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Baseball: Saratoga upsets Ballston Spa in quarterfinal

Saturday, May 21, 2016 Story and photos by Aidan Joly An early start and never slowing down proved to be the way for Saratoga being able to pull off the upset. The #6-seeded Saratoga Blue Streaks varsity baseball defeated the #3-seeded Ballston Spa Scotties on Thursday afternoon at Ballston Spa High School in the Section … Continue reading »

Baseball: Saratoga shuts out Niskayuna to advance to quarterfinals

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 Story and photos by Aidan Joly Heading into sectional playoffs, Saratoga looked to continue their hot play. The Saratoga Blue Streaks defeated the Niskayuna Silver Warriors on Tuesday afternoon at East Side Recreation field by a score of 5-0 in the opening round of sectional play, advancing to the quarterfinals. Danny … Continue reading »

Baseball: Saratoga edges out Shen to finish regular season

Monday, May 16, 2016 Story and photos by Aidan Joly Going into the final push of the regular season, Saratoga looked to end the year on a high note, and they did just that. Saratoga played four games in the final week of the regular season, and came out on top on all four. After … Continue reading »

Pre-Prom: What students think

May 12, 2016 by Stephanie Zacharias We have all of the important deets on what our students are thinking from the twerking and grinding to the after plans of the night. Peoples’ thoughts about the theme “Through The Decades” vary greatly from “moderately interesting” to “creative” to downright “that’s stupid af.” Many students are kind … Continue reading »

Baseball: Streaks shut down Schenectady 21-4

Saturday, May 7, 2016 by Aidan Joly Saratoga’s 21 runs on offense proved to be more than enough to take a win. The Saratoga Blue Streaks defeated the Schenectady Patriots on Thursday night at East Side Recreation Park by a blowout score of 21-4. Saratoga had already held a 7-1 lead heading into the fourth … Continue reading »

Baseball: Saratoga back to winning

Sunday, May 1, 2016 by Aidan Joly Heading into the week 2-5, Saratoga tried to get back to their winning ways, and they did just that. Saratoga had five games this week, winning four of them. They took the field on Monday for a doubleheader, taking on the BH-BL Spartans in game one of the … Continue reading »

Baseball: Saratoga falls against Shen and Mamaroneck

Wednesday, April 23, 2016 by Aidan Joly After losing twice in a week, Saratoga failed to get back on track. After a loss to Shenendehowa last Monday by a score of 7-3, Saratoga was back at home the following Wednesday, taking on Ballston Spa. The bats struggled to come alive, and they fell by a … Continue reading »

Trump rally draws students and others on both sides

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by Gillian Schrader Last Monday, presidential candidate Donald Trump brought his supporters together for a rally at the Times Union Center in Albany, including a few high school students. There were almost 20,000 people who filled the arena but not all were Trump supporters; Heather Fiacco, a junior who attends Saratoga … Continue reading »

Students react to major changes in redesigned SAT

Monday, April 18, 2016 by Stephanie Zacharias For generations, the SAT has caused a good deal of stress for juniors and seniors in high school. However, some changes to the test this year have made it a little more manageable for many students. The SAT essay is now optional, and there is no “guessing penalty” … Continue reading »

Baseball: Saratoga takes two losses to start season

Thursday, April 14, 2016 by Aidan Joly While 0-2 may not be the optimal start to the season, Saratoga will continue to look to turn it around. Saratoga varsity baseball played their first two games of the season this week, dropping both decisions. They began the year on Tuesday with a home game after three … Continue reading »

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