January 17, 2013

Sports Shorts: January 17, 2013


---- — Benefit youth basketball tourney in March

AUSABLE FORKS — The 24th-Annual Missing Children’s Basketball Tournament for area boys and girls in grades fifth and sixth will be held March 7, 8, 9 and 10. The double-elimination tournament is sponsored by the Jay/Black Brook Youth Commission, the AuSable Forks Youth Boosters and Holy Name School.

Coaches who wish to take advantage of being given returning team preference need to respond before January 25 when team slots will be open to all. Team entry fee is $150 and must be received prior to the tournament, along with team roster. No all-star teams will be allowed to enter.

For more information, or to enter a team, call Carol Greenley, at 420-3097, or e-mail, at

Rod and gun club indoor rifle range open Saturday

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh Rod & Gun Club’s indoor rifle range will be open on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for .22 rifle practice.

For more information about the club and its activities, including competitive rifle shooting, contact Norbert Yakey, at 298-5161. For pistol shooting questions, contact David Boise, at 569-0908.

Sapps place in Vermont ski event

CHITTENDEN, Vt. — On January 12-13, the top junior and collegiate Nordic skiers in New York State and New England competed in the TD Bank Eastern Cup at Mountain Top Resort.

Saturday, Maile Sapp, a senior at Beekmantown Central School District and racing member of NYSEF, placed fourth in her age category and eighth overall in the 1.2-kilometer freestyle sprint race. She followed that up the next day by placing second in her age category and sixth overall in the 5-kilometer classic distance race.

Everett Sapp, a 13-year-old Middle School student at Beekmantown and member of the NYSEF team, also competed on Sunday and was the top finisher under the age of 15 in the 14-15 age category in the 5-kilometer classic distance race.

Sweeney wins gold medal at junior luge event

PARK CITY, Utah — Emily Sweeney, in her final race as a junior, won the women’s singles gold medal Tuesday at the 2013 Junior Luge World Championship. The event was for juniors up to the age of 20. A total of 14 nations are entered.

Sweeney, whose family roots trace back to Saranac Lake, is from Suffield, Conn. She has raced in the World Cup the entire season and relegated Germany to second, third and fourth places in the event. She had a pair of runs down the 2002 Olympic track that totaled 1:28.121.

Sweeney, a new member of the Army National Guard who spent last off season fulfilling her military commitment, has battled injury since a training camp in Sochi, Russia in early November. She has overcome ankle, knee and calf problems. The gold medal winner captured two Junior World Cups on the 2002 Olympic track 13 months ago.

Drake rolls 300

at Riverside

AUSABLE FORKS — Howard Drake Jr. bowled his first career 300 game and 700 series in one night while bowling for Riverside Lanes in the AuSable Club Bowling League. The right-hander averaging 176 tossed a 268 in Game 1 and 158 in Game 2 before his gem in Game 3.

Stick-n-puck, skating sessions slated

PLATTSBURGH — Ameri-Can North Sports Center will be open for stick-n-puck and public skating on Sunday, Jan. 20. Public skating will be from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., followed by stick-n-puck from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Seven-point weekend gives Stewart Player of the Week honor

CENTERVILLE, Mass. — Shannon Stewart of the Plattsburgh State women’s hockey team compiled seven points in a pair of games against Oswego to be named ECAC West Player of the Week.

A sophomore forward from Pickering, Ontario, Stewart matched a career-high with five points in Saturday’s 8-0 win over the Lakers. She scored the game-winning goal in the first period before adding three more markers in the second period. Stewart also picked up an assist.

On Sunday, Stewart tallied an assists on the Cardinals’ first goal before netting the second goal. Following her weekend performance, Stewart is fifth in Division III with an average of 1.57 points per game.