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Sandstoners, Raiders Reach Lax Semi-finals

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011

POTSDAM - Potsdam, Massena and Canton were all winners in Class C sectional boys lacrosse openers on Tuesday.

On Thursday in the semifinals, Potsdam will host Canton while top-seed Salmon River will host Massena.

Potsdam 20, Heuvelton 4: At Potsdam, Kyle Grant tallied five goals and one assist, Sam Miller tallied three goals and three assists and Garrett Ditullio scored a goal with five assists to lift the Sandstoners past the Bulldogs.

Potsdam (13-5), which led 9-1 at halftime, also received three goals and one assist from Sebastien Grimberg, a goal and two assists from Kyle Kingsly and two goals from Steve Lewis.

For Heuvelton (0-15), Jon Kingsly scored twice.

Zach Montroy (8) and Ferris (4) combined for 12 saves for the Bulldogs while Andy Deon made one save for the Sandstoners.

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Monique Cornett on a dash to the goal

Massena Girls Down Potsdam, 13-7

by Sectionxsports
Article written: May 14, 2011
Event date: May 13, 2011

The Massena Red Raiders win over the Potsdam Sandstoners by the score of 13-7. The halftime score was 6-3. Kiley Buckshot led the Red Raiders with 4 goals and 1 assist. Megan Poupore had 3 goals and 1 assist for Massena. Nyssa Laclair and Erin Francis had 2 goals and 1 assist each for Massena. Monique Cornett led the Sandstoners with 4 goals and 1 assist. Kaycee Maguire added 2 goals for Potsdam.


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SUNY Potsdam's 5K Shamrock Race

The Potsdam High school was well represented at the SUNY Potsdam's 5K Shamrock race with 27 students and teacher Jim Allott and teacher/track coach April Barnes. Everyone felt tired, but great after the race. What a great way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! The following students ran the race: Ben Aldrich, Mariana Choong, Sarah Marie Choong, Madi Dow, Taylor Dow, Ethan Kelly, Ethan Vinson, Taylor Prosper, Mike Hobbs, Zac Hunt, Hui Yang, Frances Clark, Bria Cole, Brianna Anderson, Erika Dillon, Tiffani Love, Robert Love, Tarah Evans, Mackenzie Foote, Emily Miler, Keely O'Brien, Chelsea Palmer,Stephanie Reasoner, Megan Judware, Jess Matott, Jacob Moose, and Nick Matott.

 

Potsdam's Pesky Foe Strikes State Class B Championship:

Sandstoners' spectacular 25-win campaign ended by Eagles of Section 9

By CAP CAREY

TIMES SPORTSWRITER

SUNDAY, MARCH 20, 2011

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GLENS FALLS — An emphatic dunk by Burke Catholic's Brendan Miller with 77 seconds left in the game let the Potsdam boys basketball team know its chances of winning a state Class B championship had ended.

Section 9's Burke Catholic, based in Goshen, dominated the game inside and handed Potsdam its first defeat of the season, winning 62-52 in the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday evening.

"It's going to be hard to go in that locker room and say goodbye to my seniors," Potsdam coach Steve Kmack said. "It's going to be a tough time right now. They are very down, but I've got to build them up."

The last time Potsdam lost a basketball game it was in this same building to the same Eagles team. Burke Catholic defeated the Sandstoners 70-59 in a semifinal game last season.

"They were just a good team," said Potsdam's John Coleman, who scored 17 points in his final game. "They were very sound. They were the first real good team we've played all year, and it showed."

Like it did in the semifinals on Friday, Potsdam (25-1) got off to a sluggish start and trailed 14-6 after one period.

But unlike Friday's game, Potsdam was not able to produce a big run in the second quarter and put the game out of reach.

A main reason was the inside play of Burke Catholic's Dante Cowart, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, as well as Miller.

Cowart shot 10 of 16 and finished with 22 points and seven rebounds.

Miller scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

"It was big for us," Cowart said of the inside game. "We knew we had a little bit of a height advantage. But they were just as physical as us. It came down to motivation and who wanted it more. We wanted it so bad after losing last year."

The loss Cowart referred to was a state championship game loss to Section 3's Westhill, the team Burke Catholic eliminated in the semifinals on Friday.

Leading 29-17 at halftime, Burke Catholic was not overconfident and fully expected to see a run like Potsdam made in the semifinals against Charlotte.

That run indeed came as the Sandstoners scored nine straight points in the third quarter to tie the game 34-34.

But Potsdam could never get a lead at any point in the second half.

"This is the makeup of this team," Kmack said. "We really struggled tonight. Sometimes it just happens. We played so well yesterday. In our last three playoff games we've come out flat. But their heart was there. Another team might have gotten beaten by 25 tonight, but we fought back."

Potsdam hung around in the fourth quarter and trailed just 50-48 with three minutes left.

But at one point the Sandstoners missed four straight free throws and when that stretch was done Burke Catholic had built a seven-point lead and was never challenged again.

"In the fourth quarter we had the four free throws to cut it one and we missed all four," Kmack said. "In a game like this you have to knock down your free throws to win.

"I'm very disappointed," said Kmack, who said he would take the next month or so to consider whether he will retire from coaching. "I thought we'd win this game tonight. We think we are a real good team. I think we showed it tonight. As flat as we were, we just fought so hard to get back in the game. It just wasn't meant to be."

Zach Adams scored 19 points in his final game for Potsdam.

"When you are on top you have to hope you can stay there, but we really couldn't, " Coleman said.

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Potsdam Takes Charge in Win State Class B Semifinal

By CAP CAREY

TIMES SPORTSWRITER

SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011

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GLENS FALLS — For one quarter the Potsdam boys basketball team put a scare into their fans.

The Sandstoners came out sluggish in a state Class B semifinal against Section 5's Charlotte at the Glens Falls Civic Center and fell behind by six points early.

But the second quarter changed everything as Potsdam dominated and wound up cruising to a 66-48 win over the Lakesiders, earning a spot in tonight's championship game.

The Sandstoners (25-0) will meet Burke Catholic (21-2), which knocked them out in the semifinals 70-59 a year ago, in the championship game at 9 tonight at the Civic Center. The game can be seen on Time Warner Cable-Channel 1026.

"I read an article where somebody in NewYorkSportswrit-ers.com said it could be a Potsdam/Burke final and the majority of people think Burke would win that game," Potsdam coach Steve Kmack said. "But the game is played on the hardwood, not in the papers."

Potsdam was down 12-6 after the first quarter and despite missing some open looks at the basket, guard John Coleman was not sure if his team might be in for another disappointing state semifinal appearance.

"I didn't know after that first quarter," said Coleman, who did not score in the first eight minutes. "I had my doubts."

But it was the doubting Coleman who started turning things around for Potsdam. With the Sandstoners down 15-10 early in the second quarter, Coleman scored 12 points in a stunning 20-1 run for Potsdam, which gave the Sandstoners a 30-16 advantage at halftime.

"You are on top of the world, and you have to stay there as long as you can," Coleman said of the feeling a run like that gives a team.

Charlotte (14-10) from the Rochester area was a No. 6 seed in the Section 5 Tournament but used a tenacious press defense to upset its way to the title and then to reach the state semifinals. The Lakesiders forced 24 turnovers in a quarterfinal win last Saturday.

To prepare his team for the press, Kmack had the Sandstoners practice this week five on seven.

"This Charlotte is a great team," Kmack said. "They come to play. They don't quit. They are very quick. I think the big key is we had very few turnovers against the press. In fact, they took the press off. We were able to handle the press and it took its toll against them."

Potsdam's run was indeed sparked by breaking the press as open players were often found near the basket for easy layups. Potsdam had only 12 turnovers against a Charlotte defense that averaged forcing 30.

The only thing that stopped Potsdam's momentum was the clock, as Charlotte regrouped during the halftime break and opened the second half by scoring the first six points to cut the lead back to eight.

"That was tough," Coleman said of having to quit for halftime.

While Charlotte was known for its defense, Potsdam has also played well defensively all season. The Sandstoners have held the opposition to an average of 34.8 points and they frustrated Charlotte, forcing the Lakesiders into 18 turnovers.

Charlotte shot just 34 percent from the field and the Lakesiders leading scorer Alexshay Pearse was only 4-for-17 and was held to 11 points.

"We always defend," Kmack said. "We struggled offensively in the quarterfinals, and early today. We got some easy looks in transition off their press and it really didn't bother us like it bothered other teams. I'm very proud of the kids. They showed composure. That's what happens when you have a senior-laden team. We never stopped defending and that was the difference."

Next up for the Sandstoners is the school's first appearance in a state championship game.

"It's one game, anything can happen," Coleman said. "If the other team is better, or if we're better, whoever comes to play for one game will win."

Said Adams, "We know the team we are going to play tomorrow is going to be really good. We're happy about it. But we have a big game tomorrow."

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Stoners Rally To Set Return Trip To Final 4

By ALAIN ST. PIERRE

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2011

PLATTSBURGH - Unrelenting defense kept a letdown from becoming a collapse for the Potsdam Central boys basketball team on Saturday at the SUNY Plattsburgh Fieldhouse.

"Northeastern Clinton had something called 'chemistry'. They come to play every night and they just don't die," said Potsdam coach Steve Kmack after the Sandstoners overcame a six-point deficit to start the fourth quarter to claim a 41-37 decision over the Section 7 champion Cougars in the quarterfinals of the New York State Class B tournament.

"For as well as we played against Watervliet to get here, I thought we played as poorly offensively today as we had all year. Sometimes that happens. But one thing we've done night in and night out this year is we've defended well. We only scored 41 points tonight but when you look up at that scoreboard and you see we only gave up 37 points, that says it all right there. It wasn't a pretty performance on our part but it was a gritty performance."

With the win, the Sandstoners survived their toughest test of the season as they improved to 24-0 and earned a second straight trip to the state semifinals this weekend in Glens Falls.

"It was ugly. Our shots weren't falling and things weren't going our way. It was a different court and it was a different atmosphere. We were having an off night but just had to scrap extra hard," said senior John Coleman, who stepped up to lead a sputtering Potsdam offense that was held to just three points in the third quarter by scoring a game-high 23 points while grabbing seven rebounds and notching a half dozen steals.

Senior Zach Adams contributed 10 points toward the win followed by classmate Scott Bartenstein with four. Juniors Josh Adams and Lee Buchanan closed out the Potsdam scoresheet with two points apiece.

"We had some sub-par offensive performances and we were tentative, but John Coleman got us going early on and I can't say enough about the way he played," said Kmack.

"Then you look at a guy like Josh Adams. He only had a couple of points but he grabbed a ton of rebounds and he defended very well. He held the top scorer in Section 7 to just 10 points and that was huge for us."

Logan Miller finished as the leading scorer for NCCS with 13 points, including a pair of three-pointers, while senior center Steve Carder, who entered the game averaging nearly 22 points per outing, was limited to just 10 points and eight rebounds, matched up against Adams' tenacious interior defense. Jamie Davison also netted a pair of three's in an eight-point contribution. Rob Armstrong (5 points) and Tom Bedard (1 point) rounded out the Cougars' offense.

The teams played an up-tempo first quarter that saw Potsdam work its way to an 8-4 lead through the first four minutes. But NCCS reeled off five straight points closing with a three-pointer by Miller that gave the Cougars the lead at 9-8. The Sandstoners countered with a 6-3 run over the final two minutes to take a 14-12 lead into the second quarter. The scoring pace slowed considerably the rest of the first half but Potsdam never gave back the lead in building a 23-18 halftime advantage.

The Cougars came out and played their best basketball in the third quarter where a pair of three's by Davison and another by Armstrong over the final 3:13 accounted for the majority of their 14 points while the Sandstoners only managed to score three points in falling behind 32-26.

"That was just a dead quarter for us," noted Kmack.

As was the case in the first half, where he netted 14 of his team's 23 points, Coleman got the Sandstoners back on track offensively in the fourth quarter where he struck for the first four points to quickly cut the deficit to 32-30. The Cougars went back up by four on their next possession before Bartenstein buried the only Potsdam three-pointer of the game with 4:43 remaining to make it 34-33. The Cougars again countered with a field goal on their next trip downcourt before the Sandstoners reeled off six straight points, retaking the lead at 37-36 when Coleman took a pass from Bartenstein then darted beneath the basket across the baseline and put up an underhanded lay-up that fell through with 3:09 remaining.

The Sandstoners forced a turnover and got the ball back into the hands of Coleman and he converted again 51 seconds later to make it 39-36. A free throw by Bedard cut the deficit to two points with 1:44 left. The teams then traded failed possessions before Buchanan, who misfired on a pair of free throws to open the second half, sealed the win by calmly draining two foul shots with 1.4 seconds left.

"The kids willed themselves to this win," said Kmack. "We live for another week."

The Sandstoners are now slated to play on Friday at 6:45 p.m. at the Glens Falls Civic Center against Section 5 champion Charlotte.

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Potsdam 41, Northeastern Clinton 37

Potsdam: Bartenstein 1-14, J. Adams 1-0 2, Buchanan 0-2 2, J. Coleman 11-1 23, Z. Adams 5-0 10, Totals: 17-4-41.

NCCS: Carder 4-2 10, J. Davison 3-0 8, Bedard 0-1 1, Armstrong 2-0 5, Miller 5-1 13, Totals: 14-4-37.

Potsdam 14 9 3 15-41

NCCS 12 6 14 5-37

3-Point Goals: Potsdam 1 (Bartenstein); NCCS 5 (J. Davison 2, Miller, Armstrong 2).

Records: Potsdam (24-0); NCCS (18-2).

Courtesy of Daily Courier-Observer

 

Sandstoner Boys Ace First State Class B Test

By CAP CAREY

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011

POTSDAM — If Section 2's Watervliet had any aspirations of upsetting top-ranked Potsdam, the Sandstoners crushed those early.

Potsdam raced out to a 15-point lead by the end of the first quarter and cruised to a 63-33 win over the Cannoneers in a first- round game of the Class B boys basketball playoffs Tuesday night at SUNY Potsdam's Maxcy Hall.

The Sandstoners (23-0) will face Section 7 champion Northeastern Clinton (18-1) in a quarterfinal game at 1:45 p.m. Saturday at SUNY Plattsburgh.

"We just came to play tonight," Potsdam coach Steve Kmack said. "I saw the spark in their eye."

Kmack was asked when he felt like Potsdam had control of the game and said, "In the first three minutes, because we defended so well and we just were so at a different level."

Potsdam had a 16-5 lead with 1 minute, 51 seconds left in the first quarter and extended that to 22-7. All five starters had scored by the end of the first quarter.

And if Kmack felt the game was Potsdam's three minutes in, senior guard John Coleman felt that even sooner.

"I felt that before the game, actually," Coleman said. "If we went hard at them, we could put them away early. They didn't look like the type of team that was used to our defensive urgence and pressure. They looked like they hadn't seen that, so we tried to do that as much as we could."

As the game progressed Potsdam started to rely more on Coleman and senior center Zach Adams on the offensive end.

Adams, who had been hampered by an ankle injury, dominated Tuesday's game, finishing with 24 points, including consecutive dunks in the fourth quarter.

"Zach really played great tonight," Kmack said. "He's been struggling a little bit defensively, but he played great tonight. He has his best moments when we get into the state tournament."

Said Adams, "We worked really hard in practice leading up to this. We knew all their stuff. I knew if we played our game we could beat them that bad. I think we played pretty good defensively. We knew exactly what they were going to run and what they were going to do."

Coleman helped run the offense and finished with 19 points. He also was assigned to Watervliet's leading scorer, Jordan Gleason, and held him to only five points.

"The big key was John Coleman on the Gleason kid," Kmack said. "He just shut him down. He's the best defender in the state and he showed it tonight. That Gleason kid is being recruited by (NCAA) Division I schools already."

Potsdam proved why it will be tough for any team to beat in the state tournament. The Sandstoners seemed to let every player on the court touch the ball on most of their possessions and all five starters can score when open.

"It's great playing on this team for that reason," Adams said. "There's no one guy that a defense can focus on. In any game someone can get hot."

The Sandstoners also play a tough defense and were not hindered at all when Watervliet (18-5) of Section 2 (Albany area) tried to use a full-court press early in the game, often scoring easy baskets after long passes.

"It just comes together every once in a while, and this was one of those times," Coleman said. "You have to hit the open man and we just moved the ball around quick and I don't think they were ready for that either."

Said Kmack, "That's what we work on every day in practice. There's a reason why we are the No. 1 ranked team in the state. We work real hard at what we do and I have a great coaching staff. I'm really proud of our team. We lived for another game."

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Potsdam Withstands Strong Massena Start To Win Boys' Overall Title

Massena had an early 11-4 lead over previously unbeaten Potsdam, but the Stoners stormed back and broke out a tight contest in the fourth quarter to earn the Section 10 crown with a 57-44 win Friday night at Maxcy Hall.
Potsdam was led by 20 points from John Coleman and 18 points from Scott Bartenstein, while Massena's Brady Conklin led all scorers with 27 points.
The two teams were tied 25-25 at the half, but the Stoners used a strong defensive effort in the second half to turn steals into transition points.

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Sandstoners Roll Past Panthers

By ALAIN ST. PIERRE
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011

POTSDAM - The Potsdam boys basketball team entered Wednesday night's Section 10 Overall semi-final as the top-ranked Class B program in New York State.

After seeing the Sandstoners steadily pull away to an 85-41 win over his Class C champion Brushton-Moira squad, coach Randy Todd could see why.

"There isn't a team that we've played that comes close to duplicating their size and athleticism and they play with a lot of tenacity," said coach Todd, who 16-5 Panthers will now set their sights on opening the state Class C playoffs next Tuesday at SUNY Plattsburgh against a still to be determined Section 7 champion.

"It's a good experience to play a team like that but we won't see a team that comes close to that in Class C," he added. "We got a little shell-shocked to begin with but after that initial blast, the kids kept working hard so I'm happy with that."

With the win, the Sandstoners improved to 21-0 and earned a chance to avenge a loss in last year's overall sectional final to Massena.

"This tournament has a lot of tradition and it's something we'd love to win. We lost to Massena in the overall chamionship last year but we're not too concerned about that game," said Potsdam coach Steve Kmack.

"The bigger prize for us is the state tournament. We rose after that loss last year and went to the final four," he added.

The Sandstoners wasted little time taking control of Wednesday's game against the Panthers at SUNY Potsdam's Jerry Welsh Gymnasium, scoring the first 16 points en route to building a 24-4 lead by the end of the first quarter.

They continued to distance themselves from the Panthers in the second quarter, working their way to a 43-13 advantage before going on to stretch their lead through the second half.

"We played a pretty good first half. We did a better job of attacking the zone," said Kmack. "The second half, we did a lot of substituting to get players in the game and we weren't able to get into the same flow."

Senior Scott Bartenstein tossed through a game-high 21 points, including three three-pointers, to lead the Potsdam offense. Classmate Zach Adams struck for another 19 points followed by sophomore Konnor Bigwarfe, who also drained three three's in making a 13-point contribution. Senior John Coleman chipped in 11 points followed by freshman Will Coleman with nine, junior Josh Adams with five and sophomore Mike Chambers with three. Camron Waters and Owen Mitchell rounded out the Potsdam scoring with two points apiece.

Adrian Martin paced the Panthers with 11 points. Dylan Charlebois netted seven. Cody LaPage and Jason Aubrey finished with six points each followed by Devan Mills with four and Zach Tudor with three. Andrew Martin and Nick Debyah added two apiece.

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Potsdam Follows Steady Course Past OFA To Title

By DAVE SHEA

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2011

POTSDAM - Steady as she goes.

That was the course that Potsdam Central took to down OFA 47-30 at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday to secure a second straight Section 10 Class B Boys Basketball Championship.

The Stoners' helm was manned with an iron hand by senior guard John Coleman who led a signature defensive performance by his 20-0 team which was installed atop the New York State Class B rankings at mid-week.

"I always want to concentrate on defense and playing hard and playing one game at a time," said Coleman (5 rebounds, 4 assists) who also led all scorers with 14 points and picked up two of his five steals in a mini-burst in the second quarter where the Stoners opened a 22-10 lead and never led the determined Devils get any closer than nine points

"OFA played a very good 2-3 zone today. They packed it in and made it tough for us to get anything going inside."

Scott Bartenstein buried a pair of three-pointers in sparking Potsdam to a 10-4 lead with 2:29 remaining in the first quarter but OFA Coach Mark Henry was proud of the way his team denied the Stoners an opportunity to stage an early break-away.

"We did a good job today with tempo and we were able to shorten the game with long possessions. We had some good looks early that we didn't knock down," said Coach Henry who received seven points and five rebounds from Dave Crowder, four points and eight rebounds from Cavan LaRose, four points and five assists from Owen Luckie and two points from Jarred Gemmill. "We played very hard, but Potsdam is such a great defensive team and John Coleman is definitely the best defender that I have ever coached against."

Bartenstein went on to score 11 points with five rebounds and three assists and Zach Adams overcame some early misses around the rim to finish with 10 points and six rebounds. Josh Adams and Will Coleman each tallied two points and Lee Buchanan hit a three-pointer.

Jared Morrow (5 rebounds) converted a series of tough shots in the lane to lead the Devils with 13 points and netted a pull-up fade-away to cut the difference to 34-23 late in the third quarter. Coleman answered with a pair of jumpers and reserve guard Konnor Bigwarfe buried a baseline jumper as the shot clock expired on the first possession of the fourth quarter to produce a commanding 39-23 lead.

"We felt that we were in control all the way, but Ogdensburg is a well-conditioned and well-coached team. They always come to play and they had some big wins, beating Plattsburgh and Indian River this season," said Potsdam Coach Steve Kmack who will now lead his team into the Overall Section 10 Semi-Finals on Wednesday with a 6 p.m. match against Class C Champion Brushton-Moira which will be followed by a meeting between Class A and defending Section 10 Champion Massena versus Class D Champion Chateaugay.

"We definitely have things we have to shore up offensively. We needed more production from the perimeter today but we were extremely steady which was important. Scott Bartenstein got us going early and John Coleman, who is always so steady, picked it up offensively when Zach Adams struggled," summed up coach Kmack.

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Potsdam Boys Answer Massena Challenge

Senior Night and Winter Sports Recognition

Friday, February 4, 2011

POTSDAM - The Potsdam Central varsity boys basketball team remained undefeated Friday night but after holding on for a 47-44 NAC Central Division win over Massena Central, the Sandstoners are no longer unchallenged.
"We knew they were going to come after us hard and we went after them hard. It was a knock-em-down game the whole way which is something we haven't had this year," said coach Steve Kmack after the Sandstoners successfully defending their regular season title by pushing their division record to 12-0 and overall mark to 16-0.

 

"For the first time this year, we didn't shoot the ball well tonight but we defended well. In a game like this where your shots just aren't falling, defense has to keep you in the game," he added. "Massena is very well-coached and very talented. I was worried but our kids grinded it out. This was a good win against an outstanding team. I'm very happy with it."

Senior John Coleman paced the Sandstoners in scoring with 18 points while grabbing six rebounds, blocking two shots and notching six steals. Classmate Zach Adams generated 11 points, 10 rebounds and three assists while sophomore Konnor Bigwarfe came off the bench and drilled three three-pointers in a key nine-pointeffort.

"Our shots were falling but Konnor came in and hit some big shots for us tonight," noted Kmack. "He gave us a big lift."
Senior Scott Bartenstein, who was still feeling the effects of a bout with the flu bug, added five points toward the win while junior Josh Adams accounted for the other four while grabbing nine rebounds.

Brady Condlin led all scorers with 21 points, including a pair of halfcourt three-pointers to end the third and fourth quarters,while hauling in seven rebounds. Matt Jenack added 10 points and three steals. Zack Rusaw provided an inside boost off the bench with five points and a team-high eight rebounds. Trevor Bacon finished with four points and six boards. Zach Hopps and Josh Miller netted two points apiece to close out the Raider scoresheet.

The first quarter produced seven lead changes and ended with the Sandstoners ahead 18-16.

The Raiders opened the second quarter with a quick 6-0 run that ended with Hopps converting from close range to make it 22-18. Bigwarfe hit his second three-pointer of the night on the next Potsdam possession to spark a 9-2 run over the final 4:30 of the first half that put the Sandstoners up 27-24 at the half.

Potsdam maintained its lead through the third quarter, taking its biggest lead of the game at 36-27 after a pair of Zach Adams' free throws. The Raiders closed by scoring the last five points, including the first of Condlin's long-range buzzer beaters that cut the deficit to 36-32 heading into the final frame where the Sandstoners were able to keep their distance to the end.

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Stoners Net Lopsided Win

Friday, January 28, 2011

Senior guard Jon Coleman closed in 1,000 career points by scoring 26 points on Friday night as the Potsdam Central boys basketball team defeated Malone 89-39 in Northern Athletic Conference Central Division play

Potsdam (14-0, 10-0 Central) clinched a share of the NAC Central Division title with the win as Zach Adams added 18 points, Scott Bartenstein scored 11 more with three three-pointers, Camron Waters scored nine on three three-pointers while Josh Adams and Konnor Bigwarfe each had six more.

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Indoor Track Meet #4: January 21, 2011

Canton's Tyler Jaquith leads by inches over hurdlers from Ogdensburg (blue) and Potsdam (orange) in the 55-meter hurdles.  O.F.A.'s Nick Crawford won the event in 8.3 seconds, while Jaquith and O.F.A.'s Zach Grenier tied fro second at 8.4.  Potsdam's Sebastian Grimberg was fourth with a finish of 8.8 seconds.  Malone won the meet with Ogdensburg second and South Jefferson in third place. 

BOYS MEET

By Bob LaRue, North Country SportsNet
Malone continued its mastery, particularly in track events dominating the Section X track and field meet at St. Lawrence University for the fourth straight week.  Gaining their biggest margin of victory since Week 1, the Huskies finished with 132 points, 37½ points ahead of second-place Ogdensburg.  Malone won both the 3,200- and 1,600-meter relays.  Other first-place finishes for the Huskies included Austin Perry in the triple jump and Shawn Conto in the high jump.  Zach Linsky of Norwood-Norfolk won the 55 meter dash, while the Flyers Jake Frego won the 600 meters.  O.F.A.'s Nick Crawford captured the 55-meter hurdles, while Blue Devil Alex Wood outran the rest of the field in the 1000 meters.  Tyler Belleau of Potsdam had a half-second lead at the finish in the 300 meters.  Beaver River's Matt Cheney won the 1600 and 3200 meter runs.  Indian River grabbed first place in the 800-meter relay.  Kyle Nason of Canton won the long jump.  Louis Kendall of South Jefferson threw for first place in the shot put.

Potsdam placed 5th in 14 events scored. 

Complete Week #4 Results

Canton and Potsdam runners rounding the turn in the 3200 meter relay in Friday's meet at St. Lawrence University.  Canton won the 3200 and 800 meter relays while capturing its third meet win in the fourth week of Section X competition at St. Lawrence University in Canton.  South Jeff finished second and Malone third.

GIRLS MEET

By Bob LaRue, North Country SportsNet
Canton captured its third Section X indoor track and field meet of the season with a 14-point win atop the team leaderboard.  South Jefferson placed second for the third time this season, while Malone finished third.  Jen Lomaki's triple-jump win, along with relay team wins in the 800 and 3200 carried Canton to the top spot in Week 4.  Indian River's Asheyla Ellegor emerged as the week's top individual finisher with firsts in the  55 dash, 55 hurdles and long jump. Tupper Lake's Hannah Klossner captured the 600 and high jump.

 Potsdam girls placed 7th in 14 events scored

 

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POTSDAM EDGES CANTON BY POINT FOR SECOND TIME 34-33

The Potsdam Sandstoners edge the Canton Golden Bears by the score of 34-33. The halftime score was 14-13. Rachel Johnson scored 15 points to lead the Sandstoners. Kacie Wentworth delivered 12 points the Golden Bears and Emily Rexford finished with 11 points.




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Sandstoners Answer Early OFA Challenge

TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2011

POTSDAM - Spurtability is a cherished attribute for a basketball team because it involves both offensive and defensive excellence.

Undefeated and number two state-ranked Potsdam showed its extreme spurtability against OFA on Monday, winning a matchup of NAC Central Division leaders and longtime Class B rivals, by the convincing margin of 84-34.

Senior guard John Coleman triggered a sustained first half spurt as the Sandstoners (6-0 Central, 11-0) transformed a 12-10 lead with 2:41 remaining in the first quarter into a 40-20 halftime bulge.

Coleman buried a series of midway-range jumpers and converted floating drives through traffic in transition sequences. He started several transition sequences with steals, deflections and flying saves along the sidelines, converting eight of nine shots in a 19-point first half. He went on to score a game-high 25 points to highlight a triple-double performance that also included 10 rebounds and 10 steals.

"John Coleman is just an outstanding guard. He never stops and reminds me a lot of my son, Jon, when he played here," said Potsdam coach Steve Kmack. "Our team has a goal and they are working hard toward it. Tonight I was very happy with the way our reserves played."

One of those reserves, sophomore guard Konnor Bigwarfe, struck for a baseline three-pointer and a jumper just inside the arch to help fuel the Stoners' first half run which also featured an effortless driving two-handed dunk by Zach Adams who tallied 16 points and seven rebounds and went 6-for-6 from the foul line to lead his team to a 21-for-25 outing.

Bigwarfe, a sophomore, finished with nine points and freshman Will Coleman, another reserve guard, tallied 10.

"Potsdam is just an outstanding team," said OFA Coach Mark Henry who will have team at home on Thursday for the annual Coaches Vs Cancer game against another NAC Central rival in Massena which stands at 4-2 Central, 8-2 overall after besting Gouverneur 61-38 on Monday. "We played hard tonight and playing Potsdam emphasizes the things we have to do consistently for the whole game to get better."

Jared Morrow converted three strong finishes at the goal in the first quarter to lead a promising OFA start and finished with nine points and five rebounds. Owen Luckie (4 assists, 4 rebounds), Breton LaRose and reserve forward Jared Gemmill all finished with five points.

"Mark Henry is an outstanding coach and he is doing a good job with his team," said coach Kmack looking ahead to future matchups with the Devils.

Also contributed toward the win were Scott Bartenstein (8 assists, 8 rebounds) and Josh Adams (7 rebounds) with eight points apiece, Lee Buchanan and Todd Sharlow with four points each, and Mike Chambers with two points and eight rebounds.

"The kids did what they had to do again tonight. We got beat a few times early because we were watching them a little bit," noted Kmack. "We're happy with the win but there are still some things that we have to shore up if we want to achieve the goals we've set for ourselves this season."

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Potsdam JV Boys Upset OFA

January 11, 2011

Potsdam JV's 51, OFA JV's 33: In the junior varsity contest, the teams were tied 10-10 after the first quarter before the junior Sandstoners started to take control with a 19-10 run in the second quarter followed by a 12-6 run in the third. Owen Mitchell led Potsdam with 19 points.Jacob Bryan and Tom Hobbs each finished with nine. Shawn Clark and Matt Sutliff both netted six and Nick Vaccaro accounted for the other five.

Colin Ross led OFA with nine points. Kinnin LaRose chipped in six.

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Potsdam Gridmen Drop Class A Opener

By JOHN TURCOTTE
C-O SPORTS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2010

MASSENA — Jim Kirka has seen some pretty good high school football teams in his seven-year tenure as head coach at Potsdam, but nothing like the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Spartans.

The speedy Section 2 champions ran out to a big halftime lead and prevailed 42-0 in the first round of the Class A state tournament Friday at Mike Nicholas Field.

"That's the best team I've ever seen including all those good Indian River teams we played over the years. If there's a better team in the state in any class, I'd be surprised," Kirka said. "Their team speed was just excellent."

Burnt Hills (11-0 overall) was led by senior halfback Evan Nusbaum who rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on just eight carries. He was also 6-for-6 on extra point kicks. Brandon Beatty also rushed for two touchdowns, and Connor Young recovered a Nusbaum fumble in the end zone for another score.

"We would have liked to make some adjustments as halftime, but there weren't any we could make because of their speed," Kirka said.

Spartans quarterback Keaton Flint, headed to Sacred Heart on a baseball scholarship next year, ran in for another six-pointer.

"Potsdam had a heckuva season and we congratulate them," said Spartans coach Matt Shell. "We had a long trip up here and you never know what you'll be facing in a team you've never seen before. But our guys responded very well."

Burnt Hills led 7-0 after one quarter and added three more touchdowns in the second frame, including a four-yard Nusbaum run just 38 seconds before halftime.

"That late score before halftime was big for us," said Shell whose team is third-ranked in the state and has reached the state finals the last two years where they lost both times to Sweet Home of the Buffalo area.

Potsdam (9-2), making its first trip to the states since 1995, received a gutsy effort from senior halfback Zac Linsky in the final game of his high school career. Linsky rushed 29 times for a tough 100 yards, gang-tackled on most of his carries, and finished the season with more than 1,500 yards rushing.

"Zac was our horse all year and again tonight," Kirka said. "We couldn't do much else against their team speed so we rode him.

"We asked our kids to come out and play hard and they did. They showed a lot of pride."

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2-Way Scoring Sparks Sandstoners To A Title

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2010

POTSDAM - John Coleman scored on a 19-yard run and returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown, both in the third quarter, as the Potsdam Central football team pulled away from an 8-8 halftime deadlock to defeat Malone 22-8 on Friday night in the Section 10 Class A Championship game.

Coleman finished with two picks and a fumble recovery from his safety position, while on offense, the senior quarterback completed 4-of-5 passes for 76 yards, including a seven-yard touchdown pass to Zac Linsky, to power the Sandstoners.

"John had a great night. His interception for a touchdown was a back-breaker for them. And he threw the ball enough to keep them off-balance," said Potsdam coach Jim Kirka.

The Sandstoner defense was aided by Ryan Lashomb with seven tackles along with Jesse Bradish and Josh Adams with five tackles each. Lashomb and Adams each had quarterback sacks as well. After the game, Zac Linsky who rushed for 78 yards on 23 carries was named the Section 10 Division I Offensive MVP.

Potsdam (9-1), which had beaten Malone 24-14 during the regular season, will host the Section 2 champion (Burnt Hills or Lansingburgh) this weekend at Massena High School in the first round of the Class A state regionals.

Malone (5-4) scored its lone touchdown late in the second quarter when quarterback Jordan Cosgrove completed an 89-yard touchdown pass to Harvey Smith.

Potsdam 22, Malone FA 8

First Quarter: P-Linsky 7 pass from Coleman (Coleman to Bradish) 8:49. Second Quarter: FA-Smith 89 pass from Cosgrove (Cosgrove run) 10:51. Third Quarter: P-Coleman 19 run (Coleman to J. Adams) 7:59; P-Coleman 31-yard interception return 9:00.

Fourth Quarter: No scoring.

Individual Statistics

Passing: Potsdam: Coleman 4-5 76 yards TD.

Rushing: Potsdam: Linsky 23-78 TD, Bradish 3-6, Coleman 12-61, Lashomb 6-17.

Receiving: Potsdam: Sharlow 1-20, Linsky 1-7 TD, Moose 2-49.

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Sandstoner Gridmen Turn Back Golden Bears

By JOHN TURCOTTE
C-O SPORTS
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2010

POTSDAM - As the fourth seed in the Section 10 Class A football playoffs, Canton threw caution to the wind and broke out the entire playbook in Friday night's semifinal versus top-seed Potsdam.

But Golden Bear reverses, on-side kicks, hook-and-ladder plays and taking chances on fourth down were countered by a few surprises of their own by the Sandstoners.

Potsdam, which makes its living by the run, showed it could pass the ball very effectively as well. While old reliable, Zac Linsky, was amassing his 197 yards rushing on 23 carries, quarterback John Coleman threw touchdown passes of 40 and eight yards to Jacob Moose after setting up a Linsky one-yard TD run with a 54-yard strike to Josh Adams, all in the second half, the two combining to lead the home team to a 40-14 victory.

Potsdam (8-1) will host either Massena or Franklin Academy in the Class A championship game this Friday. Those teams meet in Malone today.

"If our straight-ahead, brute-force running attack is not going so well at times, we do have other options," said Coleman.

"We're not going to do it a lot, but it is an effective alternative."

Potsdam coach Jim Kirka was not thrilled with his troops at halftime where the scoreboard read Potsdam 16, Canton 8.

"We had to work out some things at halftime and we executed our game plan much better in the second half. They stopped us a few times on fourth down and then when we threw the ball, and did that well, and that was nice to see," said coach Kirka.

"Give Canton credit. They played hard, they played a tough game."

Canton (2-7) put the ball in the hands of versatile Jesse Miller, and in his final high school game the senior rushed 22 times for 144 yards and also completed 12-of-20 passes for 126 yards including a 19-yard touchdown strike to Pat McGaw.

"Yeh, I guess I'm a little tired," said Miller. "We showed them some different looks tonight, we slowed them down in the first half, but this is tough to take."

"Miller is a football player. Kids like him are fun to watch," said coach Kirka.

Linsky and Coleman scored on runs of 56 yards and one yard in the first and second quarters respectively before the Bears cut the lead in half just before halftime on Miller's touchdown pass to McGaw.

Linsky scored the lone touchdown of the third quarter on a one-yard run and Coleman passed for touchdowns twice to Moose in the fourth quarter. The Bears closed out the scoring on a Victor Sanders one-yard run.

"There are a lot of positives we can take from this game heading into next week. Our defense clamped down in the red zone, Zac was steady again, the offensive line was also and we showed the ability to mix it up on offense," said coach Kirka.

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Stoners Roll Past Wildcats

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2010

By JOHN TURCOTTE

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POTSDAM - If anyone expected a letdown from the Potsdam Central football team after suffering its first loss last week at Ogdensburg, they were sorely mistaken.

The Sandstoners blitzed visiting Gouverneur for 30 first-half points on Friday night and cruised to a 44-6 Senior Night victory to close out the Northern Athletic Conference regular season with a 7-1 record.

Potsdam powered for 347 yards rushing on the night, including 114 yards and three touchdown runs by Zac Linsky before halftime before the senior sat out the entire second half

"You never know how kids are going to react after a loss, but we played pretty well tonight. They came out focused and the offensive line did a great job again," said Potsdam coach Jim Kirka whose team outgained the Wildcats 415-197 in total yardage.

"I told our guys we needed a win going into the playoffs and these seniors really want to win."

Potsdam will host either Canton or St. Lawrence Central this coming Friday night in the Class A sectional semifinals. Those two team meet today in Brasher Falls.

Last night, Linsky scored on a three-yard run late in the first quarter, on a four-yard run early in the second quarter and on a two-yard run late in the second quarter just after Potsdam quarterback John Coleman hit Josh Adams for a 55-yard touchdown pass over the middle which was tipped by a Wildcat defender before settling into Adams' arms.

Jesse Bradish took over for Linsky after intermission and finished with 80 rushing yards and a 2-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Gouverneur (3-4) got on the board on a three-yard run by Richard Jesmer and then Potsdam close out the scoring with five minutes left as Justin Hargett carried over from three yards out, set up by several nice runs by Dom Centofanti who finished with 81 yards rushing on 10 carries.

For the Wildcats, quarterback Shane Gould finished 8-for-14 passing for 105 yards, but was intercepted four times - by John Coleman, Will Coleman, Jacob Woods and Hans Kuno. Jacob Moose had a strong night on defense for Potsdam with eight tackles.

Jesmer finished with 72 yards rushing on seven carries for Gouverneur.

"Now it's a new season and the kids are excited about the playoffs," said coach Kirka.

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2010 Girls Cross Country Team

Ellie H., Kallie B., Madi D., Avery N, Coach Barnes, Sarah-Marie C., & Alice D.

 

Stoners Control 2nd Half To Claim No. 1 'A' Seed

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2010

POTSDAM - The steady rain finally stopped at halftime and the fireworks began midway through the third quarter for Potsdam in Friday night's Northern Conference Class A football showdown versus Malone.

With the score tied 6-6 after 30 minutes of play, the Sandstoners proceeded to outscore the Huskies 18-6 over the final 18 minutes of regulation for a 24-12 victory, locking down the top seed for the upcoming Class A sectionals.

Potsdam (6-0, 4-0 Class A) picked off three Huskie passes and took advantage of five Malone turnovers overall on the night.

The Sandstoners scored 12 second-half points as, after a John Coleman interception near midfield, they marched 54 yards on seven plays to take a 12-6 lead with 6:18 left in the third quarter, Jesse Bradish bulling in from five yards out.

In the fourth quarter, Malone quarterback Mitch Gallagher (8-of-10 passing for 127 yards) fumbled near his own goal line and Josh Adams pounced on the ball in the endzone for his second fumble recovery of the night and an 18-6 Potsdam lead with 8:02 to play.

The Huskies responded with a 71-yard kickoff return by Joey Tousignant to the Potsdam 18 yardline and a 2-yard touchdown run by Greg Monica with 5:26 left.

But Coleman and Adams sealed the deal as the Sandstoner quarterback, who finished with 109 yards rushing on nine carries, raced 63 yards to the Huskie 11 yardline on the next series and then carried over the goal line from a yard out with 1:39 left. Adams intercepted a final last gasp pass by the Huskies (2-3, 2-1).

"Defense won the game tonight, the line, everybody in there. They had all those key turnovers.The field position they gave us was huge," said Potsdam coach Jim Kirka who is 6-0 as a head coach for the first time.

"Our question mark this season was pass defense and so far they've answered. We had some great individual plays tonight," said the Potsdam coach who received seven tackles from Coleman and six apiece from Bradish, Jacob Moose and Todd Sharlow, with Bradish also making an interception.

The teams traded first half touchdowns as Ryan Lashomb capped a 12-play, 88-yard drive with a one-yard plunge on Potsdam's first possession of the game and Malone answered early in the second quarter when quarterback Mitch Gallagher hit Jordan Cosgrove over the middle for an 18-yard touchdown strike.

"Malone did a good job of mixing it up on offense and they were very physical. John did a good job running the ball for us," said coach Kirka after two of his other backs also turned in solid performances, Zac Linsky rushing 20 times for 117 yards and Jesse Bradish nine times for 38 tough yards.

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Sandstoners Pull Away From Larries To Stay Undefeated

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2010

BRASHER FALLS - Two teams off to opposite starts kept going in the same direction on Saturday as Potsdam Central methodically churned out a 46-6 Northern Conference Football win over St. Lawrence Central at Randy Riggs Field.

The Sandstoners generated nearly 350 yards of rushing offense and limited SLC to just nine offensive plays the entire second half as they raised their mid-season record to 4-0 and sank the Larries to 0-4.

Senior Zac Linsky ran the ball 21 times for 154 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half, to account for the bulk of the Potsdam offense.

He also carried the ball in for three two-point conversions while junior Dominic Centofanti came off the bench to spark the Sandstoner ground game in the second half where he tallied all of his for 66 yards and a touchdown on 11 totes. Classmate Jesse Bradish went for another 61 yards and a touchdown on 13 rushes. The Sandstoners also showed off their passing potential with senior quarterback John Coleman completing two of his three passes for 31 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown strike to junior Josh Adams. Senior Todd Sharlow covered 10 yards on the other Potsdam reception.

The majority of the SLC offense came on a 58-yard touchdown pass from sophomore Corey LaBarge to senior Quinn Patraw in the closing moments of the first quarter, one play after Linsky had given the Sandstoners a 16-0 lead with a 43-yard dash to paydirt with 49 seconds left.

After surrendering the only SLC points of the game, the Sandstoners put the game out of reach scoring 14 unanswered points in the second quarter then adding solo touchdowns and two-point conversions in the third and fourth quarters.

Dan Tower, who entered the game having rushed for over 100 yards in each of the last two outings for the Larries, was held to 18 yards on three carries by the Sandstoners. Jessi Greer was the next-leading rusher with 13 yards on three tries. The 58-yard touchdown pass to Patraw was LaBarge's only completion in six attempts.

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Stoners' Backup QB Guides Pull Away Against Peru

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2010

POTSDAM - With his brother, senior quarterback John Coleman, out of the lineup with a shoulder injury, freshman Will Coleman made his first varsity start as signal-caller for Potsdam in Friday night's Section 10-7 football matchup versus Peru.

With the Indians lining up with nine defenders tight on the line of scrimmage and the Sandstoners going only to the run, the game was scoreless after the first quarter.

On the first play of the second quarter, Coleman faked a handoff into the middle of the line and calmly tossed a 39-yard touchdown pass over the middle to wide-open tight end, Josh Adams. Potsdam went back to the run game for the rest of the game and rolled to a 30-12 victory, Coleman not committing a turnover over the course of the entire game.

Potsdam (3-0) received touchdown runs of 76 yards in the second quarter and 43 yards in the third quarter from Zac Linsky who finished with 200 yards rushing on 22 carries. Jesse Bradish added a fourth-quarter touchdown run of six yards and finished with 72 yards rushing on 11 carries for the winners.

The Indians (0-3) scored their first points of the season with 34 seconds left before halftime when Joshua Avanzato fell on a Ryan Kenny fumble in the end zone. Kenny also threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Murphy to close out the scoring late in the game for Peru.

Kenny finished with great numbers, completing 17-of-21 passes for 214 yards, operating out of the Indians' four-wide receiver spread offense.

The speedy Linsky continued his outstanding season with a third straight over-200-yard performance.

Defensive back Ryan Lashomb made 15 tackles to lead Potsdam followed by Adams with 10. Linsky, Bradish, Derick Smith and Todd Sharlow all added seven tackles.

Game Stats

Potsdam 30, Peru 12

First Quarter: no scoring.

Second Quarter: Adams (Pots) 39 pass from W. Coleman (W. Coleman to Ononye) 0:09. Linsky (Potsdam) 76 run (Linsky run) 6:01; Avanzato (Peru) fumble recovery in end zone (kick fail) 11:26.

Third Quarter: Linsky (Potsdam) 43 run (Linsky run) 2:20; Bradish (P) 6 run (run fail) 9:13.

Fourth Quarter: Murphy (Peru) 25 pass from Kenny (kick fail) 8:20.

Individual Statistics

Passing: Potsdam: W. Coleman 2x2 42 yards TD; Peru: Kenny 17x21 214 yards TD Int.

Rushing: Potsdam: Linsky 22x200 2TD, Bradish 11x72 TD, Lashomb 3x11, Centofanti 2x16, Hargett 2x11; Peru: Hendrix 1x3, Bazzano 1x6, Murphy 4x48, Kenny 10x24, Cederstrom 10x33, Bruno 2x14.

Receiving: Potsdam: Adams 1x39 TD, Ononye 1x3; Peru: Holdridge 5x57, Cederstrom 4x50, Murphy 4x57 TD, Bazzano 3x50.

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2010 Hall of Fame Class

Linsky Races For Five TDs In Potsdam Hall Game Victory

Flyer On The Move
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2010

By JOHN TURCOTTE

POTSDAM — A merger agreement with Norwood-Norfolk has proved to be a formula for backfield success for the Potsdam Central football team.

Norwood-Norfolk student Nick Howard set Sandstoner rushing marks in 2008 and now Zac Linsky, another N-N student, appears headed for the record books as well.

Linsky rushed for 276 yards on just 11 carries and scored five touchdowns on Saturday before being lifted just one minute into the third quarter, as Potsdam rolled to a 38-14 Northern Football Conference victory over Route 11 rival Canton.

"Having backs from Norwood-Norfolk seems to work pretty well for us. Whatever works, I'll take it. He's as fast as or maybe faster than Nick," said Potsdam coach Jim Kirka.

The speedy senior scored on a run of 43 yards in the first quarter, on bursts of 4, 37 and 59 yards in the second quarter and on a rush of 64 yards on his first-and-only carry of the third quarter as the Sandstoners ran out to a 32-0 lead.

"I used to watch Nick and then I tried to get better and now I want to do some of the same things he did," said Linsky who delighted the Potsdam Hall of Fame Weekend crowd on hand.

"I'm happy. I was hoping to gain over 250 yards today. The offensive line did just a good job of getting me into the open where I could break through.

"Our goal is to just try and get better each week and win our section."

Also for Potsdam (2-0), which did not attempt a single pass on the day, Jesse Bradish rushed 15 times for 141 yards as the Sandstoners outgained the Bears 501-261 in total yardage.

Potsdam's offensive line, led by AJ Rivers, Derick Smith and Josh Adams, opened massive holes.

"It all starts with the offensive line for us. We expect them to push people around. The offensive line allows our backs to get a good head of steam," Kirka said.

In the fourth quarter, Potsdam tacked on another score as Dominic Centofanti rumbled 36 yards for a touchdown while Canton scored twice, on a two-yard sneak by quarterback Jay Proulx and on a 33-yard pass connection from Jake Pitcher to Pat McGaw on the final play of the game.

Canton (1-1) was led in rushing by Jesse Miller with 50 yards on 19 carries.

Pitcher completed 2 of 3 passes for 79 yards

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