BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - This week marks the final week of the high school sports season. Several remaining teams from Section IV are still competing to try and bring a state championship back to their school.
The next team to hit the field this week will be the Chenango Forks boy's lacrosse squad. On Tuesday, I went down to their practice to catch up with the team as they prepare for their next game on Wednesday.
The Blue Devils run through the Class D bracket has them two wins away from a state title. They've become battle-tested, and have stuck together through the season's up's and down's. The team's journey can be summed up with a single phrase, one team, one vision.
Senior Sean Wiser told me that the team's motto, created by his father, has not only brought the team together, but also gave them an ultimate goal to look ahead to all season.
"He comes up with a word before every game, and the first one was vision. It was, we're one team, and we're all in here together. And we have our vision, and it's hopefully for June 9," said Wiser.
That vision has them on the right track to a state championship, which would be played on the aforementioned June 9. It's been an interesting path for the Blue Devils.
After beating Canton 16-2 in the subregionals, Forks took down the defending state champs, Christian Brothers Academy, 9-8 in overtime to claim a spot in the final four.
Noah Raymond netted the game-winning goal for the Blue Devils, and he said it took awhile for that to sink in.
"I mean, the end of the game, the emotions. I can't even explain what I was feeling. It took me a couple minutes to realize what just happened, and that we actually just won that game," said Raymond.
Next up for the Blue Devils is Penn Yan of Section 5. The Mustangs are coming off a 12-11 regional win over Akron. Forks knows what they have to do to punch their ticket to the finals, and head coach Dave Pavlick says that the team has been waiting for this moment all year.
"It's huge. There's nothing like this. They've been working at this for three months. This is what they've been working for, and they're 100-percent looking forward to it," said Pavlick.
Forks is hoping that those months of hard work culminates on Saturday. But, first, they have to take care of the Mustangs. They face-off on Wednesday at 4 PM at St. John Fisher College.