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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: October 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, October 31, 2009

First ballots cast and Ballston Spa leads Saratoga for Battle of Route 50

With the voting heating up during the first day of non-contact competition between Ballston Spa High School and Saratoga Springs, the Scotties have just over a two touchdown lead over the Blue Streaks.

Ballston Spa, according to Saturday's votes, is a 57.5 percent favorite to win the Battle of Route 50 next Friday night in the Class AA Super Bowl with Saratoga Springs receiving 42.5 percent of the vote.

It is early in the voting process, so spread the word, contact your booster clubs, friends and families of both the Scotties and the Blue Streaks and have then cast their vote here.

The voting will close out Thursday night and we will publish the results in Friday's Saratogian.

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Battle of Route 50 set for Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Pick the winner.

After Ballston Spa's 42-9 win over Guilderland and Saratoga's 32-0 rout of Schenectady, the Section II Class AA Super Bowl, The Battle of Route 50, is now officially set for 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Colonie High School.

The Class AA contest is the only one slated for Friday night and should be a sell out as these two juggernauts will decide who will advance to the regionals and hopefully to the Syracuse Carrier Dome. Along the way our newspapers will have all the action leading up to this historic showdown between these two Saratoga County teams.

But first things first...who will win? We want you to Pick the winner of the Battle of Route 50.

The results will be posted on-line and in next Friday's edition of The Saratogian.

Good luck to both teams.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Field Hockey seedings: Good news and bad news...for field hockey fans

Well, the Section II field hockey actually remembered our newspaper and was kind enough to send us this year's seedings, something we're still struggling with from other sports committees, but Mary Ann Bump is a class act.

That was the kiss portion of my rant, now comes the kick...are you out of your mind scheduling not only the first round on a Friday night with the football semifinals slated across the region, but then put the finals on Oct. 6 when the Class AA football final is scheduled. Saturday gives way to the other four football title games.

I hate to sound harsh and Mary Ann Bump is one of my favorite chairs, but for a sport that is looking to get some coverage, have athletes highlighted you just made field hockey a mushroom, kept it cold and in the dark.

Sectional soccer seedings come out Tuesday afternoon, play starts this week. Your first rounds will be largely ignored because of semifinal football action. The field hockey semifinals have some hope, but the finals will be overshadowed by the AA final and then four potential previews of the next day's football games. Tack on that all four classes will be contested on the same night, but at two different locations (sorry C/CCs) it becomes the D or E contest on a sports editor's schedule.

While I am personally thrilled that the finals are at Shenendehowa on its newly installed FieldTurf surface, it has great seating, concessions and lighting, did they really need it? I appreciate not driving out to Johnstown this year for the finals and was always a fan of the Skidmore surface, but I understand that the usage fee for Shenendehowa for the crowd of mainly parents and a few friends made the decision easier.

I'm not saying the events won't get coverage, but I don't think the committee positioned itself correctly for the local media, not just my smiling face, but the four other daily newspapers and five other television stations to give it highlighted coverage.

My plea in the future is to just let us (the media), help you.

Section II field hockey seedings

Class A
No. 1 Niskayuna (13-1) vs No. 8 Columbia (2-12)
No. 2 Saratoga (11-3) vs No.7  Shaker (4-10)
No. 3 Shenendehowa (9-5) vs No. 6 Guilderland ( 8-6)
No. 4 Queensbury (8-4) vs No. 5 Bethlehem (9-5)
Quarter-Finals- Friday, Oct. 30th 3 p.m. at higher seed
Semi-finals- Wednesday, Nov 4th 2:30 p.m. at higher seed
Finals- Friday, Nov 6th 5:30 p.m. at Shenendehowa

Class B
No. 1 Johnstown (11-1) - Bye
No. 2 Glens Falls (11-1) vs No. 7 Gloversville (1-11)
No. 3 Ichabod Crane (5-5) vs No. 6 Burnt Hills (0-14)
No. 4 South Glens Falls ( 5-7) vs No. 5 Scotia ( 4-8)
Quarter-Finals- Thursday, Oct 29th 3 p.m. at higher seed
Semi-finals- Tuesday, Nov 3rd 2:30 p.m. at higher seed
Finals- Friday, Nov. 6th 3:30 p.m. at Shenendehowa
Class CC
No. 1 Taconic Hills (10-0) – Bye
No. 2 Hoosick Falls (7-1- Bye
No. 3 Emma Willard ( 7-3) vs No. 6 Corinth (1-7)
No. 4 Granville (3-5) vs No. 5 Schuylerville (2-6)
Quarter-finals- Wed, Oct 28th 3 p.m. at higher seed
Semi-finals- Saturday, Oct 31st 11 a.m. at higher seed
Finals- Wed. Nov 4th 7 p.m. at Johnstown 
C/CC Playoff- Friday, Nov 6th 7:30 p.m. at Shenendehowa
Class C
No. 1 Johnsburg (8-0) – Bye
No. 2 Greenwich (7-1) vs No. 7 Salem (1-7)
No. 3 Germantown (6-4) vs No. 6 North Warren (3-5)
No. 4 Lake George (4-4) vs No. 5 Warrensburg (4-4)
Quarter-finals- Tuesday, Oct 27th 3 p.m. at higher seed
Semi-finals- Saturday, Oct 31st 11 a.m. at higher seed
Finals- Wed. Nov 4th 5p.m. at Johnstown 
C/CC Playoff- Friday , Nov 6th 7:30 p.m. at Shenendehowa

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Football playoffs: Part II semifinals set

Win and move on, lose and let your juniors get ready for next season, that is the standard operating procedure for Section II football after several seasons were basically concluded Friday night.

In Saratoga County it could be a collision course or a publisher's dream as Saratoga and Ballston Spa could face off in the Class AA Section II finale if they survive the next round.

Saratoga Springs hosts a tough Schenectady team that enacted revenge against Shenendehowa Friday night, 33-13. Ballston Spa will once again see Guilderland who they finished up the regular season against, but the Dutchmen may have put the fear into the Scotties after upending LaSalle on Friday night.

In another Saratogian dream sequence, Saratoga Catholic not only won its first playoff game in more than 20 years, they get to travel and face another locally covered school, Greenwich, Friday night in another Class D late-season rematch.

Burnt Hills could be tested when it faces Niskayuna at home Friday night while the opposite side of the bracket is a battle as Gloversville faces Troy on Saturday.

Here's the schedule for the sectional semifinals and remaining crossover contests:

Class AA semifinals
Schenectady (6-2) at Saratoga Springs (7-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Guilderland (4-4) at Ballston Spa (7-1), 7 p.m. Friday

Class A semifinals
Niskayuna (6-2) at Burnt Hills (8-0), 7 p.m. Friday
Gloversville (7-1) at Troy (8-0), 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Class B semifinals
Hudson Falls (5-3) at Lansingburgh (7-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Cohoes (6-2) at Schalmont (6-2), 7 p.m. Friday

Class C Semifinals
Granville (7-1) vs. Hoosick Falls (8-0) at Stillwater, 2 p.m. Saturday
Cambridge (7-1) vs. Chatham (8-0) at Stillwater, 7 p.m. Saturday

Class D Semifinals
Bishop Gibbons at Rensselaer (7-1), 7 p.m. Friday
Saratoga Catholic (3-5) at Greenwich (6-2), 7 p.m. Friday

Crosover games
Class AA
Bethlehem at Shaker, 7 p.m. Thursday
CBA at Columbia, 7 p.m. Thursday
Albany at Colonie, 7 p.m. Thursday
La Salle at Shenendehowa, 7 p.m. Friday

Class A
Queensbury at Scotia, 7 p.m. Thursday
South Glens Falls at Bishop Maginn, 7 p.m. Thursday

Class B
Hoosic Valley at Ichabod Crane, 7 p.m. Thursday
Broadalbin-Perth at Ravena, 7 p.m. Thursday

Class C
Voorheesville at Corinth, 7 p.m. Friday
Schuylerville at Lake George, 7 p.m. Friday
Cairo-Durham at Stillwater, TBA
Hudson at Cobleskill, TBA
Taconic Hills at Mechanicville, TBA

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Partial Head of the Fish results posted for Saturday

Well, the rain tooks it toll on everyone, including the time keeprs as a slew of missing bow numbers and coxswains bundled up due to the conditions hid many numbers so as of right now here is a partial list of Saturday results.

I will continue to update the link as the results become available.

If you spot an error, don't fret, just kindly, gently and patiently contact Saratoga Rowing Association. I have the link, I just want to get an OK that I can post it.

Rowing continues Sunday morning with the colleges and masters back on the water, but the forecast has the rain stopping for them early on. Age before beauty, I guess.

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Head of Fish..row on!

Even as the rain continues to pour on Fish Creek and its shores, rowers and volunteers, it is all a go.
A 2 hour delay was washed out (hmmm) by cancelling the later mixed races and the lunch break. The plan is to row through the day with a blob of bad weather coming towards the event at 4:30.

Saturday's key, row hard, get warm, win Fish Head!
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Head of Fish back on

Head of the Fish to re-launch at 10:am. Races re-start at 10;20. Event 9 finishers time good. Others option to re-row. Let's go row!

SRA's regattas have only lost 2 days of racing in 13 years, last one due to a Noreaster that produced 25 mph wind. What's a little rain?
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Head of the Fish update - 9:25 am suspended

As of 9;25 racing at the Head of the Fish Regatta has been suspended due to lightning.

Boats on the water were stopped and docked along Fish Creek with safety boats.

The monsoon-like rain has also flooded out the parking areas at Lee's Park.

I'll update from underneath the dry area in the vendor area tent.
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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Christopher Dailey Foundation 8th annual Turkey Trot Nov. 26

The Christopher Dailey Foundation will host the 8th Annual Saratoga Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26. The 5K Run/Walk will be held on Broadway in Saratoga Springs starting at 8:30 a.m. For the third straight year the run will be sponsored by MVP Health Care.

All proceeds from the event will support the Christopher Dailey Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting youth sports in the Saratoga Community.

The event begins at a packed starting line in front of City Hall on Broadway in Saratoga Springs, heads up to the Skidmore Campus before returning and finishing in front of the post office. It is a well supported race annually and I expect to be on site, looking to burn off some calories before my Thanksgiving Dinner.

To register electronically or by mail go to the website, There will be no day-of registration this year. The foundation can be reached at 581-1328.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Six Saratoga County golfers qualify for state tourney

Six golfers from four different Saratoga County schools secured spots on the Section II state team Monday afternoon at Orchard Creek Golf Club in Altamont.

Ryan Simpson, D.J. Dozier from Shenendehowa, Mark Sabatino and Chad Murphy from Stillwater, Kyle Lewis from Saratoga and Spencer Sautin from Saratoga Central Catholic all survived the two-day tournament, extended over a week due to weather, and will represent Section II in June at Cornell.

After the first day of play, the tournament is cut down to the lowest 16 scores and ties. On Monday, only the top nine are placed on the state team.

After two-day scores of 155, Murphy and Guilderland's Jeremy Tobin each parred the first playoff hole to round out the top nine spots.

While some players cruised into the second day of qualifying, shooting low scores last week at Orchard Creek Golf Club and had a cushion prior to the second day of competition where the scores are added together, some struggled to make the state squad.

Shenendehowa senior Ryan Simpson qualified for the second day with a 77, a high for him, but rebounded and fired a 71 Monday for a two-day total of 148, second lowest on the day.

“I bogeyed my first two holes,” Simpson said. “I had to focus and believe that it wouldn’t matter and get back into it.”

One of the biggest surprises came from Shenendehowa sophomore D.J. Dozier who fired the day’s low round with a 70, starting out the right way, with an eagle on the first hole.

“On the first hole I had a good line on the green and was 30-feet away,” Dozier said. “I hit it well; it hit the back of the cup, popped up and fell in.”

Like other golfers, Dozier worked on his game during the break, extended due to poor weather on Friday to Monday’s date.

“My swing felt good and I tuned it up with my coach,” Dozier said. “I practiced that on Sunday and worked on my putting and short game. You need the little stuff to go low.”

Saratoga Catholic junior Spencer Sautin also made the most of the layoff, shooting a 73 on Monday, finishing with a 79-73 152 as the fourth qualifier.

“I knew if I played well I would get in, I wasn’t going to worry about it,” Sautin said. “I didn’t have a strategy. I went out and played, see how the day went.”

Last year Sautin made it through the first day of qualifying, but said ‘he didn’t come to play the second day.’

“My main goal of the season and get into states,” Sautin said. “Today it was my putting. I made a lot of putts from five to 10 feet out.”

Saratoga’s Kyle Lewis earned a spot in the final group on Monday, with Simpson, Sabatino and DiStefano and rode the wave of good golf to his second state tournament.

“Playing in the last group I knew if I could contend with the group I would be in a good spot,” Lewis said. “I didn’t have a lot of birdies, but a lot of pars and a few bogeys.

“I was smooth until 13,” Lewis said. “I bogeyed and then just had a tough finish. I went five-over on the last six. It was a tough finish, but I got it done.”

The most trying day belonged to three-time state qualifier Mark Sabatino who had to control his emotions and sneak in with a 79 on Monday after sharing the top spot last week with a 74 for a two-day total of 153 and the seventh qualifier.

“I started off with three pars and then I bogeyed seven in a row,” Sabatino said who lay down adjacent to the 10th tee box staring at the sky. “I was wondering why I was allowing it to happen.

“My biggest problem with my game is my head,” Sabatino said. “I can hit the ball, I hit the ball well, but I just couldn’t putt.”

Stillwater’s Chad Murphy had to go to overtime Monday afternoon, competing in a four-way playoff as the final two spots were deadlocked at 155 after 36 holes. He pared the first playoff hole, the par four 10th.

“I thought of my dad who tells my ‘just go for par,’” Murphy said. “I was about 100 yards away off the green. I hit it on the green, but my putt went five feet past the hole. I studied it for a while and then I made it.”

Murphy shot a 76 last week and earned his 155 with a 79 on Monday.

“79 was a little higher than I wanted to shoot,” Murphy said. “I thought the course played harder today. The par threes were playing unbelievable hard.”

The state tournament is a first for the Stillwater senior.

“Last year I missed the first cut by two strokes,” Murphy said. “I wanted to make states my senior year.”

Section II state qualifier
1. Tim DiStefano Albany Academy 74-72 146
2. Ryan Simpson Shen 77-71 148
3. D.J. Dozier Shen 79-70 149
4. Spencer Sautin Saratoga Catholic 79-73 152
5. Will Mallia Bishop Gibbons 78-75 153
6. Kyle Lewis Saratoga 76-77 152
7. Mark Sabatino Stillwater 74-790 153
8. Chad Murphy Stillwater 76-79 155
9. Jeremy Tobin Guilderland 79-76 155

10. Matt DeVito Albany Academy 74-81 155
11. Aminseh Hajela Shaker 79-76 155
12. John Farah Niskayuna 77-80 157
13. Seth Adams CBA 79-79 158
14. Lou Walsh Shen 79-80 159
15. Taylor Bellemare Hoosic Falls 77-85 162
16. Justin Brock Albany Academy 79-83 162

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Section II football playoff schedule/seeds

Section II Football Playoff Schedule
(all games Friday at 7 p.m.)
No. 4 Colonie (3-4) at No. 1 Saratoga Springs (6-1)
No. 3 Shenendehowa (5-2) at No. 2 Schenectady (5-2)
No. 3 Bethlehem (3-4) at No. 2 Ballston Spa (6-1)
No. 4 Guilderland (3-4) at No. 1 La Salle (7-0)

No. 4 Averill Park (3-4) at No. 1 Burnt Hills (7-0), 7 p.m.
No. 3 Queensbury (4-3) at No. 2 Niskayuna (5-2), 7 p.m.
No. 3 Bishop Maginn (2-5) at No. 2 Gloversville (6-1), 7 p.m.
No. 4 Glens Falls (3-4) at No. 1 Troy (7-0), 1:30 p.m.

No. 4 Albany Academy (4-3) at No. 1 Schalmont (5-2), 7 p.m.
No. 3 Hudson (5-2) at No. 2 Hudson Falls (4-3), 1 p.m.
No. 3 Cobleskill (2-5) at No. 2 Cohoes (5-2), 1:30 p.m.
No. 4 Broadalbin-Perth (3-4) at No. 1 Lansingburgh (6-1), 7 p.m.

No. 4 Canajoharie (5-2) at No. 1 Hoosick Falls (7-0), 7 p.m.
No. 4 Corinth (5-2) at No. 1 Chatham (7-0), 7 p.m.
No. 3 Granville (6-1) at No. 2 Fonda (6-1), 1 p.m.
No. 3 Voorheesville (6-1) at No. 2 Cambridge (6-1), 1 p.m.

No. 6 Saratoga Catholic (2-5) at No. 3 Lake George (5-2), 7 p.m.
No. 5 Warrensburg (2-5) at No. 4 Bishop Gibbons (5-2), 1:30 p.m.

Section II championship games are scheduled as follows:
Class AA — at Colonie, Friday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.
Class A — at Shenendehowa, Saturday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.
Class B — TBA
Class C — at CBA or Saratoga, Friday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m.
Class D — at Glens Falls, Saturday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m.

NOTE — Both of the Class C semifinals will be played at
Stillwater’s new FieldTurf field on Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Class AA
Columbia at Albany, 7 p.m.
CBA at Shaker, 7 p.m.
Class A
Mohonasen at Amsterdam, 7 p.m.
Scotia at South Glens Falls, 7 p.m.
Class B
Ravena at Johnstown, 7 p.m.
Class C/D
Mechanicville at Rensselaer, 7 p.m.
Greenwich at Schuylerville, 7 p.m.
Salem at Stillwater, 7 p.m.
Whitehall at Ichabod Crane, 7 p.m.
Watervliet at Taconic Hills, 7 p.m.

Class C/D
Fort Edward vs. Hoosic Valley at Stillwater, 7 p.m.
Tamarac at Cairo-Durham, 1 p.m.
Catholic Central at Coxsackie-Athens, 1 p.m.

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Complete results Saratoga National Bank Cross Country 5k

It's not the most visually appealing format for results, I'm still working on it, but it is complete for all of the participants to check their times.

Again, congrats to all the runners.

Finish Name Age Hometown Time
1 Chuck Terry 27 Albany 15:31
2 Jonathan Wetzel 22 Niskayuna 15:51
3 Bryce Wilk 24 Burnt Hills 16:10
4 Shaun Donegan 23 Wilton 16:16
5 Dusty Kime 23 Albany 16:22
6 Ian Mullikin 22 Albany 16:36
7 David Kvam 27 Mechanicville 16:59
8 Mike Wynn 42 Queensbury 16:59
9 Chris Mulford 32 Schenectady 17:16
10 Richard Cohen 38 Utica 17:33
11 Tom Kracker 45 Delmar 17:40
12 Thomas Dalton 51 Schenectady 17:43
13 Richard Cummings 42 Schenectady 17:43
14 Ahmed Elasser 46 Latham 17:53
15 Andrew Allin 22 Troy 18:01
16 Alex James 21 Geneseo 18:17
17 Rick Munson 52 Prattsville 18:22
18 Walter Boldish 40 Ballston Lake 18:24
19 Paul Cox 16 Troy 18:28
20 Ld Davidson 53 Amsterdam 18:30
21 Rene Engelkardt 51 Burnt Hills 18:33
22 Gregor Fowler 39 Fort Ann 18:34
23 Ross Wightman 14 Chatham 18:37
24 Galen Frechette 21 Troy 18:45
25 Michael Berna 16 East Greenbush 18:47
26 Mathew Nark 36 Mechanicville 18:51
27 John Denmark 40 Johnstown 18:52
28 Andrew Gilchrist Jr. 17 Cropseyville 18:57
29 Matthew Klompas 18 Clifton Park 19:05
30 Sara Facteau 33 Plattsburgh 19:07
31 Rob Picotte 56 Malta 19:09
32 Ken Schwartz 51 Saratoga 19:11
33 Joe Skufca 42 Niskayuna 19:15
34 Hugh Davis 49 Saratoga 19:19
35 Chelsea Maguire 23 Ballston Lake 19:33
36 Patrick Glover 63 Clifton Park 19:34
37 Bruce Palmer 51 Rome 19:34
38 Liam Rice 12 Ballston Spa 19:35
39 Kurt Berna 38 Lyndeborough 19:38
40 Beth Stalker 50 Burnt Hills 19:39
41 Michael Rogers 19 Troy 19:40
42 David Painter 36 Wilton 19:49
43 Brenan Tarrier 31 Albany 19:52
44 Casey Holzworth 30 Saratoga 20:05
45 Dan French 38 Malta 20:07
46 Seth Dunn 38 Saratoga 20:09
47 Matthew O'Neil 44 Ballston Spa 20:14
48 Shelly Binsfeld 30 Schenectady 20:18
49 Starlett Cook 45 Queensbury 20:28
50 Thomas Locascio 51 Albany 20:30
51 Samuel Mercado Jr 46 Saratoga 20:32
52 Arthur Noland 56 Staten Island 20:32
53 Nancy Nicholson 47 Queensbury 20:33
54 Benn Griffin 23 Middle Grove 20:36
55 Mike Bracken 35 Saratoga 20:37
56 Robert Gilchrist 15 Cropseyville 20:40
57 Craig Renoff 45 Ballston Spa 20:42
58 John Williams-Searl 41 Albany 21:04
59 Gary Burak 51 Neew Hartford 21:08
60 Griffen MacWatters 12 Ballston Spa 21:09
61 Luke Luyckx 52 Albany 21:09
62 William Hatch 52 Saratoga 21:10
63 Tim Foxen 49 New York 21:16
64 David Guay 47 Queensbury 21:24
65 Conor Daley 20 Schenectady 21:25
66 Jonathan Owens 44 Whitesboro 21:28
67 Thomas Bick 58 Frankfort 21:32
68 Mark Haworth 39 Saratoga 21:35
69 Juergen Reher 59 Wynantskill 21:37
70 Alex Grauel 16 Ballston Spa 21:41
71 Graig Carbino 25 Ballston Spa 21:42
72 Kelly Holzworth 30 Saratoga 21:44
73 Adam Cornett 20 Putney 21:45
74 Julia Kracker 13 Delmar 21:47
75 Lane Dickson 22 Clifton Park 21:52
76 Ernie Paquin 63 Gansevoort 21:52
77 Jonn Griffin 17 Middle Grove 21:57
78 James Kahler 41 Westport 22:01
79 Bill Pierson 38 Albany 22:06
80 Tracey Delaney 45 Lake Luzerne 22:12
81 Dominic Marro 48 Troy 22:19
82 Jake Navatka 20 Queensbury 22:21
83 John Paudano 49 Stillwater 22:25
84 Eric Catozzi 20 Putney 22:29
85 Ben Towne 29 Saratoga 22:32
86 Judy Phelps 58 Malta 22:34
87 Victor Tadlaw 49 Ballston Spa 22:44
88 John Parsons 53 Troy 22:51
89 Matt Ryan 27 Cohoes 22:57
90 Dan Rogers 13 Ballston Spa 22:59
91 Chris Imperial 29 Ballston Lake 23:04
92 Sandy Tatarynw 30 Saratoga 23:06
93 Bettina Lindsey 48 Utica 23:13
94 Brian McKenna 30 Voorheesville 23:28
95 Sarah Hamm 20 Putney 23:37
96 Greg Henzel 41 Waterford 23:38
97 Scot Schechner 31 Saratoga 23:39
98 Mike Carbino 52 Malta 23:44
99 Andra Peterson 50 Saratoga 23:49
100 Scott French 37 Porter Corners 23:53
101 Paul Loomis 37 Malta 23:54
102 Shawn May 39 Saratoga 23:55
103 Bryna May 30 Saratoga 24:00
104 Patrick Connors 46 Saratoga 24:01
105 Vincent Juliano 52 Schenectady 24:02
106 Daniel Noeker 42 Saratoga 24:02
107 Gary Paschal 42 Ballston Spa 24:07
108 Thomas Conboy 12 Saratoga 24:07
109 Kieran Gurney 10 Saratoga 24:08
110 Kim Zimbal 28 Saratoga 24:11
111 Ron Moraski 41 Loudonville 24:21
112 Kelly Deaprix 19 Scotia 24:24
113 Bill Hammond 48 Saratoga 24:26
114 Charles McGuire 60 Upper Jay 24:27
115 Nichole Demarco 27 Clifton Park 24:38
116 Tony Cupaiuolo 65 Manchester Cent 24:39
117 Victoria Daley 51 Schenectady 24:44
118 Larry Navatka 52 Queensbury 24:47
119 Patricia Monahan 48 Warrensburg 24:50
120 Debi Batcher 50 East Berne 24:56
121 Thomas MacJarrett 52 Glens Falls 24:58
122 Mark De Mers 38 Glens Falls 25:09
123 Jim McTague 52 Niskayuna 25:09
124 Kara Harris 35 Saratoga 25:12
125 Donna Charlebois 51 East Berne 25:19
126 Christopher Rush 73 Schenectady 25:25
127 Jim Hotaling 69 Niverville 25:27
128 Sarah Johnson 36 Glenville 25:35
129 Leigh Ostergren 36 Saratoga 25:41
130 Sander Bouten 34 Clifton Park 25:45
131 Liam Hatch 11 Kinderhook 25:52
132 Michael Hatch 47 Kinderhook 25:53
133 Larry Fein 52 Saratoga 25:56
134 Jessica Bonfey 27 Johnstown 25:59
135 Anthony Gannon 22 Selkirk 26:02
136 Kevin Wheatley 36 Waterford 26:06
137 Joe Geiger 68 Saratoga 26:12
138 Bruce MacWatters 48 Ballston Spa 26:14
139 Jennifer Nassivera 36 Averill Park 26:15
140 Katie Roberts 21 Gansevoort 26:16
141 Maureen Roberts 51 Gansevoort 26:16
142 Nicole Cremo 36 Glens Falls 26:19
143 Shannon Britten 38 Saratoga 26:22
144 Rosann Carpenter 47 Saratoga 26:24
145 Marge Rajczewski 69 Ballston Lake 26:27
146 Daniel Brown 63 Ballston Spa 26:36
147 David Tubbs 13 Corinth 26:40
148 Phil Lapeir 21 Troy 26:41
149 Jennifer Ferriss 37 Saratoga 27:11
150 Tamara Healy 41 Johnstown 27:19
151 Edward Powers 59 Schaghticoke 27:22
152 Ann Miller 46 Greenwich 27:25
153 Tristan Vasquez 30 Black River 27:34
154 Hank Lenney 51 Troy 27:35
155 Michael Maguire 54 Clifton Park 27:35
156 Tenley Klouse 49 Niskayuna 27:36
157 Ken Skinner 69 Albany 27:42
158 Kimberly Poetzsch 20 Ravena 27:45
159 Evelyn Buchanan 48 Saratoga 27:46
160 Laura Clark 62 Saratoga 27:53
161 Joanne Nolette 49 Rensselaer 27:53
162 Susan Curley 40 Ballston Spa 28:13
163 Stephan Parisi 36 Saratoga 28:19
164 Robert Mains 51 Saratoga 28:20
165 Marykay Derby 51 Clifton Park 28:22
166 Gail Hein 57 Altamont 28:23
167 Gina Martin 45 Lake George 28:28
168 John Schaffer 35 Ft. Edward 28:31
169 Tracy Gilliland 47 Saratoga 28:35
170 Joann Kilmer 38 Ballston Spa 28:35
171 Stephen Gilliland 49 Saratoga 28:36
172 Jeff Berna 43 East Greenbush 28:37
173 Chuck Batcher 62 East Berne 28:54
174 Kim Eisler 43 Ballston Spa 28:59
175 Nancy Chapman 41 Fort Edward 29:05
176 Courtney Hayden 30 Greenwich 29:08
177 Ed Rogers 56 Ballston Spa 29:10
178 Lynn Rogers 51 Ballston Spa 29:11
179 Kim Marsella 36 Hadley 29:16
180 Alexis Katz 35 Malta 29:17
181 Lyndsay Strange 22 Glens Falls 29:17
182 Kelly Dempsey-Littl 49 Glens Falls 29:18
183 Maureen Noland 54 Staten Island 29:25
184 Isaac Berna 13 East Greenbush 29:27
185 Jeremy Kergel 34 Scotia 29:27
186 Jennifer Sztalkoper 31 Evans Mills 29:36
187 Tracy Amsden 44 Cohoes 29:38
188 Ted Rydzewski 45 Saratoga 29:39
189 Rebecca Phillips 42 Schenectady 29:55
190 Joanne Vanhorne 36 Corinth 29:59
191 Shannon Kete 35 Saratoga 30:11
192 Melissa Tubbs 36 Corinth 30:19
193 Norm Facklam 66 North Charleston 30:21
194 Peter Carpenter 52 Queensbury 30:22
195 Becky Kotler 70 Manchester Cent 30:29
196 Walter McConnell 78 Bolton Landing 30:32
197 Melinda Fry 44 Saratoga 30:45
198 Eileen Battle 52 Saratoga 30:48
199 Mary Franchini 48 Loudonville 30:56
200 Ann Marie French 36 Porter Corners 31:37 (Saratogian harrier!)
201 Ted Greve 69 Gansevoort 31:58
202 Robert Wappman 41 East Greenbush 32:36
203 Nancy Neptune 40 Saratoga 32:39
204 Amanda Schaffer 32 Ft. Edward 32:45
205 Linda Plante 61 Middle Grove 33:08
206 Stuart Field 67 Queensbury 33:17
207 Patty Paudano 52 Stillwater 33:41
208 Pat Phillips 57 Castleton 33:42
209 Penny Cushman 65 Albany 33:48
210 Lori Allen 38 Cohoes 35:17
211 Stephanie Daniels 39 Saratoga 35:18
212 Rebecca Kearns 33 Fort Drum 35:19
213 Joyce Hevrin 43 Fort Drum 38:22
214 Samantha Berna 20 Lyndeborough 38:28
215 Theresa Berna 40 Lyndeborough 38:28
216 Jan Bouten 63 Clifton Park 40:01
217 Charlotte Hatch 9 Kinderhook 44:41
218 Kathy Hatch 46 Kinderhook 45:18
219 Nanette Hatch 44 Waterford 45:18
220 Regina Tumidajewicz 82 Amsterdam 46:31
221 Chester Tumidajewic 55 Amsterdam 46:32
222 Lana Daniels 16 Saratoga 48:28
223 Heather Houlton 20 Cohoes 48:40
224 Christina Rulison 33 Schenectady 49:09
225 Kristen Field 28 Queensbury 54:22
226 Patricia Field 65 Queensbury 54:2

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Terry, Facteau win Saratoga National Bank XC 5k

Chuck Terry from Albany wins Saratoga National Bank Cross Country 5k in 15:31. He was the winner of the Southern Saratoga YMCA 5k earlier this year and beat out Jonathan Wetzel by 20 seconds, taking him at the Ferndale Hill at the two-mile mark.

This was his first cross country race, perferring the road race courses to get a rythm during his running. Sunday was a warm-up for the annual Stockade-A-Thon race in Schenectady.

Peru's Sara Facteau was the top female at 19:07, making her first return to road racing since she graduated from Peru High School in 1994. Sunday was her fork in the road, a top finish would propel her to continue with her competitive running.

The last time she took to the Saratoga Spa State Park course was as a high school harrier competing at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Invitational.

Now she's committeed to traveling to compete in more road races. She was 30th overall out of 225 runners.

Cheyenne Munson, a 10-year-old from Niskayuna took top honors in the Saratoga National 1k Kids Classic. She was first across the line, earned a medal and a coupon from Ben & Jerry's.

She is following in the footsteps of her sister, Ada Lauterbach, a sophomore at the University at Albany who finished 10th yesterday at the 43rd annual UAlbany Invitational in 18:05.

Race Director Jeffrey Allen said the event had more pre-registered runners than it had finishers from last year's event, showing its popularity. Race day registration was down due to the poor weather forecast, but once again, they were wrong.

I have included the top age-group finishers on this post and will add another post with all 225 finishers. We don't post agate on our Saratogian web-site and don't have a link to simply add here.

Female top finishers
1 Sara Facteau 33 F Plattsburgh 19:07
2 Chelsea Maguire 23 F Ballston Lake 19:33
3 Beth Stalker 50 F Burnt Hills 19:39

Male top finishers
1 Chuck Terry 27 M Albany 15:31
2 Jonathan Wetzel 22 M Niskayuna 15:51
3 Bryce Wilk 24 M Burnt Hills 16:10

Female age group 1-14
1 Julia Kracker 13 Delmar 21:47
2 Charlotte Hatch 9 Kinderhook 44:41

Male age group 1-14
1 Ross Wightman 14 Chatham 18:37
2 Liam Rice 12 Ballston Spa 19:35
3 Griffen MacWatters 12 Ballston Spa 21:09

Female age group 15-19
1 Kelly Deaprix 19 Scotia 24:24
2 Lana Daniels 16 Saratoga Springs 48:28

Male age group 15-19
1 Paul Cox 16 Troy 18:28
2 Michael Berna 16 East Greenbush 18:47
3 Andrew Gilchrist Jr 17 Cropseyville 18:57

Female age group 20-24
1 Lane Dickson 22 Clifton Park 21:52
2 Sarah Hamm 20 Putney 23:37
3 Katie Roberts 21 Gansevoort 26:16

Male age group 20-24
1 Shaun Donegan 23 Wilton 16:16
2 Dusty Kime 23 Albany 16:22
3 Ian Mullikin 22 Albany 16:36

Female age group 25-29
1 Kim Zimbal 28 Saratoga Springs 24:11
2 Nichole Demarco 27 Clifton Park 24:38
3 Jessica Bonfey 27 Johnstown 25:59

Male age group 25-29
1 David Kvam 27 Mechanicville 16:59
2 Graig Carbino 25 Ballston Spa 21:42
3 Ben Towne 29 Saratoga Springs 22:32

Female age group 30-34
1 Shelly Binsfeld 30 Schenectady 20:18
2 Kelly Holzworth 30 Saratoga Springs 21:44
3 Sandy Tatarynw 30 Saratoga Springs 23:06

Male age group 30-34
1 Chris Mulford 32 Schenectady 17:16
2 Brenan Tarrier 31 Albany 19:52
3 Casey Holzworth 30 Saratoga Springs 20:05

Female age group 35-39
1 Kara Harris 35 Saratoga Springs 25:12
2 Sarah Johnson 36 Glenville 25:35
3 Jennifer Nassivera 36 Averill Park 26:15

Male age group 35-39
1 Richard Cohen 38 Utica 17:33
2 Gregor Fowler 39 Fort Ann 18:34
3 Mathew Nark 36 Mechanicville 18:51

Female age group 40-44
1 Tamara Healy 41 Johnstown 27:19
2 Susan Curley 40 Ballston Spa 28:13
3 Kim Eisler 43 Ballston Spa 28:59

Male age group 40-44
1 Mike Wynn 42 Queensbury 16:59
2 Richard Cummings 42 Schenectady 17:43
3 Walter Boldish 40 Ballston Lake 18:24

Female age group 45-49
1 Starlett Cook 45 Queensbury 20:28
2 Nancy Nicholson 47 Queensbury 20:33
3 Tracey Delaney 45 Lake Luzerne 22:12

Male age group 45-49
1 Tom Kracker 45 Delmar 17:40
2 Ahmed Elasser 46 Latham 17:53
3 Hugh Davis 49 Saratoga Springs 19:19

Female age group 50-54
1 Andra Peterson 50 Saratoga Springs 23:49
2 Victoria Daley 51 Schenectady 24:44
3 Debi Batcher 50 East Berne 24:56

Male age group 50-54
1 Thomas Dalton 51 Schenectady 17:43
2 Rick Munson 52 Prattsville 18:22
3 Ld Davidson 53 Amsterdam 18:30

Female age group 55-59
1 Judy Phelps 58 Malta 22:34
2 Gail Hein 57 Altamont 28:23
3 Pat Phillips 57 Castleton 33:42

Male age group 55-59
1 Rob Picotte 56 Malta 19:09
2 Arthur Noland 56 Staten Island 20:32
3 Thomas Bick 58 Frankfort 21:32

Female age group 60-64
1 Laura Clark 62 Saratoga Springs 27:53
2 Linda Plante 61 Middle Grove 33:08

Male age group 60-64
1 Patrick Glover 63 Clifton Park 19:34
2 Ernie Paquin 63 Gansevoort 21:52
3 Charles McGuire 60 Upper Jay 24:27

Female age group 65-69
1 Marge Rajczewski 69 Ballston Lake 26:27
2 Penny Cushman 65 Albany 33:48
3 Patricia Field 65 Queensbury 54:23

Male age group 65-69
1 Tony Cupaiuolo 65 Manchester Center 24:39
2 Jim Hotaling 69 Niverville 25:27
3 Joe Geiger 68 Saratoga Springs 26:12

Female age group 70-74
1 Becky Kotler 70 Manchester Center 30:29

Male age group 70-74
1 Christopher Rush 73 Schenectady 25:25

Female age group 75-99
1 Regina Tumidajewicz 82 Amsterdam 46:31

Male age group 75-99
1 Walter McConnell 78 Bolton Landing 30:3

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Masters shine at Head of the Charles Regatta Saturday

The Saratoga Rowing Association women’s masters four had the best finish of local competitors rowing Saturday at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston.

The SRA four under coxswain Wendy Macpherson’s steering on the serpentine Charles River course raced to a fourth-place finish in 20 minutes, 32.515 seconds, ahead of 19 other boats.

The Skidmore Community Rowing women’s masters eight rowed to a seventh-place finish in 18:32.418 of 21 competing boats. The SRA entry, with coxswain Sarah Stomieroski was close behind finishing ninth at 18:38.232.

The SRA women’s masters double of Kim Delaney and Jerilyn Hogan finished in 11th place out of 22 entries Saturday afternoon, covering the course in 21:26.308.

Saratoga Springs Rowing Club representative Kurt Borchardt rowed to a 21st-place finish in the senior men’s masters singles race in 20:20.948.

Skidmore College had two entries on the day with the women’s collegiate four with coxswain Elissa Nadworny rowing to an 18th-place finish in 20:58.861. The Thoroughbred’s male entry, the men’s collegiate four was 33rd overall with a time of 19:50.324.

The regatta gives way to the high school entries on Sunday with 11 Section II entries, including five SRA entries, three from Shenendehowa, two from Burnt Hills and one from Shaker in the youth fours and eights.

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Stevens, Goodrich win BHBL Apple Run 5k

Scotia's Greg Stevens ran away with the annual Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Apple Run 5k in 17:50 on a brisk Saturday morning, leading 167 runners throughout the side streets of Burnt Hills on a cool, crisp morning.

The Scotia runner is gearing up for the annual Stockade-a-thon and actually ran in the morning prior to the race and planned on running back home after picking up his first place plaque.

Joyce Goodrich was the top female finisher at 21:15. The 51-year-old runner has made attempts to compete at the annual Rotary run since its inception.

The event also had something for the young at heart, a kids fun run in back of O'Rourke Middle School, two laps around the grassy backyard. Each young runner received a ribbon for their one, or two-lap accomplishment.

Most of the young harriers were all smiles on the first lap, the half-mile completed, but the second lap caused some to bail on the project, while others mustered the strength to finish out the task at hand.

I'll link to the full results and a finishing picture gallery on the Community News web-site later this week. With some new technology on the way, music could follow?? Who knows?

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Ballston Spa fb homecoming - Scotties romp earn No. 2 seed

Well, Nate Rider is at the 'A' game tonight as Shenendehowa travels to Saratoga Springs for the regular season finale at 7 pm.

I'm at the Ballston Spa regular season finale vs. Guilderland for the Scotties senior night.

I'll update via my Twitter (on the right here) and pass along a recap of the night and any playoff seeding implications.

AFTERWARD -- I was as busy updating my Twitter account as the Scotties were scoring last night against Guilderland in the 39-0 rout.

Ballston Spa ground up 401 yards against the Dutchmen defense, held Guilderland to 14 yards on the ground and secured the No. 2 seed in the Section II Class AA playoffs, hosting Bethlehem (? to be confirmed) next Friday.

The Scotties scored on six of its seven offensive possessions Friday night with quarterback Mark Seager showing why he is a leading candidate for Player of the Year honors from every voting source, from Section II to The Saratogian. He suffered an ankle injury in the third game of the year against Shenendehowa, took several weeks off against weaker opponents and was held back last week against Saratoga on defense early on.

He was let loose on Friday night and it showed -- 171 yards on 16 carries and two TDs.

Bowen said he doesn't have to worry about keeping his Scotties focused. They were at No. 2 seed in 2004 and fell to No. 7 Albany by a touchdown in the first round. He's not about to allow that to happen again.

The official seedings will be released Sunday night at 6 p.m. I'll have a look at the match-ups and the schedule for the crossover contests too.

Here's the link to the story in The Saratogian.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Adirondack Phantoms reach Calder Cup finals via EA Sports simulation

You have got to love the media machine that is cranking out non-stop press releases about the new AHL kid on the block, the Adirondack Phantoms, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.

This one came across my e-mail and you have to love it whether a hockey fan, a Phantom fan, or a gaming fan.

I don't know who had time to play several hundred games but I know of one guy in our office who would be up to the task along with a former writer who has been posing as a grad student for the past on.

GLENS FALLS, NY – The Adirondack Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, announced today that a simulation run by EA Sports NHL 10 forecasts Adirondack reaching the 2010 Calder Cup Finals, before losing to the Abbotsford Heat in seven games.

A simulation run by EA Sports NHL10 predicts that in their first season in the American Hockey League, the Abbotsford Heat will capture the Calder Cup and bring the AHL's coveted championship trophy to British Columbia.

The simulation was conducted by artificial intelligence or logic of NHL10 that uses real-life data from each player. Results are extrapolated when two teams play based on player ratings and line combinations and include variances such as injuries and hot streaks to give a realistic outcome of a game or series.

The Adirondack Phantoms, who won two Calder Cups in Philadelphia before relocating to Glens Falls, N.Y., at the onset of the 2009-10 season, were the Eastern Conference champions despite their own fourth-place finish in the East Division. The Phantoms eliminated the Albany River Rats, Hershey Bears and Worcester Sharks before falling to Abbotsford in a seven-game final series.

The Heat, in their first season as the AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames, finished fourth in the North Division but authored postseason upsets of the Rochester Americans, Toronto Marlies and Chicago Wolves to reach the Calder Cup Finals.

EA's simulation resulted in four teams who missed the actual Calder Cup Playoffs last season winning their respective divisions in 2009-10. Albany finished first overall in the regular-season AHL standings with 105 points; the River Rats' parent club, the Carolina Hurricanes, finished first overall in EA's simulation of the 2009-10 NHL season. The Manchester Monarchs, Rochester Americans and San Antonio Rampage were projected to be the other regular-season division champions.

Hershey's Keith Aucoin came out as the AHL's scoring champion, leading the league with 97 points. Bears teammate Alexandre Giroux scored a league-high 44 goals, and Christian Hanson of the Toronto Marlies was the top-scoring rookie with 31 goals and 83 points.

The American Hockey League and Electronic Arts Inc. recently announced an extension of their multi-platform marketing and licensing agreement, giving EA Sports the exclusive license to feature authentic AHL teams, players and jerseys in its best-selling hockey videogame franchise, NHL10, which is available now in stores worldwide.

The Phantoms are gearing up for a busy three-game weekend as they kick things off against the defending Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears on Friday, October 16th for a 7:30 pm face off at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Saturday, October 17th Adirondack hosts the Albany River Rats at 7:00 pm in the first game of the Time Warner Cable Cup series. Sunday, October 18th the Phantoms travel to Connecticut to face the undefeated Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 4:00 pm at the Arena at Harbor Yard.

The Time Warner Cable Cup Four-Pack is now on sale at the Phantoms office, starting as low as $56. 2009-10 Phantoms full and partial season ticket packages are still available for the 2009-10 season presented by Bud Light. For more information please contact the Adirondack Phantoms at (518) 480-3355 or online at


That's 'Coach' Katie Allenson to you

Former Shenendehowa standout swimmer and captain Katie Allenson swam four years for Keene State College and has recently been named as an assistant swim coach for the Owls.

Allenson was a top competitor for KSC in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle and relay events. She was a six-time All-New England swimmer and a member of five Little East champion relay teams. Allenson was a member of a talented Keene State team that won three LEC titles and captured two NEISDA championships.

Jack Fabian, the head coach of the Keene State program, feels Allenson, who served as a senior captain, has the qualities to become a successful coach. “Katie has a very good deck presence and has gained the respect of both men’s and women’s teams,” said Fabian. “She’s going to be a tremendous addition to our coach staff.”

“I’m really excited that Coach Fabian has taken me on as his apprentice,” said Allenson. “I believe in Jack and I believe in the program.”

As far as her concerns of moving from the pool to the deck, Allenson says it won’t be a problem. “I’m there to help and encourage the athletes,” she said. “I’m trying not to push the limits of authority because I know I’m so young. They also know I’m there for there for the right reasons. I respect them and they respect me.”
In September, Allenson attended the American Swim Coaches World Clinic in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “I wasn’t sure what to expect and was a little intimidated at first,” said Allenson. “But it really sparked my interest in pursuing a career in coaching.”
Allenson also played softball at Keene State, earning All-New England and All-LEC honors.
-- Courtesy Keene State College

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Pro-Am boxing event at HVCC Oct. 23

Saratoga's favorite boxing promoter Lisa Elovich is definately a good witch once again this October as she brings New York's first pro-am card since 2005 as Pugnacious Promotions presents "Friday Night Frights: Future Stars Pro-Am” at Hudson Valley Community College's McDonaugh Fieldhouse on Oct. 23.

Featured amateur boxing includes a bout between two boxers who represented the state at last year’s National Golden Gloves, light welterweight (141 lbs) Will Madera, Albany, vs. welterweight (152 lbs) Ray Velez, Troy. In a female welterweight bout, Troy’s Natasha Jefferson will seek to avenge her loss in last year’s Golden Gloves qualifier to Sarah Kuhn, of Schoharie. Heavyweights (201 lbs) Roger Zapada, a University at Albany student and amateur mma fighter, vs. Catskill’s Edwin McClure and junior 65-lb boxers Jonathan Rodriguez, Albany, vs. Riley Mabee, Waterford, complete the USA Boxing-sanctioned, amateur portion of the show.

"I would like to thank the NYS Athletic Commission and, in particular, Chairwoman Melvina Lathan, who authorized us to present the first pro-am card in several years,” Elovich said. “This will give local, up-and-coming amateur boxers a chance to fight at a big venue in front of a much wider audience to showcase their talent. I would also like to thank Jerrick Jones and the other hard-working amateur trainers for their participation in this novel event. The boxers have been training really hard for this show and it will be evident by their exciting bouts on the 23rd! "
In professional fights, Schenectady NYS correction officer Brian Miller (5-0-3, 2 KOs) and Albany rival Rafael Luna (4-3-1, 1 KO) will battle for the vacant NYS Lightweight Title in the card’s main event. Light welterweight prospect Mike Faragon (8-0, 3 KOs) faces tough Philadelphia fighter Julias Edmunds (5-5) in the six-round co-feature. Other professional bouts on the card feature former All-American athlete Shawn Miller (1-0, 1 KO), light heavyweight of Troy, exciting female featherweight Jaci Trivilino (1-1-1) and cruiserweight pro debuter Brian Cloakey, both of Plattsburgh.

Tickets and more information are available from Pugnacious Promotions, or 518-527-0160. Ringside tickets are $75 and Reserved $45. General Admission open seats in the bleachers are $30 and $25 for students with a current ID. Ringside VIP tables, including light fare and table service throughout the evening, also are available.


Leuchanka to lead Danes at 43rd annual UAlbany XC Invy Saturday

Shenendehowa graduate and current UAlbany freshman harrier Alex Leuchanka (Clifton Park/Shenendehowa) will lead the Danes as they host the 43rd Annual Cross Country Invitational on a campus course this Saturday, Oct. 17. The Bobbi Palma Women’s Championship Race, a 5,000-meter event, begins at 10:05 a.m. The R.K. Munsey Men’s Championship Race, an 8,000-meter circuit, starts at 10:40 a.m.

Leuchanka, the 2008 New York Cross Country Federation champion on the scholastic level, has finished first for the Great Danes in all three meets this season. He won his first collegiate race at the Monmouth XC Kick-Off, leading UAlbany to the team title for the second straight year. Rounding out the top seven for the UAlbany men are redshirt freshman Paul Lagno, freshman Sean Halpin, freshman Craig Weiss (Shaker), junior David Rothman, sophomore Jack Kelley and redshirt freshman Ethan Clary (Schuylerville).

This year’s field includes at least 27 men’s teams and 26 women’s teams encompassing all three NCAA divisions and the community college level.

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Friday, October 09, 2009

Blue Knight apparel sale Oct. 21, 22 and 23

Show your support of the Saratoga Youth Hockey Association during practices on Oct. 21, 22 and 23 in the ice rink lobby as the 2009 hockey apparel sale is underway.

It's a great opportunity to see some samples of this year's assortment and to see if you can finally fit into that XL sweatshirt, or have to give in another year and go with the XXL (oops, that's just me!).

Stop in, bring your checkbook, try on some blue, warm hockey gear and get ready for the upcoming season. Here are links for the apparel assortment and the  2009 order form.

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Saratoga Youth Hockey Night with the Adirondack Phantoms Oct. 23

Show your Blue Knight colors and support for the newest AHL team in the Capital Region as the Adirondack Phantoms host a Saratoga Youth Hockey Night Oct. 23 at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Reduced ticket prices are available for both players and parents utilizing the Phantoms order form here.

Come out and show your Blue Knights colors and support the Adirondack Phantoms as they take on the Hartford Wolfpack Oct. 23.

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