Shortly after sending 12 emails to the different athletic directors in our area like a Gatling flare gun, I was pancaked by emotion and elation in anticipation of next week.

PITTSFORD — Not soon after the Hobart Statesmen began their 2021 season, the rest of Hobart and William Smith spring athletics “sprang” into action. The William Smith lacrosse team saw their first action in over a year taking on No. 11 ranked St. John Fisher in Pittsford.

GENEVA — High-risk winter sports began practice this week, with games set to begin next week. In less than a month, the winter season will ramp up and overlap with the Fall II sports season — a rare crossroads of football and basketball meeting before spring sports get underway.

Last fall, Geneva senior Kiersten Ryan played in her final season of varsity tennis for the Geneva Panthers. Ryan played in the No. 2 singles spot for the Panthers and amassed a senior season record of 10-4-1 overall and 6-3-1 in league play. Throughout her two years of varsity singles match…

It was over three weeks ago when the girls tennis season came to a close. Initially in doubt, the 2020 season was completed and gave seniors their fall sports swan song.

MENDON — It was the final day of team sectionals for Section V girls tennis as No. 2-seeded Palmyra-Macedon Red Raiders faced off against the No.1-seed Penn Yan Mustangs for the Class B2 Sectional Final at Mendon Racquet & Pool.

A relatively quiet high school sports week typically signifies the break between the regular season and postseason. After just a month of regular-season action, it’s hard to believe that sectionals are even possible, given the parameters put in place earlier this fall.


GORHAM — The end of the regular season arrived out of thin air, and while Penn Yan claimed another the Finger Lakes West title, the Finger Lakes East title will at the very least belong to Palmyra-Macedon.

Nearly two months ago athletes, players, coaches and the like were thrilled to have competition back at the high school level, albeit minus the full fall offering of sports. As teams began to get back into game shape, league championships and sectionals seemed to be an afterthought; getting …


GENEVA — Not only did the return of high school competition in the Finger Lakes bring with it heaps of joy, it provided a hint of a return to normalcy.

PENN YAN — Penn Yan Mustangs head coach Nate Kraemer knew it was going to be a dominant year for his tennis team — much like many who pay attention to Finger Lakes tennis — but through three games, even he seems taken aback by how the Mustangs have looked thus far.


GENEVA — It has been known for approximately two weeks that high school student-athletes will get the chance to compete in interscholastic sports this fall season.

WATERLOO — Waterloo High School’s 54th annual sports award ceremony wasn’t the usual night of celebration it has been in years past. Nonetheless, the Athletic Department ensured the district’s student-athletes were honored for their hard work and dedication.

SENECA FALLS — Mynderse Academy still found a way to honor its athletes for the hard work put in during the fall and winter sports seasons.

PENN YAN — Area high schools continue to come up with clever ways to make sure their student-athletes receive recognition for their hard-fought fall and winter seasons.

LATHAM — The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has put together a task force to begin examining the potential impact of COVID-19 on the upcoming fall 2020 season — as well as the entire 2020-21 school year.

GENEVA — Not much solace can be taken from getting the spring sports season ripped away from a senior athlete ready for their swan song. If asked, any athlete would say they rather would have had a few playing opportunities instead of none.

GENEVA — As of Friday, when schools officially closed for the school year, Geneva’s Ryan Fishback high school tennis career came to an unexpected end after five unbelievable years with the varsity program.


LATHAM — The announcement that many suspected came down from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Monday morning: There will be no state championships for spring sports in 2020.

GENEVA — The Hobart men’s ice hockey team (20-4-3) hosted New England College at the Cooler Saturday in the New England Hockey Conference semifinal and used a late shorthanded goal to seal a 4-2 victory and advance to the NEHC championship for the third consecutive year.