A 9-1 start proves that the Cazenovia boys basketball is at the very least, a good side that can cause some danger for Class B favorites like unbeaten, state no. 2-ranked Westhill, whom the Lakers face for the only time in the regular season next Tuesday night at Buckley Gym.
To its good fortune, the Lakers have avoided, more the most part, all of the schedule changes caused by winter weather that includes snowstorms and cold temperatures.
For example, while most teams were set to play last Tuesday before subzero conditions closed all of the area’s schools, the Lakers were in action a night earlier, at Jordan-Elbridge, where Andrew Vogl led the way in a 74-63 victory over the Eagles.
Though at 2-5, J-E had a potent attack that Cazenovia had to deal with, and it did so by playing at a fast pace throughout the first quarter and easing its way to a 22-16 lead.
Not backing off, the Lakers expanded that margin to 40-29 by halftime. Then it spent the rest of the game protecting the lead against all sorts of Eagles charges as Kyle Matousek, with 20 points, and Zach Wagner, with 17 points, led the resistance.
Vogl made sure the Lakers were successful, leading both sides as he scored a season-best 24 points, most of it from 11 field-goal conversions, and he had plenty of help as two other Cazenovia players reached double figures and three others nearly did.
Ryman Seeley and Kevin Hopsicker both finished with 10 points, while Ross Gerber chimed in with nine points. Keaton Ackermann and Ryan Henderson finished with eight points apiece.
All of this came on top of the news that Hopsicker was selected as a first-team All-State quarterback for his work during football season. Vogl, at running back, was a third-team All-State choice (despite missing a month due to a hamstring injury), as was lineman Cody Westfall and linebacker Mike Nourse.