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Northeastern Clinton's Nolan Reid watches a shot during a match last season. Reid returns to the Cougars this year. (P-R PHOTOS/ROB FOUNTAIN)
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Saranac Lake's Dustin Fischer tees off during a match last year.

Saranac Lake golfers look for 2012 repeat

The Saranac Lake golf team lost three starters from last year’s team that went unbeaten in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference play (10-0) and then added the Section VII team championship.

But the Red Storm bring back a large roster once again and will be a favorite for league honors, with Northeastern Clinton (7-3), Lake Placid (6-4) and Peru (6-3) among the teams looking to dethrone the champs. Rival Plattsburgh High (7-3) got hit hard by graduation, losing five of its six starters.

AuSable Valley

The Patriots (4-6) lost the last two players (John Hickey and Jacquie Hoey) who helped the team to successful seasons the past five years.

This year’s team is young, with only one senior, but it returns golfers who are capable of continuing that success.

Returning golfers who started at least one match last year include senior Ridge Perkett, sophomores Ian Rennie and Riley Taylor, and freshman Nate Devins.

Returning golfers who are competing for a starting spot in the top six include freshmen Lucas Finnegan and Noah Martineau and sophomore Chris Hickey, along with two newcomers in freshman Kyle Hart and sophomore Jocelyn Racette.

Golfers lost

John Hickey, Jacquie Hoey.

Golfers returning

Ridge Perkett, Ian Rennie, Riley Taylor, Dillon Drolette, Cole Baer, Harrison Blaise, Nate Devins, Lucas Finnegan, Alex Knapp, Chris Hickey, Noah Martineau, Edwin Hetfield.


Jocelyn Racette, Elijah Christian, Alex Defayette, Chasm Perkett, Elijah Bushey, Chase Carter, Kyle Hart, James Winch, Austin Slater, Ryan Thomas.


The Eagles (2-8) are young and inexperienced, which will make each match a challenge.

Seniors Brenden Carnright and Josh Perkins are the only upperclassmen on a team that will lack depth with only nine on the roster.

Freshman Bryce Lee, along with eighth-graders Alex Faruqi and Ryan Brienza, were on the Beekmantown team a year ago.

Golfers lost

MaCullen Cope, Mike Deyo.

Golfers returning

Alex Faruqi, Ryan Brienza, Josh Perkins, Brenden Carnright, Bryce Lee.


Tyler Begor, Nik Koktowski, Evan Dyke, Mikael Faruqi.

Lake Placid

The Blue Bombers (6-4) will rely on an experienced group that includes the return of six of their top eight players from a year ago.

Even though there are no seniors on the roster, Lake Placid brings back sophomore Miles Lussi, the No. 1 golfer on the team, along with sophomores Kiefer Casler, Patrick Kane and Lucas Strack, who manned the No. 4, 5 and 6 positions, respectively, a season ago.

Junior Troy Jacques and eighth-grader Ryan Kane also return as the Blue Bombers fully expect to be competitive with the top teams in the league.

Golfers lost

Dustin Jacques, Nick Reid.

Golfers returning

Kiefer Casler, Tarik Cecunjanin, Troy Jacques, Patrick Kane, Ryan Kane, Bjorn Kroes, Miles Lussi, Jay Reid, Lucas Strack.


Chris Kordziel, Raymond Zhang.


The Vikings (6-4) graduated their No. 1 and 2 golfers (Landon Cross and Carlo Calabrese) from last year, but expect to remain competitive with the return of three of their top six players.

Seniors Derek Brassard and Travis Nephew, along with junior Dylan Scozzafava, are back as starters.

Returners Wesley Belzer, Kyle Wilson, Zach Beeman, Cory Daly and Nick Rotella are among the golfers looking to fill the other three slots.

Moriah also has six newcomers looking to make their mark.

Golfers lost

Landon Cross, Carlo Calabrese, Keith Ida.

Golfers returning

Dylan Scozzafava, Derek Brassard, Travis Nephew, Wesley Belzer, Zach Beeman, Kyle Wilson, Cory Daly, Nick Rotella, John Brassard.


Joe Stahl, Ryan Munson, Taylor Whalen, Brandon Hammond, Samantha Ida, Adrianna Genier.

Northeastern Clinton

The Cougars have reason to be optimistic after not losing anyone off last year’s 7-3 squad.

Leading the way is senior No. 1 player Nolan Reid, who has qualified for the state tournament the past two years.

Seniors Alex Duffy, Zachary Guay and Cody Young, along with juniors Chris Kokes and Jordan LaMere also started last season.

Newcomers who could compete for a starting spot include Chad Littlefield and Nicholas Palmer.

The potential concern is at the back of the line-up where the No. 5 and 6 positions are still a little unsettled.

Golfers lost

Kyle Sebert, Matt Snide.

Golfer roster

Anthony Barcomb, Cole Dibernardo, Ryley Duffy, Zachory Harriman, Travis Littlefield, Justin LaPan, Jason Belrose, Hailey Hall, Jacob LaFountain, Chad Littlefield, Cole Pinsonneault, Rachel Arless, Curtis Bosley, Joel Herzog, Chris Kokes, Jordan LaMere, Nicholas Palmer, Christina Paola, John Pelkey, Joey Robert, Allie Cartier, Alex Duffy, Dylan Gooley, Zachary Guay, Nolan Reid, Cody Young.


Most of the Peru returning golfers have been together since seventh grade and the Indians will be looking for more good things after last year’s 7-3 showing.

The experienced Indians graduated their No. 1 golfer (Ian Fisher), but return key players in Tyler Lemza, Matt Nugent and Christian Mattila.

Noah Haber, Ian Spear and Kyle Donoghue also are back, while newcomer Jordan Guay is a projected starter.

Golfers lost

Ian Fisher.

Golfers returning

Tyler Lemza, Matt Nugent, Christian Mattila, Noah Haber, Ian Spear, Kyle Donoghue.


Jordan Guay, Gavin Plimpton, Marcus Dubay, Kyle Miller, Brandon LePage.


The Hornets (7-3) hardly ever rebuild.

But this is the year they do as Plattsburgh High graduated five of its six starters from a year ago, including Ethan Votraw, Lucas Wood, David Carpenter, Mitch Maggy and Coby Dergham.

Nick Dodd returns as the only starter and will need to provide leadership as the team’s most experienced golfer.

Seniors T.J. LaPoint and Alec Odnoha, along with juniors Jake Messner and Walker Gosrich, can turn their ability into handling one-on-one matches. Andre Poirier could be a sleeper to look out for.

Golfers lost

Ethan Votraw, Lucas Wood, David Carpenter, Mitch Maggy, Coby Dergham.

Golfers returning

Nick Dodd, Andre Poirier, Jake Messner, Walker Gosrich, Connor McSweeney, T.J. LaPoint, Alec Odnoha, Yasmene Dergham, Matt Evans, Alex Varnell, Ian Underwood, Newcomers

J.D. Side, Gavin Giroux, Alan Cayea.

Saranac Lake

The defending league (10-0) and sectional champions will have a 26-golfer roster to choose their talent from.

Saranac Lake figures to be strong in all six spots in the line-up because of the depth on the team.

The Red Storm will rely on the leadership of three returning starters in Dustin Fischer, Ethan Sawyer and Blake Gregory to overcome the loss of three starters in Matt Clark, Kyle Dora and Devin Darrah.

Saranac Lake has 16 golfers returning who were on last year’s roster.

Golfers lost

Matt Clark, Kyle Dora, Devin Darrah.

Golfers returning

Dustin Fischer, Ethan Sawyer, Blake Gregory, Teddy Yanchitis, Carl Bevilacqua, Harley Stankus, Shawn Snyder, Emily Fountain, Rachael Dalton, Joe Atkinson, Ellen Miner, Gina Fiorile, Austin Ecret, Carly Sawyer, Ryan Murray, Robert Webb.


Zoe Tyler, Olivia Hunt, Louisa Hameline, Morgan Hameline, Lance Ackerson, Tristan Fitzgerald, Michael Monroe, Joe Brogan, Tanner Courcelle, Kyler Darrah.

Seton Catholic

The Knights (1-9) have a lack of depth with only five golfers on the roster, which means Seton Catholic will start every match down, 1-0.

Seton Catholic does bring back five starters in seniors Joey Lafranca and Mark Ryan, juniors Nic Favreau and Tom Deon, and sophomore Joe Zalis — and that’s the biggest strength on the team.

Another key is getting leadership from the upperclassmen.

Golfers lost

Caleb Larson, Matt Snell, Chase Carter.

Golfers returning

Joey Lafranca, Nic Favreau, Tom Deon, Joe Zalis, Mark Ryan.




The Sentinels (0-10) need to make the adjustment from playing golf to playing competitive golf.

There is a good mix of returning golfers and newcomers. Returning starters, who will be counted on for leadership, include seniors Karney Manning, Nick Bezon and Tyler Jordan, along with junior Jacob Young.

Senior newcomer Cody Henthorn is a projected starter.

Golfers lost

Not available.

Golfers returning

Jacob Young, Karney Manning, Nick Bezon, Tyler Jordan, Brandon Wright, Troy LaBounty.


Michaela Baker, Cody Henthorn, Adam Geiser, Zeshan Afzal.



The Warriors expect to be in the thick of the Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference title hunt.

The team’s biggest strength centers around the return of seven golfers, including seniors Dakoda Latford, Tyler Bridge and Walker Lobdell, juniors Seth Swires and Nick Arnold, sophomore John Oliver and freshman Connor Sheehan.

Senior newcomers Lee Sloper and Eric Manning could break into the starting line-up.

Golfers lost

Jeff Bigelow, Clayton Cross.

Golfers returning

Dakoda Latford, Tyler Bridge, Seth Swires, Nick Arnold, Walker Lobdell, John Oliver, Connor Sheehan.


Lee Sloper, Eric Manning, Tanner Graves, Lindsay Lane, Paul Fine-Lease, James Barber, Warren Jackson, Adam Mero.


Franklin Academy

The Huskies bring back all their top golfers to compete in the Northern Athletic Conference.

Having extensive match experience are seniors Dylan Fleury, Evan Hanna, Alexandra Sprague and Eliot Vanier, junior Cole Depuy and sophomore Davis Sprague.

Senior Michael Sullivan returns from a one-year hiatus and is showing good form.

Hanna returns as the team leader, having earned All-Northern awards at the end of last season.

Hanna and Davis Sprague also qualified for the Section X team that competed at the state meet in Cornell.

Golfers lost


Golfers returning

Dylan Fleury, Evan Hanna, Alexandra Sprague, Michael Sullivan, Eliot Vanier, Cole Depuy, Dylan Kelley, Davis Sprague, Luke Barney, Nathan Hunter, Devan Kelley, Brent Lamica, Adam Dumas, Brendan Raville.


Adam Beane, Dylan Tavernia, Devin Normandeau.