ELMIRA — Section VII runners had a strong meet at the NYSPHSAA cross country championships Nov. 10.
Overall, the Ticonderoga boys team placed fifth in the state for Class D, with the Seton Catholic girls team placing sixth among Class D. Both Section VII/Class D contingents also placed sixth.
In Class B, Ashley Leta of Peru finished 55th overall with a time of 19:52 in the girls race, while Kyler Agoney was 91st overall with a time of 17:44 in the boys race.
In Class C, Jeriqho Gadway, the Section VII champion form Plattsburgh High, finished 24th with a time of 16:54. Beekmantown’s Colin Quackenbush finished 37th at 17:10, while Josh Wade finished 45th with a time of 17:21. Elena Beideck was the top finisher in Class C for the girls, as the Saranac Lake runner posted a time of 21:18.
In Class D, Mitchell Ryan of Seton Catholic ran the course in 16:53 for a ninth place finish, while teammate Evan Page was 14th with a time of 17:05.
Section VII champion Margaret Champagne finished seventh for Seton Catholic in the Class D girls race with a time of 19:40, while Nina Armstrong crossed the line in 30th place with a time of 20:36. Melissa Whyman finished 38th in a time of 20:57 and Gabby Armstrong finished 48th with a time of 21:19.
In a rough weekend for Section VII girls soccer, the tightest contest was held in Class D, where the Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions looked to advance past Section X champ Chateaugay and into the state final four.
The Lions came out and played their style of defensive-oriented soccer throughout the first 80 minutes, entering overtime tied 0-0 against the Lady Bulldogs.
In the fourth minute of overtime, Hannah Cook was able to control the ball for the Bulldogs, rushing to the left side of the penalty box and firing a low-angle skipper into the Lions net, the lone goal in a 1-0 defeat.
“We were hoping to get through the first 10 minutes of overtime tied,” Lions head coach Steve Denton said. “We were able to make a couple of runs, but they were able to capitalize on once chance and we weren’t.”
The Lions best chance came late in the second half, when the Lions powerful counter attack got the ball to the foot of Emily Morris, who fired a shot into the upper right portion of the Chateaugay net. Bulldog keeper Makayla Fleury made a jumping save, pushing the ball over the crossbar to keep the game scoreless.
In Class C, the AuSable Valley Lady Patriots were on the wrong end of the scoresheet and whistle, giving up four goals in the second half and having two called back by the officials in falling, 4-0, to Hoosick Falls. Bryce Douglass made 11 saves in the loss.
The Plattsburgh Lady Hornets also found it hard to break into the scoring column, as Schalmont scored three goals in the second half to defeat PHS, 3-0. Karlie Neal made seven saves for the Hornets.
Three Section VII football teams had the goal of making it to the final four in Kingston this weekend, but their Section II foes were not going to let that happen.
In Class C, the Red Storm hosted another perennial power, Hoosick Falls, on the turf at AuSable Valley High School Nov. 10, where they scored the first points of the game in the second quarter when Matt Phelan scored on the ground from one yard out to give his team a 6-0 lead but eventually fell 20-12.
In Class B, Glens Falls scored first and outlasted the Peru Indians, finishing with a 36-20 edge on the scoreboard.
Zane Bazzano got the Indians on the board in the first quarter with an eight-yard touchdown run, but the Indians were unable to tie the game on a two-point conversion.
Glens Falls scored the next 14 points before Tim Remillard scored from 24 yards out and Mackenzie LaRocque added a two-point conversion, cutting the lead to 22-14.
Remillard scored the final touchdown of the season for the Indians on a three-yard run to counter a Glens Falls, who scored the final points of the game.