Rapids hope to break doubles losing streak
WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) — The Watertown Rapids were back in action at the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds on Sunday afternoon, hosting Amsterdam in a doubleheader.
The Rapids are looking to snap an 8-game losing streak against the first-place team in the PGCBL East division.
At the end of the 1st, there was no score when Ellis Schwartz opened the ball with a breath that passed over the wall in the center left, a solo home run: 1-0 Rapids.
In the top of the 2nd, Amsterdam looks to shake things up, but Beaver River senior Jonah Shearer gets the strikeout to end the inning.
At the bottom of 2nd, the Rapids add to their lead when Lowville product Brett Myers goes yard, a solo home run to left center: 2-0 Rapids.
It wasn’t enough, however, the Rapids lost Game 1 12-7.
The Rapids lost Game 2 12-0.
Beaver River senior Colton Kempney was racing the 1 mile event at the New Balance Nationals in Philadelphia on Sunday.
After a 5th-place finish in the 2-mile on Friday, Kempney would place 20th in the mile with a time of 4:12.83, nine seconds behind the winner.
A great weekend for Kempney, showing he can compete with the country’s top runners on the national stage.
For athletes looking to take their talents to the next level in the region, playing year-round has become an important part of achieving that goal.
A regional group provides this opportunity for North Country athletes.
Movement FC is a traveling U-13 football team made up of 6th and 7th graders looking to hone their skills on the pitch.
One of the many teams playing under Movement Sports, which started with a few football and basketball teams, and has grown over the past few years.
“Well our core is the local acting group mainly in Watertown but in some surrounding schools. Travel is the next level that we started to introduce and provide this opportunity. There was a need for a club of travel, a travel program here in the North Country, instead of sending kids to Syracuse to play and travel with teams there,” said Chris Andiorio, Vice President and Founder of Movement Sports.
Erick Davidson is the coach of Movement FC, and his team just won a tournament in Philadelphia and is ranked 5th in New York State West.
Davidson’s team competes against other teams from Maryland, Long Island, Vermont and New York State.
Davidson’s team is made up of 18 players from Indian River, Gouverneur, Watertown, Lowville and LaFargeville, and he says this level of competition prepares these girls to play at the next level.
“Well, I think the travel program prepares them for the next level of football because it pits them against the best in their age group. Tough competition, you have to learn how to win, right? is what we say to the girls is you have to learn how to win tournaments and you have to play every 80 minutes and come out strong and strong It will help a lot of them who – Most of them play in their schools because they are some of the best football players in their groups,” Davidson said.
The players say they are grateful to have this opportunity and add that the long hours and travels they have put in are worth the unique experience they are having at such a young age.
“Yeah, it takes a lot of commitment because we travel far and wide for tournaments. We’ve been to Maryland, Pennsylvania, a lot of different places and it’s really fun. We’re lucky to have the commitment with all of them. the girls we do,” said Watertown athlete Avery Davidson.
“Yeah, it’s an amazing experience to play with these girls. It’s taught me a lot and it’s great to go and hang out with all these people at tournaments and do so well together,” said Athlete Governor Lilah Siebels.
“It’s really fun to travel, especially when we’re doing things as a team like touring cities and stuff,” said Meghan Jones of Indian River.
“We get a lot of experience and we all go there, so we help each other. We’re learning to play with each other,” said LaFargeville athlete Elyza Smith.
Movement Sports also has boys’ teams that compete in the northeast.
“Yeah, we don’t practice a lot, but it’s fun to get out and play. From Syracuse to Auburn, play in a few leagues in Syracuse. Just really fun,” said Mason Andiorio of Watertown.
Having fun is key, but preparing these talented young players for their high school years and beyond is something Movement Sports seeks to do for young people in the North Country.
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