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SARATOGA SPRINGS – An awards banquet to celebrate another exemplary season, in which the Saratoga Springs High School hockey team added another Section 2 championship, as well as another State Final Four berth, was celebrated at the Saratoga Golf & Polo Club on the evening of Wednesday, March 30.
While athletic achievement certainly center stage, those on the team who achieved academic excellence while performing on the squad were given special recognition. The evening also spotlighted the team’s 11 seniors, which included three of the team’s four co-captains: Elliott Hungerford, Brendan Coffey and Josh Dagle.
Those three, as well as seniors Ryan Hogan, Colin Paton, Garret Smith, Sean Holmes, Matt Russell, Austin Patterson, Danny Hobbs and Tom Fornabia, now join a new roster: that of esteemed Saratoga Hockey Alumni, part of a 40-year tradition that will be there to celebrate the great moments to come.
SARATOGA SPRINGS— The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame will be open on a Wednesday through Sunday schedule from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 30.
The schedule through Labor Day:
• May 31 through July 21: Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Monday.
• July 22 through Sept. 5 (Saratoga Race Course season): Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
The Museum has several events already scheduled for the upcoming months:
•Book discussion and signing, “Bare Knuckles and Saratoga Racing: The Remarkable Life of John Morrissey,” by Brien Bouyea: Author Brien Bouyea discusses the life of John Morrissey, the founder of Saratoga Race Course and an undefeated bare-knuckle boxing champion who later became a two-term United States Congressman and a New York State Senator, Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m. Event is free to attend and books will be available for purchase.
•Student Art Show Opening Reception - grades 8-12: The senior “Horsing Around with the Arts” exhibit, features numerous works from local students on display in the von Stade Gallery. The opening reception is Wednesday, April 27 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event is free to attend and there will be refreshments provided by Price Chopper. The artwork will be on display through May 31.
•Countdown to the Triple Crown preview panel: Racing experts will review the key Kentucky Derby prep races and offer analysis on the upcoming Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown series. Video highlights of races such as the Santa Anita Derby, Florida Derby, Wood Memorial and others will be shown in the Hall of Fame, Saturday, April 30, 1 p.m. Event is free to attend.
•The Derby Party: The Museum is hosting a special fundraiser event for the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7. Enjoy a sampling of local brews, wines and spirits, Kentucky-inspired dishes from Saratoga’s best restaurants and live music by Rich Ortiz. Participating vendors and sponsors include: Argyle Brewing Company, black dog DESIGNS, The Brook Tavern, Brown’s Brewing Company, Boca Bistro, Common Roots Brewing Company, Empire Merchants North, Druthers Restaurant & Brewing Company, Fetzer Vineyards, Fingerpaint Marketing, Hoppy Trails Brew Bus, Jacob and Anthony’s American Grille, Nemer Motor Group, North Country Flowers, Peabody’s Sports Bar & Grill, Saratoga Chips, Saratoga Courage Distillery, Saratoga Living Magazine, Saratoga Spring Water Co., Saratoga Trunk, Saratoga Winery, Springbrook Hollow Farm and Distillery, Studio di Luce, Swedish Hill Winery, Symphony Catering, The Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Woodford Reserve and 1911 Spirits.
Ticket prices: $25 Safe Driver (No consumption of alcoholic beverages), $40 Museum Members, $45 Early Bird Special, $50 Day of the Derby, $75 Membership Promo (enjoy the event and receive a discounted Individual Museum membership.)
For tickets: visit www.regonline.com/thederbyparty or call 518-584-0400, ext. 109.
For more information, visit www.racingmuseum.org
BALLSTON SPA- The Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame Committee today announced plans for its 2016 induction ceremony to take place on Saturday, May 7, from 2-5 p.m. at the Ballston Spa High School auditorium, located at 220 Ballston Avenue. A reception with light refreshments will follow at the school. The BSAHF recognizes Ballston Spa alumni who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in the field of athletics.
The 2016 Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame inductees are:
1.Carl Barney – “Old Timer” Athlete
2.Briana Borgolini - Athlete
3.Frank Cinella - Athlete
4.Steve Cook - Athlete
5.Joseph King - Coach
6.Olivio “Tete” Monaco - Athlete
7.Anthony Spensieri - Athlete
8.Arlington Uline – Athlete
9.1954 Basketball Team - Team Members - Frank Ascenzo, Clarence “Daisy” Evarts, Jim Funiciello, Burton Green, Roy Hodsoll, Arthur Isenberg, Jack Leahy, Harry Monaco, Pasquale “Patsy” Monaco, Louie Thomas and Arlie Uline.
For more information visit ballstonspaathleticshalloffame.com
SARATOGA SPRINGS – A sure sign of spring in these parts are weather-related postponements, so a double-dose of kudos are hereby extended to the Saratoga Springs High School Boy’s Tennis team, who made it onto the court in fine fashion and posted a 9-0 shutout against Niskayuna on Thursday, March 31, and followed it up with another 9-0 shutout on Mohonasen on Wednesday, April 6. Now that’s the way to start off the season! Good luck to Coach Tim O’Brien and his squad this year.
Swimmer Caroline Conboy Concludes Banner Year – In and Out of the Pool!
GENEVA – Saratoga Springs High School graduate Caroline Conboy, now a junior at William Smith College, has been named a Division III All-American off her performances at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, which took place on March 18 - 20 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“I was completely surprised that I made it to the top eight finishers,” said Conboy, referring to her performance in the 100-yard breaststroke final. “My goal going in was to place in the top 16.” The eighth-place finish clinched her All-American status, and came off a preliminary in which she bested her own school and Liberty League record by over a half-second. Conboy also reached the consolation finals in the 200-yard breaststroke event, finishing sixteenth in her last event of the year.
One person who was very enthusiastic, but not at all surprised by Caroline’s performance was her High School Coach, Josh Muldner.
“Caroline is an all-around outstanding individual that deserves any praise or recognition that comes her way. She was our record holder, a state finalist two years in a row, our team MVP three years in a row, and our team captain as a senior.” Coach Muldner said.
“And that extends to life out of the pool. While at Saratoga, Caroline was selected by her peers to be the Homecoming Queen and she was the Student Government President. Just a great, great, great individual!”
For her part, Conboy, who is a psychology major / education minor and currently obtaining her teaching certificate, had nothing but fond memories about her high school. “Coach Muldner is the reason why I’m accomplishing so much today. He instilled in me a very positive spirit in addition to refining my technique,” she said.
“I’m so proud of Saratoga Springs swimmers and divers and what they’ve been able to continue to achieve,” she added. “I’m also thankful for the support I have received from home. So many people reached out (after the NCAA tournament), it’s very gratifying.” She also has a William Smith teammate from home – senior CeCe Carsky-Bush – to keep her motivated.
Caroline, who comes from an athletic family (brother Tom recently finished as a State champion in pole vault – See Saratoga TODAY March 11, 2016), had also played softball while a Blue Streak, but now concentrates on swimming and academics.
Looking to her senior year, “I’m going to stick to my goals,” Conboy said, “I hope to make the Nationals again, while making improvements in my times. If I’m successful in doing that, the awards and recognition will take care of themselves.”
SARATOGA SPRINGS – A chilly morning on Saturday, March 26, gave a notably powerful reminder to everyone that was gathered at High Rock Park.
With early morning’s temperatures hovering around 32 degrees (the trigger temperature to activate Code Blue), it showed that, without the existence of the Code Blue Shelter, many less fortunate individuals in our community would have been subject to harsh conditions overnight - on this night, and many others, despite what has been regarded as a ‘mild’ winter.
The second annual ‘Blue Needs You’ 8K race, along with a Kids fun run, cheer squad and Easter Egg Hunt to benefit Taylor’s Heroes, was a success by any measure because of an involved community that participated in various ways. The money that was raised (a preliminary estimate is around $30,000) will go ensuring nearly 40 individuals have temporary respite from hazardous winter weather from November until April. At the Code Blue individuals are surrounded by caring volunteers and staff, have a safe, warm place to sleep, showers and a hot meal.
For more information, visit www.codebluesaratoga.org.
QUEENSBURY – Are you ready to have the time of your life exercising outdoors with friends and family in the fresh mountain air? Don't forget to register today for West Mountain's Countryman Challenge 5k Obstacle Race being held this Saturday, April 2 at 4 p.m. Registration and race details are available at finishright.com.
Race fees include a take home bag full of giveaways, a ringer T-shirt, BBQ dinner and live music by Audiostars' Jay Yager and Bobbie Van Detta in our East Slope Bar & Eatery following the race. We also have a MINI course for our little competitors following the race that is free of charge, spectating is also free! Come race or come watch the competitors. Prizes include full privilege season Passes, tubing tickets, and much more!
For more information, visit westmtn.net.
FORT ANN — The International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO) Board 36, which includes over 100 officials who serve the NYS Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Section II Boys Basketball League, chose Fort Ann Central School District to receive the 2016-17 Tom Brennan Sportsmanship Award. This marks the first time the award has been earned by a team in the Adirondack League.
The award is named after longtime Section II Official Tom Brennan, who was inducted into the Capital District Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. Boys Basketball Officials from over 90 schools in Section II voted for Fort Ann to receive this award.
“We are pleased, humbled, and honored to receive this award,” said Coach Kevin Nassivera, who has been the Fort Ann varsity boy’s basketball coach for nine years. “Sportsmanship is a big part of what we do, and the athletes believe it plays a key role in our success.”
The Tom Brennan Sportsmanship banner will be presented to the Fort Ann coaches in November 2016, and hung in the Fort Ann gym for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year.
SRA Steps Up To Host Early Regatta This Sunday
SARATOGA SPRINGS – While the sport of rowing is by its nature a competitive entity, there is a camaraderie that exists in the governing bodies that rises to support one another in times of need. Such is the case with the Saratoga Rowing Association (SRA), which, capitalizing on a mild winter (and hence, an ice-free Fish Creek), was able to accommodate a request from the organizers of the Doc Hosea Invitational Regatta, when they ran into difficulties with their regular location at Cooper River, New Jersey (near Cherry Hill).
As such, local regatta fans have an extra reason to celebrate spring’s arrival this Sunday, April 3, as SRA will be the host when 10 collegiate Division I women’s rowing programs will descend upon Saratoga Lake. Competition begins at 8 a.m.
“It’s a nice homecoming for some of our (SRA alumni) rowers,” said SRA Regatta Director Chris Chase. “There are several coming back from the UMass-Amherst and University of Rhode Island programs.”
Other women’s rowing teams in Sunday’s regatta are Boston University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Northeastern University, Syracuse University, US Naval Academy, University of Minnesota and University of Pennsylvania. The regatta is named after Dr. Timothy “Doc” Hosea, who, among many sports medicine posts, was the Team Physician for the US Rowing National Team at 12 world-rowing championships and multiple Olympic Games over the past two decades. Hosea passed away last August.
“They reached out to us in late February,” Chase explained, “the course at Cooper River was going through expansion, which involved an investment in their course, and, among other things, dredging. They ran into a time crunch when the dredging was taking longer than expected, and they ran into an environmental issue. Dredging had to be suspended because of the impact it would have on native wildlife at a certain time of the year.”
He continued, “It was easy for us to accommodate, since it was outside our regular regatta season, and of course, we caught a big break because of our mild winter.” Chase noted that there was only about a half-dozen courses that could accommodate the requirements of the Hosea Regatta, Saratoga being one of the few.
So when we contemplate the by-products of unusually mild weather in the region this year (see story – page 15), here is another that can be placed on the positive side of the ledger.
For more information, visit www.saratogarowing.com
WILTON – The Saratoga Regional YMCA’s Wilton Branch will be having a special event in their gymnasium this Sunday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. About 30 registered riders will participate in a 4-hour cycle-thon called “Miles for Mission 443.”
Four well-known athletes, Justina Bruno, Nicole Rothenberger, Deb Rafferty, and Tom Edegette, will be guest instructors and they will be taking turns teaching throughout the four hours. Prizes will be distributed to participants for various categories, which include highest wattage, most miles, and best Y spirit.
About $2,500 has been raised in pledges so far. All proceeds will benefit SRYMCA’s Mission 443 Scholarship Campaign, which provides scholarships to those in our community who are in need. To learn more about how you can cheer the participants on, visit http://srymca.org/