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Girls soccer

I had a long-range view of Saturday's Section II girls soccer games. I "watched" through the occasional tweets that showed up in my Twitter stream.

Suffice to say, it was a lousy view, but our staffing situation dictated that I spend 12 hours within the walls of this office — except for a brief journey over to Glens Falls to get a few ham-handed football photos.

The good news is, I should have an unobstructed view on Wednesday when Fort Ann plays in the Class D final at Lansingburgh. The Cards will make the familiar journey to the championship game, where they'll face Northville.

From what I hear, I missed a pretty good game on Saturday at Fonda (though I can't say I'm sorry I missed the drive). A couple of Sarah Paige goals and solid defense gave the Cardinals a 2-0 win over St. Johnsville. Click here for the game story constructed from a phone call (a "phoner," as we call it in the business). I connected the updated Class D bracket to that story.

I'll be up to Golden Goal on Monday to talk to the Cardinals in advance of their game. I hear they're running the hill to get there, and as much as I'd like to join them on the run, I think I'll just drive straight there. Busy schedule, and all that.

Fort Ann is the last Adirondack League team standing. Lake George's season came to an end in the Class C semifinals at Lansingburgh with a 5-1 loss to Stillwater.

I remember watching Stillwater play against Bolton-Warrensburg and thinking "this is a really sharp-looking team." Stillwater comes at you fast, and I have to think playing in the Wasaren League all year, against bigger schools than Lake George was playing, had to be an advantage.

So ends another strong season for LG, which continues to be a force year-in and year-out, and continues to press deep into sectionals. Their record in recent years speaks volumes — 35-4 over the past two years; 74-17-3 for the past five seasons. No doubt, they'll be back.

We're down to one team from each of the "northern" leagues — Fort Ann of the Adirondack, Stillwater of the Wasaren and Scotia of the Foothills, which won the Class A title on Friday. Less than two weeks to the state final four. Time flies.

Indirect kicks: Click here for the all-sports playoff schedule for the new few days. ... Note to self: Check the light setting on the camera before use. I took those photos at Glens Falls Saturday with the camera set at 250, when it should have been 2,000. I was lucky anything at all came out. ... Lansingburgh is a tough field to work, from my perspective. I can stray down the sideline in one direction, but can't get around the bench in the other. So to do video, it has to happen on the south end of the field. ... Stay tuned to the blog this week. The all-star teams start coming out in the next day or two.

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