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Paul Smith’s VIC to host college invitational

PAUL SMITHS — Last month, Paul Smith’s College was named the official East Coast training site for USA Nordic, the United States governing body for Nordic skiing. On the heels of this announcement, the college will host a major collegiate cross-country ski series on Saturday and Sunday at ...

Aron McGuire hired as CEO of US bobsled-skeleton

Aron McGuire knows how to push a bobsled and knows his way around Olympic boardrooms. USA Bobsled and Skeleton is hoping that makes him the perfect fit to run their organization. McGuire was announced Thursday as USABS’ new CEO, a job that he’ll formally assume in February. He was a ...

Saints women back on track after two straight losses

SARANAC LAKE — After being handed a three-point setback two nights before on the road against Herkimer, the North Country Community College women’s basketball team wasted little time taking care of business when the squads met up again in Saranac Lake on Wednesday. In a rematch and a ...

North Country men fall short against strong Herkimer team

SARANAC LAKE — Players on the North Country Community College men’s basketball team couldn’t have came through with a much better effort on defense when they took on Herkimer at home on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the Saints came up just short at the other end of the court as the ...

Bombers catch fire to beat Bolton

BOLTON LANDING — The Lake Placid boys basketball team caught fire from the start and was never threatened on the way to claiming a 47-26 road victory over Bolton Central in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference action Wednesday. The Blue Bombers raced out to a 21-2 lead fueled by five ...

It’s game time

PAUL SMITHS — Game on. The Paul Smith’s College e-sports lab is now a reality. It’s fully stacked with 15 gaming PCs, four 32-inch TVs, multiple Nintendo Switch consoles and high-end gaming chairs designed after NASCAR driver seats. E-sports Coach Matt Bailey said the lab is a ...

Britcher climbs rankings with silver

LILLEHAMMER, Norway — Two-time Olympian Summer Britcher showed that the Hunderfossen track in Lillehammer is her happy place as she used a brilliant second run to advance from fourth to the silver medal at the World Cup luge event last weekend. The result also brought her up to fourth in the ...

LP girls overcome series of injuries for solid season

LAKE PLACID — Considering the injuries the Lake Placid girls soccer team endured, the Blue Bombers came through with a solid season in 2019. Four players from the squad were recognized for outstanding efforts by being named to Northern Soccer League Division II all-stars. Rylee ...

Blue Bombers boys’ fab five

LAKE PLACID — Five players from the Lake Placid boys soccer team were named Northern Soccer League Division II all-stars. Matt Brandes and Tyler Hinckley were first-team picks and Brendan Bullock, Connor Reid and Cooper Grady were second-team selections from a Blue Bombers squad that ...

Governor’s budget offers giant leap for ORDA funding

LAKE PLACID — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his budget address Tuesday, proposed $147 million in new capital funding for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority to keep upgrading winter sports venues. The proposed investment came as part of his 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal. If ...

No titles, but solid showing for Northwood School

LAKE PLACID — Three teams from the Northwood School combined to post an 8-4-2 record over the weekend as the host of their own hockey tournament at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid. The event was the 41st annual Northwood Invitational Hockey Tournament, which this year featured 29 teams ...

Governor proposes $147M more for Olympic venue upgrades

LAKE PLACID — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his budget address Tuesday, proposed $147 million in new capital funding for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority to keep upgrading winter sports venues. The proposed investment came as part of his 2020-21 Executive Budget proposal, and if ...

Kelting, Skutt claim Nordic ski wins

Nordic skiers from Saranac Lake had a busy, and a successful weekend in two races held in the North Country. Saranac Lake’s Sophia Kelting and Lake Placid’s Mike Skutt turned in the top efforts, each skiing to a win in racing on Saturday and Monday. Competition kicked off Saturday ...

Cohen takes another step at YOG

ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — Maddy Cohen, of Keene Valley, finished 14th as the sole U.S. competitor in the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games women’s monobob competition Sunday on the all-natural track in St. Moritz. “I’m feeling pretty good,” Cohen said. “I feel proud, not (many) ...

Church races to bronze medal in Austria

IGLS, Austria  — Hunter Church, Josh Williamson, Jimmy Reed and Kris Horn claimed the bronze medal in Sunday’s four-man bobsled World Cup in Igls. It was Church’s first week in Igls, but his enthusiasm was bigger than his inexperience. “This sport is my passion,” Church said. ...

Crown Point clamps down on Bombers

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid boys basketball team struggled at home against a defensive-minded Crown Point squad Friday, falling 39-30 to the Panthers in Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference action. The Blue Bombers took a 7-0 lead to open the game, and Crown Point answered with ...

Eckert takes 8th in St. Moritz

LILLEHAMMER, Norway — There are major competitions in Switzerland and Norway this weekend, with the Youth Olympic Games luge events now underway and the Viessmann World Cup tour continuing in Lillehammer. The long-awaited luge events at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne commenced ...

Fitzsimons connects love of robotics and skeleton

For Teddy Fitzsimons, sport has been a passion since he could remember. He tried them all: wrestling, gymnastics, track, cross-country, baseball, football, lacrosse and soccer. But it wasn’t until his favorite sport — wrestling — was no longer an option that he found his new love. ...