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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: On Tap Jan. 18-22

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, January 18, 2008

On Tap Jan. 18-22

Here's a quick look at where the Saratogian staff and I will be this weekend in the sports community.

Friday night

  • Shenendehowa (6-1, 8-1) vs. Averill Park (5-4, 9-4)girls basketball
    The Lady Plainsmen continue their run at Suburban Council dominance as Shenendehowa coach Ken Strube goes after career win No. 502. The Warriors can be counted on to not roll over against the Plainsmen, so it should be an interesting match-up.
    I've got the call for that game tonight.
  • Shenendehowa (7-0-1, 13-1-3) at Saratoga Springs (4-6-1, 5-8-2) ice hockey
    This may be the end of the line for moral victories for the Blue Streaks. Saratoga has played well, but lost lately, but don't expect the Plainsmen to show any mercy on their Saratoga County rival.
    This could be a long night for the Blue Streak goalies, which could turn out to be a revolving door of netminders if the Shenendehowa top scoring lines of Adam Hitchko (18 goals, 13 assists), Jesse Elliott (14-17 31) and A.J. Mangino (7-19 26) has its way.
    A new-look Nate Rider has the notebook for this contest at the Saratoga Springs City Rink.
  • Saratoga Springs (3-6, 6-7) vs. Mohonasen (3-6, 5-8) girls basketball
    Since the boys have the night off, competing Sunday at the (Paper Not To Be Named) Center, the ladies take to the hardwood at Saratoga.
    This is an opportunity for Mike Hall's squad to be challenged and come away with a victory. This group plays hard and deserves a win.
  • Cobleskill (2-8, 3-11)at Mechanicville (8-2, 12-2)boys hoops
    Jeff Scott gets the call for this Colonial Council clash, sort of. The only thing that can happen is the Red Raiders come in overconfident and don't find friendly rims at home tonight.


  • Burnt Hills (1-4-2, 4-7-2) vs. South Glens Falls (0-9, 1-12) ice hockey
    This is a must see, more since both teams are in our coverage area than anything else. The Bulldogs entered the season with a lot of hope, but rumor has it that it has been lost and the squad has spent its fair share in the penalty box for some chippy play during an almost winless season.
    The Spartan/Tartans want to escape unhurt, but with another Division II win on their home ice at the Achilles Rink on the Union College campus.
    The bell, er, clock starts at 8:30 p.m. for this one. Yours truly will be in the stands.
  • North-South Wrestling Duals at Saratoga
    This one is still in the air with only Saratoga and South Glens Falls competing from our local area. Several squads are taking a weekend off and some are out of town.


  • I could spend part of the morning at the Saratoga Automobile Museum with this year's inductees into the New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame.
    They will be officially inducted earlier Saturday night at the annual banquet and their plaques will be unveiled Sunday morning.


  • Saratoga Invitational skiing at West Mountain
    It's an annual rite for me to brave the snow, wind and cold and stand outside freezing to watch the lunatics go down Mach in the slalom and giant slalom.
    This is my one foray into skiing coverage prior to sectionals.
    It's always a tough day for me, two years ago, my wife and I lost our first cat together earlier that morning, Mac. He was 16 years old and a favorite. His sister is still with us at 18, in age and pounds, so we move on.
    Anyway, back to work, it could become a memorable day as the Hudy Helmet Cam could make its first appearance, taped to the helmet of some brave soul that promises not to wipe out with it.
    We'll see.


  • Shenendehowa at Burnt Hills wrestling
    It doesn't get any better than this.
    These two grappling powerhouses are undefeated in the Suburban Council and this will probably go down to the last match.
    Look for it to be a long night as a full host of JV contests will be held and the varsity matches could see more decisions than pinfalls.

    That's it for now, see you on the sidelines.

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