Toyota High School Athlete of the Week- Sophia Burns

Sophia Burns is this week's Toyota High School Athlete of the Week for being a senior captain of the Section III Champion Skaneateles Lakers Girl's Hockey Team (Matt Hauswirth)

The Skaneateles Girl's Hockey team is ready for the New York State Championships this weekend in Buffalo, it would be the Lakers second state title in the last three seasons.

One reason why?

The play and leadership of Sophia Burns.

“I think it’d mean a lot since we got it two years ago. It’d mean a lot for the sophomore class we had two years ago to get it again" Sophia says.

Sophia is actually a CBA student, but part of what makes Skaneateles successful is the team's ability to jell with stars from different schools all over Central New York.

Proof of that, Burns is second on the team in scoring with 23 points by way of 10 goals and 13 assists.

Sophia is also accomplishing a rare feat in Central New York girl's hockey- she's continuing her career in college.

“I’m going to St. Michael’s College in Vermont and I’ll be on the hockey team and I’m really excited. I’m looking forward to it" Burns says.

“As soon as I stepped on campus, I knew that’s where I wanted to be my next four years and I’m really grateful that I get to keep playing the sport I love.”

Before that, Burns has matters to attend to, hoping to lead the Lakers to immortality, forever remembered as a New York State champion (again).

It's a true testament, just to make the Frozen Four in Buffalo, that this team has incredible chemistry. Just the right formula, if you will, to win it all.

“I think the biggest thing is we come from a bunch of different schools on one team, but it doesn’t feel like that once you step on the ice. It’s like we’re all at the same school and I’ve gotten closer with the girls who go to CBA. There’s two more this year than have been in the previous years, so that’s been awesome to kind of grow it at my school.”

Indeed, this senior class of players at Skaneateles, is blazing a trail for future Lakers skaters.

If this year's team could come together and win this way.

Why can't they?

One thing is certain, all of Central New York is rooting for the Lakers to bring the state championship back to Central New York.

Congratulations to Sophia Burns, this week's Toyota High School Athlete of the Week!

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