Lori Mahan

Lori Mahan

Photos provided.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — In 1994, Jen Dryer (Pennell) ended her hoops career at Saratoga Springs with 1,518 points, 325 assists, 348 steals, and 228 rebounds. In 2019, Catherine ‘Dolly’ Cairns has broken that point record. 

Cairns only needed 10 points to break Dryer’s record, so she decided to score 29 points instead on Tuesday, December 10. The new record to break is 1,547 points.

“It felt really good. I’m proud of myself for it but it’s my role to score, so, I just do what it takes to win,” Cairns said.

Cairns has been a local basketball sensation since halfway through her seventh-grade year when she was pulled up to varsity. 

Her love of the game started young and stemmed from attending her older brother’s practices with their dad, Don. The two would do some dribbling and then during every water break for the team, she would shoot around, they would also practice form shooting and ball handling.

Cairns began to play organized basketball in third grade and has been playing “up” ever since.

With graduation fast approaching, Cairns is finally used to the idea of playing college basketball at Rhode Island University, where she will be studying kinesiology. She is very excited for this next chapter and will be at RIU in June and July for summer classes and practices.

“I think it’ll be a lot different. It’ll be a lot faster, a lot bigger and stronger kids. I think I’ll have to adjust but I’m up for it,” she said.

She has built good relationships with the coaching staff at RIU already and looks forward to playing with that team.

“I built a really good relationship with the head coach and just from talking to my head coach and the rest of the coaching staff, I actually wanted to commit there before I even visited campus. Then as I learned more and more about the campus, it just felt like the perfect spot for me,” Cairns explained.

Her coaches this year have helped her in the college recruitment process.

“Both of the coaches have handled most of the recruiting and talking to coaches for me. They have been my biggest help,” she said.

As far as this year’s basketball season, they are a young team after five seniors graduated last year, including Kerry Flaherty, who achieved 1,000 career points.

“We have two freshmen starters, who I think I’m doing a good job setting the tone for them. We’re all very close and we get along well and we’re having a lot of fun so far. We’ve got a lot of young kids on the team and they follow my lead. They know that when it’s time to work, it’s time to work,” Cairns stated simply.

It is clear that Cairns takes her leadership role on the team very seriously and it isn’t just a point scoring game to her.

“We would love to win a state championship, that’d be the goal, but I think short term we just want to win a sectional championship and make history for our school,” she explained.

Winning states would be the first time in Blue Streaks woman’s basketball history.

Cairns does not play any other sports, instead chooses to focus on basketball preparation in the offseason. She lifts four times a week to stay in shape and shoots around in the gym as much as she can.

Pro basketball has been on her mind here and there.

“I’m thinking about it and a couple people have told me that I could. I think playing in the USA would be cool, but I think playing overseas would be a very cool opportunity as well. I’ll just see what it comes down to when I get there,” she explained.

As far as her biggest supporters during her monumental high school hoops career, her parents Don and Kay and her grandparents Ron and Pat are at the top of the list.

With high school fading out and her starting over in college as a freshman, Cairns has advice for the younger girls on the team she’s leaving her legacy to.

“Keep working. Try to get in the gym as much as you can and work on the basic things; you can build on those basic foundations. It takes a lot of time and effort to be where I am.”

If I were them, I’d certainly be following that advice and in those footsteps. Congratulations on making Blue Streaks history, Dolly!

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs started with a pre-school in 1981 and expanded into a high school in 1997, provides “this rich and unique education to our community as the only pre-k through 12 independent school in Saratoga County,” according to the website. Waldorf focuses on the “whole student” and likes to focus on all aspects of life and learning. The juniors at Waldorf are about to experience “real life” through their internships.

The junior class is made up of seven students; Renukadevie Mahadew, Aaren Sweenor, Hayden Cahill, Maitreya Ravenstar, Elihu Conant-Haque, Ivy BerriosMckeon, Bria Fitzgerald; all of which are excited to get started on their internships during their spring break in February.

“The student has an idea of what they want to do for their internship, they submit a proposal that explains in writing what they want to do, what they hope to gain from it, what their major question is going into the experience, and where it will be. they have to find an adult who will be their mentor and help them to go through the experience smoothly. they have to check this with all of the people they’re going to be working with to make sure it’s an acceptable internship experience. then submit the complete proposal and have it okayed by the school,” Elihu Conant-Haque explained the process.

Although, finding the perfect internship isn’t always easy. Hayden Cahill has been looking for a computer programming internship with zero luck, so he has started the search for his second choice, law. Some students are testing the waters to see if their internship would be a possible career path for them or to just try something new. Some are looking for an experience to help them further their studies. Conant-Haque will be interning at the Saratoga Airport for aircraft maintenance and refueling. He achieved this internship by talking to the aircraft mechanic at the airport and building a relationship with him.

“The point of the junior internship is to foster the soft skills: how to write a professional email, how to get dressed for work, how to ask the questions that you need to know when you go into a job,” said Christina Limson-Harvey, high school office manager.

“I think it will be very beneficial for me to work in an environment where you’re working on aircraft that have to fly and you’re working around people who are professionals at this, this isn’t a job where ‘oh we’ll slow down and help you learn.’ Everything has to work in a timeframe and on a schedule and this is serious stuff. so that is going to be a good experience because at school you never really have that because school is there to help you along. whereas in the internship, it’s going to be a very different scenario,” Conant-Haque commented.

Once the internship is finished, the students then create a presentation about their experience.

For more information, visit www.waldorfsaratoga.org

PORTLAND, OR. — On Saturday, December 7, Saratoga Springs cross country team, Kinetic XC, took the win against 21 other teams in the 5,000 meter race, a huge feat for the young team. Kinetic is coached by Art and Linda Kranick, who the girls had plenty of nice things to say about.

Though the Kranicks’ coaching style was described as “different” the seven girls on Kinetic XC say they are both really amazing and they couldn’t have succeeded without them.

“It was an amazing win,” Linda Kranick said, “usually you win by 5 points.”

Kinetic XC scored 78 points. 

 

“They just knocked it out of the park,” she continued.

“It was an amazing experience to go and represent our school,” eighth-grader Emily Bush said.

“I remember in the beginning of the year they [the Kranicks’] said we were going to make podium and I didn’t really believe them,” reminisced Ella Kurto, a sophomore.

“It was a muddy, messy race and they didn’t let that affect them at all. They were very focused the whole time and they work very well together,” Kranick remarked. The girls remained focused by staying positive and being as encouraging of each other as possible.

Congratulations, Kinetic XC!

Friday, 20 December 2019 10:11

Scotties Backpack Program

BALLSTON SPA — In collaboration with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, the district launched the Scotties BackPack Program in 2017 at Milton Terrace Elementary School and has now expanded to all four elementary schools. The program provides a bag of easy-to-prepare food to selected students each week to eat throughout the weekend. The program started with providing weekend meals to 30 students and the goal is to provide food for 175 students this school year. The cost to provide weekend meals for one student for the school year is $183. Revenue to support the program is raised by individual and corporate donations as well as through any available grant sources. Brookside Museum, Ballston Spa Rotary, and Malta Sunrise Rotary recently joined together and sponsored a Chicken BBQ to benefit the Scotties BackPack Program. Through their efforts and contributions from many local businesses, they raised over $3,000 to donate to the program. They have also placed collection containers in businesses throughout the district. Please contact Ray Otten at 518- 852-2642 for additional information on the community support efforts. Other major contributors to the program have been Applied Materials, The Saratoga Hospital, Ballston Spa Elks Lodge #2619, and Global Foundries/Town of Malta Foundation. Individual and corporate sponsorships are always welcome! For a link to donate online visit https://www.bscsd. org/domain/28. Donations by check should be made payable to the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region or CFGCR and may be sent to: Kelly Delaney-Elliott, BSCSD. 70 Malta Ave., Ballston Spa, NY 12020 Anyone interested in volunteering to support the BackPack program, please contact 518-884-7195, ext. 1369.

SCHUYLERVILLE — Foothill Council Honors: Six Schuylerville High School varsity field hockey players have been named to the Foothills Council All-Star Team. First Team: Bella Baldwin, Hunter Phillips Second Team: Lainey Koval, Eliza Barton Honorable Mention: Molly Elder, Izzy Reitano-Stayer

SCHUYERVILLE — The Schuylerville Drama Club would like to thank everyone who participated in its 5K Ugly Sweater fundraiser run! Proceeds will go towards the drama club’s middle school production, The Wizard of Oz, which will be performed March 6 and 7. Of the 157 runners, the top finishers were Megan Vianese and Daryl Headen. Winners received a medal and a ticket to the show in March. In addition, 55 items were donated to S.A.F.E.R.

Friday, 20 December 2019 09:58

Saddlemire Selected as an All-State Player

SCHUYLERVILLE — Schuylerville varsity boys soccer player Zach Saddlemire was selected as an all state player by the state soccer committee. Saddlemire is the second player in Schuylerville’s history to be selected for the honor. “Zach has been a major part of his team’s success over the past three years with his tremendous work rate, durability and desire to win,” said head coach Dave Gauci. “He was voted captain the past two seasons and has led his team to a 44-15-1 record in his high school career, while scoring 20 goals and 25 assists. Photo provided. He also was a key contributor to this year’s team that made it to the New York state final four.”

Friday, 20 December 2019 09:24

Local All-Star Moments

The Ballston Spa Athletic Hall of Fame Requests Nominations for 2020
BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Athletics Hall of Fame Committee requests nominations for its 2020 induction class. Online nomination forms may be submitted at ballstonspaathleticshalloffame. com until January 15, 2020. The ceremony will take place in May of 2020 at the Ballston Spa High School auditorium. For more information, please visit the website: ballstonspaathleticshalloffame.com.

Blue Streaks Hockey
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks varsity hockey team played Adirondack on Wednesday, December 11 at the Glens Falls Recreational Center; Saratoga won 4-1. Joe Amodio at one goal and one assist; Andrew Blanchard had one goal; Will Detora had one goal and two assists; Charlie Leary had one goal. Anthony LaMonda had the goal for Adirondack. Saratoga goalie Brad Blake had 15 saves.

Saratoga Regional YMCA Over 50 Basketball League Scores
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11
D’Andrea’s Pizza v. Walton’s Sport Shop
Walton’s-60: Jimmy Parker-23, Mike Bentley-16 D’Andrea’s-53: Mike McMorris-18, Rory Wilson-17

West Side v. Lazy Dog Cookie Company
Lazy Dog-57: Scott Clark-21, Matt Treaux-12 West Side-38: Dave Wolfe-13, Mark Sohl-12

Stephen’s Chrysler Jeep Dodge of Greenwich v. Nemer Chrysler
Nemer-67: Stephen Brown-28, Pat Reidy-19 Stephen’s-56: Pat Killian-18, Paul Gross-16

Turning Point Chiropractic Shop v. Mama Mia’s Restaurant
Turning Point-61: Bob Hanson-33, Mike Scanlon-11 Mama Mia’s-49: Phil Fitzpatrick-24, Lamont Williams-13

Saratoga Springs Wrestling v. Walt Whitman
Walt Whitman HS (WWH) 44.0 Saratoga Springs Sr HS (SSSH) 26.0 99: Lucius Anderson (SSSH) over Dominic Repetti (WWH) (Dec 8-2) 106: Jacob Pratt (SSSH) over Nicholas Campanelli (WWH) (Dec 6-5) 113: Kyle Griskowitz (SSSH) over Jared Goldis (WWH) (MD 10-2) 120: Antonio Encarnacion (SSSH) over Michael Sales (WWH) (Fall 0:12) 126: Double Forfeit 132: Maximo Vasquez (WWH) over Zeph Watkins (SSSH) (Fall 1:33) 138: Griffin Biviano (SSSH) over Angel Catalan (WWH) (Fall 1:30) 145: Sachiel Chuckrow (SSSH) over Grady O`Loughlin (WWH) (MD 10-2) 152: Joseph Feola (WWH) over Eric Griskowitz (SSSH) (Dec 8-2) 160: Liam Villanti (WWH) over (SSSH) (For.) 170: Jakarai MC Kay (WWH) over Justin Garfolo (SSSH) (TF 19-4 4:47) 182: Pedro Benitez (WWH) over Noah Robinson (SSSH) (Fall 0:37) 195: Saul Ulloa (WWH) over David Jenks (SSSH) (Fall 0:40) 220: Adrian Londono (WWH) over Austen Douglas (SSSH) (Fall 1:59) 285: Steven Lainez Gomez (WWH) over (SSSH) (For.)

Friday, 20 December 2019 08:57

Stepping Stars Gymnastics Competition

1st place Level 4 & Bronze Teams Level 4 Team:from left to right: Priya Raso, Julia Gillson, Angie Pierre, Gianna Milo, Cailyn Bodkin, Ayla Skinner Bronze Team: From left to right: Hailey Delgado, Neville Zampier, Lexie Dobson, Bianca Marchesiello, Ryleigh Ostrander, Madelyn Green, Gabrielle Farrow, Isabelle Green, Natalie Ostrander, Olivia Mennillo 2 of our girls made top 100 in the country. Ryan Stark: Vault score 9.675 and all around 38.525 Isabelle Green: Bars score 9.875 and Floor score 9.8

Friday, 20 December 2019 08:56

Galway Honor Roll

Galway Junior/Senior High School Principal Michael Miller is pleased to announce the Honor Roll for the first quarter of the 2019-20 school year. 

Academic Scholars

GRADE 6
Abigail Conti, Lexie Gibbs, Julia Gillson, Sean Gillson, Madison Hoyt, Jane Lapati, Carter Larson, Peregrine Perkins, Max Sicard

GRADE 7Dylan Baxter, Trevor Bombard, Simon Evans, Heather Ehrenberg, Tyler Friedman, Ethan Dabrowski, Lilly Frederick, Sophia Davison-Gauss, Taylor Germain, Nika Horvath, McKenna Kanaby, Mariska Leszczynski, Magdalene Maciag, Deirdre McElhinney, Ava Remscheid, Hailey Reome, Addelayde Ross, Stacey Winsor, Chloe Zembsch

GRADE 8
Shamus Evans, Jackson Flint, Abigail Gullett, Emma Mitchell, Eban Perkins

GRADE 9
Sara Conti, Kerringtyn Davis, Abigail  Ehrenberg,  Sophia  Fasolino,  Skye Fitzgerald, Van  Horvath,  Emma  Jordan,  Joshua T Lovelass,  Stephanie  Martin, Thomas Villano III

GRADE 10
Nathan Baxter, Camryn  Carnevali,  Anna  Dabrowski, Isabella S Hart, Anna E Meisenburg,  Sadie  Underwood

GRADE 11
Heather Atkinson, Charles  Clarke,  Diana  Colangelo,  Dylan Collins, Morgan  Drouin,  Ashleigh  Heuser,  Philomena Hornfeck, Joshua Hoyt, Emily  Johnston,  Katy  Kurtzner,  Isabella  Mancini,  Arianna  Persaud,  Ryan Ripepi,  Rowan Smith, Ella  Underwood, Lindsay Wight

GRADE 12
Kaylee  Bagdan, Aila K Bishop, Alexis Biss, Paige  Brink,  Vanessa Colangelo, Holden Decker, Madison DesPres, Walter J Ellsworth,  Anna K Gardner,  Rachel A Germain,  Hannah R Hofmann,  Joshua J Jankowski, Ryan J Lovelass,  Alex R Malanoski,  Ruth E Reichard, Leanne Rydzewski, Gabrielle Scheeren, Anna Tarashuk, Leah Willbrant, Rachel  Wnuk  

High Honors

GRADE 6
Kara Ferguson, Haleigh Hansen, Nathan Jones, Kyle Keehan, Peyton Sanders, Marek Sherman, Daniella Villano

GRADE 7
Adam Alden, Thomas Aldrich, Tanner Bernard, Kaylee Colabello, Sophia Dugan, Kaleb Johnson, Seth Kenyon, Riley Kress, Aiden Morey, Gavin Russell, Cody Schneider, Kyle Schneider, Anna Spadaro, Ethan Watrobski, Sybrina Wilkins

GRADE 8
Colin Anderson, Carson Eagan, Danielle Gabri, Alexis Heuser, Amber Kolpakas, Christopher Maher, Ava-Rae Nelson, Natalie P Niedhammer, Brooke Padgett, Kendra Peterson, Aidan Reekie-Mell, Mia Sherman

GRADE 9
Quinn Bernard, Olivia  DesPres,  Jayden  DeVellis,  Kailey Jankowski, Daniel Liberatore, Emma Mariani, Grace O’Brien, Samantha Teter

GRADE 10
Eliza Eagan, Hannah French, Jalene Graham, James Hilton, Elisabeth B LaBreche,  Rosie Matecko-Conti, Trishelle Oliver, Myles Pleasants, Julia Reedy, Breanna Reynolds, Alexis Rose, Emma Spadaro, Gavriell Wenk, Jordan Zuk

GRADE 11
Kiana  Arey, Braden Boudreau, Konstantin Friederich, James Grogan, Kyle Hunter, Hunter Jenison, Samuel Mitchell, Kaitlin Pritchard, Michelle Sherman

GRADE 12
Alexander Bott, Taylor Coughlin, Morgan Edwards, Aiden Holbrook, Hailey A McElhiney, Mikayla Neahr, Alexandra Knizek, Carter Scribner, Jade Sicluna, Gabrielle Signor, Adam Smith, Peter Stewart, Nathaniel R Urban

Honor Roll

GRADE 6
Samuel Pratt Davidson, Victoria Duma, Sophia Fiorillo, Landen Fitzgerald, Jessica Newsom, Matthew McCray, Eibhleann McElhinney, Marleigh Morse, Chase Ruggiero, Cassandra Ten Eyck, Kody Ten Eyck-Bauer, Benjamin Tompkins, Kalina Vokatis

GRADE 7
Hayden Bergen, Jason Bilili, John Budris, Sadie Denison, Mikenzie Gowie, Marek Jesionowski, Xavier Ottati, Kiernan Seburn, Hailee Whitney, Xander Yerdon

GRADE 8
Clark Anuszewski, Adrienne Carter, Casey Clarke, Sierra Denison, Carmen Imbo, Christopher Keefe, Melanie Kurtzner, Riya Randall, Hailey Wilson

GRADE 9
Alaina Aschmutat, Kira Bishop, Brian Brink Jr., Matthew Colabello, Raelynn Cullen, Grace DeNisio, Brandon Garney, Connor Johnson, Zachary Kenyon, Sydney Mariani, Jillian Neahr, Spencer Newsom, Gavin O’Neil, Molly Oravsky, Jeremiah Paro, Kaelin Pitman, Tyler Sowle, Zane St. Louis, Eric Zelezniak

GRADE 10
Brian Alden, Karley Barkley, Seth Colflesh, Kylee Decker, Shanley DeRidder, Avery Gilman, Dylan Moules, Dalton Sargent, Caden Sherman, Myels P Shippey, Samantha (Sam) Webb-Horvath

GRADE 11
Arianna Allen, Lexie Bessette, Trevor Carnevali, Noah Flint, Joseph Hahn, Antonio Hart, Benjamin Jordan, Sean Morse, Anthony Powers, Brendan Shader, Matthew Smith, Milan Venditti, Michael Zelezniak

GRADE 12
Skyler Armer, Russell Cook, Kenneth DeRidder, Kenneth Hay, Nicholas Keller, Courtney Koehler, Kimberly Martin, Michelle McCray, Sierra Morris, Jaquline Pilczuk, Hayli Raylinsky, Carson Scribner, Garrett Shippey, Jake Sicard


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