Long-time Hoosick Falls girls soccer coach Tom Husser will be inducted into the 2022 class of the New York State Girls Soccer Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 10. Husser, who has coached the Panthers for 19 seasons, has won 285 games in his career, along with four championship game appearances, three New York State Class C championships, and a pair of Coach of the Year awards from New York State.
Notes: My family had the opportunity to help build beds in Greenwich. There is an organization that provides beds for kids that don’t have them. What a wonderful idea. No kids sleep on the floor. Not only did my family help out, but Pete and Kathy Coon brought their daughter, Lila, and a friend, Ashley Druckenmiller, to volunteer their time. There are a lot of people that do great things. I hope that we can focus on all the positives as this country works through how to be kind. Congratulations to the 10U Hoosick Falls softball team for their All-Star tournament Championship. If you have some setbacks, it makes the victory all the more sweet. [Read more…] about Seiler/Akin, Potter/Woodard, Harrington Brothers, and Stevens/Shannon Punch Playoff Tickets at Dutchaven
Notes: Congrats to the Greenwich softball team on their State Championship. It must have been exciting when Greenwich tied the score in the 6th inning. By watching the news, it sounded like a walk, a dropped 3rd strike and 2 throwing errors and a run coming across the plate. I was listening to the parents at an 8U softball tournament give updates to each other. The technology is amazing. Hopefully the coach that resigned right before the season started can smile at the work he did to prepare the kids for that moment. I’m sure there are some good stories about this situation. To be the best in NYS is awesome.
Current Leaders: Only 1 week left until some of the playoff teams are decided. Flight A After winning the first 6 weeks, Jeff Stevens and Keith Shannon have led wire to wire. They sit atop the flight with 105 points. The real battle is for second place. Brett Seiler and red-hot Howie Akin lead defending champions, Jeff Hull and Dale Dearstyne by 2 points. . Both Brett / Howie and Jeff / Dale (along with non-contenders, Peter Martin III and Kevin Weeden) hold the longest win streaks in the league at 3 weeks. With 20 points possible each week, it should be an exciting final night to the first half of the season Flight B By winning 7 out of 9 weeks, Billy Potter and Kyle Woodard stand on the top of flight B. They have a 7.5 point edge over 2nd place. Once again, the real battle is for the 2nd playoff spot. Bob Hunt and Skip Russell have 93.5 points. Right behind them at 93 points are the Harrington (Chris and Gerry) brothers. There are 5 teams within 5 points of 2nd place. That one missed putt or extra gimmee could be the difference in who makes it to the postseason. Stay tuned to what happens.
Week Eight Results: Danny O’Rourke shot even par, 35. He had a net score of 30 with his 7 pars and birdie. Howie Akin had the low net, again. Howie had a net score of 28. He had 2 pars and his handicap should be coming down. Dean Becker (2 pars) and Dave Vogt (gross 39, 4 pars) each had net scores of 32. Dave also bagged his first birdie of the year on hole #5. Ed Powers (gross score of 38 with his season-high 6 pars), Jeff Stevens (gross 37, 3 pars, 2 birdies) and Dave Putnam (season-high 4 pars) each had net scores of 33. Peter Martin III had 6 pars on the night and shot a gross score of 38. Joe Gerwin had 4 par and a birdie. Chris Harrington had 3 pars and a birdie.
Week Nine Results: Jeff Stevens had a spectacular night. Jeff had 6 pars and a birdie and picked up his first EAGLE of the season on the par 5 hole #2. His partner, Keith Shannon, had a season-high 5 pars, shooting a net score of 33. Their team net score of 63 was 4 better than any other team. Tom Vogt Sr. had a net score of 30. He had a season-best 3 pars. Once again, Howie Akin was under his handicap. He shot a net score of 31. Howie’s handicap was a 16 in week 7 and has dropped to a 13 in week 9. Great shooting Howie. Marsh Ogert (3 pars) and Henry Rose (first birdie of the year) had net scores of 32. Eric Speanburg, Kyle Gardner, Kyle Woodard (season-high 4 pars) and Jeff Hull (3 pars) had net scores of 33. Kevin Weeden had 6 pars. Garth Duclos and Jack Daigneault had a season-best 4 pars. Gerry Taber had a season-best 5 pars. Collin Delameter picked up his first birdie with a chip-in on the tough holke #9 par three. Skip Russell had a season-best 5 pars and also had a birdie. Ron Caron bagged his season best in pars too with 2.
Closest to the Pin Winners (week 9): week 8 -> no signs were brought out!! Hole 1 -> Howie Akin 14ft 10in, Hole 3 -> Billy Potter 4ft 1in, Hole 9 -> Joe Gerwin 40ft plus
Skins Update (Week 8/9): No one won week 8. Hole 4 was rolled. Skins possibilities this week in Group A for week 8 were: Jeff Stevens – hole 2 Skins possibilities this week in Group B were: Gerry Harrington – hole 3, Henry Rose – hole 8 The dice was rolled with both Group B players present. Hole #8 was rolled. Henry cashed in on the $192 pot. No one has hit group B all year. Congratulations to Henry.
Notes: Boy it’s supposed to be a beautiful week. The golf league is underway. We started 3 weeks ago and finally I am able to get an article out. You can make time for whatever you want so here goes. It was a great sight to see all the Little Leaguers walking through town during the traditional opening day parade. Thanks to all the unpaid volunteers that make it happen. People don’t realize how much time goes into making sure the kids have a fun experience. Keep in mind that no one has to do this, so instead of complaining about what is not done, thank those that did something to help out. Please and thank you go a long way. I know the board could always use a few good hands, so if you have any good ideas please leave your name and number at the shack and the president will contact you. With that being said, I want to thank Joe Gerwin for all the work he puts in to make this golf league run. Thanks buddy. Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, Elaine, and my wife Darcy. No one really knows how much unselfish time you put into your family. You are great examples for people to follow.
Current Leaders: Flight A One team has played all three weeks together and they haven’t lost, Jeff Stevens and Keith Shannon. After getting into the playoffs as a wild card and riding that momentum to the title match, they have come out this season on fire. They lead flight A with 37.5 points. Three other teams haven’t lost this year either, Dave Clark/Gerry Taber, Joe Gerwin/Jack Daigneault and Bret Seiler/Howie Akin. Both Joe and Dave played with a sub for 2 weeks and Howie needed an extra week to recover from surgery. Currently in 2nd place, Dave and Gerry have 35.5 points. Joe and Jack have 33 points and are tied for 3rd place with Mike Marpe and Dan O’Rourke. Flight B No teams in flight B are undefeated. The top two teams have won 2 out of 3 weeks. Skip Russell and Bob Hunt sit on top with 34.5 points. Billy Potter and Kyle Woodward are in 2nd place with 33.5 points.
Week One Results: Jeff Stevens came out of the gates on fire, shooting a 36. He had 6 pars and a birdie. Jeff parred all 3 par threes. Jeff also had the low net score of the night with his 32. Marsh Ogert had a nice start with a net score of 33 and 3 pars. Peter Martin III was the only other golfer to break 40, shooting 39 net 34. He had 4 pars and a birdie. Danny O’Rourke had 6 pars. Joe Gerwin had 5 pars. Keith Shannon helped his team (Jeff Stevens is his partner) net under par with his net score of 34. They were the only team to net under par as they shot a team net score of 66, 4 under their handicap. Billy Potter (birdie), Skip Russell (3 pars, birdie), Mike Marpe (4 pars) and Ron Caron all netted scores of 34.
Skins Update (week 1): Each week, the 18-sided die will be rolled to determine which hole was the skin hole for the previous week. Players are divided into 2 flights based on handicap. If you are the lone low score on the hole, you win the skins pot. Teammates can not cancel each other out. You need to have a birdie or better to win the skin. Skins possibilities this week in Group A were: Peter Martin III – hole 5, Jeff Stevens – hole 7, Kevin Weeden – hole 8 Skins possibilities this week in Group B were: Gerry Harrington – hole 5, Darryl Lee – hole 2, Billy Potter – hole 7. Hole 4 was rolled so there was no winner.
Closest to the Pin Winners (week 1): Hole 1 -> Dave Vogt 25 ft 7 in, Hole 3 -> Skip Russell 28ft 1 in, Hole 9 -> no one
Week Two Results: Howie Akin came off shoulder surgery swinging a hot club. He had a net score of 30 with 4 pars. Welcome back Howie. He helped his team shoot a net score of 68. His teammate, Brett Seiler, had 4 pars and a birdie. Only two teammates netted under par, Leon Rosko and Ed Powers both netted 34. They combined for 9 pars. Marsh Ogert had another solid week shooting a net 33. He had 3 pars and a birdie. Peter Martin III had 4 pars and a birdie.
Skins Update (Week 2): Skins possibilities this week in Group A were: Peter Martin III – hole 6, Jeff Stevens – hole 7 (again), Kevin Weeden – hole 9, Brett Seiler – hole 5 Skins possibilities this week in Group B were: Gerry Harrington – hole 5, Darryl Lee – hole 2, Marsh Ogert – hole 7. Hole 6 was rolled by Leon Rosko. Peter Martin III won the 2-week pot in Group A. Congrats Peter. Thanks Amy for letting him practice and giving him a few tips.
Closest to the Pin Winners (week 2): Hole 1 -> Billy Potter 4 ft 4 in, Hole 3 -> Joe Gerwin 8ft 6in, Hole 9 -> Kevin Weeden 7ft 5in (birdie)
Week Three Results: This was the best night so far for the Duffer League golfers. Eddie Powers led the way shooting 37, net 31. Eddie had 4 pars and a birdie. His teammate Leon Rosko shot a 39, net 33. Leon had 5 pars. They had a team net score of 64. Ruppert Smith had the low net of the night with a 30. He shot a gross score of 39 with 5 pars. Dean Becker took care of business with a net score of 31, winning 7.5 points out of 9 points. Maybe it was 8 out of 9. I’ll have to double check my scorecard:( Nick Pello had a nice net score of 33 picking up a par on the tough hole #1. Eric Speanburg, Skip Russell (3 pars, birdie), Jeff Hull (3 pars) and Dave Vogt (3 pars) all had a net score of 34. Bret Seiler was solid with 5 pars and a birdie. Kevin Weeden, after shooting a 48 the week before, shot 37 net 33 with 7 pars.
Skins Update (Week 3): Skins possibilities this week in Group A were: Jack Daigneault – hole 7, Ed Powers – hole 5 Skins possibilities this week in Group B were: Dave Clark – hole 8 The dice are rolled prior to the start of the next week to determine the previous week’s winner.
Closest to the Pin Winners (week 3): no signs put out (It’s no one and everyone’s responsibility. Usually Henry does it, but he was absent. Thanks Henry for taking care of this.)
by Doug La Rocque
Plans by the Albany-Saratoga Speedway for their earliest season opener on Friday, April 1 were washed out. The track now plans to open the season on Friday, April 15. What did take the green flag was the first race of the year at the Orange County Speedway in Middletown, with more than $25,000 going to the winner. That turned out to be Matt Sheppard from the Rochester area. The other top five finishers were Mat Williamson, Dan Creeden, Ryan Godown and Andy Bachetti.
The Fonda Speedway opens for the season with all divisions on Saturday, April 16. The Green flag will fly at Lebanon Valley for Big Blocks, Sportsman, Pro Stocks and Pure Stocks on Saturday, April 23. The Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, VT has its first night of racing planned for Saturday, May 7.