The 2011 Lake George Varsity Cross-Country team includes (left to right): Max O’Connell, Jake Montana, John Ferrone, Daniel Jardine, Sarah Jardine, Molly Mogren and Kellie O’Brien. (Absent): Tiara Palazzo, Travis Tucker, and Richard Jelley.
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Sept. 14: Invitational, Q’bury, 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 20: H: Had.-Luz./No.Wrrn., 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 27: A: @ Corinth, 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 4: A: @ Argyle, 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 11: A: @ Whitehall, 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 18: H: Corinth/Argyle/Jbg., 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 27: League Champ., Q’bury, 4 p.m.
Nov. 4: Sectional Championships, Spa Park
Nov. 12 : State Championships, Verona
The cross-country team of Lake George High School, renowned for its inclusiveness and for encouraging students to achieving their personal best, has established a winning tradition.
The victories are rooted in the feeling of “family” — the experienced athletes looking after the younger ones — that’s been encouraged by coach Scott Smith. This approach is an important element in the success of the Lake George long-distance squad, one of the rare teams that combines the junior-high grades with the elders.
This mentorship and the squad’s “family” bond not only have spawned a rising team population in the last several seasons, but it’s spurred achievement and some glory — the boys team has won the Adirondack League title for the last two years, and the girls team won the title in 2008.
This year is a rebuilding year, although new, promising talent is stepping into the roles of some outstanding athletes.
On the boys team, the talented runner Willy Underwood, who qualified for state competition for four straight years, graduated in 2011, along with Corey Tomko.
Three returning standouts include junior Daniel Jardine, and seniors Richard Jelley and Travis Tucker. They are joined with new prospects freshman John Ferrone, Jake Montana, Max O’Connell, and Ethan McGowan.
“Barring any big injuries, we should do well,” Smith said.
The girls cross-country squad lost three stalwarts to graduation: team captains Kacey O’Brien, Courtney Mastrodomenico and Alissa Duessler.
Kasey’s younger sister Kellie, a sophomore, is leading the pack as the team’s leading prospect. Smith said Sarah Jardine, Dan’s younger sister, is a tough runner, and will be a captain at some point. They are joined by freshman Molly Mogren, and sophomore Tiara Palazzo.
Smith said he had high hopes for his 2011 runners.
“I’ve got a great bunch of kids,” he said.