Lori Mahan

Lori Mahan

Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:26

Local All-Star Moments

Saratoga Regional YMCA Basketball
OVER 25-YEAR-OLD BASKETBALL LEAGUE TEAM WINK 91 - TEAM REED 67
Team Wink had scoring from everyone playing and beat Team Reed by a score of 91 – 67. The Winks led by 21 points at the half and coasted to the win. The winners were led by Brian Travis who had 23 points and teammates JR Michael’s 19 points, Dallas Wells 17 points James Schober 15 points. Team Reed got 25 points from Ryan O’Rourke and another 17 points from Taylor Wilson. TEAM EMERY 57 - TEAM SIKORA 48 Due to injuries, Team Emery played with only four players all game, but they were able to still have a victory over Team Sikora by a score of 57 - 48. Team Emery got 18 points from Blake Rizzi while teammates Travis Ramsey 13 points, Chris Cameron 12 points and Andrew Armstrong had 10 points in the victory. Camdon Spencer had a team high 15 points in the loss. TEAM DUFF 70 - TEAM LOMBARDO 58 Using a balanced scoring attack, Team Duff took a hard-fought game over Team Lombardo 70 to 58. Corey Harkins had 14 points, Josh Demarais, 12 points from Ryan Duff and 10 points from Tim Bush in the win while Alex Ventre and Mike Ventre each scored 13 points in the loss.

Spa Catholic Softball            
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, April 11, Saratoga Central Catholic played Hoosic Valley and won, 11-10. For Spa Catholic: Cassidy Hayner had one double, five RBIs, and two homeruns; Emy Murray had one RBI; Molly O’Reilly hit two singles. On Friday, April 13, Spa Catholic defeated Stillwater, 16-4. For Spa Catholic: Julia Murdick had one double and five RBIs; Molly O’Reilly had one double and three RBIs; Emy Murray had one RBI; Victoria Alvord had one double and one RBI.

Spa Catholic Baseball        
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Wednesday, April 11, Spa Catholic played Hoosic Valley, defeating them 14-2. For Spa Catholic: Nick Winslow had two doubles, three runs, and one RBI; Tyler Haraden had one homerun and three RBIs; Josh Van Patten had two doubles and one RBI; Kaden Learch had one double, four RBIs, and two runs; Kessler Waldron had one triple; Dylan Custer had two runs; Terel Tillman had one double and 14 strikeouts while pitching.

Saratoga Springs Girls Lacrosse
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Thursday, April 12, Saratoga Springs played Colonie and defeated them, 16-2. For Saratoga: Kit O’Hara, Ella Payer, and Sofie Mangino had two goals and one assist; Lauren Duffy had two goals; Katie Wendell had one goal and three assists; Sylvie Waters had one goal and two assists; Katie Silver, Lindsey Frank, Jackie Sauer, and Elizabeth McGinn each had one goal and one assist; Sophia Burke and Reilly Hogan had one goal each; Abigail Searles had five saves.

Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:24

Athlete of the Week: Norah Dempsey

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Norah Dempsey, 14, a freshman at Saratoga Springs High School, a U16 alpine athlete through New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF), which has programs out of both Gore and Whiteface Mountain.

“This winter I had the opportunity to live and train out of Lake Placid/Whiteface for the winter while keeping up with my schoolwork with tutors. It is not actually affiliated with the Saratoga High ski team,” Dempsey explained.

“I started in the Mountain Adventure Program at Gore and then my brother did racing so the next year I followed in his footsteps and started racing at gore,” she said.

Her parents are also recreational skiers and her siblings both race, as well. Dempsey is a part of the Winter Term Program through NYSEF, a program which allowed her to train throughout the winter while getting one-on-one tutoring to keep up with her education.

“I love it, it’s great and the school has been really supportive of me missing so much of the winter for skiing,” Dempsey said.

Dempsey practices in the winter six days a week and also attends camps in the summer to practice. During Winter Term, Dempsey was pleased with how much time they had on the snow. She also plays soccer, piano, and the French horn. Though she thoroughly enjoys music, she prefers her athletics.

Comparing soccer and skiing she said, “I think they definitely compliment each other even though they’re really different as far as muscle sets go.”

Dempsey also occasionally volunteers at Saratoga Plan as part of the catering staff.

Dempsey is coached by Patrick Purcell.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Andrew Bobbitt, the CEO of the Saratoga Regional YMCA, has a love of tennis and when Bobbitt had coffee with YMCA member Allen Oppenheim, an idea was formed: The Learn to Love Tennis (LTLT) Program.

“[Oppenheim’s] interest in the Y primarily comes from playing tennis at Wilton and he had shared that he had tried to do some work with our staff and the US Tennis Association on a program that they had that would provide access to tennis for underprivileged children. I have a tennis background, I taught and played a little in college and was teaching pro in the summers, so I said, ‘hey that sounds like a great thing,’” Bobbitt said, explaining how the idea came to be. Bobbitt decided to customize their own local program for kids who haven’t played at all in the area, just “get them to pick up a racket and start learning tennis,” he said.

The YMCA was able to raise money, so the classes can be offered at no cost. There are two classes offered, Thursdays and Saturdays, which take place over five weeks.

“Ideally, we are going to try and do four of these classes over the remainder of the year which is going to impact 320 kids between the ages of 7 and 10,” Bobbitt said.

“I started as a program director and I’ve been doing admin in the YMCA for a long time now and I think having that tennis background and the enthusiasm that Allen had, we can impact these kids through a recreational sport. Tennis is a sport you can play recreationally well into your 70s and beyond,” he stated.

Saturday classes begin on April 28 and they run from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Wilton YMCA, Thursday classes are already full and as of Thursday, April 19, Saturday classes have a limited number of spots left.

“As soon as we can do a second session for a different group of 80 kids, we would advertise another LTLT,” he said.

“I think there is an opportunity for us to engage more individuals in the game of tennis and I can’t think of a better way to do that then young children who have not picked up a racket before,” Bobbitt concluded.

For more information, contact the SRYMCA at 518-583-9622.

Thursday, 19 April 2018 16:16

Autism Awareness

SARATOGA SPRINGS – April is Autism Awareness Month, a mental condition which effect countless families. Autism is defined as a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts. No real “reason” for the condition has ever been determined.

“I have a lot of different theories as to why autism has had an explosion in the last 20 years. There are many different factors with a constant investigation of food, diet, exercise from being pregnant all the way up to medications and vaccines, which is a hot subject, and it’s all up for negotiation because it all depends on who you talk to,” said Tara Bolvin, whose son Phillip is autistic.


The Bolvin family, and those like them, have faced many challenges as they go through life with an autistic family member.

“You’re dealing with schools that are not prepared to house and educate children with disabilities. There arise programs like BOCES, and then that program is inundated with an array of disabilities. It essentially becomes a dumping ground for all these kids that society doesn’t know what to do with. So as a parent, you have to be very strong to navigate all of that and to be an advocate for your child,” Bolvin explained.

Bolvin is trying to get Phillip into college but since his high school career was so detrimental he has no interest in furthering his education.

“Phillip is like no way, I’m tapping out,” she said.

School was a struggle for him, he never felt like he had enough support from the staff or programs.

“Life is very black and white for him, the understanding of grey and sarcasm, that’s very challenging. When he says something inappropriate I’ll say, ‘why don’t you try that again’ and he knows, ‘okay I said something that made somebody uncomfortable.’ The grey area is where most decisions lay and they’re not there so it’s all manufactured and taught behavior, for them it isn’t natural. He doesn’t care how your day is going, they have no empathy. That is the truth of what we’re working with here. He’ll come home every day and ask how my day was, but he doesn’t’ care. It’s a manufactured behavior,” Bolvin explained.

Autism Awareness Month is from April 1 through April 30 and features bright royal blue as the awareness color.

MALTA - A Capital Region Youth Climate Summit was recently held at the Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART facility in Malta.   The NYS Capital Region Youth Climate Summit brought together students and teachers from high schools around the Capital Region of New York State to learn about climate change and develop Climate Action Plans for their schools and communities. The Capital Region summit was modeled after the Youth Climate Summit held at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake and combined informative plenary sessions and workshops in a fun atmosphere. National experts including Susan Powers from Clarkson University, iMatter, and the Sunshine Movement as well as students from The Wild Center/ Alliance for Climate Education presented at the summit.  The students were excited to hear from Congressman Paul Tonko on steps that are being taken by representatives in Washington to help address environmental issues. Congressman Tonko was able to hear directly from the students their ideas for reducing their footprint in their communities.  The team of students from Schuylerville won a gift card at the end of the summit based on their Climate Action Plan.  They will use the award to help implement their plan in their community.   The team from Queensbury earned a gift card to help with environmental projects in their community for having the most sustainable lunch at the summit.  The summit was held as a result of generous sponsorship from the Stewarts Holiday Match, Brookfield Renewable, The Wild Center and Hudson Valley Community College.  The Summit was organized and coordinated by students and teachers from the Ballston Spa Central School District, the Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries ECHS and Schuylerville Central School District with help from The Wild Center in Tupper Lake.

Thursday, 12 April 2018 17:36

Local All-Star Moments

Saratoga Springs and Shen Alum Earn  Syracuse University Cheer Awards           

SYRACUSE — Syracuse University freshman cheerleaders Madison Dallas (Saratoga Springs - Class of 2017) and Brenna Hart (Shenendehowa - Class of 2017) were recently honored at the Syracuse University Cheer banquet held Sunday, April 8, at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel.    Madison won the “Rookie of the Year” award which is given to “The newcomer whose athletic ability, willingness to improve and dedication has contributed greatly to the success of Syracuse Cheerleading 2017-2018.”  Brenna received the coveted “Orange Award” given “To the athlete who has been an outstanding representative of Syracuse Cheerleading through service events, appearances, games, and an overall commitment to our team.” Both girls cheered for their respective high school during their time in the Capital District and cheered for the private cheer gym Cheer Intensity in Green Island, NY.  Madison and Brenna are planning to room together during their sophomore year at Syracuse University.

Spa Catholic Softball Team            
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Monday, April 9, Saratoga Central Catholic played Hoosick Falls in their first game of the season and won, 8-2. Spa Catholic had one run in the first inning and seven in the second while Hoosick Falls had two runs in the sixth. For Spa Catholic: Victoria Alvord hit a double, Cassidy Hayner had the only home run of the evening, and Grace O’Reilly had 2 RBIs.

Saratoga Springs vs. Niskayuna Girls Lacrosse            
SARATOGA SPRINGS — On Tuesday, April 10, Saratoga Springs beat Niskayuna, 13-8. For Saratoga Springs: Sophia Burke had four goals; Lindsey Frank had three goals and two assists; Reilly Hogan had three goals; Katie Wendell had two goals and four assists; and Sylvie Waters had one goal and one assist.

Thursday, 12 April 2018 17:32

Athlete of the Week: Katie Wendell

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Katie Wendell, an 18-year-old Saratoga Springs senior has just scored her 100th goal in lacrosse, a feat to be celebrated.

“It was really exciting! My teammates had set me up so many times, so it was nice to finally get the 100th goal,” Wendell said.

Wendell will be attending Bucknell University to play Division I lacrosse and major in biology next year. She shares her love of lacrosse with her parents, who also played in college and coached as well. Her father started the lacrosse rec program. She fell in love with the sport in second grade. She plays year round through the school and a club team out of Syracuse called Orange Crush.

“It’s a really fast paced game and it’s always exciting, you can always do something new to get better. I love how there are so many different styles of play, from team to team, so it keeps the game interesting,” she explained.

The team at Saratoga Springs is very close.

“We’re all super close, we’ve all been playing together since second grade. Especially the seniors and juniors this year. We’re best friends. One of our biggest components is our chemistry is something that no other team in Section II has because we’re so close and we play so well together,” Wendell said, complimenting the team’s chemistry.

The team bonds over dinners at their coach’s house and over spring break they traveled to Long Island where they played two games, stayed in a hotel together, and practiced on the beach together.

 “That was really fun team bonding experience,” she said.

Academically, Wendell is on the high honor roll and focuses her studies toward the sciences because she plans to go to Physician Assistant school after her under-grad. She also internships through Saratoga Springs High School. She works part-time at Mimi’s Restaurant downtown and also helps referee and coach the program that she first started playing lacrosse in. She cites her parents as her biggest supporters.

“They’ve driven me all over the northeast for tournaments and have stuck with me through everything that’s come with the recruiting process for lacrosse. We’ve driven all over the country to find the best fit for me for the next four years,” she explained.

She credits her club coaches Greg Burns and Liz Beville and her coaches at Saratoga, Elaine Anton Lotruglio, Elise Britt, and Katie Hannan as being “really helpful” in her lacrosse career.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Skidmore College announces the winners of the eighth annual Kenneth A. Freirich Business Plan Competition, held Friday, April 6, 2018. More than 325 students and 210 businesses have entered the competition, which was established in 2010 by Skidmore alumnus Ken Freirich ’90 with the intent of fostering entrepreneurship and creativity among students of all majors and disciplines at Skidmore. Th e competition has grown into one the best-funded among liberal arts colleges nationally, with cash prizes and business service awards valued at over $50,000. Skidmore College was ranked seventh among America’s most entrepreneurial colleges according to Forbes.

“There’s nothing more rewarding than watching amazingly talented and creative students take on the biggest challenges of their lives and succeed,” said Ken Freirich, Skidmore College class of ’90 and founder of the Kenneth A. Freirich Business Plan Competition.

“I am extremely proud of all the students, and I know that this experience will change many of their lives. Students told me that this has been a transformative event, and I’m
immensely proud to be able to give back and to enrich these students’ educational experience at Skidmore,” said Freirich.

Competition founder Ken Freirich was a student entrepreneur while at Skidmore, starting his fi rst business as a sophomore publishing a magazine for college students that was distributed on 35 college campuses in three states. Today, Freirich is president of Health Monitor Network, a thriving entrepreneurial company that has grown almost tenfold over the past ten years and is celebrating its 35th anniversary. For additional information about the Freirich Business Plan Competition, please visit: www.skidmore.edu.

Thursday, 05 April 2018 18:24

Athlete of the Week: Brian Hart

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Brian Hart, a senior at Saratoga Springs High School, is a star baseball and basketball player. He will be attending Marist College on a baseball scholarship in fall 2018. He has played on the varsity team for both sports for the last three years.

“Basically, my dad just put a bat in my hand when I was a young kid and I played little league. I’ve enjoyed playing baseball all these years,” Hart said, explaining how he became involved with baseball.

He started with Saratoga National Little League and then did the Saratoga Stampede travel team during middle school and high school. Hart’s senior basketball season was a success.

“We had a really good basketball season this year. All the kids on that team are the kids I’ve been playing with my whole life, so just being able to play with them again this year was really fun,” he said.

Hart says he enjoys baseball and basketball the same amount, but he recognizes that he’s better at baseball.

In his free time, Hart studies, works out, and hangs out with his friends, which consists of mostly the baseball team.

“We have a lot of seniors on this team that I’ve been playing with for a long time, we’ve all made it a goal to win a state championship. We have high expectations for this team and we’re looking to have a good season this year. I try to be a leader for the team and if any of the underclassmen need help they can ask me and I’ll help them out,” Hart stated.

Every March, the team goes to Vero Beach, FL for spring training.

“It’s an advantage for us because other teams in the area don’t have the privilege to go to Florida and play games, so we use it to our advantage when we come back here,” he said.

Hart has worked out with several major league teams: the Brewers, the Red Sox, the Rangers, and the Padres.

“It [working with those teams] was a blessing and it just shows that all of my hard work has paid off. I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and if good things come of it, that’s just great,” he said.


He isn’t sure about going pro just yet. In college, he is thinking about majoring in either math, finance, or business.

Hart’s favorite baseball team is the Yankees and his favorite player is Aaron Judge, “because he’s an outfielder and a power hitter” like him.

Hart feels supported on and off the field. His cites his parents, Pam and John, as his biggest supporters.

“Athletically though, definitely my dad is my biggest supporter. He’s done a lot for me, he’s my backbone with sports, he’s helped me practice. He’s just done a lot,” Hart explained.

On the field, Hart gets along with his whole team and all of his coaches.

“My coaches are great. I get along with them. [Cuthbertson] is really easy going, he’s not the type of coach that will yell at you. He has the expectation that we’re going to work hard and get the job done. That just makes everything easier and takes the pressure off everyone,” Hart said.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Independent School’s (SIS) Odyssey of the Mind team won first place in its regional competition and is moving on to compete in the New York State Finals Tournament on April 7 at Binghamton University. Saratoga Independent School’s three Odyssey of the Mind teams took home three awards at the New York Region 6 competition held in Galway, New York on Saturday, March 17, including a first place finish, a third place finish, and a special award for good sportsmanship.  More than 300 students on 44 teams from public and private schools in 15 school districts competed. SIS’s Odyssey of the Mind team advancing to the state tournament includes:  teachers Sarah Morris and Ilena Coor; students Jack Scher, Virginia Arnod, Wyatt and Carter Short, Anna Westney and Norah Hoke. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Founded in 1991, SIS is a New York state-chartered private school in Saratoga Springs accredited by the New York State Independent Schools Association.  The school currently serves 140 students in Prekindergarten through 5th grade. In Fall 2018, SIS will launch The Middle School at Saratoga Independent School, beginning with sixth grade. Seventh grade will be added in 2019 and eighth grade in 2020. The school’s mission is to empower students to become confident learners who are capable of critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork.  It strives to equip its students with the knowledge and skills they will need to succeed in an increasingly complex world, while enriching each day of their childhood.

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