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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Bring your passport this weekend

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, November 08, 2007

Bring your passport this weekend

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association, in an attempt to calm the often lauded complaints from those sections that rarely have an opportunity to host events gave in on three different sports this fall.

That will now mean, with gas averaging $3.25 a gallon and the temperature almost guaranteed to be below freezing, fans and players will have to guard against hypothermia as well as remembering to bring their passports.

Cross country got the biggest heave ho, traveling to Norwood-Norfolk Central School near Canton Saturday. More than two months ago, a colleague called to tell me that he had the last room at Bob's Motel 20 miles away. All the chain motels were already booked by the state committee for incoming teams.

Opening ceremonies go off at 9:30 with the rescue squads already prepping for hypothermia at the finish and awards scheduled at 2:30 p.m.

For those of you wondering, the trek will be 400 miles round-trip from Saratoga Springs.

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys soccer team will face Section X's Malone at SUNY Canton at 1:30 p.m.

I think the only advantage is that they will not be running through the snow over trails in the woods. Instead they will get a full field to play soccer on and hopefully dodge the snowflakes.

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls volleyball squad will be 166 miles away at Chateaugay, near Malone, but at least these ladies will be inside at 3 p.m.

For most of the local sportswriters, we're comfortable staying close to home this weekend with our local teams in regional competition.

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake field hockey squad will take on Section III's Camden 2 p.m. at Skidmore College. Saratoga will face Liverpool, the Section III A cham at 4 p.m.

The Galway boys soccer team, remains undefeated and will take on Section VII's Northern Adirondack at Colonie High School at 2 p.m.

It's a doubleheader of girls soccer action once again at Broadalbin-Perth High School. In Class AA Shen takes on Cicero-North Syracuse at noon and the Class A champs, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake takes on Massena at 4 p.m.

The closest event for most of us will be the boys volleyball regional tournament which acts as the state championship. The sport lacks enough teams to earn a "state championship" title.

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys will be at Shenendehowa High School with three rounds of pool play versus Section VI at 9:30 a.m., Section III at 10:30 a.m. and Section V at 11:30 a.m. The Class A finals take place at 4 p.m.

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