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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: July 2010

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.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Free Blue Streak Camp 6 to 8 p.m. July 11, July 18 and July 25

A free football camp is being offered for all kids ages 5 to 13. Blue Streak Football Camp will be put on by Saratoga Varsity football players and certified Pop Warner coaches July 11, 18 and 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at East Side Rec.

Saratoga Pop Warner will also be holding registration during the camps. For more information, please contact Matt Riker at


“Real Million Dollar Baby” Shea in feature fight July 30 in Saratoga

World-ranked female featherweight Maureen Shea (14-2, 8 KOs) will face rugged veteran Liliana Martinez (8-10, 4 KOs) in a six-round feature fight with regional title implications July 30th at the Saratoga Springs City Center.

The fight, sanctioned by the NABF for a regional 126-lb title, will be featured on Pugnacious Promotions annual "Night of Future Champions" summer fight card during the beginning of racing at the historic Saratoga thoroughbred horse track. Doors to this year’s boxing event will open earlier to showcase some of the area’s best amateur boxers in preliminary bouts supporting the pro fight card.

Shea, 29, first gained notoriety as Hillary Swank’s training partner as the Oscar-winning actress prepared for her role in Clint Eastwood’s “Million Dollar Baby” with trainer Hector Roca at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. Swank not only trained and sparred regularly with Shea, but attended the Bronx native’s amateur bouts in the New York area. A NY fight attraction since that time, Shea is now world-ranked by three championship sanctioning bodies. In her last fight at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, she defeated overmatched Norma Faris (3-2, 1 KO), Puerto Rico, by third-round TKO.

Martinez, 26, is a native of Dominican Republic and a 10-year veteran of the ring. She has faced a number of world-class women – including world champion Alesia Graf (24-1, 9 KOs), top-ranked Jenna Shiver (11-4, 2 KOs) and Dominican prospect Katy Penelope Hernandez (12-0, 8 KOs) – and challenged Magdelena Dahlen (10-2, 3 KOs) for a European title in November, 2009.

"I am so pleased to finally have Maureen on our card," said Lisa Elovich. “Her reputation precedes her as the ‘real million dollar baby.’ She’s a great addition to our card featuring young local prospects.”

Guilderland lightweight prospect Mike Faragon (11-0, 5 KOs) will face RI’s Eddie Soto (12-1, 4 KOs) in the eight-round main event. Also appearing on the card are Troy light heavyweight and former All-American Shawn Miller (2-1, 1 KO), Delmar lightweight Zach Smith (3-1) and other fighters to be announced. Amateur boxers include Saratoga Springs junior Mike Barcia and super heavyweight Josh Dulmer, plus the rematch of the region’s amateur welterweight bout of the year between Albany’s Amir Iman and Troy’s Ray Velez.

Tickets and VIP tables, including dinner by Brindisi's Restaurant and table service throughout the evening, are available from Pugnacious Promotions at 518-527-0160 or


Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Too hot for sports? School's out so you decide

Students both young and old rejoice when the final bell has rung on their school year. They are free from the direction of faceless tones shuffling them from one room, one assignment to another. They are free to sleep and play, indoors and out, but is it the best thing?

The Capital Region will be in a depths of a heat wave by the end of today, Tuesday, July 6 and athletes are in danger. A heat wave is official when temperatures reach 90 degrees three consecutive days.

When school is in session the New York State Public High School Athletic Association has issued competition guidelines for its athletes as when practices need to be monitored or at times, even cancelled.

According to the NYSPHSAA heat advisory, updated as early at May 27, (see below) states that when the heat index or "real feel" temperature according to reaches 96 degrees practices and competitions are halted. A "real feel" of 91 to 95 requires scheduled water breaks every 15 minutes and equal rest periods for time practicing/competing.

That will be put to the test Tuesday and Wednesday as the "real feel" temperature is forecast to reach as high as 105 degrees today and 101 on Wednesday as the Coopers Cave Tournament gets into full swing and summer camps return to their high points after the July 4th holiday.

For Tuesday, according to as of 7 a.m. this morning the 9 a.m. "real feel" is 94 amping up to 96 at 10 a.m. 99 at 11 a.m. with a 3-hour peak of 105 from noon to 2 p.m. and a slight decrease to 104 at 3 p.m. A little more humane? of 99 at 4 p.m., dropping to 96 at 5 p.m. and 93 at 6 p.m.

Wednesday provides a small break, but may force another break in activities.
9 a.m. is out of the danger zone at a "real feel" of 95 before creeping to 96 at 10 a.m., 98 at 11 a.m. and a three-digit peak of 101 and 100 from noon to 2 p.m. It dips back to 99 at 3 p.m. 96 at 4 p.m. and out of danger at 5 p.m. with a "real feel" of 90.

NYSPHSAA Heat Index guidelines

In a season where rain is considered a four-letter word for the boys and girls of summer, it appears that "heat" is another team to be added to our coaches, officials and parents watch-list.

If you are out, enjoy, stay in the shade, stay hydrated and keep an eye on your athletes on and off the field so they can stay in the game.


Cooper's Cave Tournament starts today, July 6

The 6th annual "Burdell Bailey"  Coopers Cave Tournament gets underway today with 19 teams from across the Mid-Atlantic Region competeing at the U19 American Legion level.

Here is my story in today's Saratogian.

2010 Coopers Cave Tournament divisions

Red Division
Post 233 Tri-County, New York

Hoxie Cleaners, Rhode Island

S.D. Ireland, Vermont

Post 150 Kingston, New York

Westbrook, Maine

Post 168 Morris J. Edwards, New Jersey

White Division
Saratoga Stampede

Post 141 Trumbell, Connecticut

Post 232 Helmuth-Ingalls, New York

Colchester Cannons, Vermont

Post 72 Saugerties, New York

Post 735 West Seneca, New York

Blue Division
Post 1080 Shrub Oak, New York

Post 64 Wicomico, Maryland

Post 20 Clinton County, New York

Post 323 Granville, New York

Anaconda Indians, New York

Post 184 Hudson Post, New York

Coopers Cave Tournament

Pool play schedule

Tuesday, July 6

Moreau Rec Park
Morris J. Edwards 4, S.D. Ireland 3

Tri-County 10, S.D. Ireland 5

Veterans Memorial Park
Colchester Cannons 12, Granville 5

Anaconda Indians 13, Granville 3

East Side Rec.
Saratoga Stampede 10, Halmuth-Ingalls 0

Wednesday, July 7

East Field, Glens Falls
Noon Kingston vs. Morris J. Edwards

3 p.m. Shrub Oak vs. Colchester Cannons

6 p.m. Hudson vs. Shrub Oak

Moreau Rec Park
3 p.m. Kingston vs. Hoxie Cleaners

6 p.m. Tri-County vs. Hoxie Cleaners

Veterans Memorial Park
3 p.m. Saugerties vs. Colchester Cannons

5:30 p.m. Granville vs. Wicomico, MD

8 p.m. Wicomico, MD vs. Anaconda Indians

East Side Rec
9 a.m. Morris J. Edwards vs. Westbrook, ME

Noon Helmuth-Ingalls vs. Trumbell, CT

3 p.m. Tumbell, CT vs. West Seneca

5:30 p.m. Helmuth-Ingalls vs. West Seneca

8 p.m. Saratoga Stampede vs. Colchester Cannons

Thursday, July 8

East Field
9 a.m. Hudson vs. Colchester Cannons

Noon Colchester Cannons vs. Wicomico, MD

3 p.m. Tri-County vs. Morris J. Edwards

6 p.m. Kingston vs. Tri-County

Moreau Rec
3 p.m. Shrub Oak vs. Granville

6 p.m. Hudson vs. Anaconda Indians

Veterans Memorial Park
3 p.m. S.D. Ireland vs. Westbrook, ME

5:30 p.m. Helmuth-Ingalls vs. Colchester Cannons

8 p.m. Trumbell, CT vs. Colchester Cannons

East Side Rec
9 a.m Hoxie Cleanders, RI vs. Westbrook, ME

Noon Hoxie Cleaners, RI vs. S.D. Ireland, VT

3 p.m. Saugerties vs. West Seneca

5:30 p.m. Saratoga Stampede vs. Saugerties

8 p.m. Saratoga Stampede vs. West Seneca

Friday, July 9

East Field
9 a.m. Colchester Cannons vs. Anaconda Indians

Noon Tri-County vs. Westbook, Maine

3 p.m. Hoxie Cleaners, RI vs. Morris J. Edwards

6 p.m. Morris J. Edwards vs. Kingston

Moreau Rec
9 a.m. Kingston vs. Westbrook, Maine

Noon Colchester Cannons vs. West Seneca

3 p.m. Hudson vs. Wicomico, MD

6 p.m. Hudson vs. Granville

East Side Rec
9 a.m. Shrub Oak vs. Wicomico, MD

Noon Saugerties vs. Helmuth-Ingalls

3 p.m. Shrub Oak vs. Anaconda Indians

5:30 p.m. Trumbell, CT vs. Saugerties

8 p.m. Saratoga Stampede vs. Trumbell, CT


NY Giants parking passes/training camp schedule

University at Albany Vice President and Director of Athletics Lee McElroy announced today that New York Giants’ summer training camp all-session parking passes will be available to the public, beginning Tuesday, July 13, at the UAlbany Athletic Ticket Office.

An all-session parking pass is $15.00. The daily parking fee is $5.00. Dutch Quad Lot is the primary public parking facility. The UAlbany athletic ticket office, located in the Physical Education Building’s south lobby, will be open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. For more information, call 518-442-4683. The training camp schedule can be accessed through or

The New York Giants and UAlbany recently announced an agreement to hold training camp this summer. The arrangement also includes a two-year option to have the Giants train on the UAlbany campus through 2012.

The Giants have trained on the UAlbany campus, just 2-1/2 hours north of the New Meadowlands Stadium, since 1996. In the 14 years that the Giants have trained at UAlbany, the preseason camp has averaged more than 33,000 fans per summer. The camp attendance mark of 46,960 was established last year.

2010 New York Giants Training Camp Schedule
August 1, Sunday
Practice: 3:15-5:15 p.m.

August 2, Monday
Practice No. 1: 8:35-10:35 a.m.
Practice No. 2: 3:15-5:15 p.m.

August 3, Tuesday
Practice No. 1: 8:35-10:35 a.m.
Practice No. 2: 3:15-5:15 p.m.

August 4, Wednesday
No Practice

August 5, Thursday
Practice No. 1: 8:35-10:35 a.m.
Practice No. 2: 6:05-8:05 p.m.

August 6, Friday
Practice: 2:35-4:35 p.m.

August 7, Saturday
Practice No. 1: 8:35-10:35 a.m.
Practice No. 2: 6:05-8:05 p.m.

August 8, Sunday
No Practice

August 9, Monday
Practice No. 1: 8:35-10:35 a.m.
Practice No. 2: 6:05-8:05 p.m.

August 10, Tuesday
Practice: 2:35-4:35 p.m.

August 11, Wednesday
Practice No. 1: 8:35-10:35 a.m.
Practice No. 2: 6:05-8:05 p.m.

August 12, Thursday
Practice: 10:30-11:30 a.m. (Jog-Thru)

August 13, Friday
Practice No. 1: 8:35-10:35 a.m.
Practice No. 2: 6:05-8:05 p.m.

August 14, Saturday
Practice: 2:35-4:35 p.m.

August 15, Sunday
Practice: 10:00-11:30 a.m. (Jog-Thru)

August 16, Monday
NFL Preseason Game @ New York Jets, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN)

August 17, Tuesday
No Practice

August 18, Wednesday
Practice: 2:35-4:35 p.m.

August 19, Thursday
Practice: 2:35-4:35 p.m.

August 20, Friday
Practice: 10:30-11:45 a.m. (Jog-Thru)
Camp Ends

August 21, Saturday
NFL Preseason Game vs. Pittsburgh, 7:00 p.m.

NY Elite Soccer tryouts for girls July 13, boys July 15

New York Elite FC is holding tryouts for the 2010-11 soccer season. NYEFC is a Premier and Elite Soccer Club accepting talented players, U10-U23, from throughout the Capital District.

The NYEFC coaching staff is comprised of the most accomplished coaches and trainers in the area, under the direction of Miles Joseph.

Tryouts for Girls will be held on 7/13 and Boys on 7/15 at the Clifton Commons, Clifton Park. For more information and to register for tryouts, please visit