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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: One for the ages, Strube wins 500th

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 11, 2008

One for the ages, Strube wins 500th

Here are the updates from my Blackberry Jan. 11 when Shenendehowa girls varsity basketball coach Ken Strube earned his 500th career win with a 51-40 victory over Colonie on the road.

It was a special night, the Plainsmen coach winning his 500th win in the gym of his alma mater in front of Shenendehowa fans, friends as well as his own family.

One for the ages
  • When the horn sounded it became official, Shenendehowoa girls varsity basketball coach, Ken Strube earned his 500th career coaching victory, 51-40.

    With the Shen fans chanting "five hundred" the coach was turned aroud by his players to the crowd filling the stands to a standing ovation.

    Congrats Ken.
  • 2 minutes to a milestone...
    With two minutes to go Shenendehowa leads Colonie 49-37.

    Shen pulling away, 41-26, in third
  • The Plainsmen may not need to pull out the AED before Ken Strube's 500th career victory becomes official.

    Shenendehowa's girls found the bottom of the bucket and each other, utilizing a 12-1 to open the third and extend its lead to 41-26 through three quarters.

    Colonie committed nine more turnovers and the Plainsmen converted three straight into buckets during the run.

    Senior Barb Shea was key with eight points, two steals and a rebound in the quarter.

    Shen surviving, up 21-16 at the half.
  • Ken Strube has said that the Shenendehowa against Colonie girls basketball contests bring out the worst in both squads.

    After 499 career victories, its hard to doubt him with a 21-16 halftime score at Colonie.

    The Garnet Raiders crept to within two points of the Plainsmen on three separate occassions in the second half, but Shenendehowa found the answer each time.

    With Shen ahead 18-16 with 2:13 left in the half, only points after came from the successful front end of three straight one-for-one's by senior Carey Turner, extending the Plainsmen lead.

    Here's a quick line for the second quarter: Colonie 9 turnovers, 3-for-16 from the floor. Shen: 8 turnovers, 2-for-9 from the floor and Carey's 3-for-6 from the free throw line. Shen up 21-16.

    Shen ahead, 14-8, first quarter
  • The pretty stayed in the locker room so far in this Suburban Council match-up.
    Quick line: Colonie 8 turnovers, 2-17 from the floor. Shen: 10 turnovers, 6-for-15 from the floor. Barb Shea 6 points.

    Strube to go for 500 in a packed gym
  • When the Shenendehowa girls varsity basketball squad tips off tonight as he goes for his 500th career coaching victory he'll have to do it in front of a packed gym on the road.

    The Colonie gymnasium stands are filled to capacity, at least for the side behind the team benches. The opposite side remains closed. This is still girls basketball.
    The Colonie boosters should be pleased with a busy concession stand taking advantage of the girls free admission policy.

    Strube looked serious as he took his team into their locker room late in the JV game and the assistants look as dapper as Section II's winningest coach, Strube, in dark suit jackets and ties.

    The JV squad set the stage for their varsity counterparts, winning 37-31. In the past three-plus years, Tim Minors squad is 71-1, the only loss in recent memory was to Columbia last week.

    Tip off is set to 7:45 p.m.
    Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device.

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