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Local athletes compete in state championship events

Paul Ford won the Section VII State qualifier high jump competition Feb. 16 at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse.

Paul Ford won the Section VII State qualifier high jump competition Feb. 16 at the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

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Hank McCormick of AuSable Valley competed at the NYSPHSAA swimming and diving championships.

Six local high school athletes competed at three state championship events over the past weekend.

At the NYSPHSAA indoor track and field championships in Cortland, AuSable Valley’s Paul Ford finished tied for 16th in the high jump after clearing the six feet mark.

“Paul cleared on his second attempt,” coach Sean Ganter said. “He just missed at 6’2”. He had the height but clipped his calf.” The state champion cleared 6’10”.

In the girls high jump, fellow Patriots Ashlee Estes was unable to clear the bar on her opening three attempts. The state champion won at a height of 5’7”.

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By Stephen Broadwell

Gabi Yeager of Willsboro rolls a strike on her first ball at the NYSPHSAA bowling championships in Syracuse March 2.

In Syracuse, Gabi Yeager of Willsboro finished as the seventh-best Section VII girls bowler during the state championships, rolling a six-game series total of 893 with a 176 high game.

In the boys competition, Mike McDonald of AVCS finished with a six-game series of 1,002, which featured a 201 high game.

In Webster, AuSable Valley swimmers Hank McCormick and Gavin Friedrich took part in the state championship swim meet, with McCormick posting times of 2:15.04 in the 200 medley and 1:08.81 in the 100 breaststroke. Friedrich swam the 500 free in a time of 5:38.28.

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