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Spring Sports 2019

SLP girls bulk up with increased numbers

SARANAC LAKE — A season ago, Saranac Lake’s girls lacrosse team played its entire schedule with no substitutes. And after getting off to a slow start, the team won five of its final seven matches to finish with a 6-8 record. This spring, the squad has been renamed Saranac Lake Placid ...

Lake Placid in the mix for sixth straight

LAKE PLACID — Can Lake Placid’s golfers make it six Champlain Valley Athletic Conference championships in a row? And along with achieving that possible feat, will the team be able to notch its second straight Section VII postseason title and fourth in the past five years? If the Blue ...

Bombers get boost from mountain neighbors

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid track and field team has never lacked top-tier student-athletes, but small schools can suffer in sports such as track and field, where the number of competitors relates to the final score. But this year, with the addition of more than a dozen Keene Central ...

Saranac Lake reloads for another run

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake track and field team rarely lacks for numbers and this year is no exception as dozens of student-athletes will compete. Coach Cy Ellsworth said the boys team is deep this year in all aspects, and added that some of the athletes in the middle of his pack ...

Returning starters look to lead the charge

SARANAC LAKE — After struggling to an 0-12 start a year ago, Saranac Lake’s softball team really turned it on late in the campaign and posted a 3-2 record in its last five games, a run that included an extra-inning loss to the top-seeded AuSable Valley Patriots in the playoffs. With ...

Optimism abounds for Blue Bombers baseball

LAKE PLACID — With 11 players returning from last year’s team, including nine seniors, the Lake Placid baseball team is hoping this will be the season that it can put everything together on the way to making a run at a Section VII, Class C championship. That may be a lofty goal, as ...

Depth, youth on Red Storm’s side

SARANAC LAKE — Despite fielding a young team without a lot of depth, Saranac Lake head coach Ian Breen has high hopes for his Red Storm golfers this season. Competing in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference, Saranac Lake will look to improve on its 4-6 record from a year ago. A ...

Lumberjacks headed in the right direction

TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake golf team improved with each round it played last year, and coach Matthew Bancroft wants to see that trend continue as his team ages and matures. With almost the entire team returning from last year as seniors and juniors, Bancroft said his squad may be ...

Hayes takes over young, inexperienced team

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid softball team enters its spring schedule with a new head coach and virtually an entirely revamped lineup. Greg Hayes has taken over the reins from longtime head coach Donna Moody, who retired at the end of the last school year. He’s inheriting a program ...

Saranac Lake Placid team combines two schools

LAKE PLACID — Boys lacrosse moves into a new era on the local high school front, as the team that formerly represented Saranac Lake High School and was known as the Red Storm will be the combined Saranac Lake Placid squad for the first time. SLP enters its Section X schedule with ...

Tupper track has lofty goals for spring season

TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake track and field team may lack in numbers, but it has experience in spades. With cross-country running and indoor track coach Amy Farrell back at the helm after an 11-year break, many of the students on the track and field team are entering their third ...

Newcomers give Chase options

LAKE PLACID — Heading into a new high school sports season, teams often return some experienced players from the year before and also have a mix of newcomers. That’s the case for the Lake Placid boys tennis team as it enters its Champlain Valley Athletic Conference schedule this ...

Steep learning curve in store for girls team

LAKE PLACID — Two postives for the Lake Placid girls tennis team this season are the Blue Bombers have numbers and for the first time, players from Saranac Lake will be joining the squad. Lake Placid, however, will be facing a monumental learning curve as only three team members are ...

Tupper softball opens season with renewed energy

TUPPER LAKE — After a disappointing 2018 season, the Tupper Lake softball team is back to practice, this time with renewed vigor and a sense of excitement. “I think there’s an improvement from last year; the girls are eager and willing to put in the work right now. They want to get ...

Red Storm will depend on strong core of players

SARANAC LAKE — Effort and attitude. Those are two words that second-year head coach Kyle Mochal uses when talking about the type of team he expects to be stepping on the baseball diamond for Saranac Lake this spring. With just 11 players on the roster, the Red Storm obviously ...

Lumberjacks look to build on improvements

TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake baseball team had a young squad last year, but with about half the roster returning, coach Travis Dupuis said pitching should be strong in 2019. “We were a very young team last season. We improved a lot during the season and were really starting to play ...

Fresh faces arrive for Red Storm baseball team

SARANAC LAKE — A new coach and a large group of new faces. That will be the look for the Saranac Lake baseball team as the Red Storm head into their Champlain Valley Athletic Conference schedule. Kyle Mochol takes over the reins from Mark Farmer, and as the Red Storm varsity team’s ...

Lumberjacks look for improvement

TUPPER LAKE — After a rough season with no wins last year, the Lumberjacks baseball team is looking to build on varsity experience as the team hits the diamond. Tupper Lake does not field a junior varsity team, so players typically go from modified to varsity. And with that large leap, ...

Blue Bombers hope to build on last season’s experience

LAKE PLACID — A year ago, a young and inexperienced Lake Placid baseball team struggled its way to a one-win season. With just two seniors on the team this spring, the Blue Bombers will still be young, but they also will be no stranger to competing at the varsity level as they take on ...

Returning veterans lead the way for Red Storm

SARANAC LAKE — Five seniors, six juniors, three sophomores and a new coach will take the field this season for the Saranac Lake softball team. Suzanne Muldowney Nicholas heads into her first season as the Red Storm softball coach, taking the reins from former head coach Deb Yando. ...