Schools: Amsterdam tops Scotia-Glenville in boys’ basketball playoffs

Schools: Amsterdam tops Scotia-Glenville in boys’ basketball playoffs

Caesar Thompson scored a career-high 34 points as Amsterdam defeated Scotia-Glenville 76-61 in the quarterfinals of the Section II Class boys’ basketball tournament on Sunday.Jhai Vellon had 13 points and five assists for the No. 4-seeded Rams (16-5), who had split their two-game Foothills Council series with Scotia during the regular season.In other Class A games, Hudson Falls topped Averill Park 66-36 and Mekeel Christian defeated Lansingburgh 60-34.Colten Christensen scored 18 points to lead OESJ to a 61-59 victory over Loudonville Christian School in the quarterfinals of the Section II Class D boys’ basketball tournament on Sunday.Mason Snell scored 12…
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Section II basketball: Gloversville tops Burnt Hills in Class A boys playoffs

Section II basketball: Gloversville tops Burnt Hills in Class A boys playoffs

GLOVERSVILLE — James Collar connected for 30 points to lead eighth-seeded Gloversville to a 56-42 victory over No. 9 Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake in the opening round of the Section II Class A tournament Wednesday at Gloversville High School. The Dragons advance to play top-seeded Troy at 5 p.m. Sunday at Hudson Valley Community College. “It has been a long road since starting out 1-5, and winning seven of our last eight games,” Gloversville coach Ed Collar said. “The kids have really come together and are playing well at the right time. We have learned how to win and battle through…
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Johnstown native Harry Wilson enters Republican race for governor

Johnstown native Harry Wilson enters Republican race for governor

In announcing his Republican bid for governor on Tuesday, Harry Wilson has leaned heavily into his Johnstown roots. Not only did Wilson shoot his announcement video in Johnstown – including on the former dairy farm property where he grew up – but he also pointed to the city as the kind of community he hopes his policies will help. “My upbringing in Johnstown has defined who I am as a person. It’s the most important part of my life,” Wilson said in a phone interview on Tuesday. “Everything I have in life I owe to my family there, my teachers, my…
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Super Bowl pushes NY sports wagering near $2.5B mark

Super Bowl pushes NY sports wagering near $2.5B mark

SCHENECTADY — A whopping $2.45 billion was bet electronically in New York on sporting events in the first five weeks of mobile sports wagering, up through Super Bowl Sunday.The first month of legal mobile sports wagering in New York was the highest one-month performance ever, for any state, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced last week, before the week leading up to the big game was tallied.All those wagers resulted in $154 million of gross gaming revenue for the sportsbook operators, which will mean $78.5 million in tax collections for New York, which has the highest tax rate on mobile wagers in…
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Mother Teresa’s Closet has reopened its doors in Johnstown

Mother Teresa’s Closet has reopened its doors in Johnstown

By Jennifer Farnsworth/For The Leader-Herald JOHNSTOWN -- It has been over ten years since a group of Catholic parishioners at Holy Trinity in Johnstown came together to create a resource for community members in need. At that time, volunteers thought about what was missing, quickly realizing that while food pantries were readily available, access to basic household needs was not. Today, that need continues and the volunteers of Mother Teresa’s Closet are ready to meet those needs. Jennifer Connolly, a longtime volunteer, said they knew there were enough resources for people to find grocery items and meals, but what they…
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Gloversville puts pool plans on pause, seeks funds

Gloversville puts pool plans on pause, seeks funds

GLOVERSVILLE -- After reviewing a 39-page feasibility study that offered three options — ranging in cost from $1.3 million to $4.1 million — for what the city could do to reopen its Littauer Pool Site, the Common Council appears to have tabled the issue indefinitely in favor of pursuing state grant funding to help pay for the costly project. Mayor Vince DeSantis told the council at its Feb. 8 meeting that, rather than committing to any one of the three options now, the city should instead pursue funding and see what's available to pay for any of them. "Even though we…
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