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Rob Jonas

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Colonie Garnet Raiders seek stability after upheaval

Rouleau takes over a program that lost head coach and key players

It’s been a turbulent offseason for the Colonie Central football program.

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Back to work for defending champs

Christian Brothers Academy has key holes to fill as it looks to repeat 2013’s Sectional success

As the first week of practice wound down at Christian Brothers Academy, football coach Joe Burke threw himself into the action.

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Homeless Eagles have hope for 2014

Balanced offense, experienced defense to help Bethlehem

The Bethlehem football team won’t have a home field this season.

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The real karate kid

Leonardi has earned six national championships in three years

What began as a means to learn self defense has become much more to Pierce Leonardi.

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Their time to shine

Adult gymnasts prepare for first performance at STRIDE fundraiser

A group of adult gymnasts are getting a chance to show the public what they can do and help others at the same time.

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Keeping it in the Ravena football family

VanDerzee promoted to state football chairman; Dorrance leads Section 2

Gary VanDerzee is no longer the Section 2 football chairman. That’s because the long-time Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk coach is now the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s football chairman.

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Colonie Little League team takes memorable trip

State champions reached semifinals at regional tourney

Colonie couldn’t rally its way to victory a second time at the Little League Mid-Atlantic Regionals.

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Bethlehem meets its goals

All-stars qualified for playoff round at regional tournament

The Bethlehem Babe Ruth 15-year-old division all-stars did what they set out to do.

Colonie Little League makes regional semifinals

Lemperle leads state champs to crucial victory over Pennsylvania representative

Jakob Lemperle came through in a big way. Lemperle homered and drove in the game-winning run with a fifth-inning RBI triple to help Colonie defeat Taney Youth Baseball of Philadelphia 5-3 in the Little League Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament Tuesday, Aug. 5, in Bristol, Conn.

Must win scenario for Colonie

All-stars must beat Philadelphia team to advance in regional

The Colonie Little League 12-year-old all-stars faced elimination from the Mid-Atlantic Regionals following a 5-0 loss to West Salisbury, Md., in a pool play game Monday, Aug. 4, in Bristol, Conn.

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North Syracuse stymies Bethlehem

Eastern New York champs still in the running for regional Babe Ruth title

The Bethlehem Babe Ruth 15-year-old division all-stars ran headlong into a baseball team that could do everything well.

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Andrew Stanton powers Bluehawks to title

Albany Athletics fall in North Atlantic Regional championship game

The Blue Stone Bluehawks ended the Albany Athletics’ two-year reign as AABC Stan Musial North Atlantic Regional champions.

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Albany closes in on PGCBL playoff berth

Wins over Glens Falls and Mohawk Valley give Albany a leg up for third place

After falling into a third place tie with Glens Falls last week, the Albany Dutchmen reopened their lead for the final playoff berth in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s East Division with a pair of wins.

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Bristol bound

Colonie’s offense shifts into high gear to advance to Mid-Atlantic Regional

Something clicked with the Colonie Little League’s 12-year-old all-stars, and it carried them to the state championship.

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No-no for Trevor Kniffin

Ace pitches Bethlehem to Eastern New York State championship

Trevor Kniffin picked a good time to pitch his second career no-hitter.

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Colonie Little League teams head west

Youth baseball organization sends two squads to state championships

Two Colonie Little League teams are competing in state tournaments this week.

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On the road to Niskayuna

Bethlehem 15s close in on Eastern New York Babe Ruth title and regional berth

The Bethlehem Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Stars scrapped their way to another playoff victory.

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A shifting landscape

With Big 10’s demise, Suburban Council may take on more schools

The Big 10’s demise could spell big changes for the Suburban Council.

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Bethlehem Tomboys place fifth at state tournament

Nightmare wins 16U title by beating Electric City in championship game

The Bethlehem Boltz turned in a strong performance for their home fans at last weekend’s New York State ASA 16-and-under Championships.

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A look back at the spring sports season in Bethlehem, Guilderland and New Scotland

Bethlehem softball and Guilderland tennis teams win Sectional titles

It’s time to take a glance back at the recently completed spring season.

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Spencer Hotaling pitches Albany Dutchmen out of skid

Albany scores two runs in bottom of the sixth inning to pull away from Mohawk Valley

The Albany Dutchmen broke a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs Sunday, June 22, at Bob Bellizzi Field.

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Good, dirty fun at Tawasentha Mud Mania

Winning isn’t the only thing at annual race

Most of the participants in this year’s Tawasentha Mud Mania race Saturday, June 14, in Guilderland wanted to have some good, dirty fun. But Michelle Davis had a different focus.

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Long layoff doesn’t deter Albany Dutchmen

Three triples help Albany defeat Glens Falls following three rainouts

The Albany Dutchmen didn’t develop any rust, despite being rained out three times in the past week.

Two locals picked in MLB draft

Hoffman picked ninth overall by Toronto; O’Keefe goes to St. Louis in seventh round

Jeff Hoffman and Brian O’Keefe are going pro.

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A perfect start for the Albany Dutchmen

Dutchmen go extra distance to defeat Amsterdam and Watertown on the road

The Albany Dutchmen played 25 innings on the road over the weekend and won both of their Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League games.

Track and field: Grace Smith, Leah Triller claim Federation titles

Greenberg reaches podium twice in boys triple jump at state championships

Bethlehem’s Grace Smith capped her high school outdoor track and field season by winning the state and Federation titles in the girls high jump at the New York State Championships June 6 and 7 at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

Softball: Liverpool rallies past Bethlehem in regional

Warriors score eight runs over the final three innings

The Bethlehem softball team couldn’t close out Section III champion Liverpool.

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Girls lacrosse: Julia Lennon’s heroics lifts Shaker

Senior scores game winner in final minute to defeat Guilderland

Julia Lennon saw a small opening, and she took advantage of it.

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Girls lacrosse: Shaker gets another shot at Guilderland

Blue Bison meet Lady Dutch in the Class A championship for third straight year

Two years ago, the Shaker girls lacrosse team edged Guilderland 9-8 for its first Section II Class A title.

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Girls lacrosse: Guilderland sails into Sectional final

Lady Dutch meet Shaker in the Class A championship for third straight year

The Guilderland girls lacrosse team is back in the Section II Class A finals.

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Track and field: Colonie's Johnson brothers get matching trophies

Jake Johnson wins the Eddy Meet seeded mile, while Jordan Johnson wins the two mile

Jordan and Jake Johnson made their last Eddy Meet together special.

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Track and field: Bethlehem, Guilderland field athletes shine

Greenberg, Bickmore win individual titles at Eddy Meet

Bethlehem’s Brian Greenberg and Guilderland’s Harrison Bickmore warmed up for Tuesday’s Section II Division I track and field championships by winning their specialty events at the Eddy Meet Saturday, May 17, at Schenectady High School.

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No dynasty, but another Sectional tennis title for Guilderland

Dutchmen edge Niskayuna for third team championship in four years

Coach Curtis Snyder isn’t ready to call his Guilderland boys tennis team a dynasty yet, but three Section II Class AA team titles in the last four years certainly makes a strong case for it.

POINT OF VIEW: It’s closing time

This point of view appears in the May 14 editions of Spotlight Newspapers.

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Unified Sports comes to Section II

Program is a joint venture between NYSPHSAA and Special Olympics NY

Guilderland and Colonie Central high schools are part of a pilot sports program that, if successful, will allow athletes with and without developmental difficulties across New York to compete on the same team.

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South Colonie seniors sign letters of intent

Eight Colonie student-athletes announce their college choices

Eight Colonie Central High School athletes signed their National Letters of Intent at a ceremony on Thursday, April 24.

Baseball: Shaker edges Bethlehem in extra innings

Egan scores winning run on error in ninth inning

A throwing error allowed Sean Egan to score the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning in Shaker's 4-3 victory over Bethlehem Tuesday, April 29, in a Suburban Council baseball game.

Baseball: Shaker stuns Shenendehowa

Blue Bison end Plainsmen's unbeaten streak at eight games

The Shaker baseball team became the first Suburban Council opponent to beat Shenendehowa this season.

Baseball: Bethlehem rallies past Colonie

Eagles score twice in bottom of the sixth inning for second league win

The Bethlehem baseball team won for only the second time in Suburban Council play this season by rallying past Colonie 5-4 Monday, April 28.

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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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