Thursday, June 8, 2017

High School this 'n' that

As noted earlier this week, Albany Academy's baseball team is in the New York State Class B semi-finals in Binghamton. The Cadets will play Seton Catholic, but Friday's game is at Binghamton University, not NYSEG Field (home of the Mets' AA affiliate), as reported on Monday. NYSEG Field will host the title game on Saturday afternoon. Fort Ann, the Section II Class D champ, is the only other team from the home region still in the baseball tournament.
Troy's 50th anniversary Flag Day parade is Sunday, and as of this writing, I do not know if the city extended an invitation to Troy High's Class AA football champions. The 1996 & 1998 champs marched in the following year's parades, as memory serves, so it'd make sense to have the 2016 champs continue the tradition, shall we say?

I realize the city is a little strapped, but with the seniors on this team set to graduate 2 weeks later, why not let them have one last moment of glory?

Updated, 6/9: The state football champs will march in the parade.
Speaking of the ol' alma mater, James Allen reports in today's Albany Times-Union that boys' varsity basketball coach Richard Hurley is taking at least a year off to spend time with his family. Hurley, who is also an assistant to principal Joseph Mariano, Jr., is hoping to return to the sidelines for the 2018-9 season. If one of his assistants, say for example Greg Davis, isn't given the interim head coach's job before the December 5 opener at Shenendehowa, who would be a good fit? Honestly, I don't know.

Yes, the schedule is out for some sports, basketball included, for the 2017-8 season. The Shen women return to Zotto Memorial Gym on December 5 for the Troy women's home opener. The boys' home opener is three nights later vs. Shaker. Non-league games haven't been announced publicly as yet, but there's still plenty of time before the season begins.
The soccer schedules are also out already, and, again, non-league games are not yet finalized. The Troy boys, hoping to improve on a winless 2016 campaign, open at CBA on September 5, while the women will open at home vs. Ballston Spa 2 nights later. The boys, as of now, have 2 Saturday home games, a night game vs. Niskayuna on September 16, and a lunch-time special vs. Burnt Hills on September 23. The bowling team's schedule is not yet available from the Suburban Council's webpage. Maybe it's just as well if Troy isn't putting a team on the lanes this year. Just sayin'.

Updated, 8/9: The women will have 2 non-league games, both at home. Broadalbin-Perth returns Thursday, Sept. 21, seeking revenge for a loss last year, and Senior Night will be Saturday, October 7 vs. Queensbury. Also, the season starts a week earlier than previously announced. The Troy boys will open with a matinee vs. Guilderland on August 29, while the women are on the road earlier that morning. The Troy women, then, have their home opener 2 nights later vs. Colonie.

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