Dillon Savage did not waste any time making an impact for the AuSable Valley Patriots varsity baseball team, turning on the first pitch he saw and hitting it over the left field fence in Au Sable Forks for a two-run homer. Savage opened the season 4-for-4 with two doubles, five RBIs and the long home run.
Girls track and field
Monday, April 15.... at Northern Adirondack, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17.... v. Moriah, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 19.... at Lake Placid, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 22.... v. Peru, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23.... at Saranac, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30.... at Plattsburgh High, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 2.... at Ticonderoga, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 4.... v. Beekmantown, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, May 7.... v. Northern Adirondack, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 10.... at Saranac Lake, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, May 13... at Moriah, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 14.... v. Northeastern Clinton, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 16.... v. Lake Placid, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, May 20.... v. Ticonderoga, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16.... v. Northern Adirondack, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 18.... at Moriah, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 20.... v. Lake Placid, 11 a.m.
Tuesday, April 23.... at Peru, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 25.... v. Saranac, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, April 29.... v. Plattsburgh High, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1.... v. Ticonderoga, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 3.... at Beekmantown, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, May 6.... at Northern Adirondack, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 8.... v. Saranac Lake, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, May 10.... v. Moriah, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, May 13.... at Northeastern Clinton, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15.... at Lake Placid, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 20.... at Ticonderoga, 4:30 p.m.
AVCS Track and Field
Saturday, April 20.... Division II Pre-Season at LPCS, 1 p.m.
Tuesday, April 30.... v. EKMW, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 2.... at Beekmantown, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 7.... at Lake Placid, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 9.... v. Saranac Lake, 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 14.... v. Seton Catholic, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 16.... at Northeastern Clinton, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, May 20.... at Ticonderoga, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 25.... Sectionals at PHS
Friday, May 31.... State qualifiers at AVCS
Wednesday, April 24.... v. Northern Adirondack
Friday, April 26.... at Peru
Monday, April 29.... v. Beekmantown
Wednesday, May 1.... v. Northeastern Clinton
Monday, May 6.... at Lake Placid
Monday, May 13.... v. Plattsburgh High
Wednesday, May 15.... v. Saranac
Monday, May 20.... at Seton Catholic
Tuesday, April 23.... v. Saranac
Thursday, April 25.... at Ticonderoga
Monday, April 29.... at Moriah
Friday, May 3.... v. Peru
Monday, May 6.... at Beekmantown
Wednesday, May 8.... v. Lake Placid
Friday, May 10.... at Seton Catholic
Monday, May 13.... v. Northeastern Clinton
Wednesday, May 15.... at Saranac Lake
Friday, May 17.... v. Plattsburgh High
Thursday, May 23.... Sectionals at Saranac Inn
Friday, May 24.... Sectionals at Saranac Inn
While the AuSable Valley girls varsity track and field team lost several athletes to graduation, it does return plenty of state-level experience in 2013.
“Athletes who graduated last year were Raychel Agoney, Caitlin Blaise, Megan Colby, Leann Cook, Sierra Cotrona, Amanda Hamilton, Emma Helfgott, Sami Loreman and Cassidy Tallman,” head coach Sean Ganter said. “Returning athletes include Ashlee Estes, Rachel Knapp and Haley Taylor. Knapp, a school record holder, leads the returnees and will be a big contributor in the sprints. Estes, returning from her state meet qualification in the high jump during the recently completed indoor track season, is versatile. She will compete in several events, including the sprints, hurdles, jumps and shot put. Taylor is also counted on to score in the sprints and jumps.”
Ganter said that there are several new members to the team, including Marissa Bickford, Rachel Ford, Noelle Miller, Emily Patenaude, Brianna Rock, Kate Gallagher and Amanda Smith.
“The newcomers are the key to the season,” he said. “Their development will go a long way toward our success. Ford and Smith should be solid performers in the distance events.”
Ganter said that despite having a roster of 10 athletes, he felt the team should be able to score points for team totals.
“The low numbers are hopefully counteracted by the versatility and athleticism displayed to date,” he said. “It will be a challenge to fill events in all meets. However, each athlete is open to trying new things and seeing where they can be most successful. Our main strengths should be in the jumps and sprints.”
Boys track and field
The AuSable Valley varsity boys track and field team will look to an experienced core of seniors to guide them through the 2013 season.
“Paul Ford will be the featured leaper and hurdler,” head coach Heith Ford said. “Garth Benway and Elijah Fitzgerald will lead the throws. Not only will Jacob Montefusco strengthen the sprints, but also former thrower Michael Thompson joins in. Hard working seniors Mark Chauvin, Hank McCormick and Eli Blaise will hold down the middle distance. Alexander Connor and sophomore Brandon Ruocco will cover distance. Senior Austin Depo will contribute to the throws as well as sprints and jumps.”
Team members also include juniors Elias Smith and Josh Ducharme; and sophomores Michael Bussiere, Justin Cook, Jacob Ashline, Cody Furnia and Elijah Christian
The AuSable Valley Patriots will field a full tennis squad in 2013, said head coach Jay Hamilton, including the return of a boys team.
Members of the boys team include seniors Paul Ford, Nate Casey and Noah Lawrence; freshmen Connor Courson and Joshua Lucia; along with eighth graders Sky Hanf and Warren Daniels.
“The girls are back with returning senior Michaela Courson as well as a returning sophomore and several athletic freshmen,” Hamilton said.
The girls roster includes Courson along with sophomore Emily Kilburn; freshmen Katherine McDonald, Ashley Guynup, Brittany Smith, Madison Hall, Alexis Willett, Alyssa Hart, Hannah Lawrence, Emily McDonald and Rachel Durrand; eighth graders Angela Weller and Ashley Martin; and seventh graders Hannah Rondeau and Lillian Wilson.
The AuSable Valley Patriots varsity golf team said goodbye to Jaqueline Hoey and former Section VII Champion John Hickey after the 2012 season and will look for new faces to lead the squad in 2013.
“We are a young team with only one senior but return golfers who are capable of continuing that success,” coach Chris Dubay said. Returning players who started at least one match last year are Ridge Perkett, Ian Rennie, Riley Taylor, and Nate Devins. Returning players competing for a starting spot include Lucas Finnegan, Noah Martineau, and Chris Hickey. Newcomers competing for a place in the top six are Kyle Hart and Jocelyn Racette.”
Dubay said that the team enjoys the game and has worked throughout the year to get better.
“They started working on their game as soon as the season ended last year,” he said. “The team may not be able to compete with front runners Peru and Saranac Lake, who should be the top teams, but they will try to improve on last year’s record and hope to be playing their best golf come sectionals.”
Perkett is the lone senior on a team that has no juniors on the roster. Sophomores include Rennie, Taylor, Racette, Dillon Drolette, Elijah Christian, Alex Defayette and Chasm Perkett. Freshmen include Devins, Martineau, Finnegan, Hickey, Elijah Bushey, Cole Baer, Harrison Blaise, Alex Knapp, Chase Carter and Kyle Hart. Eighth graders include Edwin Hetfield and James Winch, while seventh graders Austin Slater and Ryan Thomas round out the roster.
While the AuSable Valley Lady Patriots varsity softball team will field several underclassmen, they hope to be where they have been all season when it comes to Class C — in the hunt for a sectional title.
“If we are going to contend for the class C title, we will need our juniors to step up,” head coach Marty Snow said. “Pitching will be one of our strong points as we return Madison Rondeau to the mound. She is one of the fastest pitchers in the league. Catching her will be either Kendra Niemann or Priscilla Coates. We return two of our top hitters and fielders in (first baseman) Logan Snow and (shortstop) Miranda Sheffer.”
Snow also said that there are plenty of jobs to be won on the team.
“Competing for second and third base positions are Alyssa Baughn, Tiffany Evens, Nichole Pulsifer and Marissa Prentiss,” he said. “Outfield will be led by Sumra Sikandar in center with Mirassa and Miranda O’Neill, Lindsay Christian, Haley Sprague, Bryce Douglass and Deanna Dashnaw competing for starting positions. I feel confident putting anyone on our team in a starting position as we have a very talented group of players.”
Sikandar, Prentiss and Dashnaw are the three seniors on the team, which also has a trio of sophomores in Rondeau, Niemann and Coates. Juniors include Mirassa and Miranda O’Neill, Snow, Sheffer, Evens, Baughn, Christian, Douglass, Pulsifer and Sprague.
The AuSable Valley varsity baseball team takes to the field in 2013 looking to be near the top of the Class C picture by the end of the season.
“I feel we will be competitive,” head coach Randy Douglas said. “We have went through a rebuilding process the last couple of years. I do feel this group has a lot of potential and there is quite a bit of athletic ability on his roster. Ticonderoga has been very dominant over the last several years, but hopefully we can give them and NAC some tough competition.”
The Patriots return seniors John LaDieu, Dustin Miller and Kodie Simpson to the field along with juniors Shane Douglas and Dillon Savage.
Newcomers to the team include juniors Nick McDonald, Mike McDonald, Austin Facteau, Kyle Coolidge, Connor Kennedy, Roger Preston, Jimmy Provost, Brandon Nolan, Reilly Peck and John Goodnough, along with sophomore Sultan Sikandar.
“We are relying heavily on our returning five players for success,” Douglas said. “We also have a lot of depth in our pitching department.”