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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 »

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 »

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