Lori Mahan

Lori Mahan

Friday, 06 December 2019 09:48

Neighbors: Jack Burger

Q. What is it that you do at Schuylerville High School?   
A. I was a football coach at Troy for 30 years and I have been here part-time for the last five years. I teach a couple of business classes in the morning and I coach football.

Q. How was your season this year? 
A. It was a great year! We ended up 11-2 and we lost in the state finals which is about as good as it gets with the exception of winning it. We were state runner-ups!

Q. What made you decide to come back and coach after you were retired? 
A. When I retired from teaching, a buddy of mine owned a sports marketing business and I traveled around with him for a year and a half. Then he sold his business and I knew John Bowen, the head coach at Schuylerville, for many many years. John asked me if I was interested in coming on board and coaching. I told him I was, but I didn’t really want to be an outsider to the boys. I said if there was something down here that I could do part-time I would be really excited about it. Doctor Sherman, the superintendent, had called and said that they needed somebody for the business learning lab and somebody to teach business learning classes so that’s how I fell into it.

Q. Do you live in Schuylerville? 
A. I actually live in Saratoga.

Q. How long have you lived there? 
A. My wife and I moved up there eight years ago. We raised our kids down in Ballston Lake and they went to Shenendehowa, so we’ve been in the Saratoga County area for over 35 years.      

Q. How many children do you have? 
A. I have two grown children and two little granddaughters.

Q. What are your holiday plans? 
A. We’re going to try and spend a ton of time with family and friends.

Q. What is your favorite holiday movie?
A. Wow, Home Alone. When my kids were younger, they loved it. I think I’ve probably seen it a
million times.

Thursday, 05 December 2019 14:11

On & Off the Field Luzadis Leads the Way

SCHUYLERVILLE — Charles Luzadis, an 18-year-old senior at Schuylerville High School, just had the football season of a lifetime: the Black Horses made it to the state finals. 

Luzadis, a safety and wide receiver, has been playing football and baseball his whole life. He is an outfielder on the diamond.

“I used to prefer baseball but after the past couple of years it’s really been pretty much a tie between the two for my favorite sport. The past couple of years with football, the teammates and coaching staff have just been a lot of fun to be around and that really boosted football for me. I’ve really enjoyed playing with all my friends and the coaches,” Luzadis said.

Coach Jack Burger referred to Luzadis as the “coach on the field.”

“The younger guys saw how unselfish Charles was and that was a big part of our success. He was a big part of the adversity we overcame,” Burger explained.

That adversity was two of the best players being injured and Luzadis stepping into their positions, even though they weren’t his practiced skillset.

As a team, the guys participated in traditions together, such as Lollipop Thursday, which is where a team member reads a motivational quote from a book the day before the game and then everyone gets a lollipop. Each year a book gets passed down and whoever is chosen to read picks out a passage from the book. 

“Then we all have lollipops,” Luzadis laughed, explaining the time-honored tradition.

Luzadis is also 6th in his class ranking and is the President of his high school’s National Honor Society, the President of Varsity Club, and a member of the Spanish Club. Through those activities, he participates in various community service projects and does a lot of fundraising for non-profit organizations. 

“Education is definitely something I value very much in my life.  I take a bunch of AP classes with challenging coursework. Something that I know is really going to help me in life, the more I work at it,” he explained.

He has not yet decided what college he will be attending as he is still waiting to hear back from some that he applied to. He has, however, spoken to a few coaches about possibly playing football on a collegiate level.

In his free time, this busy senior enjoys spending time with his friends and works part-time at King Brother’s Dairy ice cream stand.

Still, one of his favorite things about football this season was playing on the field with his younger brother Anthony, who is a freshman and on the JV team, who suited up for the varsity games.

“Playing on the field with him was pretty special because we haven’t been able to play a lot with each other during the course of our childhood except when we were really little because of the age difference. This year, to have it be my senior year, and to have him be there and play with him has been really fun,” he explained.

How can a busy senior do all of that and still enjoy his social life?

“My desire to win. I just love winning. It makes everything fun. Also, my family, they have been very supportive of me throughout my entire life and so I really want to do well for them,” Luzadis stated.

Thursday, 03 January 2019 14:30

Local All-Star Moments 1.4.19

Blue Streaks Hockey Alumni Game
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga High School hockey alumni celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1998-1999 State Championship, with a hockey game on Saturday, December 29 at the Weibel Ice Rink.  The Alumni game started at 1 p.m. and precede the Varsity game against Pelham at 2 p.m.  The Alumni game featured players from both Saratoga HS Championship teams (1999 and 2013), and the teams were coached by the State Championship coaches, Bob Santamoor, Dave Torres and Tim Grande. The Saratoga Blue Streaks played the Pelham Memorial High School Pelicans in a game at 2 p.m. on December 29 at the Weibel Ice Rink.  After three periods of play, the games were scoreless. The Blue Streaks then went on to win 1-0 in overtime, outshooting the Pelicans 41-10.

 

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

WEEK #14 - DECEMBER 18
1st - Van Herbert
2nd - Steve Rhodes
3rd - Dave Zembrowski
DFL - Cheryl Sharadin
POINTS STANDINGS:
Mark Sharadin – 35
Jim Brooks – 33
Marc Roggen – 30
Sue Brooks – 19
Cheryl Sharadin – 13

WEEK #15 - JANUARY 1
1st - Steve Rhodes
2nd - Mark Sharadin
3rd - Marc Roggen
DFL - Van Herbert
POINTS STANDINGS:
Mark Sharadin – 38
Jim Brooks – 34
Marc Roggen – 32
Sue Brooks – 20
Cheryl Sharadin – 14
Steve Rhodes – 14

 

New Fitness Classes at School of the Arts
Mary Anne Fantauzzi, owner of Total Body Trifecta, will teach two new fitness classes at the School of the Arts at the National Museum of Dance, 99 South Broadway, Saratoga Springs:
SOLE SYNTHESIS
Tuesdays 12:15-1 p.m. from January 8-February 26. A barefooted standing fusion of fitness and yoga. All levels welcome. 8 sessions for $68.

BEGINNER BARRE AND BALANCE
Wednesdays 2-3 p.m. from January 9-February 27. A combination of gentle ballet and body sculpting. 8 sessions for $68. Both classes develop core stabilization, muscular endurance, balance and fluidity. Registration and information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Saratoga Gymnastics Bests Guilderland
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga gymnastics won their third dual meet of the season (3-0) by defeating Guilderland 173.05 – 157.50 on Friday night at the Wilton YMCA.  Saratoga secured 8 out of the top10 all-around scores led by Ava Dallas (1st all-around; 36.15) followed by Laura Eberlein (2nd all-around; 34.90), Sophia Damiano (3rd all-around; 34.40), Molly Russell (6th allaround; 33.30), Olivia Allen (7th all-around; 32.60), Meghan Wishart (8th all-around; 32.20), Kate DellaRatta (9th all-around; 32.10) and Olivia Allen (10th allaround; 31.70).  Guilderland’s top all-around performers were Rachel Drislane (4th all-around; 34.15) and Allison Rem (5th all-around; 33.40).  Saratoga gymnasts captured the top spot in each of the four individual events with Ava Dallas winning the beam (9.55) and the bars (8.80), Laura Eberlein winning the floor exercise (9.30), and Kate DellaRatta winning the vault (8.75). 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.).

 

Spa Catholic Girls Basketball
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Catholic lost a very physical battle at Whitehall on Friday, December 21, 34 to 24.  Whitehall made 5 or 7 free throws in the last minute to secure the victory. Lauren Maher led the offense with 8 points and Ryleigh O’Connell had 9 rebounds. Saratoga Catholic was cold from the line in the first quarter going 0-6 and falling behind by 11. They cut it to 4 in the 3rd quarter but could Corinth put up 7 unanswered points to close out the quarter.  Grace O’Reilly played a great all around game with 6 points and 6 rebounds.
Corinth:
Alex Carney:  2 0 0 4
Miran Dadockum:  3 0 0 6
Anika Parnell:  2 0 1 5
Maddie Delisle:  2 2 0 10
Caitlin Person:  2 0 0 4
Allison McFarlane:  1 1 0  5
Alexa Abbatantouno:  2 0 2 6

Totals:  14 3 3 40
Quarter scores:  13 9 8 10 
Saratoga Catholic:
Ashely Upson:  0 0 2 2
Katie Cronin:  0 0 1 1
Ria Walsh:  0 0 1 1
Grace O’Reilly:  2 0 2 6
Faith McKenna:  0 0 0 0
Lauren Maher:  3 0 0 6
Anne McKenna:  0 0 0 0
Molly O’Reilly:  2 0 2 6
Totals: 8 0 8 24
Quarter scores: 2 10 6 6

Thursday, 03 January 2019 14:27

Saratoga Springs Frozen Classic

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Winterfest, an annual event in Saratoga Springs brings the spirit of winter to Spa City for a full week of events and entertainment. Each year draws big crowds, for everything from the beer samplings to the pond hockey tournament. Saratoga Frozen Springs Classic Pond Hockey Tournament kicks off on Friday, February 8 and concludes on Sunday, February 10 in Saratoga Spa State Park. Hockey games will take place on all three days. Games are played four-on-four, round robin style. They shall be 40 minutes long consisting of two 20-minute halves with a 2-minute break between halves. Team entry fee is $400. Single registrants ($100pp) will be placed on a Free Agent List.
Payment of the entry fee is required by February 4, 2018. Teams/Free Agents will not be officially accepted into the tournament until full payment of the entry fee is received. If payment is not received by the due date, the team will forfeit its position and an alternate team will be selected. Teams who do not show up for the tournament, forfeit, or are otherwise disqualified, will not be refunded any portion of the entry fee. In the event of bad weather, no games will be rescheduled. Tournament officials reserve the right to determine schedule and competitive divisions based upon age, player ability, experience, or other factors.

Winterfest continues with the Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park on Saturday February 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Camp Saratoga, 80 Scout Road Gansevoort, NY. Admission is free with $5 snowshoe rentals. Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park will be hosting a day of fun activities to celebrate getting outdoors in winter. The events will all take place at Camp Saratoga on Scout Road in Wilton. The day kicks off with an 8k Snowshoe race. There will be a bonfire at the Fire Circle by the Winter Lodge where participants can warm up by the bonfire with hot cocoa and s’mores. Snowshoes and Cross-Country Skis will be available for rental from the Information Cabin in Parking Lot #1.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kindergarten registration will be conducted in the Registrar’s office at the Saratoga Springs City School District for age eligible children entering school in Sept. 2019.  Children must be five years of age on or before Dec. 1, 2019 to be eligible for kindergarten in Sept. 2019. To begin the process, please visit the Saratoga Springs City School District’s web page at www.saratogaschools.org and under Quick Links, click on student registration to view requirements and complete the online registration forms. Once the online registration has been completed and submitted, the information will be sent to the Registrar’s e-mail.  The forms will then be reviewed and you will be contacted by the Registrar’s Office to schedule an appointment.  Parents/guardians must bring an original or certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, health/ immunization records, proof of residence, photo ID of both parents and custody papers, if applicable, to their registration appointment. To better ensure that your child will be screened at the school they are zoned for, registration target dates are indicated below.  If possible, please submit your online registration during your corresponding timeframe. Please note that the Target Window Timeline indicates when you will be called to schedule your appointment. Additional questions may be directed to the Registrar’s office at 518-583-4789.

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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)


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