Lori Mahan

Lori Mahan

Thursday, 07 September 2017 14:21

Alzheimer's Association Blondes vs. Brunettes

[Photos provided by www.act.alz.org.]

SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Saturday, Sept. 9 at Skidmore College Wachenheim Field, The Alzheimer’s Association will host its fourth annual Blondes vs. Brunettes (BvB) flag football tournament. The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization.

“RivALZ, where two teams of women divided to reflect rivalries such as East vs. West or Blondes vs. Brunettes compete in a flag football game to inspire fundraising, awareness, and action in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease,” said the statement.

Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with the game starting at 6:15 p.m. BvB is a volunteer-driven and all female event. Since its inauguration in the fall of 2005 in Washington DC, this tournament has made its way to other cities nationwide. Since the initial tournament four years ago in the Capital Region, BvB has made $100,000 for the Capital Region chapter.

“In this seriously athletic, but fun flag football game, two all-female teams are divided based on the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes. The players, trained by experienced football players and coaches, will be practicing all summer. The Brunette Bombers are looking to win back the title from the Blonde Bombshells,” according to the official statement.

Also at the event will be food, male cheerleaders, and halftime fun. Tickets are $10 and kids under 16 are free. After the game will be a victory party at the Horseshoe Inn in Saratoga Springs. The party includes food and drinks, live music from the Schmooze, and the opportunity to celebrate both teams. Tickets to the victory party are $30 for adults and $15 for kids under 16.

“This is my fifth year of being involved with BvB Saratoga. I spent three years as a player and am in my second year as a chair of the committee. Being part of BvB Saratoga is a way for me to give back to the community and raise money and awareness for a disease (Alzheimer’s) that is impacting so many families across the country,” said BvB Chair, Kim Lourinia.

“I am so proud of our committee, players, coaches, and volunteers who spend so much time giving back through fundraising, planning activities, and preparing for Game Day which ultimately brings us that much closer to creating a world without Alzheimer's,” Lourinia stated.

“I am so grateful to the Blondes and Brunettes for their dedication and commitment. Not only do they practice hard and engage in an exciting game of football, they raise much needed awareness by engaging a younger generation in our fight against Alzheimer’s,” said Alzheimer’s Association of New York’s Executive Director and CEO, Elizabeth Smith-Boivin.

You can donate to the players and receive free admission to the game by visiting www.act.alz.org and going to the RivALZ link. So far, the Blonde Bombshells have raised approximately $27,520 and the Brunette Bombers have raised $25,320.

To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease or Blondes vs. Brunettes, visit www.alz.org.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 14:20

Saratoga Auto Auction

[All photos provided by www.SaratogaAutoAuction.org]

SARATOGA SPRINGS –  The Saratoga Automobile Museum will be hosting thousands of automobile lovers on Sept. 22 – 23. A full day preview will be Thursday, Sept. 21 and Friday, Sept. 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The live auction will start at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22 and 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 with famed auctioneer Brent Earlywine running the show. The best food truck from the Capital Region will also be on site. The auction will take place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.

Spectator tickets are $20 a day or $30 for both days and can be purchased online at www.saratogaautoauction.org. Through Sept. 10, spectator tickets are $5 off with promo code AUCTION5OFF.

“We have an exceptional collection of cars, boats, trucks, and motorcycles set to be auctioned off on the Saratoga Performing Art Center Stage,” said auction director Jeff Whiteside.

“The event, a fundraiser for the Saratoga Automobile Museum to support its education programs and distracted driving safety initiative which grows more awareness every day. We will have over $8,000,000 worth of vehicles consigned and bidder registrations are now open,” Whiteside informed.

Whiteside had the goal of 200 consigned vehicles.

“We expect a large crowd to attend along with buyers and sellers. We have American, Foreign, Antique, Classic, Exotic, Modern, and Hot Rod cars consigned along with a number of boats and motorcycles, all in a broad range of prices.”

With a wide variety of vehicles for under $20,000, buyers will have the opportunity to join the “hobby,” and the eager collector will have a variety to choose from, some of which have never been for sale at any auction before.

Bidders have several options to participate; either online, live, or by phone through Proxibid. To register online, go to www.saratogaautoauction.org/register-to-bid or contact Olivia Harrison at 518-587-1935 ext. 13.

Several TV personalities will be at the auction, including Steve Hale of the show History Channel’s American Restorations and the star of Discovery Channel’s American Choppers, Paul Teutul Jr. Steve and Paul Jr. are both available for photos and to greet the public.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 14:16

Stillwater Warriors

[Photos provided by Stillwater Football 2017 Facebook page, via Converged Imaging.]

STILLWATER – Coach Ian Godfrey, in his second year as head coach, and the Stillwater Warriors are ready for the upcoming season.

“Last Friday was our first game against Corinth high school. We won 50 to 13, so it’s a really nice start. We have a really good group of hard working kids, we have a nice mix of seniors and underclassmen, they really seem to work hard and work well together. So far practices, as evidenced in our first game, have gone pretty well. We have a pretty tough schedule this year with a couple of the teams this year. It’s going to be a battle, to say the least, but we’re definitely up for it,” Godfrey said.

The Captains this year are Sean Kane, quarterback, Dan Morris, running back, and Jake Hickey, linemen. All three Captains are seniors this year.

“Our Captains are really the core players of our team, so a lot is riding on their success this year,” Godfrey stated.

“We actually have three kids who are playing that are sophomores who start both ways. Mason Seymour, running-back and linebacker, he’ll be one of the better players as a sophomore in the league. Brian McNeil, he plays offensive and defensive line and he is a force to be reckoned with. James Galarneau, he plays receiver, safety, and some quarterback too,” Godfrey clarified.

“This is a group that has overachieved a little bit last year and I’m really hoping that we can kind of live up to this year’s potential. We’ve got a really good group of guys, we want to compete for the league, we really feel like we have the talent to do so, but we know that realistically just getting to the playoffs would be an accomplishment, because it’s just such a tough league. We feel like if we can get to the playoffs then anything can happen,” Godfrey spoke positively of his team.

The Stillwater Warriors will take on Taconic Hills on Friday, Sept. 8 in an away game.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 14:13

Shenendehowa Plainsmen

[Photos provided by Coach Clawson.]

SHENENDEHOWA – Coach Clawson is excited for the upcoming season. The Shenendehowa Plainsmen are the biggest rivalry of hometown team Saratoga Blue Streaks. Their first rival game of the season takes place Friday, Sept. 8 at 7:00 p.m.

“I feel good, we had a really good off season of preparation. We have a lot of off season football activities,” Clawson said.

This year’s Captains are Michael Sheilds, Griffin Walner, Jackson Haskins, and Jacob McGrail.

“Coming into the season we have 10 returning starts and with all the development that happened in the off season, the team came into practice on Aug. 14 and they were fairly advanced then we usually were so that’s really helped. We had 66 kids try out for the team, we have 52 players on the roster, and they’re all contributing in practice,” he stated.

“No injuries thus far, knock on wood. I’m a very superstitious coach,” he laughs.

One thing that never leaves the forefront of the Shenendehowa communities mind is the tragic death of previous varsity football player Christ Stewart. Chris and Deanna Rivers, a softball player from Shenendehowa, both perished in a car accident on Dec. 1, 2012.

“We retired Chris’ number after the 2012 season. Fortunately for Chris, he got to play his senior season. He was a captain; he was a three year starter, phenomenal defense, and offensive player. Chris had a larger than life personality; whenever he came into the room he brightened it. He would cheer everyone up. He was one of the students that would walk through the hallway and say hello to all the custodians, teachers, and students. It was a true pleasure to have him on the team,” Clawson said.

Ryan Fenton, Mark McQuade, Jim Ward, Dan Cafarelli, Barry Clawson, and Mike O’Toole assist Clawson this year.

“Roughly 24 juniors came up from JV and we have three sophomores on varsity,” Clawson said proudly.

“There is a lot of excitement amongst the players. They are very focused, hard working group and they love playing football, Clawson stated.

The Shenendehowa Plainsmen played their first game on Sept. 1 against the Guilderland Flying Dutchman. The Plainsmen won versus the Flying Dutchmen, 48 to 27.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 14:06

Corinth Tomahawks

[All photos by www.PhotoAndGraphic.com]

CORINTH – Coach Justin Culligan has stepped up from assistant coach last year to head coach this year.

“Last year we were two out of seven, so this year our goal is to be competitive, win a couple more games, try to get a play off spot,” Culligan said.

 “We have a couple kids that are back. I think we have eight starters on defense and seven on offense that are back. Our starting quarterback is returning, Colt Guilder, he is a second year player. He started playing for us after week two last year, he played with us the rest of the year as the quarterback. He’s throwing the ball well, making good decisions, running the ball well. He’s doing good, we’re pretty happy with him right now,” Culligan said of Guilder.

The team Captains this year are Colt Guilder, quarterback, Nic Moses, Josh Nolet, and Garrett Wood, all seniors.

When asked how practice had been going, Culligan said, “we’ve started out very healthy, knock on wood.”

There is a long standing rivalry between Corinth and Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne, who they play October 6.

“We have a wooden Indian canoe that we all share, the winner gets it. It’s a statue and Lake George/Hadley-Luzerne got it last year,” Culligan said.

The team started practicing August 14 and had their first game of the season September 1 versus Stillwater. The Stillwater Warriors beat the Corinth Tomahawks 50 versus 13.

Thursday, 07 September 2017 14:00

South Glens Falls Bulldogs

[All photos provided by www.PhotoAndGraphic.com]

SOUTH GLENS FALLS – Coach Michael Hammond and the South Glens Falls Bulldogs are off to a great start this season.

“We played Gloversville Friday, we won 35 to 20. We made some very coachable mistakes but they showed a lot of heart and effort for all 4 quarters,” Hammond said.

There are 33 players on the team this year including one sophomore from JV.

“We’re looking good, our numbers are decent, we have good athletes. They’re hard working, very coachable players,” he declared.

The Captains of the team this year are KJ Mickel, a senior running-back and line-backer, Aidan Davies, a senior wide receiver, Dylan Schramel, a junior running-back, and Zach Nolan, a senior tight-end and line-backer.

In terms of big rivalry games, Hammond said, “You know, I’m not sure with that question and the reason being is that in Class A football, every game is a big game. There’s no holes, in my opinion section 2 Class A is one of the toughest in the state and so you kind of look at every game as a big game.  Especially since they switched over to one division this year so we play every Class A school except Mohonasen. So almost every game can be treated like a play-off type atmosphere because in order for us to make the play-offs this year, they only take the top 4 teams so you have to win pretty much every game as possible.”

“In all honesty, our aspirations are we want to kind of put our place in with the top national of Class A football. We’ve been kind of on the cusp in the middle of the past few seasons and we’re attempting to break the top four,” Hammond admitted.

When asked how long he had been coaching he laughed, “I don’t like to keep track of those things, it makes me feel old. I think this is my seventh year as head coach. I took a year off and stepped aside for a year in between so I’ve been coaching here in general for 11 years.”

Hammond loves to inspire his team and said, “one piece of advice that I always give the team right before a game is, ‘believe in themselves. Put all the distractions aside.’ I tell them week in and week out that the people who are on the field, the people that are at the practices, are the people who know best what’s going on. You take the good, you let it go; you take the bad, you let it go. Because we know what’s going on and we know what we’re doing.”

Thursday, 07 September 2017 13:51

SEDC's Career Jam

[Graphic provided by Ryan Van Amburgh.]

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Saratoga-Warren-Washington Workforce Development Board, in conjunction with The Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex (WSWHE) BOCES and the Saratoga County Economic Development Corporation (SEDC), are presenting the region’s inaugural Career Jam on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

“Career Jam is a one-day hands-on career exploration event for eighth and ninth grade in our area,” according to the SEDC statement.

These Clusters are: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources; Architecture and Construction; Arts, A/V Technology and Communications; Business, Management, and Administration; Education and Training; Finance; Government and Public Administration; Health Sciences; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Services; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security; Manufacturing; Marketing; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics; Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics.

A contact at Clarkson University reached out to SEDC and introduced them to the Jefferson-Lewis Workforce Development Board (WDB) who has been hosting this event for the past three years through the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES in Watertown, New York.

This will be the first time Career Jam is taking place locally. The closest it has taken place previously is in the Finger Lakes Region and Watertown Region.

Ryan Van Amburgh, Economic Development Specialist for SEDC, said “our main goal for the event is to highlight local job options to young students.”

Approximately 500 kids will be attending from school districts around the region.

“We are working with The Clean Tech ECHS junior and seniors as our volunteers and Joseph Dragone, Superintendent from Ballston Spa Central School and Joseph Greco, Director of K-!2 Math, Science, and Technology Integration, from Saratoga Springs Schools as our volunteers,” Van Amburgh said.

“We are most excited about showcasing the business community and all the opportunities locally for students,” Van Amburgh stated.

“Local businesses from each Career Cluster will be present with hands-on activities that will engage and encourage students to look at the many career opportunities and areas of study that are relevant to our local area. We want to provide our youth with this valuable information as they decide what careers and education to pursue in their futures,” the statement declared.

“Our objective is to expose students early on to the careers that are available right here in their own region as well as the opportunity to be educated for them in that region and provide well paying jobs and it’s not really too early for them to start considering what that looks like. So we have some great business partners throughout that come and help us with our curriculum so we thought it would be a great idea to offer an opportunity for all these students to come in and see what’s there. The thing that we wanted to make sure that it was not just one of those career fairs where you get a brochure and you hear about the company but you don’t actually do anything. So, the intent is to have each business partner have a hands-on event, so students get to do some hands-on experiments,” said Kim Wegner, Coordinator of Enrichment S.T.E.M. and Career Connections at BOCES.

This event will take place in the TEC-SMART building, which is on Hermes Road in Malta.

If you are a business or students interested in learning more about Career Jam, visit www.Career-Jam.com.


Friday, 01 September 2017 10:28

Schuylerville Horses

[ Photos by Lori Mahan. ]

SCHUYLERVILLE – Coach John Bowen takes the field at morning practice, very active in his instructions for the team. You can sense the excitement.

“Practice up to this point is going very well. We’ve stayed what we consider to be very healthy, all things considered. Which is always your number one concern going through those first two and a half weeks leading up to your first game,” Coach Bowen explained.

Captains of the Horses are Thomas Donovan, senior and offensive and defensive lineman, Derek Willson, senior and running-back and defensive-back, and Stratton Sherman, junior and quarterback and defensive-back.

“We’ve got a solid veteran group coming back that I think are going to do a nice job. Processing a lot of this stuff is very familiar to them so we’re kind of re-teaching a lot to the guys not having to introduce much new stuff at this stage. So that’s always a positive when you’re able to have that veteran presence in your ability to move at a quicker pace during the pre-season because that knowledge and that mental end of things are already in place,” Bowen said.

The Schuylerville Horses plays their first game on Friday, September 1 against the Schalmont Sabres.

As far as goals go, Coach said, “I know it’s cliché, but we always try to stress not looking ahead but taking every game one week at a time. We’re not getting out in front of ourselves with regards to looking at the bigger games down the line. I love the fact that these first two games are against the two best teams from the previous year. I really feel that it kind of sets the tone for our season and it helps the pre-season. Keeping all those things in perspective, we’re hoping that the boys continue to keep that singular focus of the next opponent. I think if they’re able to do that and we’re able to really stay single minded from that standpoint, I think the rest of it, as long as we’re working and staying focused, guys aren’t getting too self-absorbed, I think we’ll be fine.”

There are 38 players on the Varsity team this year.

“We’re certainly looking forward to the season but we know that we’ve got huge mountains to climb. We share a division with last years state champions so we’ve got some major hurdles,” Bowen said.

The Schuylerville Horses plays their first game on Friday, September 1 against the Schalmont Sabres at Schalmont High School.


Friday, 01 September 2017 10:23

Burnt Hills Spartans

[ Photo by Lori Mahan. ]

BURNT HILLS – Coach Matt Shelly has 38 players on his roster this year. Their first game will be against the Queensbury Spartans on Saturday, September 2 at 1:30 p.m.

“That’s always a really tough test, especially week one. They’re one of the better teams every year in our division so it’s coming out of the gate going up against a really great team. So it’ll be a really great challenge,” Coach Shelly said.

Key players include Jake Stanko, tailback, Mike Levan, wide receiver, Darien Lapietro, quarterback, Vincent Daviero, running back, and Jeremy Clayton, tight end. Joe Petrovsky, Evan Price, and Zach Grey lead the offensive line. All players are returning from last year.

There are no sophomores on the team, only juniors and seniors.

When asked how practice had been going, Coach Shelly said, “so far so good. We’re pretty healthy right now, couple of injuries but nothing too bad, just minor things. They’ve been focused and working hard so they’re excited to get the season going.”

The Burnt Hills Spartans are a Class A team with a state rank of 58.

Friday, 01 September 2017 10:17

Saratoga Blue Streaks

[ Photos by Lori Mahan. ]

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Coach Terry Jones is ready for the Blue Streaks 2017 season.

“Our aspirations are every body’s aspirations. We want to win every game, but we don’t look ahead. We’re going to take every game one at a time because you can’t look ahead because every team can beat you in the Double A’s. I truly believe that. On the other hand, we can beat every team in the Double A’s. It’s a long grinding season so right now we’re focused on Niskayuna and Niskayuna only. That’s our goal, and until that’s over, we don’t worry about anything else,” Coach Jones said.

Wes Eglintine, quarterback, Kevin Toote, two-way starter, Mike Eglintine, tight-end and defensive-end, and Cam Adams, running back are the captains of the team this year.

“These kids are our four captains, our leaders. They’ve all been up since their sophomore year,” Jones said.

Wes Eglintine is, “coming back after suffering a season ending knee injury last year. He is a three-year returning,” Jones clarified.

Coach Jones said of Kevin Toote, “Kevin is being heavily recruited by many Division 1 FCS schools.”

“Our senior class is outstanding in terms of leadership, work ethic, things like that,” Jones said proudly.

“We have some young kids up from the JV who are growing and really showing us some good things. We’re very happy with our skill players and we’re developing on the o-line and d-line. It’s pretty important to grow there quick,” Jones asserted.

There are 46 players on the team this year. The first game is against Niskayuna on Friday, September 1. 

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