The Press-Republican's annual girls' basketball preview...
AuSable Valley, Beekmantown and Plattsburgh High all stood out in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls’ basketball a year ago, while Elizabethtown-Lewis and Indian Lake/Long Lake ruled the Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference.
However, CVAC and MVAC Division I and II play no longer exists and now everyone is part of the newly-formed Northern Basketball League, which is comprised of Division I, II and III.
A strength on this year’s team at AuSable Valley is the return of three league all-stars in junior guard Meghan Strong, senior guard Taylor Saltus and junior guard Logan Snow. AuSable Valley brings back its top-four scorers from a season ago, including junior guard Madison Rondeau. READ MORE...
PORT HENRY — Ticonderoga and Northeastern Clinton each won their respective early-season tournaments in boys' Northern Basketball League action Saturday.
The Ticonderoga boys’ basketball team bolted out to a 30-7 lead after one quarter against Elizabethtown-Lewis and rolled to a 66-38 victory in the second round of the Alzheimer’s Awareness Tournament Saturday.
The AuSable Valley Patriots fell behind, 10-5, after one quarter, but outscored the the Moriah Vikings by a combined 41-9 in the middle two stanzas to win, 62-27.
.Northeastern Clinton held Westport to just one first-half point over the first two quarters and won the Bobcat Shootout Championship, its second tournament championship in as many weeks. READ MORE...
SARANAC — Northeastern Clinton boys and Saranac girls capture Muggsy's Tip-Off Classic; Westport outlasts Elizabethtown-Lewis to win the Alzheimer's Awareness Tournament.
Garrett Begore and Joe Murphy combined for 40 points and the Northeastern Clinton boys’ basketball team kept host Saranac from winning the first Muggsy’s Tip-Off Classic with a 63-43 decision in the championship game on Saturday.
The Saranac girls bolted out to a 22-4 halftime lead and connected on eight 3-pointers in all to defeat the Indians and win the tourney title.
Tori Trim paced Saranac with 13 points, while Kaitlyn Bowman finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds, Annie Eggleston nine points off the bench, and Summer Gillespie with 10 rebounds. READ MORE...
McAuliffe became the first NYSPHSAA boys’ soccer coach to win seven state championships when his Chazy Eagles and Jasper-Troupsburg Wildcats battled to a grueling 1-all overtime tie in Sunday’s Class D championship game at Middletown High School.
After playing 110 minutes of soccer, the two teams were declared co-state champions.
In typical fashion, McAuliffe would only talk about his players.
“I can’t be any prouder of this team,” he said. “There were so many reasons for us not to be here this season. But this group was determined to be state champions. READ MORE...
CLINTONVILLE — Playing the role of the underdog for most of the season, Moriah returns to the Class D state semifinals with an upset victory over No. 4-ranked Cambridge.
Up 34-32 with 1:39 remaining, the No. 20 Moriah football needed a goal-line stand to preserve its lead.
With No. 4 Cambridge running a counter on its two-point conversion, the Vikings (7-4) got what they were looking for, preserving a two-point defeat of the previously undefeated Indians (10-1) in the NYSPHSAA Class D quarterfinals Saturday.
Moriah will advance to play either Chester of Section IX or Section I representative Tuckahoe in the state’s semifinals at Dietz Stadium in Kingston Friday. READ MORE...
The No. 20 Moriah football team has been labeled the underdog in three of its last four games.
That pattern won’t change when the Vikings (6-4) meet No. 4 Cambridge in the NYSPHSAA Class D quarterfinals at AuSable Valley at 7 p.m. tonight.
“Yeah, that doesn’t bother our players,” Moriah coach Don Tesar said. “They’re pretty comfortable with that role. Every game, we’ve had a lead entering the four quarter with the exception of our loss to Ticonderoga. We could easily have two or three more wins. But the kids have believed in themselves and played hard.”
The Indians (10-0) reached the state quarterfinals with a 36-14 defeat of No. 8 Rensselaer in the Section II Class D Super Bowl. READ MORE...