The Cazenovia Laker Mitey Mites pose for a team photo after a great (and muddy) home game. In the front row, sit Vito Borio, left, Michael Parella and Chris Sparks. In the second row, are Emerson Leone, left, Dalton Sevier, Ryan Romagnoli, Jake Germain, Jack Lavelle, Peter McCole, Anthony Pitts, Kaylab Brown, Brice Hodges, and Dylan Lyrek. Behind them, are Anthony Porter, left, Shaun Goodman, Ty Fryer, Guy Germain, Connor Wilson, Rilley Hansen, Evan Murray, Austin Sanders, Jack McDonald and Aidan Coffey. Members of the coaching staff, Joe Borio, left, Mike Parella, Jim Sparks, Ryan O’Herien, Head Coach Bob Romagnoli, Mike Corso, Tom Goodman, Todd Wilson and Alex Devine proudly stand behind the mites. Not pictured: Coach Neal Coffey.
Cazenovia The Cazenovia Pop Warner Mitey Mites finished a great season on Sunday, Oct. 23 in a tough offensive match-up against Utica 2, a game that was dubbed by the announcer as “the best Mitey Mite game ever seen.”
The Laker offense scored four touchdowns, two extra points and more than a dozen first downs, all the while remaining a relentless force against the Utica defense.
Mitey Mite Team Captain Ryan Romagnoli had an exceptional game, including several 30-plus yard runs, two touchdowns and one extra point. Also scoring in the game were Michael Parella on a quarterback-keeper touchdown and Jack McDonald (after a 30-yard run to the 5-yard-line by Romagnoli) with the additional extra point run in by Evan Murray.
The defensive play was no less fierce, highlighted by a series of diving tackles, backfield tackles, forced turnovers, fumble recoveries and several takedowns by a swarm of Lakers .
The game had fans on their feet for most of the second half, and while the Mitey Mites may have finished with one touchdown less than their opponents, they left the field as a remarkable group of teammates and friends.
The boys were brought together by their own hard work and the dedication of their coaches; a true testament to the strength and success of the Cazenovia Pop Warner program.
In addition to the coaches, the team and their families would like to thank team moms Brenda Sparks, Jana McDonald, Carol Parella and Sue Romagnoli, as well as the Mitey Mite cheerleaders and their coaches.
Pia Murray is volunteer publicist for the Cazenovia Pop Warner Association.