Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NYS recognizes cheerleading as a competitive sport

The New York State Board of Regents voted unanimously Tuesday to approve cheerleading to be recognized as a competitive sport.
Cheerleading will now be regulated by the NYSPHSAA for the first time. Coaching and safety standards will be enforced, as is the case with all recognized sports. Cheerleaders will also have the opportunity to compete for a state championship. A committee will be established next month to conduct the implementation of the new sport.

Colonie football coach steps down

Bill Roemer's job as a physical education teacher in the South Colonie Central School District was eliminated due to recent budget cuts. Without a teaching position, he decided to step down as varsity football coach.
Members of the community showed their support in an attempt to save Roemer's teaching job.
Roemer thanked his players and assistant coaches in an email announcing his resignation. He also thanked the community members who fought to save his job.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Rivals meeting for a common cause

The CBA and La Salle varsity baseball teams are bitter rivals on the field. They can agree, however, that some fights are more important than a baseball game.
The two teams will play Thursday, May 1 at Joseph Bruno Stadium, and all proceeds with benefit Joe Fingerhut, a CBA history teacher currently battling cancer.
"Fight For Joe at the Joe" will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday and admission is $5.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Averill Park senior to sign NLI

Averill Park senior Jessica McMillan will sign a National Letter of Intent to swim for The College of Saint Rose next year.
The signing ceremony will be held Thursday in the LGI at Averill Park High School at 3:30 p.m.
McMillan earned a scholarship for swimming, despite Averill Park not offering it as a sport. She competed as a "team of one" at events with the Troy High swim team.

Eight Colonie seniors to sign letters of intent

Colonie High School will hold a signing ceremony for eight student athletes receiving athletic scholarships for next year. It will take place Thursday at 3 p.m. in the high school gym lobby.
Signing letters of intent will be:
Austin Dicerbo, football, Assumption College
Sean Ryan, lacrosse, University of Tampa
Kara Snyder, track and field, Villanova
Ben Contento, baseball, St. Bonaventure
Khyan Gaddy, lacrosse, Southern New Hampshire
Jordan Johnson, track and field, Stony Brook
Paolino Curto, soccer, Siena
Zach Bell, track and field, Merrimack College

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Hundreds expected to rally for Colonie football coach

The South Colonie School Board will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Saddlewood Elementary to finalize its new budget to go to vote next month.
Among the proposed cuts would be Bill Roemer's position as a physical education teacher. Roemer is also Colonie's varsity football coach. He founded the Junior Raiders Football program to allow all children to opportunity to get involved with the sport at a young age. Roemer is also involved with Colonie's Girls Youth Lacrosse Program.
Hundreds of parents and athletes are expected to turn out in support of the coach.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Hood Jr. to sign letter of intent

Green Tech basketball star Jamil Hood Jr. will sign his national letter of intent to play for Division I Long Island University-Brooklyn next season. He will sign during a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. in the Green Tech gym.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A dozen high school teams set to play at Joseph Bruno Stadium

The Tri-City ValleyCats will host six Section 2 high school baseball games at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. The games will be played on April 25, May 2, and May 9.


 Friday, April 25

Voorheesville vs. Lansingburgh - 4pm

Shenendehowa vs. Niskayuna - 7pm

Friday, May 2

Colonie vs. Saratoga - 4pm

Shaker vs. Averill Park- 7pm

Friday, May 9

La Salle vs. Troy - 4pm

Guilderland vs. Columbia- 7pm

General Admission tickets are available for $5, and provide entry to both games. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the New York-Penn League Charitable Foundation, which aids in the renovations of local youth ball fields throughout the Capital Region. The May 9 games will be a fundraising event for Coaches vs. Cancer.

Tickets are available at the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium Box Office, or online at For more information, call 518-629-CATS.

La Salle announce first baseball alumni weekend

The La Salle Institute announced its baseball program will hold its first ever alumni weekend May 17-18. All former players are welcome to play. Spectators are also welcome.
Head coach Brian Henkel will be joined by former head coaches Jesse Braverman, Jack Kenyon, Joe Martelle and Richard Hughto.
Kenyon, who has been teaching at La Salle for 47 years, will throw out the opening pitch.
The costs are $150 for dinner at Moscatiello's Saturday and participation Sunday's game, hat and jersey included, or $50 for Saturday's dinner at Moscatiello's and attendance to the game. All proceeds go to the La Salle baseball program.
To participate contact Richard Eddings at or Brian Henkel at

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Allow Me to Introduce Myself

As Laura Amato recently wrote, she has moved up to the college game. Laura is now the college sports reporter at The Record, leaving me to move into her old spot of covering the high school beat.
In my first month or so on the job, I have been asked about Laura on just about every assignment so far. Clearly I have some big shoes to fill. Luckily, she is still around. Keep following her bylines and on Twitter for all the sports news on all the local colleges.
I can't begin to tell you how helpful Laura has been to me while adjusting to my new job. She has answered all my questions and has had contact information for just about anyone I've needed to talk to. My editors, Kevin Moran and Tim Martin, as well as everyone else at The Record have made my transition here as smooth as possible.
Now, a little about myself. I am born in raised in Syracuse (yes, I'm a die-hard Orange fan). I graduated from SUNY Oswego with a journalism degree in May of 2013. I have an older brother, Matt, who will graduate from University of Baltimore Law School next month. Our parents still live in Syracuse. My first job out of college was at Columbia-Greene Media. I was a sports reporter at the Register-Star in Hudson, NY until the end of February.
I am incredibly excited about this opportunity to write for The Record. I am living my dream of being a sports reporter. I look forward to covering many of you in action in the future.
I would love to hear from all of you. If you have any tips or know of anything that you think would make a good story, don't hisitate to let me know. My email is, or you can reach out to me on Twitter, @Sean_TroyRecord. If you see the new reporter wearing Troy Record credentials at your game, feel free to introduce yourself.
I look forward to meeting you in the field.

--Sean Grogan