QUEENSBURY — This time, they got to finish the job.
Lake George and Hadley-Luzerne started to play for the Adirondack League boys tennis championship recently before the match was rained out about halfway through. Until that point, it was going pretty well for Lake George, but the Warriors couldn’t know for sure.
They found out Friday, defeating the Eagles 5-2 in the Class C-D final of the Section II Boys Tennis Tournament at Queensbury High School. It was the Warriors’ first sectional title since 2016.
The Warriors (12-0) led 3-2 with unfinished matches at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles. In singles, Austin Smith had won his first set over Connor Moulton 6-1, so Lake George coach Nora Buck was hopeful that her senior captain would make quick work of things.
Moulton had other ideas, pressing Smith hard, though Smith won the second set 7-6 (7-0 tiebreaker) to clinch the victory.
“It took a little longer than I thought, but him being the team captain, it was special,” Buck said.
Meanwhile, at second doubles, Hadley-Luzerne’s Dylan Smead and Connor Hayes had won the first set 6-2, but Lake George’s Anthony Gambino and Brian Dee rallied to win the next two sets, 6-3, 6-4.
“They always give us a great match,” Buck said of H-L, which beat defending champ Chatham in the semifinals. “Chatham would have been a complete unknown. It was nice to play an all-Adirondack League final.”
Buck said she has a special group, including some longtime-playing seniors.
“Four have been with me for four years, one for three years and two for two years,” Buck said. “It’s really a family at this point. They like to have fun and they love the game of tennis.”