Fairport lacrosse team honors Blake Cognata
Posted at: 03/26/2013 6:34 AM
| Updated at: 03/26/2013 11:56 PM
By: Don Hudson | WHEC.com
There was a high school lacrosse game Tuesday night in Fairport, but the bigger story was what happened beforehand. The team and fans paid tribute to one of their own who lost his battle with cancer in January.
Blake Cognata died from Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.
Tuesday night the Fairport Raiders didn't focus on what took Blake from them, but how much he gave them during his short life.
"He loved nothing more than practicing and playing his favorite sports with his very best friends," someone said over the loudspeaker.
A tribute to former Fairport High lacrosse player, who was and example for others on and off the field.
"His natural magnetism was unmistakable and his bright smile was infectious."
As part of that tribute Blake Cognata's parents were presented with his jersey. It was an emotional moment for them and everyone else on hand.
"It was more than I expected, overwhelmingly emotional that everybody feels the way they feel about Blake,” said Blake's mom Diane Calcagno.
Blake's father told a story about how Blake, shortly before he died, begged him to continue to announce the Fairport lacrosse games.
"He said 'Dad, I'm going to be there with you.' So, I am going to honor that and I am going to announce the games this year,” said Blake's father Rick Cognata.
His father expressed his appreciation for the ceremony and the love so many have shown his family and especially Blake. Then he told the crowd, Blake may be gone, but he will always be remembered on the Fairport field.
"I look at that picture every day of the Section V Championship and I see Blake's little bald head with the number one and you make me so happy,” said Rick Cognata.
Blake came up with a mantra as he battled cancer, "find your strong." It's an expression that a lot of his peers and others have adopted as well.