September 11, 2012
Anyone who figures that Baldwinsville, in Class AA girls volleyball, and Cazenovia, in Class C field hockey, already have at least sectional titles wrapped up and can think about state honors...well, you might be right, but be careful.
As was proved on Friday, even the unthinkable can happen. Look at how close Baldwinsville's girls tennis team came to ending a Fayetteville-Manlius win streak that spans 19 years and more than 300 matches.
It took Sienna Susko fighting off a 2-5 deficit, two match points and a third-set tie-breaker to beat Kahlei Reisinger in first singles and keep the Hornets' streak going...and going (F-M beat West Genesee on Tuesday)...and going...Energizer bunny reference......
Even considering that, though, there's no question that some teams in girls volleyball and field hockey have established high standards that challengers might find very difficult to top.
The exodus, in volleyball, from winter to fall play continues, with Jamesville-DeWitt the latest converts, girls and boys alike. Yet it's the likes of Skaneateles and Marcellus that are almost locks to rise to the top of the OHSL - and congratulations, by the way, to Lakers volleyball coach Doreen Doctor on her 200th career win, earned last week against Liverpool.
And in Class AA, the death and taxes analogy certainly applies to B'ville volleyball. The only recent question for Mary Jo Cerqua's Bees was whether any team could take a set from them. No one has yet in 2012, and the Bees' front-line depth likely means another cruise until Glens Falls.
Going to field hockey, we're all gazing to see whether Cazenovia can earn a state championship three-peat. True, Jillian Vogl is gone, but the Lakers have key players back at nearly every position, and in two games (shutouts of Weedsport and Cato-Meridian) Caz has scored 13 goals.
Beware, though, of Holland Patent, because the Michelle Smith-led Golden Knights have already knocked off defending Class A champ Liverpool. In fact, the Warriors have two losses already, and Class A might be quite wide-open, with the likes of F-M and Rome Free Academy ready to pounce. Camden remains the Class B favorites, and opened with a 10-0 romp of Oneida.
So marvel at the powerhouses, these types and the F-M cross country dynasty. But don't ever assume that every result is a certainty. The death and taxes analogy, after all, only applies to death and taxes. Anything else is flexible.