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CBA, Colonie and Shaker must compensate for graduated players

All three Class AA football teams in Colonie are going through at least a partial rebuilding phase after each graduated several key players from last season.

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Albany, CBA, Schenectady and Troy officially begin playing in the Suburban Council

It’s a new era of Suburban Council sports. Beginning with the first varsity golf matches Monday, Aug. 24, the league is up to 16 schools.

The widow-making, production-killing, Dungeons & Dragons-eske imaginary pastime of Fantasy Football is here

In 2006, the Pew Research Center out of Washington D.C. estimated that 5 percent of all adults play fantasy sports, two-thirds of whom played fantasy football. Fantasy sports may lend credit to baseball for its origins, but football reigns as the Mack Daddy of them all.

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NYS Baseball Hall of Fame will induct La Salle, Bethlehem coach Jesse Braverman this fall

Class began every summer afternoon on the ballfield at Bethlehem Central Middle School. The crunch of gravel underneath Jesse Braverman’s beat-up Ford Escort could be heard as he promptly rolled in at noon. He’d step out of the car with as many as 50 to 70 neighborhood kids already waiting for him. Instead of a syllabus, Braverman would pull out bags of helmets, bats and baseballs. It was the School of Baseball and class was now in session. In time, kids would simply call it “Jesse Ball.”

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Retired Yankee Derek Jeter returns to region as part of his foundation’s service

Being from Brooklyn, 18-year-old Aaron Straker hadn’t been near a farm until he and the other members of Jeter’s Leaders visited the Patroon Land Farm in Voorheesville Monday, Aug. 3.

Sports poll: Does Funny Cide deserve to be elected into the Racing Hall of Fame

This poll question first appeared in the July 29 editions of Spotlight News.

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One and done

Albany Dutchmen rally to make the playoffs, only to lose in the first round

The Albany Dutchmen’s long, strange journey of 2015 ended with a postseason berth and a first-round playoff exit.

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Master of the board

Grogin wins title at international competition

Adam Grogin’s specialty is breaking boards.

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Home of champions

Colonie Little League 12s win title; 11s in hot pursuit of one, too

As 11-year-olds last season, Colonie won the New York State Little League title in convincing fashion. With many of those same players back as 12-year-olds this season, Colonie is on track to make a return trip to the state tournament.

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Crossing bats

A vintage baseball game bridges the miles between two teams looking to preserve, educate and entertain

A vintage baseball game bridges the miles between two teams looking to preserve, educate and entertain.

Sports poll for the week of June 30 - July 6

Do you think the Tri-City ValleyCats will make the New York-Penn League playoffs in 2015?

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Albany Dutchmen: Bats come alive at home

Albany belts three triples in victory over Mohawk Valley

A rare show of power helped the Albany Dutchmen complete a home-and-home sweep of Mohawk Valley.

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Developing the next wave of rowers

Shaker crew team’s free learn to row program introduces sport to middle schoolers

How do you get middle school-age students interested in the sport of rowing?

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Albany Dutchmen rally past Amsterdam Mohawks

Albany scores six runs in seventh inning to defeat Amsterdam for second time in three days

The Albany Dutchmen pulled off a huge comeback to knock off the Amsterdam Mohawks for the second time in three days.

Track and field: Ronel Forde, Jake Johnson win Sectional titles

Shaker’s Ronel Forde and Colonie’s Jake Johnson each won individual events at the Section 2 Group 1 Track and Field Championships Sunday, May 31, at Shenendehowa High School.

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