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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Dear Diary - Week ending Nov. 4

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.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Dear Diary - Week ending Nov. 4

Locals advance and fall during sectional week

It was a long week as the schedule was full of Saratoga County schools battling for Section II titles in a variety of sports.

A pair of field hockey titles earned at Skidmore College

Saratoga back on top of Class A

The Saratoga Springs field hockey team had Emily Riley and Niskayuna didn't.

The Blue Streak captain had a hat trick as Saratoga dropped Niskayuna, 4-0.

Saratoga's last Section II title came in 2004 when the squad went on to earn a state title.

Swits assists Spartans to Class B title

Burnt Hills senior Erika Swits knows how to find her teammates.

She provided both crossing passes to her teammates as the Spartans dropped Glens Falls, 2-1, earning a title after four consecutive final appearances.

She found Megan Usher for the opening goal in the second half,but saw the lead evaporate shortly after. Swits saved the ball from going out near the goal line and then fed Jullia Loria for the game-winner with seven minutes left in the game.

Nov. 3 Things heat up in girls swimming sectional showdown

Spartans take Division II title by a point

It was a long day at RPI's Robison Pool as the Section II girls swimming and diving meet was split up into two separate meets over an entire day.

During the Division II (small school) meet, the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls squad edged out Queensbury by a single point to claim its second straight Class B title.

The Spartan 400-yard relay team didn't know the score heading into the final event and for a few moments thought that their third-place finish cost them the title. It didn't.

Burnt Hills senior Courtney Schwarting also earned the Section II scholar-athlete award, capping a stellar day for the Spartans.

BC swims away with DI title

Bethlehem Central powered its way to the Division I swimming title, but still left some Saratoga County drama for the 400-freestyle relay.

With the meet decided, the battle was for second between Saratoga and Shenendehowa. The Plainsmen finished first with a state qualifying time, edging out the rival Blue Streaks for second place.

Saratoga County placed 12 swimmers and divers on the Section II squad that will compete in two weeks at the New York State meet on Long Island.

Nov. 2 It's a three-peat for Spartan girls soccer

Despite suffering a slew of injuries, the Burnt Hills girls soccer team still knew how to win.

Senior captain Judy Horan knew who to find on the pitch Friday night, hitting Georgina Farrow and then Chelsea Craig for goals as the Spartans earned its third straight Section II Class B soccer title.

Horan was out for several games due to a badly sprained ankle, the squad lost top scorer, Christina Boni to a torn ACL in the second game of the year and lost another player to the same injury later in the year.

"This year was difficult," Horan said. "We had a lot of league losses and injuries, but what doesn't kill us makes us stronger."

Nov. 1 South Glens Falls leaves no doubt

The Bulldogs didn't leave any questions about their second goal of the Section II Class B semifinal against Scotia-Glenville.

South High's Jonathan Bouchard was awarded a penalty kick 32 minutes into the first half after being taken down inside the goal box.

Scotia tied the contest with five minutes to go in the half when Joe Hlat scored after a slew of bodies battled for the ball inside the box and Bulldog goalie Evan Smith was unable to make the save.

Just four minutes into the overtime, Bouchard connected from a crossing pass by Chris Mack in front of the goal and popped it over the goalie for the win.

South Glens Falls will meet Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in the Nov. 5 final at Colonie. The Spartans upset No. 1 Albany Academy, 3-0.

Oct. 31 Tenacious 'O' propels Spartans to another soccer final

The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls soccer team allowed only three shots on its own goal by South Glens Falls on its way to a 2-0 Section II Class B semifinal win.

Sophomore Elise McAllister put the Spartans up 1-0 during the opening minutes of the second half and senior Judy Horan put the game away with five minutes to go on a corner kick.

From the left corner she sent in the ball up and over the defense, hitting nothing but the opposite corner of the goal. Her first-ever successful corner kick goal.

Oct. 31 Saratoga field hockey too much for Shen

The Saratoga Springs field hockey team was all about the offense Wednesday afternoon, putting 31 shots on Shenendehowa goalie Emily Gunner in the Section II Class A semifinal.

It just proved to be too much as the Plainsmen fell, 3-1, and the Blue Streaks advanced to the Section II Class A final for the first time since 2004 when the squad.

Oct. 30 Saratoga girls soccer falls to Shaker

The Blue Streaks season came to an end, 4-2, at the hands of Shaker High School on the road.

Caitlin Cahalan had a great birthday starting the Bison off with the go-ahead goal early in the first half and Kat Thomas added a goal and two assists in the quarterfinal win over Saratoga.

It ended a great run by the Blue Streaks with 13 wins and coach Skip Dawson only loses three starters to graduation.

Oct. 30 DeSimone doubles her output against Queensbury

Shenendehowa senior Dana DeSimone admitted she was in a scoring slump since early in the season. She busted out, scoring four goals against Queensbury in girls soccer Class AA quarterfinal.

She capped her night with a hat trick, three goals, in five minutes early in the second half to earn her a seat on the bench.

The Plainsmen put 36 shots on frame with Queensbury goalie Theresa Ellis turning back 21 shots.

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