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Skaneateles wins twice, locks down playoff berth
Tested in so many different ways this winter, the Skaneateles girls basketball team was proud, and relieved, to have a Section III Class B playoff berth locked up a full three weeks before the regular season concluded.
Skaneateles second in 4x200, third in 4x400
High expectations surround the Skaneateles indoor track and field teams as they head to SRC Arena next Thursday night to compete in the Section III Class B and C/D championship meets.
Skaneateles goes 19-3 in superb regular season
Though 16 wrestling teams vied for top honors in the Section III Dual Meet at Cicero-North Syracuse on Saturday, Skaneateles was not one of them. Instead, the Lakers were busy hosting its own dual meet that same day, welcoming Auburn, Cato-Meridian, East Syracuse Minoa and Oneida for four rounds of competition - and it would win each of them to claim the title at the Laker Duals and finish a superb 19-3 regular season.
Lakers 5-1 in nine-day stretch, only loss to Potsdam
When the Skaneateles girls hockey team took to the ice at Allyn Arena on Jan. 16 against Massena, it began a crowded regular-season homestretch that would feature six games in nine days – and it would only taste defeat once.
Skaneateles impressive in home win over New Hartford
While the Skaneateles girls basketball team left Bishop Grimes last Wednesday night on the wrong end of a 49-36 decision, it also had to feel proud about its effort. Against the unbeaten, state Class B no. 2-ranked Cobras, the Lakers did not flinch one bit, keeping the game close most of the night and proving that a possible post-season rematch might not prove that easy for Grimes.
Lakers recover quickly from loss to ITC
Opponents from the city of Syracuse have not proven kind to the Skaneateles boys basketball team this winter. First, it was Syracuse Academy of Science twice beating the Lakers. Then, in last Tuesday night’s visit to Institute of Technology Central, Skaneateles found itself in a fast-paced affair that it could not get control of, falling 83-74 to the Eagles.
Lakers win at Oswego, drop thriller to Syracuse
With that single overtime defeat to New Hartford on Jan. 14, the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team fell from no. 2 to no. 7 in the state Division II rankings, a fall that did not sit well.
Lawson wins 300 sprint; Goodell, Hagen, Schneider also stand out
Now the Skaneateles indoor track and field team might be as strong, overall, as it’s been in a long time, thanks to the rapid rise of the boys program this winter. The boys Lakers, led by Griffin Lawson, earned the most points among small schools in Wednesday night’s Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.
Lakers sweep Massena, Salmon River after loss to Alex Bay
Heading into its busiest stretch of the regular season, the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team knew it could not always count on the kind of comeback it pulled off Jan. 9, when it erased a four-goal third-period deficit and beat Oswego in overtime.
Lakers improve to 14-3 with pair of road wins
Two road matches, of varying degrees of difficulty, awaited the Skaneateles wrestling team during last week’s action, and it got through each of them to improve to 14-3 on the season. In fact, when the Lakers rolled past Morrisville-Eaton 57-24 Thursday night, head coach Dick Campbell said it was as good as the team has performed since the varsity program was revived a decade ago.