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Football Lakers blanked by Cato-Meridian, 40-0


first_imgNot stopping there, the Blue Devils turned a bad punt snap and a James Musso interception into two more TD’s, White scoring from 17 yards out and Witkowski converting a one-yard plunge.But Skaneateles was far from the only local team to struggle on Friday. West Genesee, Westhill and Jordan-Elbridge all went on the road, and all took defeats, with only the Wildcats close in a 21-10 loss to Cicero-North Syracuse.Far less was at stake here than it was when C-NS prevailed in the 2018 Section III Class AA final at the Dome. Instead, the main question was whether WG’s defense could do anything to contain Northstars running back Mike Washington, who had burned Fayetteville-Manlius for 261 yards and three touchdowns the week before.That task for the Wildcats proved successful at first, but early in the second period, Washington, from midfield, broke through WG’s front line and dashed 50 yards to the end zone for the game’s first points.That, along with Domenic Isabell’s 20-yard touchdown pass to Adron Pafford with 40 seconds left in the half, helped C-NS establish a 14-0 advantage going into the break.But the Wildcats didn’t go away. WG put together a pair of drives in the third quarter as Exavier Brumfield scored on a one-yard plunge and, a few minutes later, it moved inside the Northstars’ five again.This proved the game’s turning point, for C-NS made a big defensive stand and held WG to a 19-yard Riley Small field goal, which cut the margin to 14-10, but the Wildcats would not score again.Once more, the Northstars returned to its air attack. From his own 19, J.J. Razmovski threw deep and found Pafford, the scoring play covering 81 yards, a big play from which WG never recovered.Westhill, at South Jefferson, never got on the board in a 42-0 defeat to South Jefferson, who had Anthony Rasmussen rush for 193 yards on 21 carries, scoring three touchdowns.Reggie Welch rushed for 106 yards on 30 carries to pace the Warriors as Garvin Kinney completed nine of 24 passes for 85 yards, but the Spartans roared out to a 30-0 halftime lead and improved to 4-1 overall.Jordan-Elbridge did get points on the board at General Brown, but still lost 70-19 to the Lions, who scored 21 unanswered points in the second quarter and then added 28 points in the third period.The Eagles got on the board early with Alex Pond’s 16-yard TD pass to Luke Pinckney, but were kept quiet until Avante Brown scored from 65 yards out in the third period. Pinckney added a six-yard scoring run as Eli Rawleigh led GB, gaining 194 yards on nine carries as De’Shaun Thorigal-Brown gained 126 yards on six carries.Only Bishop Ludden emerged from this group with a victory, improving to 2-3 Saturday with a 30-8 decision over Institute of Technology Central at Corcoran High School.Nazier Kinsey threw a pair of second-quarter TD passes to Willie Jennings, one of them 42 yards. Up 16-8 at the break, the Gaelic Knights pulled clear late as Kinsey scored himself on a five-yard run and Evan Cervantes found the end zone from two yards out. As soon as the Skaneateles football team fell behind Cato-Meridian early in the second quarter of Friday night’s first-place Class C West division showdown, Cato students started directing an “overrated” chant at the state no. 2-ranked Lakers.Maybe there was some truth to that sentiment, but the larger truth was that the state no. 12-ranked Blue Devils are really good, and proved it in a big way to Skaneateles as it pulled away to defeat the Lakers 40-0.It was the Lakers’ first regular-season defeat since 2017, and a humbling lesson for a young squad that had mostly breezed through September, only to find Cato bigger, stronger and tougher than anything it had dealt with so far. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story The Blue Devils’ takeover began in the second quarter with a 92-yard drive. Long gains by Hunter White and Marcus Turo led to Konar Witkowski scoring from two yards out.Minutes later, Skaneateles did not convert on a fourth down at its own 40, and Cato turned that into points when Witkowski threw 30 yards to Marcus Ramacus for a touchdown. Then Hunter White scored from 26 yards out with 31 seconds left in the half.Staring at a 19-0 halftime deficit, the Lakers saw it grow larger less than two minutes into the third quarter when Witkowski found Ramacus on a 57-yard scoring strike. Tags: footballJ-EskaneatelesWest GeneseeWesthilllast_img read more


UW senior hurler Katie Layne rellishing role in youthful rotation


first_imgWhat’s in a number, anyway?That very well could be the question that best defines senior pitcher Katie Layne’s career. During the course of her four-year career at Wisconsin, Layne has been a staple of the UW pitching staff as the “No. 2” starter, a role she has never truly embraced or acknowledged but has nevertheless excelled in.“The whole number one-number two thing isn’t really important to me, but I try to work hard so I can get as much pitching time as I can,” said Layne, who has pitched somewhat in the shadows, behind two of the program’s all-time best, Andrea Kirchberg and Eden Brock.When Layne first came to Madison as a recruit from Vallejo, Calif., she found herself entering a pitching staff that included the Badgers’ most prolific arm to date, Andrea Kirchberg, who graduated in 2003. Kirchberg owns every major UW pitching record and was a two-time All-conference performer.That didn’t appear to faze Layne, however, as she enjoyed a breakout freshman campaign — going 11-6 with a sparkling 1.56 ERA, the fifth-best single-season ERA in Badger history. Layne jumped out to an 8-1 start, which included winning Wisconsin’s Big Ten opener 6-4 over Purdue, the first game played under the lights at Goodman Diamond. The future was brighter than ever for Layne.Unfortunately, Layne became a victim of the infamous sophomore slump, getting rocked in a 10-1 loss in the team’s first game and never really recovering. She won only three games the entire season.The difficulty of living up to the school’s all-time best pitcher was not the toughest part of Layne’s early years with Wisconsin, despite the huge shoes Layne was expected to fill after her outstanding freshman year; rather, a sudden loss of confidence was to blame.“It definitely was tough to play behind Andrea, but I think it was more the college competition in general,” Layne said. “I knew the competition would be harder, but I didn’t realize how much. When I saw the difference, I think I got very intimidated. I didn’t have much confidence in my game. At times I didn’t feel like I deserved to be here.”Layne’s tumultuous sophomore campaign was the low point for the hurler, and as her confidence fell, so did her statistics and playing time. Layne went from being the heir apparent to Kirchberg to the biggest question mark on the team in 2004. Which Katie Layne would show up? The dominant ace of 2002 or the unconfident pushover of 2003?It didn’t look good after Layne was knocked around in her second-straight season opener, opening the door for upstart freshman Brock to make a name for herself. However, Layne’s career made a U-turn Feb. 20 against the No. 17 Iowa Hawkeyes. Layne dominated the conference rival and UW won 6-3 on the strength of a two-run complete game. It was Wisconsin’s first victory over Iowa since 1999 and only the second ever against the Hawkeyes.Since then, Layne and Brock have split time almost evenly, though Brock is generally considered the Badgers’ No. 1, something Layne doesn’t mind too much.“I don’t feel like Eden and I are in competition at all,” Layne said. “I know that I have to keep up on my game, because I know that if I don’t, she will [take my place more often], and I think that is a great thing to have. Especially this season, we have been really supportive of each other.”In the pitcher’s circle, Layne is intense and fearless, with a Randy Johnson-esque stare that is just as much part of her repertoire as her wide array of pitches.“You can always tell Katie is on her game. She is light on the mound, with hop to her step and is entirely focused on her next pitch,” Wisconsin head coach Karen Gallagher said. “She has so much natural talent, all she needed was to be focused and she is there now. She has her moments when she is unhittable.”“My high school coach told me never to show emotion, never to let the batter know what you are thinking, and I do my best to keep them out of my head and keep my game face on,” Layne said.Layne’s game face was on the mound too much for her opponents this past weekend, when Layne came up huge when Wisconsin needed her most. The Badgers continue to fight for a spot in the Big Ten tournament and needed conference victories desperately last weekend after losing seven-straight.Layne picked up three wins, as Wisconsin went 3-1, including both games of a doubleheader on Sunday against Indiana. The wins gave Wisconsin breathing room in the conference standings and more importantly gave the team the momentum it has been starving for.“It felt great and I felt great for my team,” Layne said. “They were huge wins for us.”The big weekend for Layne only further enforces the fact that she, despite being unheralded, has not been pitching in the shadows of two of the Wisconsin’s all-time greats, but is one of them herself.last_img read more