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  • Arrests on Barnhart Island Have Cases Adjourned Over Next Three Months

    Andy Gardner|Jun 13, 2024

    By Andy Gardner. AKWESASNE – The eight people arrested during a May 21 land claim demonstration on Barnhart Island believed they were appearing in court to be arraigned on charges leveled against them that day, but instead had their individual cases adjourned until various dates in June, July and August. They were all arrested that day after the New York Power Authority made a complaint to New York State Police. They were all charged with trespass, which is a violation and not a crime, and f...

  • Indian Time Reporter Among Eight Arrested at Barnhart Demonstration

    Andy Gardner|Jun 13, 2024

    By Andy Gardner. AKWESASNE – Indian Time reporter Isaac White was among those arrested on Barnhart Island on May 21, despite being there while performing his First Amendment-protected job as a member of the press. White showed up at the demonstration after getting a tip that something was happening on the island, but he didn’t know what until he arrived. He got there and found a peaceful demonstration in opposition to a proposed land claims settlement. The people were gathered and talking and walking up and down the grass. There was not muc...

  • CBSA, Unions Make Statements on Tentative Deal, Preventing Border Disruptions

    Andy Gardner|Jun 13, 2024

    By Andy Gardner. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) and the Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) have reached a tentative agreement, averting a potential strike at Canada’s borders. Last week, both the alliance and union, representing over 9,000 Canada Border Services Agency workers, threatened to initiate “job action” on June 7 if an agreement wasn't reached. However, the union extended the deadline to this week, and a tentative deal has been struck. The workers had gone without a contract for over two years, the union said. Detai...

  • Massena, Salmon River Girls Lax Fall to Underdogs in Sectional Title

    Andy Gardner|Jun 6, 2024

    By Andy Gardner. POTSDAM - Salmon River and Massena’s seasons drew to a close in Section 10 girls lacrosse finals on a rain-soaked night at Clarkson University’s Hantz Field on Tuesday, May 28. In both championship games, the top-seeded teams succumbed to surprising reversals in the postseason. Potsdam Central, after suffering two losses to top-seeded Massena Central in the Northern Athletic Conference, orchestrated a quick start and a powerful finish to secure an 11-7 victory in the Class C matchup. Similarly, Canton Central mirrored this fea...

  • Thunder Take Two in a Row Over Ironheads, Saints

    Andy Gardner|Jun 6, 2024

    By Andy Gardner. AKWESASNE – The Akwesasne Thunder Junior B lacrosse team added three wins and two losses to their 2024 record in recent games against Brampton, Kahnawake, New Market, West Durham and Mississauga. In back-to-back games, the Thunder defeated the West Durham Ironheads on the evening of Sunday, June 2, and the New Market Saints 10-8 on Saturday, June 1, both taking place on their home court at A'nowara'ko:wa Arena. Meanwhile, a nailbiter of a game the weekend prior unfortunately w...

  • Akwesasne Bucks Taking a Year Off; Muskies and Redmen Will Play as Planned

    Andy Gardner|May 30, 2024

    By Andy Gardner. AKWESASNE – The Akwesasne Bucks are taking a one-year hiatus from the Three Nations Senior B Lacrosse League. The Snake Island Muskies and Cornwall Island Redmen will play the season as expected alongside leaguemates Capital Region Axemen. The teams will play each other four times and also play a quartet of games against the Kahnawake Mohawks to form a 12-game regular season. Snake Island aims to defend their championship title this year, hosting all their home games at the C...

  • Salmon River, Massena start '24 lacrosse with season opener wins

    Andy Gardner|Apr 4, 2024

    By Andy Gardner As they 2024 varsity spring sports season gets underway, the Salmon River and Massena boys and girls lacrosse teams each won their season openers. Here are the results of the first games of the season: Thursday, March 29, boys lacrosse, Colton-Pierrepont 14 Salmon River 10 – The Colts defeated the Shamrocks in an upset in Fort Covington. Brogan Lazore scored four goals to pace the Shamrocks. Taylor Mitchell scored three goals and Treven Seymour scored twice. Wednesday, March 28, boys lacrosse, Salmon River 14 Saranac L...

  • Shamrocks Season Ends in Bout for Section 10 Title

    Andy Gardner|Feb 29, 2024

    By Andy Gardner. POTSDAM – The Salmon River Shamrocks boys varsity hockey team wrapped up their 2023-24 season playing for the Section 10 Division II championship. They faced the St. Lawrence Central Larries at Cheel Arena on the Clarkson University campus for the title on the evening of Monday, Feb. 26 but fell short with a 6-1 final score. Dylan Johnson scored the lone Salmon River goal unassisted on a breakaway in the first period while down 2-0. Salmon River goalie Ethan Gibson stood tall i...

  • 2024 Post Season: 'Rocks v. OFA in Basketball Quarterfinal, Raiders Play Canton in Hockey

    Andy Gardner|Feb 22, 2024

    By Andy Gardner. As the 2023-24 seasons prepare to close, Salmon River played a close game against Ogdensburg Free Academy, an effort to which Taya Ransom added 18 points. Meanwhile, in boys hockey, Canton skated past Massena by a single goal. Wednesday, Feb. 14 • Girls basketball Section 10 Class B Quarterfinal: Ogdensburg 37, Salmon River 35 – Salmon River put Ogdensburg Free Academy to the test in a hard-fought Section 10 Class B quarter-final match, ultimately prevailing 37-35. Despite being the fourth seed and coming off two victories in t...

  • Malone Defeats Massena for Chance at Section 10 Title; Salmon Downs N-N in Basketball

    Andy Gardner|Feb 15, 2024

    By Andy Gardner. Here is a summary of recent Salmon River and Massena varsity sports action: Friday, Feb. 9 • Girls basketball: Gouverneur 49, Massena 43 – Massena was determined to prevent Gouverneur from securing a Central Division title on their home court, but despite their efforts, the Wildcats (13-1 Division) ultimately emerged victorious, powered by a 15-10 advantage in the third quarter. Leading the charge for the Raiders were Meghan Firnstein with 16 points, Sophie Greco with 13 points, and Mollee Cameron with 12 points, including a p...

  • High School Sports: Raiders Top Shamrocks in Girls B-ball, Salmon Boys Hockey Ties with OFA

    Andy Gardner|Feb 1, 2024

    By Andy Gardner. Recent Massena and Salmon River games saw the Raiders beat Malone in boy’s hockey and Chateaugay in girls basketball. Meanwhile, the Shamrocks tied with Ogdensburg in the rink and lost to Hermon-Dekalb on the court. Here is a summary of recent games: Saturday, Jan. 27, girl’s basketball, Gouverneur 56 Massena 30 – Gouverneur controlled the contest with defense to stay on game. Megan Firnstein and Madison LaDuke led Massena with nine and eight points. Other scoring came from Makenna Cameron with three points, Shelby Goeke with...

  • Massena Beats Salmon in Boys Hockey; Shamrock Girls Take First Win

    Andy Gardner|Jan 25, 2024

    By Andy Gardner. The Salmon River Shamrocks girls varsity basketball squadron won their first game of the season against Tupper Lake. Meanwhile, the Raiders team beat the Shamrocks in boys hockey. Saturday, Jan. 20, girls basketball, South Jefferson 49 Massena 45 – The Raiders posted a 15-5 through the first quarter and a 29-18 halftime lead before being outscored by South Jeff 31-16 in the second half. Savannah Hodges scored a game-high 28 points to pace the Spartans past Massena to the nonleague win in Adams. Saturday, Jan. 20, wrestling, O...

  • 2023-24 Winter Sports Underway, Shamrocks Beat Malone in Opener

    Andy Gardner|Dec 14, 2023

    By Andy Gardner. In recent Salmon River and Massena varsity sports action, the Shamrocks boys hockey squad tied with Thousand Islands and, in their season opener, beat Malone. Meanwhile in girls basketball, Massena came out the victors of a bout with Salmon River. Saturday, Dec. 9, boys hockey, Salmon River 5 Thousand Islands 5 (OT tie) – The Salmon River boys varsity hockey team concluded a thrilling and high-scoring match against Thousand Islands, ultimately securing a well-fought tie as the contest remained undecided even after overtime. T...

  • Massena Volleyball Recognizes Four Graduating Players

    Andy Gardner|Nov 2, 2023

    By Andy Gardner. The Massena volleyball team took a few moments during their home game against Tupper Lake to applaud four players who will graduate in the spring. The team went on to secure a win over Chateaugay two nights later. Middle hitter Allison Lazore is finishing her second year with the Massena varsity squadron. She's an IB student who off the court is a member of French Club and French National Honors Society. She plays club volleyball in the off season and enjoys reading, cooking,...

  • Salmon River Wins Class B Title, Honors Senior Players

    Andy Gardner|Nov 2, 2023

    By Andy Gardner. The Salmon River Shamrocks girls varsity soccer team won the Section 10 Class B crown by shutting out Potsdam. They also recognized six players who will graduate in the spring: Aleska Mora-Williams, Ariyah LaFrance, Gardyn Robertson, Ieniente Tabor, Kaylynn Leaf and Makenna Manson. Meanwhile, the Massena girls lost the Section 10 Class A championship to Malone. Saturday, Oct. 28, Section 10 Class B championship, Salmon River 2 Potsdam 0 – The Salmon River girls' soccer team c...

  • Shamrocks Applaud 3 Senior Volleyball Players

    Andy Gardner|Nov 2, 2023

    By Andy Gardner. The Salmon River Shamrocks paid tribute to three senior players who will move on after the '23-'24 school year. They held the recognition ceremony Monday, Oct. 23, before the start of their home game against the Brushton-Moira Panthers, who they downed in three straight sets. Tessa Cree, who wears #34, has been a member of the team for three years. She wants to go to college and study to become a teacher or a therapist, while continuing her volleyball career. She also hopes to...

  • Shamrocks Down Massena in Volleyball, Boys Soccer; Fall '23 Playoffs Begin

    Andy Gardner|Oct 26, 2023

    By Andy Gardner. Here is a summary of recent Massena Raiders and Salmon River Shamrocks varsity sports action: Monday, Oct. 23, boys soccer playoffs, Salmon River 2 Norwood-Norfolk 1 – Third-seeded Salmon River scored midway through the second half, then kept #-6-seed Norwood-Norfolk at bay in the Section X Class B play-in round. The ‘Rocks opened scoring in the sixth minute on a goal from Carter Johnson, assisted by Jonathan Cook-Francis. Zane Tatom scored unassisted and tied the game 1-1 in the 53rd minute. Just five minutes later, Ty Ler...

  • Late 2023 fall season results – Raiders, Shamrock girls soccer pick up wins over N-N, P'dam

    Andy Gardner|Oct 19, 2023

    By Andy Gardner As the 2023 regular fall sports season begins to taper down, the Raiders dropped two of three volleyball games and were trounced on the gridiron. Meanwhile, the Shamrocks produced a win at the volleyball net over Potsdam. Monday, Oct. 16 girls soccer, Salmon River 3 Norwood-Norfolk 0 – Kelsey Barkley scored a goal with an assist in the Central Division game at Norwood. Lindsey Durant and Calysta Cree picked up the other two Shamrock markers. Kaylynn Leaf tallied a helper. Taya Ransom shut out the Flyers on four saves. Monday, O...

  • Massena Inducts Hall of Famers

    Andy Gardner|Oct 5, 2023

    By Andy Gardner. Massena High School inducted two teams and several individuals into their Hall of Fame. They recognized them at halftime during the Raiders' game against Malone, which they went on to win 42-18. One of the inductees was Erin Francis, class of 2013. She was a three-sport athlete for the Raiders and finished her career receiving the Massena Central High School Female Athlete of the Year Award. Francis was a member of the girls soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. This earned...

  • Massena Inducts Hall of Famers

    Andy Gardner|Sep 28, 2023

    By Andy Gardner. Massena High School inducted two teams and several individuals into their Hall of Fame. They recognized them at halftime during the Raiders' game against Malone, which they went on to win 42-18. One of the inductees was Eric Francis, class of 2013. She was a three-sport athlete for the Raiders and finished her career receiving the Massena Central High School Female Athlete of the Year Award. Francis was a member of the girls soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams. This earned...

  • Salmon River Celebrates First Game on New Artificial Turf Field

    Andy Gardner|Sep 21, 2023

    By Andy Gardner. FORT COVINGTON – Salmon River High School marked the opening of a brand-new turf field with a ribbon cutting and a varsity girls soccer game against Lisbon. The new installation is set up for multiple sports. It's striped for soccer, lacrosse, and Salmon's budding football program. Superintendent of Schools Stanley Harper said the new field is "a long time coming." After a public awareness and input campaign, district voters "unanimously" approved the measure, which for years h...

  • Raiders blowout Wildcats in boys soccer, 'Rocks play close against Huskies

    Andy Gardner|Sep 14, 2023

    By Andy Gardner. In recent Massena and Salmon River sports, Massena crushed Gouverneur and Salmon River played a hard fought contest against Malone. Here are the recent results: Wednesday, Sept. 6, boys soccer, Massena 9 Gouverneur 1 – Salvatore Peretta scored four times as the Raiders defeated the Wildcats in an NAC game in Massena. Camron Francis scored a goal and an assist for Massena. Wednesday, Sept. 6 boys soccer, Malone 3 Salmon River 2 – The Malone Huskies boys' varsity soccer team secured their inaugural victory in the early part of...

  • 2023 Varsity Season Opens with Massena Football Win, Boys & Girls Soccer Tourneys

    Andy Gardner|Sep 7, 2023

    By Andy Gardner. The 2023 varsity sports season got underway with soccer tournaments and a football game. Here are the recent results. Saturday, Sept. 2, football, Massena 24 Saranac Lake 14 - Connor Eastwood spearheaded the Raiders, accumulating 118 passing yards with two touchdowns. Eastwood added another rushing touchdown in a nonleague victory over Saranac Lake in Massena last Saturday. Carter King achieved a notable 100 rushing yards from 24 carries, scoring a solitary touchdown. Tapanie LaBrake hauled in six receptions for 22 yards, with...

  • Section 10 postseason: SR baseball, girls lax reach regional finals

    Andy Gardner|Jun 8, 2023

    By Andy Gardner. Saturday, June 2, girls lacrosse regional final, Skaneateles 15 Salmon River 2 – Salmon River embarked on yet another impressive journey to the state playoffs, but their dreams of a state title were dashed in the regional final against Skaneateles, the Section 3 Class D champion, on a breezy day at SUNY Potsdam. Skaneateles wasted no time in asserting their dominance, scoring the first goal just over three minutes into the game and maintaining control until the final whistle, securing a victory that propelled the Lakers into t...

  • Section 10 post season: Salmon River takes girls lax/baseball, Massena takes boys lax/baseball crowns

    Andy Gardner|Jun 1, 2023

    By Andy Gardner. Thursday, May 25, Section 10 Class B baseball championship, Salmon River 12 Ogdensburg 0 – The Salmon River Shamrocks claimed their second consecutive Section 10 Class B championship title with an impressive 12-0 victory against Ogdensburg at St. Lawrence University's Tom Fay Field. The Shamrocks displayed their prowess not only in offense but also in the exceptional performance of pitcher Caiden Cartier, who pitched a one-hitter over four innings to secure the win. Cartier b...

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