Honors

Kate Flynn (Plattsburgh/Plattsburgh), a senior at SUNY Potsdam, was awarded the Maxcy-Molnar Award for the 2006-07 school year. It is the highest award presented by the College and goes to one male and one female. Flynn excelled in two sports -- women's soccer and lacrosse -- for the Bears. Flynn also was named MVP in women's lacrosse.

Scott Mitchell (Brushton/North Country CC) received the Coach's Award in men's basketball at Potsdam while Jocelyn LaCombe (Plattsburgh/Plattsburgh) earned the Coach's Award for women's swimmng.

Two North Country athletes earned Most Valuable Swimmer honors at SUNY Cortland this spring.

Chazy's Andrew Chevalier, senior captain of the men's team, won the MVP award for an unprecedented fourth time. The kinesiology major had a 3.89 grade-point average.

Peru's Nicole LaBarge, senior captain of the women's team, received the MVP award for the women's team for a second time. She maintained a 3.44 overall GPA in Adolescent Math Education.

Freshman Katie Molzan, also a former Peru standout, was awarded the Most Improved Swimmer honor for the women. Molzan has a 4.0 GPA majoring in Biomedical Sciences, has been inducted into Phi Etta Signa and has been on the Dean's list as well as the President's list.

All three former North Country students swam for the Lake Champlain Waves under the direction of David and Brenda Chevalier.

Liberty junior Josh McDougal was named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week after winning three events at the IC4A Championships last weekend. He has now won 10 Big South Athlete of the Week honors during the current academic year.

McDougal (Peru) became the first athlete in the 131-year history of the IC4A Championships to win the 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters at the same meet. He won the latter two races within 25 minutes of each other, Friday evening. McDougal's winning time in the 1,500-meter run, 3:44.56, broke his own school record.

His efforts helped the Flames win their first IC4A team title since 1996, as Liberty outdistanced Virginia, 77-66.5. McDougal has now been a part of four conference championship teams this year. He previously helped the Flames win Big South cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field championships.

Hockey

Megan Boucher (Plattsburgh/Seton Catholic), of the College of Saint Rose, was presented with the Metropolitan Collegiate Hockey Conference's Sportsmanship Award for the 2006-07 season.

Rowing

Marc Cassone (Plattsburgh/Plattsburgh) was in stroke seat for the Colgate University Novice 4 that took first at the New York State Collegiate Rowing Championships at Whitney Point. Colgate raced a Novice 4 boat for the first time this spring and showed tremendous promise. In the Head of the Fish last fall, the Colgate team finished fourth, passing six boats over the two-mile course to miss third place by just three seconds.

Softball

Kelly Bedard (Keeseville/AuSable Valley), a second baseman for the University of New England, was named as a Commonwealth Coast Conference first team all-conference player. Bedard batted .314 (37 for 118) with a team-leading 27 runs batted in. She scored 25 runs and had a team-high eight doubles.

Defensively, Bedard had 66 putouts with 58 assists while committing only 9 errors for a .932 fielding percentage. She was one of three players for play in all 38 of the team's games. The Nor'easters had one of their most successful seasons since 2000 with a 24-14 record and a CCC record of 16-6 to finish the season in fourth place.

Senior outfielder Leah Trombley (Chazy/Northeastern Clinton) was a major part of the SUNY Cobleskill offense this spring. Against Clinton CC, Trombley was 3-for-4 with two RBI. She also knocked in three runs in a doubleheader split with Fulton-Montgomery CC.

Tennis

Shane Raymo (Plattsburgh/Plattsburgh) was a member of the Oneonta State men's varsity tennis team that posted an 11-3 record in dual matches. Raymo, a junior, finished 12-5 in singles and 12-3 in doubles.

Weightlifting

Elliott Lacki (Plattsburgh/Plattsburgh), a freshman at American University, placed first in the school's bench-press competition for the 170-175-pound class. He had a maximum lift of 325 pounds and a combined total of 5,050 pounds. He placed third, overall, in the competition, which ws open to undergraduates, graduates and law school students.

Wrestling

Travis James (Beekmantown/Beekmantown) competed in the 125-pound class for American International College at the NCAA Division II Wrestling Regionals, hosted by the University of North Carolina-Pembroke.

James, who started his collegiate career at Norwich University, is a sophomore at AIC. James, who posted a 9-3 record during the regular season, compiled a 2-2 record at the regionals.

In his first match, the eighth-seeded James recorded an 11-5 decision over Newberry College's Willie Jarman. In the quarterfinals, No. 1 seed Derrek Bosso, from the University of Pitt-Johnstown posted a 7-4 decision over James.

Then, in the wrestlebacks, James was a 13-0 winner over Kutztown University's Cory Weiss. But, James was pinned in 26 seconds by Gannon University's Chris Santucci in his second wrestleback match.

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