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SARATOGA — In 2018, Hudson River Community Credit Union (HRCCU) launched a new end- of-year fundraising program titled Give4Kids Matching Campaign in its continued effort to support local youth centers in the communities it serves. The campaign raised an impressive $25,520 from both member donors and sponsors in its inaugural year. 

This year’s proceeds were donated to the Saratoga Regional YMCA Corinth Branch’s After  School Enrichment Program and the Glens Falls Area Youth Center. A donation will also be made to the Cohoes Community Center when it reopens. Each location received a total of $8,500 to help support their efforts in the community. 

From October through December, HRCCU members donated a total of $5,840 through a combination of in-branch donations, raffles and an online GoFundMe page. An additional $7,100 was raised from 16 corporate sponsors. All donations were matched dollar-for-dollar by HRCCU. 

Published in Neighborhood Buzz

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Concluding the month of love and heart-healthy awareness, the Saratoga Regional YMCA (SRYMCA) kicks off this year’s “Be a Hero” campaign for their annual fundraiser.

The YMCA pre-school students welcomed attendees by singing the Barney and Friends theme song, “I love you.” This set the tone of the event, that emphasized how closely health, community, and love interconnect throughout Saratoga county’s YMCAs.
This year’s face of the “Be a Hero” campaign is Air Force veteran, Joe Miller. Miller was suffering from diabetes, losing his vision and his overall health was rapidly declining. During his six months stay at a Veteran’s shelter in Ballston Spa, he was referred to the YMCA’s financial assistance program.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes. Diabetes can lead to life-altering complications including kidney disease, heart disease, blindness, and strokes. 
“A healthy lifestyle is your road map for managing diabetes, which is the key to preventing or delaying complications,” states CDC website.
Access to an affordable place to get on track with a healthy lifestyle made all the difference in Miller’s life.
“It (the SRYMCA) helps everybody. No matter who you are, no matter what your background is, your color, your creed, or where you come from this financial assistance program is there to help. You can’t beat that at all,” said Miller.
The YMCA pre-school, the pool and swim lessons and the LIVESTRONG program – which is designed to assist cancer survivors to improve their physical fitness – are just a few of the programs in addition to the financial assistance program that is funded by the annual campaign.
“We’re excited that we are able to provide the opportunity for the community not just to give to the Y, but really to give through the Y and make a difference,” said CEO Andrew Bobbit.
Sixty percent of the SRYMCA staff have donated to the fundraiser already. This year’s goal is to raise $400,000 to provide life-changing experiences that will better the community of Saratoga County. 
Published in Sports
Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:29

Why Join the Y?

The Saratoga Regional YMCA is more than just a gym; it’s an entire universe of opportunities. 

 “In Saratoga, people can exercise and then go into the café for a cup of coffee and some comradery. It’s a beautiful thing and we’re happy to facilitate that. It’s wellness for the spirit, mind and body,” said Saratoga Regional YMCA CEO Andrew Bobbitt.

If you haven’t yet explored what its nearly 30,000 members already know, now is the time to take a look at why so many people are enjoying the Saratoga Regional YMCA (SRYMCA). 

Here are 10 Reasons Why to Join the Y:

1. Convenient Locations

Originally started 175 years ago in London, there are now YMCAs in 119 countries around the world, with 2,700 locations in just the United States. 

As part of this large network, the Saratoga Regional YMCA (comprised of five branches located in Saratoga Springs, Wilton, Malta, Corinth and Greenwich) is positioned to have the power to provide unique services to the community.

An Association Family Membership allows you to use any of the facilities within the region and a national membership lets you go into a Y anywhere in the country, wherever you live, work or travel. 

2. Great Amenities 

Like many gyms, the Y has lots of fitness equipment but that’s just the beginning. 

The Saratoga Springs branch also has an eight-lane indoor swimming pool, a steam room, whirlpool and sauna, indoor track, an extensive outdoor adventure course and cyber café. In Wilton, you’ll find eight indoor tennis courts, a field house, a warm yoga room and a community garden. Within the region there are playgrounds, student enrichment classes, preschool, babysitting and party packages for the kids. Many sites offer massage. The menu of services include Swedish, deep tissue, chair, pregnancy and hot stone.

“We have a progressive staff and an open board that allows us to specialize and offer amenities that are typically thought to be tied to membership at a more expensive club,” said Bobbitt. 

3. Classes, Classes, Classes! 

Reach your wellness goals with a combination of self-directed exercises and instructor-led classes. Membership at the Y lets you take as many classes as you want. 

“We feel called to do this work. Some of the staff has been with us for three decades. We have our pulse on the heartbeat of the community. There’s an online system to track suggestions. Members tell us their perspectives and we strive to support them on their health path, whatever that journey is,” said Bobbitt.

He is particularly excited about their newest training classes; the high-energy Les Mills BODYPUMP weight workouts that build strength fast in a fun group setting. 

4. Financial Aid. 

There aren’t too many gyms out there that offer financial aid to help cover the cost of membership and no one is as equipped to do it in the way the Y can. 

“No one is turned away because of an inability to pay,” said Bobbitt. 

More than $400,000 a year is awarded in financial assistance helping more than 3,500 people to the health and safety benefits of learning how to swim, the team building skills found in sports and the sense of community that comes from being part of new creative learning activities.

5. Long History 

Because the Y has been around so long (it was incorporated in Saratoga in 1866) as an organization focused on providing youth development and healthy living resources while maintaining a commitment to social responsibility, they have developed a wisdom and strength that can only come through experience and a dedication to their mission despite the challenges. 

“We’re not afraid to try and fail. We listen to the community and support them where they’re at. We’ve gone through tough, tough times – some extremely difficult times…We’re in the position to know where to focus our attention and have the ability to meet future needs,” said Bobbitt.

6. Smart Partnerships 

With the opening of the $5 million Malta YMCA facility last year came the opportunity for the Y to work with Saratoga Hospital Medical Group Primary Care – Sports Medicine physician Dr. James Kelley in a unique partnership that can help patients stay healthy and fit while also helping to prevent injuries and illness. 

This is a partnership that provides a continuum of care that goes beyond what the SRYMCA has offered before. Dr. Kelley has given educational talks, has specific equipment (such as an anti-gravity treadmill and therapeutic pool) and provides physical therapy to his patients.

7. Dynamic

Technology like the My Zone wireless, wearable, heartrate tracking system in Malta gives members an innovative and rewarding way to monitor their effort as they progress toward their goals.

The SRYMCA specialty programs are flexible enough to focus on specific segments of a diverse community. Reaching out to support their military members, offer healthy food options and take part in events including Pedaling for Parkinson’s, Miles for a Mission and LIVESTRONG, among others, ensures that the SRYMCA is practicing their philosophy of being a place “where charity meets opportunity” in exciting ways that leave an impact. 

“I’ve been touched and inspired through the programming and support possible through things like LIVESTRONG. We can make tomorrow better than today with the resources that we’re blessed to have. It really creates a lot of energy that’s there for all the right reasons,” said Bobbitt.

8. Community Funded

To relieve the burden on governmental assistance funds, the SRYMCA, a non-profit community organization, relies on many volunteers and strives to raise the money for their Financial Aid program through an Annual Scholarship Campaign. 

Accountability and responsibility must be at the forefront for patrons to donate – and the SRYMCA’s spectacular success at increasing their fundraising contributions by 42 percent is a testament to their dedication to quality. 

Ramping up to raise an excess of $400,000 in 2019, Bobbitt has developed the 1866 Society to showcase contributions of $2,500 or more. So far, they’ve been fortunate to get the year off to a great start with a $25,000 donation from the Fort Miller Group, he said.

9. $0 Join Fee by January 15

Making it even easier to join right now, the SRYMCA is offering a special discount if you sign-up to become a new member by January 15th. 

You’ll enjoy a $0 join fee and a savings of up to $50. You can join online or stop by any the SRYMCA branches. For more information, go to srymca.org.

10. WHY NOT?

Published in Families Today
Thursday, 15 November 2018 13:47

Local All-Star Moments

SRYMCA Over 50 Basketball League Scores

WEEK TWO SCORES - WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7
Game One: D’Andrea’s Pizzeria – 53 v. West Side Sports – 71
West Side Sports handily beat D’Andrea’s Pizzeria 71-53.  John Mooney and Kevin Reilly led the way for West Side with 25 each. Mike Casavant contributed 12 for West Side.  Rory Wilson had a game high 32 and Tom Welch added 10 in a losing effort for D’Andrea’s.
West Side Sports – 71: John Mooney (25),  Kevin Reilly(25), Mike Casavant (12)
D’Andrea’s Pizzeria – 53: Rory Wilson (32), Tom Welch (10) 

Game Two: Post Time Wine and Spirits – 65 v. Village Photo – 56
Post Time Wine and Spirits outlasted Village Photo to win the game 65 to 56. Postime’s Pat Reidy had a game high 28 and Alex Marin added 26. Charlie Maurer led Village photo with 20 and Steve Ruscinski poured in 10.
Post Time Wine and Spirits – 65: Pat Reidy (28), Alex Marin (26)
Village Photo - 56: Charlie Maurer (20), Steve Rucinski (10) 

Game Three: Mama Mia’s Cafe – 53 v. Nemer Chrysler – 59
Nemer edged Mama Mia’s in a close game all the way. Nemer was led by Phil Fitzpatrick who had 29 with Mike Bentley pouring in 19. Mama Mia’s was led by Mark Hixon 28 point performance by the losing team.
Nemer Chrysler – 59: Phil Fitzpatrick (29), Mike Bentley (19)
Mama Mi’s Cafe – 53: Mark Hixon (28)

Game Four: Generaro’s – 60 v. Walton’s – 58
Generaro’s overcame a half-time deficient to overtake Walton’s 60-58. Genararo’s balanced scoring was led by Ed Benway with 21, followed by Wayne Cherry with 14, Greg O’Conner with 12 and Andrew Sephas adding 10 points. Bobby Hanson had a game high 36 in a losing campaign.
Generaro’s – 60: Ed Benway (21), Wayne Cherry (14), Greg O’Connor (12), Andrew Sephas (10)
Walton’s – 58: Bobby Hanson (36)

 

Swimming & Diving Teams Fall to Clarkson, Women Come Up Short Against Merrimack
VERMONT — The Saint Michael’s College women’s swimming and diving team lost to Merrimack College, 121-84, in a dual meet on Friday, before both the men’s and women’s teams were swept by Clarkson University on Saturday. The men fell 148-74, while the women lost a close 119103 contest. The women’s team falls
to 1-3, while the men are now 1-2. During the Clarkson meet, Reiley Adelson, of Saratoga Springs/Saratoga Springs, claimed second in the 200 free.

 

Jr. NBA Scores

TOWN OF WILTON RECREATION SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 2018

DIVISION 1:
Cavs vs. Lakers
Cavs-21: Sean Finnegan-8, Connor Corrigan-4
Lakers-12: Chris Seeley-8, Riley Gaul-2

Bulls vs. Knicks
Bulls-18: Mason Baker-5, Malcolm Oliver-Goodwin-4

Knicks-14: Chris Sheft-6, John Lizzi-4

Celtics vs. Clippers
Celtics-16: Brady Moore-6, Tommy Driver-2

Clippers-10: Damon Kelly-4, Sean Britton-2

Thunder vs. Clippers
Thunder-23: Brady Girard-15, Dustin Russell-6

Warriors-13: JL Whitman-6, Thomas Krogmann-5

DIVISION 2:
Spurs vs. Lakers
Spurs-35: Noah Diulio-12, Hayden Warren-7
Lakers-14: Logan Phelps-6, Colton Baker-4

Warriors vs. Bulls
Warriors-26: Carson Engelhard-7, Aaron Stuart-6

Bulls-9: Sammy Bagan-6, Sasko/Kindl-2

Heat vs. Knicks
Heat-18: Kaidan Moore-6, Plourde/Ford-4

Knicks-13: Merrick Shea-5, Kaiden Paskewich-4

Mavs vs. Cavs
Mavs-26: Landon Lockrow-7, Ben Simonette-5

Cavs-19: Braydin Stone-16, Luke Manuel-4

Celtics vs. Thunder
Celtics-18: Jack Beckler-6, Bobby Morris-6

Thunder-13: Andrew Wells-5, Chase Palmer-4

DIVISION 3:
Warriors vs. Celtics
Warriors-16: Karsten Soule-4, Henry Hanrahan-4
Celtics-14: Arianna Avila-6, Matt Leonard-4

Thunder vs. Spurs
Thunder-27: Toby Diulio-9, Louis Longobardo-9

Spurs-18: Charlie Cota-6, Micah Poag-6

Nets vs. Heat
Nets-28: Bryant Savage-9, Antone Robbens-7

Heat-10: Jackson Howell-6, Nick Scalo-2

DIVISION 4:
Cavs vs. Thunder
Cavs-48: Jordan Quintal-16, Andrew Masten-8
Thunder-40: Evan Barthelmas-18, Cooper Walley-16 

Clippers vs. Pacers
Clippers-42: Arieon Rose-12, Lindsey Bell-7

Pacers-28: Andrew Blaha-8, Josh Smith-8

 

Published in Sports
Thursday, 11 October 2018 11:46

Local All-Star Moments

SRYMCA Over 50 Basketball League 2018-2019 Announcement
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Regional YMCA Over 50 Basketball League will begin its 13th season. Signups are now open at the Membership Desk of any SRYMCA Branch, or online for YMCA Members at srymca. org. New Player Evaluation will be October 17, First Game schedule for October 31. Games are played Wednesday nights. Dues are $130 for members and $260 for non-members. Sponsors and Team Captains are needed. For additional info call Paige Minear at 518-583–YMCA (9622), ext 120.

Spa Catholic Volleyball
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Central Catholic hosted Hoosic Valley in league play Saints won 3-0; scores 25-22,25-19,25-21. Highlights for the Saints: 10-1 league, 11-2 overall; Elise Browell 9 service points, 2 aces, 23 assist; MaryClare Pikus  4 kills, 5 digs Kennedy Murphy 5 kills, 4 digs; Grace O’Reilly 12 service points, 4 aces, 8 kills, 4 digs; Molly O’Reilly 10 service points, 6 aces, 3 digs. Highlights for the Indians: 3-9 league, 3-10 overall; Samantha Finkle 3 kills, 1 ace; Shannon Brown 3 kills, 5 assist; Olivia Smith 3 kills, 1 ace.

Saratoga Field Hockey
Saratoga at Nisky - Oct. 5
Scores made by: Kylie Folts; Lindsay Frank (3), one assisted by Katelyn Ginley; Haley Waghorn. 5-0 Toga
Saratoga at Glens Falls - Oct. 8
Scores made by: Haley Waghorn assisted by Lindsay Frank; Lindsay Frank assisted by 
Anna Dennett; Lindsay Frank assisted by Olivia Vukelic; Haley Waghorn; Grace Sablich assisted by Katelyn Ginley. 5-0 Toga

Oliver Huss Featured on American Ninja Warrior Junior
SARATOGA SPRINGS  — Oliver Huss, 9, whose family owns Saratoga Ninja Garage, will be featured on the brand-new season/show American Ninja Warrior Junior. Huss was cast for the show after submitting videos in his local garage and becoming a nationally ranked ninja star through competitions. The local ninja garage and the city of Saratoga Springs has hosted the TV show’s most famous stars, and now boast their very own local ninja celebrity. You can watch Huss compete to be the first American Ninja Warrior Junior Champion on Universal Kids, premiering October 13 at 7 p.m.

St. Michael’s College Volleyball
The Saint Michael’s College women’s volleyball team lost 3-1 to 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifier Saint Anselm College on Tuesday before taking Merrimack College to five sets and falling 3-2 on Thursday. Both matches were in Northeast-10 Conference play. First-year Grace Fornabia, of Saratoga Springs/ Saratoga Central Catholic, had six kills and a block.

Saratoga CSD Varsity Golf
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Saratoga Springs took the Section II Class A Golf Championship at McGregor Links Country Club, shooting 290 to win the team title over Albany Academy’s 315.

 

Published in Sports
Friday, 21 September 2018 12:26

Local All-Star Moments

Spa Catholic Volleyball
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Central Catholic Saints hosted the Berlin Mountaineers on Friday, Sept. 14. Saints won 3-0.  Scores: 25-6,25-5,25-22. Highlights for the Saints: Elise Browell 17 service points 3 aces 15 assist; MaryClare Pikus 2 kills 2 blocks; Caroline Motler 6 service points 1 ace; Catherine Darcy 5 service points 2 aces 2 kills. Highlights for the Mountaineers: Brooke DeShane 6 service points 2 aces 1 kill Saints are 4-0 league and overall. Mountaineers are 0-4 league and overall.


Ballston Spa Boys Soccer
BALLSTON SPA— Thursday, Sept.13, Burnt Hills Boys Varsity soccer team visited Ballston Spa. The score was 0-0 until the last minute of the game when Jeff Matthews scored assisted by Mikey Robyck. Final score 1-0 Ballston Spa taking the win. Saturday Sept. 15, Bethlehem boys varsity soccer team, ranked #2 in NYS, visited Ballston Spa. Liam O’Connell scored a laser shot from 25 yards out to put BSpa on the board within the first five minutes, assisted by Jeffery Matthews. Bethlehem pressed hard for the remaining 75 minutes, but the Scotties held their ground and Bethlehem was unable put one in. Final score: 1-0 Ballston Spa. 

SRYMCA Over 50 Basketball League 2018-2019: Announcement
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Regional YMCA Over 50 Basketball League will begin its 13th season. Sign-ups are now open at the Membership Desk of any SRYMCA Branch, or online for YMCA Members at srymca. org. New Player Evaluation will be October 17. First Game schedule for October 31. Games are played Wednesday nights. Dues are $130 for members and $260 for non-members. Sponsors and Team Captains are needed. For additional info call Paige Minear at 518-583–YMCA (9622), ext. 120 or visit srymca.org

Suburban Field Hockey
Wednesday, Sept. 12: Nisky at Saratoga at The Dome
Frist Half: Toga 4  v. Nisky 0
Haley Waghorn assisted by Kylie Folts
Lindsey Frank - 2 goals and 1 assist
Olivia Vukelic  - 2
Katelyn Ginley - 2 assists
Second Half:
Molly Russell - 2 goals
Olivia Vukelic - 1 assist
Lindsey Frank - 1 assist

Final Score: Toga 6 v. Nisky 0
Corners: Toga - 11 | Nisky - 6
Shots: Toga 16 | Nisky 14
Toga Goalies: Kristen Rodecker and Emma Piccirillo - 6 saves
Nisky Goalie - 6 saves
Toga 4-1 | Nisky 3-2

Friday, Sept. 14: Gland at Saratoga at the Dome
First Half: Toga 2  v. Gland 0
Lindsey Frank - 2 goals and 1 assist by Kylie Folts

Second Half:
Molly Russell assisted by Lindsey Frank
Hunter Yourch assisted by Lindsey Frank
Final Score: Toga 4 v. Gland 0
Corners: Toga – 8 | Gland – 4
Shots: Toga 24 | Gland 4
Toga Goalies: Kristen Rodecker - 2 saves
Gland Goalie:  Jazlyn Jimenez - 15 saves
Toga 5-1

Published in Sports
Thursday, 13 September 2018 13:05

Local All-Star Moments

Ballston Spa Boys Soccer
BALLSTON SPA — On September 4, Niskayuna visited Ballston Spa on a hot, sunny Tuesday afternoon. Jeff Matthews scored for BSpa, assisted by Ethan Cook, in the first two minutes of play.  But BSpa wasn’t able to put another point on the board and Niskayuna came away with a 5-1 win, with a hat trick by Ozisik, and goals by Mesbahi and Viggiano.

Suburban Field Hockey
SARATOGA SPRINGS —  Saratoga at Columbia
First Half: Toga 5 v. Columbia 0
Haley Waghorn assisted by Kylie Folts
Lindsey Frank-1
Jane Ginley assisted by Olivia Vukelic
Katelyn Ginley-1
Danielle Geils assisted by Maddie Messitt
Second Half:
Hunter Yourch-1, Molly Russell- 1, Katelyn Ginley- 1
Final Score: Toga 8 v. Columbia 0
Corners: Toga -12 | Columbia - 0
Shots: Toga 27 | Columbia 3
Toga Goalies: Kristen Rodecker and Emma Piccirillo  - 3 saves
Col Goalie: Maddy Hogan - 16 saves
Toga 3-0 | Columbia 0-3

SRYMCA Over 50 Basketball League 2018-2019: Announcement
Saratoga Regional YMCA Over 50 Basketball League will begin its 13th season. Signups are now open at the Membership Desk of any SRYMCA Branch, or online for YMCA Members at srymca.org. New Player Evaluation will be October 17, First Game schedule for October 31. Games are played Wednesday nights. Dues are $130 for members and $260 for non-members. Sponsors and Team Captains are needed. For additional info call Paige Minear at 518-583–YMCA (9622), ext 120.

St. Michael’s College Women’s Volleyball at Union Invitational
SARATOGA COUNTY — In Friday's opening match against Skidmore, first-year Grace Fornabia (Saratoga Springs/ Saratoga Central Catholic) led the team with six kills on 11 attempts, finishing with a .455 hitting percentage. Fornabia and Statile also contributed five kills. In the final match of the weekend against Williams, Fornabia again led the Purple Knight with five kills and a .625 hitting percentage.

Wasaren League Saratoga Central Catholic Volleyball
SARATOGA SPRINGS —
Saratoga Central Catholic hosted Cambridge on Monday, September 10. Saratoga Catholic Saints beat the Cambridge Indians 3-1.
Scores: 25-17, 22-25, 25-13, 25-14
Highlights for the Saints: 
2-0 overall and league Elise Browell (senior) 19 service points, 2 aces 23 assist Kennedy Murphy (senior), 9 kills Emy Murray (Junior), 9 service points Grace O'Reilly (Junior), 10 service points, 6 aces 5 kills Molly O'Reilly (Sophomore), 11 service points 5 kills.
Highlights for the Indians: Keana Sherwin 6 kills 7 blocks, Katie Simon 5 service points, JoJo Griffith 7 service points 1 kills.

Published in Sports
Thursday, 13 September 2018 12:56

YMCA Tennis Shift: Handing Over a New Racket

Photos by SuperSource Media, LLC.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Rolland LeBlanc has been the Wilton YMCA Tennis Director for the last 28 years and decided that this was the year he was going to retire.

"I had a severe eye injury, I was hit with a tennis ball four years ago, and it caused extensive damage to my eye. I have no depth perception and it's just a struggle. I reached retirement age and now it's time to rest my weary head," LeBlanc chuckled.

"I’m going to take a nap,” he said.

"Well, it's changed my life because it's been actually a generation of members who have only known one tennis director. How it's changed is just doing generations of members. I’m instructing the children of the adults I’ve instructed before, so I’ve really enjoyed that. As far as accomplishments go, we've increased our courts by 100 percent since I’ve been here. Staff has increased by 500 percent and the programs have increased by 300 percent. So, to me, it's just the commitment to coming in for 28 years,” LeBlanc explained.

Stepping into his shoes is Jed Murray, former general manager of Sportime in Schenectady, where he was for the last eight years. While receiving applications from all over the world, Murray was vetted by CEO of the Saratoga Regional YMCA.

“Jed has proven to have the experience of being a tennis director which includes operating a budget, overseeing staff, and being a tennis pro himself. The quality of the pool was really high," LeBlanc emphasized.

"I was kind of hesitant at first, not really knowing what the tennis landscape was in Saratoga and obviously of leaving the comfort of what is known. I had really started to enjoy the success of building programming at Sportime. It's hard to leap into the unknown," Murray explained.

It took Murray a few months to make his final decision to take over for LeBlanc.

"There was a lot of thought that went forth on this decision and I had to write down the pros and cons, do a list," Murray laughed.

"I’m really excited to try and build something again and really try to elevate the level of tennis across the Saratoga region. It's really exciting opportunity,” he said.

Murray does have plans to revamp the program. He has dreams of seeing the youth play multiple times a week, not only in clinic settings but in match play settings also. He wants the general feel of the tennis area and lobby to have more energy as well.

"I think that there are a lot of good things already here, so there is already a good base of tennis players and a community here. I think within the junior program, there is a lot more that can be done with U10. I think that making some clear progression lines from a very beginner red student to orange and green and yellow, in term of play, could be improved. I do feel that the Y has done a great job getting beginner players to play. I don’t feel, though, that they have the resources or the programming to try and advance intermediate to intermediate advance kids and that's something I think we're uniquely skilled to do,” Murray explained.

"Three full-time tennis staff are coming on to replace me. So, there are six eyes to replace my one eye," LeBlanc joked.

Joining Murray is new Head Pro Alex Van Cott, previously a Master Pro at Sportime, and new Director of Competition Stephen Thirolle, who has been a part time tennis pro at the YMCA and is Assistant Women’s Tennis Coach at Skidmore College.

“Stephen [Thirolle] is a mainstay here, so his role with Skidmore and his role here as one of the lead pros is important for us, during our transition especially. We're really counting on him to do a lot of good work for us. Alex [Van Cott] is probably the premiere task player in the capital region. He was a former number 1 in the 16s and 18s in the USTA. He's played professional tournaments and for Tulane University. He took them from top 100 to top 20 rank in the nation. At the same time, his ability to relate with his students and communicate and teach the game usually isn't found with that level of player. It is with him. It's a nice mix and a nice addition to have to our staff,” Murray said, commending his staff.

"I’m looking forward to the new director of tennis. I'm sure it'll be very professional. I've been in the water so long, I don’t know if it's hot or cold. So, it's time," LeBlanc stated.

Tennis information can be found at www.srymca.org/ locations/wilton-branch/tennis. 

Published in Sports
Thursday, 06 September 2018 15:28

Local All-Star Moments

Photos provided.

Ballston Spa Boys Soccer
BALLSTON SPA — Utica-Proctor visited Ballston Spa on Friday, August 31. The first goal was scored by Utica-Proctors Somow. Ballston came back with a goal by Brayden Box assisted by Ethan Waters to tie it 1-1. In the second half Ethan Cook scored to make it 2-1. Final score 2-1 Ballston. Whitesboro visited Ballston Spa on Saturday, September 1. Whitesboro scored two goals in the first half by Stuhlman and Gorgas. Ballston scored one goal by Ethan Waters. In the second half Whitesboro scored with a goal by Williams. Final score 3-1 Whitesboro.

Shaker at Saratoga Field Hockey
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Shaker at Saratoga (at the Dome) First Half: Toga 2 v. Shaker 0 Lindsey Frank-1 Olivia Vukelic from Dani Geils Second Half: Lindsey Frank-2 goals Kylie Folts from Lindsey Frank Grace Sablich from Lindsey Frank Final Score Toga 6 v. Shaker 0 Corners: Toga-24 | Shaker -2 Shots: Toga 28 | Shaker 2 Toga Goalies: Kristen Rodecker and Emma Piccirillo - 2 saves Shaker Goalies: Kassie Egan and Davin Testo - 13 saves Toga 1-0 | Shaker 0-1

SRYMCA/Saratoga Honda Summer Youth Basketball League
JUNIOR DIVISION:
Cudney’s Launderers  33 v. PJ’s BAR-B-QSA  24 
After falling behind in the first half, the Cudney’s Launderers Team got a scoring burst and pulled away from the PJ’s BAR-B-QSA  for a 33 to 24 win in the 2018 championship game. Cudney’s was led by Channing Adriance with 10 points, teammates
Bryant Savage had eight points, Antone Robbens, Nick Scalo and Ian O’Rourke rounded out the scoring with five points apiece. PJ’s got 11 points from Christian Mello along with five points from Sam Chaucer, four points from Jacob Bader and three points from Jacob Hernandez.

SENIOR DIVISION:
Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors  46 – Saratoga PBA  44
This game lived up to the hype and we got the championship game we had all hoped for, a twopoint victory. The game was nip and tuck the whole time with many leader changes throughout the game. The Realtors finished their season undefeated but had their hands full with PBA. The victors got scoring from Niko VanValis 15 points, Logan Bevan 11 points, Tom Villano and Stephen Bebee eight points apiece, four points Jacob Armer and Gabe Berube with two points.  PBA was led by Aiden Dunn, Alex Cutler and Trey Stanislowski 11 points each, Connor Johnson had eight points, Alexander Savage two points and Neil Graber with one point.

Published in Sports
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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