Thoroughbred Classic Schedule Released

2014 Thoroughbred Classic Tournament Schedule
Attached, please find the schedule for the 2014 Thoroughbred Classic. The Saratoga Sparks organization has been working very hard over the last few weeks planning what we're sure will be a positive experience for you, your teams and your families. We are very proud of our efforts and look forward to providing you with a great weekend of basketball.

We did our very best to accommodate everyone’s special requests, and we believe we have addressed most of them. We considered travel times for teams traveling in from out of town, Proms, dinner and lunch reservations. We even have several brave coaches working the side lines for multiple teams.

Our game schedule is final, and updates will only be provided if we identify a mistake, or discover a way to make the schedule beneficial to everyone involved. Don’t count on this happening, we’ve done our best.

Please remember that this is a weekend event, take advantage of the time between games and visit downtown Saratoga Springs. There are hundreds of shops and restaurants just seconds away from each of our four venues. If your unhappy with anything, with the exception of officiating,  I can easily be found at the Druther's Brewing Company on Broadway. I’ll buy you a beer and we can discuss what ever it is that’s got you down. (This offer is not extended to Saratoga Sparks coaches, Players, Parents or Board Members)

If you have any questions during the tournament please locate one of our very experienced Site Coordinators. There will be several volunteers at every venue who will be happy to answer any of your questions.

Thank you and please make sure you do your best to enjoy the weekend with your teams, your families and your friends. After all, that’s what it’s all about!


2014 Thoroughbred Classic Tournament Schedule

2014 Thoroughbred Classic Just Around the Corner

Thank you!!
2014 Thoroughbred Classic


I just wanted to send a quick note to each of you, thanking you for attending our upcoming tournament. The field has been finalized and the tournament schedule is being generated. This year we have 85 teams and we are once again looking forward to a great weekend of basketball. The final schedule will be emailed Monday, May 26th.

At this time, we have reached our limit of "scheduling request" and we have done our level best to accommodate everyones scheduling expectations. I'm afraid to say, if you didn't get your requests in prior to today, we're not going to be able to accommodate you. Also, we are still waiting on a few checks, I'll follow up with those teams in a separate email.
I'd also like to remind everyone about our Ultimate Upstate College Showcase taking place the Friday evening before the tournament. We have invited over 177 college coaches from all over the northeast to attend. Registration is only $45 per player. They will be guarantees three quick games and a Showcase jersey to take home.

Each player will be assigned a team for the evening and will play three games in front of as many college coaches as we can find. Our event is open to all high school aged players who are looking to play a little more basketball. Everyone is welcome regardless of AAU affiliations.

If you're team has players in Saratoga Friday night they should take advantage of the opportunity!

If you have players that may be interested in participating and have questions please contact Carlin DeMarinis at (518) 496-7328 or by email at 
Where: Skidmore College, 815 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs New York 12866
When:  Friday Night May 30th, 2014
Time: Checkin Starts at 5:30, Games Start at 6:00pm
Player Registration:

Warmup Tournament Schedule Released

The Sparks 2014 Warm-up Tournament is sold out and the Schedule is attached below. If you have any questions please contact Rit Cirincione.

2014 Warmup Tournament Schedule and Rules

2014 Tryout Dates & Times Announced for High School Aged Players

The Saratoga Sparks are very excited about the upcoming AAU season. Player registrations are starting to roll in and the Sparks Board of Directors are all working hard to make the upcoming season even more special than last season... and that will be a challenge. Last year the Sparks finished stronger then ever, sending two teams to the AAU Nationals and one team to the US Junior Nationals. This season should bring even more good things to the organization... so make sure that you are a part of it.

If you already have a Hoopdog account just login and visit our profile page. If not, please visit to create your free account and register for our tryouts. is a social media website designed to support the amateur basketball community. It has everything our organization needs for planning and manage our upcoming season. We are very excited that will provide our players a location to manage their own player profiles for free.

Here's how it works: Create your free Hoopdog account and select "Player" as your role. Once inside search for the Saratoga Sparks and select the "Player Registration" icon on our Organization Profile page. Then you can begin to update your player profile and start following our club.

Tryout Times & Location:

Grades 9th thru 11th – March 8th & 9th, 2014 at Union College

Saturday, March 8th at Union College
• 9th Grade 2:00 till 3:30
• 10th Grade 3:30 till 5:00
• 11th Grade 5:00 till 6:30

Sunday, March 9th at Union College
  • 9th Grade 9:00 till 10:45
  • 10th Grade 10:45 till 12:30
  • 11th Grade 12:30 till 2:00

Please plan to arrive at Union College’s Viniar Athletic Center 15 minutes before your designated starting time. Come join the fastest growing AAU organization in the Capital District

Saint Francis Wins Overtime Thriller at Central Connecticut State

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (Jan. 6, 2014) – The Saint Francis University women's basketball team earned an overtime victory over Central Connecticut State, 106-97, on Monday evening to earn its first Northeast Conference win of the season.

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The Red Flash (3-10, 1-1) outscored the Blue Devils (6-6, 0-2) 21-12 in the overtime period and put up their second-highest offensive output in school history with the 106 total points. It was the most points SFU has scored since January 10, 2004.

Alli Williams (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle) flirted with a triple-double as the senior poured in 27 points and added eight rebounds and six assists. Bridget Murphy (Bethlehem, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) set another career-high with a 24 point effort; the freshman shot 7-of-10 from the field and 9-of-12 from the free throw line.

"We missed some free throws late in regulation that we should have had, I was proud of how we battled in overtime," said SFU head coach Joe Haigh.

Alexa Hayward (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) posted another 20 point game, her fourth of the season. Aisha Brock (Jacksonville, Fla./Potter's House Christian Academy) and Erin Blaine (Washington, D.C./H.D. Woodson) also posted 10 points to round out the SFU players in double-figures.

"In order for us to really make some noise in Northeast Conference play we must have the younger kids continue to step up," Haigh continued.

Alexa Hayward (Beaver Falls, Pa./Blackhawk) keyed the scoring to start the game, the junior knocked down three triples in the first four minutes of the contest to spark a lead for SFU. The Flash would go on to lead by as much as eight halfway through the period.

Central Connecticut then went on 23-9 run to take an eight point lead of its own. SFU battled back and after a Bridget Murphy (Bethlehem, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) short jumper with 20 seconds to go, SFU trailed by just three at the break (44-41).

CCSU extended its lead in the second half to 11 at the 7:09 mark and Saint Francis would again have to mount a comeback. SFU did just that and embarked on a 21-6 run over just three minutes of play to regain the lead. The run was sparked by Murphy who notched five straight points.

Lauren Arbogast nailed a three with 20 seconds left in regulation for the Blue Devils to take an 85-84 lead. Alli Williams (Altoona, Pa./Bishop Guilfoyle) got to the free throw line and knocked down 1-2 to tie the game at 85.

Saint Francis capitalized on its free throws in the overtime period and pulled away for good.

74 total fouls were called in the contest, SFU converted on 40-62 free throws, while CCSU notched 27-40.

Saint Francis will return Loretto for the first time in over a month as it takes on Fairleigh Dickinson at 1 p.m. inside DeGol Arena.

2014 Tryouts

Tryout Times and locations for high school aged players.

Once a Spark... Always a Spark...

Signup today for the 2014 Thoroughbred Classic. This event has sold out the last seven years and has drawn college coaches from all over Upstate New York.

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