SARATOGA SPRINGS — Devin Crowe, a 17-year-old senior at Saratoga Springs High School has been wrestling since the fifth grade.
“I got involved because my cousins were wrestling, and I just decided that I wanted to do it. A lot of the kids in the program made me decide to stick with it. Brant Robinson was wrestling at the same time and so we all just started together on modified and then we just kept going,” Crowe explained.
Crowe is a co-captain this year with Brant Robinson and Doug Cooper.
“I like being captain. I like showing the younger guys what is expected of you, how to carry yourself in school, and also how to help the team out when you need it. Maybe when you’re not necessarily supposed to win a match, you’ll still go out there and you’ll fight the entire match. Just don’t have a quitting attitude no matter what the situation is,” Crowe stated.
Crowe was also a captain on the football field where he plays right tackle and defensive end.
“Wrestling definitely helps me with a lot of balance and footwork and stuff like that. During the off season we’re lifting for football so that helps me get a lot stronger. The only thing it doesn’t help you with is getting bigger,” he laughed.
“You’re trying to be bigger for football and smaller for wrestling,” he explained.
Crowe manages it all by only focusing on one sport at a time. He isn’t mid-football and thinking about what weight he needs to be to wrestle.
“You just take it one sport at a time and go with it,” Crowe said. Crowe manages his wrestling weight, 182, by not eating constantly and not snacking as often. His favorite go-to snack when he can pig out is ice cream. So far this season, he is 8-2.
“Obviously with football, it doesn’t matter how you’re feeling for that individual day. You’ve got to get the whole team on the same page but when it comes to wrestling, you’ve got to get everyone just to have a goal. You have to have a goal in mind for every match and then if you can get everyone to think of that and put their best foot forward, that’s all you can ask them to do. Obviously, you want to win as a team, but you can’t always dictate what the other guys do,” Crowe said, stating the difference between football and wrestling season.
Crowe loves both sports but does have a preference for football, simply because, “you can eat as much as you want all the time,” he laughed.
He is considering playing football in college and is thinking of studying mechanical engineering. His “senioritis” hasn’t hit him yet, he’s averaging a 93 for the school year so far. His biggest support system is his parents, Mike and Cindy, and his grandpa, Dave Gougler.
To catch Crowe in action, check out Sports at a Glance game schedules on page 42.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Parenting and educating our students is one of life’s most important and demanding pursuits. The Saratoga Springs City School District continues its community-focused mission of supporting our families and community members through Parent University, a series of free, informative programs. Parent University recognizes that behind each successful student are supportive families, teachers, school staff and community members who actively participate in a student’s education. No matter what role you play in our school community. Programs are generally designed with parenting adults in mind, but teens may also benefit from attending certain sessions.
Tuesday, January 15: “More than Sad” presented by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This program will be held in the Maple Avenue Middle School Large Group Instruction room (on the second floor) at 6:30 p.m. “More Than Sad” teaches parents and staff how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation about mental health with their child, and get help. This is a free program based on funds raised by the Capital Region Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Students are invited to attend this program with their parents/guardians.
Tuesday, January 22: (Snow date of January 23) Screenagers film showing. This program will be held in the Maple Avenue Middle School Large Group Instruction Room at 6:30 p.m. Screenagers probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. In addition, Skidmore College Assistant Professor Aarathi Prasad, Ph.D will share insight and answer questions about data management and privacy practices when using Internet-connected devices. Students are invited to attend this program with their parents/guardians.
Tuesday, February 5: “The New Discipline Plan: How to Gain Control of Your Home” presented by Dr. Cale. This program will be held at Caroline Street Elementary School at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, February 7: “Mind Your Stress” presented by Laurie Newcomer. Details TBD.
Wednesday, February 13: “Escalation: Understanding Signs of Relationship Abuse” presented by Wellspring. Follow a young couple through the very sweet beginnings of their relationship and observe how unhealthy behaviors can escalate into abuse. After watching the short film Escalation, dive into a discussion guided by a trained facilitator about the early warning signs of relationship abuse and what resources are available in your community. This program will be held at the Saratoga Springs High School Library at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13: “Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities” presented by Charmaine M. Handler, Community Employment Specialist. This program will be held at the Saratoga Springs High School Library at 6:30 p.m. Learn about ACCES-VR services and other resources to help you plan a seamless transition from high school to post-secondary success! Students are invited to attend this program with their parents.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Kris West, varsity wrestling coach at Saratoga Spring High School, is starting his tenth season out strong. A former Blue Streak wrestler and 1994 grad himself, West is no novice to the Saratoga Springs wrestling history.
"I’ve got five guys who placed in the top four of sectionals who are returning for this year. We have Eric Griskowitz, a Section II runner up; Griffin Viviano, who was third in Section II last year; Devin Crowe was fourth in Section II; Brant Roinson, third in Section II; and Doug Cooper was fourth in Section II,” West said.
The varsity team this year is all ninth through twelfth grade, but team star Eric Griskowitz has been wrestling on varsity since the seventh grade.
"Eric’s been on our varsity team since the seventh grade, so he obviously has been around, he's a junior now. He's placed at sectionals three times, he's been in the finals twice. All those other guys I mentioned, they placed in sectionals for the first-time last year,” he said.
West believes that overall, the team is in good shape for the second half of the season.
"We always try and have them peak at the end of the season. Everything that we do now is just really working towards the end of the year and trying to get guys to place as high as they can in the sectionals tournament,” he explained.
To catch a match, check out the Sports at a Glance page for dates and times.
Saratoga Springs PBA Holiday Hockey Classic
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Saturday night the Saratoga Springs Police PBA and the Saratoga Springs Firefighters IAFF Local 343 took to the ice for this year's Holiday Hockey Classic. This year the teams collected new and unwrapped toys at admission that will go directly to the Franklin Community Center in Saratoga Springs. Prior to the game even starting, a large capacity crowd slowly filled the Weibel Ice Rink in Saratoga Springs with some reporting wait times of almost 30 minutes to get into the rink.
On the ice SSPD started the scoring quick with a late goal by SSFD heading into the first intermission with a 3-1 lead for the Finest. That would be the closet the game would be as SSPD skated to a 11-2 victory tying the series record at 1-1 against SSFD. The biggest news of the evening came off the ice with the donations of the toys. With a crowd that was close to capacity for the ice rink, hundreds of toys were donated throughout the evening. After the game was over with and the spectators left, what was left behind washundredsoftoysthatwillallgo to children within Saratoga Springs to give them a Christmas that every childdeserves.
Members of the Saratoga Springs Fire Department and Saratoga Springs Police Department will be delivering the toys collected to the Franklin Community Center on Thursday, December 6 at noon. The Franklin Community Center is located at 10 Franklin Street in Saratoga Springs.
Saratoga Gymnastics Seeking 18th Consecutive Section II Crown
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Springs High School gymnastics team opens their season on December 8 by traveling to Shaker High School for the annual Shaker Invitational. Saratoga is once again the team to beat in Section II gymnastics this season with a mix of veteran senior leadership as well as a strong contingent of underclassman. Saratoga is led by senior captains Laura Eberlein and Kate DellaRatta both of whom were state qualifiers last season in the vault and the uneven bars.
Sophomores Ava Dallas and Sophia Damiano return for Saratoga as well. Dallas was the Section II all- around champion last season and placed 13th in the all-around at the NYSPHSAA gymnastics meet. Damiano was the Section II all- around runner-up and placed 17th in the all-around at the state meet. Contributions are also expected from seniors Molly Russell and Emily Ward, sophomore Megan Wishart, freshman Sophia Sperling and 8th grader Olivia Allen.
Head Coach Deb Smarro, who is in her 13th year leading Saratoga gymnastics, and assistant coach Tiffany Hogben are excited to get the season underway as Saratoga is seeking their 18th consecutive Section II title. “The girls are working hard and are anxious to get the season started,” commented Coach Smarro. The team meet schedule is attached.
Saratoga Regional YMCA/Saratoga Honda Youth Basketball League
ROTARY JR. DIVISION
Cudney’s Launderers 50 v. Village Photo 20
In the first game of the new season Cudney’s Launderers got off to a big early lead and coasted to a 50 to 20 victory over Village Photo. Cudney’s was led by Alex Cutlers 20 points while teammates Tom Maurer 13 points, Sam Chaucer 7 points, Matt Heggen 6 points and Antonio Calderon 4 points. Village Photo got 4 points apiece from Ian O’Rourke, Kemari Jackson, Finn Kelly, Carter Wood and 2 points apiece from Wyatt Wood and Liam Collins.
Saratoga PBA 46 v. Pashley Contracting 41
In a game that was hotly contested from start to finish, the PBA team came back from a halftime deficit to take a 46 to 41 win over Pashley Contracting, led by 24 points by Trey Stanislowsky and 11 points from Ben Van Valkenburg, Riley Waterhouse with 5 points along with 2 points each from Emmett Barnes and Jared Arpey. Pashley Contracting got 10 points from Nick Scalo, 9 points from Connor Johnson, Stephon Lindsey had 6 points, Yankiel Bracero 5 points, 4 points for Davion St. John and 2 points apiece from Sam Bernd and Taamir Koslik.
LION’S CLUB SR. DIVISION
Barrelhouse 43 v. Raloid Tools 33
The Barrelhouse got scoring from everyone on the team and turned that into a 10 point win over Raloid Tools 43 to 33. Noah Rourke had a game high 19 points while teammates Aiden Cook and Ryan Boyle contributed 6 points apiece, Charlie Didonato 4 points, Logan Richter 3 points, Robert Orr and Joe Reynolds 2 points each and 1 point from Sean Lee. Raloid Tool’s Shane Richardson 12 points, Ian Fisk 9 points, Seth Mattice 5 points, 3 points from Paul Steves and 2 points from Isiah Barnes.
Synergy Promotions 48 – Saratoga Honda 39
Synergy Promotions got off to a 10 to 0 start and fought off a furious 2nd half comeback from Saratoga Honda to get a 46 to 39 win. Synergy’s Pat Deschaine led all scorers on his team with 12 points while teammates Thomas Kelly and Elijah Woods dropped in 8 points apiece along with Tim Krier’s 7 points, 6 points from Josh Kelly and Anthony Kelly who scored 4 points. Tommy Leary had a game high 13 points and Lucas Welch added 6 points in the loss.
Jay's Bar & Grill Tuesday Night Memorial Open 8 Ball Tournament
WEEK #12 - DECEMBER 4
1st - Marc Roggen
2nd - Steve Rhodes
3rd - Michael Miller DFL - Jim Brooks
Mark Sharadin - 33
Jim Brooks - 31
Marc Roggen - 28
Sue Brooks - 19
Cheryl Sharadin - 12
Michael Miller had a Break and Run against Joe Bartczak.
Jr. NBA Scores
TOWN OF WILTON RECREATION SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2018
Bulls vs. Cavs
Bulls-20: Ryder Skillings-11, Malcolm Oliver-Goodwin-6
Cavs-18: Connor Corrigan-10, Sean Finnegan-4
Warriors vs. Celtics
Warriors-13: Mathew Gorman-7, James Whitman-4
Celtics-9: Cole Burgess-2, Tommy Driver-2
Thunder vs. Lakers
Thunder-28: Brady Girard-18, Anthony Best-6
Lakers-11: Chris Seeley-7, Brendan McMillan-2
Clippers vs. Knicks
Clippers-21: Sean Britton-7, Gannon Britton-6
Knicks-18: John Lizzi-10, Chris Sheft-6
Spurs vs. Celtics
Spurs-36: Hayden Warren-12, Noah Diulio-8
Celtics- 12: Jasyn Thompson-8, Samuel Corp-2
Warriors vs. Mavs
Warriors-34: Aiden Faulkner-14, Jacob Hernandez-6
Mavs-19: Landon Lockrow-12, Ben Simonette-3
Knicks vs. Lakers
Knicks-18: Anderson Baird-6, Merrick Shea-4
Lakers-17: Logan Phelps-7, Mia Khazin-6
Cavs vs. Heat
Cavs-31: Braydin Stone-13, Luke Manuel-6
Heat-18: Ethan Ford-6, Elliot Moglia-6
Thunder vs. Bulls
Thunder-28: Jackson Dunbar-10, Max Sawicz-8
Bulls-12: Sammy Bagen-5, Peyton Keegan-3
Heat vs. Celtics
Heat-30: Braden Crowley-8, Nick Scalo-8
Celtics-10: Henry Hanrahan-7, Tyler McCarthy-3
Thunder vs. Nets
Thunder-23: Tyler Weygand-15, Camden Rhude-4
Nets-18: Charlie Yezzi-5, Gianni Delgado-5
Spurs vs. Clippers
Spurs-19: Charlie Cota-6, Brayden Elliot-5
Warriors-9: Arianna Avila-4, Ian O’Rourke-3
Spurs vs. Celtics
Spurs-40: Tanner Wilson-10, Shifan Shaffe-7
Pacers-22: Andrew Blaha-6, Alex Cutler-6
Thunder vs. Warriors
Thunder-31: Evan Barthelmas-9, Myles Hogan-9
Warriors-28: Julian Silva-Forbes-15, Lucas Ferro-5
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Bikeatoga will be holding its annual Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway on Saturday December 8 at the Bikeatoga workshop in Saratoga Springs. Over the past several months Bikeatoga has collected and refurbished used kids bikes specifically for this event.
Parents or guardians of children who are in need of a free bicycle must call the Bikeatoga phone line at 518-290-0065 and leave a voicemail. You will receive a return call with an appointment for Saturday December 8th, and directions to the Bikeatoga Workshop. The Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway is by appointment only, and a parent or guardian must be present. Bikeatoga is prepared to give away approximately 60 bikes to any child through age 17.
Bikeatoga is dedicated to pushing for a better future by making functional cycling more convenient, accessible, and safer in and around Saratoga Springs. Our volunteer members work to emphasize the environmental, economic, and health-related benefits of everyday cycling. By working together, we believe that we can create a healthier, more vibrant, and more sustainable community.
SOUTH GLENS FALLS — Jamie Metivier, Tanglewood Elementary School reading teacher, has been collecting clothing, household items, and other supplies for several years for families in the Tanglewood district for her Kindness Closet. The Kindness Closet is a small closet within their cafeteria. Now, she has won a $100,000 grant through Farmers Insurance Dream Big Competition. This grant is nationwide and any teacher, public or private, was able to apply. In August, they chose 15 finalists from hundreds of applicants. Last week, Metivier was informed she was one of the five winners chosen.
“Last May, I was watching Jeopardy with my daughter, she makes me watch it with her to prove that she's smarter than me, and she usually wins,” Metivier laughed, explaining how she learned of the grants’ existence.
“A commercial came on for this grant, which I had never heard of, and I immediately thought of our Kindness Closet. At that point, everything that I was doing for it was coming out of my pocket. I had a couple of small donations from local businesses, but the majority of it was just stuff that I was buying for families. So, I went in the next day and asked my principal if he thought that was something I could do,” she explained.
After getting the go-ahead, she spent that weekend applying for the grant and getting the necessary signatures.
"So, what we'll do now is get a free-standing building, probably like one of those sheds, and put that on the school property. Then we will fill it with household items for families and they will be able to come. We'll probably be open two Saturdays a month, that's all still to be determined, but that's our thought. So, Saturday morning we'll open for a few hours and any families in the school district can come in, no questions asked, and get any items they may need,” she said, explaining how the grant money will go to use.
In the South Glens Falls school district, the poverty rates are based on those that apply and receive free and reduced lunch. That is 36 percent of their population.
"That's a third of our school and that's only those that apply. There is definitely need beyond that,” Metivier explained.
Up until now, Metivier has been doing this as a “one-man show.” She is, however, excited to create a committee of community members to bring insight and ideas to the table.
“There have been so many families that have said they're happy to help. The biggest issue is going to be the privacy for families that are coming. So, it will probably end up staying with the staff of the district but that is all to be determined,” she stated.
A lot of local businesses and community members have expressed an interest in helping.
"It's amazing. We've had tremendous support through community members, businesses that have been so supportive of this. $100,000 will go a long way. We have to get the building and there is a lot of logistical stuff there that money will go to but even if we have $70,000 left, that's a lot of items that we'll be able to buy. Our biggest obstacle will be the sustainability piece, that is where we're going to have to reach out to community members to be able to sustain it. BJ's Wholesale was tremendous last year, they had done a lot for the closet that we have now, and I know that they're willing to work with us to stock this as well,” Metivier said, praising the South Glens Falls community.
Her goal is to be open by the summer.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ty Stacey is enjoying his first year as head coach for the Spa Catholic girls’ basketball teams. It’s a drastic difference from his day job as a probation officer. Stacey is taking over for Damian Fantauzzi, who coached the team last year. Stacey said Fantauzzi left to spend more time with his grandchildren and he coaches cross-country and track in the spring. Stacey’s coaching experience varies: he was head coach at SUNY Adirondack for the men’s team for years.
“I’ve been coaching my son in various AAU teams and baseball and basketball ever since. The girls that I have this year are extremely committed to learning and developing their skills as basketball players but also their athleticism. I have some girls that play five sports throughout the year. So, they aren’t only benefitting as a basketball player but they’re benefiting as a complete athlete,” Stacey explained.
Stacey played basketball as a student at Saratoga Springs High school; he also played at SUNY Adirondack and St. Joseph’s in Rutland, Vermont. Stacey is a probation officer for Saratoga County and finds a correlation between his coaching and day job.
“The way I look at it is, we’re all the same. It’s just the same lessons in a different arena. We all make mistakes, it’s our responsibility to learn from them and change our future and develop new skills and be responsible,” Stacey said.
Stacey gets help on the court from Alphonse Lambert, the schools’ athletic director and bowling and baseball coach, and Fantauzzi, who still stops by and takes notes. John Catone, the boys’ basketball coach, also stops by practice from time to time and vice versa for Stacey.
“We’ll watch each other’s practices a little bit and get different ideas, different approaches, but it’s not like we’re in direct collaboration. I will work with coach Lambert and Damian Fantauzzi, who has already come and watched one of the games. They’ll send me emails with their observations and their thoughts, which is tremendously helpful because one person can’t be everything,” Stacey explained.
The team consists of 11 players, only one of which is a senior.
“We’re very young, we are striving to get better as the season goes. We’ve already shown improvement from last year to this year. Since we’ve lost our top scorer from last year, we’re trying to figure out where our scoring is going to come from. That’s going to be the goal here, to see who’s going to provide it, and that could change each night. The future is promising. This year I think we’re going to surprise some people and I can guarantee that the girls are going to compete every night. They are a good group of kids,” he said, complimenting his team.
Before every game, Stacey likes to inspire them in a simple way: by reminding them to put in the work.
“I just remind them that they need to do their job and everybody else knows what job they’ve got to do, and it’ll all come together. The girls are pretty self-motivating, makes my job easy that way and it just reinforces the learning process every game. Learn as you go, learn as you play, and that’s how you benefit,” Stacey said.
To catch a Saratoga Central Catholic basketball game, check out the Sports at a Glance page.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Junior bowler Micaela Barbolt is happy to be at Saratoga Central Catholic for her second year in a row. She feels that she excels better there, academically and athletically.
“Academically, my grades have improved at Spa Catholic. I’ve been more focused and into school than I was at Saratoga. It’s more of a family and community here. You get to know the teachers better and they help you a lot more. Socially, I used to be very shy but now I’m very outgoing. I’ve made a lot of good friends through Spa Catholic,” Barbolt explained.
She began bowling around age 12 after starting in a league. As her skills improved, she wanted to progress. She played in Juniors Gold in Indianapolis last year through the Capital District Youth Scholarship Tour (CDYST) and has done other leagues outside of school. She is the only bowler in her family and does not play any other sports. Her best game was a 290 last year.
“It was the highest scoring and the best I’ve scored technique wise. I was really focused and had started learning how to bowl better and I just got really into it then,” Barbolt said.
It’s her competitive nature though, that keeps her going and she strives to do better every time.
“[Coach Lambert] is a really good coach. He’s taught me a lot about bowling - and myself. He’s taught me how to improve and keep focused. He really motivates everyone and helps me strive to be the best,” she said. “Bowling is a big mind game though, so, if you’re doing bad you tend to do worse because you keep thinking about it,” she explained.
She intends to bowl in college and may investigate professional bowling as a path if college bowling goes well.
“The team is really good, they’re all fun to be around and they all like bowling as much as I do if not more,” Barbolt complimented.
To find out when the Spa Catholic team bowls, visit our Sports at a Glance page.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Youth2 - Youth Helping Youth - will hold the 3.5 hour Trailblazing Volunteer Training, a program designed and implemented by youth on Saturday, December 15 2018 from 9:30 a.m. through 1 p.m. at the Spring Street Gallery, 110 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs. This is a free training program for students ages 11-22. This training will help you to think about something that you want to do to improve your local community or the world and how to realize your vision. The course will highlight the value of volunteering and why people take part in social action. Your creativity will be stirred to think of projects that help to solve social problems. You will explore ways to make volunteer work meaningful to you and match your interests. The training will provide a forum of community service ideas and ways to make this world a better place; most schools have offered four community service credits for 3.5 training hours. Room capacity is limited, and registration is required.
TORONTO, ONTARIO — Nicole Stout (21) from the Jason Morris Judo Center in Glenville turned in a strong performance over the weekend to take a Silver medal in 78kg at the Ontario Open which was held at the Toronto Pan Am Center on November 11. Ari and Kell Berliner also were in very good form as they both picked up bronze medals in their weight classes. Ari (20) won his bronze at 66kg losing only in an overtime semifinal thriller to the eventual champion. Kell (24) won his bronze in 81kg beating JMJC teammate, Solomon Choran (19) in an epic medal match that went 6 minutes into overtime. Nate Torres (19) had a strong showing going 3-2 to place seventh at 81kg. The day before, Max Alaynick (18) placed seventh in the 81kg under21 division to close out the JMJC participation at the 2018 Ontario Open.
NEXT UP: The Jason Morris Judo Center will be hosting its 27th in-house competition, Saturday, November 24, 2018 where the JMJC belt promotions will also occur.
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