Lake Placid’s Danielle Balestrini tries to drive to the basket against Cammey Keyser of AuSable Valley. The Lady Patriots beat the Lady Blue Bombers 50-30 in the opening game of the Coaches v. Cancer CVAC Challenge.
This was the first year that the event as a kick-off to the season, according to Seton Catholic boys head coach and challenge organizer Larry Converse.
“We wanted to go with games that were in division and make it an event to start the season with,” Converse said. “In the past, we have had the event later in the season as teams are getting ready to come here for sectionals, but hopefully this is a good starting point to the season for these teams and we will get moe people in to help raise funds.”
Funds raise through the event go to the CVPH Fitzpatrick Cancer Center in Plattsburgh. Money was raised through donations at the gate, T-shirt and collectible sales, a 50/50 raffle and a paper airplane toss at halftime of the Saturday games.
“In the five years previous, we have raised over $9,000 for the center,” Converse said. “It is a very good cause, and we have some great sponsors. The fieldhouse has been very good to us over the years. Hopefully, the money can go toward good things.”
In the Friday games, Alexis Facteau has 19 points, Meghan Strong added 12 points to go with 11 steals and seven assists and Cammey Keyser had 10 points as the AuSable Valley Lady Patriots beat Lake Placid, 50-30. Danielle Balestrini and Chloe Uebrick each scored eight points for the Blue Bombers.
Colby Sayah had 15 points for the Northern Adirondack Bobcats, who were unable to hold off the Moriah Vikings in a 52-36 defeat in the second game of the night.
In game three, Mary Mazella scored 16 points and Brianna Hackett added 11 as the Peru Lady Indians scored a 47-37 win over the Plattsburgh High Lady Hornets, who were led by 10 points from Marle Curle and Kianna Dragoon.
In the finale, Conor Casey scored 13 points and Tim Remillard added 10 as the Indians boys team scored a 48-32 win over the Hornets. Ethan Votraw scored 12 points for PHS.
On Saturday, action started with a pair of games featuring Saranac and Saranac Lake, with the Chiefs sweeping the games by scores of 68-24 (girls) and 46-30 (boys).
In the girls game, Stephanie Linder started the season with a 26-point game, while Victoria Phaneuf added 19 points for the Chiefs and Nicole Viscardo led the Red Storm with 11 points. In the boys game, Jeremy Bullis had 13 points to lead the Chiefs, while Kellen Munn added 15 for the Red Storm.
The Ticonderoga Sentinels and Seton Catholic Knights were next on the court, as the Lady Knights scored a 43-37 win and the Sentinel boys scored a 31-24 win.
Kelli Ryan scored 18 points and Kate Schofield added 16 for the Lady Knights, while Eddie Larrow scored nine points for the boys team.
In the final two games, freshman standout Shannon Ryan scored 38 points as the Beekmantown Lady Eagles scored a 56-41 victory over the Northeastern Clinton Lady Cougars. Skyler Hebert scored 10 points for the Cougars.
In the finale, Rob Armstrong scored the final two of his 11 points with just 1.3 seconds on the clock as the Cougars scored a 48-47 win over the Eagles. Mike Manor added 10 points for the Cougars, while Keegan Ryan scored 32 points for the Eagles.