Victor's Liz Hogan is a member of the U.S. women's national lacrosse team, which leads off another weekend of random thoughts and notes
We’re a couple of months removed from the lacrosse season for high schools and colleges, but there is no question this area is experiencing a resurgence of talent.
But when the news comes in, it can’t be ignored. And with the talent coming out of our area in recent years, it’s been coming quite often. The latest? Liz Hogan, a 2007 Victor graduate, was named to the U.S. Women’s National Team for the 2017 World Cup in Guildford, England.
Hogan, who played at Syracuse under the legendary Gary Gait, is one of five goalies named to the 36-player roster and 18 will make the final team that competes in England. Hogan also played summer lacrosse for the Boston Storm in the inaugural season of the United Women’s Lacrosse League. Hogan also has an endorsement deal with lacrosse gear manufacturer STX and runs her own goalie school at 2lacrosse.com.
Hogan isn’t the only local connection to the national team. Taryn VanThof of Livonia, a midfielder at Loyola University, was named to the team as a midfielder.
Rest in Peace, Donald P. Kazmark, of Canandaigua, who died earlier this week at the age of 82. He was a family acquaintance and I went to more than a few Buffalo Bills games with him in the 1980s, well before the Super Bowl run.
We froze at games and got soaked in the rain while watching those miserable Bills teams get stomped all over the field. Just goes to show you it’s not really the surroundings that make for great memories as much as the people you’re surrounded by.
We’ve all tried our hand at table tennis, but what’s up with this game at the Olympic level? The hand-eye coordination is impressive enough, but the quickness these players have to keep volleys going is ridiculous.
Debate is heating up for high school baseball in New York, which is preparing to institute a pitch-count limit in an effort to combat injuries.
But some are positing that counting pitches won’t help and that for some arms, more pitches are needed to build muscle and strength. I can see the point, but it’s a tricky proposition to begin with because no two arms are the same. What works for one arm may not work for another.
If you really want to address the injury issue, try this: No breaking balls for any pitcher before their senior year. The strain on elbows when throwing curves or sliders can be tremendous, even more on a body that’s still growing and developing.
So why not keep it at straight heat for young arms until the tendons and ligaments are more secure? It’s not an idea that would gain much, if any traction, but it might be worth looking at if you’re serious about avoiding injuries.
In boys lacrosse, Victor is back to Class B.
The decision by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association last year to move from three classes to four required some shuffling and the two-time defending state champs are back down to the class where they won their first state title in 2015.
Joining Victor in Class B is Canandaigua. In Class C is Newark, Geneva and Palmyra-Macedon and in Class D, it’s Penn Yan, Waterloo, Midlakes and Marcus Whitman among the local teams.
Fans of running may want to mark Wednesday, Oct. 5, as a day to be at Finger Lakes Community College.
Canandaigua Academy is hosting a league meet and Rush-Henrietta is among the schools scheduled to run. That includes Sammy Watson, who was an All-State runner last fall in Class A. Of course, the R-H senior also is coming off a summer in which she won the 800 at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Poland and has Olympic aspirations.
There’s no word yet on whether she’ll officially run cross country for the Comets this fall but if she is, this is as good a chance as any to see her run on local soil.
Bob Chavez is the Daily Messenger’s sports editor. Contact me at email@example.com or follow me at @MPN_bchavez