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BH-BL teams affected by construction

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake sports teams have had to reschedule games and move practices away from the high school due to continuing construction.

Athletic Director Bob McGuire said, It's been a trying process.

Currently, all morning practices are taking place at the middle school. Only the tennis team is allowed to practice at the high school because of construction.

McGuire said all contests prior to the start of school on Sept. 11 will be moved off site.

The first home football game will be played at Union College on Sept. 1, the first girls soccer tournament has been moved to Maalwyck Park in Scotia, and McGuire said he still hasn't figured out where the girls invitational volleyball tournament will be.

McGuire said he has been on the road looking at facilities and on the phone talking to people trying to figure out where each team will go while they are displaced.

"It's a major process right now. We've only had a short time to work on this, and we've made over 50 changes in the last week," McGuire said.

The swim team has borne the brunt of the rescheduling headache. The pool has been affected by the work being done to the heating system at the high school. McGuire said construction crews had to focus on completing the classroom areas, so the pool area probably won't be finished until October.

McGuire said pool time in the region is sparse. "There aren't too many pools around, and each one is being used for physical education, community swim, interscholastic sports and adult classes," he said.

McGuire has gotten pool time for the swim team until Sept. 18. The team has been practicing at the Woodland Club for the last two weeks. The team will be at Niskayuna High School for a week and at Union College after that.

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