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SUNY will have spring sports

PLATTSBURGH — The SUNYAC is back after nearly a year of postponements and cancellations to its athletic competitions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras announced at a press conference at Oswego’s Romney Field House, Tuesday, that the State University of New ...

Rights groups target sponsors for Beijing Winter Games

In one corner are the 15 leading Olympic sponsors, many household names like Airbnb, Coca-Cola, Visa, Toyota, Samsung and General Electric. Together they pay at least $1 billion to the International Olympic Committee, and in the next four-year Olympic cycle the payments could reach $2 ...

Women’s hockey set for puck drop at Madison Square Garden

Hilary Knight has played in rinks large and small spanning the globe during her 14 years representing USA Hockey. That doesn’t prevent the three-time Olympian from getting chills in anticipation of hitting the ice for the first time at Madison Square Garden on Sunday for the opening stop ...

The ’Jacks are back on ice

TUPPER LAKE — Lumberjacks hockey is back. After having no boys high school hockey team for the past four years, Tupper Lake is bringing back its varsity program. Under the guidance of head coach Broyce Guerette, the Lumberjacks will step on the ice for the first time since their ...

Hockey and hoops return

SARANAC LAKE — Basketball and hockey seasons that looked like they may not happen now appear to be drawing nearer for the high school teams from Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. The boys and girls basketball teams at both schools are scheduled to begin practicing on Monday. So are the ice ...

Skate races close out Nordic states at Van Ho

LAKE PLACID — Although many championships have been cancelled in the past year because of the pandemic, the 2021 New York State Ski Racing Association (NYSSRA) State Championships continued for a second day of racing on Sunday. Athletes of all ages and from across New York came for the ...

Local Nordic skiers shine in state champs held at new Van Ho

LAKE PLACID — The brand-new Nordic center at Mount Van Hoevenberg hosted its biggest event to date as the New York State Ski Racing Association held two races over the weekend for athletes ranging in age from under-14 and up. The races drew some of New York state’s top cross country ...

A hopeful waiting game for pro baseball

SARANAC LAKE — The coronavirus pandemic forced the Empire Professional Baseball League to relocate to a single venue in western Pennsylvania a season ago to play a condensed season in front no spectators. Now, EPBL Eddie Gonzelez hopes his organization can bring the game back this year to ...

Red Storm sweeps Nordic relays against Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid and Saranac Lake High School Nordic teams were provided with great snow conditions on Thursday as they took part in relay races on the Blue Bombers home course at Mount Van Hoevenberg. Student-athletes participated in both modified and varsity boys and ...

Phaneuf wins 1st international biathlon medal

Maddie Phaneuf of the United States claimed the first medal of her career in international biathlon competition on Wednesday, winning a bronze medal in the IBU Cup’s women’s 12.5-kilometer short individual race in Brezno-Osrblie, Slovakia. The previous career-best performance for the ...

American gets strong start at biathlon World Championships

POKLJUKA, Slovenia — Jake Brown of St. Paul, Minnesota, shot clean and took 12th place at the IBU Biathlon World Championships in the men’s 10-kilometer sprint Friday — smashing his personal best and achieving a high mark for an American. The 28-year-old’s prior high mark came ...

U.S.’s Katie Uhlaender is 6th in final shot at worlds

ALTENBERG, Germany — Katie Uhlaender held back tears at the finish, disappointed that she fell back into sixth place in her final skeleton World Championships Friday. “I really wanted a top four,” said Uhlaender, of Breckenridge, Colorado. “It was the little things. I was a ...

Austin Florian, at 15th, is top American man

ALTENBERG, Germany — Austin Florian of Southington, Connecticut, finished 15th as the top American finisher in the men’s skeleton World Championships in Altenberg Friday. Austin McCrary of Colleyville, Texas, who made his debut, finished 29th. “What’s great about a four heat ...

SL opens gym; will a basketball season be next?

SARANAC LAKE — On Monday, the gymnasium at Saranac Lake High School opened for student use for the first time since March. Looking at the gym’s gleaming, scuff-free floor, one could imagine that it was the first day of classes instead of midway through the school year. But in ...

NY sports arenas set to open

ALBANY — Large sports arenas and stadiums in New York can soon reopen at 10% of their normal capacity under a plan announced by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday. Cuomo said major stadiums and arenas with a capacity of 10,000 people or more can reopen with limited spectators starting Feb. ...

An inside-out season for Saranac Lake track

SARANAC LAKE — Out of all the strange and new ways humans have been adapting to deal with the coronavirus, a group of student-athletes and coaches at Saranac Lake have found a creative solution to a problem brought on by the pandemic. Up until this winter, members of the Red Storm ...

Tupper Lake hopeful for sports as Section X opens door

TUPPER LAKE — School administrators here are optimistic that basketball and hockey, with their high risk of virus transmission, can resume in the next month or two, after recent announcements from New York state and Section X indicating that districts with approved safety plans can restart ...