NCCC team claims Snowball Toss crown

SARANAC LAKE – A team from North Country Community College won the first-ever Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Mayor’s Snowball Toss Tournament Challenge Sunday.

Held in Riverside Park, the horseshoes-style event featured co-ed, two-person teams tossing snowballs toward targets and buckets 45-feet away. More than three dozen teams competed in the tournament.

A NCCC team consisting of college President Steve Tyrell and library purchasing coordinator Dianna Trummer captured first place in the government division, then went on to take the overall tournament title after defeating Craig and Kathy Norris, who had finished first in the open division.

Village Trustee Paul Van Cott and Harrietstown Councilwoman Nichole Meyette claimed second place in the government division, followed by Bob and Jan Brehl, who work at Paul Smith’s College and NCCC, respectively.

Roger Steinbrueck and Liz Murray took second place in the open division, and Jay Annis and Lisa Yanchitis finished third.

The tournament also featured a youth division, which was won by Kayla Dushane and Austin Ecret with Dushane making a snowball in the bucket twice. Winter Carnival Court members Vanessa Salamy and Nick Bayruns took second.

There was no charge to participate, but contributions to High Peaks Hospice were encourged. A total of $450 was raised.