Warrensburg's Jake Nemec (left center) and Andrew Zibro (in blue) of Lake George scramble for the ball during a recent basketball game between the two high schools. Also following the play are Joel Wincowski (left) and Jeff Naftaly of Lake George. The action this year in Adirondack League basketball is thrilling fans as various teams, loaded with talent, are enjoying high-scoring, aggressive games. Lake George and North Warren both have state-ranked squads, while their nemesis, Argyle, is considered the top D school team in the state.
Adirondack League Boys Basketball is providing area sports fans with high-scoring, aggressive play this year, as several hot-shooting players are propelling their teams into the state rankings.
Pre-season, all the area coaches expected Argyle to have a remarkable year, and they have indeed, earning the top ranking for all D schools in the state.
Argyle’s now 11-0 and ranked No. 1 in New York State Class D, behind Joey Lufkin’s routine 35+ point performances.
Lufkin’s hot shooting from all over the court has provided an incredible challenge for all defenders. On Jan. 15, he scored 38 points against Salem. The prior week, Lufkin scored 39 points against Bolton and 40 points versus Corinth. It’s not news when Lufkin personally tallies a higher score in a game than the entire opposing team’s roster.
With the Eastern Division of the Adirondack League wrapped up by the Scots, the Western Division is being led at this point by Lake George, which is also undefeated at this point at 11-0.
Ranked at No. 14 in New York State for Class C, they are led by Joel Wincowski, although they have a balanced lineup to back him up. Wincowski has routinely scored over 30 points. Last week, he scored 39 and 32 points in two matchups.
Tuesday Jan. 15, the Warriors endured a real test in a matchup against North Warren, which has racked up an impressive series of victories this year.
Although they’re one of the smallest schools around, they’ve accumulated a long string of victories, earning a Number 11 ranking in New York State Class D as of this week.
Lake George came out on top 69-52, after the Warriors outscored the Cougars by 10 points in the second quarter. North Warren’s Nick Sapienza led North Warren with 19 points in the effort. Lake George demonstrated their depth, as Wincowski’s 25 points were backed up with Greg Rosenthal's 20, and Connor McCoy with 12.
Cougar fans are savoring the fact that last week, their team garnered Game of the Week honors from the Albany Times Union. The contest was a hard-fought showdown against Fort Edward that the Cougars won 59-50. In this matchup, Nick Sapienza scored 28 points, including four 3-point shots.
Warrensburg, which has been providing its fans with some exciting basketball this season, pulled off a dramatic comeback victory Jan. 15 versus Corinth. Nick Perrone hit a basket at 12 seconds left that put the Burghers ahead — after they trailed 41-25 at the start of the fourth quarter.
Showing a lot of heart and endurance, the Burghers outscored Corinth by 28-11 in a blistering scoring onslaught led by Nick Perrone, who scored all of his 11 points in the final stanza, including that late drive inside that gave Warrensburg the winning margin. Shea Irish was high scorer for the Burghers with 25 points. Warrensburg prevailed despite the Tomahawks’ Zack Shippe scoring 30 points.