The Onondaga Lazer’s held their first women’s basketball alumni game on Saturday, February 7 at the Allyn Hall Gym. More than 40 women who played at OCC between 2007 and 2014 came back for the game. They enjoyed seeing each other again and rekindling old friendships.
“It was like we were never apart, we never skipped a beat. It was great to get together again,” said Christina (Scalisi) Martinez, ’11. The event also gave her the opportunity to reflect on her time here. “Me and my twin sister played here and it was probably the best two years of our lives. Head Coach Mike Wheeler was amazing to play for and drove us not only on the court but in the classroom. It propelled me to success in the work field.”
“We talked about holding one of these games for years,” said Wheeler. “Putting together the first one was a big challenge.” Wheeler credits assistant coach Kelly Grinnell with making the game happen. She played under Wheeler at OCC and maintained contact with dozens of former players.
Wheeler enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect and hopes this will be the first of many alumni games. “It’s great to watch everyone grow up. One is a New York State Trooper now. Another has her own graphic design company. It’s wonderful to see them take that next step. I’d like to continue this every year.”