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Friday, 31 August 2018 11:40

Local All-Star Moments

SRYMCA/Saratoga Honda Summer Youth Basketball League

JUNIOR DIVISION SEMI-FINAL GAMES:
Cudney’s Launderers  48 - Saratoga Financial Services 34 

In the first of our semi-final games, Cudney’s Launderers got 14 points apiece from Bryant Savage and Channing Adriance, along with 10 points from Nick Scalo and Antone Robbens, to defeat Saratoga Financial Services 48 to 34. Tobey Diulio had a game high 16 points while Noah Diulio and Noah Tousignant each scored six points in the loss. Cudney’s Lauderers now goes on to play PJ’s BAR-B-QSA in the championship game.

PJ’s BAR-B-QSA  27 - Village Photo 16
In what turned into a hard-fought defensive battle, PJ’s and Village Photo each held one another to just six second half points and took a 27 to 16 win in the semi-finals match. Christian Mello exploded for a game high 17 points all coming in the first half and Jacob Bader added eight points in the victory. Kemauri Johnson had seven points from while teammates Wyatt Wood and Henry Erreger each contributed two points in the loss.


SENIOR DIVISION SEMI-FINAL GAMES:
Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors  40 - Synergy Promotions  31

In a game that looked like either team could win it, undefeated Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors prevailed over a never say die Synergy Promotions by a score of 40 to 31. The Realtors once again used a balanced scoring attack with Logan Bevan leading the way with 15 points. Stephen Bebee added six points, Tom Villano four points, Jacob Armer, Aiden Bevan, Niko VanValis, Gabe Berube each had three points and Jamie Cohen had two points. Pat Deschaine scored 13 points, Elijah Woods, Gordon Murray and Tyler Stack each scored five points in the loss.

Saratoga PBA  32 – Saratoga Firefighters 27
Saratoga PBA got off to an early lead and had a 10 point advantage at halftime 19 to 9. The firemen never gave up and made a game of it in the second half but just fell short in the end. Aiden Dunn led the winners with 16 points while teammate Alex Cutler added 10 points. The firefighters Charlie Didonato scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half but it wasn’t enough. Coach of the PBA team Kristy Savage, has a team in each division championship game.

 

Ballston Spa Boys Soccer vs. Troy

BALLSTON SPA — Troy visited Ballston Spa on August 28th. BSpa took an early lead with a goal from Jeff Matthews. Ballston Spa led 5-0 at the half. The final score was 7-0 Ballston, with goals by Duttine, Jaruga, Matthews (2), Savoia, Ethan Waters, and Justin Waters..

 

NENY PGA Junior League Championship Results

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga National Golf Club All-Star team earned the 2018 NENY PGA Section Junior League Championship title. They will advance into the PGA Junior League Regionals Presented by National Car Rental hosted on September 8-9 at Watertown Golf Club in Watertown, CT where they will compete against AllStar teams from New England
PGA and Connecticut PGA. In the second round matches hosted this morning at Town of Colonie Golf Course, Saratoga National All Star team defeated the Albany North team 10 to 2 and the Albany East All Star team defeated the Saratoga League  9 to 3.  In the Championship Match, the Saratoga National’s team defeated the Albany East team handily by a score of 11 to 1 flags earned.  

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BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Central School District is pleased to announce that Kenneth Slentz will be appointed as the new Superintendent of Schools at the June 6 Board of Education meeting.  Mr. Slentz currently serves as the Superintendent of the Skaneateles Central School District, located in the Finger Lakes region of central New York.

“Mr. Slentz impressed the Board with his years of experience in many different educational capacities, including the time he spent at the State Education Department,” indicated Kevin Schaefer, President of the Ballston Spa CSD Board of Education.

“The Board is in complete agreement Mr. Slentz will be able to lead the Ballston Spa Central School District forward so that our students will continue to be exposed to many great opportunities.  We welcome him and his wife to our community,” Schaefer continued.

Prior to joining the Skaneateles district, Mr. Slentz served for five years as the Deputy Commissioner for PK-12 Education for the New York State Education Department. Over his 24 years in public education, Mr. Slentz has also served as a teaching assistant, as a middle school social studies teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, and Principal as well as a Superintendent at both Long Lake Central School District and West Canada Valley Central School District. Mr. Slentz holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from SUNY Geneseo, a Master’s Degree in Education from SUNY Oswego and received Administrative Certification from SUNY Plattsburgh.  Mr. Slentz was chosen through a confidential search conducted by the Ballston Spa Board of Education with help from Capital Region BOCES.  Also included in the process were a small group of stakeholders who represented central and building level administration, teaching and support staff, operations staff and community members. 

“We are confident our exhaustive search helped us find the right person to lead our school district.  Mr. Slentz’s extensive experience will serve our students, schools and the entire community well,” said Sue Filburn, Ballston Spa School Board Vice President.

The Ballston Spa Board of Education would like to extend its sincere appreciation to both WSWHE BOCES District Superintendent Jim Dexter and Capital Region BOCES District Superintendent Anita Murphy for their guidance and help throughout a lengthy search process. Mr. Slentz and his wife Katie have one daughter, Keller, who is a graduate of Skaneateles Central School District. Mr. Slentz will begin at Ballston Spa on August 20, 2018.

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Thursday, 17 May 2018 13:09

Ballston Spa Announces Top Students

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BALLSTON SPA — Principal Kristi Jensen recently announced Veronika Hughes as the Valedictorian and Samantha Paley as the Salutatorian for the Ballston Spa High School Class of 2018.  They will both receive a NYS Advanced Designation Regents Diploma with Honors and Mastery in Math and Science. Veronika is a member of the varsity soccer team, the National Honor Society, Tri-M Music Society, and Science Olympiad team, in addition to being the treasurer for Interact club.  She gives back to the community by coaching an under eight soccer team and volunteers to play music at events with the Tri-M Music Honor Society. As the treasurer of the Interact club she volunteers for blood drives and community events.

Veronika plans to major in Biology at the University of Virginia. Samantha is the captain of the varsity swim team and has been swimming competitively since 3rd grade.  She is a member of both the National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. Samantha is an accomplished flautist, achieving the highest NYSSMA audition level, All-State. She plays the flute at many community events and is a volunteer at Glens Falls Hospital. Samantha is also vice president of the Interact club and Students Helping Students.  Samantha plans to pursue a career in medicine and plans to major in Biology at Binghamton University.

The BSHS Class of 2018 is currently completing their final days of their senior year and preparing for graduation on June 21. Please visit the school website for additional information at www. bscsd.org or call 518-884-7195.

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 13:05

Local All-Star Moments

Spa Catholic Baseball
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday, April 28, Spa Catholic played in the 30th Annual Phil Warring Memorial Baseball Tournament. In the first round, they played and defeated Corinth, 5-3. Nick Winslow had one run; Dante Marin had one triple and two RBIs; Jake Hart had one double and one RBI.

In round two, Spa Catholic played Schuylerville and won, 5-0. Nick Winslow had one double and was named Tournament MVP; Terel Tillman had two RBIs and one run scored; three Saratoga pitchers, Dante Marin, Terel Tillman, and Dylan Custer, combined for a three-hit shut out with seven strikeouts and one BB.Spa Catholic won for the 15th time in tournament history. On Tuesday, May 1, Spa Catholic played Greenwich, winning 3-0. Terel Tillman pitched seven innings and had zero runs and only two hits on Greenwich; Dylan Custer had one double and one RBI.

Saratoga Springs Girls Lacrosse
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, April 25, the Saratoga Springs girl’s lacrosse team played Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and won, 17-6. Lindsey Frank and Katie Wendell had five goals and three assists; Reilly Hogan had two goals and three assists; Katie Silver had two goals; Ella Payer had one goal and one assist; Sylvie Waters had one goal and two assists; Elizabeth McGinn had one goal; Jackie Sauer had one assist; and Abigail Searles had two saves. 

Spa Catholic vs. Whitehall Charity Game UPCOMING
SARATOGA SPRINGS — At 7 p.m. in Veteran’s Memorial Park on Saturday, May 5, Spa Catholic will host Whitehall in a non-league games, both teams are currently undefeated in their respective leagues. This will be a benefit game, all proceeds collected by raffles, donations, and concessions will go to Kelly’s Angels Incorporated. Kelly’s Angels, conceived by WNYT-TV reporter and Whitehall graduate, Mark Mulholland, in memory of his late wife Kelly, who lost her battle with cancer in 2007 at the age of 37. Kelly’s Angels provides gifts to children under the age of 18 who have lost a parent of sibling to cancer. Raffles will include four field level tickets to a New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox game on Monday, August 27. Tickets are $10 apiece and will be available at Saratoga Central Catholic and the game. 

Saratoga Regional YMCA Basketball  [ OVER 25-YEAR-OLD LEAGUE ]
TEAM WINK 107 –  TEAM LOMBARDO 81
With Team Wink breaking the record for most points, 107, scored in any basketball league game at the Saratoga Regional YMCA and Team Lombardo also scoring 81 points the teams broke the record for total points in a game. The Darkwing scored 40 points and teammates Brian Travis and JR Michael scored 29 and 22 respectively in the win while Team Lombardo got 31 points from Chris Peroni, 21 points from Elijah Summersil, 12 points apiece from Dave Lombardo and Tim Herrick.

TEAM DUFF 65 –  TEAM EMERY 62
In a game that was tied at halftime and tied at the end of regulation, teams had to settle it in overtime where Team Duff finally got a 65 to 62 over Team Emery. Team Duff got a last second threepointer by Josh Demarais to send the game in to overtime. Team Duff were led by Josh Demarais, Carter Flanigan and Corey Harkins all scoring 16 points. Team Emery got a game high 23 points from Blake Rizzi while teammates Chantz Baudoux 16 points, Brendon Emery 13 points, and Chris Cameron 12 points.

TEAM SIKORA 64 –  TEAM REED 56 
Using a balanced scoring attack and getting points from everyone on the team, which was led by Zach Manrique’s 14 points, Team Sikora pulled off a victory over Team Reed 64 to 56. Ryan O’Rourke dropped in 21 points and Vonzel Legal added 17 points in the loss.  

Published in Sports
Thursday, 03 May 2018 12:55

Local Kids Blow Into the Windy City

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BALLSTON SPA — The KidWind Challenge, a middle and high school student challenge is the “ultimate wind energy learning experience for students,” said the official website.

When students partake in the challenge they discover the promise and limitations of wind energy technology, design, build, and test a functional creative wind turbine, and compete with their peers in a supportive environment. Students from Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School in Malta, team name Cool Breeze, are traveling to Chicago for nationals on May 8-10. Cool Breeze is made up of juniors from Galway School and Fort Edward School; Erik Malanoski, Lindsey Gilesky, Jacob O’Brien, and Christian Hines from Galway and Derek Lyons from Fort Edward. The team is coached by John Balet, an instructor with the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries Early College High School Program at Ballston Spa. He facilitated the KidWind project in the classroom for the past three years within a transdisciplinary classroom of juniors with a math and English teacher. On March 17, the team qualified to participate in the KidWind Regional Competition at the GE Renewable Energy Headquarters in Schenectady. Placing second in that competition secured them an invitation to the national competition in Chicago.

“They did not simply design a turbine to produce power. Although this design was a big part of the competition, the team’s knowledge of wind energy, production, marketing, and ultimate environmental implications brought them to a qualifying position at the GE competition,” said Balet via email.

The team is attaining the funds for the trip through a variety of sources, it is not gifted to them through the school or competition.

“The engineering design process we use in this 2-week unit plays a significant role in the students’ competitive edge.  The concepts of wind energy are researched and then students apply what they learn to basic blade designs.  As the students form self-selected teams to complete the classroom KidWind challenge, the instructors do not simply provide the answers, but rather the guidance to suggest different ideas and approaches to the designs.  There is a lot of trial and error throughout the process.  This student team relayed this fact to the judges at the GE competition as they discussed their successes, the challenges they faced both with the design and with their peers as they collaborated on the project, and all that they learned from the numerous failed designs. Ultimately, the judges were impressed with the students’ knowledge of wind energy as well as their candid discussions of the real challenges they faced and how they overcame them,”  he explained.

This is the third year that the Clean Tech ECHS has had a team participate in the National KidWind Challenge.

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BALLSTON SPA — Elementary students from Ballston Spa recently showed off their scientific skills at the Ballston Spa Central School District’s fourth annual Elementary Science and Engineering Fair at the Milton Terrace/Wood Road Elementary School Cafeteria.  Participants included over 50 students from the kindergarten through fifthgrade from the four different local elementary schools. Students experimented with chemistry, biology and physics among other areas of science and engineering in their projects. Many interesting subjects were studied, including using fruits and vegetables to produce electricity and the properties of Ooblek. Ballston Spa High School students from National Honor Society, Robotics and the International Baccalaureate Program were also at the fair reviewing the younger students’ projects.  Rather than a traditional competition-based event, the science and engineering fair awards each individual student for their abilities to explain different aspects of their experiments. The event is a collaboration of the high school and the elementary schools working together to get students interested in science and engineering.   The Science and Engineering Fair is part of the Ballston Spa Central School District’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiative, along with Super Science Saturday in January and a Code-a-Thon in the fall. Additional information is available by contacting Ballston Spa K-12 Science Coordinator Diane Irwin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or at the High School by calling 518-8847150. Please visit the Elementary Science and Engineering Fair website at www.bscsd.org/Page/990 for more details on this year’s event.

Published in Education
Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:46

Ballston Spa Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees

BALLSTON SPA - The Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame Committee announced plans for the 2018 induction ceremony to take place on Saturday, May 5 at the Ballston Spa High School auditorium (220 Ballston Avenue). The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m., followed by a reception with light refreshments and is open to the public. Tickets are available for $10 per person.

The 2018 Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame inductees: • Sylvia Bertrand (coach) • Sandy Stanislowsky (coach) • Lisa Miranda Brassard (athlete) • Donald Goble (athlete) • Casey Wright (athlete) • Gregg Thomas (athlete) • 2002 Women’s Volleyball Team: Dana Bertrand, Abby Wright Burchett, Margaret Cornelius Casey, Phoebe Doran, Desiree
Farley, Ashley Hoin, Kristen Lipscomb, Nancy Negron, Brittany Coleman Richards, Catelyn Samoranski, Stephanie Stanislowsky, Melissa Townsend, Mary Janczak Yager, Coach: Sylvia Bertrand • 1973 Baseball Team: Walter Breason, Paul Brown,  Frank Cinella, Rick Currier,  James Dempsey, Rick Gardner, Steve Grandin, Steve Pratt,  Phil Rankin, Robert Smith, Robert Talbot, Dean Thomas, Mark Thornhill, Coach: Ronald Ravena

The mission of the Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame is to recognize athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and community members who have made significant contributions to the Ballston Spa Athletics program through their service, performance, dedication, commitment and accomplishments.

Published in Sports
Thursday, 15 February 2018 14:18

Wrestling Sectional Results

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SARATOGA COUNTY — With eight matches at a time taking place, it can be a little hard to catch up on who pinned who and in what amount of time. On Saturday, Feb. 10, Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa, Schuylerville, and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, among other local schools, took to the mat. At 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 and 24, NYSPHSAA Division I and Division II Championships will take place, venue TBA.

BALLSTON SPA:
170 - Tyler Barnes pinned Liam Mooney (Colonie), 1:27.
182 – Jake Cooke pinned Dom Nassivera (Queensbury), 1:05.
285 – Jake Stangle dec. Paul Brown (Mohonasen), 3-2.

BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE:
113 - John DeConno dec. Brennen Rivas (Amsterdam), 3-1.

SCHUYLERVILLE:
126 – Orion Anderson pinned Austin Lints (Schoharie), 1:16.

Published in Sports
Thursday, 02 November 2017 17:38

BSBPA Announces Award Winners

BALLSTON – The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association (BSBPA), in partnership with Curtis Lumber, recently honored business owners and residents whose renovation, restoration and beautification efforts have enhanced the Ballston Spa community over the past year. 

The winners were chosen from nominations submitted by others in the community. On Monday, Oct. 23, at a reception in the Curtis Lumber Kitchen and Design Center, each award recipient was given a framed certificate along with a Curtis Lumber gift card in recognition of their efforts. 

Michelle Burlingame, the BSBPA vice president and Beautification Chairperson, Sandy Hassfurter and Curtis Lumber representative Doug Ford spoke prior to the presentation. The award winners were announced and certificates presented by Pete Bardunias from the Southern Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.

The BSBPA congratulated the following winners. Best Residential New Build: 9 Tomaselli Court, Chris and Jessica Tomaselli; and 3 Independence Trail, Philip and Amelia Pesez.

Best Residential Renovation: 97 East High Street, Ken Fish; and 59 Hyde Boulevard, Michael and Barbara Jordan.

Best Landscaping and Hardscaping Improvements: 30 Pleasant Street, Christopher and Meghan Zito.

Best Commercial Interior Renovation: Rebuilding Together Saratoga County, 132 Milton Avenue, accepted by Michelle and Dan Larkin.

Best Commercial Exterior Renovation: Route 67 Café, 1958 Amsterdam Road, Eran Wasserman.

Best Commercial Complete Renovation: CMK and Associates Real Estate, 108 Milton Avenue, Christian Klueg, accepted on his behalf by Jamie Sittner.

Best Community Renovation Project: 9/11 Memorial Park, Front Street, the Rotary Club of Ballston Spa accepted by President-Elect Donna Dardaris and Pete Champagne.

Photos of the winning properties can be found at www.ballston.org

Published in Business
Thursday, 02 November 2017 13:08

Mr. Ballstonian

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BALLSTON SPA – Dylan Jacobs, a shy senior from Ballston Spa, has been named this year’s Mr. Ballstonian. The Mr. Ballstonian Contest is a fundraiser held to raise money for this year’s prom. Mostly seniors partake but some juniors also get involved. There are five categories for this contest; the talent portion, sports wear, formal wear, spirit wear, and a clever pick-up line.

Jacobs chose the pick-up line, “are you a90-degree angle because you’re looking right.”

When asked why he decided to do the contest, he had a simple answer, “I had friends who wanted me to do it. I went to it last year and thought, ‘I should do that.’ I’m really not the most popular person so it was kind of a surprise for me.”

“It was so cheesy and I wanted to make sure the crowd understood it,” Jacobs laughed.

Jacobs is on the Robotics Team at school, the yearbook staff, and is in the National Honor Society. He is also an artist who displayed some of his 10x10 work at galleries over the summer and also participated in a New York City origami work exhibition.

For the talent portion, Jacobs decided to do something a little different.

“People know me for making weird noises so I just got on stage and made weird noises. It made people laugh, I’m not sure why. I just went up there and made some bizarre noises and the crowd loved it,” he said.

Prom will be at the end of June and will have a rustic theme. Jacobs won a free prom ticket for being crowned Mr. Ballstonian.

“I was a little surprised I won, but also not at the same time because I had a lot of fans. I accumulated a lot of fans throughout the contest so I had a feeling I was going to win. It was really exciting and I’m not a huge stage personality either so that was new to me,” Jacobs said.

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