Editorial: Laker athletics shine bright

And that's a hat trick, Caz!

The Cazenovia High School boys varsity lacrosse added a third Class C state championship title to the 2010-11 athletic year, after topping their division June 11.

The Lakers defeated the Phantoms of Bayport-Blue Point 14-6 at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

Their big win over the weekend not only adds more state championship hardware to the Lakers trophy case, but it adds to the already glimmering prestige of Caz's athletic programs.

Cazenovia High School Athletic Director Mike Byrnes has been notably promoting the school's programs as well as encouraging the community to become more involved. Student-athletes can perform even better under pressure when they know all of Cazenovia is cheering for them.

Byrnes' contributions to the monthly Blue and Gold newsletters have also been strategic in this community-building effort. The sports page of the newsletter gives credit to its outstanding athletes where credit has been earned - whether it's leading an athletic team to a state victory or paying tribute to a team that has its best season the sport has had in school history.

A high school's sports program is an imperative part of instilling school pride and school spirit. This means you don't have to be on the team or even play a sport to feel the excitement in the air. Numerous fans turn out to watch the Lakes compete no matter if it's on the court, on the field or in the pool.

The Lakers have had a tremendous year and the school's post-season excitement will only encourage the fall athletic teams to work harder. Knowing your fellow classmates, teachers, administration and community members are all cheering you on to victory makes all the training worthwhile.

From the Cazenovia Republican: Congratulations to the varsity boys lacrosse, varsity field hockey and varsity ice hockey teams for achieving a hat trick for the 2010-11 sports season!

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