Westhill senior Philip Zollo got his first taste of hockey at a young age.
Hockey is a family-affair in the Zollo family. So it was only natural Philip would learn.
His team, the Syracuse Cougars, are going to the state semifinals for the first time ever. The team claimed the Section III title in a 4-OT game over West Genesee, and then topped Pittsford (Sec-V) 2-1 in the regional playoff.
“We’ve been fighting all year,” he said. “We’ve had our ups and downs. We knew we had the team this year to go far.”
Zollo leads the team with 34 goals, and is tied for first in the section with 54 points.
“We have five schools combined now and it’s very special,” he explained. “For other sports it’s usually one school and all the friends you usually play with, but for this team it’s just new kids that you get to meet and you’ll make lifelong friends.”
Zollo is also a multi-sport athlete. He played soccer for Westhill, and won a state championship, and also played baseball. And it’s on the diamond where he’ll continue his athletic career in college.
Zollo has committed to Le Moyne College where he’ll study business and play baseball.