Alyssa Leonard of Beekmantown captured her second straight Section VII all-around championship as the Eagles also won the team championship Oct. 20.
The Beekmantown Eagles and Peru Indians were on the razor’s edge all season when it came down to the final score, with both teams earning two wins against the other.
It was the final win, claimed by the Eagles, though, that was the biggest.
Beekmantown scored 154.25 points in the Section VII gymnastics championship meet in Peru Oct. 20, edging the host Indians, who totaled 148.025 points with Plattsburgh High finishing third with 136.45 points.
The Eagles were led by Alyssa Leonard, who scored her second straight all-around sectional championship. She scored the win on the balance beam with a score of 9.45, while finishing second in the vault (7.925), bars (8.275) and floor exercise (9.325).
Plattsburgh High standout Dalen Keswick finished two-plus points behind Leonard for the all-around title, scoring wins on the vault (8.65), bars (8.35) and floor exercise (9.35). On the beam, Keswick struggled, scoring a 6.55 which proved to be the difference in the final contest between the top two gymnasts in the section.
Lexi Trombley was the top finisher for the Indians, placing third in the all around competition with a combined score of 31.00. She scored an 8.35 in the floor exercise while placing sixth on the beam, fifth on the vault and fourth on the bars.
Fourth place in the all around went to Brielle Cerne, who finished with 30.625 points, placing third on bars and fourth on beam.
Alexandra Brown placed fifth for the Indians in the all around, bars and floor. Erica Leonard and Kailey Quackenbush of Beekmantown tied for sit, with both tying for second on beam.
For the Hornets, Josh Boise tied for third on the vault with teammate Karsyn O’Donnell with a score of 7.85. Both qualified for the state meet, while O’Donnell added a sixth place finish on floor exercise.
Molly Lawliss, who finished with a third place finish on floor exercise for the Indians, is an alternate for states.
As the first Section VII hardware was handed out Oct. 20, three more titles will be contested this weekend with the Class B, C and D football championship games.
The Class D title game has Moriah traveling to Ticonderoga Oct. 26, with the winner facing off against Section X/Class D champion Tupper Lake the following week.
The Class C championship game features the lone unbeaten in Section VII, as the Saranac Lake Red Storm will host the AuSable Valley Patriots Oct. 27.
The Red Storm, coming off a 41-16 crossover win against Moriah, will be led by the balanced attack of senior quarterback Matt Phelan, who has thrown for 1,198 yards and 15 touchdowns while running for 503 yards and 12 scores. Seth Pickreign has added 325 yards and four scores for the Red Storm, with Kevin Morgan hauling in 25 catches for 576 yards and 23 touchdowns. Mike Burpoe has added 370 receiving yards.
The Patriots, facing an already tough task after falling to the Red Storm earlier in the season, will be without the services of junior running back Dillon Savage, who is out for the remainder of the season with an ankle injury. Savage had rushed for 620 yards before the injury, which took place in the team’s crossover game against Ticonderoga Oct. 19.
Kodie Simpson has thrown for 481 yards throughout the season, connecting on one touchdown pass to Ridge Perkett, who has 151 receiving yards.
The Class B title game will also be a rematch of the 2011 game, as Beekmantown will travel to the Apple Bowl to face Peru Oct. 27.
Peru was impressive in a 70-0 defeat of Plattsburgh High in the opening round of the Class B playoffs, while Beekmantown scored a 42-6 win over the Saranac Chiefs.
The Indians, whose only loss came in the opening game of the season against Saranac Lake, are led by quarterback Blake Altizer, who led the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference with 1,217 passing yards and 23 touchdowns. Zane Bazzano, Altizer’s top target, caught 17 balls for 344 yards. Bazzano also led the league in scoring with 13 touchdowns. Bret Boyer added 257 receiving yards, while Tim Remillard led the rushing attack with 589 yards and seven scores.
For the Eagles, Zachary Myers has thrown for 518 yards and 10 touchdowns, with Quenton Barber hauling in 237 yards and two touchdowns and Haydin Fountain has 217 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches. The Eagles also have a trio of rushers, led by Dustin Pickering (416 yards, two TD), Devin Fessette (377 yards, 4 TD) and Michael Guerin (195 yards, 2 TD).
The Section VII boys and girls soccer tournaments begin this week, with championship play starting Thursday, Nov. 1 and running through Saturday, Nov. 3.
The Northeastern Clinton boys received the top seed with a 14-0-0 record. They were followed by Peru (10-3-1), defending sectional champion Beekmantown (10-3-2), Saranac (6-6-2), Plattsburgh High (3-10-2) and Saranac Lake (1-9-1). The semifinal round will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, in Chazy, with NCCS playing the winner of the opening round game between PHS and Saranac at 5 p.m. and Peru facing the winner of the Beekmantown-Saranac Lake quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Those winners will play for the championship at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, also at Chazy.
In the girls draw, Beekmantown enters as the top seed with a record of 12-0-2. Northeastern Clinton in the second seed at 12-2-1, followed by Saranac (10-5-1), Plattsburgh High (9-4-2), Saranac Lake (2-12-0) and Peru (3-11-0).
The semifinal round will be held in Chazy Oct. 26, with Beekmantown facing Plattsburgh High, who scored a 4-1 win over Saranac Lake in the quarterfinal round as Marle Curle scored two goals and Brooke Knight and Alexis Lamora scored one. The game will be at 5 p.m., followed by Northeastern Clinton against Saranac at 7 p.m. The Chiefs scored a 3-2 win over Peru, with Amelia Jenks, Sara LoTemplio and Summer Gillespie scoring for the Chiefs, while Ashley Carpenter and Nicole Breton scored for Peru. The girls championship game will start at 5 p.m. Nov. 2, also at Chazy.
The Lake Placid Blue Bombers earned the top seed in their class with a 9-7-0 regular season and open with a semifinal matchup against the AuSable Valley Patriots (2-11-0) at Plattsburgh High School Friday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m.
In the other semifinal, third-seeded Seton Catholic (4-10-1) will face second seed Northern Adirondack (6-5-0) at 7 p.m. The winners of the two games will face off in the championship game at PHS Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m.
The Lady Blue Bombers also received the top seed in the Class C girls soccer playoffs, as they finished the regular season with a 12-3-1 record. The Blue Bombers will play the winner of the lone quarterfinal game between fifth seed Seton Catholic (5-10-1) and fourth seed Northern Adirondack (6-9-1) at Plattsburgh High on Saturday, Oct. 27, with a time yet to be determined.
The other semifinal will include third seed AuSable Valley, who compiled a 2-11-0 record in Division I, against second seed Ticonderoga (7-6-1) at 5 p.m. The winners will play at Plattsburgh High Nov. 1, at 5 p.m.
The Chazy Eagles, unbeaten in the regular season (15-0-1) and the top-ranked team in the state in Class D, will start their run back to a state title game Oct. 26 with a quarterfinal match against either Johnsburg or Keene (5-10-1). Third seed Elizabethtown-Lewis (9-3-2) will face sixth seed Willsboro (4-11-0) in another semifinal, while Westport (0-11-1) will have to earn its first win in two years against Wells in a preliminary round game in order to advance to face second seed Minerva/Newcomb.
Semifinal games will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the home field of the highest remaining seed on each side of the bracket, while the sectional championship will be held Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.
The girls Class D playoffs start the same way at the top, with state top-ranked team Chazy (14-2-0) looking to make a run to its third straight state title. The Eagles will receive a bye into the semifinal round.
Quarterfinals open Oct. 25 with seventh seed Willsboro (1-12-2) traveling to Indian Lake/Long Lake; sixth seed Keene (6-4-0) playing at third seed Elizabethtown-Lewis (9-6-1) and Minerva/Newcomb traveling to Moriah, with the winner facing Chazy at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, in Chazy.
The other semifinal will be held at the site of the highest remaining seed on the same day, with the championship game kicking off at 5 p.m. Nov. 3.
The championship season starts in cross country this weekend with the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference championship races in Saranac Saturday, Oct. 27. That meet will be followed by the Section VII championship meets, held at Cobble Hill Golf Course in Elizabethtown on Friday, Nov. 2.
The opening weekend of November will be busy, as sectional titles will also be determined in swimming and volleyball Nov. 3.