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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: May 2009

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, May 30, 2009

Albany tries to wrestle away win but fails

Albany could have tied the game if Justin Nowak slid versus coming up on Saratoga catcher Scott Hladik.

Jake Valentine took a one-out walk and went to second on Nowak's single that fell into short center.

Albany hero Jevonte Osterhout almost did it again, drilling a Luke Fauler pitch deep to center, hitting the fence as Saratoga's Leejay Pollachi jumped up on the fence.

Valentine scored and Nowak raced for home and drilled Hladik who was jumping up for the high throw.
Nowak was called out and tossed out for the indescretion.

With the tying run at third Justin Harris was intentionally walked and Steve Richards innocently popped out to first for Saratoga's win.
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Lange goes long for 'Toga

Erich Lange just sent a laser over the left field fence, driving in Ben Cook who led off the inning by getting pelted in the helmet by a Pat Landers pitch.
With one out in the top of the ninth, Saratoga up 6-4.

James Miller took a one-out walk next and that ends the night for Landers.
Lefty Bryan Carr is in for Albany now.
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Saratoga tries in top 8

Nate Foster drilled a two-out double to centerfield, but was susequently thrown out at third attempting to advance on a wild pitch.
The ball bounced right up to Albany catcher Justin Harris who threw him out at third.

Luke Fauler in to pitch the bottom of the eighth for Saratoga.
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Albany ties it on 3-run shot

We're going to extra innings at Bleeker Stadium after Albany's Jevonte Osterhout drilled two-out, two-strike offering from Saratoga's Ford Plowman over the right field fence to knot the game at four apiece.

Jake Valentine took a two-out walk and Justin Nowak was hit by a pitch, setting the table for Osterhout.

Earlier in his at-bat he launched an inside pitch high into the night, but left of the 320-foot mark pole in left. Later he made it count and was met by the entire team at home.
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Toga tacks on another, 4-1

The Blue Streaks added another run in the top of the fifth, but could have had more.

Kyle Willmott led off with a ground rule double to center that rolled under the fence. He went to third on Erich Lange's single to left but was thrown out later attempting to score on a wild pitch.
Lange was plated courtesy of Mike Allen's RBI single through the left side for a 4-1 lead.

Albany's Pat Landers settled down striking out the next two batters.
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Toga up 3-1

Saratoga's Chris Davis led off with a single in the top of the fourth and moved to second on a balk by Pat Landers. He moved to third on Nate Foster's grounder that was dropped on the throw to first.
He scored on Tyler Shattuck's long sacrifice fly to right.
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Saratoga tacks on one more

Saratoga's Chris Davis led off with a single in the top of the fourth and moved to second on a balk by Pat Landers. He moved to third on Nate Foster's grounder that was dropped on the throw to first.
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Albany responds, down 2-1

The Falcons responded in their half of the first, getting a run back off Saratoga starter Ford Plowman and stinging the ball early.

Justin Nowak reached safely when his slow dribbler to third and barehanded attempt was mis-handled. He went to second on a Plowman wild pitch, scoring on Steve Richards' hot shot to third that found its way into right, cutting the lead in half, 2-1.
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Saratoga up early, 2-0

The Blue Streaks weren't intimidated by Albany High starter Pat Landers, scoring two runs on four hits to open their Section II Class AA quarterfinal.

Kyle Willmott reached on a one-out single to right, advanced on Scott Hladik's rip to left and came around to score on Mike Allen's sharp single that bad hopped the second baseman.
Hladik came around quickly when Leejay Pollachi drilled a Landers offering deep to right tipping off the glove of the outfielder as he ran back to the fence.

Blue Streaks up 2-0.
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SII baseball playoffs: Shen falls again, 10-4

Well, it was decided long before the last out, but the Shenendehowa varsity baseball team will not have a problem forgetting the past decade.


The Plainsmen have advanced to the Class AA (A) title game twice, had the lead and then lost in the finale.


On five other occassions Shenendehowa failed to advance out of its first round of the Section II playoffs, including Saturday's 10-4 loss to Bethlehem Central.


While still considered a "young team" graduating just a few seniors, Shenendehowa will return a group of cagey veterans looking to get the sting out of this loss out of their system 360-plus days from now.


Working on the Plainsmen loss story for The Saratogian and I'll combine the innings reports below this tonight. I've got to be at the Saratoga vs. Albany contest at 7 p.m., we'll see if my bad luck follows me down the Northway with the Blue Streaks.

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Indecisions to haunt Shen

The fourth inning will haunt Shen until at least next year.

Bryan Marotta took one for the team, a pitch to the helmet and came around to score, but with the bags full no one tagged up on Travis Belleard's fly to center with the fielder running in. No one left to even draw a throw.

It came to haunt them after Michael Williams drove in Marotta cleanly with his drive to right, but Brandon Cogswell hit the brakes near home on a laser from right to home. He slipped, ran back and subsequently ran out of the baseline for the third out.

Earlier in the inning Andrew Kalish thought he was on his way to first after taking a pitch on the forearm, but it also hit his bat as he turned away in the pitch.
After a conference between the umpires it was ruled a strike and he was sent back into the batter's box. He would strike out a few pitches later.
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BC breaks it open, 6-1

Up 3-1 wasn't enough for Bethlehem as the hits and errors continued.

Two errors by the Shen second baseman, two hits and a long single off the top off the right fielders glove allowed the Eagles to bust out three more runs on Shenendehowa.

Jake Ostroff reached on a walk, Chris Riedel singled to left. Matt Cahill reached on the first error, allowing Ostroff to score.
After Mike DeRuve reached on a fielding error by the second baseman.
Sean Quinlan drove in Cahill with his RBI single to right for a 5-1 lead. DeRuve put BC up, 6-1 when he scored on Alex Sobiecki's long drive to right that tipped off the fielder's glove as he ran backwards towards the 315 sign.
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Shen gets one 1 second

Brandon Cogswell led off with a single and came around to score on Andrew Kalish's double to center, cutting the lead 3-1.

For a minute.
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Shen down early vs BC baseball SII AA playoffs

Bethlehem got on the board early Saturday in the Section II Class AA quarterfinals.

BC's Kyle Neuhaus reached on a single and moved over on a bad pickoff attempt by Shen starter Sean Conroy. Matt Branigan singles him home.

In the second, Chris Riedel led off with by taking a hit by pitch and advanced on a throwing error by the catcher on a bunt. Mike DeRuve reached on a bunt single and Alex Sobiecki drove in Riedel when he was hit by a pitch. Cahill scored when Kyle Niehaus reached on a fielder's choice when Shen failed to turn a double play.

BC up 3-0.
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Friday, May 29, 2009

Shen takes one back, 8-3

Marlin Solano took a run back for the Plainsmen after reaching on a two-out walk. She moved to second on Karen Sweeney's single up the middle and came around on Stephanie Ciulla's RBI single to center.
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Nisky adds to lead, 8-2

Even Shen reliever Danielle Amyot wasn't immune to the Niskayuna bats.

Emily O'Donnell reached on a two-out walk and came around to score on Kiersten Gray's double to deep right centerfield that reached the fence on one hop for an 8-2 lead.
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Nisky hacks way ahead, 7-2

Shenendehowa senior pitcher never imagined that she would end her career in centerfield.

After giving up a leadoff single and two subsequent walks, all courtesy of the Niskayuna squad hacking away at pitches that would have made Paul Bunyan proud, Molly O'Donnell drilled Ferro's final high school career pitch over the right field fence.

The grand slam put Niskayuna ahead, 7-2, sent Ferro to centerfield and all came courtesy of a bad bounce.

O'Donnell was only kept alive by fighting off Ferro's pitches foul and having a pop up to the right of the plate fall behind the Shen catcher during the at-bat.

The next pitch, the grand slam.
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Nisky ahead, 3-2

Niskayuna went ahead, 3-2 in the top of the third and could have had more.

Kiersten Gray could have put the Silver Warriors ahead after leading off with a single. She went to third on Molly O'Donnell's single to center and was sent home on a grounder back to Ferro in the circle. The Shen pitcher tagged her during the rundown to negate the runner.

O'Donnell moved to second on the fielder's choice and went to third on Rachel Annelo's single up the middle. She scored on Kaly O'Brien's two-strike RBI single up the middle for the 3-2 lead.

Shen couldn't answer in its half of the third
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Shen ties Nisky, 2-2 softball

It was Shen's turn for some two-out magic in the bottom of the second against Niskayuna.

Melanie Scuderi singled to right, advancing on the misplayed drive. Marlin Solano reached on an infield single and Stephanie Ciulla knotted it at two with a seeing eye, two-RbI single through the middle with two out.

Score 2-2 through two.
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Shen vs. Nisky Class AA softball in progress

Niskauyna ahead top of first, 2-0, on two unearned runs against Shenendehowa starter Amanda Ferro.

A misplayed strike to right allowed Emily O'Donnell to reach second and motor to third on a wild pitch by Ferro. Kiersten Gray drove her in with a two-out RBI single to right for the 1-0 lead.

Gray moved around the bags when Lauren Giglio's shot to short was bobbled and the toss to third was sloppy and bounced away from the bag. Gray was sent home to give Niskayuna the 2-0 lead.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Phillies: Biggest rival without a home

The Glens Falls City Council just took a huge swing and missed completely, voting down the approval of a new rental agreement with the Glens Falls Golden Eagles team just a week before the team's home opener against the Saratoga Phillies.


The council decided that $650 per night game wasn't enough, so they voted no and the Golden Eagles are in shock with the decision as posted by my friends at the Post Star.


Running a NYCBL franchise is almost always a losing situation, but the council is out of its mind on this one. They are saying that the reduction of $750 to $650 is too much for the city to handle and the final option, non-use of the part, no utilities in use, is a better option.


Thanks for throwing a wrench into the entire summer for not only one collegiate wood bat baseball team, but the five division teams and the rest of the NYCBL if the Golden Eagles can't find a home.


Note to the Philadelphia Phantoms - Enjoy your two-year stint in Glens Falls and get out while you can. This city doesn't deserve any type of sports team.


I'm going to follow-up with the NYCBL to see what mandatory requirements the fields must have, maybe some other fields can open up for this NYCBL perennial powerhouse and not destroy a season. Let me know if you know of any sites that could become new homes for the Golden Eagles.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Burnt Hills boys lax advance to quarterfinals, 18-8

Outscoring Scotia 6-1 in the final quarter Burnt Hills turns it into a rout, 18-8 in the Class B quarterfinal.


  • BH surviving, 12-7

    Burnt Hills squandered a 5 goal lead, letting Scotia back in during the third to 8-6 before the Spartans rallied with four goals of their own and a 12-7 lead through three.


  • Scotia responds, down 7-3

    Scotia-Glenville is tired of being pushed around and scored on in the Class B quarterfinal by Burnt Hills. Luke Perry and Steve Semo each scored to cut lead, 7-3 at the half. BH leads on the boad, ground balls (17-9), shots (19-9) and penalties (5-2).


  • BH on run, up 6-1

    Burnt Hills opens second quarter with three unanswered goals in a one-minute span for a 6-1 lead. Credit Kyle Jones and Ian Schwan with a pair during the run.


  • BH blax up 3-1 1st Q

    Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake duo Ian Schwan and Kyle Jones connected twice to take lead and Mike Kelly added an underhanded tally for a 3-1 lead with 1:00 left in the first quarter of the Class B quarterfinal.


  • Scotia at BH-BL blax quarters

    1-0 Scotia. Jon Zabin bounces ball in for early S-G lead on man-up at 8:41. 0-0 early, but more collisions than a NASCAR race. Physical at both ends.

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  • Saturday, May 23, 2009

    Rappin' up the SRAAs

    Well, all the medals have been handed out, both stories have been filed along with a few photos for The Saratogian and Troy Record for the Emma Willard champions.


    I'm back in the Spartan Shuttle, courtesy of Burnt Hills Rowing Association head coach Mike Meier along with his former standouts, current Marist rower Andy Sayles and Temple hammer Aaron Heyde, along with a dozen racing shells.


    We've made the required stop in Rampo at Burger King for food and fuel before continuing up I-87 and back home.


    The one thing I will take with me is the exposure (pun on a previous post) to Andy's choice of Ipod tunes for the 7-hour round-trip trek to Mercer Lake. Not a big fan of rap myself, but as they say "This &#*%$ is growing on me, Dog!"


    Look for extended versions of the weekend on the web for both papers, a re-cap about Section II and New York State and continuing coverage of the Canadian version and upcoming US Rowing Invitational in Cincy. I'm staying home for both of those, the schedule moves to all high school sectionals and three weeks of in depth of rowing coverage wouldn't assist us with our readers. Don't worry, I'll be following the events via the web, posting and getting it in the print editions. Thank God for cell phones.

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    SRAAs: Championship Saturday results

    Shenendehowa takes two medals in singles

    Ian Fisher wins gold, Abby Knight earns silver

    The Shenendehowa senior singles have memories to last a lifetime after United States Naval Academy-bound senior Ian Fisher earned a gold medal and teammate Wisconsin-bound lightweight Abby Knight rowed to a silver medal, her third in three years at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America national championship regatta.
    For the second straight day Fisher routed his competitors, rowing the 1,500-meter course in six minutes, 10.676 seconds on his way to his first-ever SRAA medal.
    His counterpart, Knight, battled through two days of allergy attacks on Mercer Lake, battling her newfound nemesis, Nicole Bielewski of Friends Academy for the past three weeks. Bielewski has bettered the lightweight, who has competed in the lone category left for her to compete in, the open category.
    Bielewski won with ease at 6:53.493 followed by Knight at 7:04.715, holding off Jeb Stuart’s Abby Voss who finished in third-place at 7:05.574.


    National Champion Emma Willard

    Girls lightweight double
    The girls lightweight double of Celeste Pomputius and Elizabeth Hughes earned a national championship for Emma Willard, rowing out of the Saratoga Rowing Association boathouse and coach Bob Tarrant.

    The duo covered the 1,500-meter course in 6:33.396 over second-place Baldwin at 6:39.726, cruising to the gold medal.


    The Shenendehowa girls lightweight double of Samantha Charbonneau and Laura Neely rowed to a fifth-place finish in the event at 7:16.86.


    Girls junior double final

    In the girls junior double, the Shenendehowa entry of Alexandra Rinehimer and Victoria Allers finished in sixth-place in the national final with a time of 7:01.558.











    12:20 p.m. Girls senior eight semifinal
    The Saratoga girls senior eight advanced to the petite final with a third place finish in a repeat of last year’s SRAA national final.

    Mount St. Joe captured the semi in 5:31.327 followed by Holy Spirit at 5:34.093 and the SRA entry of Rae Backens, Katie O'Connell, Thora Olsen, Leanne Bryan, Emily Krison, Aleks Torres, Lizzy Fitzhenry, Kate Russell, Madi Beumer, Caitlin Shufelt, Columbia Herzlinger, Holly Dodge and Madison Townley finished in third-place at 5:37.095.



    The Burnt Hills girls senior eight of Alanna Guay, Kate Halbig, Jesse Burdett, Amanda Primett, Jenn Royal, Katie Fogg, Bridget Rudgers, Victoria Catharine, Kelsey Piel continued to make history for BHRA racing to a third-place finish in their semifinal to advance to their first-ever SRAA petite final.

    New Trier High School captured the race in 5:29.805 followed by finalists Ocean City at 5:35.303. Burnt Hills was third at 5:38.079 and T.C. Williams was fourth at 5:40.535.







    Noon Boys senior four semifinal
    The Saratoga boys senior four of Jared Backens, Liam Casey, Wesley Wander, Luke O’Brien and coxswain Tom Carona became the first SRA boat to advance to a grand final Saturday afternoon and had only two spots to do it in.


    The two senior, two freshman boat edged out Vineland by a second to advance to the national medal race. Manhasset High School won the semifinal in 5:30.348 followed by Saratoga at 5:33.278.



    11:25 a.m. Girls second eight
    The Burnt Hills Rowing Association girls second eight were thrilled with their race, but just fell short of the national final.




    The Spartan girls second eight of Kaitlyn Madden, Mary Hall, Emily White, Shelby Delgado, Erin Hunt, Emily Hoskinson, Stacy LaRose, Morgan Esperti, Charlotte Munday, Katie Manilenko and Julianne Fogg sprinted across the finish line with a pack of boats.

    The crew celebrated, shouted, hugged and raised their fists in celebration despite a fourth-place finish.

    New Trier won the heat in 5:37.021 followed by Loyola Academy (5:45.779), Ocean City (5:4.437 and Burnt Hills (5:51.363).



    10:25 a.m. Girls junior eight
    A Saratoga County crew hasn't advanced to the national final yet as the Saratoga Rowing Association girls junior eight finished fourth in their semifinal.

    St. Ursula won the semifinal in 5:45.019 followed by Mainland at 5:49.469, Ann Arbor Harbor at 5:52.513.

    The Saratoga eight of Svenja Thomas, Erica McBain, Isabel Price, Kristen Nochisaki, Kiki Hines, Caroline Blackington, Leanne Bryan, Alie Mihuta, Katie O'Connell, Thora Olsen, Chelsea Brown, Christina Dagle, Taylor Murray finished in fourth at 5:56.981.



    9:45 a.m. Girls freshman eight
    It was a photo finish for the upstart Shenendehowa girls freshman eight crossing among four other boats at the finish, but only the top three advance to the national final.

    The Shenendehowa eight of Cathy Altenberger, Kelby Herrera, Ellen Nevers, Tori Torrisi, Danielle LeBlanc, Lauren Miranda, Carly Tashjian, Megan Lounsbury, Kelsey Thornton and Nicole Sullivan covered the 1,500-meter course in 6 minutes, 14.368 seconds.

    Randnor High School won the event with space in 6:07.800 but the battle followed with New Trier High second at 6;12.334 and Episcopal A earning the precious third spot into the finals at 6:12.742.


    9 a.m. Girls senior single
    Wisconsin-bound lightweight Shenendehowa senior Abby Knight advances to the 3 p.m. national championship final with a third place finish in the opening event Saturday morning.

    Friends Academy's Nicole Bielawski rowed to a convincing semifinal win in 6:47.914. Upper Dublin's Molly Cusack was second at 7:07.948 and Knight was third at 7:10.676, beating out North Catholic High's Stephanie Kuntz by four seconds to secure the final spot.

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    SRAAs: Saturday semi and final local schedule

    Row hard or go home, that's the motto this morning at Mercer Lake for the 75th annual Scholastic Rowing Association of America championship regatta. Eleven locals remain alive to row for a national title this morning and afternoon.


    Here is today's championship schedule for the locals



    9 a.m. Girls senior single semifinal

    Shenendehowa (Abby Knight)



    9:40 a.m. Girls freshman eight semifinal

    Shenendehowa (Cathy Altenberger, Kelby Herrera, Ellen Nevers, Tori Torrisi, Danielle LeBlanc, Lauren Miranda, Carly Tashjian, Megan Lounsbury, Kelsey Thornton, Nicole Sullivan)



    10:25 a.m. Girls junior eight semifinal

    (Saratoga) Svenja Thomas, Erica McBain, Isabel Price, Kristen Nochisaki, Kiki Hines, Caroline Blackington, Leanne Bryan, Alie Mihuta, Katie O'Connell, Thora Olsen, Chelsea Brown, Christina Dagle, Taylor Murray finished in fourth at 5:56.981.




    11:25 Girls second eight semifinal

    Burnt Hills (Kaitlyn Madden, Mary Hall, Emily White, Shelby Delgado, Erin Hunt, Emily Hoskinson, Stacy LaRose, Morgan Esperti, Charlotte Munday, Katie Manilenko, Julianne Fogg)



    Noon Boys senior eight semifinal

    Saratoga (Jared Backens, Liam Casey, Wesley Wander, Luke O’Brien, Tom Carona)



    12:15 p.m. Girls senior eight

    Burnt Hills (Alanna Guay, Kate Halbig, Jesse Burdett, Amanda Primett, Jenn Royal, Katie Fogg, Bridget Rudgers, Victoria Catharine, Kelsey Piel)


    Saratoga (Rae Backens, Katie O'Connell, Thora Olsen, Leanne Bryan, Emily Krison, Aleks Torres, Lizzy Fitzhenry, Kate Russell, Madi Beumer, Caitlin Shufelt, Columbia Herzlinger, Holly Dodge, Madison Townley)



    1:30 p.m. Girls lightweight double final

    Emma Willard (Celeste Pomputius, Elizabeth Hughes)

    Shenendehowa (Samantha Charbonneau, Laura Neely)



    1:40 p.m. Girls junior double final

    Shenendehowa (Alexandra Rinehimer, Victoria Allers)



    *1:50 p.m. Girls freshman eight final

    Shenendehowa (Cathy Altenberger, Kelby Herrera, Ellen Nevers, Tori Torrisi, Danielle LeBlanc, Lauren Miranda, Carly Tashjian, Megan Lounsbury, Kelsey Thornton, Nicole Sullivan)



    *2:20 p.m. Girls junior eight final

    Saratoga (Svenja Thomas, Erica McBain, Isabel Price, Kristen Nochisaki, Kiki Hines, Caroline Blackington, Leanne Bryan, Alie Mihuta, Katie O'Connell, Thora Olsen, Chelsea Brown, Christina Dagle, Taylor Murray)



    *2:50 p.m. Girls second eight final

    Burnt Hills (Kaitlyn Madden, Mary Hall, Emily White, Shelby Delgado, Erin Hunt, Emily Hoskinson, Stacy LaRose, Morgan Esperti, Charlotte Munday, Katie Manilenko, Julianne Fogg)



    *3 p.m. Girls senior single final

    Abby Knight (Shenendehowa)



    3:05 p.m. Boys senior single final

    Ian Fisher (Shenendehowa)



    *3:45 p.m. Boys senior four final

    Saratoga (Jared Backens, Liam Casey, Wesley Wander, Luke O’Brien, Tom Carona)



    *4 p.m. Girls senior eight final

    Burnt Hills (Alanna Guay, Kate Halbig, Jesse Burdett, Amanda Primett, Jenn Royal, Katie Fogg, Bridget Rudgers, Victoria Catharine, Kelsey Piel)


    Saratoga (Rae Backens, Katie O'Connell, Thora Olsen, Leanne Bryan, Emily Krison, Aleks Torres, Lizzy Fitzhenry, Kate Russell, Madi Beumer, Caitlin Shufelt, Columbia Herzlinger, Holly Dodge, Madison Townley)

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    Friday, May 22, 2009

    SRAA food tent showdown results

    The food inventory has been taken, the samples have been tested and the culinary staff have been grilled. After a period to digest the results (literally), a winner has been crowned in the Saratoga County Rowing regatta food tent showdown.




    To be fair, this was sprung on the three contestants, Saratoga, Shenendehowa and Burnt Hills but I have always made every attempt to make the rounds during a regatta to (eat..er) introduce myself.




    I knew the selection would be of high quality and be more than enough to sustain me through a hot Saturday of rowing action.




    Let's look at our contestants:

    Saratoga Rowing Association:
    Without a doubt the trend-setter of culinary delicacies of regatta food. From humble beginnings of grilled cheese and spaghettios to quesadillas, wraps and the incredible breakfast sandwich.




    Now the SRA has added it's new "Elvis Special", peanut butter, sliced bananas and honey on a wrap. For breakfast or for a healthy snack, this little diddy is a perfect fit for rowers and reporters.




    Burnt Hills Rowing Association:

    With grillmaster Tom Adey at the helm, its breakfast sandwiches, grilled ham and cheese, burgers and cheeseburgers for all, once, twice, all right, I'll take a third.




    The culinary dad is retiring after this season and may soon rent out his spatula and BBQ lighter for pay after his son, Jordan, graduates.




    Shenendehowa:

    Always showing class this Saturday was light fare under the Plainsmen tent with tortellini salad, potato salad, a generous offering of fruit and some decadent desserts for those with a sweet tooth.


    I gave extra points to Shenendehowa for being the first food tent to be up and running this morning, huge after arriving at the site early.


    Burnt Hills gets points for decor, chafing dishes and utilizing them for both hot and cold dishes. Burgers are always a quick way to this reporter's heart.


    Saratoga, dear old friends, worried that they wouldn't have anything new, but the banana, peanut butter wrap hit the spot for a shot up the charts.


    And the winner is.......


    All of us!!!
    You can't call one tent better than another because all of the food is madw with love...


    And besides, I think I'm just going to continue to tabulate these results again for next year's SRAA nationals at Fish Creek where all three can have home field advantage.

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    SRAA's Drinking and rowing is A.O.K.


    One of the most pleasant surprses this weekend to date has been the discovery of Wild Bill's Olde Fashion Soda Pop Co. at the food vendor area.


    The deal and the soda is absolutely out of this world.


    As you can tell by Burnt Hills Rowing Association coxswain Tim Szablewski's excitement, he is filling his 2009 SRAA commemorative stainless steel ice-filled mug with orange soda. Choosing the tangerine liquid over the assortment of birch beer, root beer, grape and sasparilla.


    For $15 you get to keep the stainless steel mug and then re-fill it as many times as you want for the entire weekend!


    Of course Wild Bill's thought of everything, including offering diet root beer for this thirsty reporter!

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    SRAA's Friday's local schedule

    9:05 a.m. Girls senior single

    (5 in heat, 4 to semifinals)

    Shenendehowa (Abby Knight)


    9:20 a.m. Boys senior single

    (6 in heat, 3 to final)

    Shenendehowa (Ian Fisher)



    9:35 a.m. Girls junior double

    (4 in heat, 3 to final)

    Shenendehowa (Alexandra Rinehimer, Victoria Allers)



    9:50 a.m. Girls lightweight double

    (5 in heat, 3 to final)

    Emma Willard (Celeste Pomputius, Elizabeth Hughes)



    9:55 a.m. Girls lightweight double

    (4 in heat, 3 to final)

    Shenendehowa (Samantha Charbonneau, Laura Neely)



    10:30 a.m. Boys senior double

    (6 in heat, 3 to final)

    Shenendehowa (Ian Colpoys, Alex Loy)

    Saratoga (Colin Polumbo, Chip Dooley)



    10:50 a.m. Girls freshman eight

    (6 in heat, 3 to semifinals)

    Shenendehowa (Cathy Altenberger, Kelby Herrera, Ellen Nevers, Tori Torrisi, Danielle LeBlanc, Lauren Miranda, Carly Tashjian, Megan Lounsbury, Kelsey Thornton, Nicole Sullivan)



    10:55 a.m. Girls freshman eight

    (7 in heat, 3 to semifinals)

    Saratoga (Darby Alexander, Rachael Bowen, Will Bishop, Evan Connolly, Michaelah Townley Katie Barlok, Kayley Bradley, Abby Zlotnick, Lindsay Higgings, Bonnie Tarrant, Reenie Tucci, Morgan Jackson)



    11 a.m. Boys freshman eight

    (5 in heat, 3 to semifinals)

    Burnt Hills (Louise Bachand, Ian Flacke, Jeff Sammons, Ian McGrew, Mike Carenza, Mike Gohl, Spencer Shorkey, Blake Jackson, James Mahoney)



    12:15 p.m. Girls junior eight

    (6 in heat, 3 to semifinals)

    Saratoga (Svenja Thomas, Erica McBain, Isabel Price, Kristen Nochisaki, Kiki Hines, Caroline Blackington, Leanne Bryan, Alie Mihuta, Katie O'Connell, Thora Olsen, Chelsea Brown, Christina Dagle, Taylor Murray)



    12:55 p.m. Girls senior four

    (6 in heat, 1 and 2 to semi, 3 and 4 to repechage)

    Shenendehowa (Lindsay Blake, Amanda Labbe, Jenn McKay, Cathy Altenberger, Taryn Wilson)



    1:25 p.m. Boys senior four

    (6 in heat, 1 and 2 to semi, 3 and 4 to repechage)

    Saratoga (Jared Backens, Liam Casey, Wesley Wander, Luke O’Brien)



    2:05 p.m. Girls senior eight

    (5 in heat, 1 and 2 to semi, 3 and 4 to repechage)

    Saratoga (Rae Backens, Katie O'Connell, Thora Olsen, Leanne Bryan, Emily Krison, Aleks Torres, Lizzy Fitzhenry, Kate Russell, Madi Beumer, Caitlin Shufelt, Columbia Herzlinger, Holly Dodge, Madison Townley)



    2:10 p.m. Girls senior eight

    (6 in heat, 1 and 2 to semi, 3 and 4 to repechage)

    Burnt Hills (Alanna Guay, Kate Halbig, Jesse Burdett, Amanda Primett, Jenn Royal, Katie Fogg, Bridget Rudgers, Victoria Catharine, Kelsey Piel)



    2:15 p.m. Boys senior eight

    (6 in heat, 1 and 2 to semi, 3 and 4 to repechage)

    Niskayuna (Samuel Fisher, Andrew Fiumano, Nathan Hoffman, Alex Dwyer, John Dohring, Andrew Young, Lucas LoRe, Zach Spitzer, Nicholas Wolfe, Eli Feenan, Zack Wistort)



    2:20 p.m. Boys senior eight

    (5 in heat, 1 and 2 to semi, 3 and 4 to repechage)

    Burnt Hills (Timothy Szablewski, Ian Robison, Cameron Heyde, Michael Olbrych, Zachary Robbiano, Douglas McErlean, Aaron Pape, Jordan Adey, Ian O’Connor)



    2:30 p.m. Boys senior eight

    (6 in heat, 1 and 2 to semi, 3 and 4 to repechage)

    Shaker (Kevin Maloney, Chris Loonan, Jordan Chenot, Kate Everitt, Brendan Malone, Gregory Schneiter, Travis Thorn, Kingsley Nephew, Geoff Gerfin, Ray Milnarik, Travis Lemieur, George Hardwick)



    2:55 p.m. Girls second eight

    (6 in heat, 4 to semi)

    Burnt Hills (Kaitlyn Madden, Mary Hall, Emily White, Shelby Delgado, Erin Hunt, Emily Hoskinson, Stacy LaRose, Morgan Esperti, Charlotte Munday, Katie Manilenko, Julianne Fogg)



    3:00 p.m. Boys second eight

    (6 in heat, 4 to semi)

    Burnt Hills (Alex Bublak, Luc Bechard, Andrew Hagan, Sam Zadrozny, Bryan Murray, Zeb Johnston, Tyler Bachand, Shawn Spiewak, Matt Rowland, Quinn Leahy, Colin Murphy, Tom Monaghan)



    3:30 p.m. Girls lightweight four

    (6 in heat, 3 to semi)

    Saratoga (Isabel Price, Kristen Nochisaki, Olivia Coco, Hannah Blackington, Emily LaFalce, Jill Perkins, Caroline Krison)



    *4:30 p.m. Girls senior four repechage

    (5 in repechage, 3 to semi)

    Amanda Labbe, Shenendehowa



    *4:50 p.m. Girls senior eight repechage

    (5 in repechage, 3 to semi)

    Aleks Torres, Saratoga

    Kate Halbig, Burnt Hills



    *5 p.m. Boys senior eight repechage

    (6 in repechage, 3 to semi)

    Ian Robison, Burnt Hills

    Alex Dwyer, Niskayuna

    Brendan Malone, Shaker

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    Ergs don't float!



    It's a comment often heard about the grueling task of rowing a 2k (2,000) meters on a mechanical version of hell that all rowers must face in any boathouse, the ergometer.


    Here a boys team warms up before taking to the water Thursday afternoon at the SRAAs in West Windsor, NJ on Mercer Lake.


    A person's erg score, how long it takes them to pull or row 2,000-meters is considered a key measurement by peers and coaches. For those who detest the machine and what it represents detest the sport's version of the rack.


    Me, I haven't pulled a meter on an erg or rowed a boat. Both have been suggested as important tasks for me to take up. Thanks guys!

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    Nice digs at SRAAs


    I definitely can't complain about the Burnt Hills Rowing Association selection for accommodation for this year's SRAAs, a Courtyard by Marriott (send all the points to the rowers for me would you?).


    We're just a few miles away in Ewing, New Jersey, an easy place to remember if you are a New York Knicks fan.


    As you can see here, BHRA senior Kate Halbig can't complain either, pictured here with Elmo upon her arrival. I think he was pretty glad to meet her too!


    The team was expecting to be split up in at least two locations, but a last minute cancellation by another squad opened up almost two floors for the group.


    Like I posted before, I'm bunking with Tom Adey, father and head chef for the BHRA and the room couldn't be any nicer.


    Of course there is a rumor of the coaches getting rooms with a balcony, but I guess they deserve it.

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    Thursday, May 21, 2009

    A full day for me of rowing and it's only just begun

    The trip down was uneventful, got some work done in the truck and seeing SRAA president Lee West and her right-hand gal, Donna, is always a pleasure.


    Mercer County Park is one of the most expansive, georgeous parks I have ever been though, the state and county need to be commended for their efforts.


    The teams spent time rigging their boats, taking some practice time on the water while I lined up my plan for Saturday and typed out some boat line-ups.


    All this was under a shaded pavillion, with power to my laptop and some Napster streaming of The 80's, The 90's and Hot Rock radio stations.


    Here Saratoga Rowing Association's Christina Dagle is rigging her boat before practice.


    Kudos to the Burnt Hills Rowing Association for a wonderful ziti and meatball dinner on the shores of Mercer Lake courtesy of Tom and the staff of the BHRA. I ate like a marathoner carbo-loading before Boston..great job!

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    On the road to SRAAs


    On my way to scholastic rowing nationals in NJ courtesy Burnt Hills Rowing and its head coach Mike Meier. Thanks Spartans!



    Riding in style with the boats and coach Mike Meier. His tricked out rig so have lots of power for the laptop and Blackberry.



    Can get lots of work done on the way before we hit Mercer County Park. Good for me I think.



    Forgot to print heat list, times and rosters. Sleep won out and my bride had me packed when I got home from the paper so I wasn't about to argue.



    Time for mindless typing of entry shell and maybe some boys lax playoff brackets for the web.


    I do have a candidate for quote of the year from former BHRA rower and current Temple crew standout Aaron Heyde from the road trip, but since it threw Mike Meier, myself and former teammate Andy Sayles (Marist rower) for a loop, I don't think it's going to make it as an entry.


    Let's just say that he needed to make a rest stop but didn't want to have to stop.....



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    Monday, May 18, 2009

    Toga 14-3 final

    Seeding doesn't mean everything as No. 5 Saratoga dropped No. 4 Schenectady on the road, 14-3.

    Story to follow.
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    Toga alive 8-2

    The Blue Streaks are back in style in the second half, scoring three unanswered goals after Schenectady's Brooklyn Williams opened the half with a goal.

    Sarah Campbell, Juliana Sirrani and Casey Harkens answered for the 8-2 lead, forcing a Schenectady time out with 16:49 to go.
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    Toga lax up 5-1

    While not playing their best lacrosse against the higher seed on the road, Saratoga tacked on four more goals for a 5-1 halftime lead at Schenectady.

    Morgan Powell, Julia Siiriani, Maggie Deloria and Britta Moberg all scored late in the first half for the quarterfinal lead.
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    Toga at Schen glax quarters tied 1-1

    Schenectady struck first, up 1-0 2:50 in before Jullia Sirianni tied it up at 18:23.
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    Thursday, May 14, 2009

    SRAAs: New York crew qualifiers

    NEW YORK STATE QUALIFIERS FOR SRAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS


    BOYS VARSITY EIGHTS

    Canisius

    Chaminade

    Shaker

    Niskayuna

    Burnt Hills

    St. Anthony’s


    GIRLS VARSITY EIGHTS

    Saratoga

    Burnt Hills

    Baldwinsville

    Shaker

    Fayetteville-Manlius

    Liverpool


    BOYS VARSITY FOURS

    Manhasset

    Iona Prep

    City Honors

    Fayetteville-Manlius

    McQuaid Jesuit

    Chaminade


    GIRLS VARSITY FOURS

    Our Lady of Lourdes

    O’Neill High School

    Nardin

    St. Anthony’s

    Buffalo Seminary


    BOYS VARSITY QUAD

    Forham Prep


    GIRLS VARSITY QUAD

    St. John the Baptist


    BOYS VARSITY DOUBLE

    Unaffiliated – Loyola/Colpoy

    Riverhead High School

    Poughkeepsie


    GIRLS VARSITY DOUBLE

    St. John the Baptist

    Our Lady of Mercy Academy

    Huntington


    BOYS VARSITY SINGLE

    Shenendehowa – Fisher

    Vsculls – Dobrowolski

    Long Island – West


    GIRLS VARSITY SINGLE

    Friends Academy – Bielawski

    Shenendehowa – Knight

    OLMA – Henriquez


    BOYS LIGHTWEIGHT EIGHT

    Canisius

    St. Joe’s Collegiate

    Liverpool


    GIRLS LIGHTWEIGHT EIGHT

    Nardin

    Bay Shore

    Buffalo Seminary


    BOYS LIGHTWEIGHT FOUR

    Canisius

    McQuaid Jesuit


    GIRLS LIGHTWEIGHT FOUR

    Manhasset

    Lourdes

    Saratoga


    BOYS LIGHTWEIGHT DOUBLE

    Friends Academy

    Nyack High School


    GIRLS LIGHTWEIGHT DOUBLE

    Emma Willard

    Shenendehowa


    BOYS SECOND VARSITY EIGHT

    Chaminade

    Canisius

    Burnt Hills


    GIRLS SECOND VARSITY EIGHT

    Burnt Hills

    Baldwinsville


    BOYS JUNIOR EIGHT

    Chaminade

    Manhasset

    Fordham Prep

    Our Lady of Lourdes


    GIRLS JUNIOR EIGHT

    Saratoga

    St. Anthony’s

    Our Lady of Mercy HS

    Spackenkill HS


    BOYS JUNIOR FOUR

    Iona Prep

    Rhinebeck

    Fayetteville-Manlius

    Schenectady


    GIRLS JUNIOR FOUR

    Manhasset

    Our Lady of Mercy Academy

    Nardin

    Poughkeepsie


    BOYS JUNIOR QUAD

    McQuaid Jesuit

    Cold Springs Harbor


    GIRLS JUNIOR QUAD

    Our Lady of Mercy HS

    Friends Academy

    Saratoga


    BOYS JUNIOR DOUBLE

    Shoreham-Wading HS

    Niskayuna


    GIRLS JUNIOR DOUBLE

    Our Lady of Mercy HS

    Shenendehowa


    BOYS FRESHMAN EIGHT

    Chaminade

    Canisius

    Burnt Hills

    St. Anthony’s


    GIRLS FRESHMAN EIGHT

    Saratoga

    Baldwinsville

    Fayetteville-Manlius

    Shenendehowa


  • Boats from New York State still have an opportunity to petition the SRAA to gain entry into the May 22 and 23 regatta in Camden, New Jersey.

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  • Wednesday, May 13, 2009

    Saratoga baseball drops Shen, 12-2

    Here are the game notes I sent up to the blog from new Blackberry Curve 8330 during the Saratoga at Shenendehowa Suburban Council baseball game Wednesday afternoon:


    Saratoga wins and is in sectionals over rival Shenendehowa

    Saratoga baseball qualifies for sectionals 1st time in 6 yrs. First 2 wins over Shen in a season in 19 years!


    Shen makes it interesting

    Scott Buniak led off with a solo home run to start Shen's final at-bats. Andrew Kalish reached on an error by the second baseman and Bryan Marotta reached on an error by the shortstop. Brandon Cogswell ripped a single to center chasing Blue Streak starter Ford Plowman.
    Reliever Luke Fauler was greeted by a Dempsey single up the middle, cutting the lead, 12-5. Zach Makarewitz followed with an RBI single to cut it to 12-6.
    A pop-out ends the threat and the game.



    Saratoga won't let up
    A nine-run lead isn't enough for Saratoga as Leejay Pollachi lead off with a double to center, advanced on Kyle Willmott's bunt single.
    Erich Lange followed with a long drive to right, near the line that scored Pollacchi on the tag for the official 10-run Blue Streak lead.



    Hit parade continues for Blue Streaks

    Shen's second reliever was welcomed just like his pedecessors, with hits and runs by Saratoga.
    Ben Cook led off by taking a pitch from Rainville in the side and Kyle Willmott followed with a single to right. Erich Lange followed with an RBI single to center, scoring Cook.
    Mike Allen walked, but his ball four bit the dust in front of the plate allowing Willmott to score.
    Chris Davis stung a Rainville pitch into center, scoring Lange for a commanding 11-2 lead.



    Hits keep coming for Blue Streaks
    Leejay Pollachi wasn't done for the day against rival Shenendehowa, drilling a Chris Nyman pitch over the centerfield fence to give Saratoga a commanding 8-2 lead. He hit a two-run double to the wall in the fourth.

    Nick Rainville comes on in relief.




    Marotta homers, SS up 6-2

    Shenendehowa senior catcher and Clifton Park Babe Ruth World Series alum, Bryan Marotta hits a solo shot over left center, cutting into the lead, 6-2.



    Saratoga up 6-0

    Saratoga's Erich Lange leads off top of fifth with a single, advances on a passed ball and scores on Mike Allen's double in the right-center gap for a 6-0 lead.

    The run came off Shen reliever Chris Nyman who replaced starter Tyler Dehmer.



    Saratoga up big on Shen, 5-0
    Saratoga's Scott Hladick led off with a single up the middle, to second on Tyler Dehmer's errant pick off move.
    Scott Allen singles, beating out throw to first deep from shortstop.
    Tyler Shattuck's flare over first base scores Hladick, Saratoga up 1-0.
    Ford Plowman sac bunts runners to second and third.

    LeeJay Pollachi drills stand-up double that hits center field fence, scoring Allen and Shattuck, up 3-0.
    That didn't last long as Ben Cook launches Dehmer's offering over the left centerfield wall for a 5-0 Blue Streak lead.

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    Tuesday, May 12, 2009

    NYS Crew: As stories unfold, nationals bids released

    In a combination of the perfect storm(s) Saturday and Sunday champions were crowned, race results were negated and a series of issues clouded the New York State Championships rowing regatta at Fish Creek.


    Now with a full day behind the event and phone bills that would thrill Alexander Graham Bell, some official announcements have been made.


    According to the top judge referee at US Rowing the late races on Sunday, rowed under less than ideal conditions, both regarding weather and race integrity, will be negated with the heats and semifinals standing as the recognized times.


    There is no clear cut written rule on the issue, so the decision was an interpretation of the evidence presented and what is in the best interest of fairness to all teams involved.


    That said, SRAA president Lee West, has also allowed New York State additional bids for inclusion to the national regatta in two weeks AND the petition process is still open to any team that wishes to apply from NYS for open lanes.


    It's a win-win in the big picture, but some teams may be disappointed in the recognition of state titles.


    The New York State matrix of bids is almost complete and will be available this afternoon. My story will follow after that.

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    NYS Crew: Gold toes

    I'm definately not one to knock superstitions from any athlete, but Saratoga Rowing Association senior and Marist-bound rower Morgan Moore had one of the best this weekend at the NYS Scholastic Rowing Championships on Fish Creek.


    She has a tradition of painting her toenails gold for each regatta she has raced in...all but one.


    "The one time I painted my toes silver I came in second in a single," Moore said. "I will never do it again."


    It paid off this weekend when her girls junior eight earned a gold medal and a trip to the Scholastic Rowing Association of America national championships in two weeks.


    You can bet there may be a toe-painting party the night before championships with this boat.

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    Sunday, May 10, 2009

    NYS Crew: Surprise! Racing halted for wind

    A steady wind has become stronger and the gusts are almost unmanageable at the start.

    This afternoon's novice races have been cancelled and medals will be awarded on heat times.

    The freshman races are currently on hold.

    The two races on the water will be completed and then the referees will meet and discuss the conditions on the race course. Will update when more is available.

    NYS Crew: Back on the shores of Fish Creek

    After a late start, some back discomfort after a full week with little rest and a lot of work, sitting and standing, Reda and I are back in the timing tent for the NYS Crew Championships today.

    The times will be slower as the wind appears to be coming right through the race course giving the teams a strong headwind to row into.

    The first finals are scheduled for 9:38 a.m. and we'll go from there with the new schedule, I think Rev. VI by now.

    Working on current updates along with continuing to work on the state team.

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    Saturday, May 09, 2009

    NYS Crew: Calling it a day

    Well as the sun set over Fish Creek Saturday evening the final scheduled boats raced across the finish line, closing out day one of the New York State Scholastic Rowing Association championships.

    All of Saturday's results are posted on line at The Saratogian.


    Sunday's schedule will begin at 7:30 a.m. and that schedule will be posted shortly.

    I'll be posting what I have of the New York State team as it is, with updates throughout the week. Due to schedules, planning and racing, it didn't come together today.

    Some asprin, some gatorade and some ice and I'll be good for tommorrow.

    P.S. Lauren Boudreau did a kickin' job in the timing tent 8-)

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    NYS Crew: I want to soak up the sun!

    The rain is gone, but the rowing guys have smiled with a gorgous rainbow coming out over the shores of Fish Creek!

    Let's go racing!

    NYS Crew: First lightning, now wind..

    We can't win today. The 30 minute lightning delay is over, but then the wind kicked up and the rain started to come...sideways!!

    Could be stopping soon...will update.

    NYS Crew: Lightning delay at 4:44 p.m.

    Lightning was spotted and thunder soon followed so we are in a 30 minute delay as the boats are pulled in off the water as a safety precaution.

    It will add to the night't racing, but at least I'll be totally caught up with results and the chart with the added races.

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    NYS Crew: Schedule changes on Saturday

    Due to weather concerns on Sunday including high winds and potential storms 11 races have been moved up to later Saturday afternoon. The new races are as follows:

  • 6:04 Boys Sr 1x repechage
  • 6:12 Boys J4 4x repechage
  • 6:20 Girls Novice 8+ semifinal 1
  • 6:28 Girls Novice 8+ semifinal 2
  • 6:36 Girls Senior 4+ repechage
  • 6:44 Girls Junior 4+ semifinal 1
  • 6:52 Girls Junior 4+ semifinal 2
  • 7:00 Boys Junior 4+ semifinal 1
  • 7:08 Boys Junior 4+ semifinal 2
  • 7:16 Boys Senior 4+ semifinal 1
  • 7:24 Boys Senior 4+ semifinal 2
  • 7:32 Boys Senior 4+ semifinal 3
  • 7:40 Girls Senior 8+ repechage 1
  • 7:48 Girls Senior 8+ repechage 2
  • 7:56 Boys Senior 8+ repechage 1
  • 8:04 Boys Senior 8+ repechage 2


    Sunday's races will be run with grand finale only from 7:30 to 11:54 followed by the Cincy Qualifer at 12:02 and 12:10 p.m. Petite finals will follow at 12:18 p.m. with racing finishing at 1:06.

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  • NYS Crew: Time Trials in, results delayed..not our fault!

    Well, so goes the life in the timing tent.

    I guess there were a series of boats scratched, changed bow numbers and some of them decided to row anyway to start the morning in four different time trial events, delaying the posting of results.

    It's not a bad omen as the singles results are coming in pretty fast and will be posted before we get to time trials.


    Blogger note - Once results are available go to www.saratogian.com and click on Saturday time trial schedules/results here.

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    NYS Crew: In the timing tent, ready to update

    The boats are on the water, the time trials are complete and the boys and girls singles are underway on Fish Creek with flat water and cool weather.

    A beautiful day for rowing, let's hope the weather cooperates.

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    Friday, May 08, 2009

    Shen, Uncle Sam and Stan want you to vote in the Shen Hall of Fame poll

    Cast your vote today!

    The Shenendehowa Foundation has released the current list of nominees for the inagural class of the 2009 Shenendehowa Athletic Hall of Fame.

    All 43 nominees are deserving, but you can only vote for eight.


    Vote for a Student-Athlete (at least 10 years since graduation), Coach (10 years of service) or Contributor to be selected for this prestigious first class.

    Take the survey on the Community News web-site.

    I have to thank Burnt Hills varsity girls coach Donica Nalbert for turning me on to Survey Monkey for making all of this possible. I have a lot of ideas for even more surveys in the future!

    Vote now, the polls aren't open for much longer!

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    NYS Rowing Champs: Saturday's schedules updated

    Mission accomplished!

    Saturday's rowing schedules and results shell is up and visible on the Saratogian web-site and will be updated throughout the the weekend.

    It's been a ton of work, but necessary to keep everyone informed not on the shores of Fish Creek.

    Now time to catch some ZZZZ's before a long day at Fish Creek working on Sunday's All-State team and schedule/results shell.

    Good luck to all the rowers!

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    Tick, tick, tick, NYS Rowing Championships countdown

    News preview...check!
    Sports preview...check!
    Saturday's schedule now on-line...check!
    Sunday's schedule on-line...in progress...
    All New York State crew team announced...in progress...
    Already worried about the weekend's weather...you betcha!

    It's the eve of the New York State Scholastic Rowing Association championship regatta on Fish Creek and Team Streda (myself and my wife of almost 20 years) are hard at work preparing for all the action this weekend on the water.

    The weather has apparently already wrecked havoc on a few team tents with a quick moving wind storm, but hopefully the weekend will go smoothly.

    Power, technology and pure ignorance of sleep aside, this weekend could be the most exciting and informative ever!

    Saturday's schedule is already up on line at www.Saratogian.com, I'm working on Saturday's time trial schedule followed by Sunday's schedule.

    Also, Reda will be focused on updating results for off-site fans and I'll be getting more familiar with the 2009 All-State squad to be published on-line Sunday morning.

    I've met a few winners and their resumes are extremely impressive and they still have more to prove this weekend on Fish Creek.

    Don't forget to check out my Twitter feed for quick updates from the finish line along with weather updates and anything else I can come up with...like best food tent?? Hmmm...

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    Saturday, May 02, 2009

    Stan Hudy, horse racing handicapping genius!

    Well, I am more than willing to bask in the glory of being probably the only sportswriter in the world that picked Mine That Bird to win the Kentucky Derby.

    Please don't mistake me, I mean the entire Earth and world wide web. Seriously.

    Mine That Bird was, as of Friday, a 70-1 longshot, the longest in the field and in today's edition of The Pink Sheet, a racing publication as part of The Saratogian, there he is in print. Mine That Bird under my mug.

    Now I would like to share with you all of my efforts in researching this historic longshot winner, the time I spent pouring over racing charts, looking at breeding lines and such...but isn't that what tip sheets and services are all about?

    With Calvin Borel aboard I was secure in my selection and I will give you one last glimpse into how I came out the big winner...a little birdie told me about it.

    Hudy
    8-)

    P.S. I'll come clean on my pick selection, but not today. I just want to bask in the glory of my incredible selection in the greatest city in the North to celebrate horse racing.

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