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Rob Jonas

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Stars reach out

Three American champions, led by a 2014 Olympian, participate in Skate Fest

Ryan Bradley remembered what it was like for him to be a young figure skater and being introduced to some of the top professional skaters.

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Inspired Raiders win

Carras’ presence helps Colonie romp past Ballston Spa

Following three consecutive losses to start the season, the Colonie girls lacrosse team drew inspiration from one of its former players to earn its first victory.

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Youth leads the way at the 2014 Delmar Dash

Serafini, Hogan set course records

Two young runners pushed the pace at Sunday's Delmar Dash.

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Photo gallery: Delmar Dash 2014

The 2014 Delmar Dash took place Sunday, April 6. Former Niskayuna High School track star Louis Serafini won the men's title with a time of 24:43, three seconds ahead of Voorheesville's Macky Lloyd, while Saratoga Springs resident Megan Hogan defended her women's division title with a time of 26:42.

Softball: Sectional finalists prepare for 2014

Guilderland seeks more than Class AA title it won against Bethlehem in 2013

The Guilderland softball team wants more than another Section II Class AA title.

Baseball: Blue Bison itching to get outside

Shaker scheduled to start season Thursday against Lansingburgh

Like every baseball team in Section II, the Shaker Blue Bison are sick and tired of being cooped up inside the gym for practices.

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Delmar Dash field takes shape

Sunday's race features some of the top Capital District runners

Aaron and Diana Knobloch know the drill now. The married couple are in their second year of organizing the Delmar Dash, and Aaron said they used the knowledge they gained last year to get an earlier start in putting together the annual 5-mile race.

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Boys lacrosse: Slow first half dooms Brothers

Suffern wards off CBA’s challenge in the second half

This wasn’t the effort coach Tim Vivian wanted to see out of his Christian Brothers Academy lacrosse team. Section I’s Suffern limited the Brothers to one goal in the first half on its way to a 9-5 non-league victory in Saturday’s non-league game at Troy High School.

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Boys lacrosse: Guilderland wins opener

Kevin Dyer’s go-ahead goal sparks Guilderland against Queensbury

Sean McConaghy wasn’t certain what he’d see out of his Guilderland boys lacrosse team in Saturday’s season opener against Queensbury. What McConaghy saw, he liked.

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Boys lacrosse: Experience matters

Bethlehem seeks improvement following sub-.500 finish

Can a year of experience make a big difference in the win-loss column? Bethlehem boys lacrosse coach Dave Rounds said that’s what he’s hoping for.

Boys lacrosse: Young Dutchmen have a lot to learn

Key injuries affect Guilderland before the season begins

The Guilderland boys lacrosse team is facing hardships already, and the start of the regular season is still three days away.

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Darby Wilson Jr. grapples with success

Shaker student schooled in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ranked ninth nationally

Darby Wilson Jr. enjoys a challenge. The Shaker High School student competes regionally on the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) circuit – a tour where Brazilian Jiu Jitsu athletes such as Wilson compete against other types of grapplers including wrestling and judo.

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A look back in Delmar/Guilderland sports

Voorheesville's run to boys basketball Sectional title highlights winter season

With two weeks remaining before the start of the spring sports season, it’s time to take a glance back at the recently completed winter season.

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A look back in Colonie sports

Colonie girls bowling leads the list of winter accomplishments

With two weeks remaining before the start of the spring sports season, it’s time to take a glance back at the recently completed winter season.

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Tradition continues at Tisa Memorial game

Two Veeder Elementary School families chosen to receive funds from annual charity basketball contest

John Aidala has volunteered at the Amy Tisa Memorial Basketball Game as its scorekeeper since it started in 2008. He never thought he and his family would one day be selected to receive funds from it.

Realignment hits Section II football again

Several teams switch classes and divisions for 2014

Section II football divisions have been changed for the 2014 season.

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Boys basketball: Green Tech gets past Guilderland

Hood Jr.'s late three-pointer secures Eagles' first Sectional title

It's a shot Jamil Hood Jr. practices all the time, and it's highly effective.

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Boys basketball: Voorheesville gives its coach his first Sectional title

Blackbirds cruise past Broadalbin-Perth for Class B crown

As a Voorheesville basketball player, David Burch never had the opportunity to play in a regional game. Now as his alma mater's varsity boys basketball coach, Burch has that opportunity.

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Girls basketball: Albany outhustles Bethlehem

Waterson makes game-saving defensive play for Falcons

Cara Waterson personally saw to it that there would be no overtime.

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Boys basketball: No Big 10 teams left in Class AA playoffs

Guilderland pulls away from CBA in second half to win quarterfinal contest

For the first time since the state added Class AA to its boys basketball playoff structure a decade ago, a Big 10 team has failed to make it to the Section II semifinals.

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Boys basketball: Shaker duels Green Tech to the final horn

Eagles make big plays at the end to prevail

Green Tech came through in crunch time.

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Boys basketball: Voorheesville advances to Class B semifinals

Balanced attack helps Burch get back to Glens Falls as a coach

Voorheesville boys basketball coach David Burch remembers the last time he was in Glens Falls for a Section II playoff game.

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Girls basketball: Shaker fends off Guilderland in quarterfinals

Lady Bison need 16-point fourth quarter to put away the Lady Dutch

Patience was a virtue for the Shaker girls basketball team.

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Not as seen on TV

Curling is more difficult than the Olympians make it look

Do not be fooled by what you’ve seen on television. Curling is harder than the Olympians make it look.

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Girls basketball: Shaker prepares for playoffs

Undefeated Lady Bison own Suburban Council's No. 1 seed

Shaker girls basketball coach Emily Caschera-Blowers knows owning the Suburban Council's top seed for the Section II Class AA playoffs doesn't guarantee a trip to the finals.

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Seven Bethlehem athletes announce their college choices

Booker, Muller take their talents to Division I track programs

Four Bethlehem Central High School senior student-athletes signed their National Letters of Intent at last Tuesday’s ceremony in the school’s library, while three more announced their college choices.

Wrestling: Short match packs high energy

Burt pins Tangora in first period to win 220-pound final

The best championship bout at Saturday's Section II Division I Class I wrestling tournament at Shaker High School was also one of the shortest of the evening.

High school: Five Guilderland athletes make their college selections

Capollari stays close to home at Siena, while O'Brien heads to Stonehill

Two key members of the Section II Class AA champion Guilderland boys soccer team were among the five seniors that made their college choices official at Thursday's signing day ceremony.

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Wrestling: Josh LoGiudice leads Guilderland at Mahopac Invitational

Dutchmen place sixth at downstate tournament

The Guilderland wrestling team represented Section II well at Saturday's Mahopac Invitational outside Newburgh.

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Hockey: The beat goes on

Shaker/Colonie sends Guilderland/Mohonasen/Scotia to another loss

One hockey team was hunting for a playoff spot. The other was just happy to be on the ice.

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Boys basketball: Bethlehem escapes with a win

Key fourth-quarter sequence allows Eagles to pull away from Mohonasen

Ben Zonca made his presence known at the right time.

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Girls basketball: Guilderland's rally falls short

Cacckello sees progress in loss to Columbia

The Guilderland girls basketball team is making progress this season, even if it doesn't show in the win column.

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Football: Jason Clas signs with Division I school

Bethlehem senior gets scholarship offer from Wagner

Jason Clas is taking his football talents to Staten Island. The Bethlehem Central High School senior accepted a full scholarship Friday to play for Wagner University, a member of the Northeast Conference in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

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Indoor track: Jenna Robinson surges to victory

Guilderland senior passes three Saratoga runners on final lap of 3,000-meter race

Jenna Robinson surged when others might have faded. The Guilderland senior waited until the final lap and then passed three Saratoga runners to win the girls 3,000-meter race at Saturday's Suburban Council Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University at Albany's SEFCU Arena.

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Girls basketball: Sophomores lead Voorheesville past Cobleskill

Pettograsso scores eight of her 12 points in pivotal fourth quarter

When your varsity basketball team is loaded with sophomores, there is going to be a learning curve.

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Girls basketball: Shaker rallies past Bethlehem

Barra, Rowland lead Lady Bison in big fourth quarter

The Shaker girls basketball team had never trailed by double digits in any game this season prior to Friday's Suburban Council showdown at Bethlehem. Yet, the Lady Bison found themselves facing a 16-4 deficit five minutes into the contest.

Wrestling: A big finish for Bethlehem

Five Eagles win their weight classes at Schenectady Invitational

The Bethlehem wrestling team turned in one of its best performances of the season at Saturday's Schenectady Invitational.

Boys swimming: Gunnar Zemering aims for another banner season

Defending state champion enjoys additional role as team leader

Before Friday's home meet against Shenendehowa, Bethlehem unveiled a new banner recognizing its three state swimming champions -- Ken Neff, Elyse McDonough and Gunnar Zemering.

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Hockey: Shaker/Colonie can't hold West Genesee down

Two late goals seal Wildcats' latest victory

The Shaker/Colonie hockey team made West Genesee work for its 4-0 non-league victory Saturday at the Albany County Hockey Facility.

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Basketball: CBA bounces back with dominating performance

Stire's 19 points leads Brothers past LaSalle in Big 10 game

The Christian Brothers Academy basketball team had no intention of blowing a double-digit halftime lead two home games in a row.

Hockey: Bethlehem rallies to tie Saratoga

Lemieux's second goal of the night pulls Eagles even with defending state champs

Trailing 3-0 early in the third period against the defending state champions, it would have been easy for the Bethlehem hockey team to lose heart.

Boys basketball: Late run helps Guilderland avoid upset

Platek's 29 points lead Dutchmen past stubborn Niskayuna team

The Guilderland boys basketball team ended a 16-day layoff with another double-digit victory, but Niskayuna made the Dutchmen work for it.

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2013 Year in Review: Battles won and lost

Football final between CBA and Shaker among second half highlights

This appears in the Jan. 1 edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

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2013 Year in Review: Big wins and near misses

Dutchmen from Albany and Guilderland make noise in second half of year

This appears in the Jan. 1 edition of The Spotlight

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2013 Year in Review: A tidalwave of titles

Guilderland leads the way with three championships in the spring

This appears in the Dec. 25 edition of The Spotlight.

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2013 Year in Review: A new dynasty begins

Colonie bowlers win second state title in last three years

The following article appears in the Dec. 25 edition of the Colonie Spotlight.

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Boys basketball: Guilderland rolls past Shaker

Four Dutchmen reach double figures in 17-point win

What was supposed to be a showdown of two Suburban Council powerhouses turned into a one-sided affair. Four Guilderland players reached double figures in a 67-50 boys basketball victory over Shaker Thursday in Latham.

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Wrestling: Golan Cohen, Austin Dicerbo lead Colonie at Stuart Memorial Duals

Snowstorm causes problems at annual tournamnt

Saturday night's snowstorm turned out to be a minor bump in the road at Colonie's annual Linda Stuart Memorial Duals Tournament.

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Wrestling: Justin Schipano gets his dream job

Ravena '03 graduate is new varsity coach

Life is good from Justin Schipano's point of view. The 2003 Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School graduate is now the varsity wrestling coach at his alma mater, and as such is taking control of one of the premier Colonial Council programs.

Boys basketball: Guilderland fends off Albany Academy

Matt Cerutti leads Dutchmen to non-league win over defending Federation champs

The Guilderland boys basketball team passed a major test Saturday.

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