37 Years in the Making- LaFayette captures first league title since 1982
What were you doing in 1982?
The LaFayette Lancers were busy winning a league championship.
Fast forward 37 years and Lancer pride is at an all-time high.
LaFayette easily handled Manlius Pebble Hill on the road 63-39 to improve to 15-2 on the season and in turn, captured its first league championship in 37 years.
“It’s a great feeling. These seniors have worked very hard. I mean, as happy as I am, I’m happier for them" says Head Coach Jerry Kelly.
"These guys have worked hard. They bought into everything I’ve been saying and making them work hard. They’ve worked hard themselves and they deserve this this championship.”
LaFayette improves its OHSL Patriot American record to 10-1 which is enough to clinch it ahead of 2nd place Tully who coincidentally the Lancers meet on Monday.
"It’s crazy for us because we’ve been looking forward to our senior year since we’ve been, you know just kids and I’ve known (Coach Kelly) my whole life and it’s just great that we’re able to bring him something like this. Every game we play, we’re playing for him" Jackowski said of playing for LaFayette community legend Kelly.
In the win, Dylan Lyons scored 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Reid Jackowski scored 17 points with a whopping 10 steals and Isaac Dow dropped 16.
The Lancers are over the moon to make history with another league championship, but with still three regular season games and a grueling Class C playoff bracket ahead, they're absolutely not satisfied.
“It’s definitely nice to leave this here at Lafayette. You know, it’s kind of like a legacy of ours and it was definitely a goal of ours at the beginning of the season so now we’re definitely happy to achieve it and now we’ve just got to work for sectionals" says Dow.
Indeed, for a close-knit town like LaFayette this is a special moment to celebrate.
The Lancers want to make sure it's not the last milestone to celebrate in 2019.