Red Storm stride into sectionals

High School Roundup

PERU — The Saranac Lake track and field teams are hitting their stride at just the right time as they prepare for Saturday’s Section VII championship meet in Lake Placid.

The Red Storm boys and girls rounded out their dual meet seasons Wednesday with wins over Peru. Both teams are 6-1 in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference meets.

“This was the best track meet of the year,” Saranac Lake coach Cy Ellsworth said. “We have a dedicated group of coaches and a group of high-character kids that have bought into our program. Today’s meet showed how we have grown as a program as our athletes are all peaking at a perfect time.”

Brittany Shumway was victorious in each of the four events she entered. The senior won the 800-meter race in 2 minutes, 40 seconds and the 1,500 in 5:25. She was also part of the winning 3,200 and 1,600 relay teams.

Ethan Wood added three first-place finishes to the Saranac Lake boys team score with wins in the 800 (2:11), as well as both relays. Anderson Gray was victorious in the 3,200 with a 11:00 and 1,600 with a 4:45.

Dzihad Cecunjanin was the top high jumper after clearing 5 feet, 10 inches and took first place in the 400 hurdles with a 1:02.1.

The Red Storm won the boys’ meet 71-61 and the girls’ by a score of 75-57.

GOLF

Lake Placid 6, Plattsburgh 0

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid golf team is closing in on a fourth-straight Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Championship, and potentially a fourth unbeaten regular season in a row.

On Wednesday, the Blue Bombers moved to 8-0 with two matches remaining. Playing at home at the Craig Wood Golf Course, Lake Placid blanked Plattsburgh 6-0 under extremely windy conditions.

Lars Kroes, an eighth-grader and the youngest member playing in Lake Placid’s top six, shot the lowest round of the day, finishing with a three-over par 38 on the back nine at Craig Wood to win his No. 4 match.

Bjorn Kroes and Ryan Kane followed with four-over par 39s, Sean Moore fired a 41, Drew Maiorca turned in a 43, and Kevin Geesler finished with a 49.

“All things considered, especially with the conditions, I’m really happy,” Lake Placid head coach John Glinski said. “It was a tough day out there.”

Competing in the top match against Bjorn Kroes, Kyle Side shot the low round of the day for Plattsburgh, finishing with a 50.

The Blue Bombers are the only unbeaten team remaining in the CVAC, and can lock up at least a share of the title when they return to their home course today. They’ll host rival Saranac Lake starting at 3:30 p.m.

Saranac Lake 5, Ticonderoga 1

RAY BROOK — Three seniors came through with wins Wednesday to lead the Saranac Lake golf team to a 5-1 victory over Ticonderoga in a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference match on senior day.

Tanner Courcelle shot the low round of the day with a 36, while fellow seniors Kyler Darrah and Gunnar Cross each shot 42 to secure wins in their pairings.

Saranac Lake sophomore Ray Amell carded a 47 to win his match from the No. 3 spot in the lineup, while junior Billy Bentz accounted for the team’s final point after shooting a 54.

The Red Storm will take on rival Lake Placid today at 3 p.m. at Craig Wood Golf Course.

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