High School Sports

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Northeastern Clinton's Katie Matott fields a ground ball during Tuesday's Champlain Valley Athletic Conference softball game against Peru at Peru Central School. The Cougars captured a 6-5 victory over the Indians in eight innings. (Gabe Dickens/P-R Photo)

Tucker's RBI lifts NCCS in eighth inning

The Cougars take down Plattsburgh in extras, Saranac, Ticonderoga, Westport and Schroon Lake each add softball victories.

Northeastern Clinton and Peru missed playing softball so much they decided to play an extra inning.

The Cougars (1-0) pushed across a run in the top of the eighth inning to knock off the Indians (0-1) in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference softball Tuesday.

In other CVAC play, After falling behind 3-0, the Ticonderoga Sentinels (2-0) exploded for nine runs over the course of four innings for a three-run win. READ MORE...

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Saranac's Summer Gillespie (left to right), Tori Trim and Brette Campbell prepare to defend their Champlain Valley Athletic Conference and Section VII Class B titles this season. The Chiefs, despite losing their starting pitcher, should be in the mix in 2014. (Gabe Dickens/P-R Photo)

Chiefs, Sentinels look to repeat in CVAC softball

The 2013 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division I champion Saranac Chiefs should still be a top contender in 2014 despite losing several key contributors, including Pitcher of the Year Kourtnie Campbell.

The Chiefs should see plenty of competition again this season from both Plattsburgh and Peru, while Beekmantown and Northeastern Clinton should see bounce-back seasons. Saranac Lake will be a wild card as it returns just three players from last year’s team.

In Division II, Ticonderoga will look to repeat as champions, but also lost some major athletes in Player of the Year Katie Palandrani and starting pitcher Jordan McKee. READ MORE...

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Crown Point's (left to right) Kolby Pertak, Robby Macey and Judd Debrobander loosen up their arms in preparation for the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference baseball season. The Panthers, with depth in pitching, are projected to be the team to beat this season. (Alvin Reiner/P-R Photo)

Pitching-rich Panthers earn nod

Crown Point, with a solid nucleus of players returning from last year, is the pre-season choice for top honors this season among Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference baseball coaches.

Wells, Indian Lake/Long Lake and Westport are a few of the other teams returning a good group of returning players from a year ago. In addition, Schroon Lake makes its return to baseball.

Defending Section VII Class D runner-up and MVAC Division I champion Chazy, which went 37-7 overall the past three seasons, will be in a rebuilding mode after suffering huge losses to graduation. READ MORE...

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Jay Hebert (left) and Lilith Ida (right) show their form during a Ticonderoga track and field team practice. (ALVIN REINER/P-R PHOTO)

Saranac boys chase sixth crown; Beekmantown girls set to defend

PLATTSBURGH — The Beekmantown girls’ track and field team returns a good chunk of its 2013 team, which won the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division I championship as well as the Section VII title.

Plattsburgh High was not far behind the Eagles last year and boasts a roster with a mix of veterans and newcomers. Meanwhile, Saranac features both experience and depth this season.

The Saranac boys will be chasing their sixth consecutive Section VII crown as well as defending their divisional title.

The Chiefs expect Beekmantown to be a tough foe in their division and Ticonderoga, which has a strong group of upperclassmen, to challenge them at sectionals. READ MORE...

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Don Moulton (middle) stands with Chazy boys' soccer coach Rob McAuliffe (left) and NYSPHSAA Executive Director Robert Zayas at the Hall of Fame Induction Banquet Nov. 16, 2013. (Photo Provided)

NAC coach Moulton joins Soccer Hall of Fame


PLATTSBURGH — The NYSPHSAA Boys’ Soccer Hall of Fame’s first-ever inductee back in 1994 was former Chazy coach George Brendler.

Since then, no other Section VII boys’ soccer coach — or official — has joined Brendler in this prestigious honor.

That, however, changed this past November when former Northern Adirondack coach Don Moulton was inducted into the Hall of Fame on final four weekend.

“It’s quite an honor,” Moulton said. “The room was full of men who are pretty accomplished at what they did. When I got word that I was being nominated, I didn’t expect to get in. READ MORE...

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Beekmantown's Greg Manney (left) drives to the basket for a layup while Northeastern Clinton's Garrett Begore looks on during the second Northern Basketball League boys' senior game Wednesday evening at Ausable Valley Central School. (Gabe Dickens/P-R Photo)

NBL season closes with boys' senior games

CLINTONVILLE — Mike Graney of Ticonderoga won the 3-point contest, and Northern Adirondack's Brady Smart claimed the dunk contest.

The Northern Basketball League’s first year of existence officially came to an end Wednesday night with its senior games at AuSable Valley Central School.

The White Team rolled to a 108-84 victory in Game 1, while the Dark Team emerged a one-sided 98-67 winner in Game 2.

In the opener, Seton Catholic’s Adam Tedford poured in a game-high 31 points, including seven 3-pointers, to power the White Team. READ MORE...

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Moriah's Sarah Slattery (right) goes up for the jump shot while Lilly Whalen of Elizabethtown-Lewis defends during the first Northern Basketball League girls' senior game Tuesday evening. (Gabe Dickens/P-R Photo)

NBL seniors take court for last time

CLINTONVILLE — The Northern Basketball League held its girls' seniors games Tuesday at AuSable Valley.

Team White collected 79-49 and 61-54 wins over Team Dark in two girls’ Northern Basketball League senior games at AuSable Valley Tuesday.

After converting six triples, Lily Whalen of Elizabethtown-Lewis was crowned the winner of the 3-point contest.

In the first game, Moriah’s Sarah Slattery had a team-high 15 points for Team White. READ MORE...

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Moriah's Taylor Slattery attempts a layup against New York Mills during Friday's NYSPHSAA Class D boys' semifinal basketball game at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The Vikings fell to the Marauders 57-24. (Gabe Dickens/P-R Photo)

Young Vikings fall to New York Mills


GLENS FALLS — With a starting lineup featuring four sophomores, Moriah showed its age in the NYSPHSAA Class D semifinals Friday in a difficult loss to the Maruaders.

If there was any doubt that the New York Mills Marauders were in control Friday, they erased it in the first minute of the second half.

Nick Comenale made an inside basket, grabbed a steal and went the length of the floor for a two-handed dunk. When Andrew Surprenant added a layup after another Moriah turnover, Vikings coach Brian Cross had to call a timeout. He would later say: “I knew we were in trouble then.”

Comenale scored 22 in the second half for a game-high 28 and the New York Mills’ defense smothered Moriah in a 57-24 decision in the NYSPHSAA Class D boys’ basketball semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center. READ MORE...

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The Moriah boys' basketball team scrimmages at its practice Tuesday. The Vikings will face top-ranked New York Mills of Section III in the NYSPHSAA Class D semifinals today. Ben Rowe/P-R Photo)

Moriah meets No. 1 New York Mills in final four


PORT HENRY — The Moriah boys' basketball team will face No. 1-ranked New York Mills of Section III in the final four today.

While New York Mills has been to the boys’ basketball final four in four of the last five years and has three senior starters, Moriah plays four sophomores and hasn’t advanced this far since 2003.

But coach Brian Cross doesn’t think venturing into new territory will faze the Vikings.

“I think they’ll be fine,” Cross said. “Maybe it’s good that they’re so young. There really isn’t a lot of pressure on them. These kids play a ton of basketball all year long — AAU and stuff. And I don’t think it’s going to bother them that much. READ MORE...

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Moriah's Adam Jaquish (24) takes the ball strong to the basket during a NYSPHSAA Class D regional semifinal contest against Section II's Argyle. Jaquish and fellow sophomore Taylor Slattery provide the Vikings with height, which will be needed against a tall New York Mills squad. (Gabe Dickens/P-R Photo)

Moriah, New York Mills similar in size

Adam Jaquish, Taylor Slattery provide size for Moriah's basketball team


PORT HENRY — The Vikings will face the Marauders in the NYSPHSAA Class D semifinal Friday, a team that has four players six-foot-three or taller.

The No. 3 Moriah boys’ basketball team has utilized its height advantage all winter, outscoring its opponents by an average of 14.7 points per game.

That philosophy won’t change when the Vikings (21-2) meet top-ranked New York Mills of Section III in the NYSPHSAA Class D semifinals in Glens Falls at 11:45 a.m. Friday.

Led by six-foot-six-inch Adam Jaquish and six-foot-four-inch Taylor Slattery, the two sophomores have combined for nearly one-half of Moriah’s 1,329 points. READ MORE...

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Moriah's Tyler Pratt (center) makes a pass past Madrid-Waddington's Aaron Armstrong during the boys' NYSPHSAA Class D quarterfinal at SUNY Canton. Pratt, a senior, leads the Vikings with both his experience and strong defensive play. (Courtney Lewis/Staff Photo)

Pratt leads Moriah into Class D final four

Senior Tyler Pratt leads a young Moriah team into the Class D semifinals


PORT HENRY — The Vikings' Tyler Pratt, one of the few seniors on Moriah's roster, has helped lead a group of young, talented players to the state final four.

Tyler Pratt was just 8 years old the last time the Moriah boys’ basketball team reached the final four, but he has clear memories of watching the Vikings play and taking a photo with one of the players at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

This time he’ll be on the court.

“To go back there and relive that moment from then to now is just an amazing feeling,” Pratt said. “It’s just an unreal feeling to be able to go down there and take part in this event.” READ MORE...