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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: September 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.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

BH-BL girls soccer sees yellow in loss to Shen

It was a wild afternoon for the Spartans against their rival Shenendehowa in a week one Suburban Council/Saratoga County girls soccer showdown.

Hits, misses, a hip toss, an almost tear-away jersey were some of the bright moments, but two yellow cards issued to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake for jewelry were surprising, shocking and maybe to some on the Spartan sidelines...questionable.

After a physical tangle in their own end, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's Amanda Malone wasn't issued a yellow card for her tangle with Shenendehowa's Sarah Bassett that sent her in a horizontal spin to the ground, but for an earring in her upper lobe.

With the score tied in the second half and a foul called on the Spartans adjacent to the goal box, Burnt Hills goalie Emily McNutt received a yellow card for a necklace. She was sent off and the Spartans, without a back-up goalie, had to replace her with a field player. Guess what happened next...gggoooooaaaaallllll!!

BH-BL's day didn't get any better when its coach, Brian Bold, received a yellow for asking for clarification about a substitution entry into the contest that he wanted to call back. It may have been payback for giving the referees an earful earlier for a non-foul call when one of his players went down and it took time before they whistled for a stoppage of play.

The NYSPHSAA does not allow any type of jewelryto be worn on the playing field or in practice. A waiver was just passed for wrist watches for cross country runners.

Burnt Hills lost, 2-1, and the re-match should be worth the price of admission at Shen October 13 on the new turf field.

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Empire State Games...shuffle off to Buffalo for 2010?

The Buffalo News has a great story about the potential return of the summer Empire State Games to Buffalo next summer.

Contrary to last summer's bombshell that the games could only go off with a $285 fee per athlete, the new plan involves a small registration fee, $10 or $15 for the different level athletes. That's a small sum to pay for an athletes exposure to college scouts as well as the entire experience.

Games director Fred Smith said he is moving forward with the plans and once again crossing his fingers that the 2010 New York State budget would re-include funding for the games to the tune of $1.7 million.

Check out the full story from the Buffalo News here.

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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Soccer Hall of Fame announces closure...no word on 2010



The biggest soccer ball in the world that resides down I-88 in Oneonta may have just been given the proverbial boot.

In a press conference earlier this week, President and CEO Jonathan Ulman said that the location will be closed to the public after Labor Day except for dates where matches are scheduled on the fields adjacent to the facility.

The facility is schedule to be open and honor its commitments to the High School Hall of Fame Cup scheduled for later this month and the New York State Public High School Athletic Association boys soccer championships Nov. 21 and 22.

Check out the story from the Hall of Fame's hometown newspaper, the Oneonta Star here.

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