Saratoga Gymnastics Hosts All-Around Meet
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Springs High School gymnastics hosted their annual All-Around Meet on Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Wilton YMCA. Gymnasts from Bethlehem, Shaker and Guilderland also competed in the event. The gymnasts were broken into two groups: (1) gymnasts who had scored greater than 29.0 allaround during the competition season; and (2) gymnasts who had scored less than 29.0 all-around during the competition season. With respect to the higher scoring group, Saratoga took home the top three places led by all-around winner Ava Dallas with a score of 37.1, followed by Sophia Damiano who scored 36.7. Laura Eberlein was third with an allaround score of 34.925. Rounding out the top five were Rachel Drislane (Guilderland) with a score of 34.55 and Kate Dellaratta (Saratoga) with a score of 33.0. Top finishers in the under 29.0 scoring group were: Domenica Hotaling (Shaker) with an all-around score of 27.75, Anna Green (Bethlehem) – 27.55, Savanna Schalberg (Saratoga) – 26.85, Courtney Rafferty (Guilderland) – 26.625 and Kate Sager (Shaker) – 26.50.
Saratoga Blue Streaks Hockey
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Saratoga Blue Streaks Varsity hockey team played the Guilderland/
Mohonasen/Scotia-Glenville Storm in a league game at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at the Weibel Avenue Ice Rink. Saratoga won the game 3-0 with goalie Brad Hipsley recording his third league shut out. Will Detora scored the first goal in the first period with an assist from Sam Jacob; Joe Amodio scored goal two in the first period with assists from Will Detora and Xavier Clark; the final goal was scored in the second period by Will Detora again, with an assist from Sam Jacob. Blue Streaks Goalie Hipsley had 13 saves and Daniel Cooper, from the opposing team, had 45 saves.
Saratoga Regional YMCA Youth Basketball League
ROTARY JUNIOR DIVISION: Saratoga Financial Services 31 - Mexican Connection Restaurant 24 Saratoga Financial had an early lead and took a 31 to 24 victory over Mexican Connection. The winners got eight points apiece from Ryan Boyle, Alex Cutler and Carter Wood while teammate Eric Eckard had two points. Ethan Dinsmore had a game high 10 points in the loss Saratoga PBA 37 -
PJ BAR-B-QSA 18 PBA took a 13-point lead into the second half and never looked back in their 37 to 18 win over a depleted PJ’s BAR-B-QSA. Steve Bebee had 11 points, Emylyn Tineo added another nine points in the victory. PJ’s had only six players because of injuries but they never
gave up, and were led by Jason Bell’s eight points along with five points from Antonio Calderon. SENIOR DIVISION: Saratoga Firefighters 54 - Berkshire Hathaway Blake, Realtors 49 The Firefighters were behind until the last four minutes of the game. They used their “never say never” attitude to pull off a 54 to 49 victory over Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtors. Firefighters had three players scoring in double figures, led by Noah Rourke with 17 points, Eyner Tineo with 15 points and Robert Orr had 10 points. Rourke hit nine out of nine free throws in the last 90 seconds to seal the win. The Realtors battled right down to the final horn got a game high 19 points from Ian Fisk while teammates Seth Koval and Isaiah Barnes had 13 and two points respectively. Village Photo 51 - Cudney’s Launderers 42 This was also a game that was close until a technical foul in the last two minutes gave Village Photo an eight point lead which helped them get the nine point win over Cudney’s Launderers. Village Photo now goes into the final game of the season leading the division. Village Photo spread the scoring around and were led by Jose Garcia, Donald Steves and Pat Deschaine each scoring 14 points. Cudney’s, as always, fought to the final second, Hunter Regels and Elias Whol each had 13 points and Will Sambrook added four points, Coleman Fignar and Nate Scott scored four and three points each.
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SARATOGA COUNTY — With eight matches at a time taking place, it can be a little hard to catch up on who pinned who and in what amount of time. On Saturday, Feb. 10, Saratoga Springs, Ballston Spa, Schuylerville, and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, among other local schools, took to the mat. At 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23 and 24, NYSPHSAA Division I and Division II Championships will take place, venue TBA.
170 - Tyler Barnes pinned Liam Mooney (Colonie), 1:27.
182 – Jake Cooke pinned Dom Nassivera (Queensbury), 1:05.
285 – Jake Stangle dec. Paul Brown (Mohonasen), 3-2.
BURNT HILLS-BALLSTON LAKE:
113 - John DeConno dec. Brennen Rivas (Amsterdam), 3-1.
126 – Orion Anderson pinned Austin Lints (Schoharie), 1:16.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Madison Duguay, a 17-year-old senior at Saratoga Springs High School, is a triple threat: top-scoring bowler, inspiring feminist, and hard-worker, with two part-time jobs. On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Duguay took top honors at the Suburban Council bowling tournament, ranking the number one female with a score of 699. Duguay has previously made Second and Third Teams in the Suburban Council, but that 699 is the highest she’s ever bowled, finally securing her a spot on First Team. She has been a bowler since she was seven years old, following in her father’s footsteps.
“I started in junior programs and then worked my way up,” she explained.
She has been on the varsity team since the seventh grade.
“I love it. When I first started, all the girls were really welcoming, that’s how I learned to be really nice to the new incoming girls. I try to be as welcoming as possible, I thought it was welcoming when I was little so, hopefully the new girls see it like that,” she explained.
Duguay will not be continuing her bowling career in college at SUNY Cortland, where she will be majoring in Early Childhood Education.
“I’ve always been a volunteer at elementary schools and preschools and I love kids, I’ve been around them my whole life. I find my teachers to be my mentors, so I aspire to be like them,” she said, of her career choice.
While school has always “come easy” for her, she does struggle with math and has overcome that with receiving extra help staying after school. She also works two part-time jobs, at the bowling alley, and Justice, a clothing store.
Duguay states that she would choose Emma Watson to play her in a movie of her life, “because I’m really into feminism so I feel like she would be good for me.”
“I’m always empowering girls and I always find it fun to inspire them. I’ve always followed women in the news and social media, especially Emma Watson. She’s at all the conventions. I love to inspire girls now, so they know what to do later,” she said.
“I’m grateful that bowling has brought me all of this opportunity and all my best friends are on the team so I’m really glad I’ve been able to meet them,” Duguay stated.
BALLSTON SPA —
The National PTA Reflections Program is designed to enhance arts education for students in preschool through grade 12, encouraging them to create works of art in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography and the visual arts. The theme for 20172018 was Within Reach and student submissions are judged at the school, region, state, and national levels as they advance. Ballston Spa students recognized for their submissions at the regional level in this year’s program include James McIntyre, Nate Hill and Connor Acton from the Gordon Creek Elementary School; Kentaro (Ken) Tan from the Ballston Spa Middle School; and Shoichiro (Shawn) Tan from the Ballston Spa High School. The students were recognized for their achievements at the Ballston Spa PTA Council’s annual Founders’ Day Celebration hosted recently at the Ballston Spa Middle School. Student artwork and projects will be judged at the state PTA level and returned at the Legislative Education Conference in March. Congratulations to all the participants. Please contact the appropriate local school PTA unit for additional information on the Reflections Program or visit www.NYSPTA.org.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, Feb. 14, children at the Saratoga Independent School invited their grandparents and “grandfriends” to visit with them and see their classrooms, school work and projects, a homemade snack, and other fun activities throughout the school. They were also given a tour of the new Middle School, scheduled to open in Sept. 2018.
“Children feel a sense of pride and accomplishment when they know that people in their family and community are interested in them and their school. Our second annual Grandparents and Grandfriends Day gives our students an opportunity to share a special part of their lives with their loved ones,” said Pamela Howard, Director of Development.
“Grandparents and good family friends, or ‘Grandfriends,’ are very important people in our children’s lives and in the life of Saratoga Independent School. Valentine’s Day, we celebrated the many gifts: laughter; understanding; listening; family stories and memories to last a lifetime; and, most of all, unconditional love that grandparents bring to our lives,” said Lisa Brown, Head of School.
FRANKLIN AND ESSEX COUNTIES — Chris Mazdzer, resident of Saranac Lake, New York, took the Olympic silver medal for men’s singles in luge racing on
Sunday, Feb. 11 at the Pyeongchang Winter Games after finishing 18th overall in the World Cup standings. He is the first athlete in the United States to win this specific medal. For more information on Mazdzer, look out for our Saratoga Healthy Magazine, out on May 4, 2018.
SARATOGA SPRINGS —
On Wednesdays between November and March, you can watch the Over 50 Basketball League enjoy themselves on the court in a healthy competition between eight teams. Gentlemen aged 50 and over gather once a week to play basketball and socialize. Bill Carey, who also plays in the league, is the commissioner who works every year to coordinate the season.
“Bill does a great job coordinating all the schedules and working with the Y and getting the refs there. He does a great job with that,” said Rory Wilson, a player in the league and owner of D’Andrea’s Pizza.
“There are sign-ups every year, usually in September and there is a fee for non-members and members, but it is open to anybody that wants to play,” Wilson explained.
Each team has five to six players, totaling about 45 athletes between the eight teams, and upwards of 55 people involved, including the referees.
“The coaches are players, too. So, it’s a good thing that they can play and coach at the same time. Player-coaches we like to call them,” Wilson said.
The league has several sponsors, including D’Andrea’s Pizza, which also sponsors the YMCA Youth Basketball League.
“I’m actually on Jones and Steve’s team. I sponsor a team but I’m not on it. That’s one of the funny parts of the league,” Wilson laughed.
Barely making the age cut for the league at 50 years old, Wilson has been involved in YMCA basketball for many years.
“I coached my kids many years ago in Y basketball, so I’ve always been involved with that. I’ve stayed in touch with people through the years and I knew a couple of guys that played, and they asked me to play. You meet new friends and keep old friendships growing. It’s a good way to keep the bonds going,” he said.
“I just like being a player. It’s too much on me to try to direct the team and know who’s going to sub in and sub out; just ‘tell me what to do, I’ll go do it.,’” he explained.
Wilson plays forward on the court and he played basketball for LaSalle in high school.
“The league keeps growing. Some years you have your good years, some years you have an offyear but we try to keep getting the message out that it’s there, it’s a good competitive league. It’s a lot of fun, just guys getting together playing some hoops, making friendships, keeping friendships going. It’s a great group of guys. It’s more than just basketball. It’s like a family and that’s what I think gets missed sometimes with the way things are. Once the playing is done, the game is over, you’re all friends and it’s just a great feeling. It’s good to get out of the house and stay athletic,” he said.
Championship games begin in March, two sets of games take place every Wednesday; the first set begins at 7:15 p.m. and the second set begins at 8:25 p.m.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Ava Dallas, a freshman at Saratoga Springs High School, is already breaking records for the district. Last Saturday, Dallas broke the Section II vault record; it was previously 9.325 in time and she had a 9.4.
“It was really exciting, and it was nice to see that my hard work paid off. It was also a great experience to see my coaches and teammates and how they congratulated me, it really made me feel good,” Dallas explained.
Dallas is also a cheerleader during football season, having started that this year.
“Cheer was really fun, it was very different for me because it was something I hadn’t done before and I was a flyer so I went up in the stunts. It was fun to learn something new and if I don’t make it into college for gymnastics I have something to fall back on. I plan to do it again next football season,” Dallas said.
Other than sports, Dallas is also in the Best Buddies program at school.
“The Best Buddies program is basically you are paired with somebody with learning disabilities and you get to go to events with them and really spend time and become friends with them. I went to the clubs’ fair during the walk-through at the high school and I was really interested in it, so I decided to join. My sister also did it,” she said.
Dallas started doing gymnastics at only 10-years-old at the YMCA, doing the beginning levels. She then transitioned into a club team called Stepping Star in Ballston Spa.
“After two years at Stepping Star, I decided it was very time consuming and since I was going into high school, I wanted something less time consuming, so I decided that I would start varsity gymnastics at school,” Dallas explained.
She has dreams of doing gymnastics in college and is attending a camp this summer at Penn State where she intends to scope out the gymnastics program there.
“When I was younger I really wanted to go to the Olympics but as you get older, gymnastics is such a very hard sport on the body; it’s not really likely at my age now to be able train elite and then go to the Olympics, but I still want to go to college for it,” she said.
Dallas loves her gymnastics team and immediately felt at ease once the season started.
“It was very easy to make the transition from club to team. The girls and coaches are really friendly.”
Her favorite gymnast is Laurie Hernandez.
“I love how expressive she is in her floor routine; she really makes it look fun,” Dallas explained.
Dallas’ favorite part of gymnastics is the floor routine. Dallas is also an Honors student.
“Her mother and I are quiteproud of her accomplishments. She is able to juggle everything and still maintain a 98 average while taking all Honors classes, no less,” said her father, Eugene Dallas.
Dallas cites her mom as her main inspiration.
“I really want to make my mom proud because she gets really excited when I go to competitions and she’s really there to support me through everything. Even at school when I have a test, she’s like ‘good luck’ and it makes me feel really good inside,” Dallas said.
For more information on when the Saratoga Springs gymnastics team plays, check out the Sports At a Glance page.
Coached by Harold Staulters (17 years), assisted by Gene Staulters. How many qualified: Eleven: Nick Palso (99), Wyatt Gorman (138), Ramel Brooks (145), Andrew Reynolds (152), Colby Harblin (160), Tyler Barnes (170), Peter Hansen (170), Jake Cook (182), Cameron Edwards (195), Nate Rurycz (220), Jake Stangle (285). Star Wrestlers: Tyler Barnes, Jake Cook, Jake Stangle, Nick Palso; all returning Section II champions. Quotes: “Stangle and Cook both have a great shot, Barnes is a New York State champ at the same weight, so we’re expecting the same thing this year. Palso is probably the best in the 99 group,” Coach Staulters commented.
Coached by Kris West (9 years), assisted by Jake Zanetti. How many qualified: Nine: Griffin Viviano (106), Jordan Sartin (113), Zach Watkins (113), Eric Groskowitz (120), Frank Spatafora (152), Ryan DiGuiseppe (160), Devin Crowe (170), Brant Robinson (220), Doug Cooper (285). Star Wrestlers: Jordan Sartin, Section II champion last year and two-time State qualifier.
Coached by Buck Anderson (4 years, 20 years as assistant), assisted by Eric Johannson. How many qualified: Five: Orion Anderson, Xavier Jones, Harrison Williams, Jeremy Brownell, Thomas Donovan Star Wrestlers: Orion Anderson, 2x returning state champ (126), Xavier Jones (138), placed 2x in sectionals.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar (SSAS) is a 501(c)(3) organization that, for a decade now, has been around to help financiallydisadvantaged young men and women in the Saratoga Springs School District complete high school and college. Ten high school sophomores are chosen each year for the program. Each scholar is provided with a mentor through the Saratoga Mentoring Program. This mentor stays with the student throughout their seven-year participation in the program.
“This year’s college acceptances are starting to come in. Our seniors have received more than 40 acceptances already, with more to come,” said Jim LaVigne, volunteer executive director of SSAS.
“We have had eight graduating classes, which is 76 kids, that have graduated from the high school portion of the program. One hundred percent of them have been accepted into college; most of these kids were kids that weren’t even going to go to college,” LaVigne explained.
“Our goal is to get them into college,” LaVigne stated.
With a 100 percent success rate, it looks like SSAS continues to meet their goal each year.