Cap Carey is a sportswriter in the Times' Canton bureau. He has covered college hockey since his arrival at the Times in December of 1993. He has been the Clarkson University men's hockey beat writer since the 1996-97 season and also covers the Clarkson and St. Lawrence women's hockey programs.
Cap is a native of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and a graduate of the University of Arizona, in Tucson. He worked for the Arizona Daily Star while attending college, then spent two years working part-time for the sports department of the Los Angeles Times prior to moving east. He also worked part-time for the Scranton (Pa.) Times-Tribune in 1993.
John Day is a sportswriter for the Times, covering Syracuse University basketball, high school football, boys basketball and baseball, and golf. In his 37 years at the Times, he has covered 22 NCAA basketball tournaments, including four Final Fours, 24 Big East Tournaments, hundreds of Section 3 and state tournaments at the high school level, as well as the U.S. Open golf tournament and three PGA tournaments.
John is a 1971 graduate of Oswego State with a degree in history and English. He joined the Times in January of 1973.
Chris Fitz Gerald
Chris Fitz Gerald is a sportswriter for the Watertown Daily Times.
Chris has covered hockey over the course of three decades, with his past beats including Union College of the ECAC and the Albany River Rats of the AHL, as well coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals (2003), the NCAA Frozen Four (2001) and several NCAA Regionals and ECAC Tournaments.
After breaking in as a part-time writer at The Record in Troy, N.Y., in 1990, Chris worked at The Daily Editor in Cobleskill, N.Y., from 1992-94, before returning to The Record, where he served as a sportswriter from 1994-2010 and as a news reporter for a year. After working at the Glens Falls Post-Star as a news copy editor, Chris joined the Watertown Daily Times staff in May 2012.
A native of Scotia, N.Y., Chris is a graduate of the State University of New York's College at Brockport, where he majored in journalism and minored in history.
Leslie Sheldon is a sportswriter and paginator for the Times. She works primarily in the office to help assemble the sports section, but also assists with feature stories and game coverage.
Leslie joined the Times in 2004. She graduated from Copenhagen Central in 1988 and Jefferson Community College in 1990. She then transferred to SUNY Cobleskill for Animal Science, specializing in Dairy Farm Management. She has worked as a freelance writer and photographer for several farm publications, including American Agriculturist and Northeast Dairy Business magazines, and Country Folks newspaper.
Josh St. Croix
Josh St.Croix is a sportswriter for the Times. He covers high school soccer, girls basketball, wrestling and softball. He will begin covering the Watertown Red & Black this season.
Josh has been with the Times since Jan. 2009. He will earn a degree in journalism from the School of Communication, Media, and the Arts at Oswego State University in May.
Josh is a Watertown native, and a 2005 graduate of Immaculate Heart Central.
Gregory Gay is the sports editor for the Times. He produces the sports section 4-5 times a week, oversees the department, and writes the occasional feature story.
Gregory joined the Times as a sportswriter in 1990 in the Canton bureau. He moved to Watertown in 1994 and worked as a copy editor beginning in 1996 before becoming sports editor in 1997. He covered a variety of high school sports, as well as Clarkson and St. Lawrence hockey and Syracuse football. He has won four writing awards on the national and state level.
Gregory is a native of Buffalo and graduated from Buffalo State College in 1988 with a degree in journalism. He worked as a sportswriter for the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, N.Y., from 1988-90.
Matt Wiley, representing Northern New York IAABO Board #59, has been chosen by Section 3 to work the New York State Public High School Athletic Associations boys basketball tournament in Glens Falls this weekend.
A graduate and former basketball player from Thousand Islands Central School, Wiley is also a member of the College Board of Officials and works Division III ECAC games as well.
It has been six years since an official from the Watertown board has been chosen for this assignment. Matt will work two games while in Glens Falls. He most recently worked the Section 3 Class D finals at the Carrier Dome.
OFA senior Breton LaRose won the Joe Jukoski Award, which is given to the top overall boys basketball player in Section 10.
The four Section 10 boys basketball teams which will take part in the state playoffs next week were in action Thursday night at SUNY Potsdam playing in semifinals of the overall tournament.
Massena and Ogdensburg Free Academy will meet for that championship Friday while Madrid-Waddington and St. Lawrence Central will begin practicing for their upcoming state playoff contests.
Class A champion Massena opens on Tuesday at a Section 2 site to be named.
Class B champion OFA has a first-round bye and will host either the Section 2 or 7 champion March 9 at SUNY Potsdam in a quarterfinal.
Class C champion St. Lawrence Central opens at a Section 2 site to be named and Class D champion Madrid-Waddington hosts the Section 7 champion on Tuesday at SUNY Potsdam.
The Red Raiders got into the state playoffs in dramatic fashion as Zach Rusaw scored with 1.7 seconds left to give the Red Raiders (12-8) a 48-47 win over Malone in the Section 10 championship game. The Red Raiders had lost twice to Malone by double figures during the regular season.
The Red Raiders will open the state playoffs at Section 2. Top-seeded Scotia will meet No. 3 Glens Falls for that championship on Saturday.
The Blue Devils (20-1) have been a dominant team this season, losing only once, 57-48 to Malone on Dec. 7. Since that game OFA has won 17 straight games and the Blue Devils average victory margin has been 34.7 points.
OFA reached the state tournament with a 46-36 win over three-time champion Potsdam.
Breton LaRose, who won the Joe Jukoski Award, which goes to Section 10's top overall player, averages 18.3 points.
LaRose's brother Kinnon averages 11.4 points and Matt Piercey averages 10.8 for OFA.
OFA coach Mark Henry
OFA has a first-round bye and will host either the Section 2 or 7 champion in a state quarterfinal on March. 9.
Section 2's championship is Saturday and features No. 1 Watervliet against No. 2 Schuylerville. Section 7's championship game is also Saturday and features Beekmantown against Peru.
St. Lawrence Central Outlook
The championship experience was new for the Larries (10-11) last year, but St. Lawrence Central earned a second straight trip to the state tournament with a 48-37 win over Canton in the Section 10 title game. The Larries had gone just 2-4 in their previous six games before the postseason began.
Zane Ramsdell leads the team at 16.2 points and Josh White averages 10.8.
SLC coach Joey Reome
St. Lawrence Central will open the state playoffs at Section 2. That championship will be decided Saturday when top-seeded Hoosic Valley meets No. 2 Lake George.
The Yellow Jackets (16-7) made it to the state championship game last year and earned another trip to the state playoffs by knocking out the top three seeds in Section 10. Madrid-Waddington was a No. 6 seed and won the title with a 57-41 win over St. Regis Falls.
Colin O'Bryan, who missed five games during the season with a knee injury, leads the team with 13.9 points per game.
Richard Wright averages 11.5 points and Greg Thompson averages 9.1 for Madrid-Waddington.
Madrid-Waddington coach Aaron Jones
The Yellow Jackets will host the Section 7 champion in the first round of the state playoffs on Tuesday.
Section 7's semifinals are Friday with No. 3 Elizabethtown-Lewis playing No. 2 Moriah and No. 5 Chazy facing No. 1 Schroon Lake. The championship game will be Saturday.
Hammond's Alyssa Crosby became the second player in school history to win Section 10's Jan Reetz Award Tuesday, joining Heather Carvill who won the award in 1997.
Four Section 10 girls basketball teams will be taking part in the NYSPHSAA playoffs next week.
Two teams, Class A Massena and Class B Salmon River will have first-round byes and then will host quarterfinal games on March 9 at SUNY Potsdam.
Class C champion Canton will open the state tournament at the Section 2 champion for a first-round game next Tuesday and Class D champion Hammond will host the Section 7 champions in a first-round game on Tuesday at SUNY Potsdam.
The Red Raiders (12-8) earned their trip to the state tournament with a 41-36 win over Malone, which is the only other Class A team in Section 10. Massena's offense has been led by Alisha Jacobs (15.3 points) and Marissa Manley (13.1).
The Red Raiders will be playing either a Section 2 or 3 team in the state quarterfinals.
Section 2's championship game is Saturday and features top-seeded Troy against No. 2 Holy Names. Section 3's championship game is Wednesday night and features top-seeded Jamesville-DeWitt against No. 2 Whitesboro.
Massena coach Roy Thomas
Salmon River Outlook
The Shamrocks (16-5) earned their third straight Section 10 championship with a 52-47 win over Ogdensburg Free Academy, avenging two losses to the Blue Devils during the regular season.
The bulk of Salmon River's scoring has come from junior Abby Kelly, who averages 22.9 points and has scored 42 percent of her team's points this season.
Aliyah Cook averages 9.4 points and Jaiden Mitchell is averaging 8.1.
Salmon River will host either Section 7 or Section 2 in the quarterfinals. Plattsburgh meets Beekmantown for the Section 7 title on Friday. Section 2 has its semifinals Wednesday and its championship game on Saturday. The team's left in that tournament include Watervliet, Ichabod Crane, Ravena and Tamarac.
Shamrocks coach Karen Francis
The Golden Bears (18-2) have been one of Section 10's top teams this season. Canton reached the state playoffs with a 45-32 win over St. Lawrence Central.
The team's offense is led by senior Emma Rexford, who averages 16.9 points and has scored 30.7 percent of hits team's points. Tori Daley averages 8.4 points and Kali Frank averages 7.1
Canton will open on the road against Section 2's champion. Top-seeded Hoosic Valley meets No. 3 Berne-Knox for the championship on Saturday.
Canton coach Mike Meyers
The Red Devils (20-2) are making a repeat trip to the state tournament after edging Heuvelton 43-40 in the championship game.
Hammond's only losses this season have been to Class B schools OFA and Salmon River.
The Red Devils have played tough defense this year, allowing only 30.1 points a game. Hammond has held teams under 30 points 11 times in 22 games.
The team's leading scorer is senior Alyssa Crosby, who averages 19.2 points and has accounted for 35.5 percent of her team's offense. She was named the winner of Section 10's Jan Reetz Award Tuesday, which goes to the top overall player in the section.
Courtney Bova averages 8.3 points and Gabby Marshall 7.0 for Hammond.
The Red Devils will host Section 7's champion on Tuesday. Elizabethtown-Lewis meets Moriah for that championship on Friday.
Massena (14-6-1) won its second straight Section 10 Division I championship in dramatic fashion Sunday afternoon at Cheel Arena.
The Red Raiders, who had beaten Potsdam twice during the regular season, were trailing the Sandstoners 2-1 when Grayson Phillips-Cole scored a goal with just 23.5 seconds remaining to tie the score.
Massena Celebrates Tying Goal
A 7 minute, 30 second overtime period began immediately, without the ice being Zambonied, and Massena took the win just 53 seconds in off a goal from Patrick Manning.
Massena played Potsdam (15-7) on consecutive dates during the regular season and won 3-0 and 2-1.
The Red Raiders struck first in Sunday's game when Dylan Stone scored a power-play goal at 4 :11 of the first period.
Potsdam tied the game 43 seconds into the second period on a breakaway goal from Robbie Scott off a pass from Trevor Keleher. Scott scored what Potsdam thought might be the game-winning goal on a power-play at 8:20 of the third period.
Massena will host Section 9's Monroe-Woodbury in a state quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Massena Arena.
A tight game was made more comfortable for St. Lawrence Central (16-4-1) when leading scorer Luke Arquiett scored two goals in the final 48.1 seconds of the second period, snapping a 1-1 tie and leading the Larries to a 6-1 win in the Division II final at Cheel Arena.
Arquiett scored his first goal with 48.1 seconds left and then scored again with 0.1 on the clock.
The third period featuring another Larries outburst as SLC scored three goals in 3:37 to turn the game into a rout.
Nathan Stickney started the spurt with a power-play goal at 8:06.
Ian Lynch then followed with goals at 8:35 and 11:43 to complete a hat trick. He also scored the first goal of the game for the Larries at 8:47 of the first period.
Sunday's win was the second Section 10 title in four years for the Larries, who also claimed the title in 2010.
St. Lawrence Central will host Section 5's Webster Thomas in a state quarterfinal at a time to be announced Saturday.
Larries coach Mickey Locke
Dan Fyckes scored the only goal for Norwood-Norfolk (12-9-2) at 10:48 of the first period.