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Skaneateles takes over top state ranking
Only in Section III ice hockey, circa 2016, could the reigning state Division II champions still find itself in search of a championship. Yet that’s the quest the Skaneateles Lakers would undertake starting on Feb. 19, at Allyn Arena, when it welcomes Whitesboro in the opening round of the Section III playoffs at 7 p.m.
Lakers get wins from Simmons, Goetzmann
With a chance to prove itself against some of the strongest squads in Central New York, the Skaneateles wrestling team did so, rising to a fourth-place finish in Saturday's Section III Class C championship meet at Adirondack High School in Boonville.
Skaneateles clinches regular-season league title
Just 12 months ago, the ice hockey battles between Skaneateles and CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt largely defined the local Division II scene, with the Brothers getting the best of it in the Section III final, but the Lakers, as an at-large team, getting revenge at Utica Memorial Auditorium two weeks later en route to its first state championship in 26 years.
Lakers finish behind Cazenovia, CBA
Earning victories on both the boys and girls sides, the Skaneateles indoor track and teams both would make an impact during Friday night's Section III Class B championships at SRC Arena.
Lakers fall to Hannibal, rebound to defeat J-E
When they announce the pairings for the Section III Class B girls basketball playoffs on Wednesday, the Skaneateles Lakers, after a 14-6 regular season, will be there again, but will face a steep and difficult path to the title.
Lakers follow up with shutout of Oswego
Buoyed by its 4-2 win over Auburn on Jan. 22, the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team remained at no. 2 in the state Division II rankings, trailing only St. Lawrence, and ahead of two other Section III sides – New Hartford at no. 4 and Cazenovia at no. 5.
Skaneateles finishes second at OHSL Liberty meet to Marcellus
Far from just an isolated accomplishment, what the Skaneateles wrestling team pulled off, going through an entire season of 21 head-to-head matches without a defeat and earning its first league championship in 35 years, ran deep within its family.
Girls get pair of wins; boys handle Cazenovia, Solvay
Twice in as many games, the Skaneateles girls basketball team countered the presence of a big-time star with spreading its production around. Each time, it led to victory.
Alex Bay defense contains Skaneateles in 2-0 decision
All of the forces, personal and otherwise, lined up at just the right time - or wrong time to keep the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team from claiming the Section III championship.
Grasso wins three events; Krause takes triple jump
Strong competition greeted each of the Skaneateles indoor track and field teams when they went to SRC Arena for Wednesday night’s Onondaga High School League Division 2 championship meet.