Sports Scraps 2.0


A look at the girls basketball field for Sectionals

Some quick thoughts after viewing the seeds for the Section II girls basketball playoffs: • The Bethlehem side of the Class AA bracket is very interesting. Besides the top-seeded Lady Eagles, you have defending Sectional champion Colonie and Big 10 power Catholic Central battling each other to see who will ...

A look at the boys basketball field for Sectionals

Some quick thoughts after viewing the brackets for the Section II boys basketball tournament: • The CBA-Green Tech match-up I thought was going to take place in the Class AA finals will now likely take place in the semifinals after the Section II committee placed the independent Eagles as the ...

Section II swim meet primer

In advance of this week's Section II Division I boys swimming and diving championships, here is a list of those who have already qualified for the state meet and those who are in contention to do so with their top times of the season: Already qualified 200-yard medley relay: Shenendehowa ...

Colonie Youth Basketball helps Coaches vs. Cancer Friday

Friday's Shaker-Colonie boys basketball game at Colonie Central High School is serving as a fundraiser for the Coaches vs. Cancer Foundation, and the Colonie Youth Basketball Club is helping out at halftime. Members of the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade teams will be participating in a "cancer blitz." The boys will ...

Five Albany Dutchmen to watch

The Albany Dutchmen are 4-2 through the first week of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League season, and these five players are a primary reason why.

Another Union player joins the pro ranks

The Albany Devils announced earlier today that they've signed Union College senior Kelly Zajac to an amateur tryout contract for the remainder of the AHL season. Zajac joins fellow Dutchmen Jeremy Welsh (Carolina) and Keith Kinkaid (Albany) in the pro hockey ranks -- not to mention his brother Travis, who ...

The ride is just beginning for Jeremy Welsh

Jeremy Welsh got into his first NHL game 48 hours after playing his last collegiate game for Union College. By next season, Welsh may not be the lone Dutchmen skating for a pro team.

After 20 years, it's still an adventure

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the day I was first hired as a professional sports writer, and it’s definitely been a wild ride. I jotted down some of the events that I’ve seen and people that I’ve interviewed since April Fool’s Day 1992 (insert your joke here), and ...

This is the winter sports season?

I just came in from a walk along the Albany County Rail Trail in Delmar, where it was mostly cloudy and in the 30s. Did I happen to mention that the date was Feb. 7? If it were a normal winter around these parts, I wouldn't have bothered to take ...

Top 10 storylines to follow in 2012

Here is your sneak peek at this week's "From the Sports Desk" column. Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

SC South is a madhouse

Good luck picking a favorite to win the Suburban Council South Division this season.

Siena can define its season in five days

In the next five days, we'll get a better understanding of where the Siena Saints truly stand.

Wild weekend for Section II

I wish I had the ability to be in multiple locations at one time so I could have seen the following in person:

Section II football finals: A look back

So, how did my Section II football finals predictions pan out? Take a look for yourself.

Section II football playoff predictions: The finals

Before I get into my predictions for this weekend's Sectional football finals, here is a brief recap of how I've been doing.

Section II football semifinals: A look back

I wasn't nearly as accurate with my Section II football semifinal picks as I was with my quarterfinal picks, but as you will see I did pretty good.

Section II football playoff predictions: Semifinal round

I got 11 of my 12 predictions correct in last weekend's Sectional football quarterfinal action in classes AA, A and B. Now, let's see how I do with predicting this weekend's semifinal contests in those divisions.

Section II football quarterfinals: A look back

I did well with my Section II football quarterfinal predictions. I only got one game completely wrong, as you will see with this recap:

Section II football playoff predictions: Quarterfinal round

I haven't seen every Section II football team play this year, but that won't prevent me from making some predictions for this weekend's quarterfinal round in Class AA, A and B.

It all comes down to this

One week to go in Section II football. Time to start looking at the playoff picture.

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