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Before back to the books, its back to the fields for student-athletes

Members of the AuSable Valley varsity and junior varsity football teams get some aerobic work in during the first week of practice.

Members of the AuSable Valley varsity and junior varsity football teams get some aerobic work in during the first week of practice. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Tupper Lake will also take to the road to open the 2011 season Sept. 3, traveling to Gouverneur. The Lumberjacks were 4-5 last season in Class D, while Gouverneur was 3-5 in Class B.

The Beekmantown Eagles will also travel to open the season with a road game Sept. 3 against Potsdam, the Class A champions from a year ago (9-2). The Eagles went 5-4 last season.

All Saturday games are scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff.

Other Northern Football Conference games include Massena at Ogdensburg and Canton at Lowville on Sept. 2.

Soccer

On Wednesday, Sept. 7, the soccer season gets underway as the Tupper Lake Lady Lumberjacks will host Clifton-Fine in their first game of the 2011 season. The Lumberjacks finished with a 3-11-1 record last season.

The Section VII soccer conference, a joint venture between the Mountain and Valley and Champlain Valley Athletic Conferences, will open for play with girls games on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Defending Class D state champion Chazy will open the season on the road against Moriah. Other games will include Saranac at Northeastern Clinton, Plattsburgh at AuSable Valley, Beekmantown at Saranac Lake, Willsboro at Seton, Elizabethtown-Lewis at Lake Placid, Northern Adirondack at Ticonderoga, Schroon Lake at Westport and Minerva/Newcomb at Crown Point.

The boys soccer season starts Friday, Sept. 9, with defending Class D state champions Chazy receiving an opening day bye while games will feature Saranac at Northeastern Clinton, AuSable Valley at Plattsburgh, Saranac Lake at Beekmantown, Seton Catholic at Willsboro, Lake Placid at Elizabethtown-Lewis, Westport at Northern Adirondack, Johnsburg at Schroon Lake and Crown Point at Minerva/Newcomb.

Volleyball

The Tupper Lake volleyball team will open its season on Thursday, Sept. 1, with a road trip to Gouverneur. The CVAC slate of games starts Friday, Sept. 9, with Northern Adirondack at AuSable Valley, Northeastern Clinton at Plattsburgh High, Beekmantown at Lake Placid and Saranac at Saranac Lake.

Cross Country

The CVAC Early bird tournament will be held in Saranac on Saturday, Sept. 10, before league meets begin on Tuesday, Sept. 13. The Section X season begins with Tupper Lake and Gouverneur traveling to Ogdensburg on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Swimming

The CVAC pre-season open for girls swimming will be held at the Stafford Middle School on Friday, Sept. 16, before league competition begins on Tuesday, Sept. 20.

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