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Ultimate Towner to visit Whiteface

WILMINGTON - The craze of obstacle course racing is sweeping the nation and now there's a new competitor to watch out for. The latest breed of obstacle course races is the Ultimate Towner, which will make a stop at Whiteface Mountain on Saturday, Aug. 24.The Ultimate Towner courses offer fun ...

U.S. Juniors finish strong

LAKE PLACID - It took a few days for players on the United States Men's Junior National Hockey Team to find their stride during last week's evaluation camp at the Olympic Center.After being shut out 4-0 by Sweden on Aug. 7, the Americans rattled off two wins, including a big 5-1 victory over ...

MEET THE SKATERS: Ashley Cain

LAKE PLACID - The Olympic Arena sparkled on Aug. 10 as 35 skaters performed at the Saturday Night Ice Show.The show featured future stars from New York City and New Jersey, including 2013 U.S. junior pewter medalist Jimmy Ma and the Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team from New York ...

Graph Tex completes Summit title run

LAKE PLACID - After six years of coming close, Graph Tex finally won a title competing in the Men's Masters 1 Division at the 24th annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament.The squad made up of Colgate alumni, along with some other former college standouts, had to go into sudden-death ...

TENNIS TIPS: The one-handed backhand: Alive and well?

At this year's French Open men's round of 16 half the players sported one-handed backhands. Does this mean it's still alive and well in today's pro game? Has it managed to survive the four decade long two-handed onslaught initiated by Jimmy, Chrissie, and Bjorn back when?Not really.Even the ...

School board reconsiders athletic policy

LAKE PLACID - School officials are trying to find ways to make the Lake Placid Central School District's athletic policy work better.District Athletic Director Matt Walentuk presented proposed revisions to the policy Aug. 6 to the school board, along with 11th-grade English teacher Brenden ...

Ice Dance Championships makes annual visit

LAKE PLACID - For more than 80 years, Lake Placid has hosted the Lake Placid Ice Dance Championships, which is one of the premier ice dance competitions in the country. This year's competition included a variety of ice dance events, including traditional ice dance team short and free dance, ...

Craig Wood squad takes third

RAY BROOK - The Malone Golf Club took top honors in the historic Northern New York Women's Golf Tournament played at the Saranac Lake Golf Club in Ray Brook.The annual tournament, which was played July 30 for the 82nd year, featured nine teams from across the North Country and a field of more ...

TENNIS TIPS: Embracing the spin serve

If your arm-racket start position on serve doesn't look something like the one I'm getting ready to serve with in the photo you're probably serving a spin-less, flat serve with long-term limitations.You cannot easily impart serve-enhancing spin with the same grip you're using on forehand. Yet, ...

Spirited tennis leagues close in on playoffs

LAKE?PLACID - With playoff week approaching, the various Spirited Tennis Leagues at the Whiteface Club Tennis Center have only one team (or individual) assured of the coveted No. 1 seed.In the Tour Mixed Doubles League there was no play due to rain last Thursday evening. As a result, the ...

Mecca of lacrosse

About eight years ago, I had the urge to take my experience in the newspaper business elsewhere. I was searching websites, and the jobs were out there. There was the possibility that I could have been a sports writer or even a sports editor at another paper in another part of the country, and ...

U.S. Junior hockey team to face off in Herb Brooks Arena

LAKE PLACID - Thirty-one of the 44 players in attendance at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp remained in the Olympic Village to face Canada, Finland and Sweden in exhibition games.The players are auditioning for a spot on the U.S. National Junior Team that will take part in the ...

Summit lax tourney back for 24th year

LAKE PLACID - An event that started with seven teams 24 years ago in Lake Placid has evolved into the premiere lacrosse event in the nation as the annual Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament prepares for its next edition, August 5-11.Contests will be held in boys and girls scholastic ...

TENNIS TIPS: The mind-body connection

Everyone knows that shot visualization is an immensely powerful tool in tennis, and consistently utilizes it to, more or less, always play their A-game. Right?Afraid not.Merriam-Webster's defines visualizing this way: "to form a mental image of."Legendary golfer, Jack Nicklaus, once baffled ...

Potts repeats the feat

LAKE PLACID - Americans Andy Potts and Jennie Hansen made the most of their second time competing in the Ironman Lake Placid.After dominating his way to victory in the men's pro field a year ago, Potts came back to defend his title in Sunday's 15th Ironman Lake Placid. And it was the same ...

Dohman tops area Ironman field

LAKE PLACID - Dan Dohman of Jay was the top local finisher in the 15th running of the Ironman Lake Placid triathlon Sunday, July 28.Dohman was the 332nd overall finisher with a total time of 11:16:59. He completed the 1.2-mile swim in Mirror Lake in 1:10:02, the 112-mile bike in 6:07:06 and the ...

MEET THE SKATERS: Ross Miner, Isabella Cannuscio, Michael Bramante

LAKE PLACID - Ross Miner, along with ice dance couple Isabella Cannuscio and Michael Bramante, entertained the Saturday Night Ice Show crowd at the Olympic Center's 1932 Jack Shea Arena on July 20.All three skaters are looking forward to the upcoming competitive season."We did well. It went ...

Grant takes it to the limit

LAKE PLACID - Chris Grant loves pushing himself to the limit. He's finished the Lake Placid Ironman in his hometown six times and will be looking to do it again when the race returns on Sunday, July 28.Grant recently completed a much longer race, however -one that covers more more than 20 ...

Truckin’ triathlete

SARANAC LAKE - There are plenty of inspiring stories about how the world of triathlon has impacted the lives of people who got involved with the sport. A single shot of the cannon that signified the mass start of the swim of the 2007 Ironman Lake Placid changed Wes Wilson's life forever.In ...