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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: November 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.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Dear Diary: Another fun-filled, filing Friday

It was a full plate for my Friday, but it was all worth it. An early stop at The Saratogian, a break for job No. 2 and then back for a full night of posting, copying, pasting, Twittering, Facebooking, etc. So I'm not that hard to find after all...

I was happy to bring back our Sports Talk box and added video to the Community News. I hope it doesn't loose steam. The Shenendehowa boys ice hockey team weighed in on the NHL's new All-Star plan. I think it's a great idea and would like to see interest remain in it at 

It wouldn't be a complete week without honoring our Athletes of the Week. This was another Spartan doubleheader with girls soccer star Bryony Striffler
Along with punishing running back Brandon Beatty at
The most fun, but in all seriousness was working with Shenendehowa ice hockey coach Juan de la Rocha about his cuts for this year's squad at

Boys basketball coach Tony Dzikas has more options for players who may not be ready for the next step, holding a player back in freshman or JV before committing to varsity, but it's still not easy at

 I was also on hand to see the young and old (but not too old) staffers and administrators run in the annual Shenendehowa Veterans Day Dash 5k at

 The week also had two highs with two Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake baseball players signing letters of intent and eight Shenendehowa athletes signing letters in one of the largest signing ceremonies I have ever had the privilege to be a part of. (A shout to fellow Saratogian James Sherrill for all of his video help).

More on that later next week, but actually earlier as a full Saturday awaits me to put all 10 stories together for an early Thanksgiving deadline.

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Friday, November 05, 2010

Dear Diary: A frantic Friday, but a lot to look at in print and on-line

Dear Diary: Creating and post four videos in four hours made it an early day to kick off the weekend, but I think that it was worth it. The stories and videos are all about winners. Check out the buffet below:

Get a look inside the planning of Shenendehowa’s great football minds as head coach Brent Steuerwald and line coach Mark McQuade as they talk about what it will take to stop Troy High and earn the Plainsmen its 11th Super Bowl title.

Read the story and check out the video at

Shenendehowa junior linebacker Brandon Miller has speed and finesse on two surfaces, the gridiron and the hardwood. Miller made a key sack last week late against Ballston Spa quarterback Troy Gargulio and followed it up with an ankle tackle on the next play to stall a Scottie drive.

Now he plays in tonight’s Super Bowl against Troy High, hoping to extend his season before he heads into the gym for the Plainsmen.

Meet this week’s male Athlete of the Week in his story and video I posted at

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake junior center back Nicole Shively is impressive, called up as a freshman for the post-season with the Spartans and has never looked back. Meet this week’s female Athlete of the Week in her story and her video I posted at

Ballston Spa freshman Addison Walkowiak and senior teammate Nicole Kverek gave Ballston Spa a leg up in the Section II Swimming and Diving championships this weekend with Walkowiak earning a three-peat as the sectional diving champion and Kverek finishing third.

It’s a great accomplishment for Walkowiak at such a young age and a nice send-off for the senior, Kverek.

Check out their story and video I posted at

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Foul Ball? PSAL announces varsity baseball pitch counts

Our friends at the New York State Sportswriter Association picked a great story from downstate New York, but will be something to really warm things up during the hot-stove season in the state.

The PSAL has gone ahead and instituted a pitch count for baseball pitchers in New York City. Hurlers throwing the maximum 105 pitches in a game will be required to get four days of rest before throwing in another game, and those throwing 76-90 pitches will need three days of rest. It'll be two mandatory days for 51-75 pitches and one day for a pitcher throwing 26-50 pitches.

This isn't new, Little League Baseball, Inc. has a pitch count system designed to save the young arms and Babe Ruth Basebal League, Inc. utilizes an innings system with mandated rest days.

But should there be one at the high school level?

These are paid professionals (don't start the hate mail here), most are educators and not typecast over zealous parents, but should there be restrictions?

I'm open to thoughts, comments, etc. e-mail me at

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