Thursday, October 15, 2015

Week 7's Games to Watch

Here's the games this week that have major playoff implications:

Shenendehowa at Guilderland - Fri, 7PM

Even with 3-1 divisional records, neither team can beat Saratoga Springs for the top spot in the Empire Division, as the Blue Streaks have the head-to-head advantage over either team.  But the winner of this game will be assured a home date next week.  The loser takes to the road as the #3 seed.

Columbia at Bethlehem - Fri, 7PM

Columbia has clinched a playoff spot by virtue of their 3-1 division record.  However, Bethlehem has not.  A win will clinch a playoff spot, and very well could boost the Eagles into the #2 seed depending on what happens over in La Salle.

Queensbury at Green Tech - Fri, 7PM

If Queensbury wins, they will get to host next Saturday as the #2 seed. If they lose, then they'll be watching the South Glens Falls game closely on Saturday, as the Bulldogs could tie the two teams with a win over Gloversville.

Mohonasen at Averill Park - Fri, 7PM

Both teams should make the playoffs, based on a head-to-head win over Bishop Maginn, who is the last team standing in the Southeast.  But the two teams will be fighting hard here, as the loser of this game will likely have to make a trip to Burnt Hills next Friday.

Glens Falls at Hudson Falls - Sat, 1:30PM

Not only is this the rivalry Jug Game, but it's with major playoff implications.  The two teams are already in the playoffs, but the winner of this game will be the #2 seed in the B-West and will get to host next week.  The loser, however, has a date at either Ravena or Schalmont next week.

Schalmont at Ravena - Fri, 7PM

Speaking of these two teams, both teams will make the playoffs and will get to host next week.  The winner of this game will clinch the Reinfurt Division #1 seed, the loser will be the #2 seed.

Broadalbin-Perth at Johnstown - Fri, 7PM
Hudson at Albany Academy - Sat, 1:30PM

The two games are both win and you're in games.  The winner of the Broadalbin-Perth/Johnstown game will be presented with a trip to either Schalmont or Ravena next week.  And likewise, the winner of the Hudson/Albany Academy game on Saturday will be spending next Friday night in Schuylerville.

Greenwich at Hoosick Falls - Fri, 7PM

After six straight Section 2 championships, the Hoosick Falls Panthers are in danger of missing the 2015 Class C Playoffs.  While the weight of the North Division could help them, that Week 1 loss to Hoosic Valley could hurt them, especially if they put together a poor showing against the Greenwich Witches Friday night.  Greenwich's guaranteed the North Division's top spot, and could help assure themselves of a #1 seed with a win.

Fonda at Coxsackie-Athens - Sat, 1PM

The two teams have already clinched their spots in the upcoming playoffs, but the difference between definitely hosting next week and playing on the road will be settled here.  The winner gets the division and one of the top 3 seeds in the playoffs, the loser will be seeded either 4th, 5th or 6th.

Whitehall at Cambridge - Sat, 1PM

Just like last year, these two teams will meet up to settle the last remaining unbeaten team in Class D.  And as a gift left by the Section 2 scheduling committee, they left it for last.  The winner of this game will take the #1 seed into Week 9.

Canajoharie at Rensselaer - Fri, 7PM

Canajoharie will take the #3 seed with a win.  But a Rensselaer win coupled with a Warrensburg win on Saturday will result in a tie for the final playoff spot, which quarter points may be needed to determine the teams moving onto the playoffs.

High School Football: Standings w/Week 7 Schedule

Hard to believe we're already at the final week of the regular season in Section 2 Football.  Many teams have clinched, some of those have already settled their Week 8 plans to be at home, but there's still many other things to be determined during the final week.

Below the jump are the current standings and the Week 7 schedule for all our Section 2 teams.

Monday, August 31, 2015

REPOST: Section 2 2015 Football Schedule

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

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

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

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

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.