FROM FARM TO SCHOOL: Abundance in Hudson, and what a view!

THAT GARDEN BEHIND Hudson’s Junior High School has come a long way in two years. In fact, it’s morphed from the single garden the students planted into two—one for perennials and one for annuals. While some gardens are beautiful but offer nothing to chow down on, that’s not the case here. Every plant in the Henry Hudson Discovery Gardens is or bears something kids can eat, even if it is a flower—like the edible blue violas and the nasturtiums, which are pretty as well as delicious and nutritious.

What, you never ate a flower in your salad? Try it, kids. Don’t be the only one in your class who hasn’t! Read more…

Chatham girls clinch state softball title

CHATHAM–Fresh off their Section II Class B softball title the Chatham Panthers defeated Region VII champion Saranac last week to reach the state final four. In order to win their first-ever softball title the Panthers would have to win two games in one day at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury on Saturday. And using timely hitting and dominant pitching the Panthers did just that, defeating Windsor 2-0 in the semifinals and Mynderse Academy 4-3 in the finals to become state champions in Class B.

The Panthers faced an experienced and tough Windsor squad in their first game Saturday. But Chatham rode the powerful arm of junior ace Kayla Doty, as they have all year, Doty hurled a three-hit, one-walk shutout while striking eight to earn the win. While the Chatham bats were far from lethal, they put enough balls in play to be dangerous, bringing home a single run in both the fifth and seventh innings. Hannah Gregg continued her hot post-season hitting, driving in both runs for Chatham, bringing home Michaela Smith in the fifth and Doty in the seventh. Read more…

Chatham tops ICC for softball title

CHATHAM–The Panthers softball team lived up to the team’s number-one seed in the Section II Class B tournament last week, as they defeated sixth seeded and former Patroon Conference rival Ichabod Crane 6-1 at Veeder Park in Colonie for Chatham’s first-ever sectional softball title.

Coming into the game Panther ace Kayla Doty had shutdown and shutout Chatham’s first two sectional opponents, while ICC ace Erin Wadsworth was just as dominant, shutting out all three opponents on her team’s way to finals, including a no hitter in a semifinal upset of Cohoes. Read more…

Chatham boys win sectionals, other area athletes do well

CHATHAM–Days after capturing the Patroon Conference Track and Field title, the Chatham boys brought home the Class CC title on Saturday at Stillwater. The Panthers had 21 point-getters and earned four first place finishes. Chatham dominated the relays, bringing home first place in 4×100 (Raphael Joseph, Travis Overby, Billy Whitbeck and Sam Mackerer), 4×400 (Ryan Mackerer, John Mackerer, Travis Overby and Billy Whitbeck) and the 4×800 (Ross Wightman, Ian Allen, Ryan Mackerer and Ian Brokaw-Schillinger). Ross Wightman had the only individual win on the day, taking home the 3000 meter Steeplechase, with teammate Ian Allen taking home fourth.

Wightman’s day wasn’t over with just those two events, as he also pointed in two more, earning second in the 400 meter hurdles and a fourth place finish in the pole vault. Sam Mackerer added to his one relay win with a pair of third place finishes in the 100 meters and the 800 meters. Travis Overby added to his two relay wins with a fourth place finish in the 200 meters, while Billy Whitbeck added to his two relay wins with a fourth place in the 400 meters. Read more…

Riders show well at Colonial track championships

KINDERHOOK–Last week the boys and girls Ichabod Crane track teams competed in the Colonial Council Track Championships held at their home track, and while neither team brought home a team title, both showed well at the event. The boys’ team scored 98 points, good for third place on their side behind Fonda-Fultonville and Albany Academy. The girls’ side scored 48.25 points, putting them in 6th place overall.

The Rider boys had 19 scorers in the 18-event field, scoring in 13 different events. Gavin Clark-Gartner was one of three Riders to take a first place at the meet, claiming the 400-meter hurdle title, beating his nearest competitor by over 3 seconds. Isaiah Turek had the other individual win for the Riders taking home the high jump as he cleared 6’2″ on his first attempt. The other ICC win on the day came in the 4×400 meter relay as the team of Clark-Gartner, Ian Cooke, Spencer Johnston and Mark Korycinski pulled out a close race. Read more…