Willsboro's Dakota Latford clears a Chazy opportunity.
The second season is here.
Local high school football and soccer teams will start their quests for a Section VII title and state glory this week with a full slate of sectional football and soccer games.
Class B Football
In the Class B playoffs, the Peru Indians enter the playoffs after finishing the regular season 8-0, and will host fourth-seeded Gouverneur (1-6) on Saturday, Oct. 29.
The Indians are led by quarterback Jordan Rock, who threw for 1,026 yards and 15 touchdowns in the regular season. Alex Cederstrom has rushed for 531 yards and eight touchdowns on the season, while Shawn Hendrix nearly doubled his rushing total in the final regular season game against AuSable Valley, finishing with 395 yards. Zane Bazzano hauled in 403 yards receiving.
The second-seeded Beekmantown Eagles (6-2) will match up against the third seed Saranac Chiefs (6-2) in the other semifinal.
The Eagles are led by quarterback Carter Frechette, who has passed for 1,280 yards and 19 touchdowns while running for 685 yards and nine touchdowns. Luke Weaver was on the receiving end of 745 yards of passes and 13 touchdowns.
The Chiefs are also led by a dual-threat quarterback, as Ben Weightman passed for 1,342 yards and 20 touchdowns while running for 445 yards and seven touchdowns. Running back Matt McCasland has come on in the past few weeks, rushing for 580 yards and six touchdowns. Receiver Ryan St. Clair finished with 564 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
The winners of the two Class B games will play at the site of the higher seed next week for the Class B championship.
Class C Football
In Class C, top-seeded Saranac Lake (6-1) will host fourth seed Canton (0-8) on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Red Storm is led by junior quarterback Matt Phelan, who threw for 1,029 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 664 yards and 10 touchdowns. Receiver Michael Burpoe had 390 yards and six touchdowns.
On the other side of the bracket, the AuSable Valley Patriots (2-5) are the second seed and will host third-seeded Ogdensburg (4-3) on Friday, Oct. 28.
Austin House has 706 total yards from scrimmage while Dillon Savage has 394 yards rushing.
The winners will play at the site of the highest remaining seed the following week for the Class C title.
Class D Football
Class D will only have one game on the opening weekend, as the Moriah Vikings (1-7) will travel to play the Tupper Lake Lumberjacks (5-3) on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m., with the winner traveling to play top seed Ticonderoga (4-4) the following week.
The Lumberjacks are led by the dual running attack of Jordan Garrow and Tim Ropas, with Ropas rushing for 651 yards and 11 touchdowns while Garrow rushed for 631 yards and seven touchdowns. Morgan Stevens finished with 594 yards passing and seven touchdowns.
Boys Class B soccer
The Class B top-seeded Plattsburgh High Hornets (14-0-1, 10-0-1) will look to keep their unbeaten ways going, but will do so with an opening round bye Thursday, Oct. 27. Ethan Votraw lead the Hornets with 15 goals and seven assists, while David Carpenter added 14 goals.
The Northeastern Clinton Cougars (11-1-2, 9-1-2) are the second-seed in Class B, and will host seventh-seed AuSable Valley (0-14-0, 0-12-0) Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. Kyle McCarthy leads the Cougars with 14 goals on the season, while Kyle Sprague has scored in the last two games for the Patriots.
Third-seeded Beekmantown (9-5-0, 8-4-0) will play host to sixth-seed Saranac Lake (2-10-0) at 3 p.m. on the 27th, led by Austin Burl (8 goals, 4 assists) and Adam Goldfarb (9 goals, 1 assist).
The fourth-seeded Peru Indians (7-7-1, 5-6-1) will round out the Class B opening round with a 3 p.m. start time against the fifth seed Saranac Chiefs (6-8-2, 4-6-2). Ian Spear has 12 goals and three assists for the Indians, while Kolby Keysor has scored 13 goals and tallied three assists for the Chiefs.
The Plattsburgh High Hornets will play the winner of the Saranac v. Peru game in Chazy on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m., and will be followed by the game between the winners of the NCCS v. AVCS and Saranac Lake v. Beekmantown games at 7 p.m.
The Class B championship will be held on Friday, Nov. 4 in Chazy at 7 p.m.
Boys Class C soccer
The Northern Adirondack Bobcats finished fourth in Division II of the Northern Soccer League, but earned the top seed in the Class C playoffs with an overall record of 6-8-0 and a divisional record of 5-7-0.
The Bobcats were led by David Miller’s eight goals, while Justin Kellett has six goals and three assists and Nolan Ferguson had five goals and six assists.
In the lone semifinal game, the second-seeded Lake Placid Blue Bombers (4-8-0) will host the Seton Catholic Knights (3-11-0, 3-9-0) on Thursday, Oct. 27, at the AuSable Valley soccer field at 6 p.m.
Haile Thompson and Eddie Kane have scored key goals for the Blue Bombers throughout the season, as they will look to contain the Knights Adam Tedford, who has scored 14 goals on the season.
Northern Adirondack will play the winner of the Oct. 27 game in the Section VII/Class C championship game Thursday, Nov. 3, at AuSable Valley with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Boys Class D soccer
The Willsboro Warriors grappled the top seed in Class D away from perennial power Chazy, but may have to disprove the theory that the toughest thing to do in sports is to beat a good team three times in order to capture the Section VII/Class D crown.
The Warriors (12-2-2, 10-2-2), who are led by region-leading scorer Clay Sherman (24 goals, 1 assist) and setup man Jeff Bigelow (4 goals, 13 assists) will receive a bye in the opening round of the playoffs, while the second-seeded Eagles (13-3-0, 10-2-0) will play host to the seventh-seeded Westport Eagles (0-12-0) on Friday, Oct. 28 at 5:30 p.m., who they have outscored 21-0 in their two Division II meetings. Chazy is led by Brandon Laurin’s 20 goals and seven assists, while Jordan Barriere has 11 assists to go with seven goals. Westport is led by senior Cooper Sayward, who has recorded three goals, while senior goalie Ethan Markwica has been called on to make over 100 saves in net for the Eagles.
The Elizabethtown-Lewis Lions hope to spoil a potential three-match between the Warriors and Eagles, as the third seed (10-3-2, 8-2-2) will look to get past sixth-seeded Wells at home Oct. 28 at 3 p.m. The Lions will be led by Hunter Mowery’s 14 goals and 11 assists, while Brody Hooper and Connor Apthorp have each tallied 10 goals for the Lions and senior goalie Brock Marvin has recorded five shutouts while making 73 saves and giving up 11 goals.
The final first-round matchup is between a pair of Division III teams, as the Minerva/Newcomb Mountaineers will travel to face Schroon Lake Oct. 28 at 3 p.m.
The winners of the opening round games will play at the site of the highest remaining seed on Wednesday, Nov. 2, while the two remaining teams will play for the Section VII/Class D championship on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at Plattsburgh High.
Girls Class B soccer
The opening round begins with the AuSable Valley Lady Patriots, seeded third (11-4-1, 7-4-1) will host the sixth seeded Northeastern Clinton Lady Cougars (3-8-1) on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m.
The Patriots are led by the nine goal, three assist regular season performance of Cammey Keyser, along with seven goals and two assists from Amanda Hamilton and Megan Colby’s seven goals and four assists. Mallory Honan has 13 goals and two assists for the Cougars.
On Wednesday, Oct. 26, the opening round continues, but without the Beekmantown Lady Eagles, who received a first round bye as the top seed in the tournament (11-0-1). The Eagles are led by Kallie Villemaire’s 17 goals and nine assists, while Jess Huber has added 15 goals and seven assists.
The second-seeded Plattsburgh High Lady Hornets (8-6-1, 7-4-1) will play host to the seventh-seeded Saranac Lake Lady Red Storm (1-11-0) with a 5:30 p.m. start time. Marle Curle leads the Hornets with six goals and four assists, while Madison Trombley has added four tallies in the goals and assists columns. The Lady Red Storm are led by goalie Regan Kieffer.
The fourth seed Saranac Lady Chiefs (10-5-1, 6-5-1) will host the fifth seed Peru Lady Indians (6-7-1, 4-7-1) at 5:30 p.m. The Chiefs are led by the region’s leading scorer, Ellen Thew, who has combined 24 goals with five assists in the regular season. Amelia Jenks has recorded three goals and eight assists for the Chiefs, while Lindsey Bushey and Ashley Carpenter have each scored nine goals for the Indians, with Carpenter tallying six assists and Bushey five.
The quarterfinal winners will meet on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Chazy, with the Beekmantown game starting at 1 p.m. and the second semifinal starting at 3 p.m. The winners in the semifinal round will return to Chazy on Friday, Nov. 4, to play the Section VII/Class B title game at 5 p.m.
Girls Class C soccer
The Section VII/Class C semifinal games will take place at AuSable Valley High School Wednesday, Oct. 26, with the top seed Lake Placid Lady Blue Bombers (9-4-2, 9-3-2) playing the Moriah Lady Vikings (4-8-3 after an opening round win against Ticonderoga Oct. 23) at 5 p.m. Kendra Manning and Ayla Thompson have sparked the Blue Bombers offense of late, while Liz Leff has been a stabilizing presence in goal.
The 7 p.m. game will pit the second-seeded Seton Catholic Lady Knights (7-9-0, 7-7-0) against the third-seeded Northern Adirondack Lady Bobcats (5-7-2).
Peyton Falb had 14 goals and three assists for the Knights, while Paige Spittler had 11 goals and five assists and Madison Murnane recorded 10 assists. The Bobcats were led by midfielder Rachael Venne.
The winners in the semifinal games will play on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. at AuSable Valley.
Girls Class D soccer
The Chazy Lady Eagles are the top seed in Class D (15-1-0, 14-0-0), and will host the Willsboro Warriors in the opening round of the playoffs on Thursday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m.
The Eagles are led by the balanced style of Caitlyn LaPier, who has scored 13 goals and set up 20 more this season. Hannah Laurin scored 11 goals and four assists and Kirsten Doran scored nine goals and recorded six assists. The Warriors are led by the trio of Kyli Swires, Hannah Bruno and Serene Holland.
The Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions earned the second seed (10-6-0, 9-5-0) and will face the seventh seed Indian Lake/Long Lake Lady Orange at 3 p.m. Oct. 27. The Lions are led by the 11 goal, four assist season of Kylee Cassavaugh and the six goal, nine assist season of Emily Morris.
The Division III champion Westport Lady Eagles (10-2-0) are the three seed, as they will face the Keene Lady Beavers (5-9-1, 5-6-1) for the third time in 2011 at 3 p.m. Oct. 27, with the teams both winning on each other’s field.
Delany Sears has scored eight goals for the Eagles, while Emily Rascoe has scored six goals and Allison Sherman has three goals to go with six assists. Emma Gothner has eight goals and three assists for the Beavers, while Sadie Holbrook had three goals and seven assists.
The quarterfinal winners will meet in the semifinals on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the site of the higher seed, while those winners will meet at Plattsburgh High School on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m.
The Section VII cross country championships will be held on Friday, Nov. 4 at 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 pm. the Cobble Hill Golf Course in Elizabethtown.
The CVAC championships in cross country are set for this Friday, Oct. 28, at Northeastern Clinton Central School.
As the regular season winds down with the Beekmantown Lady Eagles riding an undefeated season, the sectionals will start with play on either Oct. 31 or Nov. 1, with the championship games scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5.
The Section VII girls swim meet is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Plattsburgh State Memorial Hall.
Beekmantown, Leonard earn sectional titles
BEEKMANTOWN — Alyssa Leonard and her Beekmantown teammates celebrated on the team and individual accomplishments they achieved at the Section VII gymnastics championships Oct. 22.
The Eagles scored their third straight team sectional title, beating runner-up Peru by a score of 159.575 - 148.675. Third place Plattsburgh High finished with 144.025 points.
For Leonard, wins in the beam with a 9.25 score and a meet-high floor exercise score of 9.4 helped her to capture the all-around title, beating out Plattsburgh High’s Dalen Keswick by 2.325 points, 35.325 - 33.0.
Keswick scored wins in the other two events, with a score of 8.7 in the vault and 8.85 on the bars.
Leonard and Keswick received all-around invitations to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association state gymnastics championships at Shaker High School in February, along with Molly Lawliss of Peru, who finished in third place in the all-around with a score of 31.75.
Leonard placed behind Keswick in the vault and bars, while Keswick finished fourth in the floor exercise. Lawliss was 10th in the vault, fifth on the bars, seventh on the beam and second in the floor exercise.
Lydia Gricoski of Beekmantown was able to qualify for the states in three events, including the vault, bars and beam. Erica Leonard qualified for the beam while earning the role of alternate in the vault. Olivia Pizarro made the state team in the floor exercise while names as an alternate on the beam for Beekmantown as well, while Brielle Cerne qualified on the bars and Alison Trudo earned a spot in the vault and was named as the alternate for the floor exercise.
For Peru, Lexi Trombley earned a spot on the state team on the bars, while Mason Fortin will represent Section VII on the beam and Alexandra Brown and Kierah Lagrave will participate in the floor exercise.
For Plattsburgh, Kagan Trombley will represent Section VII in the vault, while Hannah Kaltenbach will be an alternate on the bars.