February 6, 2014
Well, for the first time this season, a winter storm completely wiped out the high school athletic schedule, which makes this a great time to see where things are at heading into the final week of the regular season.
On the boys side, Keene (3 losses), AuSable Valley (4) and Westport (4) all have 11 wins, but none of the three teams lead their Northern Basketball League divisions. Meanwhile, Willsboro sits at 5-9 on the season while Elizabethtown-Lewis is 4-12.
As far as scoring goes, the Patriots lead the Valley averaging 60.0 per game, led by the top two scorers in the Valley in Shane Douglas (204 points, 13.6 ppg) and John Goodnough (194, 12.9). Westport’s Ryan Davis (181, 12.1) is next, followed by a pair of Keene teammates in Colton Venner (180, 12.9) and Austin Brown (172, 12.3). The rest of the top 10 is Anderson Gay of Westport (168, 11.2), Kobe Parrow of AVCS (154, 10.3), Nick Arnold of Willsboro (145, 10.4), Zach Cosgrove of AVCS (142, 9.5) and Zac Noka-Bailey of ELCS (140, 8.8). Brown leads the Valley with 32 three-pointers made, 10 ahead of Douglas, while Davis has connected on 42 free throw attempts and Goodnough 85 times from the field.
On the defensive side, Keene is allowing 34.4, followed by Westport (42.0), ELCS (45.5), Willsboro (47.4) and AVCS (47.7).
In girls play, the defending Class C champion and Final Four participant AuSable Valley Lady Patriots are still handling their business with a 12-3 record, with two of the three losses coming to Beekmantown (toughest thing to do in sports, beat a good team three times...). ELCS follows with an 11-4 record, while Keene is at 10-3, Westport 10-5 and Willsboro 2-12.
AVCS leads in team offense at 54.1 per game, followed by ELCS (50.9), Keene (48.1), Westport (43.2) and Willsboro (22.1). Lily Whalen of ELCS has been shooting well all season, scoring 285 points for a 19.0 average. Her teammate, Jasmin Barnes, is second on the scoring list at 200 points (13.3), but leads Meghan Strong of AVCS by only one point (199, 13.27). Brendee Russell of Westport (194, 12.9) and Hanna Whitney of Keene (189, 14.5) are also within striking distance of the 200 point plateau. The rest of the top ten includes Taylor Saltus of AVCS (168, 11.2), Naomi Peduzzi of Keene (163, 12.5), Tucker Geiger of Keene (150, 11.5), Ellie Schwoebel of Westport (146, 9.7) and Logan Snow of AVCS (142, 9.5). Strong leads in 3-pointers made (31), while Whalen has connected on 56 free throws and 104 field goals.
Defensively, Keene has allowed 30.9 per game, followed by ELCS at 34.8, Westport at 38.6, Willsboro at 39.3 and AVCS at 41.8.
With the Section VII bowling championships this Saturday, AuSable Valley enters the event with a 114-16 record on the boys side (as of today), while the Willsboro girls have a 27-29 record. Josh Taylor of AVCS rolled the highest game of the year in the Valley with a 277. Teammates Roger Preston (256), Charlie Lacy (255), Jimmy Provost (247), Tyler Atkins (242) Ben Coolidge (235) and Mike McDonald (235) followed. Connor Sheehan had the highest game for the Warriors with a 201. The highest series of the season also went to Taylor with a 704. Preston finished two pins off a 700, while McDonald rolled a 671 and Noah Martineau a 640. Sheehan’s 516 series was the highest for Willsboro.
Willsboro’s Gabi Yeager had both the high game (237) and series (637) of the season on the girls side of the lanes, while Caitlyn Arthur had a 209 game and 445 series for the Lady Warriors. Brooke SantaMaria led the Lady Patriots with a 165 high game and 448 high series with Shania Malskis adding a season high game of 148 and high series of 381.
The bowling sectionals start at 9 a.m. at the North Bowl Lanes in Plattsburgh. Also Saturday is the Section VII boys swimming championships, which will be held at the AuSable Valley pool at 3 p.m. Good luck to all.