Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Official Update of My Life at The Record

This is an exclusive. Breaking news and any other journalism cliche you can think of.

After about a month or so of waitng, I have the official update on my life at The Record and some things are changing.

I now am officially the college sports writer at The Record.

So what does that mean exactly? It means that I will be covering UAlbany (including this weekend's America East championship) and Siena on the regular now, as well as RPI, Sage, St. Rose and keeping tabs on local kids competing at a collegiate level across the country.

Now, I've been covering HS sports at The Record since 2011 and I have loved every single part of it. I am not even exaggerating. This job has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and I've loved being able to shine some light and ink on the incredibly talented group of student-athletes who live and compete in Section II.

You guys have been nothing short of fantastic and you've made my job as fun as it has been for the last two and a half years. I've seen you guys dominate on the field and as people in general, seen you win league championships, Section II finals and state titles.

It has been awesome.

I am not disappearing though. I'll still be working at The Record and I'll still be doing HS stuff this spring, especially when it comes to sectionals time. I'll also be doing the basketball all-stars for this past season, so I'm not running away.

In the meantime, you guys should go follow our new HS writer Sean Grogan on Twitter at @Sean_TroyRecord. Feel free to stick around on Twitter with me too. I'll still have HS info on there as well as college updates and interesting tidbits about how many episodes of SVU I will have watched by the end of the week. Hint, it will be at least two full seasons.

This isn't the end of anything and it's certainly not a formal good bye. This is simply a long thank you note to all of you guys for being so incredible over the last few seasons. It's been my honor to see you guys compete and I'm incredibly excited for this next step.

Wasaren League Girls Basketball All-Stars Announced

It's all-star day for the Wasaren League.

Tamarac senior Jenna Erickson, who broke the all-time Bengals scoring record earlier this season, was named league MVP.

Under the cut check out all of the Wasaren League girls all-stars and congratulations on a wonderful season.

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Wasaren League Boys Basketball All-Stars Announced

The Wasaren League has announced its boys basketball all-stars for the 2013-2014 season.

Hoosic Valley senior Mike Pierre, who was also named Class C MVP this year, was named league MVP. He and the Indians are competing in the NYS Class C final four at the Glens Falls Civic Center this weekend.

Under the cut, check out the entire all-star list and congratulations to everyone on a great (and still going) season.

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Friday, March 7, 2014

First-Ever Starlight Shootout to be held at Cohoes HS

The first-ever Starlight Shootout Slam Dunk and 3-point Contest will be held at Cohoes High School on March 29th from 12 - 5 p.m.

The event will help support the Starlight Children's Foundation, which serves over 4,000 children who are in-patient in local Capital Region hospitals every year as well as over 300 families who have children receiving out-patient care. The organization helps give children through the ordeal of sickness by providing entertainment, education and a chance to interact as a family.

Currently over 90 high schools from around the area have been asked to participate with two boys and two girls, one for each, participating in both categories.

The slam dunk contest will have a first-round elimination with the top five dunkers moving on to the Championship Dunk-Off. The 3-point contest will consist of a first-round shoot out within the league and each league winner will advance to the championship round. There will be one male and one female winner in each category.

There is no cost for schools to send participants and while there is a $5 entrance fee for the audience, every dollar will be donated to the Starlight Children's Foundation.

Players can register up until March 24 by e-mailing

2014 Section II Football Schedule: Small Schools

As promised, the small-school schedule for the 2014 football season.

Just as before, we've got some serious changes happening this season.

Catholic Central-Bishop Gibbons-Saratoga Catholic will be competing as a trio of schools under one team in Class C. Also joining forces are Lake George and Hadley Luzerne, competing in Class C as well. The addition of the two schools - as well as Greenwich's move back up - has split Class C into three leagues this season.

Under the cut, check out Class B, C and D schedules for each week. Happy football!

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2014 Section II Football Schedule: Large-Schools

Are you ready for some football? That was an obligatory joke. It had to be made.

The 2014 Section II football schedules were released late on Thursday night and there are some new things happening this season.

The biggest change being that all teams start the season with two crossover games - a home and away game - but no team has either three home games or three away games in a row.

We've also got some changes as far as school sizes. Lansingburgh has moved back up to Class A after two seasons in Class B. Also making the move up to Class A is Green Tech.

Niskayuna has also dropped down to Class A and will be ineligible for the sectional tournament. Bethlehem will also be making the move to the Liberty Division after competing in the Empire Division of Class AA.

Class AA and A schedules are all under the cut. To see the small-school schedule (Class B-D) click this link here.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

CHVL Girls Basketball All-Stars Announced

Another day, another round of all-stars.

The Central Hudson Valley League is the latest to release its batch of all-stars, honoring girls basketball players from the 2013-2014 season.

Waterford's Carly Brazill was named MVP, while the Fordians, who clinched another league title this winter, had four total players make the cut.

Check out the two teams and honorable mention under the cut and congratulations to everyone on a fantastic season!

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Colonial Council Boys Basketball All-Stars Announced

A day after the Colonial Council girls all-stars were announced, it's time for the boys to get their moment in the metaphorical basketball spotlight.

The league announced its annual all-star team for the 2013-2014 season. Cohoes junior Brandon LaForest, who was a consistent threat from just about anywhere on the court, was named MVP.

Under the cut, check out all three teams and congratulations to everyone on a great season!

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Colonial Council Girls Basketball All-Stars Announced

It's a two-times all-star day!

The Colonial Council announced its girls basketball all-star team for the 2013-2014 season. Holy Names standout Deja Deas was named MVP.

Under the cut, check out all three all-star teams and congratulations to everyone on a fantastic season.

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Big 10 Girls Basketball All-Stars Announced

On the heels of a weekend full of Section II championships, the Big 10 has released its girls all-star team for the 2013-2014 season. 

Troy senior - and future Hartford player - Mary Pattison was named league MVP. Pattison averaged just 14 points per game and was the de facto leader for the Flying Horses throughout the season. 

Under the cut, check out both all-star teams as well as the honorable mentions. Congratulations to everyone on a fantastic season. 
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