Sports & Recreation 05.23.19

Madison Stern Memorial Scholarship Cornhole Classic

APHS, Madi’s Angel Pigs and Student Government are joining forces for a Cornhole tournament and fun afternoon filled with everyone’s favorite things:

Must pre-register online at by May 28, 2019.

All ages are welcome! Reserve your team’s entry today to receive a free t shirt-$40 per team of 2. June 2, 2019, Averill Park High School

Check in begins at 11:00 AM. Tournament to start at 12:00 PM. Limit of 50 teams.

Chicken BBQ available for purchase.50/50 raffle, Gift Card Pull, Vendor Fair, face painting, kid’s games, dunk tank and so much more!! All funds raised benefit
The Annual Madison F Stern Memorial Scholarship at Averill Park High School.


2019 Nassau Sportsmen’s Club – Kids Fishing Derby

Date — Saturday, June 8th, registration starts — 8am

Derby times— 9am to 12pm, Derby is for all kids 0 to 16 yrs. old.

Bring a fishing pole and have fun! Bait and hooks provided. Bring your own chair. After fishing, stick around for lunch and prizes.

Location- Club Pond at 370 Boyce Rd Nassau, NY.


Austin Lawrence Earns All-Liberty League in Baseball

TROY, NY — Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Austin Lawrence of East Greenbush 12144 and Columbia High School has been recognized by the Liberty League for his efforts in baseball.

A senior captain and second baseman, Lawrence was named All-Liberty League First Team after he played in all 39 games for the Engineers this season, starting 36. He hit .306, going 44 for 144, with 10 doubles, a triple, two home runs, 24 runs scored and 23 runs batted in. Compiling a .379 on-base percentage and a .431 slugging percentage, he stole seven bases in eight tries and was fourth in the team in OPS (.810). Lawrence started all 24 Liberty Leagues for the Engineers, batting .306 (26 for 85), with three doubles, a triple, a home run, a team-high 17 runs and 15 RBI. He had a .410 on-base percentage and a .400 slugging percentage, while going 5 for 6 on stolen base attempts. In his two seasons at Rensselaer, Lawrence hit .294 (78 for 265) in 75 games, collecting 17 doubles, a triple, two home runs, 51 runs and 37 runs batted in. He had a career .379 on-base percentage and a .389 slugging percentage with 14 stolen bases.

The Engineers went 20-19 overall this season, including a 15-9 mark in Liberty League play, qualifying for the conference tournament for the second straight year.


Hugs From Henry Inc. Golf Fundraiser

Hugs From Henry Inc. will be holding their golf fundraiser once again at the Van Patten Golf Club at 924 Main St., Clifton Park, NY 12065 on Mon., June 17th. Registration will start at 8 am with a 9 am shot gun start (18 holes). At 1 pm, we will have a buffet lunch. Donations are $100 per golfer (for a team of 4) which covers green fees, cart and buffet lunch. We will present awards, prizes and will have raffles. We are also looking for people or businesses to sponsor a hole for a $100 donation. 100% of all proceeds go to the health and welfare of homeless animals and our volunteers and staff are never paid for the work they do. Entry forms can be found on our website www.hugsfromhenry.orgon the events page. Please sign up by June 7th.


WGAWB Tourney Results

On Wednesday, May 15, the Women’s Golf Association of Winding Brook held a “12 Hole Select Score” Tourney at Winding Brook. With a net score of 42, Paula Sancomb took first place. In second place with a net score of 43 was Pam Rybka. In third place was Margaret Surpitski with a net 43.8.


The Freihofer’s® Run for Women to Host Health & Fitness Expo

ALBANY, N.Y.— Capital Region residents are invited to get their summer off to a healthy start by attending the Freihofer’s Run for Women’s Health & Fitness Expo, a companion event to the 41st Freihofer’s Run for Women.

The free, two-day event, which is open to the general public, will be held Thursday, May 30, from 4-8 p.m.; and Friday, May 31, from noon to 7 p.m. at The Armory at Sage College of Albany on New Scotland Avenue.

“The Freihofer’s Run for Women Health and Fitness Expo showcases the best in health and fitness in the Capital Region,” said Freihofer’s Run for Women Co-director Kristen Hislop. “It highlights fitness facilities, health and wellness companies, health and fitness activities, nutrition and healthy eating, fitness apparel and gear, plus clinics on self-defense, mental health and running, and preparing yourself to run injury free. In addition, the Expo is the site for last chance registration for the Freihofer’s Run for Women, Junior 3K and Kids’ Runs. Attendees can also pick up their race numbers, Freihofer’s bread and, of course, delicious Freihofer’s chocolate chip cookies!”

The first 100 through the door each day will receive an Athleta bag. There will be raffles that are free to enter. Many booths will be doing additional giveaways.

There is plentiful and free parking on Sage’s Albany campus. For more information and directions, please visit


Wynantskill’s Caraline Wood Earns NFCA Softball All-Region Accolades

WORCESTER, MA — Caraline Wood was recognized as an All-New England softball player by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

Senior Caraline Wood has been named as a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-New England first team selection. Sophomore Marissa Gonzales and junior Mackenzie Phillips were recognized as second and third team honorees, respectively.

Wood, who was a second team selection a year ago and a third teamer in 2016, batted .465 and ranks third in Division III with 59 RBI and 126 total bases, 10th with 67 hits and 11th with 13 home runs following the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament. The senior also led the NEWMAC with a .875 slugging percentage and four sacrifice flies, and concluded with a seven-game hitting streak, including a 4-for-4 performance versus St. Joseph (CT) in the NCAA tournament. In 18 conference games, Wood led the way with a 1.056 slugging percentage, eight home runs, 29 RBI and 57 total bases.

Earlier this week, Wood and Gonzales were named to the Medford Regional All-Tournament team while the senior was named as a semifinalist for the 2019 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III Softball Player of Year award.


Grafton Fitness Opportunities

Rensselaer County’s Everett Wagar Senior Center, 2 Roxborough Road, Grafton, has several opportunities to keep our residents 60 and older in shape. Chair Yoga is offered 3 times a week at no charge. This is a low-impact workout for the body and mind. Aerobic Swimming is available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Bennington Rec Center with transportation. Water aerobics offers a resistance and buoyancy that cannot be experienced on ground. The center has a small exercise room with a treadmill and stationary bikes. Regular exercise reduces the risk of injury, decreased symptoms of depression, and improves mobility. Regular exercise can lower blood pressure, strengthen muscles, correct body posture, relieve pain and promotes weight loss. Residents 60 and older are encouraged to get into a good exercise routine. For more information, call the center at 518-279-3413.


17th Annual Schodack Valley Fire Co. Golf Tournament

Please Join Us for the 17th Annual Schodack Valley Fire Co. Golf Tournament on June 20th at Winding Brook CC in Valatie. Registration starts at 9 am; shotgun start at 10am. $100 entry gets you 18 holes of golf with cart, beer & soda, breakfast, BBQ lunch, buffet dinner, and chance to win a new car compliments of Goldstein Auto Group. Call Brian at 518-429-1410 for details.


STRIDE Adaptive Sports to Host Bocce ‘Discovery’ Event Demonstration

(West Sand Lake, NY) – Rain or shine, Capital Region athletes with disabilities will have a unique opportunity to learn about the sport of Bocce this Saturday, May 25, from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at STRIDE Adaptive Sports, located at 4482 NY Highway 150, West Sand Lake, NY 12196. The special “Bocce Discovery Day” is free to attend and will be held at the STRIDE SHARE Center, which is soon to become the Capital Region’s first adaptive sports and fitness gym for people with disabilities when renovations are complete.

The Head Coach of the Nassau Thunderbolts US Boccia Team, Mary Hodge, along with a few US players and support staff will be on hand to demonstrate the sport, equipment, and logistics of the game. There will be a demonstration on STRIDE’s indoor court as well as its new adaptive outdoor regulation court (weather permitting). Wheelchair athletes are especially encouraged to attend, but the session is open to all ages and abilities via RSVP to Megan Evans, Program Director. Please email or call the STRIDE office at (518) 598-1279. Following the clinic, STRIDE will be launching a new Bocce recreational program with details upcoming.


Senior Domino Group Seeks More Players

The Town of East Greenbush Senior Domino Group meets each Wednesday from 12-3 PM in the Town Hall Community Room. Join in the fun by stopping by any Wednesday to check it out!  You do not need to be an experienced player.  They will teach you. For questions call 518-477-4194.


Town of East Greenbush Adult Bocce

Bocce players meet in Onderdonk Park on Hampton Avenue at 5:45 PM each Thursday evening throughout the Spring and Summer. The group is currently seeking more players.  This is not a competitive league and it is a lot of fun with great people!  Stop by any Thursday to see what’s it all about. Any weather cancellations will be posted on the Town’s website and sent as a Nixle alert on the Town’s alert system.  For questions call 518-477-4194.


Form a Team and Join the Fight to End Alzheimer’s!

Did you ever think of starting a team to help eliminate Alzheimer’s disease? You’re invited to attend a session on how to start a team and participate in the 2019 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. It’s easy to sign up, and it is an extremely rewarding experience. Join us in the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor!

In the session, we’ll share ideas about how to register your team, team building, and fundraising. Teams can be just one person or as many as you like! One in three people know someone who is living with Alzheimer’s. Here is your chance to help improve their lives and prevent others from having to live with this devastating disease.

Please drop in to learn more on one of the dates and locations below. Stop in any time during the time frame listed. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Lori Gardner at (518) 461-1439 or Thorel Mead at (518) 283-3077. Help us make a difference!

Please join us on:

June 21, 2019- Longest Day Unbreakable Nutrition, 6:00am-6:00pm, 12 Mall Way #1, Averill Park, NY 12018

June 22, 2019- Times Union Center (Albany Empire game), 3:30pm – end.

August 6, 2019- Brunswick Community Center, 6:30-8:00, Concert in the park.

We hope to see you there! Together we can help end Alzheimer’s disease!


Upcoming Programs at Grafton Lakes State Park

(Cropseyville, NY) – Join us for our upcoming spring programs:

Saturday, May 25th—Grafton Lakes State Park’s Beach opens for 2019 season! Daily beach hours through Labor Day are 10am-6pm with gate fees $8/car.

Saturday, May 25th—Birding with a Naturalist at 8:30am: Get your inner bird-nerd on as we look for nesting and migrating birds, and maybe even an eagle! Beginners and enthusiasts welcome. Program meets at the Mill Pond parking area. This program is designed for ages 9 and up. Please bring binoculars if you have them. Call to pre-register at (518)-279-1155 and let us know if you need a pair of binoculars.

Monday, May 27th—Memorial Day Sand Sculpture Contest from 12-3pm. Who will bring their best “grain game” to the beach this year? Register at 12pm by the Lifeguard Station at Long Pond Beach. Must provide your own tools and props. Judging at 2pm, awards at 3pm. Free to enter, prizes for all!

Saturday, June 1st—National Trails Day at 9am. Join us for a morning of service in the park, and we’ll thank you with a complimentary barbecue and raffle of goodies! Check-in at 9am at the Grafton Welcome Center, trail work 9:30am-noon, followed by lunch. Please RSVP so we have projects and food for all:


Volunteers Needed for National Trails Day at Grafton Lakes State Park

National Trails Day is the perfect opportunity to help clean up local parks. On Saturday, June 1st, Grafton Lakes State Park will be hosting the 26th Annual National Trails Day – the nation’s annual celebration of trails. The park invites volunteers of all ages to help clean up and improve trails on Saturday morning and indulge in the trail activities they enjoy most in the afternoon.

Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the park’s new Welcome Center; refreshments and snacks will be available. Cleanup and improvement of the trail system will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. and will be followed by a complimentary barbecue picnic and raffle for all volunteers. After the barbecue, participants are encouraged to enjoy the trails and park. Reservations must be made in advance for the barbecue by calling the Grafton Lakes State Park Office, or emailing at, no later than May 29th, 2019.

Please join park staff on June 1st to enjoy and celebrate public trails. For more information about this event, please contact Grafton Lakes State Park at
(518) 279-1155.


Burden Lake Assoc. Golf Outing Fundraiser

A Burden Lake Association Golf Outing Fundraiser will be held on Sat., June 8th, at the Burden Lake Country Club, 162 Totem Lodge Rd., Averill Park. All proceeds will go toward the Water Quality Fund. 9-9:30 am Check in and continental breakfast. 10 am shotgun start. Light lunch when golfing is complete.
$110 per player/$400 per foursome…scramble format.

Registration deadline: June 1st. Non-golfing guests are invited to purchase lunch. For more information on golfing, sponsoring, etc., contact event coordinators: Mark Esslie at 518-852-4828, Mike Durant at 518-526-1016. Please support us in this fundraiser.


Town of East Greenbush Senior Chair Yoga

Chair Yoga will continue at 11 AM on Wednesdays in the East Greenbush Town Hall Community Room through the end of June and then break for the summer months.  If you would like to join, give us a call at 518-477-4194 or walk ins are welcome.

Instructor: Judi England, RN, licensed massage therapist, and professionally certified Kripalu yoga instructor. Judi has offered programs in wellness, yoga, meditation, and stress management for over 25 years throughout the Capital Region. She currently serves as Senior Health Education Coordinator for Jewish Family Services of Northeastern New York, and as an Independent Health Educator for businesses and organizations. Her blog “Holistic Health” appeared in the Times Union for ten years.

Reconnect the body, mind and spirit through gentle movements, breathwork and deep relaxation.  We’ll work on flexibility, balance and core strength with options to build or modify your practice. All movements will be done seated or standing with a chair for support.  All are welcome to enjoy the benefits of yoga – regardless of physical ability or limitations.


3rd Annual #SeanStrong5k

The 3rdAnnual Sean Strong 5k event will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019. RUN—WALK—KIDS RACE

Where: Howard L. Goff Middle School, Gilligan Road, East Greenbush, Registration Fee: $30 — Run & Walk ($35 day of) – $15 — Kids 1 Mile, Kids Sprint Free! (must register), Water & Refreshments will be provided! T-Shirt Included! REGISTER AT:
For more info contact: #SeanStrong5K at *All Proceeds benefit Dana Farber Cancer Institute Pediatric brain tumor research*

#SeanStrong5k – Sponsorship Levels

To Honor Sean’s Favorite Sport

1st Base: $100 – Company name listed on Board at Registration, 1st tier listing on Tee Shirt and in Race Packet

2nd Base: $250 – Company name listed on Social Media, Board at Registration, 2nd tier listing on Tee Shirt and in Race Packet

3rd Base: $500 – Company name listed on Social Media, Board at Registration, 3rd tier listing on Tee Shirt and in Race Packet

Home Run: $750 – Company name listed on Social Media, Board at Registration, Company Logo on Tee Shirt and in Race Packet and at the Water Stop

Grand Slam: $1,000 – Company name listed on Social Media, Board at Registration, top listing of logo on Tee Shirt and in Race Packet and at the Water Stop.


Kiwanis Summerfest Benefit Tennis Tournament Registration

If top spin, back hand, drop shot and volley are part of your sport, then the Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake has a racket for you. Saturday, June 8th, at the Averill Park High School tennis courts. Registration fees: $20.00 for singles; $40 for doubles team for each category entered
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS SATURDAY, JUNE 1st. For additional information, call Joe Behson at 674-8407 or Bruce Perry at 674-2475.

Kiwanis Tennis Tournament Registration Form
(Please Print Carefully)

Please indicate in which category(s) you wish to compete.

$20 for Singles. $40 for Doubles Teams.

Women’s Singles __________

Women’s Doubles__________

Men’s Singles __________

Men’s Doubles __________

Mixed Doubles __________

Women’s Century Doubles* ______________

Men’s Century Doubles* __________

*Both players must be 50 years of age or older.



ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY____________________

STATE__________ZIP______Email address_____________


WAIVER: In consideration of my entry being accepted, I do hereby for myself, heirs, executors, or assigns waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages I may have against the Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake, and any and all sponsors and their representatives, and assigns or any official or participant for any and all injuries I may suffer in connection with the Kiwanis Benefit Tennis Tournament. Further, I stipulate that I am physically fit and capable to participate in this event. And I hereby grant full permission to any and all the foregoing to use any photographs, videotapes, motion pictures, recordings or any other record of this event for any legitimate purpose.




Please make checks payable to: Kiwanis Club of Sand Lake

Mail entries to: Joe Behson, 39 Summit Drive, Averill Park, NY 12018.


Rensselaer Youth Outdoors Forest Conservation Corps Teen Sumer Program

Rensselaer County, NY: Rensselaer Youth Outdoors is announcing an environmental education summer program for teenagers, aged 14-16. The program will combine recreation and education experiences while teens work on valuable conservation projects protecting Rensselaer county’s parks, waters and natural resources.

The four-week program will run weekdays from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, July 22 to August 16, with space for 10 teens each week.

Week 1: July 22-July 26 – Dyken Pond Environmental Education Center

Week 2: July 29-August 2 – Grafton Lakes State Park

Week 3: August 5-August 9 – Poestenkill Community Forest

Week 4: August 12-August 16 – Albert Family Community Forest

Participants who complete a full week of the program will receive a certificate and a $100 stipend at the end of the week.

For more information or to download an application, visit and click the Programs tab
Contact RYO Program Coordinator Amanda McCreary with questions at: Email:
Phone: 518-810-4544.


Search and Rescue Volunteers Needed

The Tri-State Emergency Team is recruiting volunteers to provide wildland and underwater searches within a 100-mile radius of Waterford, NY.  This includes all aspects of field and underwater search.  The Tri-State Emergency Team responds when requested by NYS Forest Rangers and other Police Agencies throughout New York State, Western Vermont and Massachesettes.

We are looking for certified scuba divers, experienced boat handlers, and people who enjoy hiking and the outdoors in general who wish to help people in need.   The team will provide training and complete support as needed.  Our headquarters is located in Waterford.  Applicants need not live in Waterford to volunteer. If interested, please call 518-237-6744 or visit our website at

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