Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Subway Series: Mets at Yankees Preview

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Story updated to reflect Thursday Mets and Yankee wins

It's Subway Series time again!

The New York Mets and the New York Yankees begin the first of two series this year on Friday when the Mets make the short travel to Yankee Stadium.  The Yankees return home after playing a four game series at Detroit.

A lot of people are talking New York Mets, and for good reason.  After three straight sweeps, the Mets enter the Subway Series with the best record in baseball, helped by an ongoing 11 game win streak.

The win streak is remarkable considering the growing list of injuries that the Mets have faced.  This includes their capitain, David Wright, Travis d'Arnaud, Jerry Blevins, all who have been injured recently.  Add a suspended reliever in Jenrry Mejia, Zack Wheeler, who was scratched from the lineup prior to opening day as he needs Tommy John surgery, and closer Bobby Parnell, who is set to make his return next month to the list, and you get a Mets team that should otherwise be among the basement dwellers in the NL East.

The success of the Mets through 16 games is the effort of the whole team.  Lucas Duda is hitting the ball well, leading the team with 19 hits.  Juan Lagares has 16 hits, second best on the team, but has made his value more on the field, showing why he was a Gold Glove recipient for his work in center field.  He showcased this on the Wednesday night game against Atlanta when he robbed what would of been an extra base hit in the seventh inning.

The Mets are known for their pitching, and the Yankees will have to face their top two hurlers during the series.  Jacob deGrom was the National League Rookie of the Year, and has followed up that effort by keeping teams scoreless through 18.2 innings since allowing a first inning two-run home run in the opening day game against the Washington Nationals.  Matt Harvey will pitch the middle game of the series, and Jonathon Niese will be on the mound for the Sunday Night game.

Mets fans will be familiar with the Yankees top hitter.  Chris Young was hitting only .205 with the New York Mets last year before he was released and picked up by the Yankees.  He's off to a hot 2015, hitting .357 to lead the Yankees, and would love nothing more than to show Terry Collins and the New York Mets what they missed out on by releasing him.  Brett Gardner is also off to a good start, and Mark Teixeira leads the Yankees with 13 runs batted in.  Plus, Alex Rodriguez is back and wanting to make a statement to Yankee fans and the league.

The Yankees will send out Michael Pineda to start the series.  He surrendered three runs in the last start, but got the help from Yankee bats to earn the win over Tampa Bay.  On Saturday, C.C. Sabathia will oppose Matt Harvey.  Sabathia is off to a rough start, losing all three starts he has made to start the 2015 season.  His latest loss was one where the Yankee offense wasn't clicking, taking the loss despite only giving up two runs in eight innings pitched.  Nathan Eovaldi will pitch the series finale on Sunday Night.

The Yankees started rough, but have picked things up by winning 6 of their last 7 entering the Thursday series finale at Detroit.  They will be a formidable foe for the Mets.

Don't forget, as an affiliate of the New York Mets Radio Network, we have coverage of all three games this weekend live from Yankee Stadium.  Coverage begins 40 minutes before the first pitch.

And just remember, this is only the first of two series between the two teams.  They will meet again at Citi Field for a three game tilt in September.  And how fantastic would that be if both teams are relevant on the quest for October.

New York Mets at New York Yankees
Fri 4/24 - First Pitch: 7:05PM.  Pregame Coverage: 6:25PM
TV Coverage: WRGB CBS 6 (Mets); YES (Yankees)

Sat 4/25 - First Pitch: 4:05PM.  Pregame Coverage: 3:25PM
TV Coverage: WCWN CW 15 (Yankees); SNY (Mets); FOX Sports 1 (National)

Sun 4/26 - First Pitch: 8:05PM.  Pregame Coverage: 7:25PM
TV Coverage: ESPN (National Exclusivity)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Full Broadcast: NYSPHSAA Class C Championship - Lake George vs. Waterville

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Due to popular request, we have uploaded our radio call of the NYSPHSAA Class C Boys Basketball Championship between the Lake George Warriors and the Waterville Indians.

The game was a close battle between two good teams, making for a great championship game.  But the game was best known for the Joel Wincowski shot that came with 1.6 seconds left to go that gave the Lake George Warriors the State Championship.

After the jump is the full broadcast, edited down to exclude the commercial breaks. In addition, the pregame, halftime and postgame report were not archived. During the broadcast, we mention a special "Plays of the Year", which will be made available online in a separate blog entry soon.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Joel Wincowski Air Mails a Lake George Title

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GLENS FALLS - Most of the 4,000 that was at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday night will remember Joel Wincowski's 2,613rd, 2,614th and 2,615th career points for a long time.

Those points, coming with 1.6 seconds left on the clock, gave Lake George a 53-50 lead over the Waterville Indians.

And after a lengthy round of timeouts and one inbound pass, a great look from Zach Sawyer bounced off the back of the rim and rolled over the hole as it fell away from the basket, giving the Lake George Warriors the NYSPHSAA Class C Championship for the Waterville Indians.

It was a fitting moment for #4, who propelled himself to the top of Section 2's career scoring list at the start of the playoffs.  He finishes his high school career with 2,615 points, 5th all-time in New York State, displacing East Hampton's Ken Wood by two points.

He finished with 30 points as Waterville opted to double-team him most of the game, but was able to use screens and fakes to lighten the coverage on him.

The seesaw game brought several lead changes and ties.  Lake George fell behind early, prompting Dave Jones to spend a timeout.  But the Warriors came back to tie the game at 11.  Waterville came back to take the lead, but Lake George scored their first lead of the game off a Jake English foul that brought Joel Wincowski to the line.

Waterville regained the lead on a Jake English three and a pair of Zach Sawyer free throws.  But Lake George would score the final 10 points of the second quarter, and took a 27-21 lead into the half.

No problem for Waterville.  They emerged out of the locker room and shot three behind the arch to retake the lead off the hot-shooting hand of Jake English.  He had 3 threes in the third quarter, and Will Specht added a three to give the Indians a quick 30-27 lead.

Waterville would outscore the Indians 19-11 in the third quarter.

Joel Wincowski scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter as the Class C Tournament MVP used his power to get inside for buckets.

But the final three was set up perfectly.  Waterville tied the game 50-50 on an offensive rebound following a free throw, and put up a three with 30 seconds left to play that rimed out.  Lake George drained the clock down to 7 seconds before Dave Jones called a timeout.  Off the timeout, Wincowski made a move backwards with the help of a screen to get a double team off him, and launched a 30-footer that went in.

As the Lake George Warriors were celebrating, the officials were conferring as they would eventually put 1.6 seconds left on the clock as Waterville called a timeout right after Wincowski's shot.

After about five minutes, the Lake George faithful at the Glens Falls Civic Center was finally able to celebrate the championship win.

The Lake George Warriors finish the season 26-1, with their lone loss being a one point loss to the Hoosick Falls Panthers on January 24th.  Wincowski's 30 was aided with Dylan Hubbard's 9 points.  Andrew McGowan scored 7 points.

The Waterville Indians finished their season 25-1, as Jake English used the power of six 3's on his way to 20 points.  Zach Sawyer, a returning member of last year's All-Tournament Team finished with 17 points as he was named on the team once again this year.

2-Lake George Warriors vs. 3-Waterville Indians

Saturday, March 21st, 7:15PM at the Glens Falls Civic Center

LAKE GEORGE          9  18  11  15  53
WATERVILLE          11  10  19  10  50

 3 KYLE JONES        0   0   2   0   2
 4 JOEL WINCOWSKI    4  10   4  12  30
10 CRAIG KEENAN      3   0   0   0   3
21 DYLAN HUBBARD     0   6   0   3   9
31 ZEKE REYNOLDS     0   2   0   0   2
44 ANDREW MCGOWAN    2   0   5   0   7
TOTALS               9  18  11  15  53

THREES: Wincowski (2), Hubbard (3)
FREE THROWS: Wincowski (3), McGowan (3)

10 JAKE ENGLISH      2   6   9   3  20

23 ZACH SAWYER       4   2   7   4  17
25 J.T. MACHOLD      0   2   0   0   4
30 HUNTER WILLIAMS   2   0   0   3   5
41 WILL SPECHT       3   0   3   0   6
TOTALS              11  10  19  10  50

THREES: English (6), Specht (3)
FREE THROWS: English (2), Sawyer (5), Williams (1)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Boys Basketball: A quick guide to all 20 teams

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At 10AM Friday Morning, the first of 15 basketball games to be played at the Glens Falls Civic Center will tip off, culminating in five state champions being crowned on the hardwood floor.

Many of these teams have seen the insides of the Glens Falls Civic Center before, including the return of Mount Vernon, who has an unprecedented 10 state titles.  Bridgehampton makes their first appearance in Glens Falls in well over 15 years, and Section 2 will fill the Glens Falls Civic Center as three teams will play on Friday and Saturday.

Let's take a look at each of the teams, starting with the Class D teams.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

NYSPHSAA State Championships: Champion-bearers

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The twenty teams with travel plans set for Glens Falls next weekend for the NYS Basketball Championships combine for thirty state championships spread among ten teams.  

After the jump, the list of the twenty teams, how many titles they have won, and when the last time they hosted the plaque at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball Championships Schedule

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The field of 20 teams making their way to the Glens Falls Civic Center for the NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball Championships is set.

The three-day event begins on Friday morning with the Class D Semifinals, and wraps up on Sunday with the Class A and AA Championships.

The championships for all five classifications will be televised on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel, Channel 50 in the Glens Falls/Queensbury area.

For ticket purposes, the event is broken down into five sessions, with general admission giving you access to all games within a single session.  Tickets can be purchased online through the Glens Falls Civic Center, or through the NYSPHSAA website.

The list of teams coming to Glens Falls is after the jump.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Mets return to FOX Sports Radio 1230 for fourth straight year

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FOX Sports Radio 1230 announces they will be continuing their partnership with the New York Mets.

The New York Mets and Adirondack Broadcasting, FOX Sports Radio 1230's parent company, have signed a deal allowing 162 regular season games and 2 preseason games to air on FOX Sports Radio 1230 during the 2015 season.

The two preseason games will take place on April 3rd and 4th, as the New York Mets take on the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park.

Then on April 6th, the New York Mets begin their 2015 regular season campaign as they travel to Washington to face the Nationals at 4:05PM.

The broadcasts will feature Ryan Randazzo as the new host of the Mets Extra pre and postgame shows.  Randazzo comes from Chicago, where he handled talk and sports anchor duties for CBS Radio's WSCR-AM and WBBM-AM.  In addition, he did work for the Chicago White Sox, the Big Ten Network, ESPN and various other sports clubs and networks.  Randazzo replaces Seth Everett, who handled the duties for Mets flagship WOR last year.

Howie Rose and Josh Lewin return to describe the action on the field from the booth for the fourth straight year.

Coverage for all regular season Mets games will begin 40 minutes prior to the scheduled first pitch.

About FOX Sports Radio 1230: FOX Sports Radio 1230, WMML-AM, is a 1000-watt radio station licensed to Adirondack Broadcasting to cover the Glens Falls area.  The coverage area for WMML expands from Saratoga Springs to the south, Granville to the east, Corinth to the west and Warrensburg to the north, with more areas receiving the station during the course of the daytime.  FOX Sports Radio 1230 is home to the Dan Patrick Show, Rich Eisen Show, as well as other sports/talk programs handled by FOX Sports Radio.  The station is also home to Buffalo Bills football coverage in the fall, New York Mets baseball in the spring and summer, and high school sports in both fall and winter.