Coaches Burns, Stark Ending Great Careers
BY DAVE SHEA
The 2020 Northern Conference Girls Soccer season will be remembered for the way NAC teams carried on to complete as many games as they could in the shadow of COVID-19.
On Tuesday the seasons of all Franklin County schools ended when the schools decided to go totally remote until Jan. 4.
St. Lawrence County school officials met with St. Lawrence County officials and received the go-ahead to continue in-class education. As the St. Lawrence County teams pressed toward the final day of the season on Sunday three games were played on Tuesday.
In the NAC West Heuvelton Central blanked Norwood-Norfolk 2-0 and lifted its record to 5-2-2 in the final season in the a long and successful career of Coach Burns. Coach Burns will complete his tenure on Thursday in a home game with Lisbon.
"One game left, I guess it's fitting to be at my good friend Stephanie Putney Field, who hired me, and against a good opponent a school who has given me great games and memories over the years. some against Dougie Loffler, Mark (scorekeeper Mark Lashua) and I still laugh over them," said Coach Burns who also enjoyed a successful tenure as the HCS Girls Lacrosse.
"Great memories with Shawn Dack, funny how two of the most competitive coaches turned out to be the most enjoyable to coach against. I can't forget Bob Lang at Clifton Fine, the best inspirational coach I've ever coached against and a good friend."
In the NAC East Colton-Pierrepont downed Madrid-Waddington 1-0 and Parishville-Hopkinton downed St. Lawrence Central 1-0.
In the NAC Central Canton scored a 2-1 win over Potsdam where retiring Sandstoner Coach Joe Stark coached his final home game.
HEUVELTON 2 - NORWOOD-NORFOLK 0
Bella Doyle scored the the eventual winning goal unassisted eight minutes before halftime and Chastity Johnson scored with five minutes left in the game off a pass from Molly Williams. Emma LaFaver stopped five saves for the shutout and Shelby Vallance finished with six saves for N-N (2-6-2).
HOME FINALE FOR POTSDAM COACH JOE STARK
The latest in a long line of games between two outstanding programs saw the Bears take the points lead in the Central Division. Hannah Reed scored the winning goal in the third minute of overtime unassisted.
The game marked the final home game for Potsdam Coach Joe Stark who is completing an outstanding 32-year tenure at the helm of the Stoners' program. Stark guided his teams to 24 straight winning seasons and 19 sectional titles.
Canton's Quinn Woodard opened the scoring unassisted in the 17th minute and Kennedy Emerson answered for Potsdam off an assist from Keely Towne three minutes before the half.
Bree Rogers stopped eight shots in the Canton goal and Taylor Benda fielded 10 saves for Potsdam.
COLTON-PIERREPONT 1 - MADRID-WADDINGTON 0
Kaylene Houston scored the only goal of the game with 1`1 minutes to play as the Colts overcame a strong effort by the Yellow Jackets. Kendall LaMore stopped four shots and the Colts continued an outstanding season at 10-2-0.
Caeleigh Burke made six stops in goal for M-W (2-6-0).
PARISHVILLE-HOPKINTON 1, ST. LAWRENCE 0
Kylie Kirk scored the only goal of the East Division game 10 minutes before the half P-H climbed to 7-2-1 under legendary coach Evan Harper. (2-7-1) . Kelsy Farnsworth and Alexis Bond each made three saves for the Panthers.