Lori Mahan

Lori Mahan

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – This year, the Blue Streaks Hall of Fame has inducted seven new members. The Class of 2017 includes five athletes and two coaches, all of which have made great strides for the Blue Streaks in the past.

The Blue Streaks Hall of Fame was “established to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding athletes, coaches, administrators, and supporters,” said the official statement.

A committee composed of current and former coaches; high school administrators, community members and current and retired athletic directors review the nominations and select the nominees. A trophy case in the lobby of the blue gym holds plaques in honor of the Hall of Fame members.

This year the inductees were:

Jen Dryer (Pennell)
Dryer graduated in 1994 and participated in soccer, basketball, softball, and lacrosse. She played varsity soccer and varsity basketball as an eighth grader; she was named Suburban Council First Team All-Star multiple times for soccer, basketball, and lacrosse; she was part of Section II Division 1 Championship Lacrosse Team in 1991 and 1992;  named First Team Saratoga Dream Team for basketball; finished basketball career with 1523 points, 325 assists, 348 steals, and 228 rebounds.

In college, Dryer attended West Virginia Wesleyan College from 1994-1998 on a full scholarship for Division 2 basketball program where she started as a point guard for all four years and her overall career included 775 points, 460 assists, 206 steals, and 297 rebounds.

“She may be the best ever all-around athlete to go through Saratoga Springs,” said Coach Rich Johns, Saratoga Springs tennis coach for 38 years.

Robert Guglielmo
Guglielmo was a longtime assistant coach from 1971 – 2011 and coached many different sports in the district, such as; freshmen football in 1971, varsity football from 1972-2010, JV wrestling from 1971-1974, varsity lacrosse from 1988-1993, JV lacrosse from 1994-2003 and in 2005, modified lacrosse from 2009-2011. During his 40 years of coaching football, he and his team had many accomplishments including 15 league championships, 22 sectional playoffs, 5 sectional runner-ups, and 5 championships. With his assistance, the lacrosse and wrestling teams also won multiple league and sectional championships.

Matthew Kuenzel
Kuenzel graduated in the class of 2002, where he participated in football, indoor and outdoor track and field. His accomplishments include: team captain for football in 2001 and track and field captain in 2002; named Section II All-Star Captain and Offensive Team Player of the Year for football in 2001; school record holder for the shot put since 2002; three-time NYS Meet Qualifier in discus (2001), shot put (indoor, 2002), shot put (outdoor, 2002); received the Clayton Chubb Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year Award and the NYS Sports Foundation Scholar Athlete Award in 2002; part of Suburban Council Boys Track and Field Championship Team; Yaddo Medal Award winner.

In college, at SUNY Geneseo, Kuenzel served as co-captain of the men’s indoor and outdoor track and field teams; NCAA SUNYAC Conference Sportsmanship Award Winner; 2006 Geneseo Male Contribution and Leadership Award; holds current Geneseo school record for indoor and outdoor shot put and discus; five-time SUNY Geneseo Student Athlete of the Week; one-time ECAC Field Athlete of the Week.

After graduating from SUNY Geneseo, Kuenzel went on to coach at the college level and teach middle school mathematics.

"This is a great honor and I am very humbled to be in the company of amazing athletes," Kuenzel said of his induction.

Landon Moore
43 – A.jpg        Moore with his Biddy Basketball team.        Photo provided.

Moore, who passed away in 2011, graduated from Saratoga Springs in 1970 and was dedicated to the youth in Saratoga Springs for over 43 years. He began his career as a camp counselor for the cities recreation department. At only 16-years-old, under the guiding eyes of the late Bennie Fasulo, Moore coached the All Star Frogs in Biddy Basketball. He also coached the Pop Warner football program, Little League baseball, a women’s softball league, Skidmore College softball and Saratoga Catholic Central High School football and baseball.

“I saw a man and a coach who had an attractive personality that motivated kids to learn basketball. It went as far as parents asking for their kids to be on my dad’s team,” said Moore’s son, Landon Moore, III.

“He just had a way with kids that made them want to play and motivate them. He helped kids understand teamwork, respect, and character, all fundamental things that are entailed in the game of basketball and they received that under my dads’ leadership at an early age and moving forward, they took those same core values into life. At an early age, my dad presented things to his players that parents couldn’t and he motivated them in a different way,” Moore continued.

Moore’s wife, Amy, was there to accept the award on his behalf; their daughter Phoebe and her husband Jim Hayes also came from South Carolina for the induction. Hayes played on Moore’s Biddy Basketball team when he was nine, long before he was his son-in-law.

“It was beautiful,” Amy Moore said of the ceremony.

Madalayne Smith
Smith graduated in 2010, she participated in indoor and outdoor track and field. Her accomplishments include: first in Section II history for the 100-meter hurdles; second in Section II history for the 100-meter dash; eleventh in Section II history for the long jump; State and Federation Champion in the 100-meter hurdles.

Smith attended the University of Connecticut and competed in indoor and outdoor track; she finished fourth in the outdoor track 100-meter hurdles at the Big East Championships and at the American Athletic Conference Championships in 2014; finished third in the indoor track 60-meter hurdles at the American Athletic Conference Championships and eighth in the ECAC Championships in 2013-2014; finished first in the indoor track 60-meter hurdles at the New England Championships in 2012-2013 with a meet record of 8.47.

Maureen Van Neste (Wickerham)
43 – B.jpg        Van Neste and her son at the induction ceremony.              Photo provided.
Van Neste graduated in 1994, she participated in basketball and outdoor track and field. Her accomplishments include: participated in varsity outdoor track and field for six years; 1993 NYSPHSAA discus state champion and 1994 NYSPHSAA discus runner-up; Section II Champion in the shot put and discus in 1994; Suburban Council Champion in the shot put and discus in 1994; co-captain of the varsity basketball team during the 1993-1994 season.

After graduating high school, Van Neste attended Syracuse University where she participated in indoor and outdoor track and field. She graduated Suma Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Policy Studies in 1997. Afterward, she continued her education and earned a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University. Currently, she is a Professor at Boston College Law School.

“Certainly my fondest memories were working with the coaches, particularly on the track team, Linda and Art Kranick run a top-notch program,” Van Neste said.

“Ed Hall was my discus coach. He was wonderful as a coach and mentor to me. He is the one who recruited me, gave me all sorts of confidence, and had such an influence on my life,” Van Neste said nostalgically.

Jamie Welsh (Sweeney)
Welsh, graduated from Saratoga Springs High School in 2002, where she participated in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. Her high school accomplishments include: part of the girls cross country team to win the state, federation, and national title in 2001; named a Suburban Council All Star for cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field; ran a leg of the New York State and federation indoor and outdoor 4x800 relay team; named an All-American for the Steeplechase and Distance Medley Relay in 2002; and was listed in the “Who’s Who Among High School Students” and a finalist for the 2002 Sports Foundation Section 2 Scholar Athlete Award.

Following high school, Welsh attended the University of Rhode Island and participated in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. While there, she received the Rookie Performer of the Meet Award at the outdoor A-10 Championships in 2002 and placed twelfth in the Steeplechase at the New England Championship in 2005.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:14

Hockey for Shelters of Saratoga

[Graphic provided by Rosemary Riedhammer]

SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Saturday, Oct. 14 at 7:00 p.m. join Adirondack Thunder at the Glens Falls Civic Center as they play to raise funds for the Shelters of Saratoga (SOS) organization. Tickets are $15 and $5 of each ticket sold will be donated to SOS. Adirondack Thunder will be playing Brampton Beast.

“The Civic Center actually approached us with a fundraiser they’re doing to support local non-profits and we had recently done a community resource day at the Civic Center and they approached us while we were there and we thought it would be nice to get involved,” said Rosemary Riedhammer, director of development and marketing at SOS.

SOS is asking their supporters to come out and support the shelter in a different way with a broader spectrum, therefore, getting more people involved. SOS’s typical events reach a very specific group, mostly adults, and the Adirondack Thunder game is a good way to involve whole families in a community service act that they can do together.

If SOS sells 100 tickets, they will be eligible for free ads at the arena for a year. To buy tickets for the event, visit www.coolinsuringarena.com and go to the events and tickets tab, once there, use the promo code SOSTHUNDER.

“We just hope people will come out and support us. Glens Falls is just a couple exits up the Northway and we hope to see everyone there,” Riedhammer said.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:09

Fasig-Tipton Fall Sales

[Photo by www.PhotoAndGraphic.com]

SARATOGA SPRINGS – On Monday, Oct. 16 Fasig- Tipton will be hosting the annual Saratoga Fall Sale. The event will take place in the Humphrey S. Finney Pavilion beginning at 10:00 a.m. The sale will be featuring 298 horses on offer. The single sale will begin with hips 1-90 consisting of in-foal mares and racing/broodmare racing prospects, followed by hips 91-280 as weanling horses and hips 281-298 are all yearlings. The full calendar is available online at www.fasigtipton.com.

“We have good quality in this year’s catalog,” said Fasig-Tipton President Boyd Browning.

“There are a number of mares in foal to leading national and regional sires that should draw significant interest. Additionally, this sale has developed into an excellent weanling market – we have nearly 190 weanlings cataloged this year – and the sire power is very good,” Browning said.

Anyone requesting further information is encouraged to contact Evan Ferraro at 859-225-1555.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:07

Schuylerville Girls Soccer

[Photos by Ruthann Thivierge]

SCHUYLERVILLE - The Schuylerville girls varsity soccer team, coached by Michael Kopp, have had an amazing season so far. They are currently 10-2 in their league and in first place in Foothills North Division. In their senior game last Tuesday, they won against Amsterdam.

Pre-season started for them on Aug. 14, however, during the summer they had informal gatherings for eighth through twelfth grade to utilize the soccer field for an hour and a half a few nights a week in June.

Kopp has 10 seniors on his team, which he has been coaching for three years now, which he describes as a “blessing as a coach.”

So next season will be a new learning experience for him. Players from JV will be brought up and the familiarity of the practices, plays, and teamwork will be starting fresh.

“It’s the familiarity and the reality that all of that is coming to an abrupt halt. We are only guaranteed two more games. We take it one game at a time,” he said.

Schuylerville is a Class B school, which is based on student enrollment, but the conference that they play in is primarily Class A teams.

“Theoretically,” Kopp explained, “we play tougher teams and opponents.”

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, Schuylerville lost to Mechanicville, and it was the first home game they have lost since 2015. The other two losses this season were to Scotia and South Glens Falls, which were both away games, with both schools ranked very high in New York State.

“They handled [the home game loss] well. I think they knew the mistakes that we had made, which were few but against a top-level team. They all nodded their heads. They knew what happened. This is a very seasoned group,” he explained.

Schuylerville has one more league game left on Friday, Oct. 13 against Queensbury and then the sectional seeding meeting on Monday where it will be determined which seed Schuylerville will have, they will be in the top four. This meeting will also determine who they are playing against and when the game will be. Sectionals are at the end of next week and if they win, it will be the first sectional win for Schuylerville girls’ soccer.

If Schuylerville defeats Queensbury on the 13th, they will be the Foothills North champions.

“I think our mental attitude is where it needs to be at the start of every game and virtually for every minute of the game,” Kopp said proudly.

“These kids have been in battles against tough teams starting out as sophomores. They’ve tasted success; there is not a lot they haven’t seen. They take everything in stride and they don’t get down on themselves. When we lost earlier this year there were tears of shock. They weren’t down about it, they were shocked. Some teams get accustomed to a defeated mentality but we literally intend to win every game we go out there for,” he said.

Emily Vallee, a senior, is the reigning Foothill Offensive Player of the Year, which she won as a junior by being voted on by all of the coaches.

“Our main objection is to win a sectional title, which Schuylerville has never won so that has been an objective of the program since well before I got here. We’re on the precipice to do this year,” Kopp explained.

“The fundamentals and the tactics of the game have not really changed in the three years we’ve been playing together, but the skill level has,” he said.

“I always tell them, every time you touch the ball, it makes you a better player,” Kopp said.

Thursday, 12 October 2017 17:05

Banzai

[Photos provided by Emily Inman]

Over 30,000 teachers use Banzai, an award-winning financial literacy course, nationwide. The goal of this program is to equip students with financial education that they will need in the future. It incorporates real-life scenarios such as paying rent, auto insurance, saving for unexpected costs, college tuition, and more. Banzai was founded in 2007 in Provo, Utah by co-owners Morgan Vandagriff and Kendall Buchanan and has spread to this area via TCT Federal Credit Union.

“Our goal for Banzai is to educate and inspire students to take their future into their own hands by developing positive money habits. The Banzai program helps students prepare for their financial future,” said Emily Inman, Public Relations Manager at Banzai.

Ballston Spa High School and Still Water Middle School and High School are utilizing this program.

TCT Federal Credit Union has provided this program free of charge to local schools, including those above. This program is online but has supplemented workbooks as well, that are within the state curriculum requirements for personal finance education.

TCT CEO Curt Cecala has said, “too often students get out of school and they just aren’t ready for the financial roller coasters life can give us. Banzai teaches students to navigate those twists and turns and come out on top.”

Ms. Lynne Blake is the ninth and tenth-grade business teacher at Ballston Spa High School who initiated contact with Banzai. She needed financial sponsors in order to do the program, so Blake reached out to several financial institutions and TCT Federal Credit Union responded.

“Basically, we put up the money to pay for the workbooks each student receives. The rest of the lessons are set up online,” said Kate Shoemaker, marketing manager at TCT Federal Credit Union.

“It’s really cool the way it’s done. It’s based on a choose your own adventure style. Similar to that old Oregon Trail computer game. They do the program once as a lesson and then at the end is a game that the students have to get through on their own, it usually takes them about three tries to get it right,” Shoemaker said.

“Unfortunately, I haven’t started using Banzai yet, but it looks great! It uses real-world scenarios and I think the students will love it,” Blake said.

To access the program, teachers may contact the credit union or the company directly at www.tctfcu.teachbanzai.com or call 888-8-BANZAI.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 16:59

Star Female Athletes of the Region

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Sierra Delaney is in her junior year at Ballston Spa High School and she is the only female varsity football player in the history of the school. Delaney plays on the defensive end and as a wide receiver. She started playing football at four years old when she and her cousin began on pop warner.

Delaney says there is definitely a difference between varsity and pop warner, “the guys get bigger,” she laughed.

Delaney says that the guys on the team are accepting of her but the ones who haven’t seen her before wonder why she’s there at first.

“We’re a giant family, especially as the year goes on we just get closer and closer. Coach always says, ‘brothers and sister,” Delaney explained.

“Most of my friends are pretty accepting, they’re always in line to wear my jersey on game days and are excited to watch me on Friday nights,” Delaney said.

Delaney is 5’11” and while she loves to play football, she plans to play basketball seriously in college and is already being scouted for that sport.

Jessie House, a 17-year-old senior at Saratoga Springs High School, is an offensive player on the field hockey team. House plans to continue playing field hockey at RPI next year. Starting in seventh grade, Coach Hostig was House’s PE coach in elementary school and she encouraged House to pursue field hockey.

“As soon as I could try out for a team I did and I’m glad I continued it,” House said of field hockey.

House will be attending RPI next year for Biomedical Engineering while also participating in D3 field hockey.

“I hope to be successful in both areas,” she said, “Academics are a big part of my life and I know I have to take them more seriously, but as a player, being on that field and playing the game I love takes that stress and thought of academics away and allows me to thrive in the sport.”

House had nothing but praise for her teammates and said that the proudest moment of her life thus far has been this season of varsity field hockey.

“I don’t think I’ve ever played better field hockey than I am right now. There is always room for improvement but I take pride in my accomplishments so far this season. The team this year is one of the best teams I’ve ever been on for field hockey. Everyone is so close and the rookies are a huge asset to the team and everyone is included as much as possible. We work hard as a team on and off the field,” House explained.

House is also a tennis player.

Grace Fornabia is a 17-year-old senior volleyball player from Saratoga Central Catholic High School. Fornabia’s main sport is volleyball, where she plays middle hitter and blocker, but she also successfully runs track and field. She intends to continue playing volleyball in college, either D2 or D3, and is still talking to coaches about which school is best for her.

“The first time I ever played volleyball was going into seventh grade at a Skidmore volleyball camp for beginners. I tried the sport because seventh grade was the year that middle schoolers could begin being a part of a sports team and volleyball was the first fall girls sport at Spa Catholic so I tried it out and fell in love with it and haven’t stopped playing since,” Fornabia explained.

Fornabia also plays volleyball over the summer with a program called IREVA, which stands for Iroquois Empire Volleyball Association, and is coached by college players and coaches.

“The main goal is to make everyone better by the end of the camp than when they first got there,” Fornabia explained.

“A very proud moment of mine was when I was going into freshmen year and I tried out for this camp and found out I made it. I was so excited when my mom showed me the email of me making the camp because I was so young and didn’t really know how to play volleyball correctly. I knew that going to this camp would make me better. All the coaches and players there motivate me by showing how passionate they are for the sport and I have always wanted to play at a high level just like they are at. Even today, the coaches and players motivate me to always work hard and play hard because it does pay off for sure,” she said.

Amy Moreau is a 17-year-old senior varsity midfielder on the Schuylerville soccer team. After playing recreational soccer from pre-school through elementary school, Amy joined the indoor team with Dan Gale in third grade and that is when she became serious about the sport. While she does not plan to pursue soccer after high school, she is committed to play D1 lacrosse at UMass Amherst next fall, where she plans to play lacrosse all four years and study sports medicine.

“Our team is probably the closest we have ever been, on and off the field, in all of the years I have been on a team, which is going to make saying goodbye to this sport that much harder,” Moreau said.

“Amy is a three-year captain and quite possibly the most exciting and hard-working player in all of section two. She’s extremely fast, equally skilled with both feet, and leads with 80 minutes of non-stop hustle. In addition, she’s one heck of a good kid, who’s well liked and respected by all. She’s been a dream player for me,” said coach Michael Kopp.

“My most proud moment so far in sports, has been two years ago losing in the sectional semi-finals one to zero to Schalmont, who ended up having an undefeated season winning states. This has been motivating for our team to work hard to get back to that game, and this year I think we definitely think we have a shot,” Moreau said.

[All photos by www.PhotoandGraphic.com.]

SARATOGA SPRINGS – The Vincek Farm has been around for 90+ years, since “before the birth of our nation,” owner Laura Vincek relayed.

Vincek Farm was owned and operated by John Vincek up until his passing in July 2017 from a long battle with metastatic melanoma. His wife Laura and his children continued to work the farm after his death.

John’s grandfather bought the farm after moving to America and his father and uncle chose to work off-farm careers. John chose to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps.

Sarah Bolles and nine of her field hockey teammates have been working at the farm the last few weekends to help with the pumpkin harvest. Sarah has gone to help at the farm four times. The team has joined her twice. Sarah has played on the field hockey team at Maple Avenue Middle School for two years and is coached by Colleen Belanger, she plays defense. So far this season, the field hockey team is undefeated and each game has been a shut-out. However, Sarah says the best part is being on a team and being able to participate in activities and community volunteer work like this.

“With technology, everything is really quite simple. We have a group chat for our team so we just kind of sent out a message and just explained to them the situation. A lot of people were like ‘yeah of course!’ it was actually a pretty good turn out,” Bolles explained.

“These girls are absolutely lovely and into all of the farm aspects. They had great questions and were delightful; we were so pleased with them. We were really impressed,” Vincek said.

For two hours, the field hockey team helped the farm to pick pumpkins for two Saturdays in a row.

“You can get a lot done in two hours,” Vincek explained.

“We’d go out with this big tractor that basically has a bed in the back. There are people picking the pumpkins and lifting them onto the tractor and once it’s all full we unload them and put them in a nice display according to size,” Bolles said.

Isabelle Kelly, a teammate of Bolles’ said, “I was very happy to help out the Vincek family. It was great to be able to work together as a team to do something that would help out others in our community.”

Kelly plays defense and has been playing field hockey since third grade after being inspired by her older sister.

The Vincek’s built this farm from a “starvation farm” into a business. John developed a composting facility that turns poor soil into richer soil, and from there, the farm became a bigger business.

In the summer months, you can buy vegetables at the farm and in the winter they sell hay and straw to their large animal customers.

The Vincek family has “the highest of praise for Sarah Bolles and her teammates, we are eternally grateful for their help with our pumpkin harvest.”

After the pumpkins, the Vincek Farm’s next crop will be turkey.

As far as a fundraiser for the farm goes, Sarah has given it some thought but she wants to perfect the idea first.

“You can just show up at the farm Saturdays at 1:00 p.m., any help is good. Just show up, be like ‘I’m here to pick pumpkins’ and they’ll be more than happy to put you somewhere,” Bolles said.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 16:51

Ballston Spa Community Spirit Week

[Photo by Stuart Williams]

BALLSTON SPA – The Ballston Spa Central School District and local community has combined forces to celebrate the school and community during the district’s annual Community Spirit Week, taking place Oct. 6 through Oct. 14. During this celebration, the high school students will be hosting a powder puff football game and pep rally on Wednesday, Oct. 10 starting at 7:00 p.m. There will be a community spirit parade on Friday, Oct. 13 at 6:00 p.m. with the Homecoming football game to follow immediately at 7:00 p.m. The Homecoming game will be versus Niskayuna High School. On Saturday, Oct. 14 the Homecoming dance will take place.

Spirit Week consists of various themes and activities for each day of the week starting with Friday being Freedom Friday, Tie-Dye Tuesday, Twin Day Wednesday, Class Shirt Thursday, and School Spirit Friday.

Ballston Spa students and clubs will also participate in the annual painting of local businesses windows throughout the village. Students will paint the windows purple and gold spirit week themes.

The elementary and middle schools in the district will also be participating in various events throughout the week as well.

All in the area are invited to participate in Spirit Week and the Community Spirit Parade, the theme of which this year is “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.

The parade is a collaboration between the Mayor and Village of Ballston Spa, the Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association, the Ballston Spa High School Student Council, and several interested community members.

Contact Stuart Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

Thursday, 05 October 2017 16:49

Saratoga Springs Terrorist Threat

SARATOGA SPRINGS - A 16-year-old student who allegedly “posted a story on SnapChat about shooting up the school,” according to court documents, was charged Friday with making a terroristic threat.  

Julius Cucinella, age 16, was charged with the felony after city police were made aware Friday morning of a threat posted on the social media network, SnapChat.

The social media post caused the school district to be alarmed and fear for the safety of its students and staff, according to court records.  

According to a statement issued by police, a school resource officer assigned to the high school initiated an investigation and was able to identify Cucinella as the source of the post. The investigation into the post did not indicate anyone else being involved in the threat.

The student was arraigned and released on $500 cash bail and is scheduled to return to court Oct. 3.

The terroristic threat charge went on the books shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, with a sentence range of 2 to 7 years in prison. The first known person to have been charged with making such a threat locally was a 42-year-old Skidmore College graduate who in May 2007 telephoned the college's Alumni Welcome Center and left a threatening message on the answering machine stating that he was coming to the campus with his M-16 rifle to cause harm.  

Cucinella was supposed to be sentenced on Tuesday, Oct. 3 but the case was adjourned at the attorney’s request. No return date has been specified yet.

The school did release a statement.

“The incident in question was dealt with immediately in conjunction with the Saratoga Spring Police Department and we continue to work together to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Confidentiality laws prevent us from commenting on the specifics of student discipline issues. However, we take incidents of this nature seriously, as student safety is our primary focus,” said Maura Manny, Director of Community Outreach and Communications.

Thursday, 05 October 2017 16:44

No Losses: Area's Undefeated Football Teams

[Photos by www.PhotoandGraphic.com, Lori Mahan, and Ruth Thivierge.]

Three area teams remain undefeated this season. These teams are the Saratoga Springs Blue Streaks, the Schuylerville Horses, and the Burnt Hills – Ballston Lake Spartans.

How is it possible that three local teams can all be undefeated? The teams represent different classes and leagues, based on school size, with Saratoga being the largest of the classes, Section 2 Class AA, in the Empire Football League. We sat down with each coach this week to get their take on the current season.

BURNT HILLS – BALLSTON LAKE

Coach Matt Shell is very happy with how well the season has gone so far.

“The kids are working hard, we’re excited to be in the position that we’re in. We have a big game this week and we have to make sure we’re ready to play at such a high level.”

He’s happy with his offensive line and continues to see improvements on the defensive line, which has a few new players this year.

“Our defense has improved week to week,” he said.

In game one, they played Queensbury, which Shelly described as a “real good game.”

Averill Park was a tough team to beat but they were able to thanks to making some big plays at key times in the game.

“The team just works really hard and they’ve been doing a good job. Their work ethic has been good and fundamentally, they do a good job of working on the basics of the game to improve,” Shell said.

With practices Monday through Thursday, the Spartans stay busy and motivated.

SCHUYLERVILLE

 Coach John Bowen is equally enthusiastic about his team’s season.

“I would definitely say to this point that the success we’ve been able to have has been a direct attribute to the way the kids work Monday through Thursday. Friday nights are for them. It’s their time. You allow them to showcase everything they’ve worked for. We’ve got a great group of kids who are willing to listen to and employ anything we ask of them,” Bowen said.

Bowen makes sure that the team stays focused on the week ahead and nothing beyond that.

“I’ve been very proud of the fact that the boys have really kept their focus and not allowed themselves to get ahead of the schedule in any given week. They’ve been really dialed into that week’s opponent,” Bowen explained.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Coach Terry Jones is making a comeback after last season.

“I think it’s great to be at this point, especially considering all of our games have been in our division. Winning our first five games has secured us the number one seed in the Empire Division, which guarantees us a playoff game in week eight and in week nine if we win the game in week eight. That’s one of the goals we set out with, was to win our division. We’re not looking past any of our goals as far as the rest of the season goes, we’re focusing on Albany this week,” Jones explained.

Last season was difficult for the Blue Streaks, they had a number of injuries and were unsure of how the team would perform this season.

“For example, Wes Eglintine, is in his third year on varsity but as a sophomore, he saw very limited action as a quarterback because we have a two-year starter and then last year he was lost in the week one game and here he is in his third year. We weren’t sure how things would go for him as a quarterback. He’s been doing great!” Jones said.

Sequoia Cumming was one for two in the game last week and will be kicking in the homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 6.

“We’ve had a number of kids who have performed outstanding all year long. We’ve had some kids go down with injuries and other kids step in to fill their roles and we’ve had a number of kids who have performed outstanding and even above our expectations,” Jones explained.

“We knew the talent was there,” he said, “and we knew that if things came together we could get to this point, but you never know how 16 and 17 year-olds are going to perform when the lights go on.”

Saratoga Springs will have their homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Check back on the Saratoga TODAY Newspaper Facebook page after the games this week for updates. 

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  • COURTS Wayne M. Bakken II, 20, of Saratoga, pleaded Oct. 6 to promoting prison contraband, a felony. Sentencing scheduled Dec. 1.  Jared M. Tenace, 27, of Schenectady, pleaded Oct. 6 to criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, in connection with an incident in Milton. Sentencing scheduled Dec. 1.  Nathaniel A. Harrington, 37, of Hudson Falls, pleaded Oct. 6 to promoting prison contraband. Sentencing scheduled for Dec. 1.  John P. Allen, 54, of Middle Grove, was sentenced Oct. 2 to time served and five years of probation, after pleading to felony criminal possession of a controlled substance. Lawrence D. Wright,…

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  • BALLSTON SPA 299 Lake Rd., $335,000. Key Bank National Association sold property to Cui Hong Liu. 44 Lancaster Court, $404,989. Traditional Homebuilders and Developers Inc. sold property to Tracy Kayser-Messing and Gert Messing.  25 Mourningkill Dr., $226,200. Joanne Lorenc sold property to Keith Searles and Patricia Keister.  216 Kingsley Rd., $221,450. Eric Labrecque sold property to Iris Rush. 320 Goode St., $200,000. John Goddard sold property to Joshua Knight. 347 Moonlight Dr., $364,000. Theodore and Beth Karis sold property to Jacob and Misha Marvel.  18 Cypress Dr., $331,505. Heritage Builders Group LLC sold property to Andrew and Theresa Proler.  28…
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