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Potsdam Girls Win Upstate Hockey Title

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PLATTSBURGH - The Potsdam Central girls hockey team didn’t want to remember the 2012 Upstate New York Championship Game for the wrong reason.

“During the second intermission we talked about how, in the future, we didn’t want to look back and think that we didn’t try our hardest. We had one period left and we wanted to end this with a win,” said sophomore Ally Miller, who netted a power play goal with 6:28 left in regulation to lift the Lady Sandstoners to a 2-1 decision over previously undefeated Beekmantown in the league tournament final on Saturday at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Stafford Arena.

“We were scrappy,” added coach Joe Stark after guiding the Lady Sandstoners to their second playoff title overall and their first since 2008. “Beekmantown is a very good team and they had us on our heels a little bit in the second period. We talked about what we had to do to get things going away in the third period. The girls came out and starting winning all the battles in front of the net. They tied up sticks and they made good plays when they had the puck. The girls really worked hard and played as a team, which is something this group has done all year.”

While Miller’s goal stood as the game-winner, senior netminder Abby Tardelli’s work between the pipes also proved to be a big difference in the game.

“I’ve coached girls hockey teams against Abby since she was 11 years old and she is probably as good at going side-to-side as anyone,” said Lady Eagles’coach Ray Guay after a 35-saver performance by Tardelli kept his squad from completing an undefeated season. “You really have to earn every goal against her and she just had a great game for them today.”

“You have to give Potsdam all the credit. They had a game plan and they stuck to it,” he added. “It was one of those games where we didn’t get the puck to bounce our way.”

The Lady Sandstoners opened the scoring 6:56 into the game after junior defenseman Sierra Gagnon intercepted a clearing atop at the right point, skated past one Beekmantown player then wristed a shot that handcuffed netminder Christina Emery on the glove side and found its way into the back of the net.

The Lady Eagles went on to outshoot Potsdam 13-9 in the first period but Tardelli set the tone for her goaltending gem by turning them all aside.

“I just got it in my mind early that I needed to play the puck and not the team,” noted Tardelli, who backstopped the 2008 championship win as a freshman.

The teams traded chances in the second period but some sustained pressure late by Beekmantown produced the tying goal when Alexis Guay slid the puck through a scramble and past Tardelli with 58 seconds remaining.

The Lady Sandstoners, who started the third period by generating some quality chances while on the power play, were able to fashion the game-winner while on the man-advantage midway through the final frame. Senior defenseman Keeley Rice triggered the scoring sequence by sending the puck toward goal from the point. It wound up on the stick of eighth-grader Kalie Grant to the left of the goal. Grant then sent a pass across the slot where Miller was able to control an initial rebound then pump the puck into a wide-open goal from just outside the crease.

“I got the puck on my stick, saw the opening and ripped one,” said Miller, who emerged as the easy choice for the MVP award after generating five goals and an assist over the course of the weekend in Plattsburgh.

The Lady Eagles went on the attack after falling behind and came closest to pulling even with 15 seconds left when the puck landed on the stick of junior Amanda Peterson alone in the middle of the slot but Tardelli was able to slide across the crease and block it with her right pad before smothering the rebound.

“Abby had a lot of big saves today but that was probably the save of the game,” said Stark. “She definitely played a key role for us again today.”

The Lady Sandstoners closed out the season at 21-1 record while the Lady Eagles, wound going 19-1-2 with their only loss of the season coming in the playoffs for a fourth straight year.

Tardelli joined Miller on the All-Tournament Team along with Rice and Grant while Guay was selected along with teammates Jessica Huber and Sara Lotemplio.

Courtesy of Courier Observer




#1 Salmon River Girls Win B Crown Against #2 Potsdam

by Sectionxsports.com -staff
Article written: November 4, 2011

The #1 Salmon River Shamrocks defeat the #2 Potsdam Sandstoners in the section 10 Class B championship game by the score of 3-0. The halftime score was 3-0. Karyss Terrance led the Shamrocks with 2 goals. Abby Kelly supplied the other goal for Salmon River. Breanna Sapp stopped 9 shots on goal in the loss for Potsdam.


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Stoners Advance Past Raiders


POTSDAM - As if Jesse Bradish didn't have enough going for himself already, Potsdam's senior tailback found a little extra before Saturday's Section 7-10 Class A playoff game versus Massena.

"I just found some kind of energy last night and then I brought that into the game today," said Bradish after carrying 33 times for 219 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Sandstoners to a 49-27 semifinal victory.

"Potsdam does a good job with their running game and they were able to pound the ball today. They're powerful up front," said Raider coach Anthony Diagostino after Bradish went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season, which has included a pair of 200-plus yard games versus Massena.

He surpassed Malone's Mitch Gallagher as the Section 7-10 rushing leader with his performance.

"Our guys pride themselves on producing 1,000-yard rushers," said Potsdam coach Jim Kirka. "Jesse did his work in the off-season and it's paid off. And he's a natural cutter."

Potsdam (6-3) led 21-13 after a wild first quarter where Sandstoner quarterback John Coleman stepped forward to score on runs of one and three yards before throwing a 37-yard touchdown strike to Jacob Moose.

The Raiders (4-5) answered with quarterback Troy Myers throwing touchdown passes of 30 yards to Trevor Convertini and 66 yards to Jordy Mitchell.

But Bradish took over from there, scoring the lone touchdown of the second quarter on a one-yard plunge before scoring on Potsdam's first two possessions of the third quarter on rushes of 33 and five yards, making it 42-13 for the Sandstoners.

The energized Bradish also led the Potsdam defense with seven tackles and finished the third quarter with 206 of his 219 yards rushing.

"This was our game on our turf and we deserved it," said Bradish. "The line blocked very well again. We hit hard, we took care of business."

Myers closed out a strong game on offense for Massena with a two-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, finishing his high school career with 172 yards passing and 53 yards rushing on the day. In the fourth quarter, Dominic Centofanti's one-yard touchdown run was answered by an eight-yard rushing score by Massena's Jeremy Malone.

Potsdam's Ifem Ononye and Kyle Martens each pounced on Raider fumbles to set up short scoring drives for the Sandstoners who had no turnovers on the day.

"We limited our mistakes on offense and that's what we needed to do," said Kirka. "If we come out ahead concerning turnovers, we usually win the game."

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Varsity Girls Volleyball - Potsdam 3 - Madrid-Waddington 1
Thursday - October 13, 2011

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JV Boys Football - Potsdam 24 - Tupper Lake 6
Thursday - October 13, 2011

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JV Girls Soccer - Potsdam 2 - Tupper Lake 0
Thursday - October 13, 2011

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Sandstoners Turn Back General Brown



POTSDAM - With 8:37 left in the fourth quarter, General Brown coach Tom Frears had a tough call to make: Go for the tie or go for the lead.

Potsdam coach Jim Kirka liked coach Frears' call after seeing his squad break-up a pass in the end zone to deny a two-point converson and secure a 21-20 non-league victory over the visiting Lions, a perennial Class C power from the Frontier League.

"I'm glad they did it and it worked out for us," said Kirk after the Stoners also overcame a fumble with 2:38 to play at the Lions 10 yard line.

"Against a good Potsdam team and we have a chance to go for the win on the road, I'll take that chance every time," said coach Frears.

Colin Lutz scored on a one-yard plunge with 4:08 to play in the first quarter three plays after Zech Pitre (11-74) broke free on a 40-yard run. On General Brown's next series, Jake Humerickhouse churned out a a 30-yard run and Richard Lagano hooked up with Josh O'Hearn (209 yards passing) for a 20-yard touchdown pass with 8:21 left before the half.

A fourth and nine stop triggered the comeback which saw Potsdam march 74 yards in an eight-play drive sparked by an18-yard run by Dominic Centofanti (14-54) and two major penalities. Will Coleman (85 yard passing) found Kyle Weems (2-35) with 39.7 seconds left before halftime on a 19-yard pass which was tipped at the line of scrimmage to cap the pivotal drive.

"The bottom line is we played better up front in the second half," said Kirka.

"We just went back to excuting. I really doesn't matter what the other team does. If you do your stuff right they generally work out. We fixed our mistakes the second half. Most teams don't think were going to throw and That's where we get alot of those penalties by other teams."

The Stoners tied the game at 14-14 on their first series of the second half keyed by a 26 yard run from Centofanti and passd receptions of 12 and eight yards from Coleman Josh Adams and Jacob Moose. Centofanti capped the drive with a five-yard run with 4:13 to play and Adams caught Coleman's extra-point throw to knot the score at 14-14.

Jacob Woods intercepted a pass with 10:37 left in the fourth quarter and returned it to the eight yardline. Adams caught an eight-yard pass in a tight formation up the middle with 10:06 to play for Potsdam's first lead at 20-14. Sam Skufca, who crafted several long punts, then came on to kick what proved to be the decisive extra-point.

General Brown answered as (8-44) Lutz turned a pass out of the backfield into a 64-yard catch-and-run touchdown to set up the dramatic converson try with 8:37 remaining.

"Its tough sometimes when we beat ourselves," noted Frears, referring to the momentum-shifting penalties.

"Potsdam's size was a factor in the second half. I don't think we changed our scheme too much at halftime. The problem is the big guys don't get any smaller and we started to get tired as time went by. Potsdam has a lot of beef up front, they are a good ball team," he noted.

Centofanti finished with 52 yards on 14 carries. Jesse Bradish was 13 for 34 yards. Coleman had 85 yards on seven completitions. Adams caught four balls for 42 yards and a touchdown. Weems had two catches for 35 yards and a score.

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Potsdam Covert Early To Down St. Lawrence


POTSDAM - Scoring 21 points off three St. Lawrence Central turnovers in the first quarter, the Potsdam Central football team went on to defeat the Larries 45-8 on Saturday in matchup of Section 7-10 Class A teams.

Potsdam (3-2, 2-1 Class A) converted a Zach Williams fumble recovery on the first series of downs with Jesse Bradish scoring on a 7-yard run with just 2:01 gone in the first quarter. A Kyle Weems interception on SLC's next series resulted in Bradish carrying over from two yards out at the 4:11 mark.

Then a Dan Devine interception resulted in a 1-yard touchdown run by Dominic Centofanti. With three Sam Skufca kicks for the extra points, the Sandstoners led 21-0 with just 9:15 gone by in the first quarter.

SLC (1-3, 0-2) regrouped and shutout Potsdam for the rest of the first half, but on the opening drive of the third quarter, a Centofanti 1-yard run and Skufca kick made it 28-0. That was followed by the first touchdown of the year by J.P. Sochia who rushed a five yards to the end zone followed by a Skufca kick.

The Larries got on the board late in the third quarter on a 55-yard sprint down the left sideline to the goal line by Oden Robertson followed by a Jesse Greer conversion run and it was 35-8.

Potsdam scored twice more in the fourth quarter as Skufca booted a 21-yard field goal and Adam Lewis score on a 32-yard run.

Skufca finished a perfect 6-for-6 on the day on extra point kicks.

Lewis, with all his eight carries in the second half, led all rushers with 80 yards. Bradish rushed 10 times in the first half for 74 yards with Centofanti finishing with 77 yards on 12 totes.

For SLC, Robertson rushed five times for 76 yards, Greer nine times for 68 yards and Dakota Vallance 11 times for 51 yards.

In the quarterback matchup, Potsdam's Shawn Clark completed 8-of-11 passes for 110 yards with Josh Adams making three catches for 35 yards and Jacob Moose and Jacob Woods each addeding two receptions. SLC's Devon Euto completed 6-of-12 passes for 40 yards with an interception. Corey Labarge made three receptions for 20 yards.

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Massena’s Josh Blanchard capped an eight-play, 61-yard, three-and-a-half minute drive with an opening touchdown to give the Red Raiders a 7-0 lead over Potsdam. But that was the last the Raiders were heard from. On Potsdam’s Hall of Fame Induction weekend, the Sandstoners roared back with 21 unanswered points before intermission, then slapped on 23 more points in the second half to rout Massena 44-7. Potsdam had just two passing completions on the day, both in the same drive, both from quarterback Will Coleman (51 yards passing) to receiver Jake Moose for 39 yards, then a 12-yard touchdown pass. Jesse Bradish racked up a game-best 197 yards rushing and touchdown finishes of three and five yards.

Dominic Centofanti carried 13 yards for 64 yards and went end-around for another touchdown. Adam Lewis rushed six times for 46 yards and capped a fourth-quarter drive with a 20-yard touchdown run. Potsdam outrushed Massena 372-169. Sam Skufca booted a 25-yard field goal for the Sandstoners late in the game, while defensive end Josh Adams contributed an interception, a fumble recovery and nine tackles. For Massena, Troy Myers completed 6-of-15 passes for 76 yards.

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Jeffers Tournament:
Potsdam vs. Parishville 1-0

Friday, September 2, 2011


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Updated: Sunday, September 16, 2012 0:03 AM