Pee wee hockey team travels to NYC
By Kimberly A. Michalak
Coming into this years season, the Camillus Pee Wee Travel Team for ages 11 to 12 only had four returning players. But they ended up skating all the way to the state tournament.
Pre-season skating started in early October and the team was selected by the second weekend of October. The team consists of 16 players: nine forwards, five defenseman and two goalies.
The kids are on the ice two to three times per week for practice or skills clinic. They played at least two games every weekend.
Their season was a little slow due to some injuries, but the team really came together around the holidays and went on to a 20-2-2 streak.
"Around the first of the year is when the coaches realized that this team had an opportunity to do well and advance beyond sectional play," Coach Tom Lynch said.
Lynch and the other coaches were right and their team is no stranger to tournament play.
The team played in a number of tournaments this year; including, the Canton Classic, Camillus Cougars Thanksgiving Challenge, Oswego Power Play Tournament and the Tonawanda Lightning Tournament.
Central Section is broken up into two divisions. West and East. Camillus plays in the West division.
In order to qualify for States, Camillus had to qualify for sectionals by being one of the top two teams coming out of the West pre-sectional tournament. We came out of pre-sectionals as the number one seed for with a record of 4-0-1, beating teams like Auburn, Skaneateles, Binghamton,Ithaca and tying Elmira. Pre-sectionals were held in Elmira, weekend of Feb. 9 through 11.
Sectionals were held at Shove Park in Camillus the weekend of Feb. 23 through 25. Camillus and Ithaca represented the West, while Oswego and Rome represented the East. The top two teams from sectional play advanced to the NYS Championship in NYC the weekend of March 9 through 11.