Jon Nicolla gets his first start-ever behind the plate for the Phillies and Tyler Scruggs goes from behind the dish to first base.

Stan Hudy
518-365-9640

Russians invade East Side Rec

Rain couldn't damper the chance for the Spa City to see the Saratoga Phillies take on the Russian Olympic Team at East Side Rec Monday night.
With the American, New York and Russian flags waving in the distance, the national anthems from both countries was performed by Jacklyn Bouchard (USA) and Lake George Opera baratone Richard Mazzaferro as players from two countries in front of the biggest crowd this season for a Phillies home game.
After Saratoga mayor Val Keehn addressed the crowd and had her comments interpreted in Russian for the visitors it was time to play baseball.

Stan Hudy
518-365-9640

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Get more kids in the game!


Five different Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth Baseball League Eastern New York state tournaments begin this weekend in the Capital Region and along with them, Little League continues its regional contests.

All weekend long fans will be treated to home runs, game-saving catches and pitching duels. One thing this weekend that may be as rare as a triple play would be an all-star squad with 15 players in uniform.

Currently, Cal Ripken Baseball and Babe Ruth allow all-star rosters to include 15 players mainly due to the organization’s non-requirement that everyone play one inning. Little League continues a mandate that each player compete in at least one full inning.

While the weekend will be filled with smiling faces, some with braces, some with gaps between teeth that are beginning to grow in, the rosters could be filled to capacity.

All-star squads are designed to compete in travel leagues and hopefully advance to the higher levels of regional and state competition. They are selected and built to win. The recreation season is over; the play for just playing sake is done. Now it’s just win baby.

That’s too bad.

In 2004 I fondly remember a spirited conversation with the late Ron Tellefsen, president of Babe Ruth Baseball League, Inc. who was visiting Clifton Park for the official contract signing of the 2006 13-15-year-old Babe Ruth World Series.

He was an advocate for the 15-player roster and that 15 young players should be given the opportunity to compete, practice and most importantly, play baseball together. He challenged the coaches present that they could find a reason for that one non-starter to be on the roster. Whether it was a bunt specialist or a speedy pinch runner whose offense hasn’t caught up with his peers.

The coaches listened, respected this authority of youth baseball, but all had the same response. They could manage the players, but not the parents.

The coaches said the players might be able to handle playing an inning or two, if at all each game, but it was the parents that would break the coaches “spirit.”
I talked to several youth coaches who all agreed with the theory, but the reality, those with drivers licenses and paying to travel all over each summer, they don’t want to hear it. The perception is that each parent believes their child is the next Derek Jeter, A-Rod or Roger Clemens.

Sorry folks, that isn’t the case. The spirit of the game is about being a part of a team, enjoying the American Pastime, and just maybe, win some baseball games.

So don’t ruin it.

I challenge more coaches and baseball organizations to make all-star teams compete with 15 players, not only on the roster, but in uniform for each game. Along with that, I challenge the parents out there to embrace the sport, the camaraderie and the joy that is baseball.

Give it a try; it could be the best lesson for you and your player.

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Friday, July 13, 2007

107.1-lap enduro set for Aug. 17 at Speedway

It’s the closest thing to a demolition derby combined with an obstacle course and a pyrotechnic show on a dirt oval. It’s called the Enduro division where regular Joes can become a race car driver without the need for roll cages, racing tires and racing fuel.

Now on Aug. 17, for the first time, it will be for a ton of CASH!

Albany-Saratoga race director Bruce Richards has shaken down two of the track’s biggest supporters, Colortyme Rent-to-Own and Froggy Country 107.1 to bring the “Biggest Froggin’ Summer Enduro” to Albany-Saratoga Speedway Aug. 17.

The enduro contest will set a new record with a distance of 107.1 laps.
The race will be started in turn four and then raced for 100 laps utilizing the Halloween Havoc/Hangover 100 racing rules.

The race will pay a top-dollar amount of $1007.10 to the winner and all cylinder engines will race together, pitting the 4-, 6- and 8-cylinder racers together in a single contest with the fastest and most reliable racer being crowned the winner.
In the spirit of amateur racing, no former or present race car drivers are allowed to compete in the event.

There are several rules that apply to the endure division race cars, listed below:
1. All glass can stay in the car.
2. All interiors can stay in the car.
3. Must remove all head/tail lights.
4. Must remove all outside trim.
5. All safety rules apply.
6. A 6" min hole must be cut in hood for fire crew.

For more information about the Enduro division rules, visit the CVRA website at www.cvra.com

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Budget racers to go the distance this year

The budget sportsman division was introduced this season by Champlain Valley Race Director Bruce Richards for small-budget racing teams with drivers looking to gain more seat time.

The race director took a chance, said a prayer and it’s paid off as the division has provided some of the most entertaining open wheel racing action this season at Albany-Saratoga Speedway.

Richards is thanking his racing teams by adding two long-distance races for the division in two different states.

Devil's Bowl Speedway will host the Vermont State Budget Sportsman Championships Aug. 19, with Albany-Saratoga Speedway hosting the New York State Budget Sportsman Championships Sept. 14.

Both races will be 50 laps in length, and both will pay $500 to win. The races will also be open to budget sportsman competitors from other tracks, and home track rules, including home track tire rules, will apply. Track licenses from other tracks will also be honored at the pit gate.

CVRA added the budget sportsman division this season, and has been running an alternating schedule – one week at Albany-Saratoga, the next at Devil's Bowl – giving the drivers in the division the opportunity to compete at two distinctly different tracks.

“The budget sportsman division has far exceeded my expectations,” Richards said in a press release. “We've been getting a consistent number of cars at both tracks, and we've gotten a good mix of young drivers who are just starting out and veterans who wanted an affordable way to get back into racing. We decided to run the two big races at the end of the year as a way to show our gratitude to the drivers who made the investment and have helped us get this division off the ground.”

At both races, the racers will draw for heat race positions and the top 12 finishers will redraw for the 50-lap feature.

“Everyone who runs a heat race will be qualified for the feature. We won't be sending anyone home empty handed,” Richards said. “But this race is only for drivers who are currently competing in a true budget sportsman division.”

The Vermont State Budget Sportsman Championships will be run as part of the annual Judith L. Richards Memorial on Aug. 19 at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

Drivers seeking additional information about the budget sportsman championship races should call Albany-Saratoga Speedway at (518) 587-0220.

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Adirondack ESG men'shockey roster announced



Adirondack Region head coaches Juan de la Rocha (Shenendehowa) and Ron Kuhl (CBA) announced the 18 players and four alternates for this year's summer Empire State Games competition July 25-29 in Westchester County.

Player name / High School / Hometown
Nathaniel Ashley / Qgdensburg Free Academy / Ogdensburg
Ted Chrimes / Albany Academy / Ballston Lake
Ryan Farnan / CD Selects / Clifton Park
Lucas First / Albany Academy / Niskayuna
Matthew Hatch / Massena HS / Massena
Adam Hitchko / Shenendehowa HS / Clifton Park
Bryan Hunter / Shenendehowa HS / Clifton Park
Robert Liggio / Canton HS / Canton
Mike Mailhot / Massena HS / Massena
Drew McDonald / HoneyBaked AAA / Watervliet
Wade Megan / Canton HS / Canton
Dylan Pasco / Glens Falls HS / Glens Falls
Dylan Robichaud / Albany Academy / Rensselear
Matthew Soprano / Queensbury HS / Queensbury
Mac Stratford / Saranac Lake HS / Bloomingdale
Zachary Student / CD Selects / Clifton Park
Brendan Wagner / LaSalle Institute / Clifton Park
Ryan White / CD Selects / Saratoga Springs

Alternate selections
Ryan Buicko / Hotchkiss School / Altamont
Michael Casey / Albany Academy / Niskayuna
Niall Cahill / LaSalle Institute / Troy
Eric Meybaum / CBA / Gansevoort

All men's hockey contests will be played at the Ice Hutch, 655 Garden Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10552

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It's been a busy summer...so far!

Here's a look at my first local sports column for The Saratogian. Thanks to compadre Paul Gangarossa for suggesting it and convincing me I had the time in my schedule to talk about the locals sports stuff. Warning to Paul, Reda still wants to stangle you for the suggestion!

As the focus of the area, our sports department as well as the entire Spa City honing in on the historic Saratoga Race Course, I thought it would be a good time to reel in some readers about the happenings with our two-legged athletes competing this summer.

Kickin' It - Congratulations to the Clifton Park Soccer Club and its tournament committee for again making the Rose & Kiernan/Clifton Park International Soccer Tournament another successful tournament. More than 130 teams played on 22 fields over three days with 15 champions crowned. As a publication, we hit a new high as far as effort, coverage and enthusiasm. It was worth it.

Men will be boys - The men's U23 division at the Soccer Classic was a huge hit this year as the New York State U23 Men's League took part after only its second year in existence.
The pressure is on now for founder Ed Placke - rumor has it that the women in the area don't want to be left out and several of the men are aging out of the U23 division.
Look for a possible men's and women's open division to developed just for the tournament next year.

Athletic supporters - Kudos to Rose & Kiernan who have agreed to once again sponsor the International Soccer Classic next year, their ninth straight. Corporate sponsors are hard to locate and even more difficult to retain through these tough times. Their dedication to the annual soccer extravaganza is much appreciated.

On the road again - If you haven't seen the best that college baseball has to offer this summer at East Side Rec in the NYCBL wood bat league. Time is running out.
The Saratoga Phillies, the defending league champions, are currently in second place with a ton of talent on their roster.
They only have five dates left, plus a special exhibition contest July 23 versus the Russian Olympic team that can't be missed.
For their schedule, go to www.saratogaphillies.com.

Play ball! - Things are heating up at all levels of the baseball all-star circuits throughout the area.
The Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth state tournaments begin July 13 and 20, respectively. The Saratoga Stampede are currently playing in their own Cooper's Cave Tournament at East Side Rec.
If I missed anyone, e-mail me at shudy@saratogian.com so we can get your tournament in the loop.

Move 'em back, move 'em back - Something new in baseball is underway this weekend as the Cal Ripken 12-year-old 50/70 tournament gets underway in Ballston Spa with the winner advanc
ing to the Mid-Atlantic Regional in Clifton Park July 26.
Teams have normally played with a pitcher's mound 46 feet away and the base paths 60 feet apart. The new division has a 50-foot mound and 70-feet wide bases, which also allow leading off, stealing and pick-off moves.
It's designed to make the transition from the 12-and-under division to the regulation field easier.

Pay up, sports fan - At its May meeting, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association raised the championship ticket prices for bowling, boys and girls gymnastics and boys and girls volleyball to $8 per person. It's a shame that the sports that are clamoring for fans are the one's getting hit with an increase. Since most of the attendees are friends and family, it's a disservice to hit the people who care the most with the increase.

Where are you going? - Now is a good time to communicate where your favorite college athlete is going this fall. Feel free to e-mail me an update with your competitors name, school and sport so we have it on file.

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

What a great soccer weekend!


Whew! I feel like I may have played in all the games that took place this weekend at the Rose & Kiernan/Clifton Park International Soccer Classic.

I just finished up the local roundup story and will be working hard on Monday to upload photos of the first-place finishers along with notes from a quick conversation with their coaches.

I'll also be putting up some of the stories that ran in The Saratogian as well as what will be running June 13 (Friday) in our weekly newspaper, Community News.
I can't give enough thanks to the entire soccer tournament committee and their volunteers who helped make my life easier this weekend. From scores, scores and more scored from the lovely Karen Thorne and Toby, to Liz making sure I was fed and hydrated, to tournament director Helmut Gerstenberger who always asked if I had everything I needed, to Erica Gerstenberger who made sure I was there for a photo of a team if I was busy talking off to the side, unaware.

What makes it special each and every year are the players, their coaches and the parents in attendence. Without that precious trio, I wouldn't be doing this.
So kind folks, there is more to come, but right now my bride calls home, well after deadline.

Dr. Reda, I'm leaving now and thanks again for typing in all those scores for me all weekend too honey, ;-)

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Saturday, July 07, 2007

A Soccer Classic Blog


Friday afternoon not only kicked off the 31st annual Rose & Kiernan/Clifton Park International Soccer Classic, but also brought forward one of the more ambitious projects by The Saratogian and Community News newspaper staffs for this weekend's events.

On Friday afternoon, 30,000 copies of the Community News went out with a 4-page sports section (wrap) giving readers a heads-up of what was going to happen on Clifton Common this weekend and a view of the 32 local Clifton Park teams competing. That same section will hit the news stands Saturday morning for another 10,000 readers and we'll have them available at the Clifton Common.

After it hits the local mail boxes, porches and news stands our work is not done as for the first time in Clifton Park Soccer Classic history, scores will be updated live via this blog.

I have had the privilege of covering the annual event for the past 10 years as a writer for our newspapers, especially our weekly newspaper, the Community News devoted to Southern Saratoga County. It is an annual labor of love.

While tournament chair Helmut Gerstenberger has the support of more than 1,000 parental volunteers as well as those 25 key, returning veterans, this year's project was done with far less.

A big thanks to my newest publisher, Frank McGivern who was happy to once again become the tournament's print partner and to my sports editor, Brien Bouyea, who is on vacation and didn't blow a gasket when I sat in on a meeting two months ago to pitch this year's coverage.

Kudos to our advertising staff, Dave and Stephanie who brought along several advertisers to support this year's four-page special section in both publications. Without thier help and the support of their advertisers, it may not have gotten off the ground, so please remember those people at the bottom of our newspapers this weekend.

Some people have guardian angels and my managing editor, Barbara Lombardo has been mine for the past 10 years. She reeled in my plans, added some key points and still supported my idea even though she will always bleed Blue Streak blue compared to my Shen green blood.

Thanks to P.G. also known as Paul Gangarossa, copy editor extraordinaire who put the final pieces together after Barb almost went blind laying out the schedule and team pages in our section.

Thanks to Ian Pickus, probably the most talented writer in the room at The Saratogian Newspaper who dodged lightning Friday night to cover the NYCBL All-Star game in my absence and has the next two games covered. Go Phils!

A big shout out to Carl Aery and the gang in our composing room. Carl helped recreate the soccer map which has been a photocopy for the past 10 years. Thanks for the staff for laughing at my jokes and listening to me complain as well as talking to myself as I stared at a photo monitor.

Like everything for the past 21 years, I couldn't do this without my wife, Dr. Reda Garrett-Hudy, who will updating the scores on the blog as they come in from the fields. I'm very fortunate to have someone who loves sports and has a passion about the community I serve as much as I do.

Her love and support isn't free, but it's pretty close. So far it's only cost me some ice cream at Friendly's Friday night, but her demands may increase as the weekend and I wear on her. Whatever it is, it's not enough.

So come take a look at the scores, come out to Clifton Common or visit our web-sites to follow some of the names and faces from the 31st Annual Rose & Kiernan/Clifton Park Soccer International Soccer Classic.

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Under 8 Mixed division

    ADIRONDACK
  • Clifton Park Killer Bees
  • Clifton Park Sharks
  • Chazy Green

    MOHAWK
  • Clifton Park Tigers
  • Clifton Park Stingrays
  • Chazy White

    Saturday, July 7
    9 a.m. Field S21 CP Killer Bees vs. CP Sharks
    9 a.m. Field S22 CP Killer Bees vs. CP Sharks

    10 a.m. Field S21 Chazy Green vs. CP Tigers
    10 a.m. Field S22 Cazy Green vs. CP Tigers

    11 a.m. Field S21 CP Stingrays vs. Chazy White
    11 a.m. Field S22 CP Stingrays vs. Chazy White

    12:30 p.m. Field S21 CP Killer Bees vs. Chazy Green
    12:30 p.m. Field S22 CP Killer Bees vs. Chazy Green

    1:30 p.m. Field S21 CP Sharks vs. SP Stingrays
    1:30 p.m. Field S22 CP Sharks vs. SP Stingrays

    2:30 p.m. Field S21 CP Tigers vs. Chazy White
    2:30 p.m. Field S22 CP Tigers vs. Chazy White

    *Non-competitive division. No scoring or champions crowned. Participation awards only.

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Under 10 Girls division

    ADIRONDACK
  • Clifton Park Shooting Stars
  • Clifton Park Blasters
  • Clifton Park Cosmos
  • Chazy SC
  • Plattsburgh FC

    Saturday, July 7
    9 a.m. Field S20 CP Shooting Stars vs. CP Blasters

    11 a.m. Field S18 CP Cosmos vs. Chazy SC
    11 a.m. Field S19 CP Blasters vs. Plattsburgh FC

    1:30 p.m. Field S20 CP Shooting Stars vs. CP Cosmos

    3:30 p.m. Field S18 Chazy SC vs. Plattsburgh FC

    Sunday, July 8
    8 a.m. Field S20 CP Cosmos vs. Plattsburgh FC

    10:20 a.m. Field S18 CP Blasters vs. CP Cosmos
    10:20 a.m. Field S19 CP Shooting Stars vs. Chazy SC

    1 p.m. Field S20 Chazy SC vs. CP Blasters

    3:20 p.m. FieldS18 CP Shooting Stars vs. Plattsburgh FC

    *Non-competitive division. No championship crowned. Participation awards only.

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Under 10 Boys division

    ADIRONDACK
  • Clifton Park Broncos
  • Greece Buccaneers
  • Lenox Pittsfield United
  • Plattsburgh FC

    MOHAWK
  • Clifton Park Aces
  • Niskayuna United
  • Chazy SC

    HUDSON
  • Clifton Park Bullets
  • Albany Attack
  • Saratoga Dragons

    Saturday, July 7
    9 a.m. Field S18 CP Aces vs. Niskayuna United
    9 a.m. Field S19 CP Bullets vs. Albany Attack

    10 a.m. Field S18 CP Broncos vs. Greece Buccaneers
    10 a.m. Field S19 Chazy SC vs. Saratoga Dragons
    10 a.m. Field S20 Lenox Pittsfield United vs. Plattsburgh FC

    1:30 p.m. Field S18 CP Broncos vs. Lenox Pittsfield United
    1:30 p.m. Field S19 CP Bullets vs. Plattsburgh FC

    2:30 p.m. Field S18 Niskayuna United vs. Albany Attack
    2:30 p.m. Field S19 CP Aces vs. Chazy SC
    2:30 p.m. Field S20 CP Broncos vs. Saratoga Dragons

    Sunday, July 8
    8 a.m. Field S18 CP Bullets vs. CP Aces
    8 a.m. Field S19 Albany Attack vs. Greece Buccaneers

    9:10 a.m. Field S18 Plattsburgh FC vs. CP Broncos
    9:10 a.m. Field S19 Niskayuna United vs. Chazy SC
    9:10 a.m. Field S20 Saratoga Dragons vs. Lenox-Pittsfield United

    1 p.m. Field S18 Greece Buccaneers vs. CP Aces
    1 p.m. Field S19 Chazy SC vs. CP Bullets

    2:10 p.m. FieldS18 Albany Attack vs. Plattsburgh FC
    2:10 p.m. Field S19 Saratoga Dragons vs. CP Broncos
    2:10 p.m. Field S20 Lenox-Pittsfield United vs. Niskayuna United

    *Non-competitive division. No championship crowned. Participation awards only.

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U12 Girls Black division

Congratulations Buffalo United!
One of the longest traveling squads came up big against the locals in the U12 girls black division.

Buffalo United’s U12 girls team entered the tournament based on the recommendation of a club team from last year and came away with a championship, 3-2, over the Clifton Park Panthers.

“We came out ready to play,” Buffalo United coach Nicole Olszewski said. “Clifton Park realized it and brought it the rest of the way. It could have gone either way.”

Olszewski will now hand off her squad to the next coach at the U14 level with Buffalo United.

“It’s a heartfelt moment,” Olszewski said. “To win was huge, they all showed vast improvement since we started together.
“I love working with this age,” Olszewski said. “You break a lot of bad habits before they are formed.”

Rankings after pool play
ADIRONDACK

1. Clifton Park Panthers
3. Webster SA
2. Lakeshore Dynamite

MOHAWK
2. Alleycat Ocelots
3. Westchester 12s
1. Buffalo United

Saturday, July 7
CP Panthers 3 Lakeshore Dynamite 2
Alleycat Ocelots 1 Buffalo United 2
Westchester 12s 2 Webster SA 0

Webster SA 0 Lakeshore Dynamite 3
CP Panthers 2 Buffalo United 0
Alleycat Ocelots 6 Westchester 12s 0

Lakeshore Dynamite 1 Alleycat Ocelots 1
Webster SA 1 CP Panthers 3
Buffalo United 4 Westchester 12s 0

Teams are seeded after Saturday’s preliminary games.

Sunday, July 8
QUARTERFINALS

Clifton Park Panthers & Buffalo United Bye
Webster SA 1 (PK 3-2) Alleycats Ocelots 1
Lakeshore Dynamite 4 Westchester 12's

SEMIFINALS
Webster 1 Clifton Park Panthers 2
Lakeshore 0 Buffalo United 1

U12 GIRLS BLACK CHAMPIONSHIP
Buffalo United 3, Clifton Park Panthers 2

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U12 Girls Gold division

Congratulations Patriots FC

The Eastchester Patriots from lower Westchester County made the most of their first-ever appearance in the Soccer Classic. The Patriots were taken to overtime by Plattsburgh before Michelle Mariani broke through for the game-winning goal for the 3-2 victory.

“Both teams were well conditioned and both played very well,” Eastchester coach Don Lucas said. “This was our first time up here. It was a great run tournament and we look forward to coming back.”

The squad also had a different look when it came to celebrating. Instead of dousing the players with water, they were sprayed by silly string, courtesy of a Patriot parent.

Rankings after pool play
ADIRONDACK

3. Clifton Park Crusaders
2. Eastchester 11s
1. Soccer United

MOHAWK
3. Clifton Park Lightning
2. Westchester 11s
1. Plattsburgh SC

Saturday, July 7
CP Crusaders 0 Soccer United 0
CP Lightning 0 Plattsburgh FC 5
Westchester 11s 2 Eastchester 11s 1

Eastchester 11s 1 Soccer United 2
CP Lightning 0 Eastchester 11s 6
CP Crusaders 1 Plattsburgh FC 4

Soccer United 6 CP Lightning 0
Eastchester 11s 2 CP Crusaders 0
Plattsburgh FC 2 Westchester 11s 1

Teams are seeded after Saturday’s preliminary games.

Sunday, July 8
QUARTERFINALS

Soccer United, Clifton Park Lightning and Westchester Bye
Plattsburgh 3, Clifton Park Crusaders 2

SEMIFINALS
Plattsburgh 1 Soccer United 0
Eastchester 1 Westchester 0

U12 GIRLS GOLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Plattsburgh 2 Eastchester 3

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Under 12 Boys division

Congratulations LIJSC Boys Black division champions

The Long Island Junior Soccer entry (LIJCA) got two goals from Noah Telyas and Jake Foley in the championship game, getting past Rochester, 2-1, to claim the U12 boys black division title.

“It was a good final, everyone worked extremely hard,” LIJSC coach Ricky Clarke said. “This was our first tournament this year; it’s nice to get off with a win. We’ve got two more to go.”

The LIJCA 12’s boys squad was one of two Long Island teams in the finals of the club’s three entries.

“We send teams here every year,” Clarke said. “The tournament is run professionally; games are always on time, things are clear. The teams were played were good and the atmosphere was great. We enjoyed it here.”

Congratulations Clifton Park Cobras Boys Gold division champs

The youngest local squad that captured a tournament title were the Clifton Park Cobras in the U12 boys gold division, that upended the Long Island Junior Soccer League 2-0 on goals by Kyle Rothwell and Mark Rakowsky.

It was the first official title for coach Scott Clinton, who filled in for Kalkeni Banda as the head coach of the Alleycat Jaguar girls U17/19 squad on Saturday. Clinton has relished his time coaching at the younger soccer level.

"We spend a lot of time on technique, working on a lot of different skills," Scott Clinton said. "We want to prepare them for the next level. You have to have a certain skill level to compete and here (Soccer Classic) you have to have improved on that."

RANKINGS after pool play
ADIRONDACK

4. Clifton Park Cobras
2. WYSL White 12s
3. LIJC Cs
1. Rochester FC 11s

MOHAWK
4. Clifton Park Stingers
3. WYSL Navy 11s
2. Alleycat Straycats
1. Plattsburgh FC

HUDSON
3. Clifton Park Lazers
4. Chazy
1. Rochester FC 12s
2. Alleycat Pumas

CATSKILL
4. CP Yellow Jackets
2. WYSL White 11s
1. LIJC As
3. Shenentaha MadDogs

Saturday, July 7
LIJC A's 6 Shenentaha Mad Dogs 0
CP Yellow Jackets 0 WYSL White 11s 6
Plattsburgh FC 3 Alleycat Straycats 1
CP Stingers 0 WYSL Navy 11s 3
WYSL White 12s 1 Rochester 11s 1
LIJC Cs 3 CP Cobras 1
Alleycat Pumas 0 Rochester 12s 1
Clifton Park Lazers 4 Chazy SC 1

CP Stingers 0 Plattsburgh FC 5
LIJC As 6 CP Yellow Jackets 0
Shenentaha Mad Dogs 1 WYSL White 11s 2
Rochester 12s 6 Chazy SC 0
Rochester 11s 3 CP Cobras 1
WYSL White 12s 5 LIJC Cs 3
WYSL Navy 11s 1 Alleycat Straycats 2
Alleycat Pumas 6 Clifton Park Lazers 1

Chazy SC 0 Alleycat Pumas 5
Shenentaha Mad Dogs 7 CP Yellow Jackets
Alleycat Straycats 6 CP Stingers 0
WYSL Navy 11s 0 Plattsburgh FC 0
CP Cobras 2 WYSL White 12s 1
Rochester 11s 1 LIJC Cs 0
Rochester 12s 6 Clifton Park Lazers 0
WYSL White 11s 0 LIJC As 6

Teams are seeded after Saturday’s preliminary games. The top two teams in each division advance to the black division. The next two will advance in the gold division.

Sunday, July 8
BLACK DIVISION
QUARTERFINALS

Rochester 11s 5 WYSLl White 11s 0
LIJC As 3 WYSL White 12s 0
Plattsburgh 1 Alleycat Pumas 1 (3-2 PK's)
Rochester FC 12s 4 Alleycat Straycats 0

BLACK SEMIFINALS
Rochester 11's 2 Alleycats Puma's 0
LIJCA's 1 (2-1 over time) Rochester FC 12 1

U12 BOYS BLACK CHAMPIONSHIP
LIJCA's 2, Rochester 11's 1

GOLD DIVISION
QUARTERFINALS

LIJC'S 6 Clifton Park Yellow Jackets 0
Shenentaha Mad Dogs 0 Clifton Park Cobras 6
WYSL NAVY 11'S 5 Chazy 1
Clifton Park Lazers 1 Clifton Park Stingers 0

GOLD SEMIFINALS
LIJC'S 1 WYSL Navy 11's 0
CP Cobras 4 CP LAZERS 1

U12 BOYS GOLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Clifton Park Cobras 2, LIJC Cs 0

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U14 Girls Black division

Congratulations Plattsburgh FC
The Plattsburgh Football Club increased its program size by recently adding a girls division and it paid off at the Soccer Classic as the U14 squad dropped the Amherst Thunder, 1-0, to claim the U14 girls black division title.

“They were excellent in the semifinal and the final,” Plattsburgh FC coach Karen Waterbury said. “This is our second year with a girls division and we’re going strong. We hope to add a U18 team. Our goal is to keep coming down here and having success.”

Rankings after pool play
ADIRONDACK

2. Clifton Park Dragons
1. Plattsburgh FC
3. Chazy SC

MOHAWK
1. Amherst Thunder
3. Rutland CSC
2. Soccer United

Saturday, July 7
CP Dragons 2 Chazy SC 1
Amherst Thunder 2 Soccer United 1
Rutland CSC 0 Plattsburgh FC 0

Plattsburgh FC 6 Chazy SC 0
Amherst Thunder 0 Rutland CSC 2
CP Dragons 0 Soccer United 6

Plattsburgh FC 7 CP Dragons 0
Soccer United 1 Rutland CSC 0
Chazy SC 1 Amherst Thunder 7

*Teams are seeded after Saturday’s preliminary games.

Sunday, July 8
QUARTERFINALS

Plattsburgh FC & Amhurst Thunder BYE
Chazy 0 Soccer Unlimited 4
Clifton Park Dragons 0 Rutland CSC 1

SEMIFINALS
Soccer United 2 Plattsburgh 3 (Over Time Sudden Death)
Rutland CSC 0 Amhurst Thunder 2

U14 GIRLS BLACK CHAMPIONSHIP
Plattsburgh 1 Amhurst Thunder 0

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U14 Girls Gold division

Congratulations Alleycat Predators

One of the closest, non-Clifton Park squads to have success were the Alleycat program from Albany.

The Alleycat Predators shut out Buffalo United, 1-0, and claim the U14 girls gold division crown.

“This is a U13 group playing up at the U14 level,” Alleycat Predator coach Skip Dawson said. “They have come a long way. They have great team chemistry.

"They’ve worked hard and are getting better technically," Dawson said. "They won the U14 CDYSL title and came in with a lot of confidence.”

Rankings after pool play
ADIRONDACK

3. Clifton Park Premier 13s
2. Webster SA
1. Rochester FC
4. Far Post SC

MOHAWK
2. Alleycats Predators
4. Eastchester 13s
3. Syracuse FC
1. Buffalo United

Saturday, July 7
CP Premier 13s 0 Webster SA 1
Rochester FC 2 Far Post SC 0
Alleycat Predators 4 Eastchester 13s 0
Syracuse FC 0 Buffalo United 1

CP Premier 13s 0 Rochester FC 5

Webster SA 4 Far Post SC 1
Eastchester 13s 0 Buffalo United 2
Alleycats Predators 1 Syracuse FC 0

Far Post SC 0 CP Premier 13s 0
Webster SA 0 Rochester FC 0
Buffalo United 2 Alleycats Predators 1
Eastchester 13s 0 Syracuse FC 5

Teams are seeded after Saturday’s preliminary games.

Sunday, July 8
QUARTERFINALS

Rochester FC BYE
Clifton Park 13's 0 Alleycats Predators 6
Webster SA 0 Syracuse FC 2
Far Post SC 0 Buffalo United 3

SEMIFINALS
Alleycat Predators 2, Rochester FC 0
Buffalo United 2, Syracuse FC 0

U14 GIRLS GOLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Alleycats Predators 1, Buffalo United 0

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U14 Boys Black division

Congratulations Clifton Park Premier U14s

The Clifton Park Premier U14 team capped an already impressive season with a Soccer Classic title, something that eluded them last year on their home fields, defeating Rochester, 1-0.

"This is always a good culmination of your year," coach Mike Campisi said. "We started in December and they were league (CDYSL) champ, won the Niskayuna tournament and won our own tournament. It's been a good season."

Rankings after pool play
ADIRONDACK

1. Clifton Park Premier 14s
3. LIJSL
2. Rochester FC

MOHAWK
3. Niskayuna SC
2. Westchester FC
1. Spencerport Destroyers

Saturday, July 7
CP Premier 14s 1 Rochester FC 0
Niskayuna SC 0 Spencerport Destroyers 0
Westchester FC 1 LIJSL 1

CP Premier 14s 2 Spencerport Destroyers 0
LIJSL 0 Rochester FC 5
Niskayuna SC 0 Westchester FC 1

Rochester FC 6 Niskayuna SC 0
LIJSL 1 CP Premier 14s 4
Spencerport Destroyers 3 Westchester FC 1

Teams are seeded after Saturday’s preliminary games.

Sunday, July 8
QUARTERFINALS

CP Premier 14s & Spencerport Bye
LIJSL 0 Westchester FC 1
Rochester FC 4 Niskayuna SC 1

SEMIFINALS
Westchester 0 Clifton Park Premier 14s 5
Rochester FC 1 Spencerport Destroyers 0

U14 BOYS BLACK CHAMPIONSHIP
Clifton Park Premier 1, Rochester FC 0

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U14 Boys Gold division

Congratulations Plattsburgh
The Plattsburgh U14 boys team added a second title for the North Country entry at the Soccer Classic, when Ethan Votraw headed in a goal from a cross by Jordan Knight during the first minute of the second half of play, dropping the Clifton Park 13s, 1-0.

“We’re not as big a program as Clifton Park, but we’re starting to grow and develop,” Plattsburgh FC coach Geoff Spea said. “We want to try to compete at a high level and do well down here in Albany.”

With two titles at the Soccer Classic, a win could continue to draw interest to the Northern New York program.

“We draw from a larger area,” Spear said. “With the brand name recognition, more players will want to be a part of it. Soccer is starting to grow up there.”

Rankings after pool play
ADIRONDACK

1. Clifton Park Premier 13s
2. Plattsburgh FC
4. TBA
3. Rutland SC

MOHAWK
4. Clifton Park Golden Express
3. Chazy SC
1. Lennox United
2. Bethlehem Knights

Saturday, July 7
CP Premier 13s 1 Plattsburgh FC 0
TBA 0 Rutland CSC 1
CP Golden Express 0 Chazy SC 1
Lennox United 3 Bethlehem Knights 2

CP Premier 13s 1 TBA 0
Plattsburgh FC 1 Rutland CSC 0
Chazy SC 0 Bethlehem Knights 1
CP Golden Express 0 Lennox United 0

Rutland CSC 0 CP Premier 13s 1
Plattsburgh FC 1 TBA 0
Bethlehem Knights 2 CP Golden Express 0
Chazy SC 0 Lennox United 2

Teams are seeded after Saturday’s preliminary games.

Sunday, July 8
QUARTERFINALS

Clifton Park 13's 1 Clifton Park Golden Express 0
Rutland CSC 0 Bethlehem Knights 1
Plattsburgh 1 Chazy SC 0
TBA vs. Lennox United Bye

SEMIFINALS
Clifton Park 13's 1 Bethlehem Knights 0
Plattsburgh 2 Lennox United 0

U14 BOYS GOLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Plattsburgh 1, Clifton Park 13's 0

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Friday, July 06, 2007

Under 16 Girls division

Congratulations Clifton Park Attack

It was a home versus home final in the girls U16 final as the Clifton Park Attack defeated the Clifton Park Premier U16 squad, 2-0 on goals from Erin Student and Karly DeSimone.

“It is tougher to play a familiar team than someone new,” coach Steve Karbowski said. “They know your key players and can mark them out of a game. They’ve seen you before so you can’t surprise them.
“They are also friends, so it’s a friendly rivalry,” Karbowski said. “They know each other and they want to win.”

The loss not only ended the season of the U16 girls squad, but also the coaching career of Julie Neugebauer who is turning the reins over to Stephanie Nardini.

“I’ve spent the last six years with them,” Neugebauer said. “This was the wrap-up to everything. They worked hard throughout the year.”

Nardini was pleased with her new team’s progress this season.

“They’ve come a long way,” Nardini said. “They really meshed on and off the field, particularly the last couple of months. They were a very good team in the beginning and ended as a great team.”

Rankings after pool play
ADIRONDACK

1. Clifton Park Premier 16s
3. Shenentaha Aikitas
4. Penfield Strikers
2. Soccer United

MOHAWK
1. Clifton Park Attack
3. Saratoga United
4. Rutland CSC
2. Spencerport Rage

HUDSON
4. Clifton Park Sun Devils
2. Alleycats Attack
3. Buffalo United
1. Plattsburgh SC

Friday, July 6
CP Premier 16s 1 Shenentaha Aikitas 0
Attack 5 Saratoga United 0
CP Sun Devils 0 Alleycats Attack 7

Saturday, July 7
Rutland CSC 1 Spencerport Rage 3
Plattsburgh FC 0 Buffalo United 2
Penfield Strikers 0 Soccer United 0

CP Premier 16s 5 Penfield Strikers 0
CP Attack 3 vs. Spencerport Rage 1
Shenentaha Aikitas 0 Soccer United 2
Alleycats Attack 7 Buffalo United 0
Saratoga United 5 vs. Rutland CSC 1
Plattsburgh FC 3 CP Sun Devils 0

Soccer United 0 CP Premier 16s 4
Rutland CSC 2 CP Attack 4

Spencerport Rage 2 Saratoga United 0
Shenentaha Aikitas 1 Penfield Strikers 0
Alleycats Attack 0 Plattsburgh FC 1
Buffalo United 3 CP Sun Devils 0

*Teams are seeded after Saturday’s preliminary games.

Sunday, July 8
Preliminary games

Clifton Park Attack, Plattsburgh SC, Clifton Park Premier 16s, Alleycat Attack Bye
Rutland CSC 3 Soccer United 2
Spencerport Rage 1 Clifton Park Sun Devils 0
Saratoga United 1 Penfield Strikers 2
Shenentaha Aikitas 1 Buffalo United 4

QUARTERFINALS
Rutland 1 Clifton Park Attack 6
Spencerport 0 Plattsburgh SC 1
Penfield 1 Clifton Park Premier 16s 3
Buffalo United 1 Alleycats Attack 0

SEMIFINALS
Clifton Park Attack 2 Plattsburgh SC 1
Clifton Park P 16 1 Buffalo United 0

U16 GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP
CP Attack 2, CP P16's 0

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U16 Boys Black division

Congratulations Clifton Park Premier U16s

For Clifton Park Premier U16 boys coach Bob Crandall, the win was one to be cherished.

"We've worked real hard for a long time," Crandall said. "This is a nice way to culminate a four year time frame. We've been in the finals once in our age groups for four years. We didn't give up, it was a good weekend."

Winslow Murdoch scored the lone goal for the U16 squad, upending Rochester, the Rochester State Cup champions, 1-0, Sunday afternoon.

"We added Luke Citrinite from Niskayuna as our goalkeeper and it made a big difference," Crandall said. "We had six shutouts all weekend."

Rankings after pool play
ADIRONDACK

1. Clifton Park Premier 16s
3. Bethlehem Knights
2. Rochester FC 16s
4. Alleycat Barca

MOHAWK
1. Clifton Park Premier 15s
3. Alleycat Cool Cats
4. Deux Montagnes
2. S D & G Blazers

Friday, July 6
CP Premier 15s 0 Alleycat Cool Cats 0
CP Premier 116s 2 Bethlehem Knights 0

Saturday, July 7
CP Premier 16s 1 Rochester FC 16s 0
Bethlehem Knights 2 Alleycat Barca 0
Alleycat Cool Cats 0 S D & G Blazers 2
CP Premier 15s 6 Deux Montagnes 0

Rochester FC 16s 6 Alleycat Barca 0
Deux Montages 0 S D & G Blazers 3

Alleycat Barcs 4 CP Premier 16s 0
Bethlehem Knights 1 Rochester FC 16s 1
S D & G Blazers 0 CP Premier 15s 2
Alleycat Cool Cats 2 Deux Montagnes 1

Teams are seeded after Saturday’s preliminary games.

Sunday, July 8
QUARTERFINALS

Clifton Park Premier 16s 5 Deux Montages 0
Bethlehem Knights 3 S D & G Blazers 0
Rochester FC 16s 4 Alleycat Cool Cats 1
Alleycat Barca 0 Clifton Park Premier 15s 2

SEMIFINALS
CP P 16's 0 (PK's 6-5 Sudden Death) Bethlehem Knights0
Rochester FC 16's 0 (PK 3-2) CP P 15's 0

U16 BOYS BLACK CHAMPIONSHIP
CP 16's 1, Rochester FC 16's 0

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U16 Boys Gold division

Congratulations Rochester FC 15s

The Rochester 15s played up in age and proved their mettle throughout the tournament, culminating in a 3-0 win over Plattsburgh in the U16 boys gold division title game.

“They really played the way we wanted them to play, attack soccer,” Rochester coach Paul Valenti said. “They believed in each other and we try to instill in the team class and professionalism.”

Valenti said he plans on returning to defend the division title at the Soccer Classic next year.

“This tournament is excellent,” Valenti said. “We’ve played everywhere. It’s nice to be in New York and to play on good fields.”

Rankings after pool play
ADIRONDACK

3. Clifton Park Steamers
1. Plattsburgh SC
2. Carmel United

MOHAWK
1. Rochester FC 15s
3. Rutland CSC
2. West Hartford Storm

Saturday, July 7
CP Steamers 0 Carmel United 0
Rochester FC 15s 2 West Hartford Storm 1
Rutland CSC 0 Plattsburgh 2

Plattsburgh 0 Carmel United 0
Rochester FC 15s 6 Rutland CSC 0
Clifton Park Steamers 0 West Hartford Storm 2

Plattsburgh 0 CP Steamers 0
West Hartford Storm 6 Rutland CSC 1
Carmel United 1 Rochester FC 15s 2

Teams are seeded after Saturday’s preliminary games.

Sunday, July 8
QUARTERFINALS

Plattsburgh SC & Rochesters SC 15s Bye
Clifton Park Steamers 0 West Hartford Storm 2
Carmel United 1 Rutland CSC 0

SEMIFINALS
West Hartford Storm 0 Plattsburgh SC 1
Carmel United o Rochester FC 15s 4

U16 BOYS GOLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Rochester FC 15s 3, Plattsburgh SC 0

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Under 17/19 Girls division

Congratuations Alleycat Jaguars
The Alleycat Jaguars managed a 5-1 victory in a physical contest versus Nordic in the girls U17/19 final on the Clifton Common Sunday afternoon, garnering another title for the program at this year’s Soccer Classic.

“This was the toughest team we played all weekend,” coach Scott Clinton said, filling in for absent coach Kalkeni Banda. “We beat them yesterday, 1-0, and then today, 5-1.”

The Alleycats squad includes a host of Clifton Park and Section II talent that is not competing as part of the Clifton Park Premier travel program.

“For us it’s still about defending our home turf. Everyone is out to get us,” Shenendehowa graduate and incoming Siena freshman Jenna Placke said about the physical nature of the final “It’s a ritual that we always play in this tournament.”

Rankings after pool play
ADIRONDACK

1. Clifton Park Premier 18s
2. Soccer United
3. Far Post SC
4. Buffalo United

MOHAWK
3. Fulton United
4. Alianza SC
2. Nordic SC
1. Alleycat Jaguars

Saturday, July 7
CP Premier 18s 4 Soccer United 0
Alleycat Jaguars 5 Alianza SC 0
Far Post SC 0 Buffalo United 0

Nordic SC 1 Fulton United 0

Alianza SC 1 Fulton United 1

Soccer United 1 Buffalo United 0
Alleycat Jaguars 1 Nordic SC 0
CP Premier 18s 1 Far Post SC 1

Buffalo United 1 CP Premier 18s 4
Nordic SC 2 Alianza SC 0
Alleycat Jaguars 2 Fulton United 0
Soccer United 0 Far Post SC 0

Teams are seeded after Saturday’s preliminary games.

Sunday, July 8
QUARTERFINALS

Clifton Park Premier 18s 2 Alianza SC 0
Far Post SC 0 Nordic SC 1
Soccer Unlimited 1 Fulton United 1 (PK's 4-2)
Buffalo United 0 Alleycat Jaguars 6

SEMIFINALS
CP 18 1 Nordic SC 2
Fulton United 0 Alleycat Jagurars 4

U17/19 BOYS GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP
Alleycat Jaguars 5, Nordic SC 1

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U17/19 Boys Black division

Congratulations Rochester U18's
The Rochester 18s squad was hungry for a title over the weekend after being a runner-up last year at the Soccer Classic.

“It wasn’t so much last year, but this being their last event together, especially for the U18s,” coach Nelson Cupello said. “They wanted to go out on top together.”
Rochester’s 2-0 victory over Greenbush in the final was their lone tournament title this year.

“We play in the Region I Premier League with eight of the best teams on the Eastern Seaboard,” Cupello said. “This is a tournament we come to year after year. It’s well coordinated and has good competition.”

Rankings after pool play
ADIRONDACK

3. Clifton Park Rage
4. Hudson Valley Strikers
2. Greenbush
1. Rochester FC 18s

Saturday, July 7
Clifton Park Rage 4 Hudson Valley Strikers 0
Greenbush 0 Rochester FC 18s 1

Rochester FC 18s 1 Clifton Park Rage 0
Hudson Valley Strikers 0 Greenbush 6

Rochester FC 18s 2 Hudson Valley Strikers 1
Clifton Park Rage 1 Greenbush 2

*Teams are seeded after Saturday’s preliminary games.

Sunday, July 8
SEMIFINALS

Rochester FC 18s 3 Hudson Valley Strikers 1
Clifton Park Rage 0 Greenbush 1

U17/19 BOYS BLACK CHAMPIONSHIP
Rochester FC 18s 2 Greenbush 0

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U17/19 Boys Gold division

Congratulations Clifton Park Premier 17s
The Clifton Park 17s needed an extra session to defeat the Alleycat 17s, 2-1 in overtime, courtesy of a goal by the opposition with 10 seconds left in regulation.
"We've played the Alleycats four times and are 4-0," Adam Clinton said. "We've given up one goal, that one."

Clinton re-focused his players during the brief intermission.

"We blew an opportunity to end the game in regulation," Clinton said. "We played 370 minutes and gave up one goal against the Alleycats, today. Then they went out and won it."

Rankings after pool play
ADIRONDACK

1. Clifton Park Premier 17s
4. Plattsburgh FC
2. Alleycat 17’s
3. Rutland CSC

MOHAWK
1. Clifton Park Express
2. CNY United
4. Chazy SC
3. Pittsford Mustangs

Saturday, July 7
CP Premier 17s 2 Plattsburgh FC 0
Alleycat 17s 2 Rutland CSC 1
CP Express 1 CNY United 0
Chazy SC 0 Pittsford Mustangs 1

CP Premier 17s 1 Alleycat 17s 0
Plattsburgh FC 0 Rutland CSC 2
CNY United 2Pittsford Mustangs 0
CP Express 0 Chazy SC 3

Rutland CSC 0 CP Premier 17s 3
Plattsburgh FC 2 Alleycat 17s 4
Pittsford Mustangs 2 CP Express 3
CNY United 1 Chazy SC 0

*Teams are seeded after Saturday’s preliminary games.

Sunday, July 8
QUARTERFINALS

Clifton Park Premier 17s 4 Chazy SC 1
Rutland CSC 0 CNY United 2
Alleycat 17s 1 Pittsford Mustangs 0
Plattsburgh FC 1 (PK 6-5) Clifton Park Express 1

SEMIFINALS
CP P 17's 1 CNY Untied 0
Alleycat 17's 2 Plattsburgh1

U17/19 BOYS GOLD CHAMPIONSHIP
CP 17's 2 (Overtime), Alleycat 17's 1

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Under 23 Boys division

Congratulations Clifton Park Celtics

The Clifton Park Celtics captured the first-ever men's U23 Clifton Park tournament title with a 4-2 victory over league competitor, Clifton Park Ravens. The squad is made up of some of the area's former elite soccer players, of which, many are competing at the college level.

"Not all of us played together," Earl Chase IV a Galway graduate and current Herkimer Community College soccer star said. "We're all skilled and we got a read quick on each other and were on the same page. It made playing together a lot easier."

The summer league was important for Chase who broke his arm during last year's pre-season and received a medical red shirt, eligible for this upcoming season.

"This has been an experience," Chase said. "Without it I would play with whomever I could get together with and be a guest player, trying to get a game."

Rankings after pool play
ADIRONDACK

3. Clifton Park Ravens
1. Clifton Park Celtics
2. LaGrange
4. Shenentaha

Friday, July 6
CP Ravens 2 Shenentaha 0

Saturday, July 7
Shenentaha 1 LaGrange 1

CP Celtics 3 CP Ravens 0
LaGrange 0 CP Celtics 2

CP Celtics 0 Shenentaha 0
CP Ravens 0 LaGrange 0

*Teams are seeded after Saturday’s preliminary games.

Sunday, July 8
SEMIFINALS
Clifton Park Celtics 4 Shenentaha 1
Clifton Park Ravens LaGrange

U23 BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP
Clifton Park Celtics 4 Clifton Park Ravens 2

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Soccer Classic kicks off today

For the past 31 years the first weeks of July have become synonymous with soccer and Clifton Park and this weekend will not be any different as the Rose & Kiernan/Clifton Park International Soccer Classic gets underway on the Clifton Common Soccer Complex and Shenendehowa Campus.

More than 130 teams will compete in this year's event, playing more than 300 contests on 22 soccer fields with 17 different soccer champions expected to be crowned by Sunday evening.

The event is the primary fundraiser for the Clifton Park Soccer Club, supporting the recreation program with its more than 500 players along with its 32 travel teams, coaches and programs.

The event continues to be a free event for all spectators and has an economic impact to Clifton Park and the surrounding community of more than $500,000 each year, based on the Albany Convention and Visitor's Bureau formula of $72.50 per attendee for a sporting event. More than 300 hotel rooms have been booked for the weekend in Saratoga and Albany counties.

This year the Soccer Classic continues to have an international flavor with the U16 boys Deux-Montagnes squad from Southwestern Quebec, Canada, the S D & G Blazers from Cornwall, Ontario and the U17/19 girls Alianza Soccer Club from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario competing.

The tournament has had competing teams from Germany, England, France, Denmark, Austria, Australia and Scotland. This year a team from the Republic of Cameroon, Africa contacted the tournament committee, but was unable to commit.

The annual event is supported by the more than 1,000 volunteers, most of them parents of players competing in the Clifton Park Soccer Club's recreation and travel programs. Each parent donates two hours towards the tournament's preparation, operation and post-tournament clean-up.

The tournament's chairperson this year is Helmut Gerstenberger, a past player in the soccer classic.
"It's definitely been an honor and a pleasure," Gerstenberger said. "There is a lot to it, but I work with a lot of great people, including 25 who have been involved in it for all 31 years."

In the first Clifton Park Soccer Tournament in 1976, Dr. Pepper was the tournament sponsor and Gerstenberger was 8 years old competing in the event for the first time.
"I remember playing in it, it was a thrill," Gerstenberger said. "At that point weren't too many youth sporting events of that size. Now I've been able to see it grow."

As the sport of soccer has grown across the nation, Gerstenberger has seen competition grow with it as more organizations host their own tournaments, but not to the level of the annual Soccer Classic.

"Within this area there are 15 to 20 outdoor tournaments within a 50-mile radius," Gerstenberger said. "There is a tournament in Oneonta and at Hartwick almost weekly. Saratoga, Niskayuna, Bethlehem each have their tournaments, you're seeing how popular it has become."

The Soccer Classic has accommodated as many as 153 teams, but Gerstenberger said 132 may be the perfect number for the annual event.

"We're at capacity now," Gerstenberger said. "We don't want the games to go later. We have a coach's dinner Saturday night and teams want to know their game times for Sunday at a reasonable hour."

"You hope that you don't have oppressive heat and hope that you've done all the planning, dotted all the I's and crossed all the T's," Gerstenberger said. "Once things start you want to make sure everybody has fun and that the parents remember this is for the kids. We should be in great shape."

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CPSC: Tips, Directions, Info

31st annual Rose & Kiernan/Clifton Park International Soccer Classic
Some tips if you go...

Games
Seven games will be held Friday, July 6 on the Clifton Common beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday’s games begin at 8 a.m. the final games begin at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday’s quarterfinal games begin at 8 a.m. the last final begins at 4:30 p.m.

The venue
Soccer games are held on 22 different soccer fields on the Clifton Common Soccer Complex and throughout the Shenendehowa Campus. All of Sunday’s championship games will be held on the Clifton Common Soccer Fields. Admission is free for all the entire weekend.

What to packShade is at a premium, so bring your own umbrella, chair, plenty of sunscreen and water for your pooch. Concession, information booths and medical tents are in place at Clifton Common and the Shenendehowa Campus.

Directions to the Clifton Park Soccer Classic
From the north
Take I-87 South to Clifton Park. Take exit 9W/Clifton Park. Merge onto Clifton Park Blvd/Rt-146 West for 2.3 miles. Turn left at traffic light at Vischer Ferry Road/CR-90 for 1/2– mile. Go 1/10th of a mile and turn left into Clifton Common. Soccer fields are on your left.

From the southTake I-87 North to Clifton Park. Take exit 9W/Clifton Park, merge into left two lanes. Turn left onto Clifton Park Blvd/Rt-146 West for 2.3 miles. Turn left at traffic light at Vischer Ferry Road/CR-90 for 1/2– mile. Go 1/10th of a mile and turn left into Clifton Common. Soccer fields are on your left.

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Final Phils win 6-2

With little drama in the top of the ninth other than the jeering of the fans about the umpires strike zone, it was a strikeout, single, groundout to the pitcher, strikeout to end the contest.
Vernon gets the win, his second of the year and Kuzmik gets the save, his first.

Everyone is off Friday for the All-Star game and on Saturday, the Phillies host Bennington.

Stan Hudy
518-365-9640

Wheels come off for Miners

Little Falls reliever Dan Seip (Holy Cross) couldn't get himself out of a jam and the defense behind him also let him down.
The Miners righthander walked three batters, allowed a single and an error combined to allow the Phillies to tack on two more runs in the bottom of the eighth. The Phillies will rely on Cory Kuzmik to close out the ninth.

Jake Willis (Siena) led off with an infield single followed by walks being issued to Mark Riffee (Virginia), Bryan Cook (Nova Southeastern). Tyler Zeronda (Lehigh) hit a slow roller to third that was mis-handled by third baseman James Donaldson (Northeastern) leaving everyone safe and Willis scoring.
Seip was still shaky, walking Donnie Webb (Oklahoma State) to force in Riffee and hand Saratoga a 6-2 lead.
A pop-out and a fly out to right ended the inning.
Stan Hudy
518-365-9640

Miners cut lead, 4-2 in 8th

Saratoga starter Matt Vernon (William and Mary) was looking to give the Phillies bullpen a rest, but ran out of time.
Little Falls shortstop Calvin Sanchez (Centenary College of Louisiana) led off the eighth with a double to center. He would come around on two groundouts by Aaron Roberts (Southern Illinois University of Carbondale) and Matt Leskiw (Virginia Commonwealth), cutting the lead, 4-2.
After Vernon walked Tom Edwards (Rutgers), he was lifted for Cory Kuzmik (NJIT) who got a flyout to end the inning.
Vernon went 8 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits. He walked three and struck out five.

Stan Hudy
518-365-9640

One in Cook's kitchen, Phils up by 3

He was the media's pick for the NYCBL All-Star game, 6-foot-5 lefthander Bryan Cook. He didn't get the nod for the All-Star game, so he showed his stuff tonight.
Cook from Nova Southeastern, drilled a Brian Mastin offering over the right field fence near the 307-foot marker.
It was Cook's second home run of the year and put the Phils up, 4-1.
Stan Hudy
518-365-9640

Phils almost up more in 3rd

The Phils were almost up, 4-1, in their half of the third...almost.
Jon Nicolla (Duke) reached on an infield single to lead off the inning and was on his horse after Jake Willis (Siena) drilled a triple through centerfield to the wall
Little Falls centerfielder Aaron Roberts hit cut off man, shortstop Mark Ortega who threw a pea to his catcher, Joe Witkowski. Nicolla bore down on home and slid into a standing Witkowski where he was called out by the home plate umpire.
Despite the protests of Nicolla and third base coach Andy Cuthbertson, the inning-ending out stood.
Stan Hudy
518-365-9640

Phils up 3-1 through 3 on Little Falls

Sorry for the delay, talking to the Phillies All-Star selections as well as Susan Willis, visiting this week along with a host of other parents here in upstate New York.

Bryan Rose (Kentucky) reached on a two-out walk in the bottom of the first. Jon Nicolla (Duke) then "stung" a double to left driving in Rose. On his trip home, Rose was upended after running into the right leg of Little Falls catcher Joe Witkowski (St. John's). He gathered himself and touched home for the Phillies first run.
Nicolla was running to third and during the catcher/runner discussion at home by the Little Falls manger, third base coach Andy Cuthbertson sent him home on the "assumed" interference call. Base umpire Mark Fitch ruled Nicolla was not past third at the time so he would not be awarded home and was sent back.

The Phillies jumped out to a 3-0 lead when Mark Riffee (Virginia) led off with a single and Tyler Scruggs (West Virginia) "stung" a double down the left field line. Riffe scored when Bryan Cook (Nova Southeastern) grounded out to second.
After Donnie Webb (Oklahoma State) singled to put runners on the corners, Brian Harris "stung" a double to left that drove in Scruggs for the 3-0 lead. Webb reached home and Harris went to third, but the ball escaped the field of play, scooting under a gate in the fence. Both runners were sent back. A groundout ended the inning.

The Miners started to get on Phillies starter Pete Vernon (William and Mary) in the third.
Aaron Roberts "stung" a two-out double to center and scored on Matt Leskiw's RBI single, cutting the lead, 3-1.
Vernon gave up a walk before a groundout ended the inning.

Tonight's base knock call by Andy Santillo is the word "stung." Andy like to pick a word for a base hit and tonight it appears to be "stung" being used on the Phillies web audiocast on Teamline.
I kid because I care.
Stan Hudy
518-365-9640

NYCBL All-Stars Announced for July 6 gala


After much wait and little debate, the final rosters were released to the media for the 2007 NYCBL All-Star Game.

The Saratoga Phillies lead the Eastern Division All-Star roster with six players on manager Garret Baron’s squad that will take on the NYCBL Western Division All-Stars at 7 p.m. at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam.

Saratoga placed pitcher Mike Fiers (University of Cumberlands), outfielder Donnie Webb (Oklahoma State), outfielder Bryan Rose (Kentucky), infielder Jon Nicolla (Duke), catcher Eric Walker (Oklahoma State) and infielder Jake Willis (Siena) on the roster.

Eastern Division leader Glens Falls placed five players on the All-Star roster followed by Amsterdam and Little Falls with four followed by Bennington and Watertown with three each.

NYCBL managers submitted a pitcher and two position players for the All-Star team and Baron then selected the remaining seven players to round out the 25-man roster.

Fiers, a 6-foot-3 righthander, leads the NYCBL in strikeouts (50) with a 3-1 record heading into the All-Star break. He holds a 1.62 ERA in five appearances spanning 39 innings and a complete game. He has allowed seven runs on 19 hits, walked five and struck out 50. Opponents are batting a paltry .141 against him.

Webb, a 6-foot-1 switch hitting outfielder is currently batting .302, starting in all 21 Saratoga Phillies games this season. In 86 at bats he has 26 hits and is tied for second in the NYCBL in runs scored with 20. He has four doubles, a triple and has hit two home runs this season. He owns a .442 slugging percentage with a .412 on-base percentage. On the base paths he stole 9 out of 10 bases.

Rose, a 6-foot righthander bats from the left side of the plate and is currently hitting at a .333 clip through 21 games started. In 66 at bats he has 22 hits with 15 runs scored, including six doubles and 13 RBI. He has a .424 slugging percentage and a .511 on-base percentage. He is 4-for-6 in stolen base attempts. He is one of three Phillie players with a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Nicolla, a Columbia High graduate and current Duke senior, is batting .275 in all 21 games. The 6-foot-2 righthander has 22 hits on the season and leads the Phillies with seven doubles. He has a .363 slugging percentage and a .337 on-base percentage. He has a .990 fielding percentage this season.

Walker, a 6-foot-2 sophomore catcher is batting .250 in 15 games this season from the left side of the plate. He has 11 hits, including two doubles and six RBI. He has a .295 slugging percentage with a .400 on-base percentage. From behind the dish, he boats a 1.000 fielding percentage.

Willis, a 6-foot-1 righthander started the season with a 15-game hitting streak and is batting .286 with 10 hits, 22 runs scored, with two doubles and two home runs. He has knocked in a team-high 17 runs. He has a .390 slugging percentage and a .364 on-base percentage.

Phils Notes
Combine today –
Fifteen players from each NYCBL team will work out for professional scouts today as part of the All-Star celebration at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam. The Eastern Division will work out from 8:30 to 11:30 with the Western Division working out from Noon to 4 p.m. After batting practice for both divisions, the All-Star Home Run Derby will take place at 5:30 p.m. The All-Star game first pitch will be at 7 p.m.
Directions to Shuttleworth Park from Saratoga Springs – Take Northway (Rte 87) south to Exit 13S. This will put you on Rte 9 South.
Take Rte 9 South and take a right at your second traffic light.
Take this road for about 5 minutes.
This road will turn into Rte 67.
Keep straight as Rte 67 goes right into Amsterdam (about 20 minutes).
As you continue down Rte 67, you will come to a light at Stewart’s (you are 7 miles from Amsterdam).
Stay on Rte 67 until the next light. (Truax Road / Mobil Station on left side).
Make a right onto Truax Road.
Go about a mile and take your first left onto Northern Blvd.
Go about 1-2 miles to bottom of hill (Clizbe Avenue).
Take a right onto Clizbe Ave and then another right at the blinking light.
Go up the hill and make a right at the stop sign (Crescent Ave).
Cross the bridge and then take a left into Shuttleworth Park.

NYCBL 2007 All-Star Rosters
Eastern Division

Mike Fiers (U of Cumberlands) P Saratoga Phillies
Jake Willis (Siena) 3B Saratoga Phillies
Jon Nicolla (Duke) 1B Saratoga Phillies
Eric Walker (Oklahoma State) C Saratoga Phillies
Bryan Rose (Kentucky) OF Saratoga Phillies
Donnie Webb (Oklahoma State) OF Saratoga Phillies
Tom Meagher (St. Petersburg CC) P Glens Falls
Barry Keiffer (Midland) P Glens Falls
Dan DeGeorge (Princeton) SS/2B Glens Falls
Kevin Mahoney (Canisius) 3B Glens Falls
Jake Shaffer (N. Kentucky) OF Glens Falls
Eric Beaublac (LeMoyne) P Amsterdam
Rob Glowacki (Marist) P Amsterdam
Chris McGhee (LSU) 2B/OF Amsterdam
Kevin Nieto (Manhattan) OF Amsterdam
Dan Rossignol (Rhode Island) P Little Falls
Caleb Theilbar (S. Dakota State) P Little Falls
James Donaldson (Northeastern) 3B Little Falls
Tom Edwards (Rutgers) 1B Little Falls
Tommy Mejia (Dominican) P Bennington
Jon Tesseyman (Cent. Conn. State) P Bennington
Adam Donato (Canisius) OF Bennington
Luis Castillo (Jefferson CC) P Watertown
Chris Haynes (LeMoyne) C Watertown
Nick Faunce (Kansas) OF Watertown

Western Division
Jose Sanchez (Alfred State) IF Allegany County
Luke Cowan (Bryant) P Allegany County
Greg Steen (Webster) 3B Allegany County
Tyler McNeely (Illinois State) OF Allegany County
Matt Kemp (Trinity Christian) 1B Bolivar
Donny Duke (Wayland Baptist) IF Bolivar
Josh Livingston (Texas A&M) P Bolivar
Eric Ferguson (Ithaca) 1B/OF Brockport
Joe Davis (Hawaii-Hilo) P Brockport
Chris Benham (NW Missouri State) OF Brockport
Wade Gaynor (Western Kentucky) OF Elmira
Mike Wood (Pittsburgh) P Elmira
Andrew Licinsky (Pace) IF Elmira
Julio Gomez (Coker) C Geneva
Andrew Damewood (Texas-Tyler) OF Geneva
Kyle Bellamy (Miami) P Geneva
Brian Majors (Emporia State) OF Hornell
Dale Curry (Alvernia) C Hornell
Brandon Dill (West Alabama) P Hornell
Joe Blomberg (Lake Sumter CC) OF Niagara Falls
Alec Cabello (Canisius) IF Niagara Falls
Chas Mye (Lake Sumter CC) P Niagara Falls
Mark Stuckless (Monroe CC) OF Webster
Brian Gardner (Ithaca) P Webster
Joe McIntyre (NC A&T) IF Webster

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Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Phils place six on NYCBL All-Star roster

Six Saratoga Phillies have been named to the 2007 East Division NYCBL All-Star roster for the annual exhibition contest Friday, July 6 at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam.

Named to the All-Star roster are:
Pitcher Mike Fiers (University of Cumberlands)
Outfielder Donnie Webb (Oklahoma State)
Outfielder Bryan Rose (Kentucky)
Infielder Jon Nicolla (Duke)
Catcher Eric Walker (Oklahoma State)
Infielder Jake Willis (Siena)


Saratoga head coach Garret Baron will manage the East Division all-stars.

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Phils rained out versus Watertown on the 4th of July

The Saratoga Phillies game versus the Watertown Wizards has been rained out and will be re-scheduled. No date has been announced for the make-up contest.

Saratoga left-hander Peter Verson (William and Mary) was scheduled to take to the mound.

The Phillies are scheduled to host Little Falls Thursday at 7 p.m. where Jason Downey (Rutgers) was scheduled to make his first start of the seaon.

Several Saratoga players will take part in the NYCBL All-Star game at Shuttleworth Park in Amsterdam beginning at 7 p.m. The annual home run derby will take place at 5:30 p.m.

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It's 11 a.m. do you know where your NYCBL All-Stars are?

Just like a small child awaiting the arrival of Santa Clause I am spending my July 4th holiday awaiting a glimmer, a hope, a beep from my PC which will eventually, someday, probably before Friday morning provide me with a list of this year's NYCBL All-Stars.

The selection is not clouded in mystery or conspiracy (I think), just good old fashioned slow to get the word out to the media...again.

I have been asking about the process, the names and information for the past two weeks. Of course, the commissioner and the publicity contact still haven't returned my calls from last week or earlier in the season.

The only good news is that the list hasn't been posted on any other media websites, so its good to know that we are all in the dark.

The All-Star game is just 48 hours away in Amsterdam, not a far drive for the East Division teams, but for the West, it's a haul.

My guess is that since there is the pro scout workout scheduled for the East and West Friday morning, everyone will be in attendence (that should send the Amsterdam attendence figures through the roof, 5,000-plus is my guess) so maybe they will announce them around the batting cages Friday morning.

A rare e-mail was sent out by the publicity contact stating that All-Stars would be announced Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, lots of lead time for any local outlet that dilligently is following its local NYCBL team on a national holiday.

With 45 minutes left in the morning, I remain glued to my PC, awaiting for those magic words to appear on any website letting me begin a flurry of congratulating the selected Phillies and the other college ballplayers selected.

Let's hope the list comes out before the last firework explodes in the sky tonight, here on the East Coast.

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Monday, July 02, 2007

Saratoga gets by rival Glens Falls, 2-1.

Brad Grove got the save and the Phillies got a much needed win over rival and East Division leader Glens Falls
He enticed Jake Shaffer into a groundout and struck out Kevin Mahoney for the final out, for the 2-1 win.
The Phils were all smiles, cutting the Golden Eagles lead to four games before a day off.

Saratoga taking no chances in 9th
Mike Fiers struck out Jake Owens (Northwestern) to start the ninth, but a single through the left side by Dan DeGeorge (Princeton) ended his night.
Coach Baron quickly went to left-hander Brad Grove (Virginia) for a short relief appearance.

Phils look to shut door late
Saratoga starter Mike Fiers is in command through eight, but Saratoga coach is taking no chances with lefthander Brad Grove (Virginia) and right hander Josh Simmons (Wheaton College) warming up in the bullpen.

Fiers out of jam...tension mounts in 7th
Saratoga starter Mike Fiers got himself out of a jam in the seventh after Ryan Powers (Mississippi St) booted, literally, a grounder, allowing Kevin Mahoney to reach first and go to second on the loose ball Fiers got Luis Feliz to ground out to Powers and Mahoney went to third.

With both benches on their feet and howling after each pitch, Fiers struck out Rick Seltzer to get out of the inning. As the Phillies ran out to greet Fiers they were warned by the base umpire about coming onto the field.

Several warnings were already issued to the Glens Falls bench about taunting the opposition and to keep their cheering to their own teammates.

Saratoga coach Garret Baron tried to squeeze ina run in the bottom of the seventh.
Eric Walker (Oklahoma State) reached on an infield single and Cowboy teammate Donnie Webb bunted his was on base. Brian Harris (Vanderbilt) almost reached on his bunt, but could only advance the runners with his sacrifice.

Saratoga tried to plate Walker on a Bryan Rose (Kentucky) nub towards third, but was held at third and Rose was thrown out. Glens Falls starter was able to strike out Jon Nicolla to end the inning.

Eagles cut lead with dinger
Glens Falls center fielder Luis Feliz (Rutgers) cut Saratoga's lead in half, 2-1, with one swing, sending a Mike Fiers offering over the left centerfield wall and onto Caroline Street. It was the second homer this year by Feliz and the second one given up by the Phillies staff.

Phils up in rivals, 2-0 in 1st
The new arrival of D-Bats to the Saratoga Phillies must have done the trick as the hometown locals went up on rival Glens Falls, 2-0, in their first time at bat.

After starter Mike Fiers (U of Cumberlands) went 1-2-3 to start the contest, the Phillies jumped on Glens Falls lefty starter Brian Moran.

Donnie Webb (Oklahoma State) singled down the left field line for his first hit in nine plate appearences. Brian Harris (Vanderbilt) walked and both advanced on a groundout. Webb scored on Jon Nicolla (Duke)'s shot to third baseman Kevin Mahoney (Canisius) that was mishandled, never thrown..

Jake Willis (Siena) sent a long drive to right field and Glens Falls right fielder Jake Shaffer (Northern Kentucky) misplayed it, turning his back as the ball sailed over his left shoulder. Harris raced around from second, but was gunned down on the relay throw from second baseman Jake Owens (Northwestern).

Nicolla moved over to third on the drive and scored when Moran couldn't field a Mark Riffee infield grounder for a 2-0 lead.

Pre-Game Glens Falls at Saratoga July 2
It's a question of 4 or 6 for the Phillies tonight against East Division leader and rival Glens Falls at East Side Rec.

A win would cut into the Golden Eagles 5-game lead or a loss would push the Phillies even further back in the standings.
Tonight's starters

Saratoga:Mark Fiers (2-1) 1.76 ERA 4 games started, 1 complete. In 30.2 innings pitched 16 hits for 6 earned runs. He walked four and struck out 38.
Opponents are hitting .150 against him. In his last outing, Fiers took the loss vs Bennington, 3-2, June 27. He threw his first-ever no-hitter June 22 at Amsterdam.

Glens Falls: Brian Moran (1-2) The lefthander has a 2.00 ERA in five games with three starts. In 27 innings pitched he has given up 20 hits, 9 runs, 6 earned. He has walked three and struck out 21. His opponents are batting .194 against him. He also pitched June 27, a 5-3 loss to Amsterdam.

Note: The Golden Eagles are on a 5-game winning streak and hold a 9-0 record on the road.

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Phils split twi-night doubleheader with Amsterdam, 0-4, 2-0.

Amsterdam tacked on two more runs to their lead in the sixth inning of the twinbill Sunday night. Both teams failed to score with the Mohawks closing out the contest and escaping with a 4-0 victory.
Saratoga reliever Cory Kuzmik (NJIT) walked Rob Papelhouse (Brown) to start the inning. He advanced on a passed ball and a stolen base. After Tim Smith walked, Michael Seaborn (Kentucky) was inserted as a pinch hitter in the No. 9 spot.
The move paid off as Seaborn drilled a double down the left field line scoring both runners for a 4-0 lead. Kuzmik got out of the inning, hitting a batter and striking out two.

Amsterdam up 2-0 in the sixth
Amsterdam went up 2-0, taking advantage of a too well rested Saratoga reliever, Jason Downey (Marisy) in the sixth.

Brock Wright (Kentucky) led off with a single, stole second and reached third on a passed ball. Nate Lape (Marshall) sent him home with a sac fly to left.

Phillie left fielder, Mark Riffee (Virginia) charged the fly ball and fired home. Eric Walker (Oklahoma State) tried to block Wright's entry, but the runner beat the throw.
Saratoga starter Mark Lamm (Vanderbilt) kept his ERA at 0.00, giving up one unearned run over five innings. He allowed one hit, walked a batter and struck out seven.

Downey came on for one inning of work, allowing a run on one hit. Cory Kuzmik (NJIT) came on to pitch the top of the seventh.

Amsterdam starter Nick DeMidio (St. Rose) lasted three innings, walking three and striking out three. He got in trouble chasing a foul ball near the Mowhawks dugout, hitting the bench after the catch. He returned to finish out the third.

Alex DeAngelis (George Fox) came on in relief for 1 2/3 innings. He scattered three hits without incident. Rob Glowacki (Marist) sent the Phillies down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the sixth.

Mohawks up 1-0 in fourth
Amsterdam's Brock Wright (Kentucky) led off the fourth reaching on a throwing error by Saratoga third baseman Jon Nicolla (Duke). He stole second, advanced on a groundout and scored on a Ryan Gauck (Marist) RBI single to left for a 1-0 lead.
Saratoga threatened in the bottom of the inning. Bryan Rose beat out an infield single to lead off the inning. Mark Riffee (Virginia) moved him to third on a two-out single to left center, but a flyout ended the threat.

Pre-game: Saratoga's Mark Lamm (Vanderbilt) will attempt to put the Phillies on their first winning streak tonight in the twinbill versus Nick DeMidio (St. Rose).
The 6-foot-4 righthander, Rose, is 0-0 with an 0.00 ERA in five appearances, pitching eight innings. He has given up one unearned run on three hits, walking one and striking out 12. Batters are batting a paltry .107 against Lamm.

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Harvel pitches two-hit gem, wins 2-0 over Amsterdam

PHILS NOTES
Penalty served

Saratoga coach Garret Baron sat out, or rather strolled, for the first game Sunday. He was ejected Saturday night for comments made from the third base dugout. The umpire report to the league reportedly said Baron was difficult after the ejection. As his second ejection of the year, his one-game suspension became three. His sentence was appealed and he was back for the second contest.

Phils up 2-0, strand three
Amsterdam starter, Luke Nellis, a left-hander from LeMoyne, walked Brian Harris (Vanderbilt) and saw his no-hit bid ruined by Jake Willis (Siena) with a single to left center. He then walked Jon Nicolla (Duke) and gave up an RBI walkto Bryan Rose (Kentucky), handing the Phillies a 2-0 lead.
He worked himself out of the jam, striking out Aaron Fields (Wright State) and getting Ryan Powers (Mississippi St) to pop out to shallow left.

The Phillies left the bases loaded, their eighth stranded runner of the game.

No-Nos broken up in 5th
It had to happen, sometime, maybe.
Both pitchers had no-hitters going, but were broken in the fifth.

Saratoga's Bret Harvel (NW Missouri State) gave up a single through the left side to Nate Lape (Marshall) in the top of the fifth.
Ryan Gauck (Marist) flew out and Keith Glasser (Marist) struck out for the last out.

Amsterdam's hard throwing lefty, Luke Nellis (LeMoyne) gave up a single into left center to Jake Willis (Siena) in the bottom of the fifth.

Phils up 1-0 in third
Tyler Scruggs (West Virginia) sent his bat and the ball up the middle to lead off the bottom of the third. With both objects rolling on the grass, Amsterdam shortstop threw wide to the home side of first. With the ball sailing out of play, Scruggs was placed at second.
Tyler Zeronda (LaFayette) took a pitch to the body and was placed at first. After a sac bunt by Donnie Webb (Oklahoma State), Brian Harris (Vanderbilt) scored Scruggs on a groundout to third for the 1-0 lead.
Jake Willis (Siena) walked, but a flyout would end the inning with two left on base.

Let's play two...quickly
Phils pre-game notes

Today's doubleheader between the Saratoga Phillies and the Amsterdam Mohawks will both be seven inning contests.
The two squads geta reprieve from the normal nine because the extra contest is due to an earlier rainout.

Saratoga sends 6-foot-3 righthander Bret Harvel to the mound.
Harvel is 1-1 on the season with a 3.50 ERA over 18 innings. He has given up 17 hits, 9 runs, 7 earned runs, 4 walks and struck out 19. The opposition is batting .243 against the NW Missouri State junior.

His loss was June 17 versus Glens Falls, 4-2 and his first win came on the road at Watertown, June 26, 13-4, also the first game of a doubleheader.

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