The 2015 Elizabethtown-Lewis-Westport Boy's Varsity Soccer Team has earned a place in history as one of the greatest soccer seasons ever accomplished by a team from the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School and the Westport Central School.
For the first time in the proud history of each school, the Boy's Varsity Soccer Team competed for a New York State Championship.
For the past two seasons ELCS and WCS have merger their soccer teams as a proactive measure to address each school's declining participation rates, and to promote a healthy, viable roster of student-athletes interested in competing. The team's mascot is the Griffin, a mythical creature with the head and wings of an eagle (Westport's mascot) and the body of a lion (Elizabethtown-Lewis mascot), with colored wings representing each school.
On October 31st the Griffins defeated Northern Adirondack 1-0 in overtime to win the NYSPHSAA Section VII Class D Championship, earning a birth in the state tournament. The 2015 Sectional Championship represents the first title for Westport since 1992, and the first for Elizabethtown-Lewis since 2006.
On November 7th Elizabethtown-Lewis-Westport defeated Chateaugay 2-1 in the NYSPHSAA Section VII-X Regional Championship game at Plattsburgh High School field to earn a birth in the New York State Class D Final Four. The victory represented the first Regional Title for either school in boy's soccer.
On November 14th the Griffins defeated the Section III Champion Lions of Cincinnatus Central School 2-0 in the NYSPHSAA Class D Semifinals in Middletown, NY, earning the right to play for the New York State Championship. The historic season ended at Middletown High School on November 15th as the Griffins fell to the Section II Champion Fort Ann Cardinals 1-0 in the Class D State Championship Game. Fort Ann would finish the season undefeated.
While we're proud of the efforts of all our student athletes during the fall of 2015, yet the Varsity Boy's Soccer Team has forged a new path of unity for two schools previously considered to be fierce rivals in athletic competition - trailblazing a future full of potential and possibilities.