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Handball tournament draws students to fast-paced game

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Story and photos by Stephanie Zacharias Students at Saratoga Springs High School gathered in teams on March 24th, 2016 to battle in the handball tournament. Players came for many reasons having fun in an enjoyable, competitive atmosphere. “Work as a team and together you’re the strongest,” said Jasmin Kostka. This helps … Continue reading »

In-Depth: The Vapor Rises

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 by Ethan Campbell Some students here can recall a moment of instantaneous confusion in the form of walking into a bathroom to find a white puffy wisp billowing to the ceiling. Some bathrooms have a faint cotton candy scent now, which some would say is a benefit of the epidemic. The … Continue reading »

Baseball: With new coach, Saratoga looks to step up in 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 by Aidan Joly Saratoga baseball season is back, and the team will be looking to take their game one step up from last season. In 2015, Saratoga had their best season in recent memory, going 15-5 in the regular season and winning the Section 2 title with a 1-0 win over … Continue reading »

PHOTOS: Drama Club presents “Bye Bye Birdie” March 17-20

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Hockey: Saratoga shuts out Monroe-Woodbury to advance to final four

Saturday, March 5, 2016 by Aidan Joly Photos by Eli Fisher An early bombardment of goals made it easy for Saratoga to cruise to a win. The Saratoga Blue Streaks varsity hockey defeated the Monroe-Woodbury Crusaders (Section 9) in the NYSPHSAA quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at Weibel Avenue Ice Rink by a score of 5-0, … Continue reading »

Hockey: Saratoga takes Section 2 title with 8-1 win over Rivermen

Friday, February 26, 2016 by Aidan Joly Photos by Eli Fisher Eight goals was more than enough for Saratoga to cruise to a win. The Saratoga Blue Streaks varsity hockey defeated the Tri-Falls Rivermen (comprised of Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, and South Glens Falls) in the Section 2 final on Thursday night at Union College’s … Continue reading »

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 »

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