Empire State Winter Games to be held Feb. 6-9
LAKE PLACID — Organizers of the 34th annual Empire State Winter Games (ESWG) will welcome the return of the annual competitions Feb. 6 to 9.
This is the fourth year the event has been hosted by a unique and diverse regional coalition. For the first time the Town and Village of Tupper Lake will play a role in the ESWG, hosting women’s hockey.
Upwards of 1,000 athletes are expected for the events that will be held at the Olympic venues managed by ORDA in Lake Placid and Wilmington, along with other sites in Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake and Paul Smiths.
Among additions to the sports menu will be a squirt hockey tournament with youngsters competing for ESWG medals. Also, adaptive participation is expected to increase, including a sled hockey exhibition and demonstration on Saturday as part of the ESWG Fest on Feb. 8.
The ESWG Opening Ceremony, free and open to the public, will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Olympic Center’s 1980 Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid. That will occur one night prior to the start of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. A torch run will begin Feb. 5 and will travel through the North Country to its destination in Lake Placid at the Opening Ceremony.
Athlete registration is now available at empirestatewintergames.com.
Twenty-one different disciplines will be contested, including six different adaptive contests. In recent years, organizers have also included events such as skiercross, boardercross and slopestyle competitions, most coming under the banner of the United States of America Snowboard Association.
There is no ESWG fee to spectate, however some of the Olympic venues charge an entry fee. The Family and Friends Olympic Sites Passport includes admission to: Olympic Center (figure skating, hockey), Olympic Jumping Complex (ski jumping) and the Olympic Sports Complex (bobsled, luge) for just $25.
Holdiay Ice Show set for Dec. 15
PLATTSBURGH — The Skating Club of the Adirondacks will present its 2013 Holiday Ice Show at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Plattsburgh State Field House. The show will feature a wide range of figure skaters from beginners to advanced, all performing to favorite holiday music. The Plattsburgh High School Select Vocal Ensemble will open the show.
Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for students, and free for children four years old and younger. Tickets include open skating for everyone after the show.
CYO Basketball League season begins Saturday
MALONE — The Franklin Community Youth Organizations (CYO) Basketball League will open its 48th season Saturday with a full slate of games at St. Joe’s Gym. There are a total of 14 teams competing this season: seven varsity and seven “splinter” or JV teams.
On Sunday, North Star will travel to Ogdensburg for a pair of games (splinters and varsity), and Chateaugay will travel to Saranac Middle School for a splinters-only contest.
This season marks the 48th year that the league has been run under the leadership of Ken Cring, with Wayne Walbridge as assistant director.
11 a.m.- Bangor vs. St. John Bosco Splinters
11:45 a.m.- North Star vs. Maranatha Splinters
12:30 p.m.- North Star vs. Langdon Construction
1:30 p.m.- Maranatha vs. St. John Bosco
2:30 p.m.- Bangor vs. Chateaugay
Waves compete at Pilgrim’s Pride meet
TROY — The Lake Champlain Waves swim team sent 31 swimmers to the annual Pilgrim’s Pride Swim Meet held at the Robison Pool on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Nov. 17. The Waves were represented by Andie Abdallah, Olivia Barnett, Sydney Barnett, Cydney Bond, Stella Boolukos-Brinker, Isabella Brown, Lucianna Brown, Wyatt Brown, Emily Conners, Mikayla Fountain, Spencer Hall, Sydney Hampston, Thomas Jolicoeur, Alexandrea LaValley, Emelia Lemza, Garrett Lemza, Madeline Lemza, Cameron Matthews, Brady McCarty, Emily McLane, Luke Moore, Julia Mulligan, Nicholas Nowosielski, Mikaela Raymond, Zackary Raymond, Killyan Ruff, Alison Silver, Meghan Sorrell, Bailey VanArman, Tristen VanArman, and Patrick (Joseph) Vicencio.
Olivia Barnett placed eighth overall in the 50 backstroke, and Luke Moore placed sixth overall in the 50 breaststroke. The 200 freestyle relay team of Andie Abdallah, Madeline Lemza, Olivia Barnett and Lucianna Brown placed first overall with a time of 2:20.49. For many of the Waves swimmers, this was a first opportunity to compete in a swim meet, and many personal best times were accomplished.
The Lake Champlain Waves are a USA Swimming sanctioned competitive swim team. For details and contact information, visit lcwaves.org.