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Blue Bombers close in on No. 2 seed

February 18, 2012
By the News staff ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid boys hockey team scored twice in the third period to put away a 4-1 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference victory over Saranac on Monday, Feb. 13.

After an even first period, the Blue Bombers snapped the 1-1 tie when Eddie Kane broke through for a goal at the 7:26 mark of the second period. Shane McNierney and RJ Reid were credited with assists.

From there, it was all Lake Placid as Ryan Damp and Troy Jacques added insurance goals in the third period to ensure the victory.

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Photo by Alicia Brandes
Nzoni Thompson gets by a Saranac player as he moves the puck up the ice during a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference game Monday, Feb. 13 in Lake Placid.

Nzoni Thompson scored the Blue Bombers' first goal 6:39 into the opening period. Saranac's Jeff Kurz responded just over five minutes later to tie the game going into the second period.

Jeff Smith stopped 11 shots in goal for Lake Placid, while Zach Lareau made 18 saves for the Chiefs.

Lake Placid improved to 6-2-1 in conference games and 14-4-1 overall with the victory. The Blue Bombers have one regular season game remaining - Wednesday, Feb. 15 at Northeastern Clinton - before the playoffs begin next week. Lake Placid is expected to occupy the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, behind top-seeded Beekmantown. Saranac Lake, a team Lake Placid has split with this season, will likely get the No. 3 seed.

Saranac is 3-12 overall and 1-8 in CVAC games.


Girls Basketball

LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid girls basketball team took the lead in the third quarter but wasn't able to hold on as Moriah escaped with a 27-22 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference victory Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The Blue Bombers pulled ahead on the strength of a 6-2 third quarter that resulted in an 18-15 advantage. The Vikings sealed the win with a 12-4 fourth quarter.

Dani Balestrini led Lake Placid with nine points and seven rebounds, while teammate Ayla Thompson had 10 rebounds and five points.

Moriah's Santana Martinez led all scorers in the game with 11 points, nine of which came on 3-pointers.

Lake Placid fell to 1-13 in conference games and 2-16 overall with the loss. Moriah is 7-7 CVAC, 8-8 overall.


Nordic skiing

CANANDAIGUA - The NYSEF Nordic team traveled to Bristol Mountain Nordic Center last weekend to compete in USSA Junior National qualifying races.

The two-day event featured both freestyle races and classic races on a 1.2-kilometer man-made loop of snow. The results were used to name the 2012 USSA Mid-Atlantic Junior National Ski Team that will go to Utah in March.

Based on their strong results, Will Fieroh of Paul Smiths, Maile Sapp of Morrisonville, Nina Armstrong of Lake Placid, Anna Izzo of Lake Placid and Maeve Peabody of Keene were named to the Mid-Atlantic Junior National team that will travel to Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah to compete in the USSA Cross-Country Junior National Championships, March 3-11. NYSEF coaches Margaret Maher and Steve Vargo will head the Mid-Atlantic team.

Fieroh placed 10th in the J1 boys (16-17 years old) freestyle 10k race in 25:58.

In the J2 girls (14-15 years old) competition, Armstrong hammered the 7.5-kilometer course to finish in 20:34 for a second-place finish. She was followed by teammates Peabody in fourth, Izzo in sixth and Amelia McDonnell, who placed 10th.

The second day of racing brought cooler temperatures and improved results for the NYSEF team. Both the J1 and J2 girls' age groups raced a 5-kilometer classic race. Sapp claimed the overall victory with a five-second win for the NYSEF team in 15:48.

Northwood School's Emma Zdgieblowski finished 16th in the J1 girls race.

Armstrong grabbed another second-place finish in the J2 5k race in 16:28, which was only 18 seconds off the winning time.

Peabody also claimed a spot on the podium with a third-place finish in 16:36, followed by Izzo only nine seconds back in fourth place. McDonnell skied strong to finish in seventh.

For the J1 boys, Fieroh placed seventh overall, rounding the 10-kilometer course in 28:28.



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