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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: On the road to the Fall Final Fours

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.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

On the road to the Fall Final Fours

For seven different Saratoga County fall sports teams, they live for another day along with boarding another bus and taking to the highways and byways of New York State as they enter their final weekend of competition.

After this weekend, their fall season is officially complete. Well almost, runners are an odd lot and just keep on running. But that's a post for another day.

Here's a look at where, when and how far some of these teams have to travel this weekend.

  • Section II swim team, Long Island, 404 miles
    The ladies representing Section II in swimming and diving will travel downstate to the Nassau County Aquatic Center for the two-day event.
    Preliminary swimming begins at 10 a.m. Friday with diving preliminary and semifinal diving set to begin at 4 p.m. Finals will begin 10 a.m. Saturday.

  • Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls soccer, Cortland, 342 miles
    The Spartan girls squad travels first to Tompkins-Cortland Community College 10 a.m. Friday to take on 13-time state champion South Side Rockville Centre.
    If Burnt Hills is successful, they only have a 9 mile trip 9:30 a.m. Saturday to SUNY Cortland to face the winner of Section V Pittsford Mendon/Section IV Maine-Endwell in the state title contest at Homer High School.

  • Saratoga field hockey, Cicero-North Syracuse, 284 miles
    The Blue Streaks finally get to play on "real turf" the age-old Astrotuf carpet surface that only field hockey teams appreciate 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. Saratoga faces defending New York State champions, Section I's Lakeland-Panas.
    A win keeps them there overnight to face the winner of Section VI Williamsville North/Section XI Ward Melville 2 p.m. Saturday.

  • Federation cross country meet, Wappingers Falls, 240 miles
    Things are a bit hazy as to what Saratoga County teams will make the trip to Dutchess County Saturday for the New York State Federation Meet at Bowdowin Park. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's girls squad is taking the weekend off. The other locals have not yet confirmed. The girls race is set for 12:15 and the boys go off at 1 p.m.

  • Galway boys soccer, Oneonta, 166 miles
    The Section II Class C and regional boys soccer Eagles put their undefeated record on the line 11:15 a.m. Saturday versus Section V Red Creek at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta.
    If Galway wins, they return at 12:20 p.m. to face the winner of Section I Blind Brook/Section IV Marathon.

  • Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys soccer, Oneonta, 152 miles
    The Spartans continue their dream season as the Section II Class A and regional soccer champs. They will take on Section VI champion Iroquois at 9 a.m.
    A win would put them in the state final on Sunday at 11 a.m. against the winner of Section XI Sayville/Section I Bryam Hills.

  • Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake girls volleyball, Glens Falls, 78 miles
    Is this the year for the Spartans?
    That will be answered beginning Saturday morning during pool play of the NYSPHSAA Tournament at the close to home, Glens Falls Civic Center.
    Burnt Hills faces Hendrick Hudson at 10 a.m. followed by a contest versus Victor and then Section XI's Westhampton Beach during the first wave of pool play.
    A positive day on Sunday brings the Spartans back up I-87 for the finals beginning at noon.

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