Once a Lazer Always a Lazer!


Last Saturday, over twenty former Lazers came back to Onondaga Hill to take part in the 3rd Annual OCC Women’s Basketball Alumni Game. Coach Mike Wheeler took over the program sixteen years ago when the team was coming off a 0-28 campaign. Since that time, Wheeler has transformed the team into one of the elite programs in the NJCAA, and he is proud of how far they have come. “We are a family-type of program first and foremost, so seeing the players start to come back who have gone on to do great things and still stay committed to OCC speaks volumes about them, the College and my staff.”

Kaitlynne Knapp
Kaitlynne Knapp

One of those players was 2013 grad Kaitlynne Knapp, who was playing in her first alumni game and she couldn’t wait to get started. “I was driving to campus this morning and a song came on the radio that our team used to listen to all the time, so it only added to excitement about playing with everyone again.”

Before coming to OCC Knapp played at Port Byron High School and transferred to OCC after one year after one year at another institution. “OCC was great, the programs put me on a path to pursue my goals, and through the success we achieved as a team I was able to extend my playing career by being recruited to play at Wells College.”

At Wells, Knapp worked towards her bachelor’s in Environmental Conservation and is waiting on the results of a couple of civil service exams as she looks to pursue a career in in that field.

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