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Field Hockey: Saratoga wins sectional championship

By: Aidan Joly In a game with a crazy amount of scoring, it ended up coming down to the wire in a sectional final field hockey game, with Saratoga taking down Shenendehowa by a final score of 4-3. It took just 1:15 for the scoring to begin Monday as Lindsey Frank took a corner and … Continue reading »

Football: Saratoga’s last-minute touchdown clinches sectional final bid

Story and photos by: Aidan Joly   Instant classic. That’s the only way to describe the sectional semifinal football game between Shaker and Saratoga on Friday night in Saratoga, with the Blue Streaks coming out on top by a final of 29-22. The game went into the half with Saratoga up 19-14, ironically the same … Continue reading »

Soccer: Saratoga beats La Salle on overtime winner

Story and photo by: Aidan Joly In the playoffs, especially in soccer, anything can and will happen. This proved true as 8-seeded La Salle took top-seeded Saratoga to overtime on Saturday afternoon at Saratoga High School, but eventually fell 1-0 on a game-winner from Evan Farr. Heading into the second half, both teams were looking … Continue reading »

Football: Saratoga wins first playoff game

By: Aidan Joly Photos by: Isabella Franco After a shaky first half, the Blue Streaks came out in a big way in the second to put Bethlehem away en route to a sectional quarterfinal win on Friday at Saratoga Springs High School, 34-13. Saratoga jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead. Bethlehem struck back as … Continue reading »

Football: Saratoga finishes regular season undefeated

  Story and photo by: Aidan Joly Despite it being a game that did not count towards postseason seedings, Saratoga made sure they finished the season strong, trouncing La Salle in Troy on Friday night by a final score of 40-7. The game entered the second quarter tied up at seven apiece, and that was … Continue reading »

Football: Saratoga beats Albany in homecoming game

Story and photo by: Aidan Joly On homecoming night, Saratoga used a dominant first half to cruise to a win on Friday against Albany, winning 40-12. It took less than three minutes for the Blue Streaks to get on the board as they marched up the field in their inaugural drive and ended it with … Continue reading »

Soccer: Second half rally pushes Saratoga past Shen

By: Aidan Joly It was a tale of two halves between two state-ranked teams, and the home team came through to win as Saratoga varsity soccer beat Shenendehowa on Thursday afternoon by a score of 2-1. Heading into the second half trailing, Saratoga was ready to make a comeback. It happened as Aidan Rice tied … Continue reading »

Football: Saratoga beats Ballston Spa, clinches division

By: Aidan Joly   In a game where they turned it around in the second half en route to a division-clinching win, the Blue Streaks beat the Scotties on Thursday night in Ballston Spa by a final score of 39-0 for Saratoga’s second straight shutout. Saratoga went into the second half up only 12-0 and … Continue reading »

Football: Saratoga shuts out CBA for fourth straight win

Story and photo by: Aidan Joly   Needing a win to secure a playoff berth and a sense of security for the rest of the season, Saratoga did just that in their 14-0 shutout over CBA on Friday night in Albany. In the late stages of the game, CBA looked to be ready to make … Continue reading »

Field Hockey: Saratoga suffers first loss of the year to Shen

Story and photo by: Aidan Joly In the second half of a highly contested game, it was Jenna Graf and Sheridan Messier playing the role of heroes as they lifted their Shenendehowa varsity field hockey team to victory on Monday afternoon against Saratoga 2-1. Heading into the final 11 minutes of the afternoon, Shenendehowa had a crucial … Continue reading »

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