Spa Catholic Charity Game Raises $3,375 for Kelly’s Angels
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On the evening of May 5, Saratoga Catholic and Whitehall High School baseball teams played a charity game in support of Kelly’s Angels, Inc. Through donations, 50/50 sales, and a raffle for New York Yankees tickets, the teams and their families raised $3,735 to help Kelly’s Angels assist Capital Region children who have lost a parent or sibling to cancer. For more information about Kelly’s Angels, please visit www.kellysangelsinc.org.
Saratoga Regional YMCA Basketball [Over 25-year-old League]
TEAM WINK 88 - TEAM REED 79 Brian Travis had a game high 25 points and teammates J.R. Michael and Matt Scoons each dropped in 22 points along with Kurt Troyer’s 15 points, which all helped Team Wink get an 88 to 79 win over Team Reed. Colin Fuller got 20 points while Vonzel Legal and Garris Ramsdell contributed 19 points apiece in the loss.
TEAM DUFF 91 - TEAM LOMBARDO 67 Team Duff Ran their record to 7 and 0 with a 91 to 67 win over Team Lombardo in what was a closer game than the final score displayed. The winners were led by Rich Duff who scored 21 points while Corey Harkins and Josh DeMarais
had 17 points each. Team Lombardo got 26 points from Alex Ventre and another 19 points from Tim Harrick.
TEAM EMERY 73 - TEAM SIKORA 71 Team Emery got off to a fast start and had a 20-point lead at half-time but a gutsy Team Sikora fought back to make this game a real nail biter at the end. Team Emery got the two-point victory over Team Sikora. Team Emery’s Andrew Armstrong scored 25 points, Chris Cameron 16 points, while Travis Ramsey and Blake Rizzi each had 15 points in the win. Camdon Spencer exploded for 40 points and Rick Sicari dropped in 19 points in the loss.
Spa Catholic Softball
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Monday, May 21, Saratoga Central Catholic defeated Corinth, 10-5 in the opening Sectionals game. Julia Murdick had three RBIs and a double and Molly O’Reilly had three RBIs.
Saratoga Springs Girls Lacrosse
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Tuesday, May 15, Saratoga Springs played Shaker and won, 18-8. Reilly Hogan had five goals and one assist; Lindsey Frank had three goals and two assists; Katie Wendell had three goals and one assist; Katie Silver had two goals and two assists; Jackie Sauer had two goals; Sophia Burke had one goal and two assists; Ella Payer and Catherine O’Hara each had one goal; Sylvie Waters had one assist; and Abigail Searles had three saves.
On Monday, May 21, Saratoga Springs played Shenendehowa and won, 14-10. In the first half they tied, each team scoring seven goals. Lindsey Frank saw five goals; Katie Wendell and Reilly Hogan each had two goals and one assist; Katie Silver had two goals; Jackie Sauer had one goal and one assist; Sophia Burke had one goal and two assists; Sylvie Waters had one goal; Ella Payer had two assists; and Abigail Searles had seven saves.
Saratoga Wilton Youth Baseball Hosts Local Competitions
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Wilton Youth Baseball recently hosted the 2018 local competitions for Major League Baseball’s Jr Home Run Derby and Pitch, Hit & Run. Winners in both competitions will advance to the Sectionals, with a chance to compete at Yankee Stadium and ultimately at the 2018 MLB All Star Game.
JR HR DERBY: Tad D’Andrea
PITCH, HIT & RUN 7/8 YEAR OLDS: Cody Mills, Finnegan Crowe
PITCH, HIT & RUN 9/10 YEAR OLDS: Jack Collier, Pierce Byrne Jack Rigabar, Brady Mills
PITCH, HIT & RUN 11/12 YEAR OLDS: Jesse Mullis, Addison Sperry, Tyler Weygand.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Whether you know someone affected by type 1 diabetes (T1D) or just want to make a difference in their life, JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, invites you to take part in its 18th annual Hoff man Car Wash and Hoff man Jiff y Lube Golf Classic and Par-Tee Th ursday, June 7 at the picturesque Saratoga National Golf Club, located at 458 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food. It occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas, called beta cells. While its causes are not yet entirely understood, scientists believe that both genetic factors and environmental triggers are involved. Its onset has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There is nothing you can do to prevent T1D, and—at present—nothing you can do to get rid of it.
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Th eir mission is to accelerate lifechanging breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications. To accomplish this, JDRF has invested more than $2 billion in research funding since our inception. They are an organization built on a grassroots model of people connecting in their local communities, collaborating regionally for effi ciency and broader fundraising impact, and uniting on a national stage to pool resources, passion, and energy. JDRF collaborates with academic institutions, policymakers, and corporate and industry partners to develop and deliver a pipeline of innovative therapies to people living with T1D. Th eir staff and volunteers throughout the United States and our six international affi liates are dedicated to advocacy, community engagement and our vision of a world without T1D. The event, which will take place rain or shine, will get underway at 11 a.m. with registration and lunch. Golfers will take to the course at 12:30 p.m. in a shotgun scramble. The day will conclude at 5:30 p.m. with an enjoyable Par-Tee.
“Our annual Golf Classic and Par-Tee is a great way to have some fun while helping those battle the disease,” said Ellen Pickett, Development Coordinator, JDRF Northeastern New York, noting that the non-profi t aims to raise more than $200,000.
“More than 10,000 people live with T1D within the 17 counties we serve. Monies raised will help fund more than 70 human clinical trials of potential T1D therapies, as well as support JDRF’s Outreach Program, which off ers personalized support to families, adults, and children living with T1D on how to better manage and cope with the disease,” she continued.
Evening Par-Tee tickets are $75 and include an exclusive evening soirée for golfers and guests featuring the ultimate Mazzone food and cocktail experience, live music by Erin Harkes, and one-of-a-kind live and silent auction items, including golf, travel, entertainment, jewelry, local experiences, and more. To register and learn more, visit www.jdrf-northeastern-ny. ejoinme.org/golfpartee or call Ellen Pickett at 518-477-2873. For more information, visit jdrf.org or follow on Twitter: @JDRF
BOLTON LANDING — Bolton Landing’s Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course debuts its Saferoller® Kid’s Course, the first of several renovations and upgrades slated for this year. Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course, the United States’ First Aerial Adventure Course will re-open its wildly popular Kids Course and debut Saferoller® continuous belay system (CTM). Scheduled to re-open Friday, May 25, in-time for Memorial Day Weekend, Adirondack Extreme’s Kids Course will now employ Saferoller® and allow for fast, smoother transitions from obstacle to obstacle with continuous end-to-end rolling and unparalleled hands-free movement to ensure optimum safety and more fun.
“We are so excited to bring this technology to our course,” said Jaime DeLong, Park Manager.
The addition of Saferoller® reduces the Kids Course age requirement from seven to six years of age, allows for participants of varying reach requirements and gives parents the option to climb and enjoy the experience with their young adventurers.
Adirondack Extreme Adventure Course Owner, Jamie Johnson said, “this is just the first of many exciting upgrades scheduled this season.”
This fall, Adirondack Extreme’s kids course doubles in size with the addition of a second children’s course with higher elevations up to 24 feet and 15 more obstacles including two to three new ziplines, a wavy bridge, water wings pass, lumberjack logs, and fish trap passage. Although Adirondack Extreme courses do receive annual renovations, upon opening for the 2019 season Johnson says his courses will have received one of its largest single year investments with over $200,000 in renovations all focused on enhancing the adventure experience for thrill-seekers. Upcoming for July, climbers will experience new paths, obstacles and elements on each of the blue, silver and pink courses.
Johnson says, “We like to keep the adventure fresh and the games exciting for new and returning customers from year to year.”
Adirondack Extreme’s adult courses ages nine and over will implement a new smart belay system for the start of its 2019 season and round out this year’s renovations. Photo/video opportunities are welcomed.
SARATOGA COUNTY — Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo, County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ed Kinowski and several school Superintendents today announced an agreement to establish a School Resource Offi cer (SRO) Program in Saratoga County schools. Sheriff Zurlo will dedicate several deputies to this program. During the academic year, the deputies will be stationed in the schools aft er graduating from a School Resource Officer Training Program which will take place this summer. Following incidents of school violence across the country, the Sheriff ’s Office was contacted by school leaders and parents asking for an SRO program in their schools. The six participating school districts responded to a letter sent by the Sheriff ’s Office earlier this year soliciting interest to participate in this program for the upcoming school year. Saratoga County will share costs for the deputies with each participating school district.
The School District will be responsible for 75 percent of the costs for the SRO which includes salaries, benefits, and equipment. The County will cover the other 25 percent of costs for these deputy positions.
“It is proven that School Resource Officers are a valuable asset in schools,” said Sheriff Michael Zurlo.
“Not only will deputies help promote a safer environment within the schools, but they will also act as liaisons between law enforcement and students, faculty and staff to help promote positive relationships between them,” he continued.
The SRO will not replace the school’s discipline system but will work with school staff in a collaborative way to enhance school safety and reduce incidents of violence or disorder. The SRO will also be able to provide information and presentations on topics like substance abuse and social conflict resolution.
“The safety of our children is paramount, and this program enhances that and provides a great additional asset for our schools,” said Chairman Ed Kinowski.
“The Board of Supervisors is looking forward to formalizing this partnership between the County, the Sheriff’s Office and our schools,” Kinowski stated.
The SRO proposal will be carried through the appropriate committees of the Board, before being brought to a vote of the full Board of Supervisors at their June meeting and is expected to have broad support. Participating School Districts Include: Ballston Spa Central School District; Burnt Hills - Ballston Lake Central Schools; Mechanicville City School District; Schuylerville Central School District; Shenendehowa Central School District; Stillwater Central School District; South Glens Falls Central School District.
So far, community response is positive. Several Facebook users have commented on the public page of Sheriff Zurlo commending him for his efforts on the matter.
BALLSTON SPA — Students in the Ballston Spa Central School District have successfully donated $89,747 during the past ten years to local non-profit organizations through participation in an annual Penny Harvest program. This year, students collected over $9,400 in pennies during the fall 2017 harvest. They recently donated the funds to eight local non-profit organizations during the district’s annual SEFCU Penny Harvest Celebration that took place on School Pride Day. This year, over 80 students were chosen as Penny Harvest leaders in their schools and were responsible for researching local community issues and the non-profit organizations that address them.
Members of the student roundtable in each school interviewed representatives from local organizations and discussed how their funds could be used to further support these non-profits. The annual SEFCU Penny Harvest is implemented in grades K-12, in all six school buildings in the district, and has proven to be successful in educating students in service learning and financial literacy. This program teaches students about the importance of philanthropy and service as well as teaching math, communication, and team building skills. The Malta Avenue Elementary School students donated to two organizations, Make-A-Wish Foundation ($622.67) and Ronald McDonald House ($622.67). The Albany Medical Center Children’s Hospital and The Saratoga County Animal Shelter both received $1,406.29 from Gordon Creek Elementary School students and the Buddy Blankets & Bears received $897.59 from Milton Terrace Elementary School students. Students at Wood Road Elementary School chose to donate their $1,412.99 to the Brave Will Foundation. The Ballston Spa Middle School chose to give funds to the American Cancer Society ($1,239.44) and CAPTAIN ($1,239.44). Ballston Spa High School students donated their funds to Buddy Blankets & Bears ($552.77).
This program is made possible by the dedication of the Penny Harvest advisors in each school, including Jolene Hansen, Milton Terrace; Kimberly Moryl, Gordon Creek; Anna Nickson, Wood Road; Matthew Nafus and Jessica Skillings, Malta Avenue; Ryan Mazierski, Ballston Spa Middle School; and Rachel Jeffers from the Ballston Spa High School. The program is implemented in the fall of each school year and awards presented to the local charities in May. The district is very grateful to SEFCU for sponsoring the program and processing over 940,000 pennies.
For more information, please visit the individual school websites or contact the BSCSD Office of District Advancement at 518-884-7195.
Saratoga Regional YMCA Over 25 Basketball League:
TEAM LOMBARDO 127 - TEAM REED 60
Two weeks after Team Wink set the record at the Saratoga Regional YMCA for most points (107) scored at the gym, Team Lombardo smashed the record by scoring 127 points on the way to their first win of the season. With everyone on the team scoring in double figures led by Chris Perone with 33 points and Doug Lange with 32 points, Tim Herrick with 28 points. Team Reed got 18 points from Vonzel Legal and 15 points from Taylor Wilson.
TEAM WINK 98 – TEAM EMERY 66
Team Wink used J.R. Michael’s 12 three pointers to a 98 to 66 victory over Team Emery. J.R. ended up being the game high scorer with 38 points while teammate Matt Scoons added 17 points. Team Emery were led by Blake Rizzi’s 34 points along with 15 points from Andrew Armstrong with Travis Ramsey getting 11 points.
TEAM DUFF 83 – TEAM SIKORA 75
In the only close game this week, Team Duff and Team Sikora battled back and forth until five minutes left in the game when Team Duff scored 10 straight points and kept the lead that they never relinquished. The winners got 31 points from Corey Harkins while Ryan Duff had 20 points, Tim Bush 19 points, and Rich Duff with 14 points. Camdon Spencer 33 points, Jason Armstrong 19 points, Kevin Lindsey 15 points, and Renny Sikora 10 points in the loss.
Saratoga Springs Girls Lacrosse:
SARATOGA SPRINGS - On Tuesday, May 8, the Saratoga Blue Streaks defeated Schenectady High School, 15-1, scoring 11 goals in the first half and four goals in the second half. Schenectady had their only goal in the second half. For Saratoga: Sylvie Waters had three goals and three assists; Katie Wendell had two goals and one assist; Grace Purdy and Megan McCoskey each had one goal; Jackie Sauer and Kelsey Skaine each had one goal and two assists; Reilly Hogan had one goal and one assist; Sofie Mangino, Eva McCauley, Katie Silver, and Mady Kolligian each had one goal; and Abigail Searles had five saves. On Friday, May 11, Saratoga Springs defeated Niskayuna by one goal in a nail-biter, Saratoga scored six goals in the first half and four in the second half. Niskayuna was close behind, scoring four goals in the first half and five in the second half. Saratoga won, 10-9. For Saratoga: Katie Wendell had five goals and two assists; Lindsey Frank had two goals and one assist; Sophia Burke had one goal and four assists; Sylvie Waters and Reilly Hogan each scored one goal; Ella Payer had one assist; and Abigail Searles had 14 saves.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Adirondack Sportman’s Alliance brings their total scholarship donations to $43,000 to date. This year’s recipients are as follows: Ian Conlon: Ian is currently a senior at Johnsburg High School and will be attending SUNY Adirondack in the fall for two years and will eventually further his education, working towards a Bachelors Degree. Ian will be taking classes concentrating his major in Computer Hardware and Business.
The Mike Suriano III Scholarship: This scholarship is named in honor of one of the founding club members, Mike “Mitch” Suriano, who passed away in 2009. This year’s recipient is Grace Fornabia, a senior at Saratoga Central Catholic. Grace has been accepted at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT and will be concentrating her studies on Biology.
The Mike Suriano Jr. Scholarship: This scholarship is named in honor of another founding member of the organization, Mike “Mickey” Suriano, who passed away in 2016. This year’s recipient is Seth Cooper. Seth is a senior at South Glens Falls and will be attending Full Sail University in Orlando, FL to major in Sports Broadcasting.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Luke Gold, 17-year-old junior at Ballston Spa, has been playing baseball since the age of four and is a true-blue Yankees fan.
“My dad, Eric, played his whole life and I’ve liked sports ever since I was young, and my dad taught me everything he knew, pretty much,” Gold said, explaining how he got involved with baseball.
On the field, Gold is a star shortstop and pitcher, off the field, he plays the violin in the orchestra at school. Academically, he is in the top 10 percent of his class and attends all honor and AP classes. In the off season, his biggest focus is overall strength and agility and speed work because, “that all helps in a bunch of different parts of the game,” he explained.
In the summer, fishing is his second love. He also plays on Adirondack Heat baseball team in the summer and loves volunteering his time at baseball camps for youth.
“I just love volunteering and helping younger kids at camp because I was in that same position as them at one point. I love being able to pass on knowledge to kids, that’s one of my favorite things to do outside of playing baseball,” Gold said.
He volunteers at All-Stars Academy in Latham and for the camps that are run through his high school. Gold has committed to Boston College with a baseball scholarship.
“I loved everything about the school. I wanted to go somewhere with good academics, because I’ve always been a pretty good student, and I really like their coaches and the philosophies that they preach there. They are also in a really good baseball conference, so I’ll be really challenged in a lot of different aspects there,” he explained.
He is unsure which major he will pursue, but both of his parents, Eric and Julie, are doctors so that may be where he is also headed. He has seen lots of support throughout his baseball career, including his grandfather, Will Gold.
“My grandfather is a big supporter. He goes to every one of my games that he can. We’re going to Georgia this summer for a tournament with my summer team and he’s planning to fly down with us. He just loves watching my siblings and I play as much as he can. It’s awesome,” he said.
Above all, he cites his parents as being his biggest fans.
“They give me everything I need to succeed, whether its material goods or motivation. They’re always giving me advice and helping me and trying to do what’s best for me,” Gold explained.
SARATOGA COUNTY — At 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 20 at the Hilton Hotel in Troy, the Upstate New York Basketball Hall of Fame will be inducting 15 people into the basketball hall of fame. Four of the inductees are local to the Saratoga Springs area: Tim DeGregory, Carl Luciano, Dan Tallman, and Rich Johns.
Rich Johns, a long-time educator and coach at Saratoga Springs Central School District, is receiving the John Cahill Community Service Award.
“I’m honored by the induction. I’m looking forward to it. Johnny Cahill was one of the top referees in the country for years. I got the call and I sent a letter to a buddy of mine and I said, ‘I’m getting in, but not for my basketball skills,’” Johns laughed.
“I’m honored by it, community service has always meant so much to me, but to do it in this arena with so many athletes and coaches, what an honor,” Johns said.
Tim DeGregory, a former local player from Saratoga Central Catholic, now working in the IT industry, had a very successful basketball career via Spa Catholic and RPI.
“I had a pretty successful career at Spa Catholic playing basketball. I had very good seasons my junior and senior year. I went on to RPI where I played on the varsity team four years and was the leading scorer my junior and senior year of college. When I graduated, I was second on the all time scoring list,” DeGregory said, explaining some of his basketball accomplishments.
DeGregory and his wife, Brenda, have three children in the Saratoga Springs Central School District; Mira, Abby, and Andy.
“Mostly I want to thank my parents and brothers as well as various coaches, like Bob King at Spa Catholic, coach Griffin at RPI, and those that helped me along the way,” DeGregory said.
Dan Tallman is a former local player, playing at Saratoga Springs Central School District and Skidmore College.
“I was at a Spa Catholic game when Rene LeRoux had mentioned that they were going to put me in next year’s class, 2019, and then I got a call a few months later that a gentleman who was supposed to be inducted this year could no longer make it due to health reasons. So, they wanted to know if I wanted to get inducted this year,” Tallman explained.
Tallman played basketball his entire life; he was a center in high school, a forward in college, a threespot at the semi-pro level. He was also voted MVP his senior year at Saratoga Springs High School.
“My moms age is 82 and life has no guarantees. Mom would be very happy to see that, this is a proud moment for her. Without her, none of this is possible. She’s the best,” Tallman said of his mother, Mary Verns Tallman.
During college, Tallman attended Utica College his first year, then SUNY Adirondack for his sophomore year, “it’s still the best basketball year ACC ever had,” he explained.
He went back to Utica for his junior year and then finished his college career at Skidmore College under Damian Fantauzzi, his high school coach.
“He is actually the man who got me impassioned to play the game, he was my idol. I looked up to him and his word was gospel. I wanted to be just like coach,” Tallman said of Fantauzzi.
Carl Luciano has been refereeing for the last 25 years and still has plans to continue.
“I had done a Division III National Championship game back in 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia and I think Rene LeRoux was there for that and I think he’s gone to a lot of local games so throughout the years he’s seen me referee a lot of high profile games. I’ve been very fortunate to work a lot of high profile games and I’ve done a pretty good job on them. I haven’t been on ESPN for the wrong reasons,” Luciano laughed.
Luciano has been teaching second grade at Division Street School for the last 20 years and is an alumnus of Ballston Spa High School.
“It’s a great honor. Some of my former mentors are in there so it’s nice to be recognized even though I’m still currently a ref. Hopefully I still have a few years left. There are a lot of fellow referees that are just as good as me. I don’t think I’m better than any of them, I just think I’m fortunate enough to work a lot of the games that I’ve done. It takes a good person to be a referee,” Luciano said.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Trinity Hogben, grade 10, and Tiffany Weiler, grade 12, were selected to be part of the Special Olympics New York delegation and to attend the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games this summer in Seattle, Washington, participating in the first ever Youth Leadership Experience. The Youth Leadership Experience will give students with and without intellectual disabilities a chance to serve a meaningful role in their state’s delegation, while also learning and experiencing what it takes to put on a largescale event and all of the key roles played by volunteers.
“Special Olympics New York is excited to have Trinity and Tiffany representing us and all of the youth leaders involved in our Unified Champion Schools program. They are great examples of what it means to live unified,” according to Nathan Johnson, Director of Unified Sports, Special Olympics New York.
Each day, Youth Leadership Experience participants will have different service learning experiences including volunteering in the Fan Zone, reporting through social media from the competitions, leading Special Olympics Youth Athletes activities, shadowing key volunteers or delegation staff and learning more about interscholastic and collegiate Unified Sports. In addition, Youth Leadership Experience participants will take part in all ceremonial events with their state delegation, Team New York! Trinity and Tiffany will be joined by Colleen Belanger, Saratoga Springs High School Physical Education teacher as part of the 80-person New York delegation.
The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will be held in Seattle, Washington July 1-6, 2018. More than 4,000 participants representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, along with the support of tens of thousands of volunteers and spectators, will compete in 14 Olympictype team and individual sports. The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement and its 50th anniversary; promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport; and showcase athletes from throughout the U.S. and the abilities of people with intellectual disabilities. The 2018 USA Games will also highlight Special Olympics’ work in sport, education, health and community-building.