Last Updated: Thursday, May 26, 2016 8:33:08 AM
Steve Makey pulled this monster trout from Fourth Lake. He was fishing with his uncle, Jim Makey, when he hooked this 37 inch long, 21 pound, six ounce fish. The men estimate that the fish, that was 21 inches around, was around 25 years old.
Last Updated: Thursday, May 05, 2016 8:20:11 AM
Chandler Brown, left, and Austin Pierce, caught two turkeys around 7 a.m. opening day. They were in Long Lake near the Northville-Lake Placid Trail.
Last Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2016 8:23:47 AM
By PETE KLEIN
Express News Staff
HAMILTON COUNTY—The season for hunting turkeys starts May 1 in all of upstate New York, including Hamilton County, where the big birds are often seen alongside the roads.
According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, the most successful turkey hunters use a variety of calls (e.g., box calls, slate calls, mouth calls) to bring a bird within gun range (usually 30 yards or less). Head-to-toe camouflage helps hunters to stay undetected prior to th ...
Last Updated: Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:58:41 AM
Cameron Orr, son of Tom Orr formerly of Wells, won the National Hoop Shoot Contest held in Chicago. He competed against nine other regional champions.
He made 24 of 25 free throw shots for the win. It is the fourth time he shot 24 of 25 throws during this hoop shoot season. He made 140 of 150 shots in the past six competitions in the Elks Hoop Shoot Competition.
Orr’s name will be engraved on a plaque at the Basketball National Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.
Last Updated: Thursday, April 14, 2016 8:20:26 AM
2015 is the first year in decades without a reported fatality, marks growing trend of improved hunter safety
The 2015 New York hunting season proved to be one of the safest on record and yielded the first year without a hunting-related shooting fatality since the 1950s, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. DEC’s 2015 Hunting Safety Statistics report highlighted a total of only 23 hunting incidents, the third lowest ...
Last Updated: Thursday, April 14, 2016 8:15:12 AM
ALBANY — Forty-seven bears were taken in Hamilton County during the 2015 hunting seasons. Across, the state, hunters took 1,715 black bears, the second largest bear harvest on record, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos announced on April 4.
Only the 2003 harvest (1,863) surpassed the 2015 year’s take.
“Our bear population is flourishing in New York State, providing increased opportunities for hunters and wildlife watchers alike ...
Last Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2016 8:33:05 AM
By PETE KLEIN
Express News Staff
HAMILTON COUNTY — The Wells varsity basketball teams had a number of their players listed as All Star Basketball players.
Erika Foster ranked in the girls first team and Cheyenne Beach received honorable mention.
Nick Taylor ranked in the boys first team, while Justin Foster and Stephen Beach were part of the second team.
Tucker Young was awarded honorable mention.
Last Updated: Thursday, March 10, 2016 8:10:32 AM
Zach Hoag, of the Indian Lake/Long Lake boys varsity team, received honorable mention in the basketball All-Stars. The entire varsity team won the Sportsmanship Award for the season.
Last Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2016 7:33:12 AM
The Wells girls and boys ended their 2015 — 2016 season in their first game of sectional play. The girls lost to eighth seeded Schroon Lake in the preliminary round while the boys lost to second seeded Willsboro in the quarterfinals.
Schroon Lake 47 Wells 28
The Lady Indians were scheduled to play Tuesday, Feb. 16, but inclement weather caused the game to be postponed to Wednesday, Feb. 17, in Schroon Lake.
Schroon Lake got off to an eight point lead in the first quarter and led by ...
Last Updated: Thursday, February 18, 2016 8:22:55 AM
WELLS — A boy with local ties will be competing to win state titles in the Elks Club's annual national hoop shoot competition to see who the best foul shooters are in the nation.
The competition consists of both boys and girls with three age categories: 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13.
Cameron Orr of Queensbury, son of Wells native Tom Orr, has won in local competition, district competition, and New York state regional competition. Orr represent Glens Falls Elks Club 81.
Cameron, age 12, won the Elk ...
Last Updated: Thursday, February 18, 2016 8:05:46 AM
The regular basketball season concluded last week for both the high school boys and girls teams.
IL/LL girls had a tough time producing any offense in their game in North Creek on Monday, Feb. 8. The Jaguars held IL/LL to 17 game points while scoring in double-digits three of the four quarters.
Rachel Monthony had six points for IL/LL.
Johnsburg: Dwyer 6-0-13, Denno 3-0-6, Mason 1-0-2, Berg 6-0-12, Cleveland 7-4-18, Persons 1-0-2. Totals: 18-4-53.
Last Updated: Thursday, February 11, 2016 8:43:15 AM
A Wells winter recreation program featuring Badminton and Pickle Ball is held Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will continue weekly at the Community Hall on Main Street in Wells. Instruction and some equipment available, you can bring your own racquet/paddle as well. Parking behind the building. Further information, call Holly at 924-2216. No charge to participate and all are welcome!
Last Updated: Thursday, February 11, 2016 8:32:00 AM
INDIAN LAKE—If you missed recent IL/LL Orange boys and girls basketball games, you can still listen to them on Empire State Sports at http://empirestatesports.com/
The online broadcaster has been there for games in January against Minerva/Newcomb, Wells and Chazy.
Empire State Sports operates online with live broadcasts and archives the games you can listen to later by clicking on the game.
— Pete Klein
Last Updated: Thursday, February 11, 2016 8:23:55 AM
By Patricia Ryan-Curry
Wells 68 M/N28
The Wells boys picked up an easy win on Tuesday, February 2 in Olmstedville. The Indians jumped out to a 22-4 lead in the first eight minutes of play and went on to hold the Mountaineers to single digit scoring in the remaining three quarters.
Justin Foster and Stephen Beach led Wells with 18 and 11 points respectively.
Wells: Foster 7-0-18, Stone 2-0-4, Earley 1-1-3, Beach 4-3-11, Taylor 7-2-18, Trezise 1-0-2, Bolebruch 3 ...
Last Updated: Thursday, February 04, 2016 7:26:32 AM
By PETE KLEIN
Express News Staff
INDIAN LAKE — The Indian Lake/Long Lake Varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball teams drew a decent crowd for the fundraising campaign Coaches vs. Cancer on Friday, Jan. 29.
The IL/LL Orange hosted the Chazy Eagles with the girl’s game starting at 5 p.m. and then the boy’s teams took to the court at the conclusion of intermission.
Though both the girls and boys teams lost to Chazy, they did so with the sportsmanship they have become kno ...
Last Updated: Thursday, February 04, 2016 7:19:09 AM
Due to January Regents exams, mid-term and final exams, high school teams only had games on Friday, Jan. 29, last week. IL/LL boys and girls hosted Chazy in Indian Lake while Wells boys and girls traveled to Plattsburgh to face Seton Catholic.
Seton Catholic 55 Wells 19
The host Knights held Wells to single digit scoring in all four quarters as they cruised to the 55-19 win over Wells.
Erika Foster was the leading scorer for Wells with six points
Wells: Mattice, 1-0-2. Beach, ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 3:12:36 PM
INDIAN LAKE – Coaches vs. Cancer is coming to Indian Lake on Friday, Jan. 29. The Indian Lake/Long Lake Varsity Basketball Teams will be taking part in the unique fundraising campaign at 5 p.m.
The IL/LL Orange will be hosting the Chazy Eagles with the girls’ game starting at 5 p.m., then the boys’ teams will take the court at the conclusion of intermission.
Ticket prices are $3 for adults and $2 for students. A 50/50 raffle will be available.
And the ILCS PTSO will have ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 3:05:40 PM
Schroon Lake 52 Wells 49
The Wells boys held a seven point lead at halftime in their game on Tuesday, January 19 in Schroon Lake. In spite of the host Wildcats outscoring the Indians by one point in the third period Wells held a 43-38 advantage heading into the last quarter of play. In the final eight minutes, Schroon Lake rallied to hold Wells to six points while scoring 14 points of their own to finish the game leading by three points.
Nick Taylor and Justin Foster each score ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 12:48:05 PM
Johnsburg 40, Wells 21
The Lady Indians of Wells traveled to North Creek Monday, Jan. 11, to face the Johnsburg Jaguars. Wells had difficulty recording points and were limited to single digit scoring in each of the four corners.
Erika Foster was high scorer for Wells with 11 points.
Johnsburg: Dwyer 7-1-16, Denno 5-0-10, Mason 0-0-0, Berg 1-0-2, Cleveland 2-0-4, Bacon 2-0-4, Persons 1-0-2, Mitchell 0-0-0, Pierson 1-0-2. Totals: 19-1-40.
Wells: Erb 0-0-0, Lewis 0-0-0, Mattice 0-0-0, Beach 0 ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 7:07:28 PM
Schroon Lake 77, IL/LL 28
The Schroon Lake boys traveled to Long Lake Monday, Jan. 4, to face the Indian Lake / Long Lake Orange. The game was relatively competitive in the first eight minutes, with Schroon Lake holding an eight-point advantage. IL/LL was limited to single digit scoring in the following three quarters as the Wildcats cruised to the convincing 77-28 win.
Zach Hoag and Austin Pierce led IL/LL with 10 points each.
Schroon Lake: Williams 2-0-4, J. Dezalia 8-0-16, Wisser 1-0-2, Pelke ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 05, 2016 5:00:25 PM
The holiday school break provided limited action for the area high school basketball schedule. The only games played were by the Wells boys in the Woodward Tournament in Northville Monday, Dec. 28, and Tuesday, Dec. 29.
Northville 67, Wells 48
The Wells boys faced a strong Northville team in the opening round. The Falcons started off with a 16-8 first quarter lead and went on to outscore the Indians 44-24 the next two quarters.
Justin Foster and Stephen Beach were high scorers for Wells with 22 ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 9:43:57 AM
The short school week prior to the holiday break provided only two games for area high school teams. Wells boys hosted Fort Plain while Indian Lake/Long Lake girls hosted Wells.
Fort Plain 78 Wells 54
Section II Fort Plain traveled to Wells on Monday, December 21 for a non-league game. The Hilltoppers took early control of the game leading 45-14 at halftime. They continued to control the game in the second half on their way to obtaining the 78-54 win.
Stephen Beach and Nick Taylor led Wel ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 5:28:11 PM
Six high school basketball games were played by the two county teams last week, including a head-to-head game between Indian Lake / Long Lake Orange and Wells Indians boys.
Wells 94, IL/LL 32
The Indians hosted IL/LL Monday, Dec. 14. Wells controlled the game throughout in the lopsided 94-32 win. Wells had three players score in double figures. Nick Taylor led with 21 points, Tucker Young contributed 18 points and Stephen Beach added 13 points.
Calvin Seaman was high scorer for IL/LL with ...
Last Updated: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 12:54:35 PM
The Wells and Indian Lake / Long Lake boys and girls basketball teams began league play this week with two games each. The Wells teams went up against Johnsburg and Keene while IL/LL faced Minerva / Newcomb and Lake Placid.
IL/LL 54, M/N 52
Tuesday, Dec. 8, the IL/LL girls hosted Minerva / Newcomb in Long Lake to kick off their league play. The Orange couldn’t find the bottom of the net in the first half and trailed the Mountaineers 28-11 at the half.
After the break, IL/LL connecte ...
Last Updated: Tuesday, December 08, 2015 6:06:12 PM
By PATRICIA RYAN-CURRY
This year's high school varsity basketball season in Hamilton County started last week with two non-league games to get the players back into the swing of things.
Northville 45, Wells 30
The Lady Indians of Wells traveled to Northville for a non-league game Tuesday, Dec. 2. The host Falcons scored 20 points and held Wells to two points in the first quarter.
The Lady Indians settled in and outscored Northville 28-25 in the remaining three periods, but the opening stanza pr ...