Chiefs roll past Red Storm softball

SARANAC LAKE – In an early-season matchup between two unbeaten teams, the day belonged to visiting Saranac on Saturday as the Chiefs rolled to a 13-3 victory over Saranac Lake in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference softball.

The Chiefs grabbed a 2-0 edge in the top of the first inning and then sent six runners across the plate in the third to take control. Saranac added single runs in the fouth and sixth innings to lead 9-0 before the Red Storm finally got on the board with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Saranac scored four more runs in its final at-bat.

Kourtnie Campbell went the distance to earn the pitching win and also had a 4-for-4 effort at the plate. She notched the only extra-base hit of the game with a double.

Jen McGuiork paced Saranac Lake with two singles and Nicole Viscardo batted in two runs for Saranac Lake, which dropped to 2-1.

Viscardo started the game at pitcher for Saranac Lake and was replaced by Brittany Tschirhart in the fourth inning.


LAKE PLACID – The Lake Placid girls track and field team opened the season on a good note Saturday, outscoring its four opponents to take first place in a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Division II Invitational at the North Elba Show Grounds.

The Blue Bombers girls racked up 107 team points, followed by EKMW with 87 points, Seton Catholic with 47, AuSable Valley with 47 and Ticonderoga with 31.

Ticonderoga was the top boys team with 106 points. AuSable Valley was second with 81, followed by EKMW with 68, Seton Catholic with 61 and Lake Placid with 17.

Gabby Armstrong, Nina Armstrong and Esther Munoz each won individual events for Lake Placid. Gabby Armstrong won the 1,500-meter race in 5:59.4, while her sister Nina was the top runner in the 800 after crossing the line in 2:49.3.

Gabby Armstrong was also part of the winning 400 and 3,200-meter relays. She was joined by Rachael Ashley, Sage Miller and her sister in the 3,200 relay team that finished in 11:36.1. Ashley, Jilly Goulette and Kendra Manning joined her to finish the 400 relay in 59.1 seconds.

Munoz was the top girls discus thrower after a 57-feet-1 1/4 hurl. Teammate Lauren Rossi was second (51-10 3/4) and Tatiana Kobe of Lake Placid was third with a 48-8.

Munoz also finished second in the shot put with a throw of 22-4. Haley Taylor of AuSable Valley won the event with a 23-3 1/2.

The Lake Placid boys’ 3,200 relay team of Forest Ledger, Stuart Baird, Curtis Rissberber and Corey Detwiler took fifth place in 10:32. Seton Catholic won the event in 9:31.5.


Canton 15, Saranac Lake 3

CANTON – Two days after posting its first win of the season, Saranac Lake fell on the road Saturday in a 15-3 setback to the Canton Golden Bears.

Canton improved to 4-1 and got balanced scoring in the victory, as Payton Vanbibber, Cody Moore, Jake Facey, Gage Emerson, Brandon Rodee and Josh Pierson each notched a pair of goals.

Senior Seth Pickreign kept his scoring streak alive for Saranac Lake with a two-goal performance.

The Red Storm dropped to 1-4 with the setback.


Saranac Lake 13, Heuvelton 11

SARANAC LAKE – The Saranac Lake girls lacrosse team won for the first time this season, topping Heuvelton 13-11 Friday on home turf at Schroeter’s Field.

Seniors Kylie Sapone and Kaliegh Woodruff had big games to pace the Red Storm. Sapone netted a game-high six goals and Woodruff added three goals and three assists.

Rita Munn, a junior, scored a pair of goals for the winners, Laura Stanton scored once and chipped in a pair of assists, Kennedy Snyder had a goal and an assist and Alivia Sapone and Marissa McDonough notched an assist each.

Sophomore Sheila Decker made 15 saves in nets for the Red Storm to earn the win.

Saranac Lake evened its mark at 1-1 with the win.


Saranac 4, Saranac Lake 2

SARANAC – The Saranac Lake baseball team scored twice in the top of the sixth inning but were unable to get any closer as Saranac Central secured a 4-2 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference victory Friday.

It was the 100th career win for Saranac coach Frank Trudeau.

Trent Fitzgerald and Bradley Shumway accounted for the Red Storm runs in the sixth inning. They both reached on a single.

The Chiefs scored single runs in each of the first two innings, then scored two more in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead.

Grant Strack went the distance for the Red Storm on the mound, allowing just six hits.

Nate Stanton earned the win for Saranac after allowing five hits over the course of the game. Tanner Rascoe was the only player to record two hits.


Lake Placid 12, AuSable Valley 10

CLINTONVILLE – The Lake Placid softball team took advantage of eight AuSable Valley errors Friday to capture a 12-10 victory.

The Patriots took a 9-8 lead going into the top of the sixth inning, but the Blue Bombers responded with a run in the sixth and three more in the seventh to take control.

Serina Hayes doubled, tripled and earned the pitching victory for the Blue Bombers.

Kendra Niemann had two singles and a double to lead the way for AuSable Valley.