Lori Mahan

Lori Mahan

Thursday, 20 December 2018 12:59

SLAM DUNK! Kerry Flaherty Scores 1,000 Points

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kerry Flaherty, a senior at Saratoga Springs CSD, has been playing basketball since she was four-years-old and has been on varsity since the eighth grade. Her long-term dedication has paid off. She has officially scored 1,000 points, joining an elite club only a few have succeeded at. Flaherty only plays basketball, which she does yearround with AAU team Albany City Rock. She’s also a part of the Unified Basketball Team at Saratoga, which is a team of athletes and mentally disabled athletes who play a few games each spring. Flaherty’s friend got her involved last year. She is a shooting guard on the court and is committed to Holy Cross to play basketball on a fouryear full scholarship, but she is unsure what she’ll study for a major.

“I’ll just see what fits when I get there,” she said.

Flaherty’s father and older brother also play basketball.

She scored her 1,000 point on a foul shot against Colonie.

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“It was a great accomplishment and I’ve been looking forward to it for a while, so I was happy to get it over with in the beginning of the season,” Flaherty explained. She says the varsity team consists of some of her best friends, “It’s really fun playing together,” she insists.

The team enjoys hanging out and getting food together off the court. In her free time, Flaherty enjoys hanging out with her friends, family, and relaxing.

“It was a great accomplishment and I’ve been looking forward to it for a while, so I was happy to get it over with in the beginning of the season,”

As far as academics go, she is also thriving.

“It’s good, senior year is definitely fun. I don’t take as many classes as previous years and I have more freedom, so I enjoy that,” she commented.

Flaherty credits her parents, Rich and Mary, as her biggest support system.

Thursday, 20 December 2018 12:53

Local All-Star Moments

Spa Catholic Girls Basketball
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Catholic jumped out to a 24 to 2 fi rst quarter lead and controlled the tempo for the rest of the game. Ryleigh Dempsey led the Lady Saints with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Ashley Upson scored 9 points with 4 steals.
Berlin:
Carly Church:  0  1  0  3
Kaley Culbertson:  2  2  0  10
Arianna Hendricks:  1  0  0  2
Totals:  3  3  0  15
Quarter Scores:  2  5  5  3  15
Saratoga Catholic:
Ashley Upson:  3  1  0  9
Katie Cronin:  2  0  2  6
Emy Murray:  1  1  0  5
Ryleigh O’Connell:  6  0  0  12
Ria Walsh:  0  1  0  3
Grace O’Reilly:  2  0  0  4
Faith McKenna:  2  0  0  4
Lauren Maher:  3  0  0  6
Anne McKenna:  2  0  0  4
Molly O’Reilly:  3  0  1  7
Totals:  24  3  3  60
Quarter scores:  24  12  17   7  60

 

Jay’s Bar & Grill Tuesday Night Memorial Open 8 Ball Tournament
Week #13 - Dec. 11
1st - Tom Jones
2nd - Joe Bartczak
3rd - Steve Rhodes
DFL - Jim Brooks
Points Standings:
Mark Sharadin – 34
Jim Brooks – 32
Marc Roggen – 29
Sue Brooks – 19 
Cheryl Sharadin – 12
HIGHLIGHTS: Steve Rhodes had a table run against Jim Brooks.

 

Saratoga Gymnastics
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Gymnastics won their fi rst dual meet of the season by topping Bethlehem 171.35 - 155.80 on Tuesday night at the Wilton YMCA.  Saratoga secured 6 out of the top 7 all-around scores led by Sophia Damiano (1st allaround; 36.40) followed by Ava Dallas (2nd all-around; 35.05), Laura Eberlein (3rd all-around; 33.75), Meghan Wishart (5th allaround; 32.35), Molly Russell (6th all-around; 32.20), and Kate DellaRatta (7th all-around; 32.10).  Bethlehem’s top allaround fi nisher was Alison Gray (4th all-around; 32.85).  Saratoga gymnasts captured the top spot in each of the four individual events with Sophia Damiano winning the fl oor exercise (9.35), and the bars (9.10) with Ava Dallas winning the vault (9.0) and the duo sharing the beam title (9.0). For more information, contact head coach Deb Smarro (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or assistant coach Tiff any Hogben (tiff any. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

Dani Morris Wins Nationals
AZUSA, CA — Dani Morris (8) from the Jason Morris Judo Academy went 3-0 to claim the 7-8yrs +35kg division at the 13th Annual Winter Nationals at Azusa Pacific University Felix Event Center. Dani, who is a third grader in Charlton Heights Elementary school, is the daughter of 4x Olympian, Jason Morris. Rylee Sullivan (10) also medaled for the JMJC taking a bronze in the 9-10yrs. 38kg division. Another highlight for the Morris family was the introduction of the “Bernie Morris Award” by the United States Judo Association. The award is intended to memorialize Jason’s father who died on his way to the closing ceremonies of the 1992 Olympic Games nine days after his son won a Silver medal. The Bernie Morris award is given to those who give their unconditional support to athletes just like Bernie did for Jason.

 

Saratoga Blue Streaks Hockey
SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Blue Streaks Varsity hockey team played their first league game against Christian Brothers Academy at 6:45 PM on December 12th at the Weibel Ice Rink.  The Blue Streaks were ahead 2-1 after the first period, and then 4-2 after two periods.  The Brothers came back with 3 even strength goals in the third period to win 5-4.

 

Saratoga Regional YMCA
Over 50 Basketball League

WEEK FIVE SCORES - WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5

GAME ONE: Mama Mias - 62 v. West Side - 56
Mama Mia’s led by Mark Hixson with 34 points was victorious over West Side. Mark Sohl had 17 and John Bishop 10 for the winning squad. For West Side, Kevin Reilly had 26 and John Mooney added 20.
Mama Mia’s - 62: Mark Hixson (34), Mark Sohl (17), John Bishop (10)
West Side - 56: Kevin Reilly (26), John Mooney (20)

GAME TWO: Post Time - 55 v. Gennaros - 48
Post Time Wine and Spirits posted 55 points in a complete team effort with Pat Reidy leading the way with 23 points.  Alex Marin had 13, Mike Lander 11, and Tony Catalano had 10 for the winning squad.  Ed Benway led all scorers with 30 while Any Sephas had 12 and Wayne Cherry chipped in for 10 for Gennaros.
Post Time - 55: Pat Reidy (23), Alex Marin (13), Mike Lander (10), Tony Catalano (10)
Gennaros - 48: Ed Benway (30), Andy Sephas (12), Wayne Cherry (10)

GAME THREE: Waltons - 86 v. D’Andreas - 67
Bobby Hanson crested the half century mark with 53 points while Joe Twomey added 16 points as Waltons downed D’Andreas.  D’Andreas was led by Dave Wolf with 27 points and Tom Welch with 26 points.
Waltons - 86: Bobby Hanson (53), Joe Twomey (16)
D’Andreas - 67: Dave Wolf  (27), Tom Welch (26)

GAME FOUR: Village Photo - 57 v. Nemer - 48
Village Photo took down Nemer with three players in double digits, Lamont Williams 19 points, Mike Sanlon 17 points and Steve Rucinski adding 12. Phil Fitzpatrick led the losing squad with 22 points and Mike Bentley had 11 points.
Village Photo - 57: LaMont Williams (19),  Mike Scanlon (17), Steve Rucinski (12)
Nemer - 48: Phil Fitzpatrick (22), Mike Bentley (11)

WEEK SIX SCORES - WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12

GAME ONE: Genarro’s – 67 v. D’Andreas – 62
Gennaro’s overcame a half-time deficit to overtake D’Andreas 67-62. Ed Benway had 29 points and newcomer Kay Hasani had 26 for the winning squad. Dave Wolf paced D’Andreas with 29 and Tom Welch had 24 points. 
Genarro’s’s - 67: Ed Benway (29),  Kay Hasani (26)
D’Andrea’s - 62: Dave Wolf (29),  Tom Welch (24)

GAME TWO: Nemer – 73  v. Walton’s – 63
Nemer outlasted Walton’s and was led by Phil “Fitz”Patrick with 26. Mike Bentley added 19 and Matt Truex had 13 points for the victors. Bobby Hanson had 26 points, Joe Twomey 11 and Dave Grimmick had 10 for the losing squad.
Nemer - 73: Phil Fitzpatrick (26), Mike Bentley (19), Matt Truex 13. 
Walton’s - 63: Bobby Hanson (26), Joe Twomey (11), Dave Grimmick (10)

GAME THREE: Mama Mia’s - 51 v. Post-Time – 41
Mama Mia’s downed Post-Time in a spirited win. Mark Hixson posted 28 points with John Bishop adding 12 for Mama Mia’s. Pat Reidy had 16, Alex Marin 14, and Mike Lander added 11 in a losing effort.
Mama Mia’s - 51: Mark Hixson (28), John Bishop (12)
Post-Time - 41: Pat Reidy (16), Alex Marin (14), Mike Lander (11)

GAME FOUR: Village Photo – 66 v. West Side – 47
Kevin Reilly had a league high 31 points but it was not enough as Village Photo outlasted West Side 66-47. Lamont Williams poured in 22, Charlie Maurer added 15 and Scott Waterhouse had 11 for Village Photo in the win.
Village Photo - 57: LaMont Williams (22), Charlie Maurer (15),  Scott Waterhouse (11)
Nemer - 48: Kevin Reilly (31)

Thursday, 20 December 2018 12:14

Skidmore Goes Smokeless

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College will be a smokefree and tobacco-free campus, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Smoking and tobacco use — as well as the use of all e-cigarettes and vaping devices — will be prohibited throughout all of Skidmore College property, including outdoor areas.

“The smoke-free and tobacco-free policy promotes a culture of wellness and provides the community with a healthy, respectful working and learning environment by limiting the potential exposure of students, faculty, staff and visitors to the effects of secondhand smoke and by reducing the risk of fires,” said Cerri Banks, dean of students and vice president for student affairs.

“In addition, the policy is in alignment with the College’s strategic goals which support health and wellness initiatives throughout our campus community,” Banks continued.

“We included e-cigarettes and vaping devices in the policy because nicotine in any form is highly addictive. Our health and wellness staff are trained to advise those who are interested in breaking the dependency on nicotine products,” Banks said.

To implement the new policy, Skidmore partnered with the Living Tobacco-Free Initiative, a program of the Health Promotion Center of Glens Falls Hospital that encourages community members to work together to fix the major health and economic implications of tobacco use by establishing social norms that support tobacco-free policies, assisting tobacco users to quit and preventing initiation of tobacco use. The program provided Skidmore with resources, as well as examples and information about planning, implementing and sustaining a tobacco-free campus policy.

“We are extremely impressed with how dedicated, thoughtful and thorough Skidmore has been through this whole process and are thankful to be a part of this initiative,” says Brandi Bishop, program coordinator for the Living Tobacco-Free Initiative at the Health Promotion Center of Glens Falls Hospital.

“Making this change and commitment to health makes a valuable statement about the College’s sense of duty to its students, faculty and staff,” said Wendy Walker, a registered nurse and prevention specialist in health promotion at Skidmore.

“While Skidmore is constantly challenging students, faculty and staff to learn, grow and thrive, it’s important to recognize that this value extends beyond intellectual wellness to our physical and psychological well-being,” Walker stated. 

The College will host a campus-wide smoke-free launch event on Jan. 28, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the second floor of Case Center. Dean Banks will make remarks and representatives from Health Services and Peer Health Educators will be on hand to offer smoking cessation resources. There will also be music, refreshments, goodie bags, prizes, giveaways and raffles. The number of U.S. college and university campuses that are smoke-free or tobacco-free more than doubled between 2012 and 2017, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF). According to ANRF’s most recent data as of Oct. 1, 2018, there are now at least 2,279 totally smoke-free campus sites. Of these, 1,910 are also 100 percent tobacco-free, 1,886 also prohibit e-cigarette use, 960 also prohibit hookah use, and 386 also prohibit smoking/vaping. Founded in 1903, Skidmore College is a highly selective private coeducational liberal arts college that prides itself on a core belief that Creative Thought Matters. About 2,500 students from 44 states and 67 countries and a faculty of 300 dedicated teacherscholars put academic theory and creative expression into practice — resulting in eclectic interdisciplinary courses of study, ranging from the humanities and arts and sciences to business and education. Skidmore consistently appears in national best colleges rankings and has been recognized as one of “America’s Most Entrepreneurial Colleges,” a “Best Value” school and a “Hidden Ivy.” The tree-lined 1,000-acre campus is located in Saratoga Springs, New York, about three hours from New York City, Boston
 and Montreal.

Thursday, 20 December 2018 12:09

Safe Schools Update

SARATOGA SPRINGS —
 At Monday night’s security forum, NYSIR made the recommendation to add one more SRO at Maple Avenue Middle School. One more for the entire district.

“This would mean that 6 of the 8 schools would be left defenseless if an active assailant presented on campus. The average police response time to nonpolice initiated calls in the city of Saratoga Springs is 7.7 minutes,” said the press release.

“I don’t carry a weapon here anymore, not allowed to, it would be against the law,” said Mark Leffler, who after 28 years with the Saratoga Springs Police Department joined the district staff in August.

“I feel that we are less safe now than we were.” John Catone, the city’s assistant police chief, also said the district’s schools were less safe without armed monitors.

For years the district employed former police officers as monitors who carried concealed weapons, but that practice was ended in the spring after district officials determined it was out of line with state law. The school board this fall voted against authorizing the monitors to again carry firearms.

“I think you are less safe now, because to me it was an overreaction to a problem that didn’t exist,” Catone said of disarming the grounds monitors. Asked about the assessment from Leffler and Catone that the schools are less safe now than when the monitors were armed, Patton said, "That’s their opinion.”

Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:12

Local All Star Moments

Spa Catholic Girls Basketball
SCC-34 v. North Warren-54
Ryleigh O'Connell led the way with 7 points and 8 rebounds. Ashley Upson did a great job on the point with 6 points and 4 steals.
Saratoga Catholic: Overall 1-2, Conference 0-0
Ashley Upson: 3 0 0-0 6
Katie Cronin: 0 1 0-0 3
Ryleigh O'Connell: 3 0 1-4 7
Ria Walsh: 1 0 0-0 2
Grace O'Reilly: 2 0 0-0 4
Faith McKenna: 1 0 0-0 2
Sarah Custer: 0 0 0-0 0
Lauren Maher: 1 0 1-2 3
Anne McKenna: 1 0  0-0 2
Molly O'Reilly: 2 0 1-2 5
Totals: 14 1 3-8 34
Ashley Upson led Saratoga Catholic with 7 points, Katie Cronin had 8 rebounds and Ryleigh O'Connell was 6-6 from the foul line.
Ashley Upson: 3 0 1 7
Katie Cronin: 0 0 0 0
Emy Murray: 0 0 0 0
Ryleigh O'Connell: 0 0 6 6
Grace O'Reilly: 1 0 0 2
Faith McKenna: 0 0 2 2
Lauren Maher: 2 0 0 4
Anne McKenna: 0 0 0 0
Molly O'Reilly: 0 0 0 0
Totals: 6 0 9 21

 

Local Coeds Cheer on Syracuse Football
SYRACUSE - Three recent graduates of Suburban Council schools will be on the sidelines December 28 in Orlando, Florida cheering on the Syracuse University football team as they take on West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl (5:15 p.m. on ESPN).  Madison Dallas (Saratoga Springs - Class of 2017), Brenna Hart (Shenendehowa - Class of 2017) and Caitlyn Harley (Shaker – Class of 2016) are all members of the Syracuse University Coed Cheer Team.  The trio made the team, which cheers for the Orange for both football and men’s basketball seasons, during tryouts held in May.  This is Caitlyn’s third season on the squad and the second for both Madison and Brenna.  All three girls cheered for their respective high school during their time in the Capital District with Madison and Brenna also cheering for the private cheer gym Cheer Intensity in Green Island. In addition to their cheer responsibilities during Syracuse football and basketball seasons, the team also gets the opportunity to appear at special events and at Syracuse area fundraisers.  They were part of the opening ceremonies at the New York State Fair this past summer and attended events benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York, the United Way and the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital to name a few.   Madison, Brenna and Caitlyn were also recently chosen to be members of the cheer team that will represent Syracuse University at the UCA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships held in Orlando, Florida on January 18-20, 2019.  Direct any questions to Madison Dallas at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

Saratoga Blue Knights Bantam Team
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Blue Knights Bantam A Team won the CHE Bantam Hockey Tournament held December 7-9.  They defeated Ajax Knights from Ajax, Ontario 4-2. Saratoga Blue Knights player, Julia Amodio, was named MVP for the tournament.

 

Saratoga Blue Streaks Hockey
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Blue Streaks Varsity hockey team opened their season with two games played at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon, NY winning both. The Saratoga Blue Streaks played the John Jay Indians in a game at 8:30 p.m. on November 30.  After going down 2-0 just past midway through the First Period, and then trailing 4-2 in the Third Period, the Blue Streaks tied the game 4-4, and then went on to win 5-4 in Overtime.  The Saratoga Blue Streaks played North Rockland in a game at 3:30 p.m. on December 1.  There were no goals scored by either team in the first period. The Blue Streaks opened up a 3-0 lead in the second period and went on to win 5-1. The Saratoga Blue Streaks Varsity hockey team played their first of two games in the Don Kauth Memorial Tournament at 12:30 p.m. on December 8 at the Weibel Ice Rink.  The Blue Streaks trailed 2-1 after 2 periods and rallied back to go ahead 3-2 with 5-1/2 minutes left in the third period, and then score an empty net goal for a final score of 4-2.  The game results are below. The Saratoga Blue Streaks will play their second game of the tournament against Williamsville North at 2 p.m. on December 9 at the Weibel Ice Rink. The Saratoga Blue Streaks Varsity hockey team played their second game in the Don Kauth Memorial Tournament against Williamsville North at 1:45 p.m. on December 9 at the Weibel Ice Rink.  The Blue Streaks went down early in the first period on an even strength goal and gave up a second goal later in the period to a Williamsville North power play.  Although the Blue Streaks outshot Williamsville North 35-23, the Blue Streaks suffered their first loss of the season 5-0.  Saratoga’s Xavier Clarke was named defensemen of the tournament.

 

Spa Catholic Bowling
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, Dec. 5, Spa Catholic took on Stillwater, winning 3-1. For Spa Catholic, Micaela Barbolt took the lead with 633 with Tim Barrett following closely behind with 615. For Stillwater, Cody Julian led the team with 642 with Brandon Dyer coming in second with 589.

 

Saratoga Regional YMCA/
Saratoga Honda Youth Basketball League

ROTARY JR. DIVISION

Saratoga PBA 41 v. Cudney’s Launderers 40
In a game that was a battle from the opening tip off, Saratoga PBA got a last second basket to pull out a 41 to 40 thriller over Cudney’s Launderers. PBA was led by John Gerardi with 17 points along with 10 points apiece from Jared Arpey and Riley Waterhouse and 2 points each from Makenna DiCaprio and Brycen Panis. Cudney’s got 20 points from Tom Maurer, 9 points from Alex Cutler, 8 points from Sam Chaucer in the loss.

Pashley Contracting 41 v. Village Photo 26
With the help of Connor Johnson’s game high 24 points and teammates Isaac Ryan who had 10 points, Blake Connery with 2 points, Pashley Contracting defeated Village Photo 41 to 26. The winners got an 8 point first half lead and opened it up in the second half. Kemauri Johnson 9 points, Finn Kelly 6 points, 5 points from Carter Wood and 4 points from Wyatt Wood.

LION’S CLUB SR. DIVISION

Synergy Promotions 42 v. Barrelhouse 35
Using a smothering defense in the first half Synergy had a 27 to 12 lead at the end of the first half but the Barrelhouse never gave up and came back in the second half just to fall a little short 42 to 35. Elijah Woods led his team in scoring with 16 points while teammates Pat Deschaine and Thomas Kelly had 6 points each. Noah Rourke had 16 points and Collin Edwards had 10 points in the loss.

Raloid Tools 55 v. Saratoga Honda 36
Raloid Tools had a 15 point lead at the end of the first half as they coasted to a 55 to 36 win over Saratoga Honda. Ian Fisk dropped in 17 points to lead his team and teammates Shane Richardson and Paul Steves had 12 points each, Seth Mattice and Will Sambrook each contributed 8 points in the victory. Noah Joly poured in 13 points along with 11 points for Stephen Bebee and Lucas Welch had 9 points for Saratoga Honda.

 

Saratoga Regional YMCA
Over 50 Basketball League

WEEK FOUR SCORES - WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28

GAME ONE: Nemer - 53 v. Gennaros - 60
Ed Benway led all scorers with 31, and Jim Doern added 14 has Gennaros overcame a half-time deficit to knock off Nemer. Mike Bentley had 27 and Phil “Fitz” Fitzpatrick scored 19 in the losing campaign. 
Gennaros - 60: Ed Benway (31), Jim Doern (14) 
Nemer - 53: Mike Bentley (27), Phil Fitzpatrick (19)

GAME TWO: Waltons - 71 v. West Side - 82
Kevin Reilly had 31 points, John Mooney poured in 30 and Paul Aspland added 10 to lead West Side over Waltons. Bobby Hanson had a game and league high 37 and Tom Kelly had 11 for Waltons. 
West Side - 82: Kevin Rielly (31), John Mooney (30), Paul Aspland (10) 
Waltons - 71: Bobby Hanson (37), Tom Kelly (11)

GAME THREE: Post Time  - 67 v. D’Andreas - 62
Post-Time defeated D’Andreas led by Patrick Reidy with 28 points in a double-overtime affair. Pat Correa had 20 and Tony Catalano had 15 for the winning effort. Post-Time scorers included Tom Welch with 22, David Wolf with 18, Greg Greico adding 11 and Don Davis with 10. 
Post Time - 67: Pat Reidy (28), Pat Correa (20), Tony Catalano (15) 
D’Andreas - 62: Tom Welch (22), David Wolf (18), Greg Greico (11), Don Davis (10)

GAME FOUR: Mama Mia’s - 64 v. Village Photo - 50
Mark Hixson had a game high 22, with Mark Sohl adding 15, Mike McCamy  and  John Bishop each with 10 for Mama Mia. Village Photo was paced by Charlie Maurer with 19 and Steve Rucinski with 10 points. 
Mama Mia’s - 64: Mark Hixson (22), Mark Sohl (15), Mike McCamy (10), John Bishop (10) 
Village Photo - 50: Charlie Maurer (19),  Steve Rucinski (10)

 

WEEK FIVE SCORES - WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5 

GAME ONE: Mama Mias - 62 v. West Side - 56
Mama Mia’s led by Mark Hixson with 34 points was victorious over West Side. Mark Sohl had 17 and John Bishop 10 for the winning squad. For West Side, Kevin Reilly had 26 and John Mooney added 20. 
Mama Mia’s - 62: Mark Hixson (34), Mark Sohl (17), John Bishop (10) 
West Side - 56: Kevin Reilly (26), John Mooney (20)

GAME TWO: Post Time - 55 v. Gennaros - 48
Post Time Wine and Spirits posted 55 points in a complete team effort with Pat Reidy leading the way with 23 points. Alex Marin had 13, Mike Lander 11, and Tony Catalano had 10 for the winning squad. Ed Benway led all scorers with 30 while Any Sephas had 12 and Wayne Cherry chipped in for 10 for Gennaros. 
Post Time - 55: Pat Reidy (23), Alex Marin (13), Mike Lander (10), Tony Catalano (10) 
Gennaros - 48: Ed Benway (30), Andy Sephas (12), Wayne Cherry (10)

GAME THREE: Waltons - 86 v. D’Andreas - 67
Bobby Hanson crested the half century mark with 53 points while Joe Twomey added 16 points as Waltons downed D’Andreas. D’Andreas was led by Dave Wolf with 27 points and Tom Welch with 26 points. 
Waltons - 86: Bobby Hanson (53), Joe Twomey (16) 
D’Andreas - 67: Dave Wolf  (27), Tom Welch (26)

GAME FOUR: Village Photo - 57 v. Nemer - 48
Village Photo took down Nemer with three players in double digits, Lamont Williams 19 points, Mike Sanlon 17 points and Steve Rucinski adding 12. Phil Fitzpatrick led the losing squad with 22 points and Mike Bentley had 11 points. 
Village Photo - 57: LaMont Williams (19),  Mike Scanlon (17), Steve Rucinski (12) 
Nemer - 48: Phil Fitzpatrick (22), Mike Bentley (11)

Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:08

Athlete of the Week: Devin Crowe

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SARATOGA SPRINGS —  Devin Crowe, a 17-year-old senior at Saratoga Springs High School has been wrestling since the fifth grade.

“I got involved because my cousins were wrestling, and I just decided that I wanted to do it. A lot of the kids in the program made me decide to stick with it. Brant Robinson was wrestling at the same time and so we all just started together on modified and then we just kept going,” Crowe explained.

Crowe is a co-captain this year with Brant Robinson and Doug Cooper.

“I like being captain. I like showing the younger guys what is expected of you, how to carry yourself in school, and also how to help the team out when you need it. Maybe when you’re not necessarily supposed to win a match, you’ll still go out there and you’ll fight the entire match. Just don’t have a quitting attitude no matter what the situation is,” Crowe stated.

Crowe was also a captain on the football field where he plays right tackle and defensive end.

“Wrestling definitely helps me with a lot of balance and footwork and stuff like that. During the off season we’re lifting for football so that helps me get a lot stronger. The only thing it doesn’t help you with is getting bigger,” he laughed.

“You’re trying to be bigger for football and smaller for wrestling,” he explained.

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Crowe manages it all by only focusing on one sport at a time. He isn’t mid-football and thinking about what weight he needs to be to wrestle.

“You just take it one sport at a time and go with it,” Crowe said. Crowe manages his wrestling weight, 182, by not eating constantly and not snacking as often. His favorite go-to snack when he can pig out is ice cream. So far this season, he is 8-2.

“Obviously with football, it doesn’t matter how you’re feeling for that individual day. You’ve got to get the whole team on the same page but when it comes to wrestling, you’ve got to get everyone just to have a goal. You have to have a goal in mind for every match and then if you can get everyone to think of that and put their best foot forward, that’s all you can ask them to do. Obviously, you want to win as a team, but you can’t always dictate what the other guys do,” Crowe said, stating the difference between football and wrestling season.

Crowe loves both sports but does have a preference for football, simply because, “you can eat as much as you want all the time,” he laughed.


He is considering playing football in college and is thinking of studying mechanical engineering. His “senioritis” hasn’t hit him yet, he’s averaging a 93 for the school year so far. His biggest support system is his parents, Mike and Cindy, and his grandpa, Dave Gougler.

To catch Crowe in action, check out Sports at a Glance game schedules on page 42.

Thursday, 13 December 2018 12:05

Upcoming Parent University Programs

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Parenting and educating our students is one of life’s most important and demanding pursuits. The Saratoga Springs City School District continues its community-focused mission of supporting our families and community members through Parent University, a series of free, informative programs. Parent University recognizes that behind each successful student are supportive families, teachers, school staff and community members who actively participate in a student’s education. No matter what role you play in our school community. Programs are generally designed with parenting adults in mind, but teens may also benefit from attending certain sessions.

2018-2019 PROGRAMS:

Tuesday, January 15: “More than Sad” presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This program will be held in the Maple Avenue Middle School Large Group Instruction room (on the second floor) at 6:30 p.m. “More Than Sad” teaches parents and staff how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation about mental health with their child, and get help. This is a free program based on funds raised by the Capital Region Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).  Students are invited to attend this program with their parents/guardians.

Tuesday, January 22: (Snow date of January 23) Screenagers film showing. This program will be held in the Maple Avenue Middle School Large Group Instruction Room at 6:30 p.m.  Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. In addition, Skidmore College Assistant Professor Aarathi Prasad, Ph.D will share insight and answer questions about data management and privacy practices when using Internet-connected devices.  Students are invited to attend this program with their parents/guardians.

Tuesday, February 5: “The New Discipline Plan: How to Gain Control of Your Home” presented by Dr. Cale. This program will be held at Caroline Street Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, February 7: “Mind Your Stress” presented by Laurie Newcomer. Details TBD.

Wednesday, February 13: “Escalation: Understanding Signs of Relationship Abuse” presented by Wellspring. Follow a young couple through the very sweet beginnings of their relationship and observe how unhealthy behaviors can escalate into abuse. After watching the short film Escalation, dive into a discussion guided by a trained facilitator about the early warning signs of relationship abuse and what resources are available in your community. This program will be held at the Saratoga Springs High School Library at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13: “Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities” presented by Charmaine M. Handler, Community Employment Specialist.  This program will be held at the Saratoga Springs High School Library at 6:30 p.m. Learn about ACCES-VR services and other resources to help you plan a seamless transition from high school to post-secondary success! Students are invited to attend this program with their parents.

Thursday, 06 December 2018 15:11

Saratoga Blue Streaks Wrestling Preview

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kris West, varsity wrestling coach at Saratoga Spring High School, is starting his tenth season out strong. A former Blue Streak wrestler and 1994 grad himself, West is no novice to the Saratoga Springs wrestling history.

"I’ve got five guys who placed in the top four of sectionals who are returning for this year. We have Eric Griskowitz, a Section II runner up; Griffin Viviano, who was third in Section II last year; Devin Crowe was fourth in Section II; Brant Roinson, third in Section II; and Doug Cooper was fourth in Section II,” West said.

The varsity team this year is all ninth through twelfth grade, but team star Eric Griskowitz has been wrestling on varsity since the seventh grade.

"Eric’s been on our varsity team since the seventh grade, so he obviously has been around, he's a junior now. He's placed at sectionals three times, he's been in the finals twice. All those other guys I mentioned, they placed in sectionals for the first-time last year,” he said.

West believes that overall, the team is in good shape for the second half of the season.

"We always try and have them peak at the end of the season. Everything that we do now is just really working towards the end of the year and trying to get guys to place as high as they can in the sectionals tournament,” he explained.

To catch a match, check out the Sports at a Glance page for dates and times.

Thursday, 06 December 2018 15:04

Local All Star Moments

Saratoga Springs PBA Holiday Hockey Classic

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday night the Saratoga Springs Police PBA and the Saratoga Springs Firefighters IAFF Local 343 took to the ice for this year's Holiday Hockey Classic. This year the teams collected new and unwrapped toys at admission that will go directly to the Franklin Community Center in Saratoga Springs. Prior to the game even starting, a large capacity crowd slowly filled the Weibel Ice Rink in Saratoga Springs with some reporting wait times of almost 30 minutes to get into the rink.

On the ice SSPD started the scoring quick with a late goal by SSFD heading into the first intermission with a 3-1 lead for the Finest. That would be the closet the game would be as SSPD skated to a 11-2 victory tying the series record at 1-1 against SSFD. The biggest news of the evening came off the ice with the donations of the toys. With a crowd that was close to capacity for the ice rink, hundreds of toys were donated throughout the evening. After the game was over with and the spectators left, what was left behind washundredsoftoysthatwillallgo to children within Saratoga Springs to give them a Christmas that every childdeserves.

Members of the Saratoga Springs Fire Department and Saratoga Springs Police Department will be delivering the toys collected to the Franklin Community Center on Thursday, December 6 at noon. The Franklin Community Center is located at 10 Franklin Street in Saratoga Springs.

 

Saratoga Gymnastics Seeking 18th Consecutive Section II Crown

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs High School gymnastics team opens their season on December 8 by traveling to Shaker High School for the annual Shaker Invitational. Saratoga is once again the team to beat in Section II gymnastics this season with a mix of veteran senior leadership as well as a strong contingent of underclassman. Saratoga is led by senior captains Laura Eberlein and Kate DellaRatta both of whom were state qualifiers last season in the vault and the uneven bars.

Sophomores Ava Dallas and Sophia Damiano return for Saratoga as well. Dallas was the Section II all- around champion last season and placed 13th in the all-around at the NYSPHSAA gymnastics meet. Damiano was the Section II all- around runner-up and placed 17th in the all-around at the state meet. Contributions are also expected from seniors Molly Russell and Emily Ward, sophomore Megan Wishart, freshman Sophia Sperling and 8th grader Olivia Allen.

Head Coach Deb Smarro, who is in her 13th year leading Saratoga gymnastics, and assistant coach Tiffany Hogben are excited to get the season underway as Saratoga is seeking their 18th consecutive Section II title. “The girls are working hard and are anxious to get the season started,” commented Coach Smarro. The team meet schedule is attached.

For more information, contact head coach Deb Smarro (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or assistant coach Tiffany Hogben (tiffany. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

Saratoga Regional YMCA/Saratoga Honda Youth Basketball League

ROTARY JR. DIVISION

Cudney’s Launderers 50 v. Village Photo 20
In the first game of the new season Cudney’s Launderers got off to a big early lead and coasted to a 50 to 20 victory over Village Photo. Cudney’s was led by Alex Cutlers 20 points while teammates Tom Maurer 13 points, Sam Chaucer 7 points, Matt Heggen 6 points and Antonio Calderon 4 points. Village Photo got 4 points apiece from Ian O’Rourke, Kemari Jackson, Finn Kelly, Carter Wood and 2 points apiece from Wyatt Wood and Liam Collins.

Saratoga PBA 46 v. Pashley Contracting 41
In a game that was hotly contested from start to finish, the PBA team came back from a halftime deficit to take a 46 to 41 win over Pashley Contracting, led by 24 points by Trey Stanislowsky and 11 points from Ben Van Valkenburg, Riley Waterhouse with 5 points along with 2 points each from Emmett Barnes and Jared Arpey. Pashley Contracting got 10 points from Nick Scalo, 9 points from Connor Johnson, Stephon Lindsey had 6 points, Yankiel Bracero 5 points, 4 points for Davion St. John and 2 points apiece from Sam Bernd and Taamir Koslik.

LION’S CLUB SR. DIVISION

Barrelhouse 43 v. Raloid Tools 33
The Barrelhouse got scoring from everyone on the team and turned that into a 10 point win over Raloid Tools 43 to 33. Noah Rourke had a game high 19 points while teammates Aiden Cook and Ryan Boyle contributed 6 points apiece, Charlie Didonato 4 points, Logan Richter 3 points, Robert Orr and Joe Reynolds 2 points each and 1 point from Sean Lee. Raloid Tool’s Shane Richardson 12 points, Ian Fisk 9 points, Seth Mattice 5 points, 3 points from Paul Steves and 2 points from Isiah Barnes.

Synergy Promotions 48 – Saratoga Honda 39
Synergy Promotions got off to a 10 to 0 start and fought off a furious 2nd half comeback from Saratoga Honda to get a 46 to 39 win. Synergy’s Pat Deschaine led all scorers on his team with 12 points while teammates Thomas Kelly and Elijah Woods dropped in 8 points apiece along with Tim Krier’s 7 points, 6 points from Josh Kelly and Anthony Kelly who scored 4 points. Tommy Leary had a game high 13 points and Lucas Welch added 6 points in the loss.

 

Jay's Bar & Grill Tuesday Night Memorial Open 8 Ball Tournament

WEEK #12 - DECEMBER 4
1st - Marc Roggen
2nd - Steve Rhodes
3rd - Michael Miller DFL - Jim Brooks

POINTS STANDINGS:
Mark Sharadin - 33
Jim Brooks - 31
Marc Roggen - 28
Sue Brooks - 19
Cheryl Sharadin - 12

HIGHLIGHTS:
Michael Miller had a Break and Run against Joe Bartczak.

Jr. NBA Scores
TOWN OF WILTON RECREATION SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2018

DIVISION 1
Bulls vs. Cavs
Bulls-20: Ryder Skillings-11, Malcolm Oliver-Goodwin-6
Cavs-18: Connor Corrigan-10, Sean Finnegan-4

Warriors vs. Celtics
Warriors-13: Mathew Gorman-7, James Whitman-4
Celtics-9: Cole Burgess-2, Tommy Driver-2

Thunder vs. Lakers
Thunder-28: Brady Girard-18, Anthony Best-6
Lakers-11: Chris Seeley-7, Brendan McMillan-2

Clippers vs. Knicks
Clippers-21: Sean Britton-7, Gannon Britton-6
Knicks-18: John Lizzi-10, Chris Sheft-6

DIVISION 2
Spurs vs. Celtics
Spurs-36: Hayden Warren-12, Noah Diulio-8
Celtics- 12: Jasyn Thompson-8, Samuel Corp-2

Warriors vs. Mavs
Warriors-34: Aiden Faulkner-14, Jacob Hernandez-6
Mavs-19: Landon Lockrow-12, Ben Simonette-3

Knicks vs. Lakers
Knicks-18: Anderson Baird-6, Merrick Shea-4
Lakers-17: Logan Phelps-7, Mia Khazin-6

Cavs vs. Heat
Cavs-31: Braydin Stone-13, Luke Manuel-6
Heat-18: Ethan Ford-6, Elliot Moglia-6

Thunder vs. Bulls
Thunder-28: Jackson Dunbar-10, Max Sawicz-8
Bulls-12: Sammy Bagen-5, Peyton Keegan-3

DIVISION 3
Heat vs. Celtics
Heat-30: Braden Crowley-8, Nick Scalo-8
Celtics-10: Henry Hanrahan-7, Tyler McCarthy-3 

Thunder vs. Nets
Thunder-23: Tyler Weygand-15, Camden Rhude-4
Nets-18: Charlie Yezzi-5, Gianni Delgado-5 

Spurs vs. Clippers
Spurs-19: Charlie Cota-6, Brayden Elliot-5
Warriors-9: Arianna Avila-4, Ian O’Rourke-3

DIVISION 4
Spurs vs. Celtics
Spurs-40: Tanner Wilson-10, Shifan Shaffe-7
Pacers-22: Andrew Blaha-6, Alex Cutler-6

Thunder vs. Warriors
Thunder-31: Evan Barthelmas-9, Myles Hogan-9
Warriors-28: Julian Silva-Forbes-15, Lucas Ferro-5

Thursday, 06 December 2018 14:35

Biketoga Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway 2018

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Bikeatoga will be holding its annual Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway on Saturday December 8 at the Bikeatoga workshop in Saratoga Springs. Over the past several months Bikeatoga has collected and refurbished used kids bikes specifically for this event.

Parents or guardians of children who are in need of a free bicycle must call the Bikeatoga phone line at 518-290-0065 and leave a voicemail. You will receive a return call with an appointment for Saturday December 8th, and directions to the Bikeatoga Workshop. The Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway is by appointment only, and a parent or guardian must be present. Bikeatoga is prepared to give away approximately 60 bikes to any child through age 17.

Bikeatoga is dedicated to pushing for a better future by making functional cycling more convenient, accessible, and safer in and around Saratoga Springs. Our volunteer members work to emphasize the environmental, economic, and health-related benefits of everyday cycling. By working together, we believe that we can create a healthier, more vibrant, and more sustainable community.

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