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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: October 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.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A special honor for Shen's lightweights

When the Friends of Shenendehowa Crew, Inc. women's junior lightweight eight raced to a first place finish at the Head of the Fish Regatta, they had no idea the accolades that we to be bestowed upon them.

The four rowers and coxswain knew they were in line for gold medals along with the traditional fish head trophy, but they were about to become the first names to be engraved on a very special, memorial trophy.
Coxswain Christopher Ehler and rowers Jackie Postulka, Abby Knight, Taryn Wilson and Lauren Boudreau were presented with the Brian G. Brady Memorial Trophy by local architect and fish head trophy creator Tom Frost.

“Brian died August first of this year and it was always his job to hand out the trophies and to weigh in the lightweights,” Frost said. “He weighed in the rowers throughout the 80s and the 90s.”

Brady and Frost were among the first members of the Saratoga Springs Rowing Club and founders of the Head of the Fish Regatta. As the event grew in popularity and size, the club eventually turned the operational reigns of the event over to the Saratoga Rowing Association.

“Brian had a lot of fond memories of the rowing club and was its first vice-president,” Frost said. “He loved the club and always enjoyed the Head of the Fish.”

Frost, the designer of the infamous fish head trophies also created the sizeable
men's and women's overall points trophies. This year, he put his hands to work
in creating the women's lightweight four trophy in Brady's honor.

“When he died he was making one of his lamp fixtures,” Frost explained. “All of the brass on the trophy came from parts that he was assembling. On top there is a bronze oar lock that was used in the 50s and 60s.”

Frost was also quick to add some humor to his friend's trophy.

“On top is a bronze fish head that was cast by Christopher Frost and on it is a
bow tie,” Frost said. ”That was the way Brian dressed. He was an extreme perfectionist and everything he did, the way he dressed, was always of yacht
quality.”

After coming off a second place finish the previous week at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, the Shen crew was prepared to race away with a gold medal on more familiar waters.

“Last weekend was beautiful,” Abby Knight said. “Today was cold and it hurt, but its like that every year here.”

The group was guided in Boston and on Fish Creek by their part-time rower, part-time coxswain, Ehler.

“I like coxing better than rowing,” Christopher Ehler said. “The experience, to
be down low in the water, going so fast, it gives you a lot different perspective on rowing.”

The group will now enjoy some time off from the sport during the winter break before preparing for another run at sectional, state and national titles.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Section II Super Bowls sites all set

The dates, times and sites have been confirmed for the Section II football Super Bowls for all five classes.

Class AA Super Bowl
La Salle (8-1) vs. Guilderland (8-1) at Colonie High School, Friday, 7 p.m.

Class A Super Bowl
Burnt Hills (8-1) vs. Lansingburgh (8-1) at Colonie High School, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Class B Super Bowl
Cobleskill (9-0) vs. Ravena (8-1) at Amsterdam, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Class C Super Bowl
Cambridge (9-0) vs. Schuylerville (8-1) at Saratoga High School, Friday, 7 p.m.

Class D Super Bowl
Canajoharie (9-0) vs. Fort Edward (8-1) at Johnstown, Saturday, 1 p.m.

The weather is expected to finally favor both the players and the spectators over the weekend. For those who still prefer to stay at home, Time Warner Cable will once again step up to the plate and broadcast both contests at Colonie High School, the Class AA Super Bowl Friday and the Class A Super Bowl Saturday night.

The games can be seen on TW-3, local cable channel 3.

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Head Games

Fall rowing all about mind over matter

The Head of the Fish annual rowing regatta is the culmination of the fall racing season for many crews that travel to compete on Fish Creek the final weekend of October each year.

The entire fall season and this weekend’s 4,000-meter race provide each boat with an opportunity to face their toughest competition, the stopwatch. It is each boat against the clock; the fastest time gets the glory.

“You always have to pretend there is a boat next to you,” Saratoga Rowing Association’s Courtney Kruger said. “You need a lot of motivation.”

During the fall season, boats are started down the rowing course individually and timed accordingly. In the spring, the races are shorter, mostly 1,500-meters and 2,000- contest where the boats are lined up across from each other similar to a track meet. The spring races often include heat races, semifinals and then finals with the top boats advancing.

On Saturday, competitors had more than enough time to complete their race, relax, regroup, remove their racing shell from the water, remove the rigging and place it back on the trailer before ever finding out who was the top boat.

“Three of my crews came off the water today with bright smiles calling it the best row ever,” SRA executive director and girls varsity coach Eric Catalano said. “We were fortunate enough that they all resulted in a win.”

Saratoga rowing earned eight fish head trophies, the most unique award in any sport, baked and lacquered fish heads mounted on a plaque often spruced up with paint, eyelashes and fish hooks. The SRA also saw eight boats earn second place medals and another eight earn bronze medals Saturday.

In the spring season a winner is determined at the finish line, edging out the boats adjacent to you. In the fall, passing a competitor on the course provides a tremendous boost to the moral of the boat and is often considered a key to success by rowers.

“There is a bit of gamesmanship in the fall,” Catalano explained. “Even if you pass five boats on the course, someone else can pass six. The real learning curve is to row the boat as fast as you can go, that is how you win races.”

Saratoga’s Maddie Tucci earned a gold medal and now shares a fish head trophy with Carolyn Williams in the women’s junior lightweight double, capping her favorite season, the fall.

“The key is to keep a high rating (strokes per minute), but maintain pressure,” Tucci said. “It’s harder to stay focused in the fall and keep the rating, but we motivate ourselves.”

The duo set a personal record, rowing the 2.5 mile race in 13 minutes, 27.76 seconds.
In larger boats, the rowers are motivated and informed about the race events by the coxswain.

“You have to have a good coxswain,” Saratoga’s Columbia Herzlinger said. “You have to pace yourself. You can go all out in the first part of the race and have nothing left. We’ve seen a lot of boats ‘fly and die.’”

The Saratoga women’s eights all earned gold medals in the first, second and third varsity races.

Saturday also provided the rowers with something they expect at the every Head of the Fish, rain. The rain went from constant, to light to a steady downpour throughout the day, but the race course, Fish Creek, remained flat for the rowers.

“We love to row in the rain,” Herzlinger said. “We row in it all the time, so it doesn’t bother us.”

Racing continues this morning as Fish Creek becomes home to the collegiate and masters division rowers. More than 50 races will go off today with the competition expected to be completed at 1 p.m.

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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Cold, rain who cares at the Fish?

It wouldn't be the Head of the Fish without some rain and usually a lot of it.
Despite the falling raindrops, the water is flat and friendly for the 700 boats taking to Fish Creek today.
The event is running a few minutes ahead of schedule, a rarity at any regatta and that should lift the spirits of any spectator hiding underneath a poncho or umbrella on the shore on at the Route 9P bridge.
I'm currently tucked under the Skidmore Bridge at the starting line, hiding from the elements, but still fully suited up in wet weather gear.
Olympian and often Saratoga-based Sloan DuRoss looked powerful at the start in the men's open single. Rumor has it that his fish head trophy has a patriotic theme to it.
Singles row through noon before opening it up to the fours and eights.
Stan Hudy
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Friday, October 26, 2007

RPI Engineers hockey on TW3

Time Warner Cable to broadcast five games live

Time Warner Cable announced today that it would provide live coverage of five Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) men's hockey games for the 2007-2008 season.
Local cable channel TW3 will carry five games, live from the Houston Field House on the Troy campus beginning with the Engineer's December 15 game against Miami of Ohio.

Time Warner Cable will also broadcast match-ups against Cornell, Union, Quinnipiac and RPI's "Big Red Freakout" contest versus Princeton.

What makes this great is that not only has a local television station embraced the sport as well as the college, but TW3 will also provide replays of the game, but will also have the games archived via the Time Warner Sports on Demand, channel 1003 for all digital cable subscribers.

The game schedule for 2007-2008 is:

Dec. 15, RPI vs. Miami of Ohio, 7 p.m.
Jan. 11, RPI vs. Cornell, 7 p.m.
January 19, RPI vs. Union, 7 p.m.
Feb. 1, RPI vs. Quinnipiac, 7 p.m.
Feb. 2, RPI vs. Princeton, 7 p.m.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

The defense can't rest prior to victory

Saratoga County football teams will have to stop first, score second

In tonight’s Section II playoff contests, there is no tomorrow, there is no next week with a crossover contest. Win and you are in the Section II Super Bowl and a loss ends your fall season and begins the countdown to the winter session.

All three Saratoga County teams in action tonight, Shenendehowa at LaSalle, Ballston Spa at Guilderland and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake hosting Amsterdam will have to rely on its own defense first and foremost.

Shenendehowa (7-1) at LaSalle Institute (7-1), 7 p.m.

This is the fourth time in five years that Shenendehowa and LaSalle have faced off in the Class AA playoffs. The Cadets dropped the Plainsmen in the semifinal in 2005, Shen won in 2004 and 2003. This year the Plainsmen secondary will have its hands full tonight against the No. 13 ranked Cadets on the road and the last thing Shenendehowa coach Brent Steuerwald wants to get into is a shootout.

“We know we are capable of scoring points, we’ve been pretty consistent all year long,” Steuerwald said. “The question is can we stop their offense. The longer we control the ball, the better chance we have of winning the game.”

The Plainsmen defensive unit will have to try to find a way to pressure LaSalle quarterback Jared Henkel. The senior signal caller has thrown for more than 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns this year and only been picked off five times.

“He’s a two-year leader and can scramble like any quarterback,” Steuerwald said. “He’s a gifted passer that can identify the open receiver and throw a catchable ball to them and not the defense.”

His favorite targets include senior Josh Brown with eight touchdowns and Brian Beaury with six. If that’s not working, he simply hands off to junior running back, Marquis Terrell, who has rushed for more than 1,200-yards and 22 touchdowns this season.

Shenendehowa’s offense excels when it can create long, sustained offensive drives, utilizing the punishing runs of senior Jason Bedard, combined with the breakaway speed from senior D.J. Evans and sophomore Suhayb Banks.

“I certainly hope they don’t blow us away like CBA and we may not be able to do that to them either,” Steuerwald said. “My educated guess is that the game will be decided in the fourth quarter.
“It’s a matter of perseverance and personal mistakes,” Steuerwald said. “Turnovers, how many fumbles, picks, fourth downs and out on long drives and critical downs and distances not converted by either team.”

Ballston Spa (7-1) at Guilderland (7-1), 7 p.m.

The Scotties, ranked No. 23 in the latest New York State Sportswriters Poll, handed the Dutchmen their only loss and travel to Guilderland, currently ranked No. 16.

“We feel like the little brother, sandwiched between Saratoga and Shenendehowa,” Ballston Spa coach John Bowen said. “We’ve lived in anonymity until we got into the New York State polls and we’re ranked 23rd. We have the same record as Guilderland and who handed them their only loss, we did.”

While the Scotties may be playing for respect, the Dutchemen are playing for revenge.

“We know we have to do our best against (Andrew) Smith,” Bowen said. “We can’t stop him, but we have to slow him down. If we let (Paul) Booker run North and South we are in for a long night.”

Guilderland quarterback, 6-foot-2 210 pound senior Andrew Smith is a dual threat. He has thrown for more than 300 yards and two touchdowns while running for more than 600 yards and 12 scores. Senior running back, 6-foor-4 205 pound Paul Booker has 13 touchdowns with more than 700-yards gained on the ground.

“I feel we tackled well in the first half, but not in the second half,” Bowen said about the Scotties 32-27 win in week five. “We can’t put ourselves in a situation where we are missing tackles. The first guy has to get there, contain, wrap up and wait for the rally to get there.”

Ballston Spa will answer with its four horsemen, senior backs Steve Duncan, Eric Marciano and Dan Decker. Sophomore Mark Seager will have the duty of calling the audible at the line of scrimmage based on what the Dutchmen show him.

Amsterdam (7-1) at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (7-1), 7 p.m.

The No. 10 Spartans will look to correct its mistakes from week two when they fell to the No. 9 Rams on the road, but don’t call it a grudge match.

“They’re not motivated by revenge,” Burnt Hills coach Matt Shell said. “I don’t talk to them about revenge, it’s not what sports is all bout, its about competition and giving it all you got.”

Burnt Hills had only one successful scoring drive in nine attempts on the Amsterdam turf and failed to convert four down attempts on three occasions. On the defensive side of the ball, the Spartans were unable to wrap up the Rams running backs successfully.

“Good teams have a tendency to do that to you,” Shell said. “If you make mistakes, they snowball on you. That’s kind of how things came out.”

The loss is in the distant memory for the Burnt Hills squad.

“Our defense has really improved throughout the season,” Shell said. “We have a young defense, and they have improved game by game. If we play well, we can do great things and we’ll be in it.”

Offensively, look for senior quarterback Paul Layton to again be the center of attention. With protection from his offensive line, he will have his options open to either run the ball himself, run the option of find one of his receivers down field.
With a victory, the Spartans would be making history after playing in their first-ever Super Bowl last year.

“We’ve played in some big games since week two,” Shell said. “We played Bishop Maginn for the number one seed at Maginn and went to Lansingburgh and won there. When you go on the road and win, it does a lot for your character.”

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Picking, seeding all in a committee's days work

Prior proper planning prevents poor results for the Section II boys and girls soccer committees that met Tuesday morning in Saratoga Springs.

In just a few hours, the ties were broken, the brackets were set and all that remained were more than a hundred soccer games to be played before crowing Section II champions.

Shenendehowa, Albany Academy, Chatham, Galway, Maple Hill and North Warren each received No. 1 seeds in the boys tournament that begins today and finishes with the championship games at Colonie High School Nov. 3 to 6.

In the girls tournament, Bethlehem, Burnt Hills, Ichabod Crane, Hoosick Falls, Maple Hill and New Lebanon all garnered the No. 1 seed in their respective classes.

The Class B tournament is at it’s bracket busting maximum of 16 teams, if the division added one or more teams this year, the class would be broken up into two separate tournaments similar to the format used with the class C and CC brackets.

“This year we had 16 teams,” Section II chairperson Deb Wilday said. “We had approval from a year ago to go to two brackets if we needed two.”

With an open competition format, all teams can compete in the post season in the boys and girls soccer tournament. The girls playoffs would have been split into two divisions if Taconic Hills and Fonda-Fultonville decided to compete in post-season play. Both schools had less than .500 records and opted out.

Wilday is prepared for the split in the future, especially after seemingly perfecting this year’s C and CC brackets for the 22 teams involved.

“Both classes have 11 teams each, sometimes in the past the CCs have had 13 and the Cs 6,” Wilday said. “We waited for today’s meeting to decide how to divide them. Now both brackets are equal and there are good teams in both brackets.”

The girls tournament committee also focused on consistency with all contests within each class played on the same day and in most cases, the same time. All the girls finals will be held on the turf field at Broadalbin-Perth with semifinal games split between Amsterdam’s FieldTurf surface and Broadalbin.


“The regionals and states will be held on turf so we like to get the teams prepared to play on that surface,” Wilday said. “For a lot of these smaller teams it’s the first time they will be playing on turf.”

The boys committee sped through their meeting with the only complaints available to coaches were if they lost a coin toss. The committee utilizes a formula based on its regular season, league competition weighted by win percentage.A coin toss breaks any ties among teams.

“It allows us to move forward quickly,” Section II chairman Jim Gillis said. “The boys like it. It’s cut and dry.”

The boys committee dealt with several geography issues this year, especially with a focus on utilizing the Morse Athletic Complex in Glens Falls and the fields in Johnstown.

“We tried to keep the D’s up there (Glens Falls) because three of the four top teams are from up there,” Gillis said. For the CCs it only seemed natural and we sent the Cs that way too. Some Patroon Conference teams may have to travel.”

Gillis is guided by previous, poor experiences with fields, choosing the Glens Falls and Johnstown locations.

“Two years ago we made the switch because both are strictly rec soccer fields,” Gillis said. “We’ve used football fields, but after one sloppy game, the field is too torn up and we had to scramble to find a replacement.”

All the boys sectional finals will be held at Colonie High School on its grass field. The NYSPHSAA boys soccer Final Four will be played at the Soccer Hall of Fame Complex in Oneonta on its natural grass surface.

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Section II girls soccer playoff seeds

Class AA

No. 1 Bethlehem (14-0, 16-0) bye
No. 2 Shenendehowa (11-2-1, 14-3-1) bye
Friday, Oct. 26
No. 9 Guilderland (5-8, 7-10-1) at No. 8 Columbia (5-7-2, 7-8-2), 3 p.m.
No. 12 Catholic Central (5-4-1, 8-9-1 at. No. 5 Niskayuna (8-6, 11-7), 3 p.m.
No. 13 Albany (5-4-1, 5-10-3) at No. 4 Ballston Spa (7-4-3, 8-5-3), 3 p.m.
No. 14 Troy (4-6, 5-10-1) at No. 3 Shaker (10-3-1, 12-3-1), 3 p.m.
No. 11 Schenectady (7-3, 11-4-2) at No. 6 Saratoga (8-5-1, 12-5-1), 3 p.m.
No. 10 Amsterdam (9-1, 12-6) at No. 7 Queensbury (13-1, 16-2), 3 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 30
At higher seeded team

Guilderland/Columbia winner at Bethlehem, 3 p.m.
Catholic High/Niskayuna winner vs. Albany/Ballston Spa winner, 3 p.m.
Troy/Shaker winner vs. Schenectady/Saratoga winner, 3 p.m.
Amsterdam/Queensbury winner at Shenendehowa, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3
Semifinals at Broadalbin-Perth, 5 and 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Section II Class AA final at Broadalbin-Perth, 7 p.m.

Class A

No. 1 Burnt Hills (3-8-3, 5-10-3) bye
No. 2 Holy Names (7-4-3, 11-3-4) bye
No. 3 Scotia-Glenville (11-2-1, 12-5-1) bye
No. 4 South Glens Falls (9-5, 11-7) bye
No. 5 Mohonasen (2-10, 4-11-2) bye
No. 6 Lansingburgh (7-7, 9-7-1) bye
No. 7 Averill Park (1-10-3, 4-11-3) bye
Wednesday, Oct. 24
No. 9 Glens Falls (5-7-2, 5-11-2) at No. 8 Gloversville (3-7-4, 6-8-4), 7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26
Quarterfinals at higher seeded team

Glens Falls/Gloversville winner at Burnt Hills, 3 p.m.
Mohonasen at South Glens Falls, 3 p.m.
Lansingurgh at Scotia, 3 p.m.
Averill Park at Holy Names, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
Glens Falls/Gloversville/Burnt Hills winner vs. Mohonasen South Glens Falls winner, 7 p.m. at Broadalbin-Perth
Lansingurgh/Scotia winner vs. Averill Park/Holy Names winner 7 p.m. at Amsterdam
Friday, Nov. 2
Section II Class A final at Broadalbin-Perth, 8 p.m.

Class B

Thursday, Oct. 25
No. 16 Bishop Gibbons (0-10) at No. 1 Ichabod Crane (16-1-1), 7 p.m.
No. 9 Chatham (10-7-1) at No. 8 Schuylerville (8-3-3, 9-4-3), 3 p.m.
No. 12 Cohoes (5-8-1, 10-1) at No. 5 Greenville (12-4-2, 12-4-2), 3 p.m.
No. 13 Hoosic Valley (3-10-1, 5-11-2) at No. 4 Ravena (8-5-1, 10-7-1), 3 p.m.
No. 14 Cobleskill (1-12-1, 5-12-1) at No. 3 Tamarac (9-2-3, 12-2-3), 7 p.m.
No. 11 Coxsackie (9-8-1) at No. 6 Broadalbin-Perth (7-5-1, 9-7-2), 7 p.m.
No. 10 Emma Willard (7-5-2, 8-6-2) at No. 7 Cairo-Durham (11-6-1), 3 p.m.
No. 15 Johnstown (2-9-3, 4-11-3) at No. 2 Schalmont (9-4-1, 10-6-1), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27
Quarterfinals at higher seeded team

Bishop Gibbons/Ichabod Crane winner vs. Chatham/Schuylerville winner, 2 or 7 p.m.
Cohoes/Greenville winner vs. Hoosic Valley/Ravena winner, 2 p.m.
Cobleskill/ Tamarac winner vs. Coxsackie/Broadalbin-Perth winner, 2 p.m.
Emma Willard/Cairo-Durham winner vs. Johnstown/Schalmont winner, 2 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 31
Bishop Gibbons/Ichabod Crane/Chatham/Schuylerville winner
Vs. Cohoes/Greenville/Hoosic Valley/Ravena winner at Broadalbin-Perth, 5 p.m.
Cobleskill/ Tamarac/Coxsackie/Broadalbin-Perth winner
Vs. Emma Willard/Cairo-Durham/Johnstown/Schalmont winner at Amsterdam, 5 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2
Section II Class B finals at Broadalbin-Perth, 6 p.m.

Class CC

No. 1 Hoosick Falls (13-0-1, 17-0-1) bye
No. 2 Mechanicville (13-0-1, 16-0-1) bye
No. 3 Stillwater (7-4-3, 10-5-3) bye
No. 4 Albany Academy (13-0-1, 14-1-2) bye
No. 5 Mayfield (12-2, 15-3) bye
Friday, Oct. 26
No. 9 Greenwich (3-9-2, 7-9-2) at No. 8 Cambridge (6-7-1, 6-9-1), 3 p.m.
No. 11 Berne-Knox-Westerlo (4-6, 6-11) at No. 6 Galway (13-1, 13-5), 3 p.m.
No. 10 Voorheesville (1-12-1, 2-13-1) at No. 7 Lake George (8-0, 13-4-1), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30
Greenwich/Cambridge winner at Hoosick Falls, 3 p.m.
Mayfield at Albany Academy for Girls, 3 p.m.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo/Galway winner at Stillwater, 3 p.m.
Voorheesville/Lake George winner at Mechanicville, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1
Semifinals

Greenwich/Cambridge/Hoosick Falls winner
Vs. Mayfield/Albany Academy winner at Broadalbin-Perth, 6 p.m.
Berne-Knox-Westerlo/Galway/Stillwater winner
Vs. Voorheesville/Lake George/Mechanicville winner at Broadalbin-Perth, 4 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3
Section II Class CC final at Broadalbin-Perth, 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Section II Class C-CC playoff, 5 p.m.

Class C

No. 1 Maple Hill (16-2) bye
No. 2 Middleburgh (11-2-1, 12-5-1) bye
No. 3 Schoharie (11-2-1, 15-2-1) bye
No. 4 Ft. Plain (9-6-1, 9-7-1) bye
No. 5 Waterford-Halfmoon (7-7, 9-7-1) bye
Friday, Oct. 26
No. 9 Duanesburg (5-9, 5-11) at No. 8 Berlin (4-8-2, 6-10-2), 3 p.m.
No. 11 Salem (2-6, 2-11) at No. 6 Whitehall (5-2-1, 7-4-1), 3 p.m.
No. 10 Rensselear (3-15) at No. 7 Canajoharie (5-8, 7-10), 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30
Duanesburg/Berlin winner at Maple Hill, 3 p.m.
Fort Plain at Waterford-Halfmoon, 3 p.m.
Salem/Whitehall winner at Schoharie, 3 p.m.
Rensselaer/Canajoharie winner at Middleburgh, 3 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1
Semifinals at Amsterdam, 4 and 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3
Section II Class C final at Broadalbin-Perth, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 7
Section II Class C-CC playoff at Broadalbin-Perth, 5 p.m.

Class D

Wednesday, Oct. 31
Semifinals

No. 4 Sharon Springs (1-13, 2-16) vs. No. 1 New Lebanon (10-3-1, 13-4-1) at Amsterdam, 3 p.m.
No. 3 Fort Ann (3-4-1, 5-11-2) vs. No. 2 Northville (7-6-1, 7-9-2) at Broadalbin-Perth, 3 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 2
Section II Class D final at Broadalbin-Perth, 4 p.m.

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Section II boys soccer playoff seeds

The Section II committee moved quick Tuesday morning to get the boys brackets seeded before noon. The committee's only challenges resided in where to play some of the contests, utilizing Morse Rec Field in Glens Falls and Johnstown.

It could mean more travel for some of the squads, but it guaranteed field availablity throughout the playoffs.

For a look at the seedings in a bracket format, go to the capital region soccer website.

Class AA
No. 1S Shen (11-1-2 bye)
Thursday, Oct. 25
No. 7 Saratoga (6-7-1) at No. 2B Albany (11-2-1) at Bleecker, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26
No. 7B Troy (3-11) at No. 2S Guilderland (10-3-1), 3 p.m.
No. 6S Shaker (5-6-3) at No. 3B CBA (8-4-1), 3 p.m.
No. 6B Catholic Central (5-8) at No. 3S Colonie (10-4), 7 p.m.
No. 5B Schenectady (6-8) at No. 4S Bethlehem (9-3-1), 3 p.m.
No. 5S Niskayuna (6-5-2) at No. 4B Amsterdam (6-7-1), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27
No. 8S Columbia at No. 1B LaSalle (12-1-1), 6 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 29
Quarterfinals at higher seed
Shaker/CBA winner at Shen, 3 p.m.
Guilderland/Troy winner vs. Niskayuna/Amsterdam winner, 3 p.m.
Schenectady/BC winner vs. Columbia/LaSalle winner, 6 p.m.
Saratoga/Albany winner vs. Catholic High/Colonie winner, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1
Semifinals at Colonie High, 5 and 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6
Section II Class AA final at Colonie, 5 p.m.
Class A
No. 1 Albany Academy (14-0) bye
No. 2 Scotia (12-1-1) bye
No. 3 South Glens Falls (12-2) bye
No. 4 Burnt Hills (9-4-1) bye
No. 5 Glens Falls (8-5-1) bye
Wednesday, Oct. 24
No. 10 Averill Park (1-11-2) at No. 7 Mohonasen (2-10-2), 7 p.m.
No. 11 Hudson Falls (0-14) at No. 6 Gloversville (5-6-3), 5 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25
No. 9 Bishop Gibbons (2-12) at No. 8 Lansingburgh (3-11), 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27
Bishop Gibbons/Lansingburgh winner at Albany Academy, 2 p.m.
Glens Falls at Burnt Hills, 2 p.m.
Hudson Falls/Gloversville winner at South Glens Falls, 2 p.m.
Averill Park/Mohonasen winner at Scotia, 2 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 1
Semifinals at Queensbury, 2:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 5
Section II Class A final at Colonie, 7 p.m.
Class B
No. Chatham (15-1) bye
Wednesday, Oct. 24
No. 4 Broadalbin-Perth (3-9-2) at No. 3 Schuylerville (10-3-1), 3 p.m.
No. 11 Fonda (5-10) at No. 6 Greenville (10-5-1), 3 p.m.
No. 9 Hudson (6-8-2) at No. 8 Cairo-Durham (7-8-1), 3 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 25No. 12 Cohoes (4-9-1) at No. 5 Cobleskill (9-4-1), 5 p.m.
No. 13 Ravena (4-10) at No. 4 Schalmont (10-4), 5 p.m.
No. 10 Johnstown (5-7-2) at No. 7 Ichabod Crane (8-7-1), 5 p.m.
No. 15 Hoosic Valley (3-11) at No. 2 Tamarac (12-2), 5 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26
Quarterfinals at higher seed

Hudson/Cairo winner at Chatham, 3 p.m.
Broadlbin/Schuylerville winner vs. Fonda/Greenville winner, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Quarterfinals at higher seed
Cohoes/Cobleskill winner vs. Ravena/Schalmont winner, 7 p.m.
Johnstown/Ichabod Crane winner at Hoosic Valley/Tamarac winner, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
Semifinals at Johnstown, 5 and 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3
Section II Class B final at Colonie, 6 p.m.

Class CC
No. 1 Galway (16-0) bye
No. 2 Stillwater (12-1-1) bye
No. 3 Schenectady Christian (10-2-2) bye
No. 4 Lake George (12-3-1) bye
No. 5 Voorheesville (7-5-2) bye

Wednesday, Oct. 24
No. 11 Berne (2-10-2) at No. 6 Greenwich (7-7), 3 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 25
Voorheesville at Lake George, 3 p.m.
No. 9 Corinth (3-12-1) at No. 8 Hoosick Falls (3-10-1), 3 p.m.
No. 10 Mechanicville (3-11) at No. 7 Saratoga Catholic Central (7-8), 3 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 26
Berne/Greenwich winner at Schenectady Christian at Maalwyck Park, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27
Corinth/Hoosick Falls winner at Galway, 2 p.m.
Mechanicville/Saratoga Central Catholic winner at Stillwater, 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
Semifinals at Morse Rec Park, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3
Section II Class C final at Colonie, 2 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 5
Section II Class C-CC playoff at Colonie, 7 p.m.

Class C
No. 1 Maple Hill (13-3) bye
No. 2 Fort Plain (12-3-1) bye
No. 3 Waterford-Halfmoon (8-4) bye
No. 4 Berlin (7-3-2) bye
No. 5 Middleburgh (8-4-2) bye

Wednesday, Oct. 24
No. 9 Salem (5-9-2) at No. 8 Hadley-Luzerne (6-10), 3 p.m.
No. 10 Duanesburg (3-11) at No. 7 Mayfield (8-7-1), 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 25
Middleburgh at Berlin, 3 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26
Salem/Hadley-Luzerne winner at Maple Hill, 3 p.m.
Schoharie at Waterford-Halfmoon, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Duanesburg/Mayfield winner at Fort Plain, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30
Semifinals at Johnstown 5 and 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3
Section II Class C final at Colonie, noon

Class D
Thursday, Oct. 25
No. 3 Argyle (13-2-1) at No. 6 Northville (7-8), 3 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 26
No. 5 New Lebanon (8-4) at No. 4 Fort Ann (12-4), 3 p.m.
No. 7 Sharon Springs (4-9-1) at Loudonville Christian (10-1-1) at North Colonie Sports Complex, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
No. 8 Hartford (4-11-1) at No. 1 North Warren (14-2), 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30
Semifinals at Morse Rec, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 3
Section II Class D final at Colonie, 4 p.m.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Field hockey seedings fixed...again

Committee correctly re-seeds Burnt Hills, SGF
The Section II Class A and B seedings may have been delayed a day due to a classification clarification by the committee, but the revised playoff picture is expected to be fair to everyone.
There was some confusion regarding the classification of three schools, Burnt Hills, South Glens Falls and Gloversville.

Over the weekend the three coaches were informed that they would be playing up in Class A after years of competing in Class B. The standard cut off for Class B schools is 800 pupils according the NYSPHSAA BED numbers for sports with three or four competition classes.

The Saratogian informed the committee that field hockey has adjusted numbers, called “classification variations” listed on the NYSPHSAA web-site and the three schools should still be seeded in the Class B division, well below the Class A requirement of 915 or more students. Burnt Hills has 877, South Glens Falls 810 and Gloversville 804.

“It was a little of a disaster,” Burnt Hills coach Melissa Murray said. “About 10:45 last night they called and said there was an error with the numbers. They said they would be re-seeding everyone in Class B.”

The move back to Class B allowed the Spartans to reschedule a scrimmage with Saratoga Monday afternoon and lift the spirits of the Burnt Hills squad.

“They were kind of surprised,” Murray said. “When they found out they were in the Bs again they cheered. It was clear to them that Class A was going to be more difficult.”

Class A and B contests set for Monday were canceled and sectional play will begin today.
In the newly corrected Class B, No. 3 Burnt Hills hosting No. 6 Hudson Falls in a quarterfinal match-up and No. 9 Gloversville will travel to face No. 8 South Glens Falls in an opening round contest. The Gloversville/South High winner will take on No. 1 Glens Falls Wednesday.

In the adjusted Class A seeds, No. 2 Saratoga will host No. 7 Columbia and No. 3 Shen will host No. 6 Guilderland, both at 3 p.m. Niskayuna received the No. 1 seed and will host No. 8 Shaker. No. 4 Queensbury will host No. 5 Bethlehem in the other Class A quarterfinal.

Section II field hockey playoffs revised Oct. 22
Class A
Thursday, Oct. 25
Quarterfinals
No. 8 Shaker at No. 1 Niskayuna, 3 p.m.
No. 5 Bethlehem at No. 4 Queensbury, 3 p.m.
No. 7 Columbia at No. 2 Saratoga, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Guilderland at No. 3 Shen, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
Semifinals at higher seed
Winner 1/8 vs. Winner 4/5 contest, 2:30 p.m.
Winner 2/7 vs. Winner 3/6 contest, 2:30 p.m.


Sunday, Nov. 4
Class A finals at Skidmore College, 3 p.m.
Class B
Tuesday, Oct. 23
Opening round
No. 9. Gloversville at No. 8 South Glens Falls, 3 p.m.
No. 10 Scotia at No. 7 Emma Willard, 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 24
Quarterfinals
South Glens Falls/Gloversville winner at No. 1 Glens Falls 3 p.m.
No. 5 Taconic Hills at No. 4 Ichabod Crane, 3 p.m.
Emma Willard/Scotia winner at No. 2 Johnstown, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Hudson Falls at No. 3 Burnt Hills, 3 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 30
Semifinals at higher seed
SGF/Gloversville/GF winner vs. Taconic Hills/Ichabod Crane winner, 2:30 p.m.
Emma Willard/Scotia/Johnstown winner vs. Hudson Falls/BH-BL winner, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 4
Class B finals at Skidmore College, 1 p.m.
Class C
Thursday, Oct. 25
No. 1 Warrensburg, first round bye.
No. 2 Johnsburg, first round bye.
No. 5 North Warren at No. 4 Salem, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Haldey-Luzerne at No. 3 Germantown, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Semifinals
Salem/North Warren winner at No. 1 Warrensburg, 2:30 p.m.
Hadley-Luzerne/Germantown winner at No. 2 Johnsburg, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 1
Class C finals at Skidmore College, TBA
Class CC
Tuesday, Oct. 23
No. 1 Greenwich, first round bye
No. 2 Granville, first round bye
No. 5 Lake George at No. 4 Hoosick Falls, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Schuylerville at No. 3 Corinth, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Semifinals
Hoosick Falls/Lake George at Greenwich, 2:30 p.m.
Corinth/Schuylerville winner at Granville, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 1
Finals at Skidmore College, TBA
Sunday, Nov. 4
Class C/CC Championships at Skidmore College, 11 a.m.

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Indian Bowl now part of crossover schedule

Mechanicville versus Stillwater crossover now has meaning

It's week nine of the high school football season in Section II season and every team wants to be playing a meaningful game after seven regular season contests. For those squads who didn't have success, week eight and nine means relegated to "crossover" games or contests that have no bearing on a sectional, regional or state title.

Week nine just got new meaning after Mechanicville defeated Greenwich 38-20 on the road and Stillwater shut out Taconic Hills, 16-0. The victories allowed the two rivals to meet once again to battle for the Indian Bowl 1 p.m. Saturday.

"We try to play each other as a bowl game if the schedule allows it," Mechanicville head coach Kevin Collins said. "The only year we didn't play was when one of us moved up in class."

Winners of their week eight contests advance to a second week of competition, this combination takes some pressure off the coaches to motivate their players.

"Most of the seniors want to get as much playing time as they can," Collins said. "The other players just want to keep it going, getting out there to practice for another week."

Collins said his Red Raider squad always plans on playing for at least nine weeks each year.

"They want to be out here, they want to win games," Collins said. "There is a lot of pride here, but you are still dealing with kids. Sometimes its harder to get them motivated to run their sprints."

Stillwater (3-5) will face Mechanicville (4-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mechanicville High School.

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Field Hockey playoffs on, off, oops..

Classification numbers cause confusion
There were some surprised coaches Saturday night when the Section II field hockey seedings were released when Burnt Hills, South Glens Falls and Gloversville were each informed that they would be moved up into the Class A tournament for the first time ever.

Surprise!

“It went right by me,” Section II chairperson MaryAnn Bump said. “I looked at the (enrollment) numbers, three days ago and sent out an e-mail to the league reps, ‘This is what we are dealing with.’”

The decision was based on NYSPHSAA classification for sports with three or four classes competing. Schools with an enrollment of 800 pupils or more based on each school’s BED numbers compete in Class A in for the post season.

“It just came to our attention,” Section II chairperson MaryAnn Bump said. “We lived through that last year and it has been 800 for the second year.”

While Bump hurried to correct last year’s error of allowing the three schools to play in a lower class throughout the weekend, The Saratogian informed her late Sunday night that the decision to move the three schools up may have been incorrect.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association website has “classification variations” listed on the second viewable page. On that page it lists field hockey’s breakdown beginning with Class A schools at 915 and up, Class B schools are listed as 450-914 pupils.

According to this, Burnt Hills, South Glens Falls and Gloversville were in the correct class last year and should not be competing at the higher class this year.

This creates a dilemma for several teams in the both Class A and B competition as play-in contests are scheduled for today, including the newly moved-up South Glens Falls and Gloversville teams. The contests also involve Columbia, Guilderland, Bethlehem and Shaker.

Oops!

“I’ll have to look into this,” Bump said via telephone Sunday night.

A short time later, a decision was reached to re-seed the Class A and B playoffs, cancelling today’s contests with play resuming on Tuesday.

“The C’s are fine,” Bump said. We’ll re-seed and I believe there will be some play-in games in the Class Bs on Tuesday.”

Here are the Class C and CC sectional pairs
Class C
Thursday, Oct. 25
No. 1 Warrensburg, first round bye.
No. 2 Johnsburg, first round bye.
No. 5 North Warren at No. 4 Salem, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Haldey-Luzerne at No. 3 Germantown, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Semifinals
Salem/North Warren winner at No. 1 Warrensburg, 2:30 p.m.
Hadley-Luzerne/Germantown winner at No. 2 Johnsburg, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 1
Class C finals at Skidmore College, TBA

Class CC
Tuesday, Oct. 23
No. 1 Greenwich, first round bye
No. 2 Granville, first round bye
No. 5 Lake George at No. 4 Hoosick Falls, 3 p.m.
No. 6 Schuylerville at No. 3 Corinth, 3 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 27
Semifinals
Hoosick Falls/Lake George at Greenwich, 2:30 p.m.
Corinth/Schuylerville winner at Granville, 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 1
Finals at Skidmore College, TBA
Sunday, Nov. 4
Class C/CC Championships at Skidmore College, 11 a.m.

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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Shen advances 28-14 over Colonie

Here is a combined list of live updates from Saturday's Shenendehowa vs. Colonie Section II Class AA quarterfinal game that I uploaded via my Blackberry on the sidelines...

Shen advances 28-14 over Colonie
Colonie attempted to get back into the game, passing successfully twice for 31-yard gains but fumbled the ball on the next play, recovered by Shenendehowa's Alex Juers with 1:23 left in the game.
Shen awaits the winner of the CBA/LaSallle contest Sunday afternoon.

Shen responds, up 28-14 late
A big run by Suhayb Banks after forcing Colonie to turn the ball over on downs set up Shen's fourth score and a 28-14 lead with under two minutes to go.
Banks opened with a 23-yard run and was followed by a 15-yard jaunt by Jason Bedard to bring the ball to midfield.
Five plays later, Bedard dove at the left pylon for the score and a 28-14 lead with 1:53 left.

Not over yet!
Colonie held Shenendehowa on a goal line stand and then returned with an 80-yard drive that stalled on the Plainsmen 22-yard line.
Shen regains the ball with 5:25 left and still ahead, 21-14.

Colonie cuts into lead, 21-14
Shen couldn't put together a sustained opening drive to open the second half, but Colonie could.
The Garnet Raiders drove 68 yards on 13 plays, including four pass plays, scoring on Joe Poleto's 3-yard run over the middle, breaking the plane with second effort to cut the lead, 21-14.

Shen lucky or good? Up 21-7
Colonie was unable to have the same success in the air late in the second quarter, being forced to punt after only five plays.

The Garnet Raider punt would become costly.

Shenendehowa's Mike Daly took the high, long punt at his own 20-yard line and appeared to be pinned in. He ran left to right like a squirrel caught on Route 9 before he got the high sign from teammate Darryl Evans to go around his right side. Evans threw the block to free Daly to escape and finally turn upfield. The sophomore cut back into the middle of the field and scampered 80-yards for a touchdown, putting the Plainsmen up, 21-7.

Shen answers, 14-7 late 2nd
Known for three-yards and a cloud of dust, the Plainsmen showed off its breakaway speed immediately after giving up a touchdown to Colonie is the Section II Class AA quarterfinal.
Shen needed only four plays to go 71 yards including a 32-yard rip by D.J. Evans combined with two carries by Suhayb Banks for 34-yards.
Jason Bedard ran in from five yards out for the score.
Shen 14, Colonie 7

Shen, Colonie tied at 7
A kick off out of bounds after Shenendehowa scored proved costly. Colonie asked for a re-kick and Shen responded by drilling the ball into one of the front line players who fell on the ball.
Eight plays later, including three successful pass attempts, Colonie scored on Joe Poleto's two-yard plunge with 4:42 left.
Contest tied at 7-7.

Shen up 7-0 on Colonie in 2nd

A 13-yard punt return from midfield set up a Shenendehowa 33-yard scoring drive capped by senior D.J. Evans's 1-yard plunge over center Saturday night at Shenendehowa.

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Ballston Spa upends Troy, 34-21

Here is a combined list of live updates from Saturday's Ballston Spa at Troy High Section II Class AA quarterfinal game that I uploaded via my Blackberry on the sidelines...

Always interesting, 34-21 BSpa over Troy
Troy went to the air six times on seven plays late in the fourth quarter, cutting the Ballston Spa lead, 34-21 with 1:02 left.

Ballston ready to advance, 34-14
Ballston Spa defense stepped up again to crush Troy's hopes in the playoffs.
With the Flying Horses driving, Scotties linebacker Matt Clark drilled Troy quarterback Zach Dolan to force a fumble. John Ohmnsman recovered the ball at midfield.
Ballston Spa then drove 51 yards on six plays, including a 33-yard run around the right side by Eric Marciano to set up Steve Duncan's fourth score of the day. This time from 7-yards out with 2:57 left in the game and ahead 34-14.

Troy pulls closer, 21-14
Ballston Spa held Troy from scoring from its own goal line midway through the third quarter, but the Horses found the promised land to open the fourth.
Troy quarterback Zach Dolan ran in from the 7-yard line, cutting the score, 21-14.

Bspa up 21-7
Steve Duncan just ran 68-yards on the opening drive of the second half for a 21-7 Ballston Spa lead.

Ballston Spa up 14-7 at half
Ballston Spa put up two touchdowns on the road at Troy High Saturday afternoon before the Flying Horses answered in the closing minute of the first half.

Scottie senior back Steve Duncan scored both times for Ballston Spa.

He turned the left corner on the Troy defense for a 21-yard score with 4:29 left in the first quarter.

Troy responded with a strong drive that was negated on a fumble, recovered by Ballston Spa's Cameron Staulters on the 20-yard line.

The Scotties engineered a 13-play 80-yard drive capped by Duncan's one-yard plunge from the goal line three minutes into the second half.

Troy found its way on the next drive, seeing Elijah Rush have success on the left side of the ball, running seven times for 33 yards of a 58-play scoring drive. He would end the Flying Horses scoring drought with a four-yard run over the left side.

Troy's Rush has 61 yards on 12 carries and a score at the half.

Ballston Spa's Duncan has 72-yards and two scores on nine touches.

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Weather men fumble forecast for football


The geniuses that stand in front of a green screen and prognosticate the weather pulled a fast one this week on athletic directors across the Capital Region.

They didn't run around claiming "the sky is falling, the sky is falling" instead they proclaimed that "there would be extreme thunderstorms with lightning and gusty winds."

Just a day after tornadoes swept through the lower portion of the nation, the forecast provided visions of hundreds of football fans, sitting in aluminum bleachers in a soaking rain anticipating the next bolt of lightning to take out the opposing fans.

Athletic directors were on high alert as early as Wednesday, planning on moving football games to Saturday and some even to Sunday.

What they ended up doing was simply running up their individual school's phone bills.

All but three post-season football contests were moved and numerous outdoor contests at every level, freshman, junior varsity and varsity soccer and field hockey contests were postponed.

The lightning never arrived, the thunder stayed away also and the rain, oohhh the rain that was forecast to appear anytime in the early afternoon, stayed away until after kickoff.

I bet there are a lot of soccer and field hockey teams that are glad it held off, getting their games in. Meanwhile there were several other contests that were postponed in anticipation of said overhead Armageddon.

You can't blame the administrators, they don't want to put their students, staffs and spectators in harm's way by scheduling a game in potentially hazardous conditions.

You can blame the overpaid, some have degrees in science, some don't have degrees in atmospheric journalism that will he yukking it up on how "we dodged a bullet on that storm Suzy," just days after pointing to the screens and showing the public how the storms would "sweep up here early in the weekend" and had the potential "for wind damage and power outages."

Well Storm, Chase, Rain or whatever your inane weather personality name is, Wal-Mart and Home Depot thank you for the boost in sales for batteries and generators.

For me, I remain, slightly under the weather.

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Weather wrecks Friday night playoffs


Anticipated inclement weather has postponed four of the six post-season football contests scheduled for Friday night:
  • Saratoga at Niskayuna moved to 3 p.m. Saturday
  • Colonie at Shenendehowa moved to 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Gloversville at Burnt Hills moved to 2 p.m. Saturday
  • Corinth at Chatham moved to 7 p.m. Saturday
As of 2:45 p.m. two games are still slated for play:
  • Coxsackie at Schuylerville on for 7 p.m. tonight
  • Mechanicville at Greenwich will start at 6:30 p.m. tonight, a half hour earlier than scheduled.
Other sports have also been impacted as of 3 p.m. Friday:
  • Saratoga boys soccer at Colonie moved to 7 p.m. Saturday
  • Saratoga Central Catholic boys soccer at Mayfield moved to a 4:30 p.m. from 7 p.m.
  • Mechanicville girls soccer at Holy Names moved to 4 p.m. Monday
  • Burnt Hills field hockey vs. Guilderland was just moved to 4 p.m. Monday
  • Saratoga field hockey vs. Niskayuna moved inside into the Queensbury Dome with a 3:45 p.m. start time.
Here is the plyaoff picture with changes
* Denotes schedule change
Class AA
*No. 4 CBA (3-4) at No. 1 La Salle (6-1), 1:30 p.m. Sunday
*No. 3 Colonie (4-3) at No. 2 Shenendehowa (6-1), 7 p.m. Saturday
*No. 4 Schenectady (4-3) at No. 1 Guilderland (6-1), 2 p.m. Saturday
No. 3 Ballston Spa (6-1) at No. 2 Troy (6-1), 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Class A
*No. 4 Mohonasen (1-6) at No. 1 Lansingburgh (6-1), 7 p.m. Saturday
*No. 3 Glens Falls (4-3) at No. 2 Bishop Maginn (5-2), 7 p.m. Saturday
*No. 4 Gloversville (3-4) at No. 1 Burnt Hills (6-1), 2 p.m. Saturday
No. 3 Averill Park (2-5) at No. 2 Amsterdam (6-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Class B playoffs
*No. 4 Hudson (2-5) at No. 1 Cobleskill (7-0), 7 p.m. Saturday
*No. 4 Fonda (4-3) at No. 1 Ravena (6-1), 7 p.m. Saturday
No. 3 Hudson Falls (5-2) at No. 2 Albany Academy (4-3), 1:30 p.m. Saturday
*No. 3 Cohoes (4-3) at No. 2 Broadalbin-Perth (6-1) 7 p.m. Saturday
Class C playoffs
No. 4 Coxsackie (5-2) at No. 1 Schuylerville (6-1), 7 p.m. Friday
*No. 3 Corinth (5-2) at No. 2 Chatham (6-1), 7 p.m. Saturday
No. 3 Hoosick Falls (4-3) at No. 2 Watervliet (6-1), 1:30 p.m. Saturday
No. 4 Voorheesville (5-2) at No. 1 Cambridge (7-0), 2 p.m. Saturday
Class D playoffs
No. 1 Canajoharie (No. 1 Seed has a playoff bye. Will play Class C Tamarac, 7 p.m. Saturday
No. 3 Rennselaer 32, No. 6 Salem 12 (Played Thursday night)
No. 7 Bishop Gibbons (0-6) at No. 2 Fort Edward (5-2), 1:30 p.m. Saturday
No. 5 Warrensburg (2-5) at No. 4 Whitehall (3-3), 1:30 p.m. Saturday
Class AA crossovers
*Albany at Shaker, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
*Saratoga at Niskayuna, Saturday, 3 p.m.
*Columbia at Bethlehem, Saturday, 3 p.m.
Class A crossovers
Queensbury at South Glens Falls, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Scotia at Johnstown, Saturday, 2 p.m.
Class B crossovers
Taconic Hills at Stillwater, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Cairo Durham at Schalmont, Saturday, 7 p.m.
Class C crossovers
Hoosick Valley at Granville, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
*Catholic Central at Lake George, Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Mechanicville at Greenwich, Friday, 7 p.m.

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Saratoga squads playoff picture Week 1

Class AA playoffs
No. 3 Colonie (4-3) at No. 2 Shenendehowa (6-1), 7 p.m.
This isn’t a walkover for the Plainsmen at home tonight. These two squads are familiar with each other throughout the years and is big a rival as Shenendehowa has in football.
The Plainsmen were proven beatable last week by Guilderland, dropping them to the No. 2 spot in the playoffs and catapulting the Dutchmen to the No. 1 spot.
If Colonie quarterback Tom Duff (696 yards passing) can exploit Shenendehowa’s secondary for the second consecutive week, expect senior wide out Matt June (233 yards receiving) to have a big day at the Plainsmen’s expense.
The Garnet Raiders are coming off an embarrassing 55-16 loss to non-league opponent Monroe-Woodbury and could be looking to right the ship at Shenendehowa’s expense.
Don’t expect the Plainsmen to show anything new against Colonie, just senior Jason Bedard (721 yards) and D.J. Evans (657 yards) running off tackle again and again. It will be up to the Garnet Raiders to stop the Plainsmen offensive attack.
These Plainsmen are smarting after their own home loss, ruining a chance at an undefeated Section II season. With rain in the forecast, ball control will be key.

No. 3 Ballston Spa (6-1) at No. 2 Troy (6-1), 2 p.m. Saturday
This is another anything goes playoff tilt. Troy’s only loss came last week against rival LaSalle, (19-14) and its only shutout came against non-league opponent, FDR-Hyde Park, 48-0.
The Flying Horses are on the top once again under returning coach Jack Burger, but Troy has been a team that can give up points, averaging 14.5 points against per game.
The Horses will need another big running game from Fred Fitch (566 yards rushing) and Elijah Rush (441 yards), mixing things up in the air on the arm of Zach Dolan (501 yards passing).
The Scotties have proven they can put up points, averaging 24 points per game and needing each one. Ballston Spa’s average win differential is only a touchdown with several contests decided late in the fourth quarter.
Scottie coach John Bowen will put his “lunch pail kids” to the test, relying on Steve Duncan (549 yards rushing) and Eric Marciano 518 yards). Quarterback Mark Seager will be at the point, running the option and a muddy field could be a detriment for the offense or a god send if the defense can’t get a foothold.

Class A playoffs
No. 4 Gloversville (3-4) at No. 1 Burnt Hills (6-1), 7 p.m.
The Spartans have had a lot written about its offense and with good reason, after averaging 36 points per win, but it’s the Burnt Hills defense that could lead it to another Section II title. The Spartans defense has allowed less than 10 points per game in its six victories.
That’s not good news for Huskies who have averaged 10 points in its four losses…see a pattern developing.
Expect Burnt Hills to have a spy in the secondary to keep an eye on Gloversville quarterback Kris Barone (821 yards passing). The Huskies defense will have its hands full with Spartan quarterback Paul Layton. The signal caller has passed for 544 yards and rushed for 415 out of the backfield. If Burnt Hills coach Matt Shell wants to stay with a ground game against his alma mater, Nick Henderson (456 yards rushing) is up for the task.
Look for the Spartans to take care of business and set up a re-match against Amsterdam next week, a chance for Burnt Hills to avenge its lone loss during the regular season.

Class C playoffs
No. 4 Coxsackie (5-2) at No. 1 Schuylerville (6-1), 7 p.m.
The match-up only looks good on paper.
Coxsackie has had big margin wins over Mechanicville, Hooosic Valley, Tamarac, Catholic Central, but when taking on the Class C power houses, Chatham and Watervliet, the Indians fell by a combined score of 83-19.
Schuylerville has one loss, its season opener at Cambridge, 46-13, from there; the Black Horses are on a six-game winning streak and looking for more.
Expect the Black Horses to roll up the Indians on the ground with Shane Larkin (678 yards rushing) and Anthony Casimano (453 yards), putting Coxsackie behind early.
If Schuylerville can contain Coxsackie’s quarterback Ryan Kane (452 yards passing, 854 yards rushing) out of the backfield, the Black Horses can focus on round two.

No. 3 Corinth (5-2) at No. 2 Chatham (6-1), 7 p.m.
Tonight will be one of the Indian’s biggest challenges, taking on the Panthers on the road.
Chatham is averaging 44 points in its six wins, giving up only 11 points each time.
Corinth will have to find a way to contain quarterback Zach Kraham who is dangerous on both fronts. He has passed for 871 yards on the season and rushed for 364.
In the Tomahawks two losses, its defense had a hard time containing the scoring, a 27-0 shutout at the hands of Schuylerville and a 33-19 loss to Cambridge.
Corinth could be facing a shoot-out, but quarterback Rick Lucia is capable, passing for 723 yards on the year. The running attack of C.J. Saunders 572 and Mike Rubel 358 yards could be the tandem to upset Chatham’s season.

Class AA crossover
Saratoga (2-5) at Niskayuna (2-5), 7 p.m.
Crossover contests are designed to allow the programs to continue to progress after the regular season ends and the Blue Streaks are looking to turn a negative into a positive.
With only two wins, a four-game losing streak and a playoff-hope ending loss to Albany last week, Saratoga and first-year coach Terry Jones could take out some frustrations against Niskayuna.
Look for the night to be dominated by three Blue Streak stars, junior quarterback Colin Mulholland, sophomore running back Ford Plowman and potentially sophomore running back Tony DeLoatch.
All three are keys to next year’s success and are ripe for big games as a win will keep Saratoga playing for another week.

Class A crossover
Queensbury (1-6) at South Glens Falls (1-6), 7 p.m.
The surprise is Queensbury with only one win this season, its opening upset of Bethlehem. Other than that, the Spartans are a far cry from the success of past seasons.
The Bulldogs could have something to celebrate with a win over cross town rival, Queensbury and senior Zach Coffinger will have to lead the way. He has potential with 351 yards passing and two touchdowns, but given up seven interceptions. His success has been scoring on the ground, 10 touchdowns on 408 yards rushing.

Class B crossover
Taconic Hills (0-7) at Stillwater (2-5), Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
The Titans may have to face a season without a win after traveling to face the Warriors on the road. Stillwater will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak and Jake Izzo could be primed for a career-best day to add onto his five touchdowns, 572 yard season.

Class C crossover
Mechanicville (3-4) at Greenwich (3-4), 7 p.m.
This is a game that neither team wanted to be playing. Both squads had promising seasons upended by key loses to division rivals and didn’t get the necessary help from other squads to propel them into the post-season.
Both squads share two things, the same record and both are on two-game slides, making this one of the best non-playoff tilts on the schedule.
Greenwich senior Dylan Stout will again be dangerous, logging 537 yards on the ground and 316 yard receiving for the Witches.
Greenwich quarterback Ethan Bain will match-up well against Mechanicville’s threat of Paul MacMillan.
Bain is almost equal in the air and on the ground with 384 yards passing with five touchdowns and 388 yards on the ground. His has also been picked off six times.
Mechanicville answers with MacMillan’s 585 yards passing for four scores and his 463 yards rushing for nine touchdowns. Senior Dallas Perkins could be looking for a big game finale to add on his 270 yards, or could take the night off to save his shoulder from injury heading into the next two sport seasons. This is the night for junior Chris Grayson to shine for coach Kevin Collins, he’ll be promoted to the A-back next season for the Red Raiders.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Good Sports announced..are you on it?


The New York State Public High School Athletic Association released its Spring 2007 Sportsmanship T-shirt Award recipients in nine sports.

Honeoye Falls-Lima (Section V), Olean City School District (Section VI) and Ossining High School (Section I) were honored at the NYSPHSAA's annual banquet for state sportsmanship honors and received a bright yellow banner.

This is the 12th year that the state association has recognized schools that "have developed proactive approaches in keeping sportsmanship in the forefront with their students, coaches, spectators and communities."

NOTE: None of the schools honored were in the Albany Capital Region (Section II).

It was amusing that the photo used on the page was taken during the boys basketball tournament at the Glens Falls Civic Center of the Glens Falls student section, noticable by their red school sweatshirts and hats.

Individual winners were also announced throughout the state, including softball players Shenendehowa's Kayla Hines and South Glens Falls' Rachel Linehan.

Other Section II recipients included:
Baseball: Erik Kunitzsch, Fort Plain
Baseball: Kevin Knack, Ichabod Crane
Softball: Kayla Hines, Shenendehowa
Softball: Jessica Blasi, Hoosic Valley
Softball: Rachel Linehan, South Glens Falls
Boys golf: Raymond Smith, North Warren
Boys track: Emory Parsons, Columbia
Girls track: Jane Burroughs, Fonda
Boys tennis: Sam Woods, Cambridge

Section II doesn't compete in girls golf, but should Section II NOT be represented in girls and boys lacrosse?

Was it an oversight, wasn't anyone even nominated, or is that just the state of the sport in Section II? Hmmmmmmm...

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Halloween Havoc at Albany-Saratoga Speedway Oct. 20


Halloween is just around the corner and everyone is on the lookout for ghosts and goblins, but nothing may be scarier than your mom driving the family mini van at top speeds around the dirt oval at Albany-Saratoga Speedway Saturday afternoon.

Albany-Saratoga Speedway once again welcomes anyone with a driver’s license, legal or illegal, onto the track Saturday to take part in four monstrous enduro races along with cheering on racers from the Capital Region Sprint Association as part of the pre-Halloween racing celebration.

The annual end-of-season open racing card will include 100-lap races for both 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder vehicles competing for $1,000 to the winner. The big boys, the 8-cylinder class will have the track all to themselves in a 50-lap $300 to win contest.

The ladies serve up the action in the 20-lap, “street legal” mini van race where the women-only drivers take their hand at 20 consecutive left hand turns with $200 going to the winner.

Northstar Chevrolet has stepped up for the Saturday event, putting up $500 in the sprint special, “Dash for Cash” two-lap shootout race for the top cars in the Capital Region Sprint Association heat races.

The sprint racing card is expected to include at least two heat races along with the dash before the main sprint feature event.

Albany-Saratoga’s own “Crash” Mender is teaming up with another business to help increase the purse for the sprint heat races.

Race director Bruce Richards is expected to add even more dollars to the event, based on the sprint car turnout.

For those traditional Albany-Saratoga racing fans, this is the last opportunity to see their favorite limited and mini stock division drivers competing in their own professional contests before the year closes out.

The action isn’t contained to the race track as Albany-Saratoga will host a swap meet for racing related merchandise on the green behind the grandstands.

The gates open for practice at 11 a.m. with grandstand admission open at noon. Cars will be taking to the dirt oval at 1 p.m. with the green flag waving at 2 p.m.

Admission is $10 for adults and $2 for kids under the stick with toddlers always being free.

The rain date for the event is Sunday, Oct. 21.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Lansingburgh still in limbo at 11 p.m. Tues.

It's 11:10 p.m. Tuesday evening and a decision has still not been announced by the Section II transfer committee regarding the Lansingburgh football team.

At question is if the squad used an illegal player, Nyquan McGirt.

The matter was kicked back to the transfer committee Monday night by the Section II Executive Committee. Currently fans, family members and the media are spending their night outside the meeting awaiting a decision.

The nightmare created by the back and forth from the "decision-making" bodies of the local athletic council still leaves Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake awaiting a definate of who they will play Friday at 7 p.m., if Lansingburgh is in or out of the playoffs and if the South Glens Falls squad gets into the playoff picture or is relegated to a non-playoff crossover game.

Here's my quick thought...if Lansingburgh it deemed out of the playoffs sometime Tuesday night or in the wee hours Wednesday morning, the school will have a court order halting the entire Section II Class A playoffs by 9:01 a.m. Wednesday.

We will all be losing sleep until the committee at least makes a decision, any decision.

UPDATE: At 11:45 p.m. must have been my rant. As expected, Lansinburgh is in and so is McGirt, not let the chips fall where they may for the Knights and their running back.

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Black belt Felton debuts on Versus network

Will compete as part of Chuck Norris's World Combat League

You probably wouldn’t want to mess with Kyle Lynn Felton, especially if she’s having a bad day.

The Rexford resident and third-degree black belt will prove her skills Oct. 19 when she debuts as a member of the Los Angeles Stars, competing in the fall preview of Chuck Norris’s World Combat League combat martial arts show on the Versus Network (formerly OLN).


“One of my friends told me about it and I watched it,” Felton said. “It’s basically like a tournament, but it’s done on TV and there are different cities represented by six athletes.”

Felton will compete for the Los Angeles Stars when they take on the Oklahoma Destroyers. She is scheduled to face kickboxer Jeri Sitzes in the 128-pound women’s match.

Each competitor will fight one match with a single three-minute round.

Competitors are allowed to punch, kick and knee their opponent with any combination of jabs, uppercuts, roundhouse kicks. The fighters are not allowed to throw their opponent, utilize a takedown move or make contact with the other fighter if they end up on the ground.

Once Felton saw the competition, she became interested in taking a shot at becoming a competitor.

“My head instructor in Albany told me, ‘You could do this, you could fight any of those girls,’ ” Felton said. “So I sent in an application.”

Her application consisted of a written application that included her AAU and National Karate Association championships along with three different videos of herself in action.

“I like to go out and mix it up,” Felton said. “I have fun, sparring is fun. I differ from most women in that I enjoy it.”

The three-minute contest encourages all out action and judges will penalize a fighter for clinching, holding, stalling or circling without striking, waiting for their opponent to attack.

The fighters are judged on a five-point system with five points awarded to the winner and four to the loser, less penalties.

The competitor’s points are combined into a team score which determines the overall team winner at the end of two sets of bouts.

The 27-year-old black belt is prepared for her debut in Denver.

“I’ve stepped up my training,” Felton said. “I did more cardio, wanting to be able to outlast the opponent with energy and strength.”

She knows that she will have her hands and possibly head full with Sitzes, a kick boxer.

“I don’t not know if she has any formal martial arts training,” Felton said. “She’s a formal kick boxer and won quite few titles.
“This is more contact,” Felton said. “At the level that I compete at, I do get hit, still not as much as this.”

The local fighter is planning to utilize her own stamina and speed to defend and attack against Sitzes.

“I’m going in with a different strategy,” Felton said. “I want to move in and move it, similar to like Muhammad Ali, ‘float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,’ and when you go in make it count.”

A successful bout against Sitzes would allow Felton to return as a regular on the World Combat League Tour, competing monthly in different cities.

“Ultimately, I’d like to make it a repeat,” Felton said. “I enjoy it and the business is new, so it would be beneficial for us as well.”

Saratoga , BH-BL XC split dual meet

It was a date circled on the calendar for the Saratoga Springs and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls cross country teams. A friendly title fight between two of the top squads in the Capital Region and the ladies didn’t disappoint as the Blue Streaks edging out the Spartans, 25-30, in Suburban Council action at Saratoga Spa State Park Tuesday afternoon.

Senior harrier Hannah Davidson led Saratoga with a 17 minute jaunt over the 3.05 mile course followed by the Burnt Hills duo of Sam Roecker at 17:21 and Molly Pezzulo at 17:27.

The depth of the Blue Streaks program followed in Cassie Goutos with a 17:28, Brianne Bellon at 17:50 and Sydney King at 18:15. The Spartans answered with Rachel Stalker, seventh, at 18:28 and Alyssa Drapeau next at 18:32, but Amanda Borroughs sealed the Saratoga win with her 18:35. Riley Wilk rounded out the Burnt Hills scoring at 18:42.

“We had a great day today and its still late in the season,” Saratoga coach Linda Kranick said. “We had four freshman up on the varsity squad who stepped it up and ran like varsity girls today.”

It didn’t surprise anyone that Davidson came across the finish line first.
“I was happy with my time,” Davidson said. “We tried to go out slow and it paid off.”

Roecker and Pezzulo were left to pacing Davidson, planning on taking the next two spots in the finish for Burnt Hills.

“Hannah took it out pretty fast,” Molly Pezzulo said. “There was a little pressure, we tried to stay with them.”

Roecker was prepared for the mental challenge of racing the Blue Streaks.

“We’ve raced them before, so we were ready,” Roecker said. “You have to stay with them and be prepared for that.”

Saratoga’s trio was focused on following their leader and focusing on a high finish.

“I went out with Hannah,” sophomore Cassie Goutos said. “My job is to be as close to her as I can. We like working together during a race.”

The next step is to out run the competition.

“I mainly think about catching girls from the other team, not my time,” sophomore Brianne Bellon said. “This was one of our harder runs all year.”

After having years of success in dual meets, facing another quality program in what amounted to a match race, brought with it its own dynamic.

“In the beginning of the race I was nervous,” freshman Sidney King said. “Once it started, it felt like a normal race. I wanted to stay in front of as many Burnt Hills girls as possible.”

Freshman Amanda Borroughs had to follow two Burnt Hills runners across the finish line, but her determination paid off for the win.

“I was behind four Burnt Hills girls in a pack,” Borroughs said. “On a hill I passed two of them at the end.”

Second-place finisher Sam Roecker knew that taking on Saratoga without its top runner, Meghan Gregory who was unable to race due to illness, would mean demanding more from herself and her teammates.

“I think as a team we can do better,” Roecker said. “We ran really well today, but I know we can run faster.”

Burnt Hills girls coach Shaun Zepf understood Roecker’s disappointment Tuesday.

“She knew that we had to win some head-to-head races and we didn’t,” Zepf said. “Sam is more concerned about the team score and she’s disappointed with that, but she ran well.”

The challenge of taking on the Blue Streaks with the Spartans down a key runner could pay dividends as the sectional, state and federation meets loom ahead.

“I have some eighth-graders and freshman runners who had to fill in on varsity and they are not used to a varsity style race,” Zepf said. “They fought back well and had to overcome a hole like that early in the race. They learned that they need to run harder in that first 400 meters.”

The Burnt Hills boys team took Tuesday’s undercard contest, claiming seven out of the top 10 positions to win its half of the dual meet, 24-35.

Saratoga’s junior Demetri Goutos set a blistering pace on his way to a first-place finish in 15:25. Spartan freshman Otis Ubriaco was well behind at 16:03 followed by junior teammate Kent Harlow at 16:13. Blue Streak freshman Sam Place was fourth at 16:16 followed by Spartan runners Ryan Douglas and Sean Pezzulo. Saratoga senior Ken Hammond finished seventh at 16:38.

“Otis and I took it out in the lead and he kept with me till the one-mile mark,” Goutos said. “I tried to turn it on after a mile. I wanted to get a PR (personal record) today and I got it.”

Ubriaco knew he would have a tough time pacing Goutos on the park course.

“I wanted to latch onto him and hold onto him,” Goutos said. “You want to gain a little on him. I was trying to make up ground and make sure no one comes up behind you.”

Harlow was able to keep pace, good enough for third place and earn his own personal best on Tuesday.

“To stay with them I had to put forth my best effort at the end,” Harlow said. “It’s good for me to get a PR, we definitely needed it today against Saratoga.”

The Saratoga squad responded well, forced to recover from a full day of travel and competition Saturday at the Manhattan Invitational.

“Every time we run a race on a Tuesday it’s hard,” fifth-year competitor Ken Hammond said. “Burnt Hills was great competition for us.”

The Burnt Hills boys team broke a curse that has followed them each year after hosting the Burnt Hills Invitational at Saratoga Spa State Park.

“We always seem to have a let down,” Burnt Hills boys coach Chip Button said. “It’s a positive to come in here and get a win. Not everyone ran well on Saturday, but they ran good enough today to beat Saratoga.”

Boys results
Burnt Hills 24, Saratoga 35
Burnt Hills 15, Saratoga 15, Columbia 50
1. Demetri Goutos (SS) 15:25. 2. Otis Ubriaco (BHBL) 16:03. 3. Kent Harlow (BHBL) 16:13. 4. Sam Place (SS) 16:16. 5. Ryan Douglas (BHBL) 16:28. 6. Sean Pezzulo (BHBL) 16:36. 7. Ken Hammond (SS) 16:38. 8. Chance Wilk (BHBL) 16:49. 9. Scott Maughan (BHBL) 16:51. 10. Greg Cormier (BHBL) 17:06.

Girls results
Saratoga 25, Burnt Hills 30
Burnt Hills 15, Saratoga 15, Columbia 50
1. Hannah Davidson (SS) 17:00. 2. Sam Roecker (BHBL) 17:21. 3. Molly Pezzulo (BHBL) 17:27. 4. Cassie Goutos (SS) 17:28. 5. Brianne Bellon (SS) 17:50. 6. Sydney King (SS) 18:15. 7. Rachel Stalker (BHBL) 18:28. 8. Alyssa Drapeau (BHBL) 18:32. 9. Amanda Borroughs (SS) 18:35. 10. RIley Wilk (BHBL) 18:42.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Lansingburgh playoffs in doubt for another day

After building the drama over the weekend if the Section II Class AA Lansingburgh football team must forfeit its early season games due to an ineligible player, the drama continues for yet another day.

On Monday, the Section II executive committee met to discuss the matter. Monday night, the powers that be decided to not rule on the issue, but to have it decided by the Section II transfer committee.

They will meet at 8:45....p.m.!

Another 24 hours for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake football team to decide who to prepare for..South Glens Falls if Lansingburgh is out or Gloversville if Lansingburgh is in.

I'm not sure what kind of scrutiny the transfer committee will give the paperwork supplied by Nyquan McGirt and his family on Tuesday night, but it will probably be the same proof it offered Friday afternoon to the same committee that ruled him eligible for the Glens Falls game.

The delay by the executive committee shows its inability to make a decision and its lack of power in the matter.

What it has done is penalize a team not involved in the investigation, shine an even harsher light on a program that has been vilified for running up the score, has a coach who has blown up at the media on several occasions, all after losses, and currently is in the middle of an ineligible player scandal.

Here are the facts:
1. The committees have no power in the matter.
2. The school district has better attorneys.
3. The time table is too short to allow for appeals of either decision.
4. Lansingburgh will be the No. 1 seed and will continue its post-season facing the accusations of cheating.
5. Despite rushing for almost 700 yard and nine touchdowns this year, McGirt is a tarnished player. What post-season accolades can he expect after being the center of attention in the scandal and how will it effect his future?

Great job Section II.

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