INDIAN LAKE - The towns of Indian Lake and Long Lake are abuzz after the Indian Lake/Long Lake Orange baseball team claimed its first-ever section championship.
The Orange won the Section VII Class D title last week with a resounding 5-3 victory over top-ranked Schroon Lake.
"What a huge boost for the community," Indian Lake resident Darrell Dessinger said.
The Orange were matched against Class D powerhouse Schenectady Christian on June 8.
The team has experienced an outpouring of support from both communities as they continued to overwhelm opposing teams throughout the Section VII playoffs.
"These boys have become the talk of the town," Indian Lake Central School Principal David Snide said. "It seems like people come out of the woodwork when something like this happens."
Snide said that the seniors on the team are not only exceptional athletes, but students as well.
"For the second year in a row Indian Lake and Long Lake schools will be recognized by the state athletic association as a School of Distinction for student-athlete academic achievement," Snide said. "This is especially significant when one considers the additional travel time that was involved with practices due to a merged team."
Almost all seniors on the Orange plan attending college next fall.
But for the here and now, this run is a defining moment in the team's high school experience.
"We are really excited about moving on," senior Jeff Reynolds said. "This has really been quite the experience."
Of the departing seniors, Alex Smith is set to attend St. Lawrence University, Jordan Monthony is considering Castleton, John Miller Jr. will attend SUNY Potsdam, Cody King will attend SUNY Canton and Reynolds will attend North Country Community College.
"I am just so proud of them,"Miller's father and Indian Lake entrepreneur John Miller Sr. said.
According to Long Lake Supervisor Gregg Wallace, an event to recognize the Orange is being planned.
"This is quite a feat," Wallace said. "My hope is that both communities will realize that this hasn't happened in quite some time."
Wallace's son, junior Jordan, is the team's catcher and is currently considering attending Syracuse University.