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Skaneateles edges Clinton, to face Caz for sectional title
For the fifth time in seven years, the Skaneateles boys soccer team earned a trip to the Section III Class B championship game. Yet for sheer excitement, it would be difficult to top the way the Lakers got there this time around.
Lakers drop regular-season finale to unbeaten West Genny
Having turned itself into a regular presence at the top of the standings at each year’s Section III Class C championship meet, the Skaneateles girls swim team is going for more glory.
Lakers beat J-E, fall to Westhill in semifinals
Within a 24-hour span, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team had the capability to reverse the entire course of its season and earn the right to play for the Section III Class C championship.
Two-time defending champs roll in sectional opener
Banged up all season, but showing a lot of heart, the Skaneateles football team still made it into the Section III Class B playoffs as the fourth-place finisher in the B West division. Yet it led to an impossible first-round playoff assignment - namely, a trip to Buckley-Volo Field Saturday to run headlong into unbeaten, state no. 3-ranked, two-time defending sectional champion Cazenovia, who proved again its worth by beating the visiting Lakers 56-8.
Teixeira, Buchholz, King sisters win at OHSL meet
Between a diving sweep and a pair of relay titles, the Skaneateles girls swim team had plenty to feel good about in last Wednesday night’s home meet against Baldwinsville, even though the Lakers took a 97-84 defeat to the Bees.
Skaneateles advances to Class B semifinal against Clinton
Just one victory separates the Skaneateles boys soccer team from a return trip to the Section III Class B championship game. From a no. 2 seed, the Lakers hosted no. 7 seed Solvay in last Friday night’s opening-round game at Hyatt Stadium, and with Jack Bailey proving unstoppable on the offensive end, Skaneateles turned back the Bearcats in a 3-0 shutout.
Trio of defeats in Lakers rivalry includes sectional quarterfinal
Even with two regular-season defeats on the ledger, the Skaneateles girls soccer team knew quite well that it could still maintain the bragging rights in the long-standing Laker rivalry with Cazenovia if it won the third – and most important – clash.
Skaneateles duo finishes second at Section III qualifier
Two days of hard work and grace under pressure helped the Skaneateles girls tennis doubles team of Makenzi Herbst and Grace Magee reach next weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament.
Both matches take four sets; Sknaeateles record at 6-12
Even with all the improvement it had made late this season, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team could not quite catch up to the sides atop the OHSL Liberty division.
Lakers fall in non-league game at New Hartford
Four years ago, when the Skaneateles football team last ventured into the Class B portion of the Section III playoffs, Cazenovia awaited them in the opening round – and knocked them out.