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Baseball: Saratoga walks-off against Shenendehowa in thriller

  By: Aidan Joly Games between Saratoga and Shenendehowa tend to bring out the best in both teams, no matter the sport. It was no exception on Friday at Amsterdam’s Shuttleworth Park when the Blue Streaks and Plainsmen varsity baseball teams faced off in the first ever Battle of I-87. Trailing 4-1 heading into the … Continue reading »

Baseball: Saratoga beats Columbia, falls to Ballston Spa

By: Aidan Joly   Saratoga varsity baseball played two games for their midweek slate this week, taking on Columbia on Wednesday and Ballston Spa on Thursday. The Blue Streaks went 1-1 in those two games.   Saratoga vs Columbia: Wednesday It took until the bottom of the seventh, but Saratoga was able to pull off … Continue reading »

Baseball: Saratoga scores early to take down Queensbury

By: Aidan Joly An early onslaught of runs was more than enough for Saratoga to win their second game of the season on Saturday afternoon against Queensbury at East Side Rec by a final score of 11-6. Saratoga jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after a first inning that featured key hits from Kyle … Continue reading »

Baseball: Saratoga beats La Salle to kick off 2017 season

By: Aidan Joly A strong, all-lefty pitching performance gave Saratoga their first win of the 2017 season on Monday at the East Side Rec as they beat La Salle by a final score of 5-0. After a shaky first inning, Saratoga starting pitcher Keegan Leffler settled down and got into a great groove from the … Continue reading »

Saratoga football 2017 schedule released

By: Aidan Joly   The 2017 schedule for the Saratoga varsity football team has been released. Saratoga will be coming off a 1-6 season in 2016 with another seven games. The Blue Streaks will play three home games this fall, kicking off the season on September 1 on the road against Niskayuna before their home … Continue reading »

“The Wiz” Review

By: Skyler Stanford After months of receiving criticism and support from students and family at Saratoga Springs High School, The Wiz had it’s final performance on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Seeing that the complaints of its offensiveness have dissipated, it is likely that the skepticism for the musical was based solely on the issue of … Continue reading »

A Man of Many Hats, Mr. Miller Says Fairwell to Saratoga

By: Skyler Stanford If you are a student, or family member of someone in the Saratoga Springs City School District the name Michael Miller should ring a bell. Following his call to teaching, he has been cultivating young minds in the subject of history for over eighteen years. His devotion to young people cannot only … Continue reading »

21st Century Racism in a Nutshell: “Get Out” Themes Explained

By: Skyler Stanford Written and Directed by Jordan Peele, Get Out exceeded the expectations of critics and audiences across America. This fast-paced thriller provides a “touchstone” for discussions on race relations in our country. The hidden messages in this movie may be hard to swallow at first but forces viewers to reflect on the prejudices … Continue reading »

Basketball: Saratoga’s season ends with loss to Schenectady

By: Aidan Joly In a game that was the polar opposite of their first meeting, Schenectady dominated Saratoga on Saturday afternoon at Hudson Valley Community College in the Class AA quarterfinals, winning by a final score of 68-51. Heading into Saturday and through the first quarter, it looked as if it would be a close … Continue reading »

Basketball: Saratoga advances to sectional quarterfinals

By: Aidan Joly In Saratoga’s first sectional home game in seven years, they made sure it was a memorable one, knocking off 13-seeded Niskayuna on Tuesday night by a final score of 75-48. Saratoga jumped out to a big lead early behind a huge scoring burst in the first quarter, ending up with a 12-point … Continue reading »

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