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 www.hoopdog.com to create your free account and register for our tryouts.

Hoopdog.com 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 Hoopdog.com 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.

Small Keys Road Victory for Women's Basketball Over Cortland, 58-48

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CORTLAND, N.Y. – In her last eight games, freshman forward Kit Small (Slingerlands, N.Y./Academy of the Holy Names) has established herself as one of the top rookies in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC), and her performance Tuesday night against SUNY Cortland sent a message to the entire conference that she'll be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.
Behind Small's 22-point performance, highlighted by her aggressive pursuit of the basket, the State University of New York at New Paltz women's basketball team avenged an earlier season 13-point loss against the Red Dragons, with a 58-48 gutsy road victory. As has become the norm, Small made her living at the free-throw line, converting on 12-of-15 attempts. Junior guards Ashley Riefenhauser (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y./Dobbs Ferry) and Shannan Walker (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal), came through with clutch three-pointers to augment Small. Walker's was particularly poignant, as she drained a 28-footer from the top of the key with 2:12 to play to help seal the victory.
The Hawks improve to 5-15, 3-10 in the SUNYAC, and have now won two of their last three games. Cortland drops to 11-9, 7-6. New Paltz returns to the Hawk Center for its final home games of the season, starting with a 6 p.m. contest against Buffalo State on Friday, Feb. 7. Cortland travels to SUNY Oswego on Saturday, Feb. 8, for a 6 p.m. game.
Small, who has averaged 17.1 points per game in her last eight outings, was difficult to contain, equally effective in both halves. With a total team effort, New Paltz reversed a 32-27 halftime deficit into a 41-37 lead that was highlighted by a Rienfenhauser three-pointer and a Hawk defense that held Cortland scoreless for nearly eight minutes early in the session. 
The Hawks were down 37-28 after Cortland senior guard Megan Touhey nailed a three-pointer at the 18:08 mark, but went on a nifty 13-0 run for the 41-37 lead and never looked back. Four consecutive points by Small gave New Paltz a 45-40 advantage, and while Cortland got within 45-44 on a layup from senior forward Grace Williamson, New Paltz freshman forward Courtney Irby (Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale) answered with a power layup from the right side for a 47-44 lead. Two subsequent free throws from sophomore guard Christine Rivera (Long Beach, N.Y./Valley Stream) and Walker's deep three-pointer pushed New Paltz ahead 52-46 with 2:14 remaining.
In the first half, Williamson was a handful down low, scoring 10 points in the first 5:08 of the game and 14 of Cortland's first 19 points. Sophomore guard Goldie Harrison (Elmont, N.Y./Elmont Memorial) pushed the pace, however, and kept New Paltz within striking distance with her aggressive style of play that earned her a 6-for-8 night from the free-throw line. When Cortland surged ahead 26-20 with 2:22 until intermission, back-to-back baskets by Rienfenhauser and Walker kept the Red Dragons from pulling away.
Small finished with 22 points and eight rebounds. Harrison finished with 10 points. Irby had eight rebounds. Cortland's offensive scoring came from Williamson's 19 points.  Junior forward Erin Wolstenholme had 16 rebounds.

Madison Rowland Named ECC Player of the Week

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Central Islip, N.Y. - Queens College freshman Madison Rowland was named East Coast Conference Player of the Week, it was announced by the league office on Monday.  This marks the second time this season that Rowland has earned the title.
In a pair of victories on the week, the Cohoes, New York native averaged 30 points per game.  Against Molloy on Wednesday, Rowland scored a game-high 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting.  She also pulled down five rebounds.
In a career high game on Saturday at Bridgeport, the guard posted her first career triple-double with 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 steals.  All were team-highs.  She continues to lead the nation in steals per game and leads all freshman in scoring.
The Knights return to action on Friday, February 7, when they face Roberts Wesleyan on the road.

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