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Caz athletes earn medals at Empire Games

Still with a chance at the gold, Central fell behind 4-0, only to rally, then go in front 6-5 on back-to-back goals by Cannizzaro. Long Island reclaimed the lead, went up by two, and though Cannizzaro connected for a third time with 18.4 seconds left, Central lost 8-7 and was relegated to Sunday's bronze-medal game, a rematch with Hudson Valley.

Here, Central trailed 3-2 at halftime, but took over on both sides of the ball in the second half to win 9-6 and get the bronze as Cannizzaro landed one more goal, giving her eight for the tournament.

In the ESG scholastic women's volleyball tournament at SUNY-Cortland, Julie Gregg, in her role as hitter and libero, helped Central to win a bronze medal.

Central was solid in round-robin play and reached the semifinals with a 5-3 mark before a 25-13, 25-21 loss to Long Island kept Gregg and her teammates from a shot at the title -- which Western won.

Another Cazenovia star, Lindsey Smith, hepled Central bounce back from an 0-2 start to reach the medal round at Vestal High School.

Smith's tie-breaking goal with 4:16 to play lifted Central past Hudson Valley 2-1 on Saturday morning, and a 3-2 victory over Western later that day pushed Central into the third-place match against Western. Here, Western prevailed 2-1 in overtime, pushing Smith and her Central teammates off the medal stand.

And in his annual ESG sailing venture, Cazenovia's own Edward Smith worked his way up to fifth place in the 11-entry field at the Cornell Merrill Sailing Center in Ithaca. After a quiet start, Smith did well on day two, winning the eighth of 11 races on Friday to move up the standings and using other solid finishes to get to fifth in the end.

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