Cazenovia Student-Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

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Cazenovia Athletics celebrated three student-athletes who have signed a National letter of Intent to play in college during a ceremony at the school on Wednesday. Those athletes were Quinn Smith (Swimming & Diving, Marist College), Morgan Kingsley (Swimming & Diving, Bentley University) and Brody Coleman (Lacrosse, Yale University).

            Three student-athletes in the class of 2022 were celebrated at Cazenovia High School Wednesday as they made their college intentions known. Seniors Morgan Kingsley, Quinn Smith and Brody Coleman announced their decisions with coaches and family by their side.

Morgan Kingsley will join the Women’s Swimming & Diving team and study actuarial science at Bentley University.

“The college has a ton of different opportunities to explore,” Kingsley said. “My coach is so supportive of me doing other clubs and exploring other options in addition to swimming.”

Quinn Smith will join the Men’s Swimming and Diving team at Marist College.

“They have pretty much everything I could want,” Smith said. “I got along really well with the coach and had a great overnight visit.”

Brody Coleman will be playing lacrosse while studying economics at Yale University.

“I chose Yale because of the balance of academics and lacrosse,” Coleman said. “They’re competing for a national championship every year and that factored heavily into my decision.”

The student-athletes expressed thankfulness for their family, friends and coaches for all of their support in their athletic careers.

The Cazenovia Athletic Department will be hosting one final press conference to recognize college bound student-athletes from Cazenovia CSD. This event will be on June 7, 2022 at just after 3pm in the Buckley Gym. Any graduating senior who has been recruited to a college level athletic program at any level will be welcome to make public announcements and have photos taken. Contact Mr. Byrnes at mbyrnes@caz.cnyric.org if you are interested.

Section III B2 Champions Send Pittman to NYSPHSAA Meet

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Pittman heads to States, track girls cap stellar season

Written by Kurt Wheeler, Head Coach

CAZENOVIA, NY – Freshman high jumper Susie Pittman led the charge as the Class B2 champion Cazenovia girls indoor track team capped a stellar season of competition at the Section 3 State Qualifier Meet on Feb 16. Pittman earned a bid to the NYSPHSAA Championship Meet while numerous teammates ended the season with season best performances at the elite contest.

Cazenovia high jumper Susie Pittman qualified for the New York State Indoor Track Championship, clearing a height of 5-0 to finish second among all athletes in Section 3.

Pittman, who had qualified to compete in both the high jump and pole vault, opted to focus on high jump, her stronger event. The decision paid off as she was perfect through the two opening heights, clearing each on her first attempt. She powered over 5 feet, 0 inches on her second attempt, making her one of only two athletes to do so, thus earning a bid to the state title meet. She was extremely close to tying her personal best of 5-1, showing potential to make even higher heights in the process. Teammate Katie Pavelchak also represented the Lakers in the prestigious competition, clearing 4-8, one height short of her season best.

Senior captains Melanie Michael and Katie Whitney represented Cazenovia well on the 55 meter straightaway. Michael ran 9.57 seconds in the preliminary heat of the hurdles, earning a spot in the finals where she finished sixth among all athletes in Central New York in 9.66 seconds.  Whitney posted a time of 7.67 seconds, just 4/100ths off her season best of 7.63. She finished eighth among all sprinters in the section and missed a slot in the finals by just 2/100ths of a second as she completed an outstanding season.

The Lakers’ 4×400 meter relay was the biggest surprise of the competition for Cazenovia, entering the meet as the ninth-ranked team in the section, they finished second overall with a season best time of 4:29.64. Cicero-North Syracuse won the event in 4:15.40. The effort would have earned them a bid to states in spring track where each section sends one large school and one small school relay to the championship. During indoor, each section is only allowed two athletes per individual event and one relay.

All four quarter-milers ran outstanding legs for the Lakers with Bonnie Pittman leading off in a season-best 1:08.8. Senior captain Mary Williams, joining the relay for the first time, ran a 1:07.5 before handing off to Michael who matched her 1:07.5 effort. Meghan Mehlbaum capped an outstanding Sophomore season, passing Westhill in the final straightaway with an intense effort to run a season best 1:05.8.

The Lakers’ 4×800 meter relay concluded the competition with their best race of the season as well, finishing seventh among all teams in the section (with five teams ahead of them being Class AA squads) in 10:31.40. Claire Braaten was brilliant for the Lakers, running a career best split of 2:32.2. Nadia Segall ran a strong 2:39.9 leg to hold the Laker’s position before handing off to distance specialist Olivia Wong, who ran a personal best of 2:38.4. Williams ran her second strong race of the night, anchoring the team to its fastest time of the winter with a 2:40.9 leg.

The State Qualifier was the final team event of the season for the sectional champion Lakers, who will now refocus their energies toward cheering for Susie Pittman who advances to represent Cazenovia and Section 3 at the NYSPHSAA Championship in Staten Island on March 5.

Section III, Class B2 Champions 2021-22, Girls Varsity Indoor Track

Winter Varsity Sports in the Postseason!

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Postseason happenings and achievements for our 2021-2022 Winter Sports teams and individuals (be sure to follow @CazenoviaLakers on Twitter to keep up with all of the exciting accomplishments for our Student-Athletes):

Girls Varsity Basketball 11-seed hosting Canastota 22-seed, Section III Class B tournament, Thursday, 6pm Caz HS Gym, Feb. 17. Adults $2, Students/Sr. Citizens $1, children 5 and under free. Masks required. No crowd size limits.

Boys Ice Hockey 3-seed hosting 6-seed, Ontario Bay (combined team hosted by Pulaski), Section III, D1 tournament quarterfinal at the Morrisville IcePlex, 7pm, Thursday, Feb. 17. All admission tickets are $3, children 5 and under are free. Masks required. No crowd size limits.

Boys Basketball 18-seed traveling to 15-seed Holland Patent, Section III Class B tournament, Thursday, 7pm, at Holland Patent H.S., Feb. 17th. Free admission. Crowd limit has been set to 4 spectators for each Caz player. Check with a player before driving to H.P. as they will be signing spectators into the game off the roster with a limit of 4 per player.

Wrestling Congratulations to Evan Rutecki who has advanced to the NYSPHSAA Wrestling Tournament being held in the MVP Arena in Albany, NY on Feb. 25-26. Please wish Evan well and tell him congratulations! Evan finished 2nd place in the DII 102 lbs tournament on Saturday last weekend (Feb. 12), and has received an at-large bid to the States! Evan won the Section III, Class C 102lb tournament on Feb. 5!

Boys Swimming Congratulations to Quinn Smith who loaded up yesterday at the Section III Class A Boys Swim Championship. Quinn won the 200 IM and the 100 Back and was named swimmer of the Class A Championship Meet. Cooper Hughes and Max Vidacovic also participated and have qualified to attend the State Qualifier Meet taking place on Friday, Feb. 18th at Nottingham’s Pool at 3pm. F-M (our host school in swimming through a sports combination) will be competing for the Farwell Cup. The NYSPHSAA Swim Meet will take place March 4-5 at Ithaca College!

Cheer The Varsity Cheer team has been selected to attend the NYSPHSAA Championship Competition taking Place March 5th at RIT. Cazenovia, by way of the coed division, will compete along with J-D at the competition representing Section III Cheerleading!

Girls Indoor Track Congratulations to the Girls Indoor Track team for winning the Section III Class B-2 Championship on Feb. 5th. Special congratulations to Susie Pittman, who qualified for the NYSPHSAA Championship last night at the State Qualifier. The State meet is taking place March 5th in Staten Island!

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Boys Indoor Track Congratulations to the Boys Indoor Track Team for winning the Section III, Class B2 Championship for the 2021-2022 Season. The team’s schedule wrapped up last night at the Section III Indoor State Qualifier. Great season to the boys!

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