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UAlbany falls in America East opener, 85-79

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Jahad Thomas scored 13 points and had a key layup, rebound and assist in the final minute to help Massachusetts-Lowell to an 85-79 victory over Albany on Thursday night in an America East Conference opener. The game was tied at 79 when Thomas’ layup made it 81-79 with 1:02 to play, and Matt Harris stretched the River Hawks’ lead to 83-79 with another layup.  Joe Cremo and David Nichols missed 3s on the Great Danes’ next possession, and Thomas grabbed the rebound from Nichols’ shot, and then assisted on Harris’ layup with five seconds left. Tyler Livingston scored 20 points and made six 3-pointers to lead Massachusetts-Lowell (6-9, 1-0). Ryan Jones added 19 points and Harris had 17 for the River Hawks, who shot 64 percent from the field and made 12 of 23 3-pointers (52 percent). Cremo had 23 points and Nichols chipped in 19 points for Albany (9-7,...

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Duke hoops makes its temporary transition from Coach K to Capel

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke coaches are now doing what they repeatedly have asked backup players to do this season: step up when stars are absent. With Mike Krzyzewski stepping away for a few weeks to have back surgery, the Blue Devils will be under the guidance of Jeff Capel. The situation isn’t entirely unfamiliar to Capel, a former Duke guard and veteran college coach who had to fill in for one game a year ago when Krzyzewski became ill before a trip to Georgia Tech and led the Blue Devils to a win — though that victory, and the wins and losses during this leave of absence, will go on Krzyzewski’s record. Capel will make his 2017 debut as the acting head coach Saturday when Boston College visits. “We’ve dealt with a lot of adversity already this year, and throughout the season, guys have stepped up,” Capel said Thursday. “That’s what we have to do right now. Everyone has to step up.” That’s been the theme for Duke, which didn’t have three immediate-impact freshmen to start the season, but got them all back just in time to hand guard Grayson Allen an indefinite suspension — which turned out to be for one game — for tripping an opponent for the third time in 11 months. His return came in Krzyzewski’s last game before taking his leave. Capel insisted...

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Lady Rams lock down in 61-37 win over Scotia

Amsterdam’s Nina Fedullo (11) is fouled by Scotia-Glenville’s Caitlin Estes (23) on Thursday, January 5, at Amsterdam High School. (Alex Cooper/Recorder staff) By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder Brady Santiago and Maria Lomanto went into Thursday night’s game against the Scotia-Glenville Lady Tartans knowing they’d have a crucial job — shadowing Scotia-Glenville senior guard Caitlin Estes wherever she went. The two seniors for the Amsterdam girls basketball team split time at that task nearly 50-50, and didn’t let Estes, one of Section II’s most dangerous shooters, feel comfortable for a single moment she was on the floor. “We locked up,” Santiago...

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Philo, Gloversville too much for Broadalbin-Perth

BROADALBIN — Harmony Philo scored 18 points, and the Gloversville girls basketball team shut out Broadalbin-Perth in the first quarter en route to a 51-13 win in Foothills Council South Division action Thursday night. The Lady Dragons led 22-0 after the first quarter and were up 32-4 at halftime. In addition to Philo’s 18 points, Kerri Hauser chipped in 14 points and Kendra Lavery scored nine points. Kacie Corcuera led B-P with four points. BOWLING Foothills Council Amsterdam 4, Queensbury 0 Jon Schultz had games of 250, 255 and 237 to rack up a match-best 742 series that led the Rams past Queensbury at Imperial Lanes. Brendan McGillin chipped in a 247-697 series and Nic Carbone had a 245-649 for Amsterdam, which was coming off a 3-1 loss Wednesday to South Glens Falls. Tom Jurek’s 202-584 and Will Doner’s 210-577 led the way for Queensbury. Western Athletic Conference Fort Plain 4, Duanesburg 0 Brady Fureno’s 238-662 series led the Hilltoppers to the sweep of Duanesburg. Drew Fureno chipped in a 193-563 for Fort Plain, which outscored Duanesburg 2,802-2,357. The Eagles were led by a 190-516 from Aidan Enders and a 162-471 recorded by Chris Barnard. BOYS SWIMMING Queensbury 98, Canajoharie-Fort Plain 65 Joe Trembley, Danion Jonker and Dale Plant all recorded individual wins for C-FP in a loss to a deep Queensbury team. Trembley won the 100-yard freestyle and...

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Amsterdam at Scotia a marquee tilt tonight

By ADAM SHINDER @RecorderShinder We’re back from the holiday break with yet another busy night of high school basketball, and this one’s a doozy. The season in the thick of league play now, with standings starting to sort themselves out, and tonight’s jam-packed slate will go a long way toward continuing to see which teams can rise to the top and contend for championships. Let’s dive right into the Friday Five, starting with a huge road game for the Amsterdam Running Rams. Amsterdam at Scotia-Glenville (Boys), 7:30 p.m. This one has quickly developed into one of the best rivalries in the Foothills Council. Amsterdam won both meetings last season, ending Scotia-Glenville’s long-running win streaks against Section II and Foothills Council opponents. This year, the Rams come in stinging a bit having lost two of their last three, including a tough 62-58 home loss Wednesday night against Watervliet. The Rams will have their hands full trying to guard Scotia-Glenville’s Christian Corker, who has developed into one of the top guards in Section II. Coach James Giammattei’s 8-1 Tartans don’t go deep into the bench, but their top five can play with anyone and on any given night can shoot the lights out. Broadalbin-Perth at Gloversville (Boys), 7:30 p.m. After losses to Amsterdam and Scotia-Glenville, B-P got a big boost during the vacation week with a championship at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Christmas...

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Making crafts

The Frothingham Free Library in Fonda held a winter craft event on Wednesday. Alex Cooper / Recorder staff Guests gather to make winter crafts on Wednesday, January 04, at the Frothingham Free Library in Fonda. Alex Cooper / Recorder staff From right, Fultonville resident Michele Furnare helps Luke Furnare make winter crafts on Wednesday, January 04, at the Frothingham Free Library in Fonda. Alex Cooper / Recorder staff Guests attend a winter craft event on Wednesday, January 04, at the Frothingham Free Library in Fonda. Alex Cooper/Recorder staff Fultonville resident Kendra Fuhs, left, makes winter crafts with Nicole Monk...

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Planning board members appointed

By MORGAN FRISCH Recorder News Staff TOWN OF AMSTERDAM — The town planning board’s first meeting of 2017 Wednesday gave new members the chance to not only get acquainted with each other, but the solar arrays that have been popping up throughout the county. The Amsterdam Town Board met prior to the planning board and held their annual reorganizational meeting. Four new planning board members were appointed: Brent Phetteplace, George Fiebka, Pete Szabo and Tom Flanagan. Phetteplace is filling a four-year term. He was also appointed as chairman. Fiebka is filling an unexpired term which will end Dec. 31, 2018. Szabo and Flanagan are also filling unexpired terms which end Dec. 31, 2019. The town board accepted the resignations of Chairman James Partyka, Keith Kazala and James Russo during its December meeting. Nicholas Bartosk also left, choosing not to renew his term, which expired in December. None of the planning board members could be reached for comment, but Supervisor Thomas DiMezza said previously that members cited “personal reasons” in their resignations. Phetteplace was not present for the first planning board meeting. The other members were caught up on several solar projects that have been in the process of going through the board. Josh Katz from Onyx Development and Jessy Marquard from C.T. Male Associates answered questions in regards to solar panels, the vegetation surrounding them and the decommissioning process....

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County legislators take oath

By MORGAN FRISCH Recorder News Staff FONDA — Family and friends supported their elected officials by packing the Montgomery County legislative chambers for the swearing-in ceremony Tuesday night. Each of the nine legislators took an oath before Montgomery County Supreme Court Judge Joseph Sise. Each legislator put their left hand on a bible while repeating the oath of office after Sise. “This oath of office isn’t just about Montgomery County,” he said. “It’s about supporting and defending the constitution of the United States of America and the constitution of the great state of New York.” Sise told the legislators that the oath was promising to discharge their duties as elected officials “faithfully” and “honestly.” Of the nine, four of the legislators were newly elected: District 2 Legislator Brian Sweet, District 4 Legislator Robert Headwell Jr., District 5 Legislator Daniel Wilson and District 7 Legislator Michael Pepe. Sweet, a Republican, took the place of Thomas Quackenbush who did not seek re-election. Sweet, former town of Palatine supervisor, said following the organizational meeting that his sole focus was to represent the taxpayers. He is interested in the budget. “I’m here to represent the taxpayers,” he said. “To make sure every dollar spend is well worth it.” Headwell, a Republican, has replaced Ryan Weitz, who also did not seek re-election. Headwell resigned as Fultonville mayor on Dec. 31 and said he’s looking...

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Lynch’s new principal working on a smooth transition

John Purcell/Recorder staff Elizabeth Hanan stands inside of her office at Wilbur H. Lynch Literacy Academy, which she became principal of in December. By JOHN PURCELL Recorder News Staff Elizabeth Hanan recently took over leadership of Wilbur H. Lynch Literacy Academy, but her passion for education was sparked early in her life. When she was 8 years old, Hanan wanted to make sure her younger sister knew how to read upon entering kindergarten. Hanan said she convinced her mother to buy a reading program for her sister, which she then used to teach her sister how to read. “Education...

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What’s Happening

Today AMSTERDAM The John J. Wyszomirski American Legion Post 701, 123 W. Main St., will hold its membership meeting at 7:05 p.m. All veterans are invited. AMSTERDAM St. Mary’s Healthcare, 380 Guy Park Ave., will present, The Butt Stop Here, A Smoking Cessation Program from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Bri Giulianelli at 841-7448 or [email protected] AMSTERDAM The Greater Amsterdam School District will hold its district spelling bee at the Wilbur H. Lynch Literacy Academy at 6:30 p.m. AMSTERDAM A support group for the National Alliance of Mental Illness of Montgomery, Fulton and Hamilton County will meet at the Riverfront Center, Suite 2390, second floor from 5:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Rebecca Cardinale at 843-3261. Friday AMSTERDAM The Friends of the Amsterdam Library will hold a membership drive at 6 p.m. The event will include information about the group and what they try to accomplish for the library. Saturday AMSTERDAM Trinity Lutheran Church, 42 Guy Park Ave., will hold a breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs. For more information, contact Marge Ugalde at 762-2891. AMSTERDAM A mental health family support group will meet at St. Mary’s Healthcare, 427 Guy Park Ave., third floor, group room D from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call facilitator Mary Lou Barry, St. Mary’s Behavioral Health at 841-7468. AMSTERDAM...

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