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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: February 2011

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.

Friday, February 25, 2011

My snowy ride to the NYSPHSAA wrestling championships

It was a snowy Friday morning, but duty called and so did the New York State Public High School Wrestling Association state championships at the Times Union Center in Albany.

My trusted steed, 2001 Ford Focus and four studded snow tires once again held true to get me to my appointed assignment.

Some times it was slow, some times it was a stop and some times it was looking at others in the snow on the side of the road.

Here's a look at my trip in.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Locals power Sage College netters to national spots

The Sage Colleges men's volleyball team continues to rank among the national leaders in several statistical categories. With the release of the second NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Statistics for the 2011 season, Gator rookie libero Matt Bynon (Burnt Hills, NY/Burnt Hills) is second on the national Division III leader with his 3.74 digs per set average. He has played in 34 sets and has 127 digs on the young season.
Junior Spencer Hilland (Slingerlands, NY/Bethlehem) ranks eighth in the nation with his 3.97 kills per set average. Hilland leads the team with his 135 kills in 34 sets played, while also ranking 10th in blocks nationally as well. He has 35 total blocks, good enough for a 1.03 blocks per set average.
Sophomore setter
Kyle Ray (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads) is also among the national leaders as he has 303 setting assists, good enough for an 8.91 per set average which is 17th best in the country. Ray has five kills with a team-leading 12 service aces and 39 digs. In his young career, Ray has already eclipsed the 300 career dig plateau as he has 318 thus far in 116 sets played.
As a team, Sage is also among the national statistical leaders for Division III. Sage ranks sixth with their 2.29 blocks per set average as they have a combined 129 blocks. The Gators sport a team hitting percentage of .190, which is 22nd best. They also rank 23rd with their 9.62 setting assists per set and 25th with 9.24 digs per set. Sage checks in at the No. 27 spot with their 10.24 kills per set average and 28th in win percentage (.444).
Sage returns to action on February 23 hosting Ramapo College in a non-conference match in the Kahl Center. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

-- Courtesy Sage College Sports Information Dept.
Stan Hudy
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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sage women's hoops fall to Farmingdale, 69-50

Gators prepare for first-ever Skyline post-season trip.
Farmingdale, NY---The Sage Colleges women's basketball team travelled to Farmingdale State College for the 2010-2011 regular-season finale. The Farmingdale State College Rams tallied the win, 69-50 over Sage in Skyline Conference women's basketball action. Farmingdale State improves to 18-7 overall and 14-4 in the league, while Sage is now 10-13 overall and went 9-9 in the conference. While the 2011 Skyline Conference women's basketball tournament field will be announced this evening for the six-team field, some seeds have already been clinched, including a No. 5 seed for the Sage Gators, a program first for Sage.  

The Gators will face No. 4 seeded SUNY-Old Westbury on Tuesday, February 22 in the quarterfinals of the league in a 7 p.m. road contest.

Farmingdale State held a 26-23 edge at the half after finishing the first stanza on a 15-2 run to erase a 21-11 Sage lead.

In the second, the Gators would go tie the action at 29-29 in the first two minutes of play and would see a tie 33-33, but it would be all Farmingdale for the rest of the game. With 8:39 left to play, the Rams went ahead by 11 and would not let the lead slip as they went on for the victory.

Farmingdale State's Keona Jones and Dominique Cunningham finished with 12 points each for the Rams, while Lushanta Savadel hauled down 12 rebounds in the win.

For the Gators, freshman forward

Chelsea Martin (Davenport, NY/Jefferson Central) paced the team with 14 points and five rebounds, while sophomore

Kara Hackett's (Peru, NY/Peru Central) tallied 10 points with five rebounds. Junior forward

Kelsey Frament (Waterford, NY/Catholic Central) added a team-best six rebounds with seven points.

- Courtesy Sage Sports Information Dept.

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UAlbany women's indoor track&field defend America East title

Boston, Mass. – University at Albany's Brianne Bellon (Saratoga Springs) and Kathryn Fanning, a pair of freshman, powered UAlbany to a successful defense of its title on Saturday at the America East Conference Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships.  The two-day event was held at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center.  The Great Danes scored 206.5 points, the second-highest total recorded at the conference indoor meet.
     Bellon and Fanning each picked up individual championships and led the 4x800-meter relay to victory.  Bellon, who received the meet's most outstanding rookie award, became the first UAlbany athlete in league history to win the 800-meters by running 2:12.31, her best time of the season and the third-fastest in school annals.  Fanning won the 1,000-meter run in 2:53.10, the fourth-best mark in UAlbany history.  She is the first Great Dane to finish first in the race since 2007.  Bellon and Fanning were joined on the winning relay by Jessica Panos and Jonelle White.  The group better the ECAC-qualifying standard by nearly 20 seconds in reaching the finish line in 9:05.67.
     Kadine Johnson, who won the weight throw on the first day, was second in shot put with a toss of 45-feet, 3-inches.  Alli Rogers was edged out at the finish in the 400-meter dash, as she and the winner were both clocked in 56.69 seconds.  Sandy Antenor (triple jump) and Jessica Hunter (500-meters) also recorded second-place showings.  Antenor went over 40 feet for the third time this winter with a mark of 40-08.75.  Hunter, who ran an ECAC-qualifying time of 1:15.26, also led the 4x400-meter relay to a winning performance.  Brittany Eveleth (Watervliet H.S.), Nyree Richardson, Tierra Chavis and Hunter were clocked in 3:51.88.
     -- Courtesy UAlbany Sports Information Dept.

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UAlbany wins 6th America East Indoor Track&Field title

Boston, Mass. – University at Albany's Kareem Morris (Albany H.S.) led a group of four individuals who won conference titles on the second day of competition at the America East Conference Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships, held at Boston University's Track and Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.  The Great Danes captured their sixth consecutive indoor championship with 184 points. Binghamton (157) and Boston University (141) were second and third, respectively, in the standings.
     Morris, a freshman, became the first UAlbany athlete to win the 200-meter dash in four years by sprinting a career-best 21.74 seconds and placed fourth in the 60-dash.  Morris, who bettered his IC4A standard with the performance, was also second in the long jump on the first day with a leap of 22-feet, 11.75-inches.  He received the Coaches Award for scoring the most points at the meet.
     Peter Rowell (Scotia-Glenville) ran 1:03.40, his top time of the season, to win the 500-meter dash after the junior finished seventh in this event at the conference meet one year ago.  Rowell also anchored the third-place 4x400-meter relay to a season-best 3:14.80, earning a place among the IC4A qualifiers. Nick Santos (Colonie Central) was first in the 800-meter run as he hit the tape in 1:50.96, the fifth-fastest time in program history.  Tristan Akong claimed the 60-meter dash crown with a time of 6.88 seconds.  UAlbany had six individual champions overall, as Wilfredo de Jesus Elias (weight throw) and Fred Casimo (long jump) recorded victories on Friday.
     In addition, Paul Lagno broke his own school record in the 3,000-meters. His time of 8:18.00 was good enough for fourth place.  Greg Kiley (Saratoga Springs), who ran the lead-off leg on the winning distance medley relay the previous day, took second in the 1,000-meters.  He ran 2:25.83 to qualify for the IC4A meet.
- Courtesy UAlbany Sports Information Dept.

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