While only the Chazy boys and girls soccer teams remain alive in the hunt for a state championship, there was one crowned over the past weekend.
Peru cross country standout Dan Lennon crossed the finish line at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Boys Class B cross country championships at Vernona-Sherrill High School Nov. 11 in a time of 16:55.1, six seconds ahead of Ryan Manahan of Marcellus.
In the girls events, Margaret Champagne was the top finisher with an 11th place finish in the Class D race, with Nina and Gabby Armstrong finishing in 32nd and 34th.
Chazy soccer sweep
The Chazy girls and boys soccer teams each scored two goals in earning return trips to the NYSPHSAA Class D Final Four with wins at Plattsburgh High School Nov. 12.
The Lady Eagles got goals from Caitlyn LaPier (35th) and Rachel Pombrio (62nd), who assisted on LaPier’s goal as they advanced with a 2-1 win over Chateaugay.
“They scored their goal on a direct kick (in the 61st minute) and we were able to come right back and respond less than two minutes later,” Lady Eagles head coach Karin Sherman-Trombley said.
Sherman-Trombley said that Chateaugay had a good gameplan and that the Eagles knew that they had to get an advantage.
“They packed it in and went to the ball very well,” she said. “They did a good job knocking us out of our passing game. Our defense was very strong, and we did a good job getting to the ball and were able to come out with a win.”
Sherman Trombley also said that it was nice to get a three-point night out of Pombrio, who scored her goal on an assist from Christina Emery.
“It’s great to have Rachel come off the bench like that and put the ball in the net,” she said.
Katharine Tooke made four saves in the victory. The Lady Eagles next play on Saturday, Nov. 19, against Section II representative Remsen at Cortland High School at 11 a.m. The winner will advance to the state championship game, to be played at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, at Tompkins-Cortland Community College.
“We’re ready to go,” Sherman-Trombley said. “This is the fourth year in a row since I have been coaching and seventh year in a row as a program. We have nothing to lose, and we are ready to play some more soccer.”
In the boys game, Brandon Laurin scored on a Nathan Reynolds assist in the 44th minute and Josh Barriere scored on a Nelson Pelton assist in the 61st minute as the Eagles scored a 2-0 victory against Parishville-Hopkinton.
“They were well organized and they always defend well,” Eagles head coach Rob McAuliffe said. “We knew that if we were able to get the first goal, things could open up and we could get another, and that is what happened.”
McAuliffe said it was nice to get scoring from the freshman in Barriere, who has been good when given the opportunity.
“Nelson made a great individual play and service into the box, and Josh was waiting to get a big goal,” McAuliffe said. “It felt good to get going in the second half.”
The Eagles have not allowed a goal since an Oct. 13 2-0 loss to the Willsboro Warriors, who they beat 1-0 to advance to the regional round.
“We know that we have to defend well and that is what we are doing right now,” McAuliffe said. “We came into this playoff with a good mindset, and we are looking forward to (this) weekend.”
The Eagles will play Section V champion Alfred-Almond on Saturday, Nov. 19, on the Faller Field turf field at Middletown High School. The winner will play either Section III’s Hamilton or Section II’s Fort Ann at 1 p.m. on the grass field of Faller Field.
“The plan is to win two more games,” McAuliffe said.
The Beekmantown Eagles were not as fortunate Nov. 12, falling to Section II/Class B schools Schalmont (girls) and Broadalbin-Perth (boys).
The girls team played through the first 71 minutes scoreless before Schalmont scored and was able to keep the Lady Eagles off the scoreboard. Lauren O’Connor made 15 saves in net for Beekmantown.
In the boys game, Broadalbin-perth scored the first two goals in the first half before Austin Burl scored on a Brenden Carnright assist in the 46th minute to cut the lead in half. However, the Patriots scored the final three goals of the game in eliminating the Eagles with a 5-1 victory.
Derek Olsen made 12 saves in the loss.
Volleyball season ends in VII
The Beekmantown Eagles rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force a fifth and deciding game against Johnstown, but were unable to cap the comeback in falling in the Class B regional title match by scores of 25-22, 25-22, 13-25, 21-25, 25-18 Nov. 12.
“In the first two games, we just did not play our game,” Beekmantown head coach Shana Fessette-Hileman said. “In the third game, you saw Beekmantown volleyball.”
Fessette-Hileman said that errors were the difference, and that her team made too many at key times early in the match.
“We needed to take one of those first two games,” Fessette-Hileman said. “The girls worked hard from the beginning of the season until now, and we are excited for the future.”
Kendra LaFountain had 33 digs in the game, while Chelsey Besaw added 18 digs, Kiana Archer had 40 assists, Molly Sorrell 11 kills and Shannon Ryan 13 kills, nine digs and six blocks.
In the Class C title game, Voorheesville scored a 25-6, 25-5, 25-8 sweep over the AuSable Valley Patriots.
Jacquie Hoey had 12 digs for the Patriots, while Belle O’Toole had six digs and Noelle Miller had five digs along with Miranda O’Neill.
In Class D, Hartford scored wins of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-18 against the Northern Adirondack Bobcats to advance to the Final Four.
Tessa King had 11 digs and seven kills for the Bobcats, while Ariel Fillion had 13 digs and eight assists, Shonni Velasquez had 15 digs and Emma Trombley had seven assists.