Monday, August 31, 2015

REPOST: Section 2 2015 Football Schedule

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Because it's buried on our blog, we're reposting the High School Football schedule for all of Section 2.

The list is the most accurate listing as of August 31st, when it was known that Cairo-Durham wouldn't compete in the varsity level in 2015, leaving their 7 opponents needing to fill that hole in their schedules.

Click the jump for the week-by-week schedule.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

CONFIRMED: American Pharoah to run in the Travers

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The connections of American Pharoah confirmed during an interview with Time Warner Cable News's Marissa Jacques that the Triple Crown winner will run in the Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, August 29th.

He will bid to become the first racehorse since Whirlaway in 1941 to win both the Triple Crown and the Mid-Summer Derby.

The New York Racing Association previously announced that if American Pharoah were to run at Saratoga, they would boost the purse for the Travers up to $1,600,000, an increase of $350,000 from the previously announced $1.25 Million purse.

The $1.6 Million would be the largest purse ever run at Saratoga, topping last year's Whitney Handicap, which was run for $1.5 Million.

Gates open for the 13 race program at 7:00AM, with the first post slated for 11:45AM.  The Travers, the 11th race on the program, is scheduled for 5:46PM.

Tickets for the Travers Stakes are sold out, as the New York Racing Association announced earlier in the meet that attendance would be capped at 50,000 for the race regardless of whether or not American Pharoah would run in the Mid-Summer Derby.  As such, NYRA is advising potential visitors to Saturday's races not to come if they have not purchased any tickets in advance.

However, those with season passes will still be admitted to the race course by going through the regular three gates they have all meet long.

American Pharoah enters the Travers on an eight race winning streak after losing his debut race in a Maiden Special Weight at Del Mar in California.  His wins include the three Triple Crown races, the Arkansas Derby and Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn, the Del Mar Futurity and FrontRunner Stakes in California.  In his last start, he won the Haskell Invitation, defeating rivals Keen Ice and Upstart, both who could be alongside him in the Travers.

According to his owner, Zayat Stables, American Pharoah is scheduled to wrap up his career this October as he heads to Keeneland for the Breeders' Cup Classic on Halloween.


Monday, August 10, 2015

FOX Sports Radio 1230's High School Schedule Unveiled

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Edited: We have changed our Week 6 Friday Night game & Week 7 Saturday Afternoon games from previously announced and have changed our schedule graphic to accommodate these changes.

High School teams take to the field to begin practicing for the upcoming fall season soon.

That includes our local football teams, who hope to start a journey on Labor Day that will bring them to Syracuse over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend for the NYSPHSAA State Championships.

For the fourth year in a row, FOX Sports Radio 1230 will be along with our high school teams for their journey as we go from the local fields to hopefully the Carrier Dome for the State Championship.

Our season begins on Saturday, September 5th in Salem as football returns after a year's absence.  The Salem Generals had to call off their season last year after low interest, but are committed to playing football once again in 2015.  They start a new season of football in Salem with the team who accepted a couple of their players last year, the Cambridge Indians.

In all, FOX Sports Radio 1230 will bring you eight regular season games on the radio, plus a ninth which will be made available on the internet due to a Mets conflict.  All broadcasts will begin 15 minutes before the game's scheduled kickoff with a comprehensive pregame coverage that includes coach interviews, game breakdowns and other analysis for the game.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

American Pharoah is coming to Saratoga

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The Bloodhorse reports American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat wants the Triple Crown winner to run in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on August 29th.

If he runs in the Mid-Summer Derby, American Pharoah would be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, bidding to join Whirlaway as the only horse to have victories in the Triple Crown and the Travers Stakes in their career.

Whirlaway accomplished that feat in 1941.

The New York Racing Association, expecting a boost in attendance and handle because of the appearance, offered to boost the purse of the Travers Stakes to $1.6 Million Dollars if American Pharoah were to run, up $350,000 from its scheduled purse of $1.25 Million.

The Travers, the centerpiece of the Saratoga Race Course meet, is traditionally known as the Mid-Summer Derby, and commonly is the final major three year old stakes before owners race against older horses in preparation for the Breeders' Cup.  It is also NYRA's most attended non-giveaway day at Saratoga, and second overall only to the Belmont Stakes in June.

The Stanley Cup is coming to Saratoga

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Dennis Wierzbicki - USA Today Sports

Hockey's greatest prize is coming to Saratoga Race Course.

The New York Racing Association announced today that the Stanley Cup will be paying a visit to the historic course next Monday, August 10th, from 1:30PM to 3:30PM.  The Stanley Cup will be on display at the NYRA Community Outreach Booth in the backyard, where fans will have the opportunity to get their picture taken with the Cup with a nominal donation to the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzurne.

The Stanley Cup comes to Saratoga Race Course compliments of Chicago Blackhawks Assistant Coach Kevin Dineen, who has local roots in the Glens Falls area with a summer residence on Glen Lake in Queensbury.

The Community Outreach Booth is located in the Saratoga Backyard, near the Jockey Silks room.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

PGCBL Playoff Scenarios - July 29th

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With two games left to play, the Albany Dutchmen have a 1/2 game advantage over the Glens Falls Dragons for the final playoff spot in the East Division of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.

With the two teams playing each other on Thursday, it's very possible that the 7PM meeting at East Field could be a "Winner Takes All" game.

Here are the three scenarios that could happen tonight for the Glens Falls Dragons and the Albany Dutchmen:

Team
Glens Falls Dragons
Albany Dutchmen
Record
22-26
22-25
Remaining Schedule
Friday
@ Amsterdam L
@ Amsterdam L
@ Mohawk Valley W
Saturday
Amsterdam L
@ Adirondack W
Sunday
 off
 off
Monday
@ Albany L
Glens Falls W
Tuesday
Saugerties W
@ Amsterdam L
Wednesday
@ Saugerties
Amsterdam
Thursday
Albany
@ Glens Falls

ALBANY can clinch if....
Albany wins against Amsterdam + Glens Falls loss to Saugerties

ALBANY maintains their 1/2 game advantage over Glens Falls if...
Albany wins against Amsterdam + Glens Falls win over Saugerties OR
Albany loses against Amsterdam + Glens Falls loss to Saugerties

GLENS FALLS takes 1/2 game advantage over Albany if...
Albany loses against Amsterdam + Glens Falls win over Saugerties

The half game advantage will be in play should the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League be forced to cancel Thursday's finale at Glens Falls.  There are widespread thunderstorms in the forecast, but meteorologists say those storms will pass through during the early afternoon and will clear out in time for the evening game.

With the PGCBL playoffs scheduled to begin the following night, July 31st, there's no room to reschedule the game in the event it gets rained out.  Given the importance of this final game for these two teams, the PGCBL will be doing all they possibly can to make sure the game gets played tomorrow night at 7PM at East Field.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Glens Falls Dragons Enter Important Stretch

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The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League playoffs are a week away.

The Glens Falls Dragons currently sit in the third and final playoff spot for the East.  The Dragons are not safe, however, as the Albany Dutchmen trail them by only two games, with the two teams set to play each other twice in the coming week.

Team
Glens Falls Dragons
Albany Dutchmen
Record
22-26
22-25
Remaining Schedule
Friday
@ Amsterdam L
@ Amsterdam L
@ Mohawk Valley W
Saturday
Amsterdam L
@ Adirondack W
Sunday
 off
 off
Monday
@ Albany L
Glens Falls W
Tuesday
Saugerties W
@ Amsterdam L
Wednesday
@ Saugerties
Amsterdam
Thursday
Albany
@ Glens Falls

The Dragons face the task of facing the top-seeded Amsterdam Mohawks three times in the next two days, wanting to maintain their advantage over the Dutchmen for the final playoff spot.  After a day off on Sunday, the Dragons will have two against Albany and two against Saugerties to complete their season.  Saugerties is 20 games back of first place Amsterdam, and 8 games behind the Dragons, thus eliminating the Stallions from playoff contention. 

Albany's schedule isn't easier.  After a game against the second place Mohawk Valley DiamondDawgs, the Dutchmen travel to face Adirondack, who is only a half game behind Utica for the final playoff spot in the West Division and will be fighting for their playoff lives.  Then sandwiched between the two games with Glens Falls are two against Amsterdam.

The Glens Falls Dragons can technically clinch before heading into Monday's game, but will need to win all three games against Amsterdam, while Albany would need to drop their two games.  There's also a possibility of the Dutchmen to come into the rivalry game ahead of the Dragons, if the two teams should reverse the aforementioned fortune.  

But keep an eye on the weather.  The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League will attempt to reschedule lost games due to weather, but rescheduling is not guaranteed.  The loss of games due to weather last year resulted in the Dragons (last year as the Golden Eagles) being eliminated from the playoffs due to a rainout.