You knew Coach Deb Wilday, the longest active coach in section 2, would have her team ready to play against the highly rated Middleburgh Knights. The Golden Eagles came into the highly anticipated match with a 6-2 record behind the dynamic duo if Ashlyn Oneil and Hannah Pawlowski. The crowd was loud and pushed Galway to an 18-14 first quarter lead. Galway screened against the zone, which allowed Pawlowski to hit some uncontested three-point shots. Galway also boasts some size…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga girls basketball team played two tough games this week. The team finished with a 1-1 record for the week, which falls right in line with how the season has progressed as their league and overall records stand at .500. The week started out with a thrilling 60-59 victory Friday night against Troy high school. The score was close at the end; however, the score was not quite close going into the fourth quarter as Troy…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Nadia Comenici, Mary Lou Retton, Aly Raisman and Simone Biles are all Olympic gold medalists who have performed on the biggest and brightest stage in front of the world. However, before those amazing gymnasts became Olympic champions, they put in hours and hours of hard work, far away from the bright lights. During the early years, those Olympic athletes were once much like our very own Saratoga Springettes. The Saratoga Regional YMCA Springettes Gymnastics team, coached by…
High school hockey season is officially underway in Saratoga, as the Saratoga Blue Streaks opened up their season with the Don Kauth Memorial Tournament at Weibel Avenue Ice Rink on Friday, December 9, and Saturday, December 10. Going into their season opener on Friday evening, the Blue Streaks were looking to build upon the success of last season, having reached the state semifinals and winning their sixth sectional title in seven years. On Friday night, they took on the St.…
One of the best rivalries in college football returned between the No. 25 Navy Midshipmen and Army Black Knights, where for the first time since 2000 both teams enter the game with winning records, with Navy at 9-3 and Army at 6-5 I love watching this rivalry. There is something about a game like that, comparatively speaking, that places it on the same pedestal as holiday bowl games. This year Army defeated the Naval Academy 21 to 17 for the…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga’s annual July 4th “Firecracker 4” road race is brightening the financial outlook for several local non-profit organizations this month as it distributes the 2016 race proceeds. In total, six groups will receive a total of $30,000 in contributions to further the recreational opportunities and pursuit of healthy lifestyles enriched in the history of Saratoga Springs. This community race has raised over $280,000 for health and recreation-related charitable organizations since 2007. For 2016, these community organizations have…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Senior goalkeeper Hunter Choy has been named Athlete of the Week. This season Hunter was a co-captain and standout for the varsity boy’s soccer team. Leading the defense on the field, Choy helped contribute to the team’s eleven shutouts this season. Allowing only twelve goals on the year, he finished the year with a ninety-three percent save percentage. Recalls Jake Zanetti, boy’s varsity soccer coach, “he kept us in multiple games with his unique style of goalkeeping.…
SCHUYLERVILLE — This week’s Athlete of the Week was nominated by wrestling head coach Erik Johanson. Junior Orion Anderson is currently a junior on the school’s wrestling team. As a mere freshman Anderson made quite the impression on the Mighty Horses, by finishing as a runner-up at the New York State competition. The very next year he was crowned the New York State champion. He is currently ranked as the top wrestler in New York State. This past summer he…
SARATOGA SPRINGS — In order to prepare for their upcoming season, the Saratoga Springs High School girl’s basketball team hosted a scrimmage against Amsterdam on Tuesday, November 22. Although no running score was kept, the game was competitive in its entirety, and gave the team a chance to test their skills in a game-like setting. The Blue Streaks will hold eleven players this season. Of those eleven athletes, seven are returners. Of the remaining four, two were pulled up from…
I bet you’ve seen it too. Some teammates lay plans to break a rule, but their captain is afraid to hold them accountable. They often feel like their friend above their actual superior. Throughout the years of my coaching career I had my teams elect their captains. As time passed, I began to realize that it wasn’t always the right decision. It became more of a popularity contest. Eventually my assistant coach and I decided that we would pick the…
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