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Lakers head to sectionals; Chittenango falls to New Hartford
Once the rains stopped and the temperatures dropped, Cazenovia’s girls tennis team squeezed in one more victory before play began in the Section III team and individual tournaments.
Chittenango close to J-D in rainy 3-2 defeat
The agenda for Cazenovia and Chittenango’s girls soccer teams last week had some similarities to them, most notably games against state-ranked defending Section III champions that neither side could conquer.
Caz blanks Camden; Chittenango handles Cortland
For their first games in October, the Cazenovia and Chittenango football teams, who went a combined 7-1 in September, both hit the road - and both would win big. The state Class B no. 2-ranked Lakers recorded its third shutout of the season, blanking Camden 40-0, while the Bears, rebounding from its loss at Homer, went to Cortland and rolled past the Purple Tigers 33-8.
Lakers sweep ITC, Solvay before Westhill rematch
An unbeaten mark was great for the Cazenovia girls volleyball team – but the tests it faced during last weekend’s Baldwinsville Fall Swing Tournament proved even more valuable. Playing nine sets at that tournament, the Lakers went 5-4, splitting with Liverpool and Victor (Section V), claiming its lone set over Shenendehowa 25-20 and sweeping Saratoga Springs 25-23, 26-24 before a 25-22, 25-10 defeat to Long Island power Connetquot.
Lakers handle Oneida, win 50th straight home game
For more than a decade now, any Saturday afternoon spent by Cazenovia footballl fans at Buckley-Volo Field has featured a happy ending. And when the state Class B no. 2-ranked Lakers rolled past Oneida 35-6 on this particular Homecoming Saturday, it marked the team's 50th consecutive home victory, one that again featured a defense that would not let the other side get in the end zone.
Trojans' defense holds Chittenango to 52 yards
A big, physical dose of reality struck the Chittenango football team when it ventured out of familiar home ground for the first time in the 2015 season.
Three matches decided in three sets in Laker duel
Once more, the Cazenovia girls tennis team went after the other Lakers side from Skaneateles that, in recent years, had dominated the OHSL Liberty division, including a 6-1 win over Cazenovia when the two Laker sides first met this season on Aug. 27.
Lakers improve to 9-0 with pair of strong efforts
Through the years, the Cazenovia girls volleyball team has enjoyed many great battles with the likes of Marcellus and Skaneateles, proven programs under proven coaches (Hy Bryant for Marcellus, Doreen Doctor for Skaneateles) that, over time, made the Lakers better.
Lakers bounce back from losses at Camden Tournament
Defeats to Camden and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, by equal 2-1 margins, in a tournament on Sept. 18-19 brought the Cazenovia field hockey team back to the ground after a soaring start where it outscored its first six opponents by a combined 37-1 margin.
Lakers narrowly beaten by Camden, Burnt Hills
Now the level of competition picked up for the Cazenovia field hockey team, as it went to a tournament in Camden sporting a 6-0 record – and emerged from it 6-2, having taken a pair of blemishes in close, hard-fought contests.