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December 8, 2012

Chiefs, Patriots look to repeat in CVAC girls' basketball

Editor’s note: Coaching forms were not received from Lake Placid in time for the preview.

The 2011-12 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference belonged to the Saranac Chiefs.

The Chiefs went a perfect 15-0 in the CVAC last season, and finished with a 22-1 record. The lone loss came in the Class B state semifinal contest against Irvington.

Saranac has a lot of returning players from last season’s team, but loses a talented group of seniors.

Gunning for supremacy this season in Class B will be an up-and-coming Beekmantown squad that surprised a lot of teams down the stretch last season and made it to the Section VII Class B title game.

The Section VII Class C champion Moriah Vikings will need to reload if they want to repeat again this season. The Vikings lost nearly its entire team, only returning two players.

DIVISION I

Beekmantown

The Eagles were one of the youngest teams in the CVAC a season ago, and this season still only possess one senior on the roster in newcomer Carleigh Waite.

Beekmantown showed its youth at the start of the season, but grew as a team throughout the year and made it to the Section VII Class B championship game before falling to Saranac.

The Eagles return eight players from last year’s roster, including sophomores Shannon Ryan and Grace Kelly and juniors Emily Anderson and Courtney Wilson.

Lost, however, was promising point guard Katrine Fogelstroem, who was an exchange student a season ago.

Players lost

Katrine Fogelstroem, Rylei Porter.

Players returning

Shannon Ryan, Emily Anderson, Grace Kelly, Courtney Wilson, Aleasha Barcomb, Tori Barrett, Kristine McKinnley, Lexie Desrocher.

Newcomers

Courtney Guynup, Rachel Brunell, Michaela LaFountain, Erin Downey, Carleigh Waite.

Northeastern Clinton

The Cougars hope to see a return to glory again this season after failing to make the Section VII Class B title game for the first time in many years.

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