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In-Depth: Affirmative action continues to be controversial in college admissions

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 by Blaise Wichrowski, Lucy Totino, and Richard Cholnoky Trying to separate oneself from the general population when applying to college can be tough, and it can be easy to get the feeling that the process is unfair. Such was the case for Abigail Fisher, a caucasian Texas resident who was denied … Continue reading »

Boys’ Basketball: Saratoga ends season at HVCC with loss to Guilderland

Sunday, February 21, 2016 by Aidan Joly Saratoga missed many late opportunities, and could not pull off the upset. The Guilderland Dutchmen defeated the Saratoga Blue Streaks varsity basketball on Saturday night at Hudson Valley Community College by a score of 58-49. Trailing by eight with mere seconds left in the first quarter, trailing 19-11, … Continue reading »

Hockey: Saratoga defeats BH/BS 4-2 to advance to Section 2 final

Saturday, February 20, 2016 by Aidan Joly With momentum on the enemy side, Saratoga came out powerful and recorded a win. The Saratoga Blue Streaks defeated the Burnt Hills/Ballston Spa Spartan-Scotties on Friday night at the Weibel Avenue Ice Rink by a score of 4-2 in the Section 2 semifinals, clinching them a berth in … Continue reading »

Boys’ Basketball: Saratoga comes back against Albany to advance in playoffs

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 by Aidan Joly In Saratoga’s biggest game of the season, two players stepped up to help their team advance in the playoffs. The Saratoga Blue Streaks boys’ varsity basketball team defeated the Albany Falcons on Tuesday night at Albany High School by a score of 72-54 in the first round of … Continue reading »

Op-Ed: The Effects of Skinny Shaming

February 12, 2016 by Skyler Stanford “Why do you starve yourself?” is an often heard question by any girl 125 pounds or under. This is skinny shamming; whether through a joke or pure insult, commenting on someone’s weight (no matter what that weight is) can make the person feel self-conscious and insecure. “I’ve been called … Continue reading »

Boys’ basketball: Saratoga falls to Shen 64-53, takes #10 seed

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 by Aidan Joly Photos by Eli Fisher Despite leading early and keeping it close, Saratoga didn’t have enough willpower to pull off an upset. The Shenendehowa Plainsmen boys’ basketball team defeated the Saratoga Blue Streaks on Tuesday night at Saratoga Springs High School by a score of 64-53 in the 2016 … Continue reading »

Hockey: Saratoga shuts out Shenendehowa 2-0

Friday, January 29, 2016 by Aidan Joly Photos by Eli Fisher With a quick flick of the wrist, Saratoga ended a 34-minute stalemate and carried the momentum to a win. The Saratoga Blue Streaks varsity hockey team defeated the Shenendehowa Plainsmen on Wednesday night at the Weibel Avenue ice rink by a final score of … Continue reading »

Op-Ed: Push the Snooze button on school start times

Monday, February 1, 2016 by Ben Palmateer If you walked through any high school hallway as the students enter the building in the morning, it would become immediately obvious that high schoolers are not getting enough sleep. In the hierarchy of students, no one is at the top when it comes to the everyday snooze. … Continue reading »

Boys’ Basketball: Saratoga defeats La Salle 53-33

Friday, January 29, 2016 by Aidan Joly In a strong defensive effort, Saratoga was able to pin down the offense of La Salle. The Saratoga Blue Streaks varsity boys’ basketball defeated the La Salle Cadets on Tuesday night at Saratoga High School, dismantling them by a score of 53-33, in a phenomenal defensive effort by … Continue reading »

Boys’ Basketball: Schenectady takes single-point win over Blue Streaks

Saturday, January 23, 2016 by Aidan Joly A fourth-quarter comeback fell just short in Saratoga’s bid to win another home game. The Schenectady Patriots defeated the Saratoga Blue Streaks varsity boys’ basketball Friday night at Saratoga High School by a score of 63-62. Down by ten points with seven minutes remaining in the game, Saratoga … Continue reading »

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