You know, it's time I got back to blogging, so here we go.
It has been a great winter sports season so far, with several Valley teams starting to look sharp for post-season runs. The AuSable Valley Lady Patriots have won three games in the past three days and last week beat one of the top teams in Class A. It will still be a tough road just to get out of the Section, however, with Beekmantown and Saranac, who they beat by three last night (Jan. 23) also in the bracket.
Almost as tight as the Class B girls playoff picture will be the one in Class D boys. Three teams have set themselves above the fray: Moriah, Westport and Schroon Lake. Moriah has beat Westport twice by a total of three points and Schroon Lake once by two as they head into the rematch this evening. The semifinals should be rounded out by Keene, who has only lost to Schroon Lake and Lake Placid.
Here is a quick look at the top five leading scorers in the Valley:
**Boys:** Shane Douglas, AVCS (190 points - 14.6 per game); Colton Venner, Keene (172-13.2); John Goodnough, AVCS (170-13.1); Austin Brown, Keene (160-12.3); and Kobe Parrow, AVCS (128-9.8). That's three Patriots and two Beavers in the top five. Currently in sixth is Ryan Davis of Westport, one point behind Parrow as both teams play tonight (Davis and Westport home to Crown Point, Parrow and AVCS at Saranac).
**Girls:** Lily Whalen, ELCS (235 points-18.1per game-pictured); Meghan Strong, AVCS (175-13.5); Jasmin Barnes, ELCS (168-12.9); Brendee Russell, Westport (154-12.8); Taylor Saltus, AVCS (151-11.6). Not on this list is Willsboro's Andrea O'Hara, who has been limited to seven games this season but is averaging 13.3 per with 93 scored so far.