Sentinels vie for crowns

Ticonderoga sports fans wont have to travel far this week to see exciting championship action. Both the Sentinel boys cross country and football teams are seeking titles at home. Ticonderoga will face off against Plattsburgh for the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys cross country championship today at Sentinel Field. The two squads finished the regular season with 17-1 records, forcing a run-off at todays CVAC Championship. The boys varsity meet will begin at 4:15 p.m. There will also be a modified girls race at 2:45 p.m, followed by the modified boys race at 3:10 and the varsity girls race at 3:35. Awards will be presented and the CVAC all-star team announced in a ceremony after the meet in the Ticonderoga Middle School cafeteria. In the event of bad weather, the races will be held in Ticonderogas Bicentennial Park. People who havent seen the Sentinels run are missing something special. The team is ranked second in Class D in the state and feature Lee Berube, one of the best runners in the state. Berube is ranked as the best Class D runner and the third best runner overall in New York by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. Last weekend Ticonderoga raced at the Brown Invitational in Rhode Island against the best teams in the Northeast. Berube finished fourth overall covering the 3.1-mile course in 15 minutes, 23 seconds. Robert Gibson of Brookline won in 15:14. Hes the real deal. So is the Ticonderoga football team. The Sentinels, 6-2 overall, will face the winner of last nights Moriah-Seton Catholic game for the Section VII-X Class D championship this Friday at Sentinel Field. On the line is a berth in the state Class D tournament. The Sentinels are ranked eighth among Class D teams in the state one spot ahead of archrival Moriah, which is 5-3 on the season. If Moriah won last night, an already fierce rivalry game will mean that much more this Friday. Ti beat Moriah at Linney Field, 15-7, two weeks ago. Ticonderoga has a proud athletic tradition. This week fans will have a chance to support their teams and, perhaps, see that tradition enriched. Lets hope Sentinel Field proves to be the home-field advantage its should be for Tis cross country and football teams this week.

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