‘Healthy rivalry’ at annual Snow Ball Toss

SARANAC LAKE – There was a lot of friendly competition and town-spirit Sunday afternoon at the second annual Winter Carnival Mayor’s Snow Ball Toss competition.

Sixty-two tossers gathered and divided into 31 teams at Riverside Park to vie for the title of Snow Ball Toss champion. Competitors took turns tossing snowballs into buckets for points, and teams with the most points moved on to the next round.

Tupper Lake resident Ron LaScala had high hopes for a victory in the Open Division of the tournament. LaScala and teammate Jason McClain were decked out in Tupper Lake’s colors – red and black, with warpaint, flannels and wool pants – to represent their town.

“The mayor of the capital of the Adirondack was gracious enough to invite me,” LaScala said. “You can’t deny an invitation like that from the coolest mayor in the Adirondacks, in the coolest location most days. Hopefully, we can bring home the win for Tupper Lake. There’s a good, healthy rivalry with us.”

LaScala’s team presented Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau with Ski Big Tupper hats and T-shirts, a peace offering before the competition.

“This is a great way to promote Tupper Lake,” LaScala said. “When your neighbors are doing well, you’re doing well. Tupper’s on the cusp of some great things, and I think if we build some good relationships with our neighbors we’ll be able to promote this area as a whole, as the Tri-Lakes. Everybody benefits.”

The Tupper Lake team scored the first bucket of the day but didn’t quite make the final round. That honor went to Open Division champions Steve Beaney and Harold Blanchard from Saranac Lake, who edged out Government Division Champions Harrietstown Supervisor Bob Bevilacqua and Deputy Supervisor Ron Keough to claim the crown.

Angus and Catt McPherson won the High School Division.

“We just showed up and wanted to play, and to donate some money,” Blanchard said. “This was a lot of fun. It’s a great event.”

The 2013 defending champions North Country Community College President Steven Tyrell and substitute Gregory Hoffman, in the Government Division, fell in the second round. Defending Open Division champions Craig and Kathy Norris fell short in the first round of play.

Proceeds from the Snow Ball Toss were donated to High Peaks Hospice.

Contact Shaun Kittle at 891-2600 ext. 25 or skittle@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.