OFAs Alton W. Elliott Athletic Complex will play host to some of the best track-field performers in the North Country, from the Syracuse to the Plattsburgh area, at the 91st Van Dusen Invitational on Saturday which begins at 10 a.m.
On Wednesday the Blue Devil track-field teams hosted Canton and Clifton-Fine in their home opener which also showcased some of the areas premier performers.
The 6-2 OFA Boys gained wins over Canton and Clifton-Fine and the undefeated Canton Girls downed OFA and C-F.
The OFA Girls and Canton Boys finished at 1-1 on the day.
Other OFA action saw Malone hand the golf team its first loss in a match at the Malone Country Club and Saranac Lake use an 11th hour rally to gain a 5-4 victory.
The home baseball game with Malone was postponed.
We had some really good performances especially Jake Sias 22.9 time in the 200 meters, said OFA Coach John Tebo.
Kevin Joanette has turned into outstanding young performers and Alex Cole had a strong show in the discus.
Along with posting an outstanding 200 time Sias also approached 40 feet in the triple jump and teamed with Kevin Joanette, DaKota Pratt and Alex Sias on the winning 4x100 relay.
Pratt and Joanette also joined 100 meter dash medalist Donnie Smith and Taylor Bouchard in the 4x400 relay. Bouchard also led the long jump and shared high jump honors with Joe Grizzuto who also led the 800 and 1600 runs as a triple medalist.
Other OFA winners were: Nick Vielhauer in the 3200, Nate Stowe in the 400 hurdles.
Evan LaPoint led the 400 dash and the discus to lead Canton which also produced the 110 hurdles leader in Lisbon student Ryan Buckley and shot put medalist in Isaiah Davis.
Canton also won the 4x800 relay with Bridger Royce, Darren Ricalton, Scott Wight and Stephen Folk.
The girls meet saw OFA render a solid effort against powerful Canton coming off a dual meet win against Malone and a first place finish at the Madrid-Waddington Invitational.
Leading the Devils were first place finishes from Sarah Mitchell in the 3000 run, Ellen Miller in the 400 dash and Chelsea Montroy in the discus.
Triple medalists in Lindsay Proulx (100H, HJ, SP), Claire Olin (100, 200, 4x100 relay) and Gemma DelRossi (400, 4x400R, 4x800R) led the Canton effort.
Other Canton medalists were: Rebecca DelRossi (800, 4x400R), Morgan Rosser (TJ), Maria Ricalton (1500), Emma Collins, Dasha LaPoint and Paige Mooridian in the 4x100 relay; Grace Besette, Jana Prudhomme and Tori Daley in the 4x400 relay and Emma Bentley Hicks and Besette in the 4x800 relay.
Overall individual second places were posted by: Breanna Hacia of OFA (100), Dasha LaPoint of Canton (200), Maria Ricalton of Canton (400), Kurstyn Macaulay of OFA (800), Rebecca DelRossi of Canton (1500), Ellen Miller of OFA (3000), Carly Whiteford of Canton (100H), Holly Williams of Lisbon-Canton (400H), Morgan Rosser of Canton (HJ), Charlotte Miller of OFA (LJ, TJ), Chelsea Montroy of OFA (SP), Alexis Foster of OFA (discus), Kevin Joanette of OFA (100, 400), Donnie Smith of OFA (200), Darren Ricalton of Canton (800, 1600), James Pinckney of Canton (3200), Alex Sias of OFA (110H), Ryan Bouchard of OFA (400H), Alex Sias of OFA (LJ), Taylor Bouchard of OFA (TJ), Deven Compo of OFA (SP) and Alex Cole of OFA (discus).
Malone remained undefeated and unchallenged in NAC Central action downing OFA 21-0 at the Cliff Montroy Athletic Complex. Alissa MaCauley struck out five in a one-hitter and retired the last 11 batters in order.
Jill Lincoln singled in the second inning for the Devils who were limited to two baserunners.
The Huskies showed power throughout their lineup bracketed by leadoff batter Morgan Fountain who lined three singles and a triple and number nine hitter Brooke Collins who doubled and singled.
In between Emily Marshall doubled and singled, Janelle Haden doubled and tripled, Whitney Legacy homered and singled and Erin McDonald singled twice.
What a difference a day makes, said Malone coach Chris Kelley after his Huskies, who have struggled with large numbers the past couple of matches, upended previously unbeaten OFA 211-216 in a Northern Athletic Conference match the Malone Country Club.
Both teams scored nonleague wins over Northwood Prep (220).
Devils dropped into a 7-1 tie atop the NACs Division I and Jackets will host OFA and Potsdam on Tuesday.
Davis Sprague shot a medalist 35 to lead the Huskies and Nathan Hunter tallied a 42.
Connor Hanan and Jed McRoberts each carded 40s for OFA with Rudy Binion and Matt Piercey finishing at 43. Spencer Mayettes 44 rounded out the scoring. Ryan Petell and Colin Ross shot nonscoring rounds of 46 and 48.
Visting Saranac Lake was forced to play on the defensive much of the game in Wednesday evenings NAC boys lacrosse game played under the lights of the Alton W. Elliott Athletic Complex.The Red Storms defense and 24 saves from goaltender Jacob Merrill frustrated the attacking Devils and SL struck from a defensive stance to secure a 5-4 victory.
Forced to play shorthanded for the final two minutes the Storm not only warded off OFAs power play but scored with a long run by Jeff Stevens with 36 seconds to play.
It was a very good game and both teams played with great intensity. We did so many good things but we just didnt execute offensively well enough, said OFA Coach Matt Morley after his teams bid for a 6-6 NAC record was denied by the 3-8 Red Storm.
You have to credit Saranac Lakes defense. They played a zone defense and packed it in and their goalie had a very good game. We created chances but we just didnt convert.
Stevens scored the last two goals of the game and also assisted on a goal. Chandler Gack, Oliver Holmes and Greg Hartman (1 assist).
Taylor Richardson scored twice for OFA, Austin Putman passed out two assists and Andrew Roddy and Dave Prudhomme scored single goals for the Devils who play at St. Lawrence Central on Friday and complete their season in a Saturday morning 9:30 a.m. Senior Day game at Kennedy School against Colton-Pierrepont.
PINKERTON TOURNAMENT SAT.
OFAs home baseball game with Malone was postponed on Wednesday and the Devils will visit Massena Friday and host the Jim Pinkerton Memorial Tournament on Saturday at Father Martin Field.
The Devils will host Canton, Madrid-Waddington and Indian River with the action beginning at 10 a.m. The host Devils meet Morristown at 10 a.m. followed by a Canton-Indian River matchup at 11:30 a.m.
The consolation and championship games will be played at 1 and 2:30 p.m. All games will be played as five-inning affairs.