Red Storm players celebrate their Nov. 5 game against AuSable Valley.
The Section VII fall sports season has come to an end, but not for all, as champions in soccer, football, cross country, volleyball and swimming now prepare for regional and state competition.
The Peru Indians jumped out to a 21-0 lead then held on as the Beekmantown Eagles scored 14 unanswered and may have scored the tying touchdown if not for a strange play during the Section VII Class B title game Nov. 5.
The Indians, who captured the title with a 21-14 score, were able to force a fumble after Beekmantown’s Luke Weaver had caught a pass and ran for what appeared to be a 66-yard scoring play. However, the officials never blew their whistles, and Peru recovered the fumble.
“The officials said that he had never crossed the plane,” Beekmantown head coach Jamie Lozier said. “However, we didn’t do anything in the first half and it is frustrating when we prepared as hard as we did throughout the week and then had a lot of things go wrong.”
“I would have preferred to have ended a little better on defense, “Peru head coach Nick Damiani said. “We did a nice job defensively through the first three quarters, but the combinations of Carter Frechette and Luke Weaver started clicking. They played tough, and they had an opportunity to get the ball and tie the game.”
Damiani said that the title was something that would sink in later on, and that the team would enjoy it until it was time to prepare for Schalmont on Monday.
“I told them to enjoy tonight and tomorrow, then on Monday we come back to the practice field and do it all over again. We want to take Section VII football down to Section II and make some noise.”
The Saranac Lake Red Storm rolled out to a 57-0 lead, while the AuSable Valley Patriots scored twice in the fourth quarter as the Storm advanced to face Hoosick Falls for the second straight year in the Class C regionals with a 57-16 win Nov. 5.
Matt Phelan combined 42 yards rushing and a touchdown with 184 yards and four touchdowns passing to pace the Saranac Lake offense.
The Beekmantown Eagles proved that their semifinal win over the Northeastern Clinton Cougars was not a fluke as the third-seeded Eagles scored a 1-0 win over the fifth-ranked team in the state, the Plattsburgh Hornets, to capture the Class B title.
“I was looking up the field and was able to run through the ball,” Austin Burl, who scored the lone goal for the Eagles, said.
“We focused 100 percent and made sure that we played every ball out in each game of the sectionals,” sweeper Keon Jahanbakhsh said.
“We are on a roll right now and I would like to see this team go deep into the state tournament,” Eagles head coach Ryan Loucy said.
The Northern Adirondack Bobcats jumped out to an early lead over the Lake Placid Blue Bombers and did not look back in scoring the 3-0 win.
Nolan Ferguson scored in the fourth minute of the game off an assist from Scott Kellett, while Shane Trudeau connected on a pass from Josh Rabideau in the 17th minute and Justin Kellett scored 1:13 seconds later to give the Bobcats a 3-0 lead that would hold for the rest of the contest.
Ethan Mousseau made seven saves in the win for the Bobcats, who advanced to regional play with a record of 7-8-0. J.P. Morrison made 14 saves in the loss, as the Blue Bombers finished the 2011 season with a record of 5-9-0.
The Chazy Eagles took their first lead in 168 minutes of play against the Willsboro Warriors in the Nov. 5 Class D championship game, and were able to hold the 1-0 advantage for 72 more minutes in scoring a Class D championship.
“I knew that I had to get the ball on net as fast as I could,” Hunter Dominy, who scored the goal for the Eagles, said. “I still thought that the game could go either way. We told ourselves that we were not losing tonight.”
Sweeper Nathan Reynolds said that the defensive plan was to make sure that everyone on Chazy knew where prolific Willsboro scorer Clay Sherman was at all times.
“We put pressure on him all the time,” Reynolds said. “You have to give credit to Willsboro, they are a great team and we had to come together as a team and work as hard as we have to get the win.”
“I had faith that we would play a strong defensive game, but with as much time was left and how good Willsboro is, I wasn’t sure if we were safe,” Eagles head coach Rob McAuliffe said. “We tried to get to Sherman early before he could do anything with possession.”
“This was by far the best of the three games,” Willsboro head coach Andy Lee said. “It was back and forth, 50-50 paly. They happened to get us today.”
Along with the team play, Lee said that he was impressed with the play of senior sweeper Dakota Sayward, who played the game with a torn MCL and partially torn ACL.
“Dakota was out there for everything and he left his heart out there,” Lee said. “It was two great defensive efforts. Chazy is known for the offense and scoring, but it is their defense that shines in games like this.”
Jess Huber scored the lone goal of the game on a Kallie Villemaire assist in the third minute of the game as the unbeaten Beekmantown Lady Eagles scored the 1-0 win against the Lady Hornets of Plattsburgh High Nov. 4.
“We have worked well with each other throughout the season,” Huber said of her connection with Villemaire.
“I saw her open in the middle and I knew that if I could get the ball in that she would be able to finish,” Villemaire said. “We work good together.”
“Right from the beginning, this team started working hard and we try to concentrate on the basics of soccer,” Eagles head coach Erin Norris said. “I always tell them that I want a goal in the first two minutes. We have a pair of dynamic scorers up front in Kallie and Jess and they have compatible speeds and they work well together.”
Haley Brandes opened the scoring in the 17th minute, when she headed a cross from Mackenzie Kemmerer to open the scoring at 1-0 as the Lake Placid Blue Bombers scored a 3-0 win against the Seton Catholic Lady Knights for the Class C girls title.
Ayla Thompson then scored in the 47th minute on an assist from Brook Reid. Reid scored the final goal of the game for the Blue Bombers in the 68th minute on a Payton Barney assist.
Liz Leff made two saves in the championship victory for the Blue Bombers (11-4-2), picking up her ninth shutout of the season.
Shannon Olsen made 15 saves in the loss for the Knights, who ended the 2011 season with a record of 8-10-0.
Caitlyn LaPier and Megan Reynolds each scored two goals and tallied one assist as the Chazy Lady Eagles scored a 5-1 victory over the Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions for their seventh straight Section VII/Class D girls title.
“I think that it is just as sweet every time,” LaPier said. “They are great competition and a great program at ELCS. We look forward to playing them every time.”
“In every game have worked just as hard to get to this goal, and it feels great,” Reynolds said. “The team connected in so many different ways this year and we have a lot of connection.”
“Every year, our mission is to go back into the state tournament,” Eagles head coach Karin Sherman-Trombley said. “Elizabethtown always comes at us aggressive and hard and the defense has been remarkable.”
The Beekmantown Eagles, Saranac Chiefs and Seton Catholic Knights scored the Class B, C and D titles in boys cross country at the Cobble Hill Golf Course in Elizabethtown Nov. 4.
Dan Lennon of Peru, who has spent the season as one of the top two runners in the state, scored the individual victory with a time of 14.31, two seconds off the Cobble record.
Jeriqho Gadway of Plattsburgh High finished second, and was followed by Mitchell Ryan and Barrett Waling of Seton Catholic, Josh Wade of Saranac and the duo of Colin Quackenbush and Jordan West of Beekmantown.
Matt Simpson finished ninth overall for the Eagles and was followed by Indians Jared McLean and Kyler Agoney. Zach LePage of Saranac finished 12th, while Landon Gosselin of Northeastern Clinton finished 21st.
The Peru Indians, Saranac Chiefs and Seton Catholic Knights earned Section VII championships, while Margaret Champagne scored her second win in as many weeks against top competitors Emma Deshaies of Plattsburgh High and Ashley Leta of Peru.
Champagne crossed in a time of 18:23, four seconds ahead of Deshaies, who reversed her finishing position with Leta, who was 17 seconds behind the Hornet harrier.
Meghan Mazzella finished fourth for Peru and was followed by Nina Armstrong of Lake Placid, Phoebe Christopher of Seton, Cheyanne Dobozy and Maria Remillard of Peru, Maile Sapp of Beekmantown, Samantha Smith of Northeastern Clinton and Elena Beideck of Saranac Lake.
Gabby Armstrong of Lake Placid finished 12th, while Morgan Kelly of Saranac was 14th.
The Beekmantown volleyball team completed the Section VII season with a 25-15, 25-13, 25-20 against the Peru Indians Nov. 5.
Kendra LaFountain had 17 digs for the Eagles, while Molly Sorrell had four kills, with Shannon Ryan adding eight kills and three blocks and Kianna Archer tallying 22 assists.
Abby Higgins had 11 kills and 15 digs for the Indians, while Sam Banker had 12 assists.
The AuSable Valley Patriots avenged a pair of regular season losses to the Plattsburgh Hornets with a five game, 25-17, 25-17, 12-25, 14-25, 25-19, victory in the Class C championship game.
Noelle Miller had 10 kills for the Patriots, while Belle O'Toole had 12 digs and 17 assists, Jacquie Hoey had 24 digs and four aces, and Mirissa O'Neill had three aces and three kills.
Katie Cantwell had 16 kills for the Hornets, while Kianna Dragoon added 29 assists, Kadijah Brown eight kills, and Taylor Witkiewicz had five kills and three aces.
The Northern Adirondack Bobcats won the Class D volleyball title with a four game, 25-20, 25-23, 17-25, 26-24 victory over the Lake Placid Blue Bombers.
Nicole Durnin had 16 kills and 20 for the Bobcats, while Tessa King added 11 digs and seven kills, Ariel Filion had 16 digs and eight assists, Allison LaMountain seven kills and eight digs, Shonni Valasquez six kills and nine digs and Emma Trombley added 16 assists and six digs.
Olivia Dempsey had 15 assists for the Blue Bombers, while Francesca Pickett had 12 digs, Danielle Balestrini nine kills and 10 digs, Serina Hayes seven kills and 10 assists and Joanna Politi seven kills and seven digs.
The Plattsburgh High Hornets scored an impressive win in the Section VII swim championships in Clintonville Nov. 5, with host school AuSable Valley finishing second, Peru third and Moriah fourth.
In the relay events, the Hornets scored wins in the 200 medley 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle to sweep the events.
Sierra Cotrona opened the individual events with a win in the 200 freestyle, touching the wall in 2:04.64. Brin Keyser of PHS finished second, with Emily McCormick of AVCS finishing third.
Alexis Kelley of PHS scored a win in the 200 medley with a time of 2:26.42, while sister Brooke Kelley finished second and Mary Barkla of Peru finished third.
PHS swimmer Cara Sorenson touched the wall in 26.61 seconds to earn the 50-freestyle title, with Amanda Leonard of PHS finishing second and Alexis Provost of AVCS finishing third.
Alexis Kelley scored her second individual win in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:05.58, with Kelsey Primard finishing second.
Sorenson won the 100 freestyle in a time of 1:00.19, with Leonard finishing second and Facteau finishing third.
Cotrona added a second win in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:34.68, with Taylor Hall of PHS finishing second and Rebecca Brown of Peru finishing third.
Barkla scored her first win of the meet in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:09.81, followed by Hall.
Brooke Kelley scored a win in the 100 breaststroke, with Peru’s Amber Geddes finishing second and AuSable’s Sidney Murphy finishing third.