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August sports happenings in Lake Placid

Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund accepting grant applications LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Foundation’s Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund is accepting online grant applications from local athletes and nonprofit organizations. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m., August 24, 2020. This fund provides ...

Empire League looks to Florida for season

SARANAC LAKE — In these times of uncertainty in the sports world, there are a handful of sure bets when it comes to the Empire Baseball League. Eddie Gonzalez, the commissioner of the EPBL, is still counting on having a season, however short one may be. And he says whatever the season ...

Olsen, Hines join US bobsled/skeleton staff as start coaches

LAKE PLACID — Olympic bobsled medalists Justin Olsen and Garrett Hines are joining the United States Bobsled/Skeleton staff as start coaches. Olsen and Hines have a combined 22 years of experience as athletes, and have earned a total of six World Championship and Olympic medals over their ...

High school fall sports start date delayed

Back in March, the coronavirus robbed New York’s winter high school student-athletes of the chance to compete for championships, after most of them had already completed their regular seasons. Shortly after, spring sports seasons were canceled in their entirety. On Thursday, July 16, ...

Q & A with North Country bobsledder Hunter Church

LAKE PLACID — Hunter Church is a third-generation bobsledder. His great-uncle competed in the 1948 United States Olympic trials, and his dad, Thomas, slid recreationally in the 1970s and 1980s. The family was living in Anchorage, Alaska before moving to Cadyville, which is about an hour ...

Annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp canceled for 2020

LAKE PLACID — The 6th annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp was recently canceled after being postponed once already due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp Facebook page announced July 3 that the camp would be held next year from May 2 to 6. It was originally ...

High school fall sports start date delayed, fall championships canceled

LATHAM — The officers of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Thursday, July 16 that they voted to delay the official start date of the fall sports season, cancel the fall regional and state championships and prepare to implement a condensed season schedule in ...

Play Ball!

LAKE PLACID — Rik and Linda Cassidy sat in their car Monday evening, July 6 — windows open to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine — and watched their grandson catch a fly ball to the right of second base at the Lake Placid Central School ball field. Sheldon Cassidy, 14, will be a ...

Next year’s Ironman 70.3 is canceled

LAKE PLACID — Next year’s Lake Placid Ironman 70.3 triathlon has been canceled. The cancellation of the half-distance triathlon was announced by Ironman Friday, July 10, amid the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing concern over the safety of mass gatherings. Mary Jane Lawrence, chief of ...

Paul Smith’s, Lake Placid welcome hockey recruits

LAKE PLACID — With the coronavirus-driven uncertainty regarding colleges reopening this fall and what will happen when it comes to collegiate sports, there was certainly loads of optimism in the air in front of the Olympic Center in Lake Placid on Thursday, July 2. Dressed in the green ...

Monobob added to 2021 IBSF World Championships in LP

LAKE PLACID — The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) announced has announced that monobob has been added to the 2021 Lake Placid World Championship schedule. It will be the first time that monobob, which will make its Olympic debut at the 2022 Winter Olympics, will be ...

From hockey hero to school principal

SARANAC LAKE — Ray Dora says he wanted to make sure the person who succeeded him as principal of St. Bernard’s School was well known by the community, as well as being qualified. He got that with Andrea Kilbourne-Hill, on many levels. Hired in mid June as the next head of this ...

Local golf pro Ian Breen 4th at Donald Ross Classic

GLENS FALLS — Whiteface Club and Resort assistant golf professional Ian Breen fired a one-over par 72 on Monday at the Glens Falls Country Club to finish in a tie for fourth place in the annual Donald Ross Classic. The event was reduced to one day as rain canceled the opening round on ...

Van Den Berg joins USA Bobsled and Skeleton

LAKE PLACID — USA Bobsled and Skeleton is proud to announce the addition of Marc Van Den Berg to the team as the Technical and Equipment Lead. Van Den Berg will develop and manage a competitive and sustainable technology and equipment strategy to ensure optimal performance by USABS ...

Major summer events canceled in Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — The big summer events in this village will not go on as planned, local officials decided Wednesday. Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism CEO Jim McKenna confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the Fourth of July fireworks in Lake Placid, Ironman Lake Placid triathlon, Ironman ...

New date for Ironman Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — After postponing the 2020 Ironman Lake Placid originally scheduled for July 26, a new date of Aug. 30 has been set for the annual race. The announcement was made Thursday in a news release and also posted on the Ironman.com website. The Aug. 30 date, which is just five ...

WE ARE LAKE PLACID podcast: Aron McGuire, USA Bobsled and Skeleton

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid News Editor Andy Flynn interviewed USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Aron McGuire about how the organization is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Listen to a portion of this interview on the "We are Lake Placid" podcast from the Lake Placid News by visiting Apple ...

Youth sports can start in July

Youth sports can begin this summer for regions of New York in Phase 3 of coronavirus reopening — which the North Country is — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press briefing Sunday, June 14, but players will only be able to bring two spectators each. The six “low-risk” youth sports ...

Lake Placid set to make sliding history again

LAKE PLACID — This village — the host of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Winter Games — will make history once again next February, this time in the sport of para bobsledding. On May 18, the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation’s Executive Committee accepted a proposal from ...