RAY BROOK - A dynasty maybe. A second straight undefeated season for sure.
On Monday, Saranac Lake's golf team finished with an unblemished Champlain Valley Athletic Conference record for the second year in a row, topping Peru 5- at the Saranac Lake Golf Club in Ray Brook. The win gave the Red Storm back-to-back 10-0 seasons in the CVAC.
Ethan Sawyer and Devin Darrah carded low-round 39s to lead Saranac Lake's golfers, who will now look to nail down an even more coveted title - the Section VII championship - when Westport Country Club hosts the sectional tournament Thursday and Friday.
"Going unbeaten to win the CVAC is certainly exciting, but to add a sectional title, that's even bigger," Saranac Lake head coach Chris Stevens said. "What impresses me most about our golfers is they've been the ones under pressure all season. Our kids, they did all right.
"Even though we clinched with a win over Ticonderoga last week, our kids were excited to finish unbeaten again," Stevens added. "After Peru left the course, there were high-fives and handshakes among our players."
Sawyer and Darrah both picked up points for the Red Storm in their wins. Kyle Dora, Matt Clark and Blake Gregory also posted victories. Playing in the top spot for Saranac Lake, sophomore Dustin Fischer grabbed a half point, finishing tied with Peru's Ian Fisher. Both golfers shot 41.
In the second pairing, Dora shot a 43 for a six-stroke win over Matt Negent. Sawyer's 39 was good for a four-shot triumph over Tyler Lemza in the No. 3 match, and Darrah pulled out a three-shot victory over Christian Mattila in the fourth match.
At No. 5, Clark carded a 43 to top Peru's Noah Haber and Gregory fired a 40 to earn an eight-stroke win over Ian Spear and No. 6.
Over the past five years, Saranac Lake has compiled a 46-4 record in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference play while capturing three regular season championships.
The Red Storm however, haven't won a sectional title since 2008, and they'll be looking to end that run with Thursday's team competition. In finishing runner-up a year ago, Saranac Lake saw all six players advance to the second round of the Section VII Championships hosted at Saranac Inn.
"We were expected to win during the regular season, and we played pretty solid," Stevens said. "The sectionals are a whole different thing. You just don't leave the course after playing nine holes. It's two hours more out on the course. Hopefully, we can keep playing well."