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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 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.

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Thursday, 31 May 2018 13:15

Athlete of the Week: Cassidy Hayner

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Cassidy Hayner, a 17-yearold senior at Saratoga Central Catholic, just finished her final high school softball season. She transferred to Saratoga Central Catholic from Saratoga Spring High School in her junior year. This season was also her first time playing varsity basketball because she wanted to try something new.

“The class sizes at Spa Catholic were smaller so it was better academically for me to succeed there and the softball team was very welcoming when I transferred over,” Hayner explained.

Hayner has been playing softball since she was six-year-old and has been playing on the varsity team, under Brett Simpson’s coaching, since her school transfer.

“My dad has always played softball since he was very young, and he played for the Army for fast and slow pitch, so he taught me everything and got me into it,” she said.

Hayner is a catcher and fell into that position after being a utility player.

“When I was younger and playing in the t-ball and recreation leagues, I was a utility player and then when I started playing travel softball over the summer and over the winter, one of my coaches put me behind the plate and it just clicked with me. I know the game very well because of my dad and my whole family. We watch baseball and softball, so I knew the game and I was able to take lead as a catcher,” Hayner said.

The Yankees are her favorite baseball team.

Academically speaking, Hayner is doing, “pretty well.”

She has been on high honor roll this year and is a member of the National Honor Society. She will be going to King State College in the fall where she is considering studying athletic training.

“I don’t think I’m going to play softball my freshmen year, but I may try for my sophomore year. A lot of people are telling me that I should play because I would be a good player for their team, but I think I want to start my academics first,” she said.

This softball season, Hayner was named a Section II All-Star League player and made First Team in the Wasaren League. She found out after her final game from her coach, Brett Simpson.

“At the end of my last high school game, I was kind of emotional, and coach Simpson announced it. He said, ‘we want to congratulate Cassidy for being the first pick all-star for the Wasaren League,” so I was the runner up for MVP, which was really exciting for me,” she explained.

Over the summer, Hayner is a camp counselor at the Greenfield Summer Recreation Camp, she also works as a cashier part-time, and is a Youth Minister at St. Peter’s Church in Saratoga Springs.

“My mom has been my biggest supporter and my sister Kelsey, because they were always there for me at my games, and also my dad too. They were always supporting me by sitting on the bleachers and I could always hear them cheering me on, calling out my name when I got good hits and I heard them clapping and taking pictures. They’ve always been there for all my games and tournaments on those long summer days,” Hayner said, citing her family has her biggest supporters.

“I’m definitely going to miss my teammates the most and although it’s a lot of hard work to be playing in the heat over the summer, but the team comradery and having girls to support you makes it all worth it,” she said.

Correction: In the first edition of this article, Hayner was inaccurately titled as Youth Minister at St. Peter's Church. She is actively involved with youth group.

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Friday, 25 May 2018 10:49

Local All-Star Moments

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Spa Catholic Charity Game Raises $3,375 for Kelly’s Angels
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On the evening of May 5, Saratoga Catholic and Whitehall High School baseball teams played a charity game in support of Kelly’s Angels, Inc. Through donations, 50/50 sales, and a raffle for New York Yankees tickets, the teams and their families raised $3,735 to help Kelly’s Angels assist Capital Region children who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer. For more information about Kelly’s Angels, please visit www.kellysangelsinc.org.

Saratoga Regional YMCA Basketball  [Over 25-year-old League]
TEAM WINK 88 - TEAM REED 79 Brian Travis had a game high 25 points and teammates J.R. Michael and Matt Scoons each dropped in 22 points along with Kurt Troyer’s 15 points, which all helped Team Wink get an 88 to 79 win over Team Reed. Colin Fuller got 20 points while Vonzel Legal and Garris Ramsdell contributed 19 points apiece in the loss.
TEAM DUFF 91 - TEAM LOMBARDO 67 Team Duff Ran their record to 7 and 0 with a 91 to 67 win over Team Lombardo in what was a closer game than the final score displayed. The winners were led by Rich Duff who scored 21 points while Corey Harkins and Josh DeMarais
had 17 points each. Team Lombardo got 26 points from Alex Ventre and another 19 points from Tim Harrick.
TEAM EMERY 73 - TEAM SIKORA 71 Team Emery got off to a fast start and had a 20-point lead at half-time but a gutsy Team Sikora fought back to make this game a real nail biter at the end. Team Emery got the two-point victory over Team Sikora. Team Emery’s Andrew Armstrong scored 25 points, Chris Cameron 16 points, while Travis Ramsey and Blake Rizzi each had 15 points in the win. Camdon Spencer exploded for 40 points and Rick Sicari dropped in 19 points in the loss.  

Spa Catholic Softball
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Monday, May 21, Saratoga Central Catholic defeated Corinth, 10-5 in the opening Sectionals game. Julia Murdick had three RBIs and a double and Molly O’Reilly had three RBIs.

Saratoga Springs Girls Lacrosse
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Tuesday, May 15, Saratoga Springs played Shaker and won, 18-8. Reilly Hogan had five goals and one assist; Lindsey Frank had three goals and two assists; Katie Wendell had three goals and one assist; Katie Silver had two goals and two assists; Jackie Sauer had two goals; Sophia Burke had one goal and two assists; Ella Payer and Catherine O’Hara each had one goal; Sylvie Waters had one assist; and Abigail Searles had three saves.
On Monday, May 21, Saratoga Springs played Shenendehowa and won, 14-10. In the first half they tied, each team scoring seven goals. Lindsey Frank saw five goals; Katie Wendell and Reilly Hogan each had two goals and one assist; Katie Silver had two goals; Jackie Sauer had one goal and one assist; Sophia Burke had one goal and two assists; Sylvie Waters had one goal; Ella Payer had two assists; and Abigail Searles had seven saves.

Saratoga Wilton Youth Baseball  Hosts Local Competitions
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Wilton Youth Baseball recently hosted the 2018 local competitions for Major League Baseball’s Jr Home Run Derby and Pitch, Hit & Run.  Winners in both competitions will advance to the Sectionals, with a chance to compete at Yankee Stadium and ultimately at the 2018 MLB All Star Game.
JR HR DERBY:  Tad D’Andrea
PITCH, HIT & RUN  7/8 YEAR OLDS: Cody Mills, Finnegan Crowe
PITCH, HIT & RUN  9/10 YEAR OLDS: Jack Collier, Pierce Byrne Jack Rigabar, Brady Mills
PITCH, HIT & RUN  11/12 YEAR OLDS: Jesse Mullis, Addison Sperry, Tyler Weygand.

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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 ]
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.

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.

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.  

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Tuesday, May 1, five seniors at Saratoga Central Catholic signed their letters of intent for the college of their choice.

Michael Halligan, Nordic skiing, attending St. Michael’s College; Kevin Cronin, cross country, attending Clarkson University; Victoria Alvord, softball, attending Russell Sage; Grace Fornabia, volleyball, attending St. Michael’s College; and Ani Crocker, volleyball, attending Russell Sage.

On Monday, April 30, 28 seniors from Saratoga Springs High School signed their letters of intent for the college of their choice.

Lee Gnau, baseball, attending Mt. Aloysius College; Nick Chudy, basketball, attending Muhlenberg College; AJ Lawton, basketball, attending Cortland State University; Jackie O’Reilly, cheerleading, attending Tampa University; Catharine Griskowitz, crew, attending Boston University; Alanie Genter, field hockey, attending Cortland State University; Jesse House, field hockey, attending RPI; Emily Leonard, field hockey, attending Hobart and William Smith; Grace Ziehnert, field hockey, attending Cortland State University; Cameron Adams, football, attending Union College; Wes Eglintine, football, attending Cortland State University; Michael Eglintine, football, attending Cortland State University; Mark Leuchten, football, attending RPI; Demetri Swann, football, attending Brockport State University; Kevin Toote, football, attending Pace University; Nick Guzi, ice hockey, attending Okanagan Hockey Academy; Ryan Flatley, lacrosse, attending Clarkson University; Megan McCoskey, lacrosse, attending Clarkson University; Ethan Morrison, lacrosse, attending Hartwick College; Briana DiBlasi, soccer, attending Penn State Behrend; Aidan O’Malley, soccer, attending Ursinus College; Morgan Siewert, soccer, attending Nazareth College; Olivia Jones, softball, attending Russell Sage College; Danielle Priester, softball, attending Coppin State University; Nicole Murphy, swimming, attending Merrimack College; Taylor D’Andrea, tennis, attending Hartwick College; Jensen Kinglsey, track and field, attending UMass at Amherst; Samantha Vetter, track and field, attending University at Buffalo; and Carley Vetter, track and field, attending Stony Brook University.

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Thursday, 03 May 2018 12:58

Spa Catholic Goes to Disney

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — In March, the varsity softball and baseball teams, coached by Brett Simpson and Alphonse Lambert, respectively, went on a week-long trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL for a week of training and scrimmaging. This was the first year the softball team was able to attend, and the baseball team has gone several times in the past. Both teams do multiple fundraisers to attend from selling coupon books to 50/50 raffles.

“While the girls weren’t playing games or practicing, they were free to go to the parks and downtown Disney. Part of the package they get is a 5-day park and hopper pass, meaning they can go to any of the parks for 5 days. We are there for six full days, so the girls were in the parks every day or laying by the pool relaxing.
We took Easter Sunday off from playing and attended Easter mass, along with the boy’s program. This was something special for us to partake in Easter mass, as a whole,” Brett Simpson explained.

Simpson had plenty of thank you’s to disperse: “First to Brooke O’Reilly who without her we wouldn’t of been able to do this trip. She is awesome! To the parents who helped fundraise and help look over the players while in Disney. It’s awesome to not only play in Florida, but then to have multiple parents down there to watch and support the team makes it that much more special. To the School and our AD Alphonse Lambert for allowing us to make the trip and supporting us in this journey. And lastly, to the players who made our job easy while down there. They behaved well and played well. Seeing the smile on their faces every day made it that much more worth it. Thanks again to everyone else involved, can’t wait to be back next year.”

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Thursday, 19 April 2018 12:26

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Saratoga Regional YMCA Basketball
Team Wink had scoring from everyone playing and beat Team Reed by a score of 91 – 67. The Winks led by 21 points at the half and coasted to the win. The winners were led by Brian Travis who had 23 points and teammates JR Michael’s 19 points, Dallas Wells 17 points James Schober 15 points. Team Reed got 25 points from Ryan O’Rourke and another 17 points from Taylor Wilson. TEAM EMERY 57 - TEAM SIKORA 48 Due to injuries, Team Emery played with only four players all game, but they were able to still have a victory over Team Sikora by a score of 57 - 48. Team Emery got 18 points from Blake Rizzi while teammates Travis Ramsey 13 points, Chris Cameron 12 points and Andrew Armstrong had 10 points in the victory. Camdon Spencer had a team high 15 points in the loss. TEAM DUFF 70 - TEAM LOMBARDO 58 Using a balanced scoring attack, Team Duff took a hard-fought game over Team Lombardo 70 to 58. Corey Harkins had 14 points, Josh Demarais, 12 points from Ryan Duff and 10 points from Tim Bush in the win while Alex Ventre and Mike Ventre each scored 13 points in the loss.

Spa Catholic Softball            
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, April 11, Saratoga Central Catholic played Hoosic Valley and won, 11-10. For Spa Catholic: Cassidy Hayner had one double, five RBIs, and two homeruns; Emy Murray had one RBI; Molly O’Reilly hit two singles. On Friday, April 13, Spa Catholic defeated Stillwater, 16-4. For Spa Catholic: Julia Murdick had one double and five RBIs; Molly O’Reilly had one double and three RBIs; Emy Murray had one RBI; Victoria Alvord had one double and one RBI.

Spa Catholic Baseball        
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, April 11, Spa Catholic played Hoosic Valley, defeating them 14-2. For Spa Catholic: Nick Winslow had two doubles, three runs, and one RBI; Tyler Haraden had one homerun and three RBIs; Josh Van Patten had two doubles and one RBI; Kaden Learch had one double, four RBIs, and two runs; Kessler Waldron had one triple; Dylan Custer had two runs; Terel Tillman had one double and 14 strikeouts while pitching.

Saratoga Springs Girls Lacrosse
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Thursday, April 12, Saratoga Springs played Colonie and defeated them, 16-2. For Saratoga: Kit O’Hara, Ella Payer, and Sofie Mangino had two goals and one assist; Lauren Duffy had two goals; Katie Wendell had one goal and three assists; Sylvie Waters had one goal and two assists; Katie Silver, Lindsey Frank, Jackie Sauer, and Elizabeth McGinn each had one goal and one assist; Sophia Burke and Reilly Hogan had one goal each; Abigail Searles had five saves.

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:52

Athlete of the Week: Michael Halligan

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Michael Halligan, an 18-yearold senior at Saratoga Central Catholic High School has been Nordic skiing since he can remember. He cites his dad as his introduction to skiing.

“When I was born he put me on skis,” Halligan laughed, “as long as I can remember, I’ve always been on skis.”

Halligan just got back from the Junior Nationals Competition in Utah. In order to qualify, he had to ski two races in Rochester and two in Lake Placid.

“It was a pretty good season, I wasn’t really expecting to do that much better than I did last season. After the first couple races, I kind of just started getting into the groove of things and got progressively better. I’m really pleased with how all of it turned out. It was really something that I’m never going to forget. That was one of the best experiences that I’m ever going to have. Just going to Utah and skiing with such a good team and also racing with different competitors, I couldn’t really ask for anything better. Getting there was really hard, but it was definitely worth it,” Halligan explained.

Halligan’s aforementioned father, Sean, is his Nordic coach at Spa Catholic, and his brother is his club coach.

“Both of them together really paved the pathway for me to do the best I can, and I can’t thank them enough,” Halligan said.

Halligan was satisfied with his results in Utah.

“My outcomes in Utah were okay,” he laughed, “I didn’t really expect to do that well considering the fact that I was skiing against some of the top athletes in the country, but I was definitely toward the bottom of the list. I am pretty happy with my results though, I didn’t come in last in any of the races so that’s good.”

Aside from skiing, Halligan also runs cross-country in the fall and track in the spring. Halligan transferred to Spa Catholic in seventh grade after being a Maple Avenue student. He is an honor roll student with grades in the high nineties, and enjoys his creative writing class the most.

“I just recently put my down payment on St. Michael’s College and I will be skiing for them, they’re a Division II school,” he explained.

He intends to major in Digital Media and Journalism.

“I’m really into making music, too. I play bass, and I’m really into audio production. I helped a couple friends out with making songs for them. It’s a side hobby,” Halligan said, explaining how he spends his free-time.

Halligan is also a part of Peer Ministry, a religious community service club that runs retreats for the lower classmen to spread the Christian value.

“We really like to help out the community as much as possible, our school community but also the Saratoga community as a whole,” he explained.

Halligan will be wrapping up his Nordic season on March 16 – 18 in the Eastern High School Championships, taking place in Maine.

“I think that’s going to be really good. The altitude [in Utah] took a lot out of me during Junior Nationals so I feel like in Maine, I’m going to have way better results. I’m really excited about it,” he said.


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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ken Mantia, head coach of the boys’ basketball team at Saratoga Central Catholic for the last decade, has an interesting season ahead of him now. On Martin Luther King weekend in back- to-back games, senior captain Ryan McFadden, the teams’ top defender, suffered a torn MCL knee injury in the game versus Hoosick Falls. The next day, senior captain Tyler Haraden, the teams’ top scorer with at least 21 points per game, broke his foot. Both injuries have, essentially, ended Haraden and McFadden’s high school basketball careers.

“Haraden looks like he’s out for the season, there’s a small chance that he could get back by sectionals. So now, all of a sudden, we’re down two starters, so other kids have really stepped up and they’re doing a great job,” Mantia clarified.

Since the injuries, other team members have stepped up and the team has seen significant role changes, effectively adopting the “next man up” mentality. The “next man up” mentality is, basically, the opportunity for the players who normally don’t have the opportunity to step up and into the shoes of their injured teammates.

“It really gives kids an opportunity to shine, and they’ve been really relishing that,” Mantia said.

Stepping into McFadden’s shoes is senior Ben Scammell, a shooting guard, and appropriately stepping into Haraden’s shoes is his brother, Sam Haraden, also a senior and power forward.

“[Scammell] has kind of stepped into Ryan’s spot and he’s been doing a great job. He’s got a couple of games where he had three three-pointers and Sam Haraden has been doing a really good job defensively for us,” Mantia said.

Other key players who have stepped up are Terel Tillman, a junior point-guard who was an all-league player as a sophomore and has been a starter since sophomore year; Sean Englert, a senior center; and Aiden Dagostino, a sophomore shooting guard.

“The load is kind of with those three guys and then the other two kids, Scammell and Haraden, are stepping in and doing their part,” Mantia explained.

“The kids that have been hurt, they’re still on the bench, rooting the kids on. They’ve had great attitudes, so it’s been good to see. We’re playing well, just taking it one game at a time,” he said.

As of Jan. 31, no games have been lost since the injuries.

McFadden and Haraden were “obviously disappointed by the injuries because they’re seniors. I mean, it’d be one thing if they could re-group and come back next season but when we’re in the middle of a really good year, we’re 14-2 now, we’re ranked in the state, and all of a sudden, their careers are over, it’s very tough. But they’ve been coming to practice, supporting the team, sitting on the bench at the games, their attitudes have been outstanding,” Mantia commended.

While the injuries were devastating to the entire team, they may have ironically helped to switch things up.

“It’s funny because now it’s hard to guard us, because you don’t know who it’s going to be. Tyler was a great player, and the opposing team used their whole defense to stop him,” he explained.

Injuries aside, the Spa Catholic boys have had a tremendous season and are taking it one game at a time to maintain that.

“We’ve done a lot of great things, it’s been a tremendous year. So we’d like to keep going as far as we can. I’ve seen seasons like this where guys will step up and you look back and it’s just amazing what kids can do when they get the chance to show off their skills,” Mantia said.

The Spa Catholic boys play again on Tuesday, Feb 6. For game details, check out the Sports at a Glance page.

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Thursday, 21 December 2017 13:36

Local Athletes All Star Moments

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Saratoga Blue Streaks vs. Adirondack Rivermen Hockey
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Blue Streaks played the Adirondack Rivermen in the Blue Streaks’ first sectional game at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at the Weibel Ice Rink. Saratoga took the win, 4-1. All goals were made at full strength. In the first period, Saratoga’s Nick Larrabee scored the first goal with assists from Ryan Jones and Devon Wormley. In the second period, Ryan Jones scored with an assist from Matt Shamberger and Will Detora scored with assists from Charlie Leary and Ryan Jones. For the Rivermen, Andrew Rizzo scored with the help of Jordan Willis and Cullen Krug. In the third period, Matt Shamberger scored the final goal with an assist from Gary Blanchard. Saratoga’s goalie Brad Hipsley had 12 saves and Adirondack’s goalie Ben DiFiore had 18 saves.

Saratoga Central Catholic Bowling
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Thursday, Dec. 14 Saratoga Central Catholic played a match against Waterford, winning each game with an overall score of 3261-2092. For the Saints, Micaela Barbolt had the highest average, 194, and Tim Barrett with an average of 189. For Waterford, Mackenzie Fletcher had an average of 132 and Elias Martin had an average of 125. On Monday, Dec. 18 Saratoga Central Catholic played a match against Whitehall. The Saints won all matches and overall defeated Whitehall, 2855-2040. Zac Niles
had the highest average for the Saints with 169 and Micaela Barbolt followed closely behind with an average of 164. For Whitehall, Abby Melvin led the team with an average of 152 and Zac Hollister with 131.

Saratoga Central Catholic Boys Varsity Basketball
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Overall, the Saints are 4-1 and 2-0 in the league. On Tuesday, Dec. 12 the Saints played Hoosic Valley and won, 53-45. On Friday, Dec. 15 the Saints defeated Stillwater, 71-55. On Tuesday, Dec. 19 the Saints beat Waterford 59-44 in a Wassern League matchup. Leading the way for the Saints, Tyler Haraden had 19 points, Terel Tillman and Aiden Dagostino each had 10 points.

Saratoga Springs Gymnastics Team
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Gymnastics, the 16-time defending Section II champions, opened their dual meet season with a convincing win over Shaker on Monday night, 166.95-150.35. Saratoga secured four out of the top five all-around scores led by Ava Dallas (1st all-around; 35.10), followed by Sophia Damiano (2nd all-around; 34.05), Kate Dellaratta (3rd all-around; 32.00) and Megan Wishart (5th all-around; 31.00). Shaker’s top all-around finisher was Brianna Morris (4th allaround; 31.95). Saratoga gymnasts captured the top spot in each of the four individual events, with Ava Dallas winning the vault (9.00), the floor exercise (8.90) and the bars (8.70), and with Emily Ward winning the beam (8.90).

Saratoga Regional YMCA Youth Basketball League
ROTARY JUNIOR DIVISION: Saratoga Financial Services 31 — Mexican Connection Restaurant 25 In a nip and tuck game, Saratoga Financial outlasted Mexican Connection by a score of 31 to 25. Alex Cutler dropped in 12 points and teammate Ryan Boyle added another 8 points in the victory. Nick Scalo led his team in scoring with 11 points along with 7 points from
Yankiel Bracero in the loss.

Saratoga PBA 30 — PJ BARB-QSA 19
In a defensive battle, PBA got 9 points apiece from Steve Bebee and Emylyn Tineo and Jack Foster added another 8 points and defeated PJ’s BBQ 30 to 19. PJ’s was led by Caleb Beverly with 7 points and 5 points apiece by Jacob Armer and Jordon Cousar. SENIOR DIVISION: Saratoga Firefighters 54 — Berkshire Hathaway Blake, Realtors 36 In a very physical game, the Firefighters got off to an 18-point first half lead over BHHS, Blake Realtors and went on to a 54 to 36 victory. Noah Rourke exploded for a team high 21 points and Enyer Tineo scored 13 points while Curtis Bennifield added 12 points for the Firefighters. Ian Fisk had a game high 27 points with Jake Graham and Tim Leary each contributing 5 points in the defeat.

Village Photo 55 — Cudney’s Launderers 34
The game was even through the first half but in the second half, Village Photo used a smothering pressure defense to get a win over Cudney’s 55 to 34. The victors got 19 points from Jose Garcia along with 12 points apiece from Donald Steves and Patrick Deschaine. Cudney’s got 13 points from Hunter Regels and Lydia Green added 7 points, Tom Leary had 6 points in the loss.

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