CHEERS to the Clinton County Senior Mariners for their performance at the New York State American Legion Baseball Tournament, held at Utica’s Murnane Field. The only local American Legion team ever to win a state championship was the 1969 squad, and the Senior Mariners fell just one win short in their bid to become only the second state champion from the area, finishing second out of 131 American Legion teams from across New York state. The Mariners competed as one of the eight district champions, with West Seneca Post 735 (West Seneca), Ferris Goodridge Post 330 (Rochester), Middletown Post 151 (Middetown), Melvin Roads Post 1213 (East Greenbush), Smith Post 24 (Rome), Vestal Post 89 (Vestal) and New Hartford Post 1376 (New Hartford) also in the field. The Mariners, made up of players or former players from Plattsburgh High, Beekmantown, Saranac, Peru, Northeastern Clinton and Lake Placid, represented the North Country well by finishing second in the double-elimination event. They won their first three games — 11-8 over Ferris Goodridge, 13-5 over Middletown and 4-1 over Melvin Roads. Clinton County then lost to host Smith Post, 2-1, before falling to West Seneca, from the Buffalo area, 6-0, in the championship game on Sunday. Making their accomplishment even more impressive, the 12-player local team competed against some bigger and older teams. They were one of the youngest teams at the event, with 10 of their 12 players eligible to return next year. The Mariners finished with a 27-10 overall record for 2013. During the regular season, after having their own tournament rained out, the Mariners finished second in the “Gubby” Tournament in Keene, N.H., and then took first place in the Monsters of the Mohawk Tournament in Schenectady. They then won the American Legion District IV Championship in Granville to earn a spot in the state event. Team members who played in Utica were Chris Roenbeck, Logan Recor, Jack Tolosky, Robby Knowles, Mitchell Cunningham, Ryan Meyer, Adam Goldfarb, Tanner Rascoe, Conor Casey, Brandon Rabideau, Marcus Lefebvre and Jeremy Barber. Kasey Favreau was injured and did not make the trip. The Mariners are coached by Matt Tolosky and assisted by Mike Rascoe, Dale Favreau and John Coryer. They all should be proud of a standout season.
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Cheers and Jeers: July 21, 2014
CHEERS to Olivia Benjamin for capitalizing on a busy day in her community to do some service. JEERS to people who dump unwanted cats.
Cheers and Jeers: July 14, 2014
CHEERS to the downtown Plattsburgh businesses who painted their windows for the Mayor's Cup Festival; JEERS to organizations that don't remove their signs after their benefit events are held.
Cheers and Jeers: July 7, 2014
CHEERS to everyone who helped make this past Fourth of July memorable; JEERS to people who leave garbage in shopping carts.
Cheers and Jeers: June 30, 2014
CHEERS to savvy pedestrians and people who give away unwanted items; JEERS to inattentive drivers and to medical offices that play loud music.
Cheers and Jeers: June 23, 2014
CHEERS to Clinton County Attorney James Coffey for his detailed explanations before executive sessions. CHEERS to organizations that set specific times and dates for events but then alter them without warning.
Cheers and Jeers: June 16, 2014
JEERS to adults who smoke around children and to people who spit in public; JEERS to people who spit on the ground in public places.
- Cheers and Jeers: June 9, 2014 Jeers to freeloaders who show up to public events for the free food; Cheers to Brian and Candy Major for administrating the Plattsburgh PAL football league since 1998.
- Cheers and Jeers: May 30, 2014 CHEERS to Dave Werner of Malone, who has devoted a great deal of his time over the years to making sure members of the public are properly informed on roadway safety issues.
- Cheers and Jeers: May 26, 2014 CHEERS to Keeseville residents who continue to put their hearts into the village even though it will dissolve at year's end. And JEERS to people who don't RSVP to invitations.
Cheers and Jeers: May 19, 2014
Jeers to adults who let their kids ride with them on lawn mowers; Cheers to small towns that have websites.
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