POST-GAME: LaSalle’s big win, Spartan’s tough loss and the usual exits

Stan Hudy photo – LaSalle senior captain Logan DiScanio celebrates his opening goal against Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa ice hockey Saturday night at the Schenectady County Hockey Facility.

It was a battle two of the top teams in Section II with LaSalle undefeated and Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa coming off an epic overtime road win against No. 10 ranked Bethlehem on Friday, so Saturday was guaranteed to have it’s own style of fireworks.

The coin the age-old phrase ‘They didn’t disappoint. The fans got their money’s worth and more.’ All the cliche’s

Here’s the link to the Troy Record story.

Of course there was more to the night than that, Lasalle took six penalties on the night, giving the Spartan/Scotties opportunities to take advantage, but also put themselves at a disadvantage when senior Gianni Plemenick received a four-minute major and a DQ for, of all things, a headbutt midway through the second period.

Watching Plemenick’s reaction to the DQ was pretty entertaining, but when you look at the score sheet and see ‘headbutt’ it’s not something you see often.

To Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake’s credit, senior sniper Geordan Buffoline scored a short-handed goal during the man-disadvantage to bring the Spartan/Scotties back within a goal, 4-3 in the second period.

The fun continued during the second intermission when the home rink hosts its fan-favorite Chuck-A-Puck fundraiser. The only problem is was that LaSalle was stuck on the ice.

At the Schenectady County Recreational Facility netting protects the entire spectator area from the glass to the rafters so the galvanized rubber prize toss towards center ice has to occur on the team bench side of the rink. The challenge is that teams have always (from my memory of almost two decades) used the entrance closest to the home locker rooms. The Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake coaching staff was quick to have their squad exit quickly and told the referees to instruct LaSalle to exit in the opposite corner.

As one coach said, ‘They’ll figure it out.”

Let’s just say no one on LaSalle got the memo.

Your visual is the entire Cadet hockey team along with the referees waiting to get off the ice, all the local fans crowding the door to get their chance to throw their puck from the team bench area. It was like heading up the Northway at 5 p.m. on a Friday night.

LaSalle coach Tim Flanigan wasn’t happy with the progress and made his way past his entire squad and the referees to find out the hold up and was greeted by the locals sans torches and pitchforks.

Flanigan wasn’t thrilled with the situation and let the fans along with Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa assistant coach Tim Brisley know it who was near the usual exit. Some words were exchanged, some people moved, shoved or politely stepped aside and the Cadets were finally on their way to the locker room.

When play resumed, the infraction wasn’t forgotten as both teams made every check count. The Spartan/Scotties couldn’t convert in the final two minutes during a power play and subsequent pulling of goalie Trevin Tidmarsh, losing 5-4 and splitting the weekend.

As big as the win was, Tim Flanigan played down the win, rankings and undefeated status in the Troy Record while Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa’s Jim Buffoline talked about the disappointing loss in The Saratogian.

Until next time, enjoy the game.

Shen football ‘D’ stands tall at Ballston Spa in 42-0 win

STAN HUDY - SHUDY@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM Ballston Spa quaterback Christian Leva is sacked by Shenendehowa defensive end Benjamin Labonte early in the first quarter of Friday's Class AA contest at Ballston Spa.

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Ballston Spa quaterback Christian Leva is sacked by Shenendehowa defensive end Benjamin Labonte early in the first quarter of Friday’s Class AA contest at Ballston Spa.

BALLSTON SPA >> Every time the Ballston Spa football team took one step forward Friday night, it ended up taking two steps back, or a few yard more against Shenendehowa, suffering a 42-0 Class AA loss in its home opener.

The Plainsmen controlled the clock, out-rushed the Scotties 141 yards to 18, out-threw the ball 142-yards to 10 and owned field position in the rout.

“They kind of had wide splits with their offensive line and it allowed up to penetrate and be disruptive and I think our defensive line did a great job of getting up the field, penetrating and making plays, freed up our linebackers and our secondary came up to fill they alley and tackled real well,” Shenendehowa coach Brian Clawson said. “When they threw they played great coverage. In terms of a turnaround in two weeks, the defense was outstanding.”

Ballston Spa’s went 3-and-out on five occasions, turned the ball over on a drive two plays in and fumbled away a pass just outside of its own end zone on its third play in the third quarter. Its longest drive was just six plays, highlighted by Eli Washington’s 50-yard run, but wasted four plays later with a Shenendehowa interception.

“Today was more about bad snaps, coughing up the ball, things that consistently put us in second and long,” Ballston Spa coach Ray Toohey said. “Right when we were about to get something going we would have a negative play after a couple of positive ones.”

Plainsmen junior Cole Vincenzi was given the starting quarterback spot at the start of the week and made the most of his debut Friday night, throwing the ball for 121 yards and two touchdowns on 10-of-11 passing, including hitting his new favorite target, Michael Pizziketti five times for 61 yards and a touchdown.

“For this week Cole (Vincenzi) got all the reps in practice as the quarterback and Michael (Spulnick) was playing a lot of receiver and the timing is finally getting down with Cole and Michael and Michael (Spulnick and Pizziketti),” Clawson said. “To be able to come out and execute like that is really special.

“I like what I saw from the passing game tonight, Pizz had a lot of big catches, he’s tucking the ball away after he catches the ball and he’s running people over.”

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Eight announced for 2016 Shenendehowa Athletic Hall of Fame

2016-shen-athletic-hall-of-fameCLIFTON PARK >> The Shenendehowa Athletic Department released the inductees to the 2016 Athletic Hall of Fame event to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park on Thursday, Oct. 13.
The eighth class to enter the Shenendehowa Athletic Hall of Fame includes: Walter “Butch” Titterington ’60; former physical education teacher and swim coach Patricia Seligman; R.A. LeBel ’82; Michael O’Toole ’86: Mike Serbalik ’89; Todd Duval ’90; Paul Wilders ’92; Amy Salamon-Waite ’94 and Lorna McPhee-Murphy ’96.
Butch Titterington was a three sport athlete at Shenendehowa in the late 1950’s.
As a member of the varsity soccer team from 1957 to 1959. In 1959, he was selected captain of the varsity team and helped lead the team to two capital district championships in 1958 and 1959 as well as Tri-County championships in both seasons. In the 1958 and 1959 seasons, he was the leading scorer in the Capital District and was selected to the All-Capital District Soccer team. He was also a member of the varsity baseball team from 1958 to 1960 where he served as the team captain in 1960. Titterington was part of the Capital District All-Star team in 1960 and led Shen to its first Capital District Championship. He had a pitching record of 11-2 in 1960 and threw the first no-hitter in Shenendehowa history. He was also a member of the varsity basketball team from 1958 to 1960. Butch attended Springfield College where he was a member of the Varsity Soccer team from 1962 to 1964. Titterington currently resides in Aurora, Colorado with his wife Nora and has two grown daughters, Jennifer and Kelly.
Pat Seligman was a physical education teacher and coach at Shenendehowa from 1996 to 2009.
She coached boys varsity swimming and diving from 1996 to 2005 and girls varsity swimming and diving from 1999 to 2009. Seligman amassed a career record of 216-24-2.
She was selected as Coach of the Year on fourteen different occasions. Seligman led the boys and girls varsity swimming and diving squads to a combined 10 Suburban Council Championships and eight Section II championships.
She founded, developed and chaired the Section II Girls Swimming and Diving committee from 1979 to 2009 and was selected as a member of the National Federation Rules Committee for Swimming and Diving. She was the driving force that led to the successful community effort to build the Shen Aquatic Center. Seligman currently resides in Clifton Park with her husband Raymond and has four children, Brian, Paul, Scott and Maggie.
R.A. LeBel was a three-sport athlete at Shenendehowa.
During his senior year he was selected captain of the football, hockey and baseball teams. He was a member of the varsity hockey team in 1981 and 1982 and a member of the Section II championship team in 1981. R.A. finished his hockey career with 55 goals and 43 assists.
He was also a member of the varsity baseball team in 1981 and 1982 and a member of the varsity football team in 1980 and 1981 and was a member of the Section II Class A Super Bowl Championship teams in 1980 and 1981. LeBel was awarded the Mike Caruso Memorial Award and the UNCAS award in 1982. LeBel went on to Princeton University where he played baseball. He now lives in Charlton with his wife Cindy and his kids, Amy and Luke.
Mike O’Toole was another three-sport athlete at Shenendehowa, competing on the basketball, football and track and field squads.
As a member of the varsity football team, he was a starter in both his junior and senior years and helped his team win the Section II Class A Super Bowl. In 1985, Mike was selected as an All-State inside linebacker and was named Schenectady Gazette Section II Defensive Player of the Year and selected to the Saratogian´s Dream Team defense.
He was a member the Plainsmen basketball team in 1985 and 1986 and helped the team win the Suburban Council and Section II Class A Championships both years.
During the spring competing in outdoor track and field, O’Toole helped lead his team to three Suburban Council Championships in 1984, 1985 and 1986, as well as Section II Class A championships in 1984 and 1985. He attended West Point where he played football for four years as an inside linebacker. He currently resides in Clifton Park with his wife Anja and their two sons, Michael and Erik.
Mike Serbalik was a standout member of the Senendehowa varsity baseball team in the late 1980s.
He was selected to numerous All-Area High School teams and went on to play Division 1 baseball at Siena College from 1990 to 1992. He was ranked by Baseball America as a Top 20 player in the country at second base in 1991.
He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the MLB amateur draft in June of 1992. In 2011, Serbalik was inducted into the Capital District Baseball Hall of Fame. He has been a scout for several Major League Baseball teams. He was an associate scout for the Houston Astros in 2011, a part time scout for the Cincinnati Reds in 2012 and a Northeast Regional Scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2013 to 2015.
He currently works for the Milwaukee Brewers as a Regional Supervisor and Canadian cross checker and is the owner and an instructor at All-Stars Academy in Latham. Serbalik currently resides in Clifton Park.
Todd Duval was a member of the varsity basketball team in 1989 and 1990 and the Plainsmen varsity golf team from 1987 to 1990.
Duval helped lead the varsity basketball team to two Suburban Council Championships in 1989 and 1990, including the Section II Class A Championships in 1989 and 1990. He averaged 15 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in 1990. That year he was selected as the Suburban Council MVP, the Section II Player of the Year, and was named Player of the Year by both the Times Union and the Saratogian. All of these accomplishments helped Todd earn a full scholarship to St. Rose where he was a three year captain.
Duval now resides in Ballston Spa with his wife Heather and his two kids, Michael and Emma.
Paul Wilders was a member of the varsity baseball team from 1990 to 1992 and was captain of the squad in 1992. He was selected to the 1st Team All Suburban Council in 1991 and 1992.
He was a member of the varsity football team in 1990 and 1991. In 1991, Paul made named to the Section II Football All-Star team.
Wilders attended Siena College where he played baseball. From 1994 to 1995, he was 1st Team All-Conference and 1st Team All-Academic in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. He was also a New York State Collegiate All-Star in 1994 and 1995. He was drafted in the MLB amateur draft in 1996 by the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2003, Paul was inducted into the Siena College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Wilders currently resides in Ballston Lake with his wife Adriane and their four children, Cameryn, Jameson, Charles and Emma.
Amy Salamon-Waite was a member of the Shenendehowa varsity soccer team from 1991 to 1993.
In 1992, Salamon helped lead her team to the New York State Championship game and was named the game MVP. During her career she was named New York State Class A Player of the Year in 1992 and 1993. In both of those years, Amy was also named Section II Player of the Year and Suburban Council Player of the Year. She also made the New York All-State team and the All-East Region team in 1993. Along with playing soccer, Salamon was also a member of the varsity basketball team from 1991 to 1993. She helped her team win the New York State Class A championship in 1993. Salamon received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Hartford.
Salamon currently resides in Albany with her husband Richard and their two children, Maura and Kelly.
Lorna McPhee was a member of the varsity basketball team from 1992 to 1996 and part of the Section II Class A Championship teams in 1993 and 1995. She was also part of the New York State Class A State Championship team in 1993 and the New York State Class A Regional Championship teams in 1993 and 1995. During her 1996 season, McPhee became a member of the 1,000 point club at Shenendehowa finishing her high school career with a total of 1,029 points.
She earned a full athletic scholarship to Syracuse University where she played basketball for four seasons from 1997 to 2000. She was part of the Nike Collegiate All Star Team in 1997 and was also a Big East All-Star from 1997 to 2000.
McPhee-Murphy currently resides in Boston with her husband Chris and her two children, Lucy and Dylan.
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Dear Diary: Podcast spoofs, facts and fun

Suburban roundup 1We completed our first-ever prime-time podcast on Friday night, starting after the planned 9 p.m. start time and rolling through to close to 11 p.m.

For those of you who tuned in on Periscope, sorry.

You got a chance to see the behind the scenes fiascos that go into our podcast with me arriving late for the first time, dropping DJ’s phone twice and stopping the initial Periscope podcast, resetting and then finally getting underway.

Here is the link to our Suburban Sports Roundup podcast

DJ Eberle had five recaps from last weekend, Saratoga Catholic basketball winning the Class C title and then Chris Pennamacoor has his traditional love affair recap about Saratoga Springs ice hockey winning its seventh out of eighth Section II title.

In true Blue Streak alum fashion he was glowing about the Saratoga ice hockey program.

We did move into Skidmore Men’s Basketball winning the Liberty League title, their fourth in a row and credit to coach Joe Burke along with his mix of stalwart seniors and incredible freshman talent, doing it all without their pre-season All-American.

I did get a chance to recap the NYSPHSAA wrestling championship weekend with only three Section II wrestlers making it to the final with Schuylerville sophomore Orion Anderson winning the first state title in wrestling for the Black Horses and of course, Shenendehowa’s Greg Parker repeating as a state champion.

It was an opportunity to recap his career along with the Parker family legacy, Greg and Kevin, both earning three titles between them.

We moved on to #SuperTuesday with Shenendehowa winning Section II titles for the boys and girls basketball programs at the Times Union Center.

We finally got to hear from the athletes, Kevin Huerter, Luke Hicks, Carly Boland and Sydney Brown.

I got a chance to go a little off-topic and thank Erin Huerter, Kevin’s mom for my current greatest Facebook post in my 18-year career. She found a photo of a seven year-old Kevin Huerter and Ian Anderson talking to me after winning the Mid-Atlantic Regional with Tom Huerter standing next to me at the Clifton Common. Next to that photo she had a photo of me interviewing Kevin Tuesday night at the Times Union Center, me with the Maryland-bound Kevin talking about another title.

It’s been a great ride that continues Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College, my No. 2 best-venue for a big game in the Capital Region. DJ has it as No. 3.

I also touched on Samira Sangare’s new look for Saturday’s game, playing with a broken nose for four games, having surgery on Wednesday and masking it up for Saturday’s game.

DJ returned with an epic game for Saratoga Catholic in Potsdam last Tuesday night and a harrowing four-hour drive back in poor weather. The Saints came back from a 21-point deficit, made it a game, but couldn’t pull out the win.

We turned things over to Shane Marshall talking about the UAlbany men’s basketball team falling to No. 7 Hartford in the America East quarterfinal. It was a sad night for the UAlbany alum, Shane, seeing Peter Hooley plays his last game.

Our six minute MLB segment on spring training turned into a 12 minute run with Shane taking shots from Mets-hater DJ Eberle, but Shane took the body shots without flinching.

Apparently A-Rod hit a home run in his first at-bat, probably against a prospect in spring training, so all is well in the Yankees camp within the office.

Then we looked at the upcoming weekend, Shenendehowa girls taking on Cicero-North Syracuse, the Shen boys facing Bishop Ludden and then Troy High facing CBA-Syracuse, a triple-header for DJ and me once again.

Chris will be at Weibel Avenue for the final time this season as the Blue Streaks host Monroe-Woodbury, who @CPenn1983 doesn’t give a chance to win and will probably have a chance to break in his new ride, a slick 2016 Honda Civic with a trip to Buffalo next weekend.

We closed out with two sad notes, the passing of Bud Collins, the legendary voice of tennis for millions and Shannon Forde from the Mets organization losing a battle with breast cancer at just 44-years old.

You could tell we got punchy at the end as I created all new Twitter handles for half of the staff trying to wrap up and even ended the podcast with ‘Drive Home Safely.”

Whew, what a late night, but it was fun….for the most part.

So not to miss out, thanks for listening, thanks for catching us on Periscope and correctly and on the record…Enjoy The Game.

Dear Diary: What a Super Tuesday

STAN HUDY - SHUDY@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM Twin titles on Super Tuesday for the Shenendehowa boys and girls basketball teams after capturing Section II Class AA titles on the floor of the Times Union Center, March 1, 2016.

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Twin titles on Super Tuesday for the Shenendehowa boys and girls basketball teams after capturing Section II Class AA titles on the floor of the Times Union Center, March 1, 2016.

While most of America was glued to their new stations on their televisions, radios and mobile devices to follow the race for delegates in primaries across the nation on #SuperTuesday I had the privilege of taking part in a two important races of their own at the Times Union Center in downtown Albany Tuesday night.

A sportswriters dream, if he had three arms, two computers and the ability to stop time at will to complete every project available at his or her disposal, but it was a blast.

Shenendehowa continued the tradition in Section II of having a school crown both a boys and girls basketball chounil schooampion. The trend has occurred 11 times in the past 11 years with the only not twin win occurred in 2011 with 2012 seeing two schools take the honors, Watervliet (Class B) and Argyle (Class D).

Of note, the last Suburban Council schools to pull off the double feature was Class A competitors Averill Park in 2006 and Burnt Hills in 2005. (That’s from the programs at hand, so if there are more, don’t kill the messenger).

The Lady Plainsmen (we never use that) set the table for the men needing everything they had to turn back the Lady Falcons (ya, I did that) for the second time this season. In their first meeting Shenendehowa rolled Albany, 69-42, in Suburban Council action so Tuesday’s tip at the Times Union Center wasn’t set up as a nail biter, but both teams delivered.

The Plainsmen didn’t help their cause with a clunky first half, long passes thrown over their receiver, poor shooting, long range jumpers becoming passes or steals by Albany High. The Falcons took advantage and Shenendehowa Coach Joe Murphy wasn’t reaching for the Malox at the half. Once again he was the perfect coach, calm, direct and confident in his team.

It took a free throw followed by an inbound pass steal by Sydney Brown  and subsequent foul to pull ahead and trips to the charity stripe led the Plainsmen to their second title in three years.

After last year’s heartbreak by the Shen squad, this year was all about unfinished business, redemption and more. Now the Plainsmen will take on Section III (Syracuse) champion Cicero-North Syracuse at Hudson Valley Community College noon on Saturday.

Here’s a link to the girls story in The Saratogian

With the table set it was time for the boys squad to add another check mark on their preseason list of goals, Suburban Council title – √ Undefeated regular season – √ Tuesday night, Section II Class AA title – √

Green Tech, ranked No. 12 in the March 1 New York Sportswriters poll brought their ‘A’ game and surprised the Plainsmen by hitting five three-pointers in the first half, something they hadn’t shown to date, that has been Shen’s bread and butter all year long. Combining that with a strong inside presence, the ability to get up and down the floor and looking to take down the No. 25 ranked team in the U.S. according to USA Today and No. 1 in the state, the Eagles took it to the Green Shirts Tuesday early.

Taking back a lead just before half on a 3-pointer by junior Luke Hicks and a bunny by senior Michael Gillooley, the second half was all Shenendehowa. The only thing missing was a monster dunk by Maryland-bound senior Kevin Huerter (I’ll never get tired or writing that).

Luke was the monster that Kevin was for his brother, Thomas, and that group of seniors, Drew Lewis, Erik Kromer, Matt Alverson and Brandon Fischer, coming up with big shots or key drives in the paint and getting fouled, anything to help his leaders out.

Hicks finished with 25 points, junior big man Mike Pizziketti had 12 points and 11 painful rebounds and Kevin Huerter dropped in a casual 15 points while leading his squad up and down the court and directing his group of hoops assassins on where to be to put the dagger in during the eventual 64-46 rout.

When it was done, patches were handed out and the boys took a well deserved seat on the bench. Coach Tony Dzikas walked up and got the Section II plaque and the boys were ready to take a picture. There wasn’t any running around with the Section II plaque, no kissing of the bronze emblem, just get the photo, get in the locker room and enjoy some time together.

STAN HUDY - www.stanhudy.com The tradition continued of #SelfiesWithStan with the champs. It was truly a #SuperTuesday that I won't forget. Congratulations Plainsmen boys and girls hoops, thanks for letting me be a part of it!

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The tradition continued of #SelfiesWithStan with the champs. It was truly a #SuperTuesday that I won’t forget. Congratulations Plainsmen boys and girls hoops, thanks for letting me be a part of it!

I can let you in that I will offer a hefty prize for any player who has video of the dance routine post-game celebration in the locker room!

Here is the link to the boys story in The Saratogian

Now the boys will take on Section III (Syracuse) champion Bishop Ludden 1:45 p.m. at Hudson Valley Community College Saturday, March 5.

I’ll be there once again hoping to catch another Shen sweep. I’m not sure if #SuperSaturday is a real thing, but we’ll see if the kids can make it happen again.

Until next time… Enjoy the Game!

Dear Diary: Good morning, you’re an awful person

Oct. 7 – Whey should today be any different? You know, you wake up, rub the night out of your eyes and for me, open one eye to pull my cell phone to within an inch of my face because I have yet to put my glasses on. You look at the e-mail list, sales at Kohl’s, Best Buy, some score updates from coaches and then:
HS Golf Article – “I can’t express how disappointed I am to not even see my son’s name in the line scores. My son XXX bio info, from XXX, shot 82 yesterday after shooting in the XX league tournament, XXX in the sectional first round at Eagle Crest and then XX yesterday, there hasn’t even been a mention.”
No our publications did not attend the league tournaments or the Section II A or B/C/D golf tournaments. The scores were eventually published when received by the league/section chairs.
Then it gets better…
“Worst of all, you guys some how managed to miss him in the line score besides, while all the other papers managed to get it right.”
Of course almost 50 percent of the papers were represented by myself for The Saratogian and Troy Record. I did miss one golfer out of the 48 in the listing of all scores. Not intentional, just a simple miss among golfers with the same score.
I like “All the other papers” as Pete Dougherty arrived shortly after I did late on Tuesday for the final scores. I guarantee Pete got it right, the Daily Gazette and Post-Star received an e-mail and also didn’t miss the golfer in question.
Then the guilt comes in:
“This may seem like nothing to you, but after a long season performing at the highest level of local school golf as a XX, it wraps up looking like he didn’t even play.”
The saving grace was that I immediately corrected the on-line version and apologized to dad via e-mail.
No, he didn’t acknowledge the correction I guess that means I can’t refund him the $1 for Wednesday’s paper.
The player didn’t make the cut, so no chance for a “make-good” story on Thursday for the final. My saving grace is that the golfer is an underclassman, so the one thing that dad did guarantee was that I won’t forget his son’s name. Sometimes that’s a good thing….sometimes…
I’ll try to do better today….

BOYS OF SUMMER: Clifton Park White rally falls short against Burnt Hills Cal Ripken 10s

STAN HUDY - SHUDY@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM Clifton Park base runner Jake Kochanskyj heads home attempting to beat the throw to Burnt Hills catcher Jason Schnitzler in the fifth inning of the 10-year old Cal Ripken Northern District tournament at Indian Meadows Park. He was called safe on the play.

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Clifton Park base runner Jake Kochanskyj heads home attempting to beat the throw to Burnt Hills catcher Jason Schnitzler in the fifth inning of the 10-year old Cal Ripken Northern District tournament at Indian Meadows Park. He was called safe on the play.

GLENVILLE — The Clifton Park White Cal Ripken 10-year old all-stars spotted Burnt Hills an eight-run lead in the first inning of the Northern District tournament, rallied back, but came up short late Saturday afternoon at Indian Meadows Park in Glenville.
Burnt Hills couldn’t miss in its opening stanza Saturday, scoring eight runs and batting around with three players reaching second base on their swings and two others racing all the way around to third in the eight-run explosion.
“It was a great feeling,” Burnt Hills starting shortstop Luke Haluska said. “I felt like I hit the ball well the whole time and it felt like we were having a ton of fun the whole time.”
The start sent chills down the respective spines of the Clifton Park White coaching staff.
“Our defense in the first inning really hurt,” Clifton Park coach Mike Cowles said. “We had five errors before we even recorded an out, it was rough. Seven errors in the first inning, kind of tough to come back from and then we tightened up the defense and almost pulled one out.”
Clifton Park White was forced to change pitchers midway through the Spartan power surge, looking to stem the flow of runs across home plate and it worked as Burnt Hills was held scoreless over the next three innings.
“They changed pitchers, their starter was throwing good, but he was throwing strikes and we were hitting it,” Burnt Hills manager Fred Veronezi said. “They missed a couple of balls, they changed pitchers, the guy throws a little slower, a different speed and at 10 it’s harder for the kids to adjust than an adult.”
It took two full innings for Clifton Park to gather itself, scratching across its first run of the contest, Adrian Caron scoring on Brady Hart’s RBI single after his own one-out single. Read more…

BOYS OF SUMMER: Saratoga American 10s mercy-rule Wilton Rebels in district opener

STAN HUDY - SHUDY@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM Saratoga American baserunner Zander Teator slides into home safely as the ball tips off Wilton Rebel catcher Cooper Walley's glove during Saturday's Cal Ripken 10-year old Northern District tournament at Indian Medows.

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Saratoga American baserunner Zander Teator slides into home safely as the ball tips off Wilton Rebel catcher Cooper Walley’s glove during Saturday’s Cal Ripken 10-year old Northern District tournament at Indian Medows.

GLENVILLE — The Saratoga American 10-year old Cal Ripken all-star squad started strong and finished even stronger in its opening round of the Northern District tournament Saturday morning, dropping the Wilton Rebels, 10-0 in four innings at Indian Meadows.
After a 1-2-3 inning from Saratoga American starter Owen Goodridge, the Blue Shirts pushed three runs across the plate, taking advantage of three Wilton errors.
Willy Willard reached on a two-out fielder’s choice and moved to third on Goodridge’s double to centerfield before Jack Galvin lifted his pitch to right field. The inning would have been over, but the ball tipped out of the outfielder’s glove allowing the pair to score. The next batter, Jack Galvin was also given new life when his pop up to the short infield was called by the Wilton pitcher, but he too struggled with the catch and saw the ball pop out of his glove and roll towards the dugout, allowing Goodridge to score.
“It felt good to hit the first double,” Owen Goodridge said. “It feels good when the ball goes off the bat and you can see it going.”
In the second, Saratoga’s Noah Friedman led off with a single and advanced on Max Hamilton-Jones sacrifice bunt, moving to third on a passed ball and scoring on Zander Teator’s RBI single through the left side for the 4-0 lead.
The Americans added another run in the third, this time on three hits when Willard reached on an infield single and moved around after Goodridge beat out a slow grounder to the infield and Galvin hit a single to right. Willard scored on Krum’s fielder’s choice that erased Galvin at third giving Saratoga a 5-0 lead.
With the early run support Goodridge remained in control during his three-inning stint before turning the ball over to closer Miles Pleasants to close out the fourth and fifth innings.
“I knew I needed to throw strikes and I had a good defense behind me and they could easily get them out at first or second,” Goodridge said. “I just tried to throw strikes.”
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BOYS OF SUMMER: Saratoga American 8s win district opener 10-7 over Clifton Park White

STAN HUDY - SHUDY@DIGITALFIRSTMEDIA.COM Saratoga American Cal Ripken runner Matthew Leonard slides in under the chin tag of Clifton Park white catcher Ian Oehlschleger during the fifth-inning of the opening Cal Ripken Baseball 8-year old North District Tournament at the Clifton Common Friday, June 26.

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Saratoga American Cal Ripken runner Matthew Leonard slides in under the chin tag of Clifton Park white catcher Ian Oehlschleger during the fifth-inning of the opening Cal Ripken Baseball 8-year old North District Tournament at the Clifton Common Friday, June 26.

CLIFTON PARK — At the youngest age of baseball all-star competition a win or loss Friday night in the opening round of the Cal Ripken 8-year old Northern District tournament wore of quickly as both the Saratoga American and Clifton Park White players forgot the score as soon as the words ‘ice cream’ and ‘hot dogs’ were offered up by their coaches.
In the opening round barn burner, Clifton Park White rallied from a five-run deficit to score four runs in the late innings to take the tournament opener, 10-7.
“I was never worried, we’ve had games that were 24 – 20,” Clifton Park White manager Matt Oehlschleger said. “We were able to put three pitchers out there that can all throw strikes.”
Saratoga put the bat on the ball in the first inning, plating three runs on three hits, including a one-out two-run double by Carlson Correa, driving in Ryan Clancy and Charlie Greiner who reached on singles.
Correa came around to score on Adam Sherman’s ground out for the early 3-0 lead.
Clifton Park was able to scratch out a run in the bottom of the inning, Ian Oehlschleger reaching on a fielder’s choice and then scrambling around the bases on an RBI double by Brad Curtis.
“I just swing at strikes,’ Brad Curtis said. “I don’t swing at bad pitches.”’
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One of the pillars and more are leaving 20 Lake Avenue

It’s been tough day at 20 Lake Avenue, home to The Saratogian, the Community News, the Pink Sheet and the Troy Record as of late.
Today we got the official word that several of our long time friends and co-workers will be moving on to other endeavors, all outside of the brick walls that I’ve been lucky enough to call home for 17 years.
I guess I get to go first…I’m still there.
That’s a relief for Reda, I’m happy to still call it home and I guess that with every rock that has been thrown in the series of cost cutting if not saving modes by our current owners, there are still several publications that allow me to work for them.
Within the sports bullpen, we lose the lovely Laura Amato, sports scribe extraordinaire, who’s insightful tweets about coffee stops prior to games I will miss greatly. She has set a new standard for engagement with her followers and the awards that she has rightfully earned will continue to be hung up on our walls in her honor.
My sports boss is also taking his leave, Kevin Moran, a third-generation newspaperman, 30-years in the business, sitting in a corner calling the shots in Troy and recently on Lake Ave. will be truly missed. A Wikipedia of local sports knowledge, lore and writing insight. He trained one of my favorite sports editors and it was a pleasure to work directly for him.
A picture is worth a thousand words and a few million will also leave the building soon, Mike McMahon takes leave after 40 years behind the eyepiece for the publications. From black and white, to color, to digital, he’s seen it all and has had a road paved with photojournalism awards to look back on along with the adoration of hundreds if not thousands of thankful readers and parents who he has made proud throughout the sport seasons he has photographed.
On the copy desk side, our own Lianne Webster-Kim also takes leave. She has only been in the office for a few months, but she laughs at all of my jokes, and for me, that’s worth a million!
The Legends of Journalism will also take their leave from the building, Lisa Lewis, recently recognized as the Media Person of the Year award for her work and longevity at The Record in Troy departs after more than 39-years with the Troy Record and Saratogian family of publications.
She helped guide Kevin Moran, Brien Bouyea, Laura Amato and others during their time in Troy with the Record and then came to 20 Lake Avenue when the buildings were consolidated. I will miss her insight and enthusiasm about the industry and like her photographer, Mike McMahon, she has seen it all.
Now for the Boss.
It was 17 years ago that a middle-aged, unemployed, greener than green cub reporter landed on Barbara Lombardo’s doorstep at 20 Lake Avenue.
Like finding a mongrel puppy stranded in the rain without a home she decided to give me a shot at the dream that I had passed up 15-years earlier, a chance to be a sports writer.
It was timing, my brother-in-law Rob Silvanic had a neighbor who worked at The Saratogian who pointed out that a part-time opening was created for the Clifton Park weekly, the Community News and told me to apply.
Then-Community News editor Cindy Chin wanted someone for the sports side of things and Barbara loves a project and offered me the job.
I took it, skipped my way all the way down Caroline Street and have been smiling ever since.
I owe my entire career to Barbara Lombardo and I don’t think there is any way that I could thank her enough.
We’ve seen a lot of stories hit the page, our fair share of things hit the fan and a lot of talent come through the door and more often, move on to bigger and better things. But through it all, those names and faces have at one time called 20 Lake Avenue home and Barbara Lombardo, the Boss.
It’s not often that you find a boss that can scold you, more often then needed and take it with a smile. It’s all about the product, it’s not about you.
She’s kept me out of trouble and gotten me out of it more than a few times.
She has a rapier wit and is able to share more than a few jokes and barbs that will never make print, a blog or be repeated outside of her corner office, but like her, they are priceless.
The stories have been trimmed, much to my chagrin, but he touch is often gold to some of the hay that I’ve put on the page and the awards I have been luckily enough to win are all to her credit.
A true Blue Streak runs through her and it will never be forgotten, reminding me of our address is 20 Lake Avenue and our reader’s zip code for print starts at the 12866 and then goes out beyond.
She knows how important the 12065 is to our publications and has let me be a part of that community, each week in the Community News, pushing me to make that product better and better, something we have done together on the sports side I think.
Barb will be at the helm through the opening day of the track, how fitting that she will be able to don her hat for the entire season and not worry about rushing back to read something before it makes deadline. She and Jim can finally enjoy Saratoga for all that it is…their home.
Until then, she’ll still be there giving me advice that we call all appreciate in any endeavor…Just Don’t Screw it Up.
Don’t worry Barb, I won’t.