Laker varsity hockey boys shoot, score high marks on and off the ice. (roster at end of page)
Skaneateles boy's varsity Hockey coach Mitch Major had a surprise for his Lakers at the awards dinner last Sunday night. It turns out this dream team took states after all -- being named New York State Scholar Athlete Team of the Year.
"We didn't win a state championship on the ice, but we won one in the classroom," Mitch said of his team that finished second in the league and sixth in the state (section III).
After losing 12 seniors last year, Major and his squad had their work cut out.
What did they do?
They picked their heads up out of the books just long enough to make a difference in both arenas. Those of academics and W.G. Allyn's ice up at the Skaneateles Community Center.
Mitch quoted a former president of Notre Dame, Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh who said, "A decade after graduation almost everyone will have forgotten where and what they played, but every time they speak, everyone will no whether or not they are educated."
This steadfast team
Major wove the story of this team through the award portion of the banquet, which was held in the Sunset Restaurant on Division Street in Auburn.
Former Laker Ted Luddington was on hand to give away the award named in honor of his father the late Purc Luddington. Ryan Dove was deemed the player who "was always willing to support and back his teammates."
Mitch awarded Adam Severance with the Tex Stanton Award, which is given to the player who, "is willing to do what is asked of him for the betterment of the team.
Keith Buehler was named the Most Valuable Player of the year, a title Mitch held himself in 1989, followed in 1993 by assistant coach Jeff Bobbett.