DeWitt In every possible way, from the way two schools and a community honored an unlikely state champion to the action that followed on the field, it was a special Friday evening at Alibrandi Stadium.
A ceremony to honor the combined CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team was followed by a boys lacrosse classic that spilled into overtime before the Red Rams prevailed, 15-14, over the Brothers.
This game was put on the schedule long before March 10, when the CBA/J-D hockey team beat John Jay-Cross River at Utica Memorial Auditorium to claim the state Division II hockey crown.
So it only made sense that this game would serve as a public occasion to honor the hockey heroes. Before the face-off, most of the 23 members of the team, plus the coaching staff, gathered at midfield.
Joining them were representatives from the offices of State Senator John DeFrancisco and the Town of DeWitt, along with Onondaga County Legislator Dan Liedka, all of whom read proclamations praising both the team's winning performance and the way it bonded two very different school communities together.
Then each of the players and coaches received their own commemorative plaque, once more hearing the cheers from the fans that had watched them rise from a 1-6 start to the pinnacle of a state title.
Once that was done, the attention switched to lacrosse, where J-D, who had scored 40 goals in its first two games (wins over Whitesboro and Homer), met a CBA side debuting under new head coach Ric Beardsley after its scheduled opener against LaFayette last Tuesday got snowed out.
It started out like another J-D romp, thanks to senior Jordan Evans. Off a 10-goal performance against Homer a week earlier, Evans scored three times and assisted twice on Griffin Feiner's tallies in the first quarter as the Rams sped to a 5-1 lead.