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fred@denpubs.com TICONDEROGA — Ticonderoga High School baseball is like a run away train. The Sentinels just keep winning and winning and winning. Ti will be shooting for its ninth straight Section VII Class C championship this spring. There’s no reason to think the Sentinel won’t win another title, especially since last season’s runner-up — Moriah — has moved to Class D in 2013. Ticonderoga has five starters returning from a year ago when the club posted a 14-8 record and won the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division II title. Ti advanced to the state tournament, winning a first round game before being eliminated. Returning are Miles Austin, Tanner Wright, Ty Denno, Aaron Bush, Jordan Woods and An-

thony Costello. “We will be led by seniors Miles Austin and Tanner Wright,” Coach Dan Dorsett said. “Both were named league all-stars and to the all-state team. Miles is a fouryear starter and Tanner a three-year starter on the varsity. Jordan Woods is also a three-

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year starter.” Austin hit .451 and had 19 runs batted in to pace the Sentinels last spring. He’ll by joined on the infield by Denno, Mark Donohue, Michael Graney, Ryan Trudeau and Blake Gautreau. The outfield will feature Woods, Wright, Costello, Anthony Dushane, Jesse Wilson and Jarryn Granger. Wright, who was Ti’s top hurler a year ago, returns to the mound. He’s joined on the hill by Denno, Graney, Trudeau and Granger. Bush and David Bevins will handle the catching duties. “We must play solid defense and buy into the concept of the team and we hope to be competitive in every game,” Dorsett said. Helping Dorsett in the dugout will be assistant coaches Rick McClintock and Scott Nephew.

Sentinel schedule April 9.....at Fort Ann April 10...Peru April 15...at Lake Placid April 17...NAC April 22...Beekmantown April 24...at Saranac Lake April 26...at Moriah April 30...NCCS May 2.......AVCS May 4.......Peru May 7.......Lake Placid May 9.......at Saranac May 11.....at NAC May 13.....Plattsburgh May 17.....Moriah May 20.....at AVCS

Tanner Wright, a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference and all-state performer last spring, returns to the Ticonderoga baseball team. Photo by Nancy Frasier

Lady Sentinels feature newcomers Youth to be served on Ti track team By Fred Herbst

fred@denpubs.com TICONDEROGA — Young athletes will have an opportunity to shine on the Ticonderoga girls track team this spring. The Sentinels will field a 15-member squad with 11 rookies. “We have four girls returning from last year’s team,” Coach Walt Throne said. “Certainly we have no expectation, but we are optimistic based on what we have seen so far in practice. “Lack of experience and numbers will be our greatest weakness, with a team made up of four experienced athletes and 11 first time athletes — 8 who did indoor track,” he said. “We have a lot of holes to fill.” The Sentinels posted a 3-4 record in 2012. Leading Ti this season will be Naomi Forkas, a state cham-

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TBy Fredi primed for another title run Herbst

“We will need to Sentinel schedule fill three starting April 16.....Lake Placid positions April 18.....at NAC and we are April 20.....Seton looking for April 23.....at Beekmantown players to April 25.....Saranac Lake step up. April 27.....Moriah We look to April 29.....NCCS defend our May 1........at AVCS title, but May 3........at Peru it will reMay 6........at Lake Placid quire hard May 8........Saranac work and May 10......NAC desire to May 11......Lake George win.” May 13......at Plattsburgh Ti c o n d May 18......at Moriah eroga’s coMay 20......AVCS coach arrangement is unusual, but successful. Young and Huntington led Ticonderoga to a 17-6 overall mark in 2012 and are 136-36 overall in their 10 years sharing the bench duties. They have a 118-13 CVAC record.

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TICONDEROGA — Ticonderoga softball just keeps rolling along. The Sentinels will look to defend their Champlain Valley Athletic Conference and Section VII Class C championships this spring with a strong group of returning players. Leading the way will be a veteran battery. Kylie Austin and Jordan McKee, two of the area’s top pitchers, return for the Sentinels along with their catcher Katie Palandrani. The infield figures to be solid with Meg Campney, Lexi Moore, Jaelyn Granger and Taylor Dorsett returning to join rookie Maura Jebb. Campney led the club last season with 21 runs batted in. Andrea Rich, who led the Sentinels with a .513 batting average last year, returns to the outfield. She’s joined by newcomers Logan Mars, Sadie Hamel and Jenette Coon. “This year we return two experienced pitchers along with a catcher,” said Shelly Young, who co-coaches the team with Shannon Huntington.

Kylie Austin returns as part of a strong Ticonderoga pitching staff.

Sentinel thinclads appear strong this season Ti has 19 track athletes returning By Fred Herbst

fred@denpubs.com TICONDEROGA — Ticonderoga’s boys track team will again battle for Champlain Valley Athletic Conference and Section VII honors this spring. Coach Walt Thorne’s thinclads were 6-1 in 2012 and return 19 athletes this season — including Jay Hebert, the most successful Sentinel track athlete ever. Hebert of Ticonderoga finished eighth in the 60-meter hurdles at the New Balance Indoor Track & Field National Championships March 10 in New York City. The Ticonderoga High School hurdler also won a pair of state titles at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association indoor track championships March 2. Hebert was clocked in 7.31 seconds in the state championship race (55 meters) at Cornell University, setting a new personal and Section VII record. In fact, he broke his own section and school records in both the preliminary and semifinal rounds. The win gave Hebert both the NYSPHAA and Federation

championships. The NYSPHAA includes all the state’s public schools while the Federation includes both public and private schools. Since finishing third at the 2012 state indoor meet, Hebert’s only loses have come in national championship meets. He won the outdoor state and Federation 110-meter hurdle crowns last spring. This winter he won the 55-meter hurdles at the New Balance Games in New York City Jan. 26 and won the Dartmouth Relays Jan. 12. Hebert is the first Section VII athlete to ever win an event at the Dartmouth Relays, according to Thorne. While Hebert is the headline act, the Sentinels have a deep stable of athletes this spring. Joining Hebert in the springs and jumps will be James Cook, Matt Cook, Coleman Granger, Justyn Granger, Marcus Moser, Shawn Silliman, Keegan Tierney, Skyler Gilbert, Stephen Bartlett, Tyler Loudermilk and Sean Lawrie. Bartlett and Tierney will also throw for the Sentinels. Joining them in the shot and discus will be Steven Bussey, Cody Shaner, Zechariah McLaughlin and Taylor Coffin. Ti will also boast a strong middle and distance corps. Silliman will join Javeed Nazir, Kody Parrott, Ryan Price, Cody O’Hara, John Cook, Martin Glazer, Brandon Charboneau, Milo Thurban and Aaron Russell. most of them ran on Ti’s conference and

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section championship cross Sentinel schedule country team last fall that took fifth place at the state April 20....CVAC Pre-Season championship race. “I expect our boys team to Invitational April 23....at Lake Placid be competitive in the section May 2........at Peru this season, Thorne said. “AtMay 7........at Seton titude, team balance with 19 May 9........Saranac returning athletes from last May 14......EKMW year’s outdoor team and six May 16......at Plattsburgh new members will be our May 21......AVCS main strength. “The distance team will be led by Javeed Nazir, Kody Quigley, Shawn Silliman, Ryan Price, who had a very good indoor season,” he added. “Our sprinters will be led by Jay Hebert, state champion in the 55-meter hurdles, Coleman Granger, a member of the 4x200-meter state qualifying relay team with emergent eighth grade sprinter Justyn Granger. “Our throwers, led by senior Steven Bussey along with Cody Shaner and Zack McLaughlin, should provide much needed points in the shot put,” he said. Assisting Thorne this season with the coaching duties are Phil Knellor, who tutors the throwers, and Michelle Stahl, who will work with distance athletes.

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Jarred MacDougal, Gage Denton, Sam Russo and Brandon Chappell. Raymond will catch. Allen and MacDougal will pitch and play the outfield. Denton will be a designated hitter. Russo will play the middle infield and outfield. Chappell is an outfielder. Assisting Nephew on the bench this season are coaches Jimmy Langey and Tim Breeyear.

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fred@denpubs.com PORT HENRY — This is a season of change for the Moriah baseball team. The Vikings have an almost entirely new roster and have moved into Class D after reaching the Section VII Class C Tournament championship game a year ago. “We are a young team,” Coach Casey Nephew said. “Our goal is to improve as the year goes on.” The Vikings return seven players from the 2012 team that lost to Ticonderoga in section title tilt. Back are Tom Callahan, Dakota Marcotte, Dillon Adkins, Jordan Greenough, Tom Rancour, Christopher Clarke and Billy Petro. Callahan, Marcotte, Greenough, Rancour and Clarke will all see time on the mound. Callahan will also play second base, Marcotte third base, Greenough the outfield, Rancour first base and Clarke first base and the outfield. Adkins will roam the outfield and Petro will man shortstop. New to the club this spring are C.J. Raymond, Austin Allen,

April 17......at AVCS April 19......at NAC April 22......Saranac Lake April 24......at NCCS April 26......Ticonderoga April 30......at Peru May 2..........at Lake Placid May 4..........Saranac May 9..........at Plattsburgh May 13........AVCS May 14.........Beekmantown May 16.........NAC May 18.........at Ticonderoga May 20.........Lake Placid

Pictured at right: Tom Callahan will pitch and play second base for Moriah this spring. Callahan is a returning senior. Photo by Nancy Frasier

Viking linksters optimistic; young players need to step up By Fred Herbst

fred@denpubs.com PORT HENRY — The Moriah golf team has some holes to fill this spring, but the cupboard isn’t bare. The Vikings lost three of their top scorers — Landon Cross, Carlo Calabrese and Keith Ida — from last season’s 6-4 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference team. But there’s good news. Three regulars return. Dylan Scozzafava, Derek Brassard and Travis Nephew all played in the Moriah’s top six a year ago and return for

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Paradis will pitch and play in the outfield. Mitchell will man first base and roam the outfield. Barror will catch and play in the outfield. New to the club are Brandon Dugan, Derek DeZalia, Cole Anauo and Braden Hall. Dugan is an outfielder. DeZalia, Anauo and Hall are utility players, which will give Sharp flexibility with a limited roster.

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April 8......at Minerva-Newcomb April 11.....at Hadley-Luzerne April 15....at Willsboro April 17....Chazy April 19....Keene April 20....Warrensburg Tournament April 22....at ELCS April 24....at Crown Point April 29....Westport May 1........Minerva-Newcomb May 3........at Johnsburg May 6........Willsboro May 8........at Chazy May 10......Wells May 13......ELCS May 15......Crown Point May 17......at Indian/Long Lake May 20......at Westport

Jeffery Armstrong will pitcher and play first base for Schroon Lake this spring. Armstrong is a senior. Photo by Nancy Frasier

Panthers look to enjoy the 2013 season By Fred Herbst

fred@denpubs.com SCHROON LAKE — Could this be a break out season for the Schroon Lake Central School softball team? Under the eye of Coach Jeff Cutting, the Wildcats have been patiently building their program. Two years ago the ‘Cats won their first sectional playoff game in 20 years. Last season they posted a 4-11 record, but led or were tied later during seven of those loses. Seven starters that team return in 2013. “Here in Schroon Lake we are very excited about our potential this softball season,” Cutting said. “We have worked hard to make our program competitive the past several years.

“Our numbers are up from previous years, from 10-11 to 14 players,” the coach said. “This gives us a lot more flexibility and we have many players who can play more than one position at a high level.” Schroon returns three hurlers this spring. Miranda DeZalia, Kiana Fiore and Molly Wisser will take the mound again

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New mentor leads Ti linksters Jay Wells now the coach By Fred Herbst

fred@denpubs.com TICONDEROGA — The Ticonderoga golf team has a new coach at the helm. Jay Wells, best known as an outstanding Sentinel runner who became a cross country and track coach, now leads the Ti golf team. He replaces long-time mentor John Dreimiller, who has retired. “We look forward to improving as a team this season and building upon the foundation that was solidly built under Coach John Dreimiller,” Wells said. The 2013 Sentinel golf team includes Michaela Baker, Cody Henthorn, Jacob Young, Karney Manning, Nick Bezon, Tylor Jordan, Tucker Ward,

Sentinel schedule April 23....at Moriah April 25....AVCS April 29.....Saranac May 1.........at Peru May 3.........Lake Placid May 6.........Seton May 8.........at Saranac Lake May 10.......at NCCS May 15.......Plattsburgh May 17.......at Beekmantown Brandon Wright, Adam Geiser and Zeshan Afzal.

Pictured at right: Karney Manning returns for his senior season with the Ticonderoga High School golf team. Photo by Nancy Frasier

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Youthful Vikings look to improve in 2013 By Fred Herbst

fred@denpubs.com PORT HENRY — The Moriah softball team will be very young in 2013. The Vikings, who graduated 10 players last spring, return only two seniors. “It’s a very young group,” Coach Billie Jo Simpson said, “but always willing to learn and improve.” The Vikings do return four players this season — Taylor Sprague, Lauren Brace, Madison Stahl and Tori Fleury. Sprague played first base last season, but will pitch in 2013. Brace, a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference all star a year ago, will again catch. She’ll also pitch at times and play on the infield. Stahl will man shortstop and Fleury will roam the outfield and play some infield. “It’s a strong core group of returners,” Simpson said. “ I’m looking for them to provide leadership to a very young team.” The Vikings will be versatile. Simpson expects at last six players to play multiple positions. Newcomers to the squad include Sadie Fosco, Christina Lashway, Ashley Shores, Blake Bigelow, Caitlin Pelkey, Kayla Curran,

“We have not been able to get outside to feel out where to put the girls on the field,” Simpson said. “The majority of them played on modified last season.” Assisting Simpson on the bench will be assistant coach Don Tesar.

Pictured at right: Taylor Sprague will anchor the Moriah pitching staff this season.

Vikings schedule

April 16....at Seton April 18....AVCS April 20....NAC April 23....at Saranac Lake April 25....NCCS April 27....at Ticonderoga April 29....Peru May 1.......Lake Placid May 3.......at Saranac May 6.......Seton May 8.......Plattsburgh May 10.....at AVCS May 13.....at Beekmantown May 15.....at NAC May 17.....Ticonderoga May 20.....at Lake Placid

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Panthers have new softball coach this season Coach Mike Ross retires By Fred Herbst

fred@denpubs.com CROWN POINT — Crown Point Central School has dominated Section VII Class D softball for more than a decade. That may well continue, but the Panthers will have to do it without Mike Ross. Ross, who coached the club the past 14 years, has retired. Taking the reins is his former assistant, Tony Macey. “I have some big shoes to fill with Mike Ross retiring,” Coach Macey said. “Mike has taken the softball program here to the next level in the last 14 years. I was fortunate enough to coach with Mike for the last three years and learn some of his coaching techniques.” Ross was kind enough to leave the Panthers with a talented, veteran roster. “We have high expectations to be at the top of the MVAC (Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference) again this year,” Coach Macey said. “I have seven starters returning this year that will bring experience, confidence and ability forward into this year. “This is a great group of girls with a lot of talent,” he said. “I am looking forward to what they can accomplish in the 2013 season.” A year ago Crown Point posted a 15-2 record, winning the MVAC and Section VII Class D titles. Returning from that club are Alex Macey and Brittany Foote. Macey was the MVAC Division I Most Valuable Player in 2012,

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Alex Macey was the MVAC Division I Most Valuable Player in 2012, posting a 14-2 record on the mound. She was dominant, fanning 160 batters in 16 games. She also hit .508. Macey returns to the Crown Point line up this spring. Photo by Nancy Frasier

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thom@denpubs.com WARRENSBURG — Two years ago, the Warrensburg High School Boys Baseball team had a lineup of powerful athletes who took their team to the Section II finals, beating several top-seeded teams along the way. After losing John Joseph, Mike Burgher schedule Curtis and others to graduation, the April 22 Hartford team experienced April 24 @H. Luzerne a rebuilding year April 25 Hudson Falls that had a dreary April 26 Bolton 0-5 start — but the April 29 Whitehall team rebounded, May 1 H. Luzerne finishing off with a May 3 North Warren respectable 9-7 reMay 6 Argyle cord in the AdironMay 7 @Cooperstown dack League and May 8 Lake George 9-9 overall. May 10 @Corinth This year, the May 13 @Salem team lost no less May 15 Fort Edward than six seniors to

graduation: Lucas Nelson, Tyler Williams, Austin DeMarsh, Jacob Siletti, Gabe MicGlire and Chris Cupp — but the returning veterans have already exhibited their depth of experience. Topping off the lineup are senior Justin Baird, pitcher and shortstop; plus sophomores Shea Irish, pitcher and third baseman; and Marcus Perrone, shortstop, pitcher and outfield. They are joined by senior Nolan Maltbie as first baseman and pitcher, seniors Jeff Bentham in center field, Beecher Baker on second base, Pep Perrone as catcher, with Will Yarmowich and Joe Brunelle in the outfield. Chris Persons assumes the duties of designated hitter. Varsity Coach Rex Reynolds, in his 11th year, said this week that the 2013 season holds a lot of promise, adding that Irish “works his tail off,” and that Baird is “gritty,” — and Baird’s attitude is likely

to be adopted by the younger players on the team. Reynolds said the team focuses on one game at a time, and has been engaged in strength workouts and speed training, which should help not only their base-running, but their defense. In their opening game April 10, the Burghers beat the ever-powerful Lake George — demonstrating their speed, tough defense and power batting. “The players are scrambling to get the ball — they want the ball

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Experience, talent abound on lady Burgher squad By Thom Randall

thom@denpubs.com WARRENSBURG — Last season represented a formidable challenge for the Warrensburg High School Softball team, following the graduation of a talented group of seniors. The 2012 team spent a year rebuilding — with only one senior competing on the squad. Now, with those young players having experienced all those rough-and-tumble games against more experienced mature teams, the Burgers are well prepared for solid accomplishments in 2013. Also, the team is loaded with solid athletes, Burgher schedule many of them competing in three sports. April 22 Hartford The team’s goals inApril 24 @H. Luzerne clude reversing their April 26 Bolton 2012 record of 5-12, win April 29 Whitehall the Adirondack League May 1 H. Luzerne Western Division, then May 3 North Warren compete in Sectionals — May 6 Argyle they didn’t qualify last May 8 Lake George season. May 10 @Corinth The Burghers have the May 13 @Salem roster, loaded with athMay 15 Fort Edward leticism, to make these goals a reality. On the mound will be Mika Morehouse, a Junior, who will be pitching for her third year. She not only has deep experience, she’s got good speed, can place the ball well, and is developing an effective change-up, coach Mary ann Bump said. She’s teamed up with classmate Makayla Baker — and they’re a formidable duo, the coach added. “Mika is willing to take the role as leader on the team, and that will be a big factor,” Bump said. Seniors on the team include talented athletes that can win games when the going gets rough. Korynn Raymond is at shortstop; Chiara Russo, first base; Braydin Smith, left field; and Amy Toolan, center field. Besides Morehouse and Baker, juniors feature Merissa Hayes, second base/outfield; Kerrigan Roth, third base; Josie Stone, utility; Whitney Markwica, pitcher/outfield; Nazareth Goucher, outfield; and Kate Morehouse, outfield. They are joined by Sophomore Liz Turner, utility; and Freshman Erin Langworthy, outfield and second base. Key to success this year will be strong batting, Bump said. “We are a much more confident hitting team with the additions of Turner, Langworthy and Markwica,” she said. “We are anxious to play games and prove ourselves to ourselves,” she said. “Our theme is ‘Armed and Dangerous’ and we hope to be — both offensively and defensively.”

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be important in molding our younger players,” he said. Hunter is considered an anchor for the thom@denpubs.com team play, and Ciccarelli, with his long reach, has great defensive skills. BOLTON LANDING — In 2012, the Bolton Two other seniors will be mentoring the team High School Varsity Baseball Team was loaded this year: Dustin French, who handles his shortwith young, relatively inexperienced players. stop duties with expertise as well as providing Up against far larger schools in the competitive solid pitching; and Kevin Pratt, an experienced Adirondack League, the ballplayer in center youthful players had a field. Andrejkovics said Eagle schedule tough time, but they put the team will be relyup a good fight, although ing on them for solid April 22 Whitehall the season tally of 3-12 hitting as well as their April 24 Corinth was discouraging. defensive work. April 26 @Warrensburg This year, the battle“Both Kevin and April 27 Loudonville-Christian scarred Eagles are likely Dustin will play a maApril 29 @Fort Ann to take a substantial step jor role this season May 1 @Corinth forward, as they put providing both power May 3 Hadley/Luzerne their game experience at the plate and on the May 6 Fort Edward and improved skills to mound,” he said. May 8 North Warren use, coach Mark AndreThese experienced May 10 @ Lake George jkovics said this week. 12th graders will be May 13 @Argyle “The players have backed up with four put a lot of time into our veteran juniors: startoff-season practices and ing pitcher Josh Persons, the athletic duo of Sam clinics and are confident in being a tough team,” Cady and Django Denne — a left-handed batter he said noting their athleticism. “We will be a — as well as Alex Maxam, lending his skills as very aggressive team at the plate and on the base backup pitcher and at third base. paths.” They are joined by junior Kevin Wholey, who Experienced veterans will be leading the way was one of the top Junior Varsity players last year, for the younger players, he added. and is slated for second base. “Senior leadership from our catcher Hunter This lineup, with their strong defense, will Brown and our first basemen Carl Ciccarelli will

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E agles are young, but working hard with optimism for new coach By Thom Randall

thom@denpubs.com BOLTON LANDING — The Bolton Eagles VarEagle schedule sity softball team may have a lot of young players, but their youth is offset by a dedication to the April 22 Whitehall sport and a will to win, new Varsity Coach Kristen April 24 Corinth DePace said this week. DePace was a three-sport April 26 @Warrensburg athlete who graduated from Bolton Central in 2001. April 27 Loudonville-Christian That’s not the full story about this squad, howApril 29 @Fort Ann ever. DePace’s guarded optimism about the team’s May 1 @Corinth 2013 season may be a matter of modesty — her May 3 Hadley/Luzerne team is loaded with area all-star athletes, awardMay 6 Fort Edward ed for substantial accomplishments in soccer and May 8 North Warren other sports. May 10 @Lake George This talented lineup will offset the loss to graduMay 11 @Warrensburg ation of stellar pitcher Tori Persons and her athletic May 13 Tournament teammates Rosie Denne and Marie DeLorenzo. @Argyle The Eagles secret weapon this year may be senior Maddy Wilson, who’s been sidelined from softball for a few years due to injuries. She’s the lead pitcher, backed up on the mound by sophomore Olivia Seamans. DePace described Seamans as versatile and having a strong bat. “Olivia can be placed anywhere she is needed on the field,” the coach said. “And Maddy is CONTINUED ON PAGE 15

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Jason Humiston has high expectations, despite the relatively low number of hits and runs the 2012 team produced. thom@denpubs.com “We have the pitching and defense to stay in games,” he said, noting that each season poses new uncertainties.“The biggest CHESTERTOWN — North Warren High School has traditionquestion is whether we have enough firepower offensively to win ally developed solid athletes, who have pergames.” formed way beyond expectations for schools Humiston, who’s always focused on imCougar schedule with such small enrollment. proving his athletes, often sounds less than North Warren’s baseball, basketball, crosseffusive about his teams — even when they April 19 Corinth country, tennis, softball, and field hockey are on a winning streak. This week, he exApril 22 Fort Edward teams have all \underscored this point in pressed a warning. Coming from HumisApril 24 @Lake George recent years, achieving considerable success. ton, some might interpret it as optimism. April 26 Corinth Area fans will never forget the North “We must have more offense if we are to April 29 Salem Warren baseball team of 2008 that had a fair improve,” he said. “Also, pitching and deMay 1 Lake George season, but ended it with a flourish, defeatfense must be more consistent.” May 3 @Warrensburg ing far-higher ranked teams in the Section II Last season, six players hit under .200. May 6 @Whitehall tournament, taking their winning campaign It’s a new year, however, and the baseball May 8 @Bolton all the way to the tournament finals. players are concentrating on conditioning May 10 @Hadley/Luzerne Last year, the team was relatively young, and developing their skills. and their win-loss record reflected the situaArea fans, knowing the baseball team tion. But this year the entire lineup — except has been working hard under the mentorship of Humiston and his for star athlete Kristian Seeley — returns with a wealth of experiassistant coaches, have high hopes. ence. The 2013 starting lineup features Robert Vaisey as pitcher; Ethan Considering his deep roster of veterans, twelve-year head coach

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team, coming off a 1-15 season, the challenge ahead is substantial. Coach Jeremy Whipple, however, is yet hopeful — in the tradition of Cougar teams. Despite the loss to graduation of inCougar schedule fielders Nicole Parker and Kateryna Strauss and starting pitcher Charissa April 19 Corinth Cronk, the remaining players are taking April 22 Fort Edward on the new season with resolve. April 23 Heatly Pitching for the team will be sophoApril 24 @Lake George more Taylor Olson, now one year reApril 26 Corinth moved from ACL surgery. Whipple said April 29 Salem Olson has been very focused on working May 1 Lake George her way back to the mound. May 3 @Warrensburg “We need Taylor to throw consistent May 6 @Whitehall strikes,” he said. May 8 @Bolton Laura Tennyson, a senior infielder, is May 10 @Hadley/Luzerne shifting from behind the plate to infield.

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He batted .449 last season. He’s likely to be in center field for 2013. Although the roster is a little thin, the players are versatile, talented and determined. Take as an example Craig Keenan, a sophomore that can play in any position. A veteran who has proven his talents, Keenan batted .353 last year. He’s pencilled in at shortstop. Coach Erik Hoover said this week he’s optimistic, considering the depth of experience his players have, as well as their work ethic and determination. “This year we are really excited about the number of arms we have to pitch,” he said. “We have a good core of seniors that are hungry for a deep sectional run.”

Warrior girls looking to repeat as league champs By Thom Randall

also named a 2012 area All-Star — who not only has a solid pitching record, but is a good all-around player, Manny said. “Amy’s a hard worker, and she hits to locations well, scoring some runs last year,” he said. LAKE GEORGE — The Lake George Manny continued that when she Girls Softball team enjoys an outstanding Warrior schedule pitched in 2012, Sander mixed her varilegacy that stretches back decades, and this ous pitches well and had plenty of strikeyear, local fans are anticipating a strong seaApril 22 Argyle outs, with the benefit of a strong defense son to continue that tradition. April 23 @Luzerne backing her up. In 2012, the Warriors — combining strong April 24 North Warren Brittany Motta and Cassie Sipowicz, defense and timely hitting — won the AdApril 26 Luzerne both junior veterans, will be among the irondack League title, culminating in a April 29 @Fort Edward players playing key roles on defense this scrappy battle with Argyle. The victory was April 30 HoosickValley year. the high point in a season that tallied a 13-3 May 1 @North Warren The team will also be relying on Senior record in the highly competitive league. May 2 Corinth Kelsey Alfonso, who had the highest batAlthough four accomplished athletes May 6 @Hartford ting average last year, Manny said. graduated last June — 2012 area All-Stars May 8 @Warrensburg “Kelsey is a standout on offense,” he Chelsea Sipowicz, Amanda Chambers, ReMay 10 Bolton said, noting she will be leading a lineup becca Kandora and Jamie Jarrett — there’s May 13 Fort Ann of power hitters. plenty of talent remaining, Warrior coach May 14 @Glens Falls Manny is also expecting athletic play Kyle Manny said this week. and strong batting from senior catcher “We have a pretty good number of experienced athletes returning and some young players moving up,” Alexis Cone; outfielder Emma Feathers who made a key hit in last

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looking strong so far.” Anchoring the team will be sophomore Sarah Calzada, serving her third year as varsity catcher. DePace said Sarah is a smart player, who’s quick to the ball, making a lot of key plays. “Sarah is dangerous behind the plate,” DePace said, noting that Sarah was drafted for varsity years ago as an eighth grader. Kim Wright, a junior, is a versatile player with a strong, accurate throw. A good hitter, she’s slated to be lead-off batter and covering second base. She demonstrated her role as an offensive threat in the April 10 game versus North Warren, in which she went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBIs. “Kim is quick and agile, and will be a strong part of our infield,” DePace said. Abbie Seamans, the team’s sole 8th grader, is already proving her worth to the team. Against North Warren, she was 3 for 6 with 2 RBIs, DePace observed. “Abbie is a very fast base runner, and she’s versatile,” DePace said, noting that she is now on duty at shortstop, but is also the team’s backup catcher. Kaitlin Urtz, a sophomore who transfered in from North Warren, is a valuable addition to the team, DePace said, noting she has a strong throw and is stationed at third base. They’re joined by solid athletes Olivia Clesceri, a junior at first base; senior Sydney LaPan at center field; and ninth graders Caroline Clesceri and Lindsay Markham in right field. DePace said she had high expectations for the team. “They’re very hard workers, they’re optimistic and they try hard no matter what,” she said. “The players have a positive attitude, they encourage each other — It’s a very good mix.”

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“The transition is going to be a challenge for her but we are looking for big things,” Whipple said. Sophomore Gabriell Needham, also a pitcher, was drafted into Varsity last year, demonstrated that she was very consistent on the mound and in the field, Whipple said. “Gabriell should be ready to contribute in a big way after a year of experience under her belt,” he said. Megan McDonough, a senior outfielder, contributed a lot in 2012, Whipple said. “We’re looking for Megan to play a key role in our success,” he said. Joining these four are sophomore catcher Alexandra Newer; pitcher/infielder Gabrielle Vaisey, also a sophomore; senior outfielder Jessica Lylyk; junior outfielder Lexi Pratt, and freshman infielder Courtney Viele. They are backed up by junior fielder Desiree Smith; sophomores Julianna Dewar, outfield; Rickie-Lee Wicks, outfield, and Amanda Braynack, infield/outfield. Whipple said he has confidence in the progress his team is making toward their goals of becoming more competitive. “This year’s outlook is positive,” he said. “We’ve filled the gaps pretty well and are looking for some of the younger players to step up.”

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year’s league championship game; Kenzie Baerstchi on either first base or second who Manny said has “a great glove and stretch at first;” Emma Underwood who will put her speed and athleticism to good use in the outfield; and Alyssa Condon with her admirable range as well as speed running the bases. The strengths of the team are a good mixture of strength and speed, as well as timely hitting, Manny said. “Our team members play sound fundamental defense behind good pitching,” he said. “They take advantage of their speed on the base paths.” In addition, the 2013 Warriors can mix up a bunting game with power hitting, catching their opponents off-guard, Manny said. “Our team has the ability to play the ‘small ball’ speed game, but we also have some power hitters,” he said. “We’re excited to have this dual-headed attack.” Manny added that the players are dedicated to their goals, and are looking forward to playing — having fun as well as working with dedication towards divisional and league titles. “Our team has good chemistry and we’ve got high hopes,” he said.

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andy@denpubs.com NEWCOMB — At first glance, a 16-player roster for the Minerva-Newcomb varsity baseball team sounds impressive, but veteran Coach Ed LaCourse is faced with several challenges this season that could prevent the team from beating its 6-4 record last season. “It’s a weird season,” said LaCourse, a teacher at Newcomb Central School. “I have no idea where we’re going to end up this year.” The first question mark is the group of six international students. They’ve never played baseball before. “It’s more of a challenge Mountaineer schedule for me because when April 19 @ Elizabethtown you’re coachApril 20 Chazy @ Minerva ing at the varApril 22 @ Long Lake sity level and April 24 Wells @ Minerva you end up April 29 @ Keene having to deal May 1 @ Schroon Lake with some May 3 Westport @ Newcomb of the most May 8 @ Johnsburg basic skills May 10 @ Crown Point that are usuMay 13 Indian Lakeally done at Long Lake @ Newcomb Little League May 15 @ Wells level, it kind May 20 Keene @ Newcomb of slows things down at times,” LaCourse said. “I’ve decided they’re just going to have to basically come along with whatever gifts they have.” That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Last year, for example, the team was fortunate to have one player from Brazil who caught on quickly and ended up being an All-Star caliber player. And there are currently a few international students who have the potential to be good ball players. “They’ve never played, but they’ve got the athletic ability and they are coming along at an accelerated rate,” LaCourse said. One standout could be Bryton Chikukwa, of Zimbabwe, who has played on the Mountaineers’ soccer and basketball teams this year. “I’ve never seen a kid hit a ball so hard in my entire life,” LaCourse said about Chikukwa. “He’s never hit a baseball in his entire life, but he hits it like he’s Hank Aaron.” Hitting a ball in a batting cage is one thing; hitting during a game situation is another. “He’s never been in a game situation and faced a pitcher,” LaCourse said. “It’s just a big question mark whether he’ll pan out or not. He could be a monster hitter. The kids don’t even

Andrew Sponable, who pitched for Johnsburg last season, will take the mound for the Mountaineers in 2013. want to get out there when he’s hitting because he’s just cremating it.” Another challenge this year has been the weather, with snow on the ball field late in the season. Coach LaCourse was hoping to teach the inexperienced players the baseball fundamentals on the diamond, but their inability to go outside and practice on the field “has just destroyed those plans,” he said. The weather also forced the cancellation of four scrimmages. There’s only such much the team can do inside. Last week, LaCourse was desperate for a change and decided the team needed some fresh air. “I had them out in the snow yesterday with boots on,” LaCourse said Thursday, April 11. “I got pretty desperate. I hit them fly balls in the snow.” If the Mountaineers are going to make a move anytime in the next few years, this is the season, and LaCourse is hoping his four returning seniors will lead the way with their solid hitting and defense: Austin Williams, Wesley LaBar, Tyler Clickner and Justin Viele.

One bright addition to the team is Andrew Sponable, a Newcomb Central School sophomore who played for the Jaguars in 2012. “He pitched well for Johnsburg last year, and this year he’s bigger and stronger,” LaCourse said. “I was a pitcher, so I’ve been able to work with him. He looks very good.” The pitching rotation also includes seniors Wesley LaBar and Austin Williams. Here is the roster for the 2013 Mountaineers: sophomores Andrew Sponable, Mickey Johnson, Steven Viele, Dustin Saville and Elias Ahrens; juniors Jorge Bertomeau, Borja Martinez, Alex Ruzbacki, Jacob Galusha and Marco Silvo; and seniors Tyler Clickner, Austin Williams, Wesley LaBar, Justin Viele, Xian Zhou and Bryton Chikukwa. The Mountaineers were expected to open their season at home against Johnsburg on Wednesday, April 17 and had games scheduled for Friday, April 19 in Elizabethtown and Saturday, April 20 at home against Chazy.

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Lady Orange return a veteran squad this season LONG LAKE — One of the newest members of the Indian LakeLong Lake varsity softball team will be the coach, Long Lake Town Highway Superintendent Chip Farr. This is Farr’s first year of coaching, ever, but he’s no stranger to the ball field. “I have umpired for the Southern Adirondacks for eight-plus years,” he said. In his spare time, Farr works for the Long Lake Central School District, so he’s already familiar with many of the softball players. “I know the kids,” Farr said. “I drive the school bus part time for Long Lake, so I got to know the team pretty good, and when

they were looking Orange schedule for a coach I decided to put my name in.” April 22 Argyle Like other local April 23 @Luzerne softball and baseball April 24 North Warren coaches, Farr has April 26 Luzerne had to deal with the April 29 @Fort Edward fickle spring weather May 1 @North Warren this year. May 2 Corinth “We’ve just been May 6 @Hartford practicing inside May 8 @Warrensburg and doing what we May 10 Bolton can do inside,” Farr May 13 Fort Ann said. “We have a hitMay 14 @Glens Falls ting cage in the Long Lake gym, so we’ve been using that, but it’s a lot different when you get outside.” Luckily, as of Sunday, April 14, the field in Long Lake was snowfree. “It’s a little soft, but we can still practice outside on it,” Farr said. One of the main strengths for the Lady Orange this year is experience. The team didn’t lose one player to graduation in 2012 because there weren’t any seniors on the team last year. But 10 of the 11 players this year came back to play for the Lady Orange in 2013.

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andy@denpubs.com NORTH CREEK — Johnsburg Central School teacher Phil Goodman returns for his 16th year as the coach of the Lady Jaguars varsity softball team. The team lost five seniors to graduation in 2012: Rachael Dunkley, Sierra Galusha, Ashley Hitchcock, Michelle Merrithew, and Meghan Sponable. However, seven players are returning from last year’s roster. “Our starting lineup should be comparable to last season, but we have a great deal more depth with solid players coming off of the bench,” Goodman said. Courtney Allard returns to the mound this year as the starting pitcher. “Allard should continue to be a good pitcher for us, but we have several more girls who could potentially give us productive innings as well,” Goodman said. “The beginning of our order should be solid, and we hope the bottom will contribute more as they gain experience. Our infield should be good, and the outfield should improve if we ever are able to get outside where we can practice some fly balls and positioning.”

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ers, I feel we should be very competitive in our division this year,” Olbert said. “Wells should offer the stiffest competition within our division and out of division Chazy and Crown Point will be difficult to beat.” Eight of the 14 players on the Orange roster will be returning this year: seniors Collin Farrell (P/SS), Matt Moore (P/3B), Kyle Douglas (C), Arthur Jennings (OF) and Taylor Wells (OF); junior Shane Short (OF/C); and sophomores Henry Sandiford (P/SS) and Curtis Seaman (2B). Six players are new: seniors Kyle McMurty (1B), Chaitin Giessen (1B/OF) and Vinnie Smith (OF); junior Robert Miller (OF); and sophomores Lance Gocke (OF) and Joey DeShaw (IF/ OF). “Returning our No. 1 pitcher from last season, Colin Farrell, will be key to our success,” Olbert said. “If he pitches well this year he will be hard to beat. Henry Sandiford and Matt Moore will also be in the rotation or come in relief. Newcomer Kyle

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right in the hunt.” The team saw the following seniors graduate in 2012: Amanda Bellotti, Renna Yandon, Tara Galusha and Marlena Peter. This year, the Lady Mountaineers look strong on pitching, hitting and speed. Juniors Gabrielle McNally and Dakota Bennett return for their third year as starters. Sophomore

Makenzie Winslow will also be a standout, as will sophomore Mary LaBar and seniors Ashley Miller and Shelby Hogan. Hogan is the team’s main pitcher and will be backed up by freshmen Cheyenne Williams and Danielle McNally. The international students have no softball experience, but there’s an upside. “They’re much better at softball than they were in basketball,” McGinn said. Although this is her first year, Williams could very well be the team’s best hitter.

“But it’s hard to be the best hitter on this team,” McGinn said. “There are a lot of decent ball players on this team.” Here is the roster for the 2013 Lady Mountaineers: Dakota Bennett (shortstop), Makenzie Winslow (3B), Shelby Hogan (P/1B), Cheyenne Williams (1B/P), Gabrielle McNally (LF), Mary LaBar (2B), Ashley Miller (CF), sophomore Angela McCall (C/RF) and Danielle McNally (RF/C/P). Rounding out the team are sophomores Sydney Barber, Riyo Onishi and Rachel Bush;

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juniors Caitlyn Yandon and Rebecca Marra; and senior Natasha Cartnonis. The Lady Mountaineers expected to open their season Wednesday, April 17 at home against the Johnsburg Lady Jaguars and were scheduled to play in Elizabethtown on Friday, April 19 and at home against Chazy on Saturday, April 20. McGinn expects to have tough competition this year from the Indian LakeLong Lake team.

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McMurty may also offer some help on the mound.” The Orange were expected to open their season at Keene on Wednesday, April 17 and had a game scheduled for Friday, April 19 in Chazy. The Chazy Eagles beat the Orange in the quarterfinals last year.

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