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Fitzgerald, Mallard claim Heiden Challenge titles

LAKE PLACID — In a performance that was described by many as "Heiden-esque," Tommy Fitzgerald of the United States defended his title in the second-annual Heiden Challenge, while Rachel Mallard of Canada won the ladies title for the first time. The Heiden Challenge took place in Lake ...

Winning history begins

PLATTSBURGH — A big-time high school hockey rivalry that stretched back decades ended when teams from Saranac Lake and Lake Placid combined forces for the first time this season. Now, that team has started a new chapter in history, and so far, things couldn’t have turned out any ...

Britcher on the cusp of podium

KOENIGSSEE, Germany — On the next to last day of the Viessmann World Cup luge season Saturday, Summer Britcher of the United States finished fourth in Koenigssee, missing a bronze medal by just 0.013 of a second. Nevertheless, the resulting World Cup points elevated the Glen Rock, ...

Safety seminar educates Alpine ski community

WILMINGTON — The Kelly Brush Foundation, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, the state Olympic Regional Development Authority at Whiteface Mountain and the New York Ski Educational Foundation hosted a safety seminar on Feb. 9 and 10 in conjunction with the FIS NorAm Cup races at Whiteface. The ...

Norfolk, Hollister win NY alpine titles

Rowen Norfolk of the Northwood School and New York Ski Education Foundation athlete Karleigh Hollister were named New York State Under-16 champions after alpine racing held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Hunt Hollow and Bristol Mountian, which are both ski areas near Canadaigua. Norfolk ...

SLP boys rout Eagles to reach Section VII final

SARANAC LAKE — After having their Section VII semifinal game postponed twice last week due to snowy weather, players on the Saranac Lake Placid boys hockey team were more than ready when they finally took on Beekmantown Saturday. And now, in their inaugural season as a combined hockey ...

NCCC women’s hoopsters headed to nationals

SARANAC LAKE — There’s no doubt that the celebrations lasted well into the evening on Sunday. The North Country Community College women’s basketball team repeated as the NJCAA Region III champions, and wow did the Saints ever have to earn the title. As the top-seed for the first ...

North Country women reach Region III final

SARANAC LAKE -- The North Country Community College women's basketball team is one win away from a successful defense of its NJCAA, Region III crown. The top-seeded Saints are hosting the Region III final four, and reached the championship game with a hard-fought 66-63 victory over No. 4 ...

SLP boys defeat Beekmantown 7-2 to reach Section VII final

SARANAC LAKE -- Competing in its inaugural season as a combined hockey team, the Saranac Lake Placid boys are heading to the Section VII championship game. SLP advanced to the title tilt with a 7-2 victory over Beekmantown in semifinal action Saturday at the Saranac Lake Civic ...

Luge officials rescind penalty against Britcher

KONIGSSEE, Germany (AP) — USA Luge veteran Summer Britcher won’t be sanctioned for comments she made about safety and course conditions at last weekend’s World Cup competition. The International Luge Federation said Friday it is rescinding plans to penalize Britcher for her comments ...

Saints host to Region III semis

SARANAC LAKE — The North Country Community College’s women’s basketball team will get the chance to defend its NJCAA Region III title at home this weekend. For the first time in the history of the college’s basketball program, the Saints will host the Region III final four at the ...

As luge season winds down, Sweeney looks ahead

Luge’s World Cup campaign ends this weekend in Germany, where most of the best 100 sliders in the sport will be looking to close their international seasons on a high note. Emily Sweeney won’t be among them. Her season ended a couple weeks ago, on her terms. The USA Luge veteran ...

Olympic biathlete helping to coach daughter while fighting MS

DAY — Katrin Schreiner had just come in from skiing a few intervals around the trails of her family’s Saratoga Biathlon Club with her mother, Deborah Nordyke. True to her family name, Schreiner is among the area’s top Nordic, or cross-country, skiers. Her father is Curt Schreiner, ...

SL girls place second at state meet

The Saranac Lake girls cross-country skiing team came up just short of winning the state title Tuesday, finishing second to Brighton in the NYSPHSAA Nordic Ski Championships team scoring at Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area in Springwater. The Red Storm went into day two of ...

Saints lock up home semifinal

SARANAC LAKE — With an opportunity to host the NJCAA Region III women’s basketball finals for the first time in school history on the line, the North Country Community College Saints poured it on in a quarterfinal game on their home floor Tuesday. With all-American sophomore Kayla ...

Hayden second, Kelting third at state meet

Adrian Hayden placed second for the Saranac Lake boys and teammate Sophia Kelting took third in the girls race Monday on the opening day of the NYSPHSAA Nordic Ski Championships at Harriet Hollister Spencer State Recreation Area in Springwater. Hayden was within striking distance of the ...