Spring Sports 2019

New coach a familiar face for players

TUPPER LAKE — Tupper Lake’s varsity softball coach Courtney Manhard has taken the helm after two years of guiding the modified squad, which means she is already familiar with most of the girls on the team. “We’re young,” she said. “A lot of girls I had in modified came up. ...

Blue Bombers blend veterans with newcomers

LAKE PLACID — For the most part, one goal for Lake Placid’s softball team each year is to be competitive. With a roster of 13 split pretty evenly between varsity veterans and newcomers, the Blue Bombers are hoping to accomplish that mission. This season’s squad includes six ...

Saranac Lake reloads with new head coach

SARANAC LAKE — A new head coach, some new faces and some returning veterans. The Saranac Lake golf team enters the season with all three as it looks to turn in a competitive season ­in the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference. With Ian Breen taking on the job as head coach, the Red ...

Lumberjacks seek strong start to season

TUPPER LAKE — A young roster of Tupper Lake golfers had a slow start last season, but showed notable improvements toward the end of the season. And with a lot of returning players this year, coach Matthew Bancroft has high hopes for his team of mostly underclassmen. “The big thing ...

Maiorca leads young Lake Placid into CVAC season

LAKE PLACID — There is little doubt that Lake Placid has been the dominant golf team in the Champlain Valley Conference during recent years. A 40-match winning streak in regular-season matches is proof enough. The big question facing the Blue Bombers this season is: Will they be able ...

Red Storm to depend on big numbers, seasoned leaders

SARANAC LAKE – With the biggest roster around, the Saranac Lake track and field team possesses no shortage of depth. But their biggest asset may be the leadership of student-athletes. Saranac Lake has fielded just about 100 kids between the boys and girls sides, coached by Cy Ellsworth ...

Tupper tracksters hopeful as turnout increases

TUPPER LAKE — The Tupper Lake track and field team often has standout athletes but suffers from a lack of depth, which hurts them in meets. But an increase in the girls team and a well-balanced boys side is giving coach Gordie Duval a glimmer of hope. Track and field meets are scored ...

Blue Bombers boast big talent, but low numbers

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid track and field team is perennially stacked with top-notch athletes. But the small school district also has trouble getting a lot of kids, which can hurt when meets are scored by the number of events a team competes in. But despite the setback of fewer ...

Time has come for Red Storm lacrosse program

SARANAC LAKE — If the Saranac Lake boys lacrosse team wants to make a statement in Section X, this is the season to do it. This spring, the Red Storm roster features an experienced, talented group led by 10 seniors, and those upperclassmen will be spread out from one end of the field ...

Small group meshing together for Saranac Lake girls lax

SARANAC LAKE — Numbers-wise, it will be a challenging season for the Saranac Lake girls lacrosse team, as the Red Storm heads into Section X schedule with no substitutes. Despite the small roster, second-year head coach Shannon Muldowney has reason for optimism, as long as her young squad ...

Chase leads the way for boys

LAKE PLACID — The good news for the Lake Placid boys tennis team is that it could be starting off the season with a pretty solid trio of singles players. But the Blue Bombers also take on their Champlain Valley Athletic Conference schedule concerned about numbers, and that situation ...

Girls find way to replace Toishi

LAKE PLACID — A year ago, Sonja Toishi stepped onto the competitive high school tennis scene as a seventh-grader. By the time the season had ended, the youngster not only helped lead Lake Placid’s girls to a team title, she also landed on top of the heap by claiming the Section VII ...

Red Storm look to hold spot atop CVAC

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake football team doesn’t have a deep roster and has limited experience, but the aim remains the same. The Red Storm want to be in contention for another championship. As the defending Section VII, Class C champion, Saranac Lake enters the season with a ...

Tupper Lake attack starts in the trenches

TUPPER LAKE — With the absence of a junior varsity program, low numbers and limited experience have usually been factors weighing against Tupper Lake’s varsity football team during recent seasons. That may be the case again this fall as the Lumberjacks take on their Section X ...

Red Storm veterans blend with newcomers

SARANAC LAKE — With a new but experienced coach at the helm, the Saranac Lake cross-country running team is geared up and excited to continue its winning ways. Coach Bill Peer, who was also the varsity coach in the 2000s, is happy to be back in the saddle. “It was an opportunity ...

Blue Bombers reload after successful season

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid boys cross-country team finished second in the state last year, and some returning youngsters are hopeful they can step up to help repeat that success. With just two seniors and a junior returning on the boys side, coach Mel Frazer is optimistic about her ...

Optimism runs deep among Tupper runners

TUPPER LAKE — A young Tupper Lake girls cross country running team has high hopes for the season, and the boys have big dreams of their own. Led by veteran coach and Ironman world champion triathlete Amy Farrell, the Lumberjacks lost use of their home course this year due to a capital ...

Saranac Lake enters the land of the unknown

SARANAC LAKE — After losing 11 seniors to graduation, Saranac Lake coach Josh Marlow said he’s heading into the unknown with his boys soccer squad this season. With a 22-player roster, Marlow knows his numbers are solid again. He also knows there is talent among the group of eight ...

Young guns step in to replace the old guard

LAKE PLACID — After riding experience, size and talent to its fifth-straight Section VII, Class C boys soccer title a year ago, Lake Placid will turn toward a slew of young guns this season in an effort to notch its sixth crown in a row by the time the playoffs roll around. The Blue ...

Lumberjacks build on last year’s victories

TUPPER LAKE — With several wins under its belt last year, the Tupper Lake girls soccer team is looking to bring that momentum into the season this year. After a drought of several winless seasons, the Tupper Lake girls soccer program finally started to find the back of the net last ...