Sunday Sports: Former SU Football teammate reaching out, helping Floyd Little

Little finds himself in a battle like no other he’s faced, and he’s getting some help from a former teammate and Watertown native who’s had his back before- blocking for Little as a 2-time All-American for the Orange.

  Athlete of the Week: Adam Szlamcynski

  Mel’s Sports History: an undefeated season & a trip to Cooperstown

  Mel’s Sports History: Scott Wilson

  Mel’s Sports History: Jeff Stevenson

  Can-Am Speedway gears up to welcome back fans

  Mel’s Sports History: Clarkson-St. Lawrence hockey rivalry

Continued Coverage

  Sunday Sports: Watertown Wolves are building their 2020-21 season roster

  Saturday Sports: First year SLU hockey coach looks ahead to next season

  Mel’s Sports History: Katie Wert makes her mark on the basketball court

  Athlete of the Week: Francesca Wilson

  Mel’s Sports History: Ted Kubiak, Bill Buckner & Mookie Wilson

  No racing in New Bremen this year

  Mel’s Sports History: Casey Powell

The National Lacrosse League held its box lacrosse all-star game February 27, 2011 at Turning Stone Casino and Resort.

  Watertown Little League hopes to play ball this summer

Play ball is something that the Watertown American Little League plans on doing this season, but it won't be your traditional season.

  Mel’s Sports History: local racing legends

A couple of weeks ago, Mel told us about a book written by Dave Stoodley entitled “Legends of Watertown Speedway.”

Can-Am Speedway hopes to reopen soon

Can-Am Speedway in LaFargeville continues preparations for what it hopes will be the start of the racing season.

  No season for Watertown Red & Black

  Sunday Sports: What are we expecting for our 2020 fall sports season?

  Saturday Sports: Bassmaster Series is set to return to Waddington

  Mel’s Sports History: Draper’s success on the golf course

  Athlete of the Week: MeSean Johnson

  Mel’s Sports History: Tom Greene, The Big Whistle

  2 OFA athletes sign to play sports in college

A pair of Ogdensburg Free Academy student-athletes have signed letters of intent to play their sports in college.

  Mel’s Sports History: Marc Stevens & Dana White

This history lesson is a two-parter with a mixed-martial-arts theme.

  Mel’s Sports History: Dave Trembley

Did you know there’s a graduate of Carthage High School who managed the Baltimore Orioles from 2007 to 2010?

  Mel’s Sports History: great golfers

There's a term when you cover a golf tournament: “between the ropes.”

  Sunday Sports: Former Potsdam football player is chasing his NFL dream

Former Potsdam football player, Shawn Clark, is chasing his dream to play in the NFL, overcoming obstacles along the way.

  Saturday Sports: SUNY Chancellor E-Sports Challenge unites students statewide

The SUNY Chancellor E-Sports Challenge has been taking place over the past couple of weeks, with SUNY Canton working with SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson to make the competition a reality.

  Mel’s Sports History: Classic Athlete of the Week Josh Coffman

Current Lowville football coach Josh Coffman had an excellent athletic career at Carthage High School playing lacrosse.

  Athlete of the Week: Olivia Ososkalo

Olivia is the 7 News - Watertown Savings Bank North Country Athlete of the Week for May 8, 2020.

  Mel’s Sports History: JCC’s 1998-99 basketball teams

Cheryl Parker was one of Mel’s favorite basketball players locally.

  South Jeff’s Piddock receives postseason award

South Jefferson sophomore and basketball point guard Jackie Piddock was named co-player of the year in New York state in Class B by the New York State Sportswriters Association.

  Mel’s Sports History: Carmen Finestra

Sometimes local sports and show business cross over.

  Baseball season cancelled for Watertown Rapids

In a move that was expected, the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League, of which the Watertown Rapids are members, has decided to cancel its season.

  Mel’s Sports History: Dick Stockton

If you've been watching any of the Michael Jordan documentary on ESPN, you have heard this person's voice doing many of the play-by-play segments.

  Mel’s Sports History: Mike Quade

The Watertown Pirates started play in the New York-Penn League in 1983. A future manager of the Chicago Cubs was a coach on that first team in Watertown.

  Sunday Sports: 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame induction cancelled, hall president says decision was unanimous

For the first time in 60 years, induction ceremonies for the Baseball Hall of Fame set for July 26th in Cooperstown were canceled as a result of health and safety concerns connected to COVID-19.

  Saturday Sports: Schools closed the rest of the year, there’s no spring sports season

The 2020 spring high school sports season came to an end on Friday before it even had a chance to begin after Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that schools wouldn’t be back in session until at least the fall of 2020.

  Mel’s Sports History: Two future coaches share the Athlete of the Week award

This week, we go back to 2007 to meet two future coaches sharing the Athlete of the Week title.

  Athlete of the Week: Brennan Harmer

Brennan is the 7 News - Watertown Savings Bank North Country Athlete of the Week for May 1, 2020.

  Mel’s Sports History: Jimmy Howard & Jim Dorey

There’s a hockey theme in this two-part history lesson.

  Mel’s Sports History: Alex Duffy

Watertown’s Alex Duffy Fairgrounds is named after a man known as Mr. Watertown.

  Mel’s Sports History: a Super Bowl ring & the Watertown Speedway

This history lesson is a doubleheader.

  Mel’s Sports History: Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas

Mel loves sports and he loves fast food. He had one of the icons of fast food do a sports segment with him one night in the late ‘90s.

Spring sports state championships cancelled

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) announced Monday it has cancelled the 2020 spring state championship events.

  Sunday Sports: Former basketball coach reflects on his time at JCC

The JCC Mens Basketball Team has had a great deal of success through the years, but the 2 best seasons in program history came under a man who grew up around the program and led them to new heights in his only 2 seasons at the helm.

  Saturday Sports: Ogdensburg native does good for his NHL community, donating masks to Detroit hospitals

A number of professional athletes have donated time and money to various organizations during the COVID-19 outbreak. Included in that group is one north country native who made a much needed donation to a hospital in the city where he plays.

  Friday Sports: Carthage’s Fombo Azah signs with U of Albany football

On Wednesday night, Carthage senior running back Fombo Azah announced that he had signed a letter of intent to continue his football career at the Division 1 FCS Level with the University of Albany.

  Athlete of the Week: Adrien Lamora

Adrien is the 7 News - Watertown Savings Bank North Country Athlete of the Week for April 24, 2020.

  Mel’s Sports History: Don McPherson

Mel has been a season ticket holder for Syracuse football since 1980. One of his all-time favorite players was quarterback Don McPherson.

  Mel’s Sports History: Bob Cowser & Jessica Power

This Mel’s Sports History is a doubleheader.

  Mel’s Sports History: Jamie Luckie

There have been many athletes from Section 10 to make it to the pro ranks.

Fans sue MLB, teams over ticket money, ask for class action

Opening day on March 26 was pushed back until mid-May at the earliest after a national emergency was declared due to the new coronavirus pandemic.

  Mel’s Sports History: Dick MacPherson

Dick MacPherson had a stellar career as head coach of the Syracuse football team from 1981 to 1990.

  Sunday Sports: Former Carthage coach is making a difference through social media

He was one of the most successful coaches in Section 3 Boys Lacrosse history. Now, former Carthage coach, Kirk Ventiquattro has taken on a new venture during this pandemic: hoping to make a difference through social media.

  Saturday Sports: Area sports teams looking ahead, adapting seasons due to COVID-19

Hopes of having a spring high school sports season are hanging by a thread due to the coronavirus. With restrictions expected even when social distancing is lifted, there could be an impact on the fall high school sports season - with football in particular possibly feeling the effects..

  Mel’s Sports History: A Classic Athlete of the Week

This week, Mel takes us back to 1999 for a classic Athlete of the Week.

  Athlete of the Week: Aidan Macauley

Aidan is the 7 News - Watertown Savings Bank North Country Athlete of the Week for April 17, 2020.

  Mel’s Sports History: Red & Black 1980 championship win

Mel will always have a soft spot in his heart for the Red & Black football teams of the late 1970s.

  Mel’s Sports History: ‘Barefoot’ Bob McCreadie

There has been no one with a more dedicated fan base in local sports history than dirt track driver Barefoot Bob McCreadie.

  Mel’s Sports History: General Brown’s 2003 title

Steve Fisher spent 45 years as coach of the General Brown football team, amassing 268 victories in his coaching career.

  Mel’s Sports History: Brian Leonard

Brian Leonard played football under Mike Shiano at Rutgers University. Leonard was a big reason for the success of the program during that time and would later make it to the NFL.

  Mom of Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns dies from COVID-19

The Minnesota Timberwolves picked Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 pick out of the University of Kentucky in the 2015 NBA draft.

NASCAR’s Larson suspended for racial slur in virtual race

Larson was competing in an iRacing event Sunday night when he appeared to lose communication on his headset with his spotter when he used the N-word.

  Area semi-pro football teams prep for 2020 season

The Watertown Red and Black are scheduled to open their 2020 Empire Football League schedule on the 4th of July as they host Utica in a 7 PM kickoff at the Alex Duffy Fairgrounds.

  Saturday Sports: Clarkson Lady Golden Knights dominating the ice

When you think of dominating women’s college hockey teams, the Clarkson Lady Golden Knights are on a very short list.

  Mel’s Sports History: Two area wrestling coaches honored in National Wrestling Hall of Fame

For his latest history lesson, Mel Busler takes us back to September 18th, 2012 when two local coaching legends were honored.

  Athlete of the Week: Avery Kenyon

Avery Kenyon is the 7 News - Watertown Savings Bank North Country Athlete of the Week for April 10, 2020.

  Mel’s Sports History: a top bowler & Hall of Fame ceremonies

On Thursday nights during the bowling season Mel Busler gives weekly scores from area lanes.

  Section 3 unveils 2020 football schedule

The area high school sports schedule may be at a standstill due to the coronavirus, but on Thursday Section 3 unveiled its 2020 football schedule.

  Mel’s Sports History: Brian McFarlane & Craig Conroy

For his latest history lesson, Mel Busler has a two-parter focused on hockey.

  Mel’s Sports History: Iron Mike Tyson

It turns out former champ Iron Mike Tyson is more than his public persona.

  Mel’s Sports History: Honky Tonk Man

A popular pro wrestler came to Watertown a few years back – but not to wrestle.

  Sunday Sports: Can-Am Speedway is quiet as season is postponed

The month of April is usually the time area dirt tracks start gearing up for the beginning of the 2020 racing season. But this year, due to the coronavirus outbreak, all is quiet on the area ovals.

  Athlete of the Week: Luc LaFlair

This talented student athlete has had a remarkable track season in Ogdensburg.

  Mel’s Sports History: Gerkin’s professional baseball career

In the latest installment of Mel’s Sports History, we take a look back at the baseball career of a gifted athlete.

  Mel’s Sports History: a 2nd championship for the Red & Black

Watch the video as Mel takes you back to October 10, 2009 for the recap of a Watertown Red & Black championship.

Watertown Wolves have new owner

The pro hockey team announced on its website that real estate investor and entrepreneur Andres Johansson has purchased a majority stake from Don Kirnan.

  Mel’s Sports History: Pat Caramanna

Pat Caramanna was part of the 1959 Syracuse national championship football team that also included Heisman trophy winner Ernie Davis.

  Mel’s Sports History: UCLA great Bill Walton

Bill Walton was in Alexandria Bay in 2012 for the Kinney Drugs Foundation Children’s Miracle Network benefit.