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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Dear Diary - Week ending Nov. 11

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, November 05, 2007

Dear Diary - Week ending Nov. 11

Nov. 7 - Five, four, three, gooooaaaalllll!

Shen's Ashleigh Barone hits Class AA game-winner with three ticks left
In the first half of the Section II Class AA girls final at Broadalbin the Shenendehowa girls squad didn't look strong and Niskayuna looked like champions.

But then the snow started to fall and I mean really fall!

The Plainsmen tied it 16 minutes into the second half on Karly DeSimone's toe-in of the ball inside the right post.

It was all the 2004 state champions needed. Shenendehowa continued to attempt to create with the help of Barone, but couldn't get past Nisky's Marie Mutryn.

The Siena-bound senior took matters into her own hands, er, onto her own feet and hooked in a shot as the referee was shouting down the closing seconds of regulation.

The Plainsmen will face Cicero-North Syracuse at Broadalbin, noon Saturday. There is no forecast for snow.

Nov. 6 - Lady Spartans survive OT and PKs

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls soccer team appeared to have it all going for them, a 2-0 lead at the half, just 40 minutes until another NYSPHSAA regional victory.

Someone should have told Section III's Cortland Tigers.

The Tigers came back on two separate occassions to tie the contest at 2-2 and again a 3-3 with five minutes left in regulation. The two squads battled for two 10 minute overtimes and two 5 minute "golden goal" overtimes to no avail.

It came down to penalty kicks and Spartan senior captain Judy Horan put through the fourth shot out of five and junior goalkeeper Teegan Kelly turned back two out of four as Burnt Hills advances in the state tournament.

The Spartans will host Section X's Massena Saturday.

Nov. 5 - Another Spartan 3-peat

This one's for the boys

It's wasn't one of the prettiest contests ever played, but it was the 'W' that counts for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys soccer squad as they earned their third consecutive Section II Class A title with a 1-0 win over South Glens Falls Monday night at Colonie High School.

Ethan Chase, formally of Galway High School fame, threaded the needle, firing the ball past three South Glens Falls defenders and into the upper 90. If I could have gotten past my editor I would have called it 'redonkulous.'

The Spartans will face the Section III (Syracuse-area) winner this week at Colonie High School. I expect it to be a Thursday game, maybe.

Nov. 5 - Winter practices underway

It was good to be inside a gym Monday afternoon, listening to the squeaking of sneakers on a hardwood floor versus the wind in my ears and shivering outside near the soccer fields.

The Shenendehowa girls and boys basketball teams looked really good on their first day. Lots of new faces and a lot of talent for the coaches to pick from.

Wrestling practice begins Friday, so they still have a few days left to be able to eat a decent meal before having to make weight (that's a joke!)

The wrestlers are still in better shape than the alpine skiers, I think they spent the afternoon figuring out how to pay for lift tickets and praying for snow. As for the cross country ski team...good luck!

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