Though they all wear the Skaneateles blue and gold on game day, Captain Nora Garrett doesn’t think of the varsity girls hockey team as a typical high school team.
“We’re kind of like a big family,” Garrett said. “The way we come together for big games, or if someone is hurt, really shows that we are a close team despite coming from different areas and different high schools,” she said.
Garrett, a senior at Auburn High School, is one of many players on the team from neighboring school districts who try out for Skaneateles hockey because their home town doesn’t have a girl’s hockey team. The next closest high schools with girls hockey teams are in Ithaca and Oswego, so Skaneateles has allowed other students from multiple other school districts to play on its team since 2010.
This year about half of the 27-person roster comes from other school districts, including six from the West Genesee district, the biggest contributor, coach Mike Major said.
The team’s four captains, who are nominated and voted on by the players, all come from different high schools too. Garrett is from Auburn, Amanda Lupo comes from Port Byron, Sarah Sauda goes to West Genesee High School and Madison Singler is from Skaneateles.
This multi-district approach has helped the team become more competitive too. The Lakers won their league for the first time ever this year, and though they were eliminated by Alexandria Bay in the league final, the future is bright for the team. Garrett is the only departing senior, so the team will look largely the same next year, Major said.
The Skaneateles team has only been a varsity sport funded by the school since the 2008-09 school year. It took a lot of hard work from parents and volunteers to get it started, said Sue Dove, who has been involved with the booster club since the beginning.