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Friday, 15 May 2015 10:23

Local Sports Briefs

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Saratoga High Seeks Nominees for 2015 HOF 

The Saratoga Springs school district is seeking nominations for the Blue Streak Athletic Hall of Fame: Class of 2015. The program honors former student-athletes and coaches as well as other individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the athletics program.

Nomination forms, which are due by June 15, are available at the high school athletic office.   Nominees can include former student-athletes who graduated from the high school at least five years ago and former coaches who retired from coaching at least three years ago. There is also a category for honorary members, who can include supporters of the athletic program. Examples include counselors, faculty managers, scorekeepers, media and administrators.  There is no specific timetable for nominees for the honorary category. Nominations will be kept on file and considered for induction for three consecutive years. 

A committee composed of current and former coaches, high school administrators, community members, and current and retired athletic directors will review the nominations and select the honorees.


17th Annual Franklin Open

On Saturday, June 6, Windy Hills in Greenwich will host the Franklin Open golf tournament. It is an 8 a.m. shotgun start with a 7:30 a.m. registration. Cost is $80 per golfer. Money raised will go toward maintaining the facility and providing effective services. Call 518-587-9826 for more information. You can register here: http://www.franklincommunitycenter.org/fundraising-events/franklin-open/


Freihofer’s Run for Women

To register for the 37th annual Freihofer’s Run for Women, 28th annual Kids’ Run, 27th annual Community Walk and 5th annual Freihofer’s Junior 3K, visit freihofersrun.com.  Online registration is available through midnight on May 26.  In-person registration will be held May 27, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and May 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Price Chopper Supermarkets’ Westgate Plaza store, as well as May 29 from noon to 7 p.m. at the CapitalCare/CDPHP Health & Fitness Expo at the Empire State Plaza Convention Hall.  There is no day-of-event registration.


Polo Association Tournament

On Friday, July 10, the Saratoga WarHorse Foundation will kick off the Saratoga Polo Association’s 2015 Tournament season with the Battle of Saratoga featuring an Army vs. Navy polo match on Whitney Field. Charles V. Wait, Honorary Chair for the Saratoga WarHorse Event, and Mayor Joanne D. Yepsen, co-chair, along with Saratoga Polo’s Jim Rossi and Mike Bucci, announced this one-of-a-kind match, as the City of Saratoga Springs celebrates its centennial.  



Festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the VIP tent, with the match following at 5:30 p.m.  This event features an Equestrian Exhibition. 

The Saratoga WarHorse program enables military veterans, struggling with the invisible signs of war such as PTSD, to team with retired thoroughbred racehorses to chart their future, and transition to their next career.
This past year, more than 200 veterans graduated from the WarHorse program. The goal for Saratoga WarHorse in 2015 is to double the number of military veterans served, and also increase the number of retired racehorses repurposed and trained for the program.
Saratoga Polo Association is also offering their ticket buyers the opportunity to donate to the Saratoga WarHorse Foundation when they buy tickets to the evening’s match.

Tickets can be purchased here: saratogapolo.com/tickets.

Call Saratoga WarHorse Foundation at 518-886-8131 to obtain complete details for all of the evenings’ events, in addition to the polo match.


Adirondack Sportsman’s Alliance Gives Back

On April 25, the Adirondack Sportsman’s Alliance hosted its 15th Annual Fundraising Banquet, where more than 300 people attended the festivities at Heritage Hall inside the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Five high school seniors were awarded scholarships at the event. Each candidate has to submit documentation from his or her high school substantiating scholastic ability along with writing an essay on the outdoors and what their plans are for the future.

The winners:

  • Dustin Franke, senior at South Glens Falls Central School District. Dustin will graduate in June and has been accepted at the University of Buffalo and Clarkson University, and will be enrolled in the Civil Engineering program with a focus on Environmental Engineering.
  • Matthew Hamel, senior at Christian Brothers Academy in Albany. After graduation, Matthew will attend St. John Fischer in Rochester, where he will focus his curriculum in business.
  • Aineen Callahan, senior at Warransburg High School. Aineen will attend Regis College in Weston, Mass., in the fall, pursuing a career in nursing.
  • Corey Smith, senior at South Glens Falls Central School District. Corey aspires to be working in the outdoors and hopes to become a conservation officer one day.
  • Curtis Clark, senior at Argyle Central School District and also attends Southern Adirondack Educational Center focusing on heavy equipment. Curtis will be enrolled at Lincoln Technical Institute in Connecticut in the fall.

The Adirondack Sportsman’s Alliance takes great pride in giving back to the community. In addition to the scholarships, the ASA has given disabled hunters the opportunity to get back into the woods with free guided hunts, contributed food and non-perishable items to local food pantries and has provided youth hunting, target training and fishing programs on its land.  


The Murph Challenge 

On Monday, May 25, at Crossfit Soulshine starting at 11 a.m. is the Murph Challenge. Everyone is welcome to participate in this event. Friends and family are welcome to join, as well. Plan on staying out after to celebrate with a Memorial Day barbeque. Sign up for a dish to share, and for any other information: themurphchallenge.com. 

The Murph is a mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 air squats bookended by another mile run. 

A scaled version of the event features a half-mile run, 50 pull-ups, 100 pull-ups, 150 air squats and another half-mile run.

You can also join as a team, but you need to let organizers know in advance.


BIKEATOGA Announces Spring Kids Bike Giveaway

Bikeatoga will be holding a Spring Kids Bike Giveaway on Saturday May 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 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 518-306-6931 and leave a voicemail or e-mail Ginny at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . You will receive a return call with an appointment for May 16, and directions to the Bikeatoga Workshop. The Spring Kids Bike Giveaway is by appointment only, and a parent or guardian must be present. Cornell Cooperative Extension will provide helmets.

Bikeatoga is prepared to give away approximately 60 bikes to needy children through age 17. Selection of some bike sizes is limited. We cannot guarantee we will have the size requested


Sandlot Baseball

The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department has announced a new program – Sandlot Baseball - for summer, 2015. This program is being co-sponsored with Saratoga Babe Ruth. It is open to children ages 14 to 16. This program will run July 13 to Aug 7,  on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the East and West Side Recreation Field. This program is for those looking to play baseball after their spring season. Water, cleats and baseball glove are required. Registration is $50 for Saratoga Springs city residents, $50 for Saratoga Springs school district residents and $70 for non-city residents. Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. or Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., or visit us at SaratogaRec.com. Questions, 587-3550 ext. 2300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


Summer 2015 Programs and Clinics.

The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department is offering an extensive and varied list of programs and clinics for this summer. Choose from boys and girls basketball, volleyball, baseball, field hockey, tennis, boys and girls lacrosse, soccer, cheerleading, skate park, softball, track, running, sandlot baseball, flag football and ice skating lessons. For detailed information and to download forms visit us at saratogarec.com. Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Questions, 587-3550 ext. 2300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Flag Football Program

The Saratoga Springs Recreation Department has announced a flag football program. This program is being co-sponsored with Saratoga Pop Warner. It is open to children ages 5 to 10. This program will run July 8 to Aug 2, on Wednesdays and Sundays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the East Side Recreation Field. Water and sneakers/cleats are required. Registration fee is $50 for Saratoga Springs city residents, $50 for Saratoga Springs school district residents and $70 for non-city residents. Sign up at the Saratoga Springs Recreation Center at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. or Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. or visit us at SaratogaRec.com. Questions, 587-3550 ext. 2300 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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