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  • Akwesasne Thunder Wrap Up Regular Season with Three Straight Wins

    Andy Gardner|Jul 3, 2024

    By Andy Gardner. AKWESASNE – The Akwesasne Thunder won three consecutive wins against Gloucester, Kahnawake, and Nepean, wrapping up the 2024 regular season with a 12-8 record. Two of those bouts were decided in overtime. Their regular season closer was at Earl Armstrong Arena against the Gloucester Griffins, who the Thunder beat 8-7. The opening 20 minutes saw the teams trade two goals apiece, off the sticks of Takaronhiotakie Thompson and Mason Cree for Akwesasne, and Elliot Malcolm and Dylan Steinwald for Gloucester. In the second period, M...

  • Thunder Beat Kings, Griffins

    Jun 13, 2024

    AKWESASNE – The Akwesasne Thunder Junior B laxmen won recent games against the Orillia Kings and Gloucester Griffins. They downed the Kings by a one-goal margin in a close game played Sunday, June 9 at Rotary Place in Orillia. The hosts started out by dominating the first period, scoring five times within the first 10:30, which went unanswered for just over two minutes when Hawi Francis was assisted by Landen Sinfield and Thanaokatha Elijah. After a goal from Orillia's Colsen Maracle pushed t...

  • Snake Island Muskies Start '24 with Three Straight Wins

    Jun 13, 2024

    AKWESASNE – The Snake Island Muskies are leading the Three Nations Senior Lacrosse League with three consecutive wins and no losses. Their third game of the season played Saturday, June 8, saw the Muskies host the Kahnawake Mohawks. The Mohawks, who played without any of their import carded players, got off to what looked to be a good start scoring the first goal. The Muskies rallied quickly. After 20 minutes, they led on a score of 5-1. They continued to demonstrate their prowess in the middle period, outscoring the visitors 7-1. In the f...

  • 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...

  • Saka Thompson Featured in USA Lacrosse Magazine

    May 16, 2024

    By Andy Gardner. POTSDAM – SUNY Potsdam sophomore men's lacrosse player Saka Thompson (Akwesasne/Salmon River) has been named a Division III Honorable Mention All-American by USA Lacrosse Magazine. All-Americans were chosen by the magazine's staff and contributors with input from coaches and conferences across the country. Thompson is the 10th All-American in program history. Thompson established himself as one of the nation's best goalies this season. He earned SUNYAC Defensive Player of the We...

  • 'Rocks down Raiders in softball, SR girls take two close wins in lax

    May 9, 2024

    By Andy Gardner. Friday, May 3, boys lacrosse, Massena 13 Ogdensburg 7: The Raiders secured a 9-6 lead at halftime and showcased an impenetrable defense in the second half, with goaltender Owen Converse making 10 saves and allowing only one goal. Drew Smutz, with three goals and three assists, Myles Cook, with three goals, and Duffa Thompson, with one goal and three assists, led the Raiders’ offensive charge. Dom Murtaugh’s two goals were crucial, especially his second, which came just 12 seconds after Theodore Hewko narrowed the gap to 11-7 wi...

  • April's wrap of Salmon River and Massena varsity games

    May 2, 2024

    By Andy Gardner Wednesday, April 24, girls lacrosse, Massena 16 Heuvelton 12: Jayla Thompson and Lindsay D’Arienzo both contributed five goals each, while Hailey LaShomb and Brook Terry each added a pair of goals to lead the Red Raiders to victory over the Bulldogs in an NAC game on Tuesday. Goalkeeper Bryn Deshaies made seven saves to secure the win for Massena. Saige Blevins led Heuvelton's effort with six goals and one assist, while Raya McGaw contributed four goals and one assist. Tuesday, April 23, boys lacrosse, Massena 17 Ogdensburg 11:...

  • Family of Varsity Lax Player Seeking Legal Action After Bad Hit

    May 2, 2024

    MALONE – The family of a lacrosse player from Franklin Academy is pursuing legal action against an Ogdensburg player who struck a Huskies player in the head with his stick, resulting in a concussion, during an April 20 match at Crowner Field in Malone. The incident occurred during a game between Franklin Academy and the Blue Devils and was captured on video by NFHS Network, which covers high school sports. In the footage, the Ogdensburg player approaches Landyn Pierson from Franklin Academy, swings his stick, and hits him in the head. P...

  • Indigenous NCAA Women's Division

    Apr 11, 2024

    Five Akwesasronon female hockey Players have been identified at NCAA Indigenous Women's Division hockey, currently playing for their 2023- 2024 respective NCAA team. Jaryn Chubb, Rylee Garrow, Ella Oakes, Leneratokwas Taylor Swamp, and Karahwenhawe White have played an outstanding 2023 – 2024 hockey season. Look for them this coming hockey season and their outstanding achievements on and off the ice. Complete Indigenous NCAA Women's Division listed: Jaryn Chubb, Akwesasne Mohawk (Salem State U...

  • 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...

  • Abby Kelly Named a WBCA Thirty Under 30 Honoree for the 2023-24 Season

    Apr 4, 2024

    BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin women's basketball assistant coach named a WBCA Thirty Under 30 honoree for the 2023-24 season. Created to recognize 30 up-and-coming women's basketball coaches aged 30 and under at all levels of the game, each honoree has exemplified their involvement in community service, mentorship and impact on others, professional manner, and attitude and professional association involvement. Kelly, in her second year as assistant coach under Megan Phelps, helped lead the Polar...

  • Akwesasronon Breaks County Record

    Apr 4, 2024

    Tomeks Oakes, son of Jay Oakes from Akwesasne, broke the Section 9 and County record for the 200 Individual Medley at the Section 9 (Catskills Counties) Swim Meet in Goshen, NY. The 200ft IM is where you swim all four strokes, an impressive feat of stamina and skill. His team, the Pine Bush Bushmen, won overall at the Boys Section 9 Swimming Championships, winning 200-yard medley and 200 freestyle relays. To make it to Section 9 swimming championships, 6,000 swimmers are competing across Section...

  • 'Words Before All Else:' Indigenous Students Record Thanksgiving Address

    Apr 4, 2024

    ALBANY – The UAlbany Indigenous Student Association has collaborated with University’s Digital Media team to record a version of the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address now available on UAlbany’s website. The address, which the people of the Six Nations of Upstate New York and Canada have used for more than a millennium to reaffirm the interconnectedness of living things, was recorded in Mohawk, with an English translation available immediately below. In an introduction to the recording, ISA President Savannah Swamp explains the origins and m...

  • Salmon River Boys Lax Honors Dave White at Season Opening

    Apr 4, 2024

    Wednesday, March 27th marked the season opener for Salmon River Boys Varsity lacrosse. Legendary lacrosse Coach David P White was honored as he led the team in the opening faceoff on their brand-new turf field. With over 30 years of dedicated service to Salmon, Coach White expressed his wish for having had this state-of-the-art facility during his tenure. The teams and crowd paid tribute to Dave with great honor, celebrating an impressive win against Saranac Lake Placid 14 to 3. Alex Delormier...

  • Nine Akwesasne Hockey Teams Participate in the Little Native Hockey League's 50th Year

    Mar 21, 2024

    By Kaniehtonkie. The 2024 Little Native Hockey League (LNHL) annual hockey tournament and cultural festival for Ontario First Nation youth players kicked off on Sunday March 10th in Markham, Ontario. The tournament welcomed approximately 3,500 athletes – from ages four to seventeen, along with their friends, families, and spectators. A record number of 245 clubs, including nine teams from Akwesasne participated in the LNHL tournament this past week. As well as the record number of teams t...

  • Nine Akwesasne Hockey Teams Participate in the Little Native Hockey League's 50th Year - Part 2

    Mar 21, 2024

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  • Carey Terrance Chosen Third Star of Three Game Sweep

    Mar 7, 2024

    After splitting last weekend, the Otters knew some wins on the road would be dire with playoffs looming ahead. The Otters started the week on Thursday at Peterborough with a dominant 4-2 over the Petes. After an early Petes' goal to put the Otters down by one, Erie battered Peterborough with four straight unanswered goals across all three periods. On Friday, the Otters traveled to Kingston to avenge a 6-4 loss last week, and avenge it they did. Erie beat the Frontenacs 5-3, marking the final gam...

  • Little Native Hockey League (Little NHL) Celebrates 50 Years of Inclusion

    Mar 7, 2024

    MARKHAM, ON- In one week, more than 4,000 Indigenous youth will lace up their skates and take to the ice for the 50th anniversary of the Little Native Hockey League's (Little NHL) tournament, sponsored by Hydro One Inc. (Hydro One). Ontario's largest Indigenous hockey tournament will welcome players between the ages of five to 17 years old, coaches and their families from communities across the province to Markham to participate in games from March 11 – 14. This year's tournament has the t...

  • 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...

  • Massena Central High School Boys Varsity Hockey Team - DI Section X Champions!

    Feb 29, 2024

    The Raiders claimed victory last night with the shutout, defeating Canton 5-0 in the Championship game. The Massena team will travel to Union College to take on Shenendehowa in the NYSPHSAA Regional Finals on Saturday, March 2 at 3:45pm....

  • SRCS Track & Field Teams Ends Season

    Feb 22, 2024

    On February 10, the SRC indoor track and field team competed at the Section X Championships. They may have had a small team, but Salmon walked away with some big wins on and off the track. Congratulations to Jasmine Oakes and Mataya Arquette on being named Athlete of Distinction and Oakley Hasty for Section X Outstanding Sportsmanship. Makenna Manson will be advancing to the New York State championship meet to be held in Staten Island on March 2nd. Makenna had a huge night breaking, yet again,...

  • Salmon River Senior's Night

    Feb 22, 2024

    Salmon River held their Seniors Night at the Tom Cavanaugh Arena last Wednesday. Six seniors were honored, along with their family. Salmon River hockey ended their season upending St. Lawrence 3-2 in overtime earning themselves league champs....

  • 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...

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