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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: What a day for Coach Ricupero

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, December 13, 2008

What a day for Coach Ricupero

First-year varsity ice hockey coach Mike Ricupero had one of his longest days at the helm of the Saratoga Blue Streak squad Friday.

The Saratoga Springs teacher was awakened at 5:15 a.m. Friday to learn that school had been cancelled due to the winter storm. - Good News.

He already had a planned day off to take two graduate class finals on-line. - Good news.

He then realized that he had no power at his Clifton Park home. - Bad news.

No power, no internet, no coffee, no hot shower. - More bad news.

As he drove around looking for wireless, more than 20,000 in Saratoga County were also without power, including 10,000+ in Clifton Park. - Even worse news.

He then spent five hours at Uncommon Grounds in Saratoga taking his two grad finals. - Not so bad news.

His damn phone wouldn't stop ringing! - Ugh! Really bad news!

The 8th annual Don Kauth Memorial Tournament was still on. - Good news.

The 8th annual Don Kauth Memorial Tournament was not on. - Bad news.

Repeat the last two items three more times. - Crazy news.

Finally, officially the Don Kauth Memorial Tournament was officially on. - Finally good news.

With two tests completed, the tournament underway, Ricupero and his Blue Streaks won their opening round contest, a 3-1 win over Liverpool, story here.

He still doesn't have power at home. - Still bad news.

His Blue Streaks face Oswego Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. - Good news.

Hopefully he did well on the two exams and he'll have power back Saturday night. - Hopeful news.

This is probably just one of many long days as a varsity coach. - Bad news.

I don't think he'd trade it for anything in the world. - Good news for all.

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