2019 Saratoga Sparks Tryouts 4th-8th grade

Friday, December 14, 2018  OrganizationPlayer InformationSparks News

Saratoga Sparks 2019 Tryouts

Jan 26th, 2019 & Jan 27th, 2019 

*ALL TRYOUTS ARE BEING HELD AT UNION COLLEGE

VINIAR ATHLETIC CENTER
   807 Union St., Schenectady, NY  12308

Saturday, January 26th:


3rd, 4th, 5th grades:  9am -10am

8th grade: 10:15am- 11:30am

6th grade: 11:45am -1:00pm

7th grade: 1:15pm-2:30pm

Sunday, January 27th: (times may be adjusted, please check with Tryout Coordinator before leaving the gym on Saturday)

3rd, 4th, 5th grades:  9am -10am

8th grade: 10:30am- 11:30am

6th grade: 12 noon -1:00pm

7th grade: 1:30pm-2:30pm

You must pre-register at www.saratogasparks.com (Home page/left hand side under links, Tryout registration)

Please contact Jim Shields, Tryout Coordinator, with any questions regarding Tryouts, playerdevsaratogasparks@gmail.com

There will be a $25 Tryout Fee due the day of tryouts.

Coaches: 

9 Orange-Jim Shields 

8 Orange-George Pearson 

7 Orange-Tony Mingione

6 Orange-Sam Clifford 

5 Orange-TBD

4 Orange-TBD 

See you then!


Saratoga Sparks Alumni 2018-2012

Saturday, December 01, 2018  OrganizationPlayer InformationSparks News

Alumni 2018-2012

The Saratoga Sparks Girls AAU Basketball Program is extremely proud of the wonderful young women who have participated in our program over the years.  We plan to keep in touch with former Sparks players and follow their success as they attend college and beyond.  If you have information that will improve our Alumni page please contact the webmaster. Please see our Alumni page for past years. 

Class of 2018

  • Erin Fouracre, Colonie High School  *1,000 point Milestone 1st Team All Star 
  • Julianna Okoniewski, Bethlehem High School 2nd Team All Star 
  • Giuliana Pritchard, Amsterdam High School *1,000 point Milestone 1st Team All Star
  • Harmony Philo, Gloversville High School *1,000 point Milestone 1st Team All Star 
  • Kerri Hauser, Gloversville High School 3rd Team All Star 
  • Molly Kirby, Bethlehem High School 3rd Team All Star 
  • Lauren Hill, Coblesville-Richmondville High School 
  • Earlashia Ricketts, Colonie High School 
  • Briann Barringer. Saratoga Springs High School 5th Team All Star
  • Allie Pacatte, Cobleskill-Richmondville High School 3rd Team All Star 
  • Jasmine Gonzalez, Gloversville High School 
  • Kara Vamvalis, Saratoga Springs High School 5th Team All Star 

Class of 2017 

  • Julianna Taylor, Fonda High School, SUNY Brockport
  • Kara Vamvalis, Saratoga Springs High School 
  • Emily Wander, Bethlehem High School, Middlebury College
  • Kerri Hauser, Gloversville High School
  • Jordan Hipwell, Ballston Spa High School, Suffolk University 
  • Caitlin Estes, Scotia High School 
  • Briann Barringer, Saratoga High School 
  • Olivia Baumann, Guilderland High School, St. John Fisher 
  • Giuliana Pritchard, Amsterdam High School 
  • Monique Britton, Berne Knox Westerlo, SUNY Cobleskill 
  • Isley Sterling, Saratoga High School, Hartwick College
  • Ali Changa, Watervliet High School, SUNY Cobleskill

Class of 2016 

  • Kaitlyn Devine, Amsterdam High School 
  • Carly Domicolo, Shen High School 
  • Rachel Blow, Voorheesville High School 
  • Gess Patregani, Lansingburgh High School, Sage College 
  • McKenzie Bennett, Lake George High School, Keene State 
  • Maya Nichols, Cobleskill Richmondville High School 
  • Emily Padalino, Albany Academy, Dickinson College 
  • Olivia Allrich, Ballston Spa, SUNY Oneonta
  • Caitlin Estes, Scotia High School 
  • Lauren Almonte, Colonie High School 

Class of 2015

  • Nicole Conley, Scotia-Glenville, Union College
  • Courtney Lane, Bishop Maginn High School
  • Emily Parslow, Fonda-Fultonville, Sage College 
  • Cora Connolly, Lake George
  • Chelsea Johnson, Albany High School,
  • Sarah Jaromin, Columbia High School, Brandeis 
  • Macie Holmes, Mekeel Christian Academy, Sage
  • Courtney Pingelski, Mechanicville, MCLA 
  • Nastasja Johnston, Columbia High School
  • Erin Pepe, Shaker High School
  • Madison Barrett, Shaker High School
  • Becky Rossier, Shaker High School
  • Kaila DeLoriea, Watervliet High School
  • Atoria Elem, Catholic Central High School
  • Amber Yarter, Colonie High School
  • Carle McNulty, Scotia Glenville High School
  • Candace Demers, Albany Leadership High
  • Madelyn Egan, Mohonasen
  • Adele Haraughty, Glens Falls High School
  • Jaycee Volkmann, Ichabod Crane
  • Maddy Main, Mount Anthony Union High School
  • Vivian Jaworsky, Lake George High School
  • Colleen Felt, Shaker High School
  • Samantha Casale, Tamarac
  • Jennifer VanGelder, Columbia


Class of 2014

  • Merrick Rowland, Shaker High School, Queens College
  • Ashley Acker, Shenendehowa High School
  • Brittanie Clickner, Watervliet High School,
  • Teagan Clough, Watervliet High School,
  • Ryanne Olsen, Schalmont High School,
  • Allison Casey, Scotia-Glenville High School
  • Madison Shea, Shenendehowa High School, Clarkson University
  • Allison Hacker, Averill Park High School
  • Jenna Erickson, Tamarac High School, St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Adiya Henderson, Tamarac High School, St. Thomas Aquinas
  • Ally Setter, Shenendehowa High School, Army


Class of 2013

  • Sydnie Rosales, Colonie High School, Marist College
  • Ailayia Demand, Watervliet High School, LeMoyne College
  • Jackie Welch, Colonie High School, Niagara CC
  • Madison Rowland, Shaker High School, Queens College
  • Mikayla Dequire, Watervliet High School, Gannon University
  • Bridget Murphy, Bethlehem High School, UAlbany
  • Lashana Tolliver, Watervliet High School, Lincoln University
  • Alyssia Marsal, Shenendehowa High School, Clarkson University
  • Kit Small, Academy of the Holy Names, University of New Paltz
  • Sydney Hanson, Ballston Spa High School,
  • Cassie Broadhead, Scotia-Glenville High School, Brigham Young University


Class of 2012

  • Alysa Chartrand,Watervliet High School, SUNY Cortland
  • MacKenzie Rowland, Shaker High School, Queens College
  • Amanda Batzold, Columbia High School,
  • Jennifer Sweeney, Ballston Spa High School,
  • MyAisa Alston, Cohoes High School,
  • Christina Spicer, Academy of the Holy Names,
  • Alyssa Craig, Fonda-Fultonville High School,
  • MacKenzie Pratt, Shaker High School,
  • Rachael McDonough, Lansingburgh High School, Cazenovia College
  • Roxanne Gibbs, Cohoes High School,
  • Emily Weber, Shenendehowa High School, Canisius College
  • Lindsey Ryan, Shenendehowa High School, Boston College
  • Mary Kate Cusack, Shenendehowa High School, St. John Fisher

Sparks Make Prime Time Appearance

Monday, October 04, 2010  OrganizationSparks News
The Saratoga Sparks 14 year old Orange team was featured on the Fox23 new cast last night, much to the delight of the organization, the players, their parents and their coach. The team, made up of high school freshmen, traveled to Orlando in mid-July to participate in the 2010 AAU Nationals. When the dust settled in the Sunshine State, the Sparks stood tall, finishing the tournament with a 5-3 record, which secured them a sixth place finish in the forty team field.

On Monday night the team made their prime time debut, and sources close to the Nielson ratings reported that during the two minute documentary, rating on ESPN’s Monday Night Football dipped below their average draw.

http://www.fox23news.com/search/videosearch.aspx?search=saratoga+sparks

 


Plenty of Goals for 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010  OrganizationSparks News
 
 
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Saratoga, New York. - 2010 looks to be a very exciting year for the Saratoga Sparks. With open auditions behind them the young college bound juniors are looking to make their last year of AAU basketball as meaningful as possible.

The Sparks goal of this season is very simple, to improve the skill and confidence level of each player while giving each the opportunity to play basketball in front of a variety of college coaches. This season is the last AAU experience for this group of Sparks, their last chance to travel with friends and family, their last chance to compete at several familiar venues, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and of course Penn State. After this season each of the players will (or in some cases, might) enjoy one more year of varsity basketball and then it’s off to college…. and then quickly after that the job market…
Saratoga, New York. - 2010 looks to be a very exciting year for the Saratoga Sparks. With open auditions behind them the young college bound juniors are looking to make their last year of AAU basketball as meaningful as possible.

The Sparks goal of this season is very simple, to improve the skill and confidence level of each player while giving each the opportunity to play basketball in front of a variety of college coaches. This season is the last AAU experience for this group of Sparks, their last chance to travel with friends and family, their last chance to compete at several familiar venues, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and of course Penn State. After this season each of the players will (or in some cases, might) enjoy one more year of varsity basketball and then it’s off to college…. and then quickly after that the job market…

This is why the 2010 Sparks will be entering the season with four very simple goals: First, work on aspects of each players game that need quick improvement, second, identify ways of drawing attention to their individual strengths. Third, keeping competitive in every game to allow playing time to stay balanced while keeping the attention of any college representatives in attendance. And last, but not least, have as much fun as humanly possible.

The Sparks schedule this season is very challenging. With road trips to four major events including the Coaches Choice USA challenge at Fordham University, the Cortland Shootout, The Commotion by the Ocean at the University of Rhode Island and the season finally the USA Blue Chip Invitational at Penn State University.

Quick translation: Great Italian food in the Bronx, a great steak house in western New York, lobster rolls in Newport and the best bacon you have ever had at State College.

The local schedule features the Gym Rat Challenge, and the Albany Spring Classic both at nearby Siena College, and of course the Thoroughbred Challenge.

As for winning and losing, “There is only one game I want to win this year” shared coach Frank Fazio. “And each year it’s the same game, July 5th at Penn State”

The Penn State tournament is structured unlike the traditional AAU tournament. The Sparks will play a game on July 5th, if they win, they will be placed in the winners bracket for the remainder of the tournament. Basically playing with the top 50% for the field, if they lose, they will be starting off in the losers bracket, the key word there being “losers”.

“We will be preparing all season for this one game, it’s huge for us, if I’m driving four and a half hours thought Amish country on the 4th of July weekend, you better believe I’m serious about winning our first round game... we are going to win this game… we have to” offered coach Turner. “I don’t plan on spending any sad nights at Mad Mex’s bar in the lobby of the Day Inn on Pugh Street, we will prepare, we will go, we will win and we will be seen… that’s the plan”