The winters sports season is almost here, with varsity-level teams getting excited about upcoming games, meets and matches.
In the Plattsburgh City School District the varsity boys basketball, girls basketball, bowling, hockey, swimming and indoor track teams have already begun practice.
Seton Catholic Central's varsity boys basketball, girls basketball, and indoor track teams are also preparing as well as students on the Beekmantown Central School District's varsity boys basketball, girls basketball, hockey and wrestling teams.
Beekmantown Varsity Boys Basketball
The varsity boys basketball team, coached by Ryan Converse, and assisted by Peter Bursik, Ryan Loucy, and Dave Manney, is coming back from a 7-7 conference record in the 2009-2010 season, with a 9-10 overall.
The team is made up of forwards Devon Anderson, Keegan Ryan, Jordan Stewart and Zach Towle; center Thomas Ryan; and guards Mitchell Danussi, Foster Ebersole, Tyler Frennier, Chris McIlroy, Seth Pelkey, Dylan Riley and Ben Smith, with only five of them being returning players.
"We have a solid core of returning players with significant varsity experience," Converse said. "As well as some exciting newcomers who should have immediate impact."
In terms of the upcoming season, Converse hopes the seniors will get the chance at the Section 7 championships.
"Some of them have been on varsity for three or four years," he said. "It would be a really nice way for them to end their high school career."
Beekmantown Varsity Girls Basketball
The varsity girls basketball team, coached by Greg Waters, and assisted by Steve LePage, is returning from a 5-10 conference record for the 2009-2010 season, with a 7-12 overall stat.
The team is made up of forwards Shannon Ryan, Nicole Shepler, Emily Anderson, and Caila LaFountain, and guards Alissa Momot, Rylei Porter, Grace Kelly, Michelle Cressey, Emily Beatty, and Melissa Offman-Rodriguez.
Waters noted this year's team is a young one, with four seniors, three juniors, one freshman, and two eighth graders, although they are a team of "decent speed and height."