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Syracuse Chiefs provide family fun this summer

July is Park and Recreation Month, making it the perfect time to get out and experience all our community has to offer. This year’s theme is “OUT is IN,” and there are many ways that you and your family can step outside and spend quality time together — without breaking the bank — right here in Central New York.

C-NS, Liverpool football await 2014 season

Northstars to debut on new turf Oct. 3 against Henninger

Right after the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship ended on June 7, the work got underway at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

Football teams face new challenges in fall

CBA defends AA sectional title; F-M provides strong challenge

Just a month remains before the area’s quintet of high school football teams hit the field for practice and, soon after that, the start of the 2014 season. They will do so with plenty of changes on the horizon – some of them small, others large.

B’ville football sees changes in AA-2 league

Bees do not face Liverpool in regular season, has strong home slate

In the more than quarter-century he has presided over Baldwinsville football, head coach Carl Sanfilippo has rarely diverted from a run-first philosophy, and that’s translated into more than 200 victories on the field and a status as one of Central New York’s strongest programs.

Skaneateles football rejoins Class B in 2014

Lakers renew rivalries with Marcellus, Solvay, Westhill

Glory, shame, turnover and constant upheaval have marked the recent history of the Skaneateles football program, but for the 2014 season, what’s new is old.

Football teams face new challenges for 2014 season

Westhill has new coach; West Genny must replace Howard

Summer is in full gear – but just a month from now, thoughts will turn to autumn, and to the latest edition of high school football in Central New York. It will do so with plenty of alterations from 2013, and each of the local sides, from Class AA to C, has faced some sort of change in the off-season.

Caz, Chittenango face changes in football next season

Lakers defend sectional title; Bears look for playoff return

An eternal challenge in high school football is trying to maintain consistency and continuity when the very nature of the sport involves having to deal with new challenges and new personnel.

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Cazenovia equestrienne wins PA pony derby

Annie Walsh, 11, of Cazenovia, recently won the $2,500 pony derby at State College, Pa. Walsh was competing on her pony “Terian’s What a Fox,” and was the champion out of 23 ponies.

Kathy Taylor to coach lacrosse at Le Moyne

Former F-M mentor returns after tenure at Cortland State

Just a decade removed from the back-to-back state championships she won at Fayetteville-Manlius, Kathy Taylor is back in the neighborhood – but now as the head coach of the Le Moyne College women’s lacrosse team.

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Happy ending: wheelchair-bound boys allowed to join July 4 Foot Races after initial denial

Syracuse Chargers Track Club reverses controversial decision amid public outrage, national media exposure

The news broke early Wednesday morning, July 2, that the Syracuse Chargers Track Club had denied the request of 12-year-old twin boys, Jack and Nolan Willis of Manlius, who have muscular dystrophy and are wheelchair-bound, from participating in the annual Cazenovia July 4 Foot Races 10-mile race. After nearly 36 hours of public outrage and national media attention, the Chargers board reversed its decision and announced that the Willis brothers would be allowed to participate after all.

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Willis brothers will be allowed to participate in Cazenovia July 4 Foot Races

Syracuse Chargers reverse course on previous denial of wheelchair-bound boys request to participate

A solution has been found to the quell the recent brouhaha over the Syracuse Chargers Track Club's denial of the request of 12-year-old twin boys, Jack and Nolan Willis of Manlius, who have muscular dystrophy and are wheelchair-bound, from participating in the annual Cazenovia July 4 Foot Races 10-mile race tomorrow. After nearly 36 hours of outrage and criticism directed against the club for its decision, the Chargers board announced that the Willis brothers will be allowed to participate in the race.

Liverpool grad helps guide NCAA baseball champs

Scott Brown excels as Vanderbilt pitching coach

Exactly two decades ago, Scott Brown graduated from Liverpool High School, wondering where his journey in baseball would take him. As it turned out, it would land him in the highest level of college baseball, and last Wednesday night in Omaha, Nebraska, Brown, now a seasoned pitching coach, was an integral part of Vanderbilt University’s first-ever national championship in any male sport.

Local lacrosse players gain national recognition

C-NS girls get tryouts with U.S. National Team

Though the high school lacrosse season is completed, the curtain has lifted on a summer where top local players take part in all kinds of camps, clinics, travel teams and tournaments. And that even includes a bit of national recognition, especially when it comes to a talented core of girls players from Cicero-North Syracuse.

Local lacrosse players receive national recognition

CBA, F-M standouts to play in Under Armour All-American games

Even though the high school lacrosse season has ended, a busy summer of camps, clinics and tournaments await most of the area’s top players. And that included, for members of Christian Brothers Academy’s girls team, a chance to try out for spots on the a national team – all while in the middle of another run to the state Class B final four.

Skaneateles track athletes compete in national meet

Young stars go from club success to higher levels

On June 14, the Skaneateles Laker Track and Field Club sent 34 athletes to the Hershey West State meet in Greene. The Lakers got up on the awards podium in 28 of the 31 events they entered. Of those 28 events, the Lakers won nine.