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April 22, 2013

Saranac Lake golfers look for 2012 repeat

The Saranac Lake golf team lost three starters from last year’s team that went unbeaten in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference play (10-0) and then added the Section VII team championship.



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But the Red Storm bring back a large roster once again and will be a favorite for league honors, with Northeastern Clinton (7-3), Lake Placid (6-4) and Peru (6-3) among the teams looking to dethrone the champs. Rival Plattsburgh High (7-3) got hit hard by graduation, losing five of its six starters.

AuSable Valley

The Patriots (4-6) lost the last two players (John Hickey and Jacquie Hoey) who helped the team to successful seasons the past five years.

This year’s team is young, with only one senior, but it returns golfers who are capable of continuing that success.

Returning golfers who started at least one match last year include senior Ridge Perkett, sophomores Ian Rennie and Riley Taylor, and freshman Nate Devins.

Returning golfers who are competing for a starting spot in the top six include freshmen Lucas Finnegan and Noah Martineau and sophomore Chris Hickey, along with two newcomers in freshman Kyle Hart and sophomore Jocelyn Racette.

Golfers lost

John Hickey, Jacquie Hoey.

Golfers returning

Ridge Perkett, Ian Rennie, Riley Taylor, Dillon Drolette, Cole Baer, Harrison Blaise, Nate Devins, Lucas Finnegan, Alex Knapp, Chris Hickey, Noah Martineau, Edwin Hetfield.

Newcomers

Jocelyn Racette, Elijah Christian, Alex Defayette, Chasm Perkett, Elijah Bushey, Chase Carter, Kyle Hart, James Winch, Austin Slater, Ryan Thomas.

Beekmantown

The Eagles (2-8) are young and inexperienced, which will make each match a challenge.

Seniors Brenden Carnright and Josh Perkins are the only upperclassmen on a team that will lack depth with only nine on the roster.

Freshman Bryce Lee, along with eighth-graders Alex Faruqi and Ryan Brienza, were on the Beekmantown team a year ago.

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