High School Sports

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Ticonderoga's Jay Hebert leans over the finish line during the 110-meter hurdle Federation race at Saturday's NYSPHSAA State Track & Field Meet. Hebert reclaimed the Federation championship with a time of 14.10. (COURTNEY LEWIS/STAFF PHOTO)

Hebert reclaims 110 hurdles Federation title

CICERO — Jay Hebert added two to his list of state championships Saturday.

He said all of them are meaningful, but the boys’ 110-meter hurdles Federation title was particularly satisfying. After coming up just short in the Federation race in 2013, the Ticonderoga standout reclaimed the crown at the New York State Track and Field Championships.

Hebert crossed the finish line in 14.10 seconds, beating out Sheepshead Bay’s Powel Deslandes’ time of 14.21 and grabbing his second Federation crown in three years. READ MORE...

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Crown Point's Abby Carpenter attempts to track down a deep fly ball in center field during Friday's NYSPHSAA regional final softball game against Fort Ann at Cardinal Park in Plattsburgh. (GABE DICKENS/P-R PHOTO)

Fort Ann pounces on Crown Point in Class D playoffs


PLATTSBURGH — The Fort Ann Cardinals are the defending state champions in Class D girls’ softball.

The Section II champions showed why they may again be the team to beat this year following an impressive 19-0 victory against Section VII’s Crown Point in the New York State Public High School Association’s regional final at Plattsburgh State’s Cardinal Park Friday afternoon.

Fort Ann (19-1) will now play Section IV’s Deposit in state semifinal action next weekend. READ MORE...

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Peru's Kelly Neenan winds up to deliver a pitch late in Thursday's NYSPHSAA regional semifinal softball game against Troy at Cardinal Park in Plattsburgh. (GABE DICKENS/P-R PHOTO)

Peru battles, falls to No. 2 Troy


PLATTSBURGH — Playing the underdog role, the Peru softball team kept No. 2 Troy in check for six innings Thursday.

The seventh, however, belonged to the Flying Horses.

Troy, the Section II representative, scored five runs on five hits in its final inning at the plate to defeat the Indians (7-6), 7-1, in a NYSPHSAA Class A regional semifinal at Cardinal Park.

The Flying Horses (21-1) were limited to two runs on seven hits through six frames.

“Nothing against the pitcher (Kelly Neenan), she did a great job, but she was a little bit slower than what we’re used to seeing in A’s,” Troy coach George Rafferty said. “I think it threw our timing off a little bit. You know, it took us a little while to adjust.” READ MORE...

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Saranac's Emma Webster (left) prepares to fire to first base during a CVAC softball game against Northern Adirondack in April. The Chiefs take on Mechanicville today in the NYSPHSAA Class B regional semifinals. (GABE DICKENS/P-R PHOTO)

Local teams start state softball playoffs today

The Peru, Saranac, Ticonderoga and Crown Point softball teams will continue postseason play with three NYSPHSAA regional semifinals and one regional final today and Friday.

Plattsburgh State’s Cardinal Park will play host to the Class A regional semifinal and the Class C regional semifinal today, while a Class D regional final is on tap at the field Friday.

Saranac, the Class B representative, will travel down Interstate 87 to Malta for a Class B regional semifinal today. READ MORE...

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Schroon Lake's Julianna Finnerty (left) can't handle the throw home as Crown Point's Amanda Wolf slides in safely for the score during Saturday's Section VII Class D championship softball game at Cardinal Park in Plattsburgh. Crown Point won 7-1. (GABE DICKENS/P-R PHOTO)

Crown Point still on top in softball


PLATTSBURGH — Crown Point clung to a 2-1 lead for much of Saturday’s Section VII Class D softball final.

Then in the fifth inning, the Panthers’ first three batters got on base, and all three came home, putting their team in control.

Crown Point went on to defeat Schroon Lake 7-1 at Cardinal Park.

“Just remembering what got us here, that was the big thing,” pitcher Maria Malone said of the Panthers’ fifth-inning turning point. “Coach said, ‘If we’re going to win, this is where we pull it out here.’ And we had excellent defense behind us, and that’s when we pulled out the hits. READ MORE...

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Saranac's Sobaan Ayub comes down the home stretch of the boys' 400-meter hurdles at Friday's Section VII Track and Field State Qualifier at Beekmantown.. (GABE DICKENS/P-R PHOTO)

Saranac boys lead way at state qualifiers


BEEKMANTOWN — The Saranac boys’ track and field team picked up right where it left off Friday.

Six days after claiming its sixth consecutive Section VII championship, the Chiefs claimed eight out of a possible 16 event wins in the Section VII Track and Field State Qualifier at Beekmantown.

Saranac set the tone early in the meet, upending 400-meter relay favorite Ticonderoga in bizarre fashion.

After one of its relay members failed to report to the start-finish line, Sobaan Ayub was utilized as a last-second substitute. In the fourth and final leg, Caiden Goodman was able to fend off Sentinel sensation Jay Hebert, helping the Chiefs to a school record of 44.34 seconds. READ MORE...

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Saranac catcher Brette Campbell smiles as captains Summer Gilllespie (from left), Tori Trim and Emma Webster hold up the Section VII Class B trophy after they defeated Ausable Valley 3-1 at Cardinal Park Thursday afternoon.(GABE DICKENS/P-R PHOTO)

Trim tosses 2-hitter as Saranac grabs Class B title


PLATTSBURGH — One out separated Saranac’s Tori Trim from a no-hitter Thursday.

With some help from her teammates at the plate, it didn’t matter anyway.

Trim fired a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts as the 25th-ranked Chiefs (14-5) claimed their third consecutive Section VII Class B title with a 3-1 win over AuSable Valley at Cardinal Park.

“She kept people off-balance early,” Saranac coach Sam Campbell said. “Her changeup was good. Her location was great again. I didn’t realize that she was at that point. But with two outs, I think, it’s a common thing to relax a little bit. It’s better than being over nervous.” READ MORE...

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Ticonderoga's Haleigh Wright fields a ground ball before firing it to first base for the out during Wednesday's Section VII Class C championship softball game against Lake Placid at Cardinal Park in Plattsburgh.(GABE DICKENS/P-R PHOTO)

Jebb lifts Ti over Lake Placid for Class C title

PLATTSBURGH — Top of the seventh inning.

Bottom of the seventh.

Top of the eighth.

Lake Placid and Ticonderoga kept putting a runner on third base Wednesday, but neither team could bring one home.

Then in the bottom of the eighth, Maura Jebb was on third with one out and took off when a pitch got by the Blue Bombers’ catcher.

Jebb slid in safely to lift the Sentinels to a 2-1 win the Section VII Class C softball championship game at Cardinal Park. READ MORE...

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AuSable Valley's Miranda Sheffer (10) fields a ground ball during Tuesday's Section VII Class B semifinal game against Beekmantown. The Patriots captured an 11-5 victory. (ROB FOUNTAIN/STAFF PHOTO

Saranac, AuSable Valley move into Class B championship

BEEKMANTOWN — AuSable Valley used a six-hit, six-run sixth inning to put away Tuesday’s Section VII Class B softball semifinal.

Madison Rondeau had three hits and earned the pitching win to lead the Patriots past Beekmantown 11-5.

No. 3 seed AuSable Valley will play No. 1 seed Saranac in the championship game Thursday.

The Patriots led Tuesday’s game 3-2 after one inning and 5-3 after five before pulling away in the sixth. READ MORE...

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Plattsburgh's Rob Hartman fields a ground ball before running to first base for the unassisted out while Saranac Lake's Dylan Gunther takes off for second base during Monday's Class B Section VII quarterfinal baseball game at Chip Cummings Field in Plattsburgh.(GABE DICKENS/P-R PHOTO)

Saranac upsets Beekmantown in Class B semis

Plattsburgh shuts out Saranac Lake to reach Section VII Class B title game

BEEKMANTOWN — The Saranac baseball team stepped it up to another level Monday afternoon.

  • The fourth-seeded Chiefs, getting an outstanding performance from Tanner Rascoe, recorded a 6-4 victory over top-seeded and defending champion Beekmantown in the Section VII Class B semifinals.
  • Saranac will play second-seeded Plattsburgh High, a 12-0 winner over Saranac Lake, in Wednesday’s 4:30 title game at Chip Cummings Field. READ MORE...
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Plattsburgh's Alex Racine returns a shot with fellow teammate Brendan Whalen watching Sunday during the semifinals at Plattsburgh High School. (ROB FOUNTAIN/STAFF PHOTO)

Cougars make plenty of noise in tennis

PHS, Lake Placid capture doubles titles

PLATTSBURGH — Ryan Marks and Abbie Miller gave Northeastern Clinton a sweep in singles — its first since 2007 — while upsets were the order of the day in doubles Monday during the Section VII Tennis Championships.

Marks, who lost out to two-time champion Sean Bissonette of Saranac in last year’s boys’ final, played up to his No. 1 billing this spring, defeating Peru’s Connor Bond, 6-4, 6-3. READ MORE...