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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Injuries hamper boys and girls hoops squads

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.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Injuries hamper boys and girls hoops squads

It hasn't been a good start to the new year for local basketball stars.

Saratoga Springs star shooting guard Jordan Stevens (right) broke his hand, taking him out of the Blue Streaks line-up for approximately six weeks and along with it the hopes of his team.

No coach wants to admit that the team's hopes and dreams revolve around one player, but this is the case with Mitch Snyder's Saratoga squad.

Surrounded by role players, Saratoga was a scrappy team, not world beaters, but contenders early on posting a 4-5 record and of their five losses were only by an average of eight points.

Since his departure in 2008, the Blue Streaks are 0-4 through Jan. 18 with an average losing deficit of 20 points. Surprisingly, Stevens still leads Saratoga with more than 200 points, despite being out of the lineup since his injury.

On the girls hardwood, one-half of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake "Super Sophomore" tandem of Emily Ostrom and Jenna Juron is out for the year with a torn ACL suffered in practice.

Ostrom went down in practice and the Spartans are without their starting point guard, forcing coach George Dudas to juggle his lineup.

The move puts junior Georgina Farrow (left) up to the point, from her power forward position and off the traditional wing spot where she was a constant safety valve for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.

The Spartans opened their year with four straight wins, followed by three straight losses. Since Ostrom went down, Burnt Hills is 1-4 with an average loss margin of 20 points. They rebounded Friday, Jan. 18 with a win over Shaker.

The injuries aren't limited to hoops, the Shenendehowa gymnastics team has two tumblers nursing injuries. Sam Cook took a startling fall off the balance beam last week at the Saratoga Invitational and is caring for her left knee that struck the apparatus. Kylee Teague is also being treated for back issues.

One of the more painful injuries belongs to Burnt Hills wrestler Max Miller who suffered a leg fracture, taking him out for the high school winter wrestling season.
He'll join Saratoga Springs senior quarterback/skiier Jimmy Minogue who tore his ACL during the football season. It ended the hopes of the Blue Streak gridiron squad of having a strong season as well as taking him off the slopes this winter. He hopes to be ready for his final high school lacrosse season.

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