Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Report, I’m Keith Harrington.
Lake George Wears the Class D Volleyball Crown Again
Lake George wears the Section II Class D volleyball crown after sweeping Hartford 3-0 Saturday night at Saratoga High School.
Set scores were 25-19, 25-7, and 25-16.
The win gives the Lakers their third title in the last four years.
Evie Burke paced Lake George with 16 kills and three aces.
Emily Guidetti contributed 16 service points to go with six digs and seven kills. Shannon Briggs had 24 assists. Josie Duers recorded 21 digs. Burke also chipped in eight digs and 12 points.
For the Tanagers, Raeghan Liebig had three blocks and five digs. Madison Whaley finished with three blocks. Cailin Severance had five digs.
Hartford finishes the season 15-6.
Lak George improves to 15-3 and will host a state regional final next Saturday at 2 p.m with a trip to the state championships at Cool Insuring Arena on the line.
Colchester Upsets Top-Seeded Fair Haven in State Semifinals
The No. 4 Colchester football team came into LaPlaca Field Saturday night sporting three shutouts on the season. Even with that gem in their back pocket, the task of shutting down the explosive offense of top-seeded Fair Haven’s explosive offense seemed daunting for the Lakers. The Slaters had scored over 40 points five times and over 50 twice during their campaign.
In this classic matchup of high-scoring offense against stifling defense, Colchester prevailed, upsetting the previously unbeaten Slaters 7-0 in the Vermont Division II semifinals.
The Lakers got an interception by sophomore defensive back Sawyer Cyphers on Fair Haven’s first drive of the contest.
Colchester turned the pick into the only touchdown of the game as signal caller Jordan Lavoie tossed an 18-yard scoring pass to tight end Mason Cardinal to give the Lakers a 7-0 lead that would never relinquish.
In the fourth quarter, the Slaters moved the ball to the Colchester eight yard line on one drive and 14 yard line on another, but came up short both times.
Lavoie had 99 passing yards for Colchester. Cardinal finished with 58 receiving yards.
Joe Buxton passed for 144 yards for Fair Haven. Sam Kyhill collected 57 receiving yards on five catches. Phil Bean had three catches for 53 yards.
Colchester is 5-5 and will face No. 2 seed North Country in the Division II state championship game on Saturday at Rutland High School’s Alumni Field.
Fair Haven finishes the season 8-1.
Lake George Boys Win Team Title, Olden and Gibbs Qualify For States
The Lake George boys won a Section II Class D team title, and Warrensburg’s Brody Olden and Granville’s Amber Gibbs earned return trips to the New York State Cross Country Championships with strong finishes at the sectional meet Saturday at Queensbury High School.
Lake George won the team championship in Class D via a tiebreaker. Both the Lakers and Maple Hill scored 64 points, but Lake George was awarded first place sixth runner, sophomore Jason Ludlow, finished 21st topping the Wildcat’s sixth runner.
Liam Linehan was the Lakers’ top finisher, placing seventh in 17:54.2. Lake George’s other top five runners, Cameron Hoffis (10th), Caden Willett (17th), James Richard (18th) and Brendan Battersea-Manna (20th) and helped propel the Lakers to the crown and the state meet.
Schuylerville’s Adeline Ballou won the Class C girls race.
James Lynch of Schuylerville was second in the boys Class C race.
Anthony Zazzaro of Stillwater was the winner of the boys Class D event.
Olden finished second in the Class D race and earned his third straight to the state meet.
Gibbs earned a return trip to the state meet with a fourth-place showing in Class C.
The Lake George girls earned their best finish in sectionals ever, placing second behind Maple Hill., 46-55 in Class D.
Taylor Syvertsen placed seventh overall for the Lakers, just missing a state berth for the Lakers.
Photo Credit-Sabrina Gibbs