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Thursday, 12 March 2020 15:47

Local All Star Moments: March. 13-19, 2020

SRYMCA Over 50 Basketball Leagues Scores 

Walton’s Sport Shop v. Lazy Dog Cookie Co.
Lazy Dog-80: Matt Truex-22, Chris Koval-21

Walton’s-63: Alex Marin-16, Ryan Aguan-15

West Side v. Stephen’s Chryslers Jeep Dodge of Greenwich   
West Side-56: Rob Leise-23, Tom Welch-17

Stephen’s-51: Paul Gross-20, Pat Killian-19

Nemer Chrysler VS Turning Point Chiropractic 
Turning Point-70: Bob  Hanson-28, Mike Scanlon-28
Nemer-56: Steve Brown-25, John Bishop-12

D’Andrea’s Pizza VS Mama Mia’s Restaurant
D’Andrea’s -54: Rory Wilson-24, Greg O’Conner-12

Mama Mia’s -49:  Lamont Williams-21, Bill Bernardo-12

Saratoga Springs Cheer Squad


SARATOGA SPRINGS — The varsity cheerleading squad at Saratoga Springs finished 8th at the States competition at RIT on March 7, 2020.  Photo provided.

SRYMCA/Saratoga Honda Youth Basketball Scores


PBA v. Blend Realty
PBA-64: Isaac Ryan 22, Nick Scalo-13

Blend-25: Riley Bawmeister-9, Finn Kelly-7, Eric Eckhardt-7

Olsen Associates v. Cudney’s
Cudney’s-34: Ben VanValkenberg-11, John Geradi-10
Olsen’s-20: Colin MacGreger-8, Jacob Hernandez-6, Xavier Rusico-6

PBA v. Cudney’s
PBA-55: Isaac Ryan-16, Stephon Lindsey-12, Bryant Savage -12

Cudney’s-36: Ben VanValkenberg-14, John Geradi-12


Spa Café v. Vahanian & Associates   
Spa Café-55:  Brian McCarthy-15, Mark Early-12

Vahanian-47: Thomas Maurer-28, Cameron Fitzpatrick-12

Pashley’s Construction v. Village Photo
Village Photo-41: Unique Steel-16, Jacob Krygowski-12
Pashley’s-27: Nate Siewart-12, Raymond Garcia-6

Spa Café v. Village Photo
Spa Café’-59: Charlie D-16, Brian McCarthy -13

Village Photo-53:  Patrick Deshane-16, Unique Steel 13

Schuylerville Wrestler on All-Star First Team

SPORTS ASM Wrestling

SCHUYLERVILLE — The Schuylerville varsity wrestling team completed a successful season with senior wrestler Andrew Dumas named to the Foothills Council All-Star first team for the 285 pound weight class.  Photo provided.

DeMars Crushes 1500m at States


BALLSTON SPA — On Saturday, March 7, Faith DeMars crushed the 1500m school record at the Indoor NYS Championship meet placing 5th with a time of 4:38.67. Photo provided.

Cairns Scores her 2000th Point 


SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dolly Cairns, a senior at Saratoga Springs High School, scored her 2,000th point on March 5, 2020. Cairns holds the point record for Saratoga Springs basketball. Photo provided.

Thursday, 12 March 2020 15:45

Athlete of the Week: Haley Waghorn

SARATOGA SPRINGS ­— While most people feel at home cooking in their kitchen or sitting on their couch, Haley Waghorn feels at home when she plays shortstop on her college softball team. 

A graduate from Saratoga Springs City School District, Waghorn is now a freshman at Saint Michael’s College. An avid athlete, she played on her high school softball and field hockey team, but decided to focus solely on softball when she started in college.

“I absolutely love the school and softball is going great. I love the team, everyone is really supportive and it’s been an immediate family,” Waghorn said. “Honestly the people and the atmosphere and just walking around the campus I feel right at home and the coach was super nice, just like the previous coaches I’ve had.”

Waghorn said the biggest difference between high school and college is the atmosphere. She said she feels right at home when she walks around campus. 

At Saint Michael’s she plans to pursue a biology major and a minor in chemistry.

“I was originally thinking to go into ophthalmology but that might change…” Waghorn said. 

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine and surgery that deals with diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders.

When Waghorn isn’t attending classes or doing homework, she practices five times a week with her softball team. She said the team is constantly working in the cage and in the indoor facility. She likes to play shortstop and third base.

“I’ve been playing shortstop for a while and I feel at home there. I play a little bit of third [base] too and those positions have been my home base. I think that just experience is what made me that player in those positions,” Waghorn said.

This past fall, Waghorn said the team played a few games and practiced outside. Now that softball is in season, the team has played a few games.

Waghorn said he biggest supporter is her dad, Brian Waghorn.

“He taught me so much. He’s been my coach for a while so I definitely have the sport connection with him. He teaches me a lot about the mental game as well. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Spa Catholic Saints are back and ready for their best season yet! With an award-winning record of 24 league championships, five sectional championships, three regional championships, one state runner-up, and 12-20 win seasons. Good luck, Saints!

The Saints will be participating in the 1st Section 2 benefit game for ALS. It is called the Lou Gehrig Classic “Strike out ALS”...The game will be played at Veterans Memorial Field and co-hosted By both Saratoga Catholic and Saratoga Springs HS. 

Saratoga High plays Niskyuna at 4:15pm and Saratoga Catholic plays Tamarac at 7:00pm. All proceeds go to ALS Association of Upstate NY. 

SPORTS SpaCatholicBaseballTeam

SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Leap Day, two teams from Geyser Road Elementary School competed in the regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament. The team coached by Peter Murray took 2nd place in the Networking Problem and the team coached by Michelle McMurtrie took 1st place in the Effective Detective Problem. Both teams are going to Binghamton on April 4 for States.

Thursday, 12 March 2020 15:25

Girl Scouts: Women First

SARATOGA SPRINGS/SCHUYLERVILLE — On Saturday March 7, Girl Scouts from 12 troops in the Saratoga-Schuylerville Service Unit held their annual EXPO and this theme this year was Women First. 

The Service Unit was rewarded a grant from the National Girls Collaborative Project to provide Limited Edition Matchbox cars created with Mercedes-Benz to commemorate Ewy Rosqvist’s 1962 Argentinian Road Rally record breaking victory.

Scouts at the Expo participated in activities to learn about women who were considered the first in their endeavor and broke down gender or social barriers.  Women who were featured included: Danica Patrick, Junko Tabei, Harriet Tubman, Katherine Johnson, Sally Ride, Katie Sowers, Ellen DeGeneres, Greta Thunberg, Ewy Rosqvist, Marie Curie, Shirley Muldowney. 

Friday, 06 March 2020 09:00

Saratoga Independent School Open House

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Independent School (S.I.S.) provides an excellent education to students in Pre-K through Middle School and enrollment is now open for the 2020/2021 school year.  On Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 10 a.m., S.I.S. will host an Admissions Open House. 

During the open house, prospective families will have an opportunity to meet Lisa Brown, Head of School, as well as other faculty and staff. Ms. Brown will welcome families and provide a brief history and overview of S.I.S.  Members of the faculty will take families on tours of our campus, discuss the curriculum, and answer questions about the school.

For more information and to register, visit www.siskids.org/admissions/open-house.cfm.

S.I.S Highlights:

• Rigorous academic curriculum,following the state standards of education
• Two dedicated science labs
• Small class sizes
• Curriculum-based field trips throughout the Capital Region and beyond
• After-school enrichment programs, including engineering, computer programming, team sports, piano, French language, and Odyssey of the Mind
• Specials including art, music, and Spanish starting in Pre-K
• Physical Education utilizing our playing fields and expansivewooded campus
• Safe and Secure 60-acre campus for hiking, snowshoeing, outdoor learning, and sleddinghill for recess fun
• Wholesome lunch program in partnership with Healthy Living Market
• Interscholastic soccer, cross-country, and track opportunities
• Before-Care daily from 7:30 a.m.  
  After-Care daily until 5:30 p.m.
• 5 minutes from I-87 Exit 14and 5 minutes from downtown Saratoga Springs

Thursday, 05 March 2020 14:52

Athlete of the Week: Orion Anderson

SCHUYLERVILLE — Orion Anderson, a 2018 graduate of Schuylerville High School who took Saratoga County by storm when he was a NY state wrestling champion not once, but three times and a four-time state finalist, is a sophomore wrestler at University of Maryland where he has a full scholarship.

Anderson was Maryland’s primary starter at 133 pounds and in his freshman year he: tallied six wins, including two in dual competition; secured a win by fall at Princeton Open; won first dual bout by decision against Central Michigan; and represented Maryland at the 2019 Big Ten Championships.

"Last year, starting as a freshman, was definitely a struggle but with the new coach change things have improved a ton this year. I think it’s hard as an 18-year-old when you're going up against 25-year-old guys, just because of the strength and everything else. The weight cutting I’ve done a lot better with this year and my strength is definitely way better, it'll just keep getting better. It was nice to get a lot of competition in this season, though. The practices are a lot more intense this year, the team is just a different culture already. People are living better and I think it's showing,” Anderson said.

Coach Kerry McCoy stepped down as head coach in May of last year and was replaced by Alex Clemson, a decision that Anderson said was for the best of the team.

"I loved coach McCoy, he's a great guy, but I think just the coaching and the way the team is living this year, it's making a big difference,” he said.

Anderson is declaring Family Science as his major.

“[Family Science] has a wide variety of things you can do with it and I’m not that good at math," he laughed.

"So, that limits a lot of the majors for me here because it's a big math school, so I think this major is the best option because there is just so much you can do with it,” he explained.

Anderson said Maryland is a tough school, but he has all the resources he needs if he finds himself in a tough spot. 

"My favorite part is how big the school is, there is always something to do on campus. I meet new people almost every day and that's what I like most about it,” Anderson said.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Camp Abilities Saratoga and the Saratoga Springs Lions Club are very pleased to announce the receipt of a $12,100 grant from the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust. 

Camp Abilities will be back this summer for their seventh year. The camp, held at Skidmore College, is a weeklong overnight camp for children and teens who are blind, visually impaired, and deafblind. This camp is a service project of the Saratoga
Springs Lions.

The camp has been operating annually since its inception in 2014 and serves 26 campers. The Camp is staffed with 20 counselors residing on-site, a number of sports specialists, 24-hour RN coverage, and various other staff as needed during a week filled with fun and exciting activities.

The monies will enable Camp Abilities Saratoga to purchase a second trailer which will be used for storage of the specialized equipment needed for the variety of educational activities the campers are able to experience. The trailer should be fully customized and ready by this May or June, well before the campers arrive at Skidmore College for their big week the first part of August.

 “The generosity of Alfred Z. Solomon or of the Alfred Z. Solomon Charitable Trust should not be a surprise to anyone in the Saratoga Springs area,” says John McDonald, Board President of Camp Abilities Saratoga. 

“In fact, a previous gift from this same Trust enabled the purchase of our first trailer which now is used to house a variety of equipment and the twenty tandem bikes that the campers like so much,” McDonald said.

Over the years the Alfred Z. Solomon charitable Trust has been a very generous supporter of CAS. 

Camp Abilities of Saratoga is one of 26 Camp Abilities in the world, it is the only one that is run by a Lions organization, which aids in the fundraising and organization of the camp. Camp Abilities is completely free for its campers, and the counselors, who are graduate and undergraduate students studying adaptive sports technology and education, participate as a form of service, only for a moderate stipend. 

Donation and fundraising opportunities to support the Camp Abilities Saratoga are available all year. For further information visit campabilitiessaratoga.org/donate.

“Lions serve. It’s that simple, and it has been since we first began in 1917. Our clubs are places where individuals join together to give their valuable time and effort to improving their communities, and the world. The Lions Club aims to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Club,” the Lions website said. 

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Spring High School Drama Club will present Shrek the Musical on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m., Friday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday March 14 at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The performances will be held in the Loewenberg Auditorium at Saratoga Springs High School.

Based on the Oscar-winning animation film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony-award-winning fairytale adventure, featuring all the beloved characters you know from the film. Shrek is a musical joy children and adults will love.

Ticket prices are $15 for reserved seats, $12 for adult general seating, and $7 for students and senior general seating. Seats are available online starting March 1 at brownpapertickets.com or at the door one-hour before the performance. Reserved seating is only available online.

“Rehearsals are going great! It’s a wonderful show about acceptance and accepting people for who they are. The musical itself is a great musical,” said director Bob Berenis.

Berenis has directed for Saratoga Springs Drama Club for the last 21 years.

“When I announced the show, I was a little ambivalent, I thought some kids would like it and some wouldn’t, but they screamed so loudly I had to cover my ears. They were so excited,” he laughed.

Parents and community members have been on hand to help build the sets, which are massive. 

Shrek – Kai Farr
Donkey – Spencer Boyce
Fiona – Katy Hawthorne
Lord Farquaad – Liam Epstein
Pinocchio – Phineas Goodman
Gingy/Sugarplum Fairy – Maria Sablich
Dragon – Tessa Rivenburg
Dragon at Saturday Matinee - Sarah Trimmings
Young Fiona – Ainsley Martell
Teenage Fiona – Mira DeGregory
Young Shrek/Dwarf - Kylee Martin
Papa Ogre – Teddy Vandeven
Mama Ogre – Maddy Mergl
King Harold – Ethan Crowley
Queen Lillian – Tessa Rivenburg
Wolf – Ethan Crowley
3 Blind Mice – Sarah Trimmings, Mira DeGregory, Maddy Mergl
Ugly Duckling – Molly Egan
Fairy Godmother – Margaret Scala
Humpty Dumpty – Skye Vilca
Wicked Witch – Izzy Pipino
Mama Bear – Grace Davis
Papa Bear – Teddy Vandeven
Baby Bear – Sabrina Martin
Mad Hatter – Alex Lippincott
3 Pigs – Ainsley Martell, Maddie Cook, Sofia Bolier
Elf – Lucas Pelletier
Peter Pan – Eli Jaques
Bishop – Max Novik
Pied Piper/Dance Captain – Sophia Sulkin
Thelonius – Amelie Przedwiecki
Captain – Siobhan Rogers-Harrigton

Madeline Slavett
Trinity Taylor
Amelia Winn
Max Novik
Kate Lindley
Anabelle Brueggeman
Samantha Corrigan
Graciella Dorsey
Yliana Syed
Fiona Taylor
Amy Vich
Elle Wilcox
Naava Wilson

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Independent School has donated over 200 reusable grocery bags to local non-profit organizations including Wellspring, Franklin Community Center, Shelters of Saratoga, and Captain Youth and Family Services.  The bags were purchased and donated in preparation for the new plastic bag law beginning March 1st.
Head of School, Lisa Brown stated, “Our Saratoga Independent School community is always looking for ways to help the community at large.  We are happy to be able to help our neighbors by donating bags for their use.  Saratoga Independent School is also excited to be able to participate in Leap of Kindness Day 2020, and donating the bags is just one more way we can help our community.”
Saratoga Independent School has also provided each school family with a reusable grocery bag and plans to sell the rest as a fundraiser at their upcoming Kite and Flight event on May 16th.

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