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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: It's been a busy far!

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.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

It's been a busy 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

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 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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At 11:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stan, I am not sure what is going on in Saratoga Springs but the coverage for Local baseball other than the Phillies and the Stampede has much to be desired. The little leagues, cal ripken leage in wilton and the Babe Ruth League in Saratoga have had no exposure this year. That is very poor for a paper who is in the direct area. The Saratogian is a sponsor for one of the Babe Ruth Teams.
Why is there not any interst?


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