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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: November 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, November 26, 2009

Journeymen Northeast Duals set for Saturday, Nov. 28

Local wrestling coach, promoter and advocate Frank Popolizio once again will bring some of the biggest collegiate names in wrestling to the Capital Region this weekend when the Journeymen/ASICS Northeast Duals invade Hudson Valley Community College at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.

Top wrestling programs from the University of Binghamton, Lehigh, Virginia, Nebraska, Michigan, Hofstra, American, Bloomburg and Sacred Heart will be wrestling on six mats in dual mat formats in five rounds of competition.

Also included for the $20 admission is also a clinic with UFC champion Randy Couture held during the event.

Come out and support wrestling Saturday and see some of the top names grapple in your own back yard.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Live tonight: Burnt Hills vs. Franklin Academy regional football game

I will be your eyes and ears tonight as Section II Class A champion Burnt Hills takes on Section X's Franklin Academy of Malone at Shenendehowa High School.

Just click below to get a play-by-play blogcast from the site in the comfort of your own home.

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Saratoga ice hockey pancake breakfast Nov. 21 at Applebee's

How can you not miss this???

A pancake breakfast at Applebees in Saratoga Springs for $5 to benefit the Saratoga Springs High School ice hockey team...and it's my birthday!

From 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21 stop by Applebee's at 3 Lowes Drive in Saratoga Springs to take part in the event. Be seated, served and have the Blue Streak ice hockey team clean up for you afterwards.

I think it's all you can eat, The menu is 3 pancakes, choice of 2 pieces of sausage and bacon and a choice of juice or coffee, so be ready with the batter boys!!!

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Show your Clifton Park Youth Hockey spirit with apparel sale

Hey, why not stay warm in the rink and show your support of the Clifton Park Youth Hockey Association at the same time???

Attached is the apparel form to fill out and mail in. Stay warm and look cool for a good cause!

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8th annual Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot set for Nov. 26

Burn off all the calories you can before you sit down at the dinner table this Thanksgiving Day by running or walking in the 8th annual Christopher Dailey Turkey Trot in Saratoga Springs, New York 8:30 a.m. Nov. 26.

The event starts at City Hall, heads up North Broadway, onto the Skidmore Campus and back down North Broadway. It is a fun, fit event with chip timing courtesy of Albany Running Exchange so results are available immediately.

This year there is no day-of registration so download your registration form and get in in before Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Any questions, e-mail Maria at or call 581-1328.

I'll be there, ready to chew on a turkey leg before the morning is out, but once I'm filed, I'm off to the dinner table too!

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Eat your heart out for Clifton Park Youth Hockey

Eat, drink and be merry while also supporting the Clifton Park Youth Hockey Association on Dec. 1 and 2 at the Clifton Park TGI Friday's.

Print out the linked flyer and bring it in to the restaurant on Tuesday or Wednesday night, Dec. 1 and 2 and present it to your server. For every $20 you spend, $5 goes to the youth hockey association.

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Connor LaFrance Bantam Youth Hockey Tournament updates

This weekend kicks off the youth hockey season in earnest as the Connor LaFrance bantam youth hockey gets underway at the Saratoga Springs City Ice Rinks.

The three-day tournament invites 12 teams from three states and seven youth hockey organizations to honor LaFrance, a local youth hockey player and motocross star who died Sept. 21, 2007.

The Saratoga Bantam A, B and C squads will face local competitors, Clifton Park A and B squads along with Adirondack. Out of town competitors include Mohawk Valley, Saugerties, Chittenden, South Burlington, VT and Dover, New Hampshire.

On Saturday night the organization will present the Saratoga Youth Hockey Memorial Scholarship during a ceremony at center ice.

2009 Connor LaFrance Bantam Youth Hockey divisions
Division A
Clifton Park A
Mohawk Valley
Chittenden SB
Saratoga A

Division B
Dover, NH
Chittenden SB A/B
Saratoga B

Division C
Dover, NH
Clifton Park B2
Saratoga C

2009 Connor LaFrance Bantam Youth Hockey schedule
Thurs. 8:30 p.m. Saratoga C 2, Clifton Park B2 0

Friday 5:45 p.m. Saratoga B 3, Adirondack 1
Friday 7:15 p.m. Dover, NH 6, Chittenden SB A/B 0
Friday 7:45 p.m. Saratoga A 5, Chittenden SB A 0
Friday 8:45 p.m. Clifton Park A 7. Mohawk Valley 1

Saturday 7:30 a.m. Saratoga B 7, Chittenden SB A/B 2
Saturday 8:30 a.m. Chittenden SB A 4,Mohawk Valley 2
Saturday 9 p.m. Adirondack 4, Dover, NH 2
Saturday 10 a.m. Clifton Park A 9, Saratoga A 3
Saturday 10:30 a.m. Clifton Park B2 5, Saugerties 1
Saturday Noon Dover, NH 6, Clifton Park B2 0
Saturday 4 p.m. Dover, NH 5, Clifton Park B2 2
Saturday 5:30 p.m. Saratoga C 6, Saugerties 1
Saturday 6 p.m. Adirondack 7, Chittenden SB A/B 1
Saturday 7 p.m. Clifton Park A 8, Chittenden SB A 2
Saturday 7:30 p.m. Saratoga B 5, Dover, NH 0
Saturday 9 p.m. Saratoga A 5, Mohawk Valley 0

Championship Sunday
Sunday 6:45 a.m. CSB (B3) vs. Dover, NH (B4)
Sunday 7:30 a.m. Mohawk Valley vs. Saugerties
Sunday 8:15 a.m. Saratoga (B1) vs. Adirondack (B2)
Sunday 10:30 a.m. Clifton Park 1 (A1) vs. Saratoga (A2)
Sunday 2 p.m. Clifton Park (C3) vs. Saugerties (C4)
Sunday 3:30 p.m. Saratoga (C1) vs. Dover, NH (C2)

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Friday, November 06, 2009

The Saratogian's epic Class AA Super Bowl package

O.K. It's time to brag because the management and staff at 20 Lake Avenue, the home of The Saratogian and Community News just outdid themselves in less than four days to put out one of the greatest preview sections of all time this morning.

It was a perfect storm for the building as two Saratoga County teams will face each other in the Section II Class AA Super Bowl game at 7 p.m. tonight, but it wasn't without the passion, help and assistance of so many people in the building.

Our publisher, Mike O'Sullivan gave the green light to a special section and provided some ideas from previous publications that he had been a part of as a guide. Our managing editor, donned yet another hat, as sports editor, to dish out and follow-up on the various assignments and kudos to our advertising staff and Lauren Rose to provide the spirit in sales, making the business community a huge part of this event.

The entire sports staff provided copy for the special section and I think it came together beautifully because I was only tasked with one story. Thanks to our managing editor in keeping my dreams in check with the reality of a tight schedule.

Enough cannot be said about our news copy editor Paul Tackett who laid out the entire section, with a full plate of graphics, stories and photos all flowing in late into the project and who also hand designed our field graphic. Our composing room cranked out graphics, layouts and of course, great advertisements for the section.

Thanks to our chief photographer Eric Miller who made numerous trips to both the Saratoga and Ballston Spa campuses to make sure every player was included in the section.

Along the way, many eyes looked over those pages, took calls, typed in rosters along with providing input.

All this was done during a week that included stellar coverage pre- and post- election night, another long night for news and Tackett and Co.

We've won awards in the past, news and sports combined, but this week was just a great week to be a part of this building.

So go out and buy a copy, two or three, it is a great event tonight, something people will be talking about for years, so grab your keepsake today!

Don't forget to check back on my twitter site, for game updates and for more photos and Saturday's edition for a recap of tonight's "Battle of Route 50."

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Final poll results "Battle of Route 50" are in

After an early push by Ballston Spa during the first two days of voting on our newspaper's web-site, Saratoga Springs battled back and took it to the house for the victory.

Now it wasn't a runaway, but the final numbers are as follows for our poll question
The final numbers do represent a little wider margin than the results published in Friday's Saratogian because I didn't close out voting until 11 p.m., but the project was put on the page at 5 p.m.

My managing editor did bring up a good point that the population of Saratoga Springs may have been a deciding factor in the voting, just by sheer numbers.

While the poll is totally unscientific, it was fun and I didn't have to delete too many votes, only a few overzealous fans voted more than five times, so I capped the vote at five per individual ip addresses.

We'll let the players decide it on the field 7 p.m. tonight at Colonie.

Thanks for voting.

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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

"Election night pizza is for wussies"

Ah yes, here I sit on yet another night in the newsroom with sports in the backround working on this week's Community News. My schedule is bumped up a day early due to a trip to Newburgh for job No. 2 on Wednesday, but it's nothing out of the norm...

But, oh but no, the newsroom staff has already scurried out of the building at 8:45 p.m. (normally past their bedtime deadline on any other night, but alas, it is the almighty election night.

You see, for the other 364+ days of the year, the newsroom is lightly staffed, usually a lone staffer who puts up with the screeches, howls and sometimes bodily functions coming from the sports corner. So when they work en mass, past 9 p.m. it is time for celebration from the rest of the editorial bodies.

Pizza is delivered (not the usual stroll across the street or down the block), soda is also delivered (not our usual libation, but we'll drink anything that's free) and fingers are busy pounding on keys and grabbing the phone when it rings.

What is different is that the news department now has the same angst, chest pains and fear of a loss of bowel movements that happen every night in the sports department. I usually add to the anxiety from double scheduling myself or getting too excited about a regular season victory and trying to grab something to eat before filing.

While they type away, watching the clock, fearing an important miss, we simply giggle away in the corner. "Hey, we do this every night. What's the problem?"

We get a kick out of it, that is until the newsroom is desolate the next day because everyone has put in so many hours this week. Oh man, give me a break.

Well, after 12 years, I've actually gotten over it (can't you tell).

So as you look back on your night of watching election returns on television or on-line, think of the guys and gals working late every night to get your sports into the paper and on-line each day.

And since we're talking about voting, don't forget to vote for your choice of winner in The Battle of Route 50.

P.S. If you would like to send over pizza, just let us know, I like Inferno the most and they make a killer pepperoni pizza pie. (Thanks!)


Monday, November 02, 2009

Saratoga pulls ahead of Ballston Spa in the polls

On the eve of election day voters are running to the Battle of Route 50 voting booths and like a Blue Streak end run Saratoga has pulled ahead of Ballston Spa 57 percent to 43 percent!

Can the Scottie faithful pull out another win before Friday night's showdown?

Just four days left to vote for your favorite team.
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