BH-BL Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation
web pages provide information about all areas of our
department, including community recreational
programs. The links offered below and on the right
describe the important work we do to provide BH-BL
children with fitness, healthy life-styles,
life-long skills, and
positive memories that will last a lifetime.
Director of Physical Education and Athletics
518-399-9141 ext 83309
News & Announcements
about BH-BL's physical education and
2012-13 BH-BL varsity teams achieve
For the third year in a
row, the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High
School students have shown that they excel
both on the sports fields and in the
BH-BL is again on track to
be named a state "School of Distinction"
based on the fact that all 26 of its varsity
interscholastic sports teams have been named
"Scholar-Athlete" teams for achieving grade
point averages above 90 percent.
READ MORE & VIEW GPAs
Laxin 4 Life to Support Childhood Cancer
On Saturday, April 20th, 2013, the Burnt
Hills-Ballston Lake and Scotia-Glenville Girls'
Lacrosse programs will compete to raise money for
childhood cancer survivors. Games will be
played at the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Stadium from
10am until 5pm.
Funds raised from apparel sales, hair extensions,
gift basket raffles, and concessions will benefit
the Headstrong Foundation and the Stephen T
Marchello Scholarship Foundation.
Games times are modified (10am), 2-4 youth
(11:15am), junior varsity (12:30pm), 5/6 youth
(1:45), and varsity (3pm).
2013 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Hills-Ballston Lake Athletic Association is
pleased to announce the 2013 inductees to
the Athletic Hall of Fame. Candidates
for this honor represent over 60 years of BH-BL
Congratulations to the following 2013
Bennice - Class of 2000
Carr - Class of 1978
Richardson Jorgensen - Class of 1976
Miklic - Class of 1988
Evans - Coach
Dempsey - Coach
McGuire - Administrator
2002 Girls Volleyball Team
Boys 400 Relay Swim Team
& Peg Allocco - Community Members
The 2013 Hall
of Fame induction ceremony and dinner will
be held on June 22, 2013 at the Holiday Inn
in Saratoga Springs. Andrew Catalon,
Weekend Sports Anchor for News Channel 13
will be our guest emcee. For more
Invitation Hall of Fame 2013.pdf and reservations
RSVP 2013.pdf or contact
Peg Ostrom, 399-9141, ext. 83307.
P.E. Department earns $1.17 million PEP
In September 2012, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central
School District was awarded a Carol M. White
Physical Education Program (PEP) Grant. The
grant is part of a program offered by the
U.S. Department of Education's office of Safe and
Drug Free Schools. We are one of only 56
school districts in the nation to receive this grant
The grant means that over the course of the next three
years the physical education, health, and FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences)
programs will benefit from
$1.17 million in federal funding. BH-BL also
received a supplemental award of $15,000 for
planting an indoor or outdoor fruit, vegetable or
herb garden partnering with existing community
agencies that promote physical education and healthy
eating for students.
For more details and answers to frequently asked questions
about how the grant will impact BH-BL, visit our
PEP Grant FAQs
Girls Volleyball & Football are both 2012
interscholastic teams had another amazing fall sports
season in 2012 with six Section 2 champions, two state
champions, and all 11 varsity teams being named
Fall Sports Summary for the details, including all
the teams' Scholar-Athlete grade point averages. For
more photos from both state championship games, go to
District Facebook page and scroll down the timeline
to view the posts from Nov. 23 - 30, 2012.
2012: Update re finding
We know and we apologize for the fact that
some people have had trouble finding the
information they want about BH-BL sports
contests online through our website. This
has been a headache for our staff and for
other Suburban Council high schools as well.
The problem is that the Suburban Council
high schools contracted as a group to use a
specific online vendor for this service, a
vendor who was subsequently bought by a
different company whose website is less easy
to navigate. The athletic directors are
working to rectify this situation.
In the meantime, we have changed the
Interscholastic Schedules button
(in burgundy in the Quicklinks bar above
right) on our website Athletics pages. It
now links directly to the ScheduleStar page
where our athletic department secretary
posts the BH-BL schedule and any last minute
changes. You may wish to bookmark that page
on your computer browser.
(Note: click on the specific contest that
interests you to reveal its location.)
Concussion Management Plan will help protect
our student athletes
As now required by state law, the BH-BL
Athletic Department has created a new
Concussion Management Plan, which
describes steps that will be taken in the
event that student athletes show signs of a
concussion. Depending upon the sport,
parents may be asked to consent to having
baseline testing done on their son or
daughter, which may aid in the diagnosis
should the athlete sustain a concussion.
parent consent form.)
For more information, see also the
Student & Parent Information Sheet on
concussions prepared by the NY State Public
High School Athletic Association.
Some of tomorrow's leaders are
graduating from Pashley Elementary
Elementary students earn Physical Education
On May 7, 2012, eighteen BH-BL 5th graders
were named as 2011-12 Physical Education
Leadership winners. Three boys and three
girls from each elementary school were recognized
for their positive
impact on other students and their
leadership qualities in school and physical education
Charlton Heights: Isabelle Cataldo,
Grace Isaksen, Abby Evans, Sean McDonald,
Keven Hughes, Max Blowers
Pashley: Kaila Dudley, Sadie
Mitchell, Kayla Seeley, Michael Darling,
Nick DeMichele, Aidan Gillooley
Stevens: Haley Casale, Veronica
Fulgieri, Rory Graham, Brandon Gohl, Darien
LaPietro, Aleksandr Lorenc
Congratulations, students, for this
2012 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
The Burnt Hills-Ballston
Lake Athletic Association is pleased to
announce the 2012 inductees to the Athletic
Hall of Fame. Candidates for this honor
represent over 60 years of BH-BL athletics'
the following honorees!
Hugh Willing - Class of 1979
Ted DiGrande - Class of 1982
JJ Pearsall - Class of 1992
Michelle Lapointe - Class of 1996
Gary Plimpton - Coach
Tim Koch - Coach
John P. "Jack" Rentz - Administrator
The 1989 Wrestling Team
Sheryl Lauria - Community Member
The 2012 Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner
held on June 9, 2012 at The Vista
Restaurant, Van Patten Country Club in
you! Your support helped create a
fabulous fall 2011 season
Department thanks all fans, parents,
business boosters and students for your
great support during the fall 2011
interscholastic sports season!
We are all so proud of our
hard-working athletes. But the following
results would not have been possible without
the hundreds of dedicated teachers, coaches,
bus drivers, maintenance staff, other
support staff, administrators, parents and
boosters who supported our teams.
Fall Season Spartan
Pride! We had
Seven Sectional Champions in Boys Cross
Country, Girls Cross Country, Football, Girls Tennis,
Girls Volleyball, Girls Swimming, and Girls Soccer
State Championship in Girls Volleyball
State Finalists in Girls Cross Country &
3rd Place State Finish in Girls Soccer
4th Place State Finish in Boys Cross Country
Girls Swimming sent 6 girls to State
100% of fall varsity teams earned
Scholar-Athlete Awards for achieving a team
grade point average of 90% or higher.
Way to go
Team wins State Championship!
Congratulations to our fabulous girls
volleyball team and coach Gary Bynon for
winning the Class A State Championship at
the Glens Falls Civic Center on Nov. 18 and
19, 2011. This is the team's first state
championship since 2005.
You can see photos & tournament details on
Times Union website.
Team wins State Championship!
The title game in Binghamton was postponed
due to rain, but that didn't stop those
amazing Spartans from winning the Class A
state championship in baseball on June 12,
2011 versus Pittsford Sutherland. The 12
seniors on the team will be graduating in a
couple weeks knowing that they brought the
school its first ever state championship in
baseball. For a detailed account and photos,
Times Union story by James Allen
Athletic Hall of Fame holds first annual
The Burnt Hills- Ballston Lake Athletic
Association induct the Class of 2011 at its
first annual celebration on Saturday June
11, 2011 at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga.
Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Inductees:
Eric Torkelson –
Class of 1970
Teresa Maguire –
Class of 1972
Neale Moore – Class
Miles Irish – Class
Jon Cardi – Class
Vickie Cox – Class
Jason Morris –
Class of 1985
B.J. Jourdenais –
Class of 1991
Janet Urban – Class
Murry O’Neil -
Kevin Fitzpatrick -
Harold Van Earden –
1987 Field Hockey –
1st BH-BL State Champion
See the BH-BL Athletic Hall of Fame web page
here for more information.
A new honor for the Spartans:
High School achieves 100%
Scholar-Athlete Team status
May 2011: For the first time in school history,
all 27 varsity interscholastic sports teams fielded by
the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake high school in 2010-11
have earned "Scholar-Athlete" awards by having team
grade point averages (GPAs) of 90 percent or higher.
This puts BH-BL in a special category achieved by only
16 NY schools last year.
Physical Education Department promotes healthy
lifestyles of all of our students. Our goals
Providing a physical education program that
relates to students' social, mental and
Producing physically fit youth.
Teaching the relationship between physical
activity, physical fitness and health.
Promoting the skills, knowledge and
attitudes to help children lead active,
healthy and productive lives as adults.
Encouraging students to participate in a
variety of activities that promote the
enjoyment of a wholesome physical education
Click here for information the BH-BL Physical
Education curriculum & guidelines at the elementary,
middle school and high school levels.
The BH-BL School offers 32
interscholastic athletic programs with more than 65
percent of the high school students participating in
at least one interscholastic program.
Our teams for the 2009-10 season
had a very successful year. We had four Suburban
Council League Champions (girls volleyball, boys
volleyball, football and bowling), nine Section II
Champions for Class A schools (boys cross country,
girls soccer, girls tennis, football, girls
volleyball, girls swimming, boys basketball, boys
volleyball and boys outdoor track). Also, we had six
Section II runner-ups (wrestling, boys indoor track,
girls cross country, boys lacrosse, boys tennis,
girls outdoor track). The eight-girl crew team and
boys cross country teams were state champions and
our boys football team finished second in the state.
Our girls volleyball and girls soccer teams were
among the final four in the state.
For all our successes, the New York State Sports
Writers Association named BH-BL the # 1 over-all
interscholastic program in New York State for
2008-09 and the
2009-10 school years. As you can tell, the
interscholastic program at BH-BL is very strong in
talent, tradition and PRIDE.
Click on the Interscholastic Sports
links in the "Athletics Quick View" box at the top
right of this page for extensive information about
the BH-BL Athletics program.
Recreation & Community Programs
Swim Program is offered at the high school pool
during both the fall and spring semesters. This
includes opportunities for lap swimming in the early
AM, Learn-to-Swim classes for kids on Saturday
mornings, and evening classes and Parent/Tot
Swimming. For information, download the
2011-12 Community Swim flyer or contact swim
Athletics: Numerous volunteer clubs and
community groups organize athletic instruction and
competition for our students. These include Pop
Warner Football and Cheerleading, BH-BL Youth
Recreational Soccer, Lakehill Soccer, BH-BL Junior
Spartan Basketball, Junior Digger Volleyball, Junior
Spartan Wrestling, Indoor Recreational Soccer, Jr.
Spartan Girls Recreational Softball, Little League
Baseball, Burnt Hills Ballston Lake Rowing
Association, and Schenectady Swim Club. Click
here to access general
information about these programs.