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Saratoga County Dairy Farmer Supports Hometown Football Team to the State Championship
SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville dairy Farmer Neil Peck, of Welcome Stock Farm, surprised his hometown football team at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Class C Championship game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse on Dec. 3.
Peck presented a post-game award to the Schuylerville football team, which finished as the runner-up to Chenango Forks, and handed out chocolate milk to the student-athletes to help them refuel.
“As a dairy farmer, I’m proud of the nutritious, wholesome milk our cows produce,” said Peck. “It’s especially meaningful to me to help distribute chocolate milk after the game because I have nephews and a cousin on the Schuylerville team.”
Chocolate milk is the ideal sports recovery drink for student-athletes to consume after a hard-fought game. It contains the golden ratio of carbohydrates to protein – about three to four grams of carbohydrates for every one gram of protein. This ratio helps to rehydrate the body, repair muscles, and replenish energy after exercise.
“Refuel With Chocolate Milk” a campaign funded by dairy farmers through American Dairy Association North East (ADANE), is the presenting sponsor of the NYSPHSAA State Football Championships and the official beverage of the Association’s athletics. ADANE’s sponsorship provides funding for all NYSPHSAA championships, chocolate milk for athletes after each event, and nutrition tips for coaches through monthly newsletters.
For more information about the ADANE, visit www.americandairy.com.
Schuylerville Varsity Football Wins Class C Championship
Schuylerville — Schuylerville Varsity Football faced Hoosick Falls in the Class C Championship on Saturday, May 1. They finish their season undefeated, with a 34-15 win over Hoosick Falls to claim the title.
The first points of the game went to Schuylerville, when a failed punt by Hoosick Falls was recovered by Abruscato in the end zone. The 2 pt. conversion was completed by Dwyer.
In the second quarter, Dwyer scored on a 47 yd TD (2 pt. conversion unsuccessful). O. Sherman also scored on a 25 yd TD (2 pt. conversion unsuccessful).
In the third quarter, McGarrahan scored on a 12 yd TD, and the 2 pt. conversion was completed by Dow to O. Sherman.
Hoosick Falls got on the board in the fourth quarter, when Mackey scored on a 59 yd TD pass from D’Agostino (kick was good). Colegrove returned the ensuing kick for a 75 yd TD, and the 2 pt. conversion was completed by D’Agostino to Blake.
Schuylerville wrapped up their scoring in the fourth quarter with a 15 yd TD pass from O. Sherman to Bowen (2 pt. conversion unsuccessful).
Schuylerville had 313 total yards. Dwyer rushed for 73 yds on 6 carries and 1 TD, O. Sherman rushed for 35 yds on 8 carries and 1 TD, Dow rushed for 47 yds on 4 carries, and McGarrahan rushed for 28 yds on 9 carries and 1 TD. O. Sherman was 7/15 on passing attempts for 121 yds with 1 TD. Receiving, Dow had 3 catches for 69 yds and Bowen had 3 catches for 43 yds and 1 TD. On defense, Max had a sac and Abruscato had a fumble recovery in the end zone for a TD.
Hoosick Falls had 204 total yards. Their top rusher was Nealon who had 24 carries for 79 yds. D’Agostino was 9/13 on passing attempts for 137 yds with 1 TD. Receiving, Mackey had 5 catches for 89 yds and 1 TD, Colegrove had 2 catches for 24 yds, and Blake also had 2 catches for 24 yds. On defense for Hoosick Falls Mackey had a sac.
Field Hockey Players Receive Foothills Council Awards
SCHUYLERVILLE — Foothill Council Honors: Six Schuylerville High School varsity field hockey players have been named to the Foothills Council All-Star Team. First Team: Bella Baldwin, Hunter Phillips Second Team: Lainey Koval, Eliza Barton Honorable Mention: Molly Elder, Izzy Reitano-Stayer
157 Runners Participate in Schuylerville Drama Club 5K
SCHUYERVILLE — The Schuylerville Drama Club would like to thank everyone who participated in its 5K Ugly Sweater fundraiser run! Proceeds will go towards the drama club’s middle school production, The Wizard of Oz, which will be performed March 6 and 7. Of the 157 runners, the top finishers were Megan Vianese and Daryl Headen. Winners received a medal and a ticket to the show in March. In addition, 55 items were donated to S.A.F.E.R.
Cassandra Cooper: Athlete of the Week
SCHUYLERVILLE — Senior athlete Cassandra Cooper balances school, giving back to the community and her great love of soccer.
Cooper began playing recreational soccer when she was in the second grade with the Old Saratoga Athletic Association (OSSA). Many of her friends played, and she saw this as an opportunity to expand her social life. Pretty quickly soccer became her favorite sport, and an activity that she dedicates a majority of her time to.
“I love competing against people. I love the adrenaline from playing against other people. And scoring, I love scoring,” said Cooper. “It’s just so much fun getting out there and doing something that you’re passionate about. It’s always been something I just loved.”
All year around Cooper can be seen on a soccer field, whether she is playing, or on the sidelines. She is the Schuylerville Varsity left outside midfielder and co-captain. Additionally, she is on three soccer clubs including the Schuylerville Soccer Club, Saratoga Wilton Soccer Club and New York Elite Soccer Club and coaches third and fourth graders for the OSSA. Through dedication and discipline, Cooper manages to balance her athletic life, and be active in school through being a member of the National Honor Society, Varsity Club, and the Students Against Destructive Decisions club (SAAD).
“I keep a very tight schedule. I’m always on the go. I try to find some down time but there’s not really a lot of time I have to just be to myself. I usually try to find 30 minutes to just relax,” said Cooper.
Throughout her soccer career Cooper has had a consistent supporter, who she names as the biggest fan of her varsity team and one of her biggest inspirations (alongside USA midfielder Alex Morgan) her father, Shane Cooper.
“He’s also been a major reason why I started playing soccer...he’s always pushed me to strive to be better, to work at being better,” said Cooper.
Cooper recalls when she was in the fifth grade and was struggling to achieve her goals in soccer, that her father would spend 45 minutes to an hour practicing with her outside nearly every day for months when he would get home from work.
“He helped me get better at playing the sport and he helped me find the love for it to. He’s always been so dedicated to watching me and going to my games,” said Cooper.
Cooper is looking into colleges throughout the capital region, and wherever she lands, a soccer ball is surely to be close beside her.
Photos by SuperSource Media, LLC.
SCHUYLERVILLE - Schuylerville students represented their independent robotics team at the regional FIRST Robotics Competition held at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute March 9 and 10.
FIRST, which stands for, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology was founded in 1989 with a mission to encourage students to enter STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) related fields. At the beginning of each season, the teams register to join the competitions where they are given a task, which the robot they design will be required to accomplish. The teams spend about six weeks programming, constructing, and marketing their design until their deadline, when they will bag and seal their creations until the day of the competitions.
The Schuylerville robotics team, the Steel Stallions began in 2011 by its founders Kevin and Betty Gifford. Kevin Gifford, the head mentor turned the reigns over to Todd Kehley, who has a nine-year Naval background working with nuclear power and, has a vested interest in the program.
“My son, when he was going to school at Schuylerville, decided that he wanted to get involved with the team…I decided that it was something I wanted to do with my son."
Nick Budesheim: Athlete of the Week
SCHUYLERVILLE — Clarkson University will be ushering local varsity basketball player Nick Budesheim into the next phase of his basketball and academic career.
Budesheim comes from a family of Celtics fans, which inspired him to pursue basketball himself when he was in the fourth grade. Though Budesheim also plays for the school’s soccer team, basketball quickly became his favorite sport.
“I just found that to be something that you can do by yourself, it motivates you constantly,” said Budesheim. “Everything about it makes me love it.”
There was not a thing that Budesheim could find that didn’t bring him joy. As he’s matured, Budesheim has learned that the less pleasurable aspects such as early and long practices, running and conditioning are not all that bad, as they only help him to improve his game.
A rigorous sports schedule incorporated into applying to colleges can become overwhelming for any scholar-athlete, but not for Budesheim.
“You just have to find a balance and always keep your head up,” said Budesheim.
Budesheim finds inspiration from his family and friends, who are also his biggest support systems. Their support has aided him through every game, alongside a small before game superstition of his.
"Days of Awe" in Saratoga
SARATOGA SPRINGS - A.M. Homes has been coming to Saratoga for nearly 30 years. During that time, she has published a dozen books - novels, memoirs and story collections among them - created a variety of original television pilots and saw the screen debut of a then pre-teenage Kristen Stewart in the film adaptation of her book “The Safety of Objects” – which also featured Glenn Close in a starring role.
Homes’ newest release, the short story collection “Days of Awe," was published earlier this month and the links to this region, she says, are substantial. “As much as this is a work of fiction - which took many years—in my heart it is set in Saratoga.”
The ties to local geography and events are sprinkled throughout the book’s 12 stories, albeit disguised at times beneath the cloak of fiction. There are visits to local ice cream shops, journeys to go apple-picking and trips to the mall; there are inferences – though neither is named - to the City Center during the staging of a gun show, and to Temple Sinai, which in “real life” stands directly across the street on Broadway. Segments of Homes’ work have also been scribed in Saratoga Springs, during her many residencies at the Yaddo arts colony.
The town has climbed out of a depression by branding itself, ‘America’s Hometown’. Flags fly from the lampposts. Signs announce the autumn harvest celebration, a film festival, and a chamber‑music series at the Presbyterian church. She parks behind the conference center and slips in through the employee entrance and down the long hall to a door marked THIS WAY TO LOBBY - “Days of Awe”
“I’ve built a relationship for myself with the town: going to the library, going to the Farmers’ Market, going to the YMCA. People and places have always meant a lot to me and have always been very inspirational,” Homes says. “In the new book, there’s a story about an ‘everyman’ who’s nominated to run for president that’s set in a big box store. In my mind that is somewhere over where Target and all those stores are.”
The story, “A Prize for Every Player,” depicts a man introduced to shoppers as candidate for President of the United States. The announcement is made over a microphone appropriated from a karaoke machine in the electronic section. As reporters descend upon the store, the local high school cheerleaders welcome the candidate by performing their rah-rahs outside, in the Keep Clear fire lane.
The strip mall location marks a literary return to the parcel of land Homes first discovered during a Yaddo residency early in her career.
“The Pyramid Mall floated in a sea of parking spaces…” – from “The Safety of Objects.”
“Some of the works that I got done during the early visits to Yaddo were in the book the ‘The Safety of Objects,’” Homes says. “I was fairly young (when I first came to Yaddo). It was before my first book was even published. I grew up as a writer hearing about Yaddo and being a huge fan of John Cheever and one of my teachers, Doris Grumbach, had been there before and knew all the people. It was thrilling and intimidating. There was a sense that being invited to come to Yaddo was a vote of confidence in you as a young person of exceptional promise. It’s a question of going to dinner at night with all the artists and we were terrified, hoping to sit next to somebody who didn’t reveal you to be a total fool, or a fraud.”
While in residence at Yaddo, Homes met Jay McInerney, who had a few years earlier achieved fame with his first published novel, “Bright Lights, Big City.” They decided to visit the Pyramid Mall.
“At one point I went over there with Jay McInerney. I guess we were going to the movies or something and they had one of those contests, you know, where you keep your hands on a car for as long as you possibly can. I found it just riveting. And that’s in one of the stories in “The Safety of Objects” - set in the old mall - the one they tore down - that used to have Jo Ann’s Nut House and a bible supply shop called Praises,” Homes says. The Pyramid Mall, which opened in 1973 with 50 stores, was demolished in September 1999 and later replaced by a strip of big-box retailers such as Target. The story, “The Bullet Catcher,” features a fact-meets-fictional world where characters go shopping at Sears, the Wire Wizard, and King Pin, and listen to the radio, which is tuned to Z-100.
“An even stranger thing happened 10 years later when that story was made into a film. I remember being in a shopping mall in the middle of the night in Toronto watching Glenn Close and a bunch of different people who were in the film re-enacting this scene.”
“I had a vanilla-and-chocolate twist with a dip into the chocolate that hardens. They called it a Brown Cow… the Farmer’s Daughter” – from “Days of Awe”
“I really do just love the history of places. Saratoga is obviously very important to me. And North Adams (Massachusetts) is where my grandmother’s family grew up, so it’s fun for me to play with all those things,” says Homes, whose work has been translated into 22 languages. “I’m a local in heart and spirit. When I’m there what I do is I drive from Saratoga (Springs) to Schuylerville, out to Greenwich and all over the place,” Homes says. “And I love a good thunderstorm in Saratoga, in the afternoon, when it gets so warm and there’s this intensity… these incredible cracks of lightning.”
With “Days of Awe,” characters embark on a fictionalized journey that local residents may recognize as markers along state Route 29, from the Spa City through Schuylerville and across the Hudson River to Greenwich. Characters go apple-picking - “the orchard is ripe with families and children and bumblebees buzzing… they buy a bushel basket and head into the fields,” writes Homes - cross a Revolutionary War battlefield with rolling hills, and pause to refresh at a shop reminiscent of The Ice Cream in Greenwich – “the ice cream stand is set back from the road in the middle of nowhere… scoops are like a child’s fantasy of what an ice cream cone might be” – as well as at The Farmer’s Daughter, which is mentioned by name.
“As she drives over the hills on a two‑lane country road, the sun is dropping low on the horizon. There are cows making their way home across fields and self‑serve farm stands with fresh eggs, tomatoes, and cut flowers, and free zucchini with every purchase. The sky is a glorious and deepening blue. It’s just past sunset when she pulls in to the tiny town. The raised wooden Star of David and the mezuzah are the only outward markers on the old narrow building... the synagogue is small and lost to time. There are about thirty people between her and the rabbi. ‘What is it to be a Jew?’ the rabbi is demanding of the group. ‘Has it changed over time?” – from “Days of Awe”
While staying at Yaddo, Homes has also spent time at Temple Sinai on Broadway in Saratoga Springs with Rabbi Linda Motzkin and Rabbi Jonathan Rubenstein, who have served as co-rabbis since 1986 - the first rabbinic couple to share the sole rabbinic position in a synagogue.
Homes attended services, baked bread with Rabbi Jonathan and brought Yaddo residents to meet with Rabbi Linda, who talked with the group about her work writing a Torah Scroll. In “Days of Awe,” the rabbinic couple are noted as “very good friends, whose hearts have supported me” in the book’s acknowledgements, alongside local history writer and independent scholar Amy Godine, musicians Laurie Anderson and Rosanne Cash, and grateful nods to Yaddo President Elaina Richardson, and Candace Wait, among others.
“I did move the synagogue out of Saratoga and to somewhere around Schuylerville,” explains Homes. “It’s what I do in my imagination. That’s what fiction writers do.”
The difference between writing short stories, such as what appear in the new collection “Days of Awe,” and the longer novel form – which comprises the majority of her literary canon – comes down to the sustainability of the story over the long term, Homes says.
“Some stories wouldn’t be sustainable in a novel, so that’s one of the ways you sort-of know. Whether it’s the tone, or the intonation of the story, whether you know what’s going to happen in it. I think they function differently. Stories have a specific compression to them in a sense that something’s already happened by the time the reader gets to the story. So, there’s a lot of history, filling-in in a story. In a novel, I think there’s a much more leisurely unfolding.”
Readers of Homes’ books will be interested to learn that one of her most memorable characters – a teenage girl named Chunky who first appeared in 1989, re-appears in “Days of Awe.”
“Chunky sort of appears in the second book of stories, in a story called ‘Raft in Water, Floating,’ and then she appears in the new book. There are two very big stories in the book called ‘Hello Everybody,’ and ‘She Got Away.’ What’s fascinating to me with Chunky, (who first appeared) 30 years ago, is that it’s really taken this long from being a 13-year-old or so in the backyard to now being a freshman or sophomore in college. And oddly those stories are part of an opera I’m writing now that will open in New York, maybe next June. I’ve never written a libretto before, so this will be the first and it’s based on those stories.”
Many of Homes’ fictional characters are male, which she scribes in convincing fashion. “I think as a fiction writer, it’s probably in many ways easier for me to write from a male point of view than just to write from some mom’s point of view, or some lady’s point of view,” she explains. “That’s just not as much fun for me. I live in that world, and I know what that is. But, to really, truly inhabit other characters: that’s the good stuff.
A.M. Homes, posing in front of the Yaddo mansion, shortly after the release of her novel “May We Be Forgiven,” in 2013. Photo by Thomas Dimopoulos.
Homes’ many visits to Yaddo have inspired what she calls “a very active literary part of my imagination, in part because it’s been part of me for so long.” For the past five years, Homes has served as co-chair of Yaddo’s Board of Directors and involved in projects to both historically preserve the 19th century mansion as well as help get new studios built, with an eye one the future.
“My relationship to Yaddo as an artists’ colony has changed, because when I go now I’m more aware of everything: Oh, the lightbulb has burned out; we’ve got to take care of the paint on the porch. It’s like it’s your house,” Homes says. “But, the nice thing is you get to see, since (first visiting in) 1989, is that the fundamentals of the place haven’t changed. There is this place where artists from all over the world come to do their work, and I’m always amazed at how good they are – inspired and brilliant - and that there’s this wonderfully nice mix of people who are at the very beginning of their careers, and other people like me, who have been doing it for a long time.”
Homes was born in Washington D.C. Some of her earliest writings took the form of letters penned to people she admired.
“I was absolutely a rock and roll kid growing up. Pete Townshend was my pen pal (while I was) in high school, which is kind of amazing,” she says. “I wrote to these people and it wasn’t like: ‘Oh, I think you’re so great,’ but more like: ‘today, at school, Isabell was mean to me’. And he’d write back: ‘I’m having a terrible time with my record label.’ So it was nice, people out in the world who would talk to me. And it’s interesting because I sometimes wrote to women writers, women musicians and they would write back very curt responses: ‘Thanks, now go away.’ I realize now, as an adult, that women are probably much more protective and feel that they could be stalked, or, whatever. And that men were, in that sense, in the world in a different kind of way. But, I feel very lucky because I’ve have a lot of non-visible mentors along the way who helped me grow up as gracefully as one can - which is not very graceful at all.”
Local All-Star Moments
Saratoga-Wilton Youth Baseball Champs
WILTON - Saratoga-Wilton Elks Lodge #161 – On Saturday, February 10, 2018 the Boys Grade 4/5 Saratoga-Wilton Elks Team won the Saratoga Springs Recreational Basketball League Championship with a score of 44-22. Members of the Lodge watched several games throughout the end of the season. The boys played with confidence and determination and the Lodge was very proud to have sponsored this team of fine young men.
The Saratoga-Wilton Basketball Team was undefeated the entire season and to celebrate their victory the Lodge is holding a special Bowling/dinner Banquet for the youth and their families at the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on February 23rd and will present trophies to the Champs.
Saratoga Regional Y
Over 50 Basketball League Scores
WEEK TEN Scores - Wednesday, February 14
Game One D’Andrea’s Pizza Parlor – 62 Gennaro’s Pizza - 52
Four players scored in double figures as D’Andrea’s Pizza Parlor defeated Gennaro’s Pizza 62 – 52. Mike Scanlon paced the winners with 22 points and was aided by 17 from Alex Marin, 13 from Tim Ward, and 10 points from Scott Waterhouse. Kevin Reilly rimmed a game high 26 points for Gennaro’s and Mark Sohl added 16 points for the losers.
D’Andrea’s Pizza Parlor – 62 Mike Scanlon (22), Alex Marin (17), Tim Ward (13),
Scott Waterhouse (10)
Gennaro’s Pizza – 52 Kevin Reilly (26), Mark Sohl (16)
Game Two Post Time Wine & Spirits - 58 Village Photo, LLC – 48
Post Time Wine & Spirits used a strong 2nd half effort to defeat Village Photo, LLC 58 – 48. Post Time’s Ed Benway was the game high scorer with 24 points while Jim Eliopulos chipped in 22 points. For Village Photo Lamont Williams snapped 16 and Pat Reidy 15 points.
Post Time Wine & Spirits – 58 Ed Benway (24), Jim Eliopulos (22)
Village Photo, LLC – 48 Lamont Williams (16), Pat Reidy (15)
Game Three West Side Sports Tavern – 56 Nemer Chrysler – 48
Nemer Chrysler’s 2nd half rally fell short as they lost to West Side Sports Grill 56 – 48. Joe Twomey of West Side and Tom Kelly of Nemer both tallied 24 points while John Mooney added 23 for West Side and John Bishop added 16 for Nemer.
West Side Sports Tavern – 56 Joe Twomey (24), John Mooney (23)
Nemer Chrysler – 48 Tom Kelly (24), John Bishop (16)
Game Four Mama Mia’s Café – 75 Jones Steves – 60
Bobby Hanson’s league high 41 points led Mama Mia’s Café to a 75 – 60 victory over Jones Steves. For Jones Steves, Rory Wilson rimmed 31 points, and Andrew Sephas added 17 points. Reggie Durden banked 16 points and Andy Kramarchyk12 points for Mama Mia’s.
Mama Mia’s Café – 75 Bobby Hanson (41), Reggie Durden (16), Andy Kramarchyk (12)
Jones Steves – 60 Rory Wilson (31), Andrew Sephas (17)
Blue Streaks Ice Hockey
SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Blue Streaks Varsity hockey team played the Guilderland/Mohonasen/Scotia-Glenville Storm in a Section 2 Tournament Play-in game at 6:45 PM on February 16th at the Weibel Avenue Ice Rink. Saratoga won the game 4-0 with goalie Brad Hipsley recording his fourth league shut out. For Saratoga, Sam Jacob scored the first goal with an assist from Ryan Seales; Matt Shamberger scored the second goal; Ryan Jones kicked off the second period with an assist from Zak Ogden; and Mack Ogden scored the final goal with an assist from Ryan Seales. Saratoga Goalie Brad Hipsley had seven saves and GMS-G Goalie Daniel Cooper had 26 saves.
SCHUYLERVILLE – Hannah Klingebiel, a sophomore from Schuylerville, has made it to state finals for skiing. Section II competes at States on Feb. 26 and 27 at Bristol Mountain at Canandaigua, NY.
Wrestling Sectional Results
[Photos by www.PhotoAndGraphic.com]
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.
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.
126 – Orion Anderson pinned Austin Lints (Schoharie), 1:16.