Locals do well in ESWG
By The Enterprise Staff
Lake Placid’s Scott Schulz won his fourth medal of the Empire State Winter Games Sunday, taking first place in the 5-kilometer classic cross-country ski race at Mount Van Hoevenberg. Schulz was competing in the under-16 category and finished with a time of 19:01.
Bryce Hartman of Saranac Lake took first in the under-16 category with a time of 18:47. David Benson of Clifton Park came in second and Henry McGrew of Lake Placid took third.
Schulz was followed by Jesse Izzo of Lake Placid and Patrick Riedinger of Bakers Mills.
Nina Armstrong of Lake Placid took first place in the girls under-18 category with a time of 29:52. She was followed by Anna Izzo of Lake Placid and Caroline Dodd of Saranac Lake.
Schulz also won the 5k freestyle cross-country ski race Saturday at Mount Van Hoevenberg. He earned a gold medal in the 2.5K freestyle cross-country race and a silver medal in ski jumping.
With a time of 20 minutes and 26 seconds, Schulz was the overall winner and won the Under 14 division. Izzo took second overall and in the U14 category with 22:49. Seamus Tomb from North Creek was seventh overall and earned third in the Under 14 group at 24:00.
In the women’s competition, Jackie Garso of Lake Clear took first place in the U16 division with a time of 25:06. Garso was followed by Emily Cromie of Gloversville in 27:21.
Maggie Borgos of Queensbury took first in U14.
Owen Putman of Round Lake took first in the men’s U16 division and third place overall behind Schulz and Izzo with a 23:18. He was followed by David Benson from Crown Point, who finished in 23:46, and Antonino Manzella of Queensbury in 23:50.
Armstrong wins freestyle race
Armstrong and Matthew Forshey of Scotia were the top finishers in the 2.5-kilometer freestyle cross country ski competition Friday night at Dewey Mountain in Saranac Lake.
Seventeen women and 42 men completed the course.
Forshey led the men with a 7:46 to win the Under-18 (ages 16-17) division and edge Under-16 winner Owen Putnam of Round Lake’s time of 7:57 by 11 seconds. Scott Schulz of Lake Placid, the Under-14 (ages 12-13) winner was third with a time of 8:00.
Armstrong had the fastest time in the women’s race, 9:04, to edge Sarah Duclos of Clifton Park by six seconds and win the U18 division. Amy Duclos of Clifton Park was third in 9:38.
Garso won the U16 division in 10:05. Emily Cromie of Gloversville was second in 10:54.
Ann Jardin of Mexico was the senior (20-29) winner in 12:21
In the masters divisions, Amanda Zullo of Saranac Lake was the M1 winner in 11:22; Rosanne Van Dorn of Lake Placid won M3 in 10:00, the fourth-fastest time of the competition; Ingrid Wilke of Cohoes won the M5 division in 13:10; and Jennifer Woltjen of Endicott was the top finisher in M6 with a 14:22.
In the M3 division, Heidi Underwood of Katskill Bay was second in 10:23 and Jill Kozoil of Buskirk was third in 11:25.
In the men’s U18, Brian Chrzan of Clifton Park was second to Forshey with a time of 8:38, one second faster than Adam Marino of Saratoga Springs.
Finishing behind Putnam In the U16 men’s division were Bryce Hartman of Saranac Lake, 8:11, and Aaron Huneck of Rexford, 8:19.
In the U14 men’s division, Beckett Ledger of Lake Placid finished second to Schulz in 9:11. Christopher Gilman of Tupper Lake was third in 13:11.
Jake Blaauboer of Clifton Park won the U20 division in 11:11.
Eric Seyse of Scotia was the senior winner in 8:29. Keith Kogut of Tupper Lake was second in 9:00 and Christopher Whalen of Scotia was third in 9:08.
Finishing fourth overall with a time of 8:09 was M2 winner Matthew Torniainen of Fultonville. Jochen Hoppert of Scottsville was second in 9:30.
Martin Donnelly-Heg of Syracuse was the M3 winner in 8:35. Jim Kobak of Peru finished second in 8:53.
The M4 division winner was Kurt Gustafsson of Brooklyn in 9:30. Tom Chappell of Colton was second in 9:37 and Sean Scanlan of Brooklyn was third in 10:31.
Robert Underwood of Katskill Bay was the fastest finisher in the M5 division with 8:43. Tim Huneck of Rexford was second in 9:35.
The M6 winner was Mark Chmielewicz of Clinton won the M6 title with a 10:57.
In M7, the winner was Mark Paprock of Irondequoit in 10:13. Darwin Roosa of Altamont was second in 10:58 and Andrew Kulmatiski of Scotia was third in 11:57.
The M8 division, for skiers aged 65 to 69, was won by Chris Beattie of Lake Placid in 10:43. The runner-up was Arthur Stegen of New Paltz in 12:14.
Matti Torniainen of Gloversville win the M9 division in 12:39.
Jacob Block, Michael Bucholtz and Ben Balet, all from Ballston Spa, dominated the Under 15 category on Sunday during the three Snow Shoeing competitions at the Visitor’s Information Center at Paul Smiths. The trio took turns in first, second and third during the 100-meter, 400-meter and 800-meter competitions.
In the 15-19 women’s division, Amara Steenburn of Claverack took first in the 400 and 100 meter but was bested by Chloe Mattilio in the 800. Mattilio, a Paul Smiths native, also took second in the 400 and third in the 100. Nicole Landry of Paul Smiths was second in the 100. In the 800, Corrie Desilets and Lauren Brieant, both from Paul Smiths, took second and third.
The 15-19 men’s division had a rotating cast of winners and athletes who placed. Matthew Williams, Nicolas Pendl and Louis Ferrone, all from Paul Smiths, and Eric Hulbert of Mexico, NY took the top positions in the three races. Williams led the 100 and 400. Ferrone took third in the 800 and 100. Pendl took second in the 400 and first in the 800. Hulbert took second in the 100 and the 800 and was third in the 400.
Lea Anthony of Paul Smiths won the 800 and was second in the 100 and the 400 in the 20-34 women’s competition. Gillian Wright of Schroon Lake won the 400 and took third in the 100. Christina Peterson of Paul Smiths won the the 100 and was third in the 400.
In the 20-34 men’s events, Eric Kowalik and Llew Palmer of Paul Smiths were the top two finishers for all three races. Kowalik won the 400 and 800 while Palmer took the 100.
Alan Cushman from Cicero won all three of the 35-49 men’s races and Diane Olivo of Rochester swept the three 50-64 women’s events.
Robert McNamara of Cleveland and Jeff Wright of Akron led the 50-64 men’s races by taking the top two spots for each. McNamara won the 800 and 100, while Wright led the 400.
Adirondack wins gold
Christin Powers’ goal with 2:52 left in the third period Sunday led Adirondack to a 4-3 win over Western New York in the gold medal game of the women’s ice hockey tournament at the Empire State Winter Games.
The goal by the Canton resident decided a close game at the Tupper Lake Civic Center after Western rallied with two goals in the third period to tie the score. Adirondack finished with a 4-1 record and avenged its only loss of the tournament.
Powers finished with two goals and an assist and Andrea Kilbourne-Hill, the 2002 Olympian from Saranac Lake, had a goal and two assists.
Adirondack started the scoring late in the first period with a goal from Powers followed by a goal from Kilbourne-Hill with :29 remaining.
The Western team answered at 4:01 into the second period when Maggie Giamo of Orchard Park scored on Adirondack goaltender Christina Emery of Chazy. Thirteen seconds later, Adirondack’s Alley Bero of Akwesasne scored to restore the two-goal advantage..
Western came back late in the third period, Katie Stack of Corfu scored a goal with 4:43 left and Shawnee Oberholtzer of Middleport followed with a goal with 3:32 remaining to tie the score.
Less than a minute later, Power delivered the game-winner for Adirondack.
In the bronze medal game Sunday, Cherie Stewart of Brooklyn scored two goals – including the game-winner with 1:37 left in double overtime – to lead New York City to a 4-3 victory over Central New York.
Ashleigh Moorehead of Clinton scored the first goal of the game for Central 3:06 into the first period with Stewart answering 10 seconds later. Ashley Banfield then scored for New York City with 13:54 left in the second period.
In the third period, New York City took a 3-1 lead on a goal by Annie Annunziato with 7:28 to play. High-scoring Melissa Lomanto of Whitesboro sent the game into overtime with goals with 3:17 and 2:52 remaining.
Adirondack advanced to the finals on a late goal by Kilbourne-Hill and Western New York posted a lopsided victory Saturday to earn berths in Sunday’s gold medal game of the women’s ice hockey tournament.
Adirondack’s lone loss was to Western, 4-0, on Friday.
Kilbourne-Hill scored with 1:36 remaining to lift Adirondack to a 2-1 victory over Central in a must-win game for both teams.
Thanks to the stellar play of Central goalie Lauren Dahm of Baldwinsville, who finished with 36 saves, the game was scoreless until late in the second period. Adirondack’s Alley Bero of Akwesasne broke the deadlock with 1:33 left in the period. Central tied the game 2:32 into the final period on a goal by Melissa Lomanto of Whitesboro. Nicki Clover of Lake Placid and Christin Powers of Canton assisted on Kilbourne-Hill’s game-winner.
In the final game played Saturday, the 10th of the tournament, Western advanced to the title game with an 8-0 victory over winless Hudson Valley. Maggie Giamo of Orchard Park and Katie Stack of Corfu scored two goals each. Goalie Lauren Orynawka of Elma earned the shutout with 16 saves.
Stephanie Couzin and Cherie Stewart each had two goals and an assist to lead New York City to a 7-1 victory over Hudson Valley in the eighth game of the tournament Saturday afternoon. New York City evened its record at 2-2 and has a rematch in the bronze medal game against Central, which handed New York a 7-1 loss in the first game of the tournament Friday.
Hunter wins ski
David Hunter of Lake Placid and Stina Bridgeman of Canandaigua were the open division winners in ski orienteering Saturday at the Empire State Winter Games.
Hunter took the men’s title by five minutes over Sergey Dobrestrov of Penfield. Daniel Westerberg was third. Bridgeman was the women’s titlist more than six minutes ahead of Janet Findley of Lake Placid.
Tim Dobretsov of Penfield was a decisive winner in the male scholastic race, finishing more than one hour ahead of Jackson Koziol and Tyler Koziol of Buskirk.
Kestrel Owens of Craftsbury Common, Vt. took first place in the men’s high school race with a time of 1:34:54.
In the male masters race, Aims Coney of Stow, Mass. came in first with a time of 1:42:11. Coney was followed by Doug Swank of Malta and Nick Gretzinger of Vestal.
The female masters winner was Cindy Gretzinger from Vestal. The runner-up was Ellie George of West Charlton.
Thayer Raines of Rutland, Vt. was the male grandmasters winner by a mere six seconds over Phillip Hawkes-Teeter. Candice Raines of Rutland won the female grandmasters race.
Adrian Owens took first in the male recreational division.
Alex Zamojski of Skaneateles swept all four distances in the scholastic men’s division in the long track speed skating races Saturday at the Empire State Winter Games.
Skating on the Olympic Oval in Lake Placid, Zamojski was a comfortable winner in the 500-meter 1000-meter, 1500-meter and 3000-meter races. Following Zamojski was Fletcher Codd of Niagara Falls, who was second in the 500, 1000 and 3000. Adam Horeth of Rochester was second in the 1000.
In the women’s scholastic division, Esther Munoz of Lake Placid took first place in the 1000, 1500 and 3000, while Molly Turco of West Rutland, Vt. took first in the 500. Katy Toth of Stephentown was the runner-up at all four distances.
Mark Yanagihara of Ballston Spa won two of three events in the open men’s division, the 1000 and the 1500.
James Luft of Albany was first in the open men’s 500. Finishing behind Luft were Kyle Essex of Sea Cliff and Ron Zamojski of Skaneateles. Essex and Luft followed Yanigahara in the 1000, while Luft was second and Essex third in the 1500.
Rebecca Simmons of Averill Park swept to victory in all three races in the open women’s division. Julie Gehring of Williamsville was second and Olivis Alsdorf of Ballston Spa third behind Simmons in the three events.
Sean Lippa of Spencerport finished first in the 200 and 500 races in the Under 10 men’s division. Adam Weeks of Rensselaer was the 100 winner. Finishing behind Weeks were Lippa in second place and Dylan Heyworth of Kenmore in third.
Finishing behind Lippa in the 200 were Weeks and Heyworth. In the 500, Lippa finished ahead of Mattan Grodensky of Rochester and Weeks.
Ellie Ripchik of Saratoga Springs dominated in the U10 women’s races, sweeping first in all three distances.
Finishing behind Ripchik in the 100 were Isabel Crovella of Manlius and Samantha Terpening of Oswego. In the 200 and 500, Crovella was second and Jessica Steinwachs of East Aurora was third.
Sydney Terpening of Oswego finished first in all three races in the pre-scholastic ladies division.
Clara Lemal-Brown of Hamilton was the runner-up in the 100 and Lacey Greenamyre of Middlebury, Vt. was second in the 500 and 600.
Dylan Jaques of Saratoga Springs finished first in all three races in the pre-scholastic men’s division.
Mathew Crovella of Manlius was second in the 100, Vinicio Brancato of Buffalo was the runner-up in the 500 and Erik Woodbury of Rutland, Vt. was second in the 600.
Corey Brousseau of Saranac Lake finished first in the Open Skier Men’s division in the Empire State Winter Games Boardercross at Whiteface Saturday.
A total of 70 competitors participated.
Finishing behind Brousseau were Erik Tompkins of Highmount and Mark Jennings of Millbrook.
Sam Johnson of Rockport, Ontario won the Skier Men 19-and-over division. Finishing behind Johnson were Jonathan Ruhl of Ridgewood, N.J. and Edward Sparkowski of Keene.
Dylan Marfiewicz of Greenpond, NJ finished first in the Grommet Boys division. Marfiewicz edged David Feliu of Scotch Plains, N.J. and Luke Redling of Allendale, N.J.
Bella Mauro of Windham was the Menehune Girls division winner.
Taylor Rose of Clifton Park placed first in the Skier Girls 9-and-under division. Bode Raffa of New Paltz finished first in the Skier Boys 9-and-under division. Cooper Rose of Clifton Park finished behind Raffa in second place.
Wellford and Van Dorn win 20k races
Jan Wellford of Keene was the overall winner and Rosanne Van Dorn of Lake Placid the top women’s finisher in the 20-kilometer cross-country skiing race Saturday at the Empire State Winter Games.
The event at the Olympic Sports Center at Mount Van Hoevenberg drew 39 competitors.
Wellford finished with a time of 58 minutes, 33 seconds to place first in the M1 division (masters, ages 30-34). Matthew Torniainen of Fultonville followed closely, trailing Wellford by 18 seconds, in 58:51, to win the M2.
In other men’s divisions, Eric Seyse of Scotia was the winner in the senior category (ages 20-29) with a 1:05:15. Finishing first in the U18 division was Adam Marino of Saratoga Springs with a time of 1:08:14. Eric Brower of Gloversville, was the U20 division winner in 1:12:48.
Martin Donnelly-Heg of Syracuse won the M3 division with a time of 1:03:38. Kurt Gustaffson of Brooklyn was the first of eight racers in the M4 category with a 1:09:40.
Robert Underwood of Kattskill Bay was the leader in M5 with a 1:04:28. Todd Rayne of Clinton was first in the M6 category with a time of 1:15:18. Mark Paprocki of Irondequoit topped the M7 category, finishing with a time of 1:14:42. Chris Beattie of Lake Placid was the M8 (ages 65-69) winner in 1:20:49 and Matti Torniainen of Gloversville, the lone competitor in the M9 (ages 70-74), and finished with 1:39:08.
Van Dorn was the women’s leader and won her M3 category with a time of 1:12:50. Division winners were: Gabbi Rodbell of Scotia (U18) 1:18:04, Amanda Zullo of Saranac Lake (M1) 1:21:40; Jill Koziol of Buskirk (M3), 1:28:48; Nancy Rayne of Clinton (M5), 1:44:03; and Jennifer Woltjen of Endicott (M6), 1:55:32.