Looking Back (March 29-April 4)
The Montreal Alouettes select former Seton Catholic standout Steve Charbonneau with their first pick in the Canadian Football League draft.MVP Scott Fitch and Kevin Miller combine for 50 points to lead Mason's All-Stars to a 127-101 victory over Little Caesar's/Meron's and their second straight PBA Basketball Tournament title.Laurie Gavin, Melissa McKee and Julie Lowell lead Malone past Edwards-Knox for its first volleyball win of the season while MacKenzie Curtin, Natalie Campbell, Rachael Smith, Jocelyn Iby and Jennifer Johnston spark Chateaugay to a season-opening victory.
Freshman Rhonda Jerry and sophomore Beth McFadden are members of the Siena College softball team.Shortstop Todd Deppe of Saranc Lake is one of the tri-captains of the Clarkson University baseball team.Kevin Carter, the first Saranac wrestler to reach the state semifinals, is on his way to St. Lawrence University in the fall.Saranac Lake's Mark Breen finishes first in the Junior Class in the Eastern Cup Ski Jumping final standings.The Cascade Canoe team of Rob Underwood, Nancy Nicolson, Andy Ruiz, Terry Crannell and Gary Colton win the Peddle, Paddle and Pole Race.
Dave Martinovich is named MAI varsity football coach with Bill Santamore, Kevin Rock and Blake Frechette to serve as his assistants.Former Saranac Lake standout Pete Camelo, in his first season with the Appalachian State baseball team, clubs 9 home runs in 19 games.Former St. John's standout Kathy Brandell, a sophomore at the University of New Hampshire, is named to the All-East team for indoor track & field.Lake Placid's Bill Beaney, hockey coach at New England College, is named Division II Coach of the Year in New England while his brother, Jeff, who starred for the Pilgrims, is named to the All-New England Div. II team.Former Moriah star Anne Slattery of North Country Community College is named to the NJCAA All-America team in basketball.Peru's Brent Hollamby is crowned state Greco-Roman wrestling champion at 123 pounds.Bob Wilson, playing for the Dry Dock Lounge, and Lake Placid's Gina Rabideau take top honors in the Northern New York 8-Ball Pool Tournament.
Senior Ronnie Wright and junior Larry Parker of Plattsburgh State are repeat choices for the First Team All-SUNYAC in basketball. Parker is also named the conference's Most Outstanding Player.Plattsburgh High star Joe Cardany is named to the All-State scholastic basketball team for Small Schools.Dick Denny is named football coach at MAI.Joe Trombly and Willie Giroux of Chazy, Brian Dumesnil of Champlain and Mike Lewis of Keeseville, receive sportsmanship awards from area hockey officials for their play in the Adirondack Hockey League.
Peru's Paul "Scooter" Giroux, a sophomore at Ithaca College, will start in right field for the Bombers' baseball team.Saranac Central decides to leave the Clinton County Interscholastic League to play in Class A in basketball.Ron Brown and Ken Boyle are organizing an American Legion junior baseball in Chazy to join Plattsburgh Post 20 as new entries in the district.The YMCA's Barb Dittmar bests a field of 43 swimmers to win the 50-yard freestyle at an AAU meet in Lowville.The area sports world mourns the passing of John Flynn who dies less than a month after his brother Don "Shorty" Flynn is stricken with a fatal heart attack at a Mooers athletic banquet. The Flynns are coaching and officiating legends in the North Country.
Plattsburgh's Pat Maloy decisions San Francisco's Eugene Cook in the AAU National Boxing Eliminations in Boston, but is knocked out by Lucius Allen in the semifinals the following night.Mountain & Valley League basketball coaches name the following players first-team all-stars: Pete Low of Elizabethtown, Jack Newell, Crown Point; Doug Anson, Westport; Marshall McGinnis, Moriah; and Fred Venner, Schroon Lake.
The Port Henry Royals defeat Ting's Tavern, 54-47, to win the Lake Placid Invitational Basketball Tournament in the Olympic Arena.Jerry Blanch returns to bolster a Lyon Mountain Miners' pitching staff that already includes Ernie and Eddie Dubray and Ken Davies. Manager Walter Bingel has high hopes for his Miners in the Champlain Valley League.George St. Germaine and Claude Darrah lead Finnan's Fun Farm to a 5-3 win over Ting's Tavern in the county-wide shuffleboard tournament. Ken Miller is the top pointman for Ting's.
Tip Hayes defeats Harry Myette to win the Nash Recreation Parlor pool championship.Ernie Brunell and Guerino Meschinelli are off to a great start to the fishing season with their 18 brown trout on display at O.T. Larkin Pharmacy.