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Brown takes over for ambitious Brothers

CBA football hungry again after rare struggles in 2014

Attend a Christian Brothers Academy football game this season, and some things will look quite familiar – gold helmets, purple and white jerseys, high purple socks and black cleats.

Red Rams look to rise again in 2015

J-D hopes depth can make up for key personnel losses

Everyone on the Jamesville-DeWitt football team had to grow up in a hurry during the 2014 season. Up against a brutal schedule, and employing a roster that included five sophomores and one freshman, the Red Rams did not win a game until October, and while it still sneaked into the Section III Class A playoff, a quick 35-13 exit at the hands of Whitesboro completed the 2-6 lesson.

Grimes football moves back to Class D

New coach, new faces provide challenges for Cobras

Perhaps the best thing that ever happened to the Bishop Grimes football program was stepping out of the Section III Class D fray after winning just one game in that league from 2011 to 2013.

Football Bees want another AA title push

B'ville has depth, but must replace Skipworth, Burchill, Penfield

Sam Mahar symbolizes, in many ways, the ethos of the Baldwinsville football team, from its willingness to embrace traditions, rather than run from them, to the work ethic that has made it one of the most consistent programs in Central New York.

Sindoni starts again with football Lakers

Coach returns to Skaneateles after three-year absence

The second act of Joe Sindoni with the Skaneateles football program is something no one had expected – least of all Sindoni.

J-E football wants another magical season

Eagles building upon 2014 run to sectional semifinals

Jordan-Elbridge’s football seniors can remember a time when their program was an afterthought. As freshmen, in 2012, they watched the Eagles go 1-7. But in a span of two years, thanks to the hard work put in by the players and a new staff led by head coach Tim Hawkins, everything turned around.

Warriors lean on young QB, star defenders

Badman, Rogers, Gedney lead group of Westhill returnees

Twelve months ago, with a new coach just hired, a new offense installed and new players coming into the program, the Westhill football team didn’t know where it was going.

Football Mustangs loaded for Class B title push

Marcellus boasts deep roster, two proven quarterbacks

What the Marcellus football team would like in 2015 is a lot more of how last season began, and a lot less of how it ended. The Mustangs opened 2014 by winning four straight games, but then went 1-4 the rest of the way, including a 48-0 defeat to Oneida in the opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs.

Depth might help Bearcats turn around

Solvay football opens with Marcellus, Westhill

If one thing is absolutely true about the Solvay football team in 2015, it’s that it is tired of hearing about past glories, and wants to have some glory of its own.

Turner must lead WG football in 2015

Wildcats look to improve from first-round AA playoff exit

Prior to Indian River’s state Class A championship run last fall, West Genesee was the last football team from Section III to earn a state title, back in 2007. That success, along with a sectional crown in 2011, means that, if the calendar is correct, it’s time for the Wildcats to go to the top again, right?

Ludden football leans on youthful talent

Lee takes over as Gaelic Knights' quarterback in 2015

Few Section III football programs fight the numbers game like Bishop Ludden does. At a school with fewer than 200 students, male and female, putting together a full roster is difficult, and as head coach Mike Rogers will quickly point out, any injury is devastating since most of his players go both ways and spend the full 48 minutes on the field.

Caz has new head coach, same high standards

Steinhorts suceeds Neidl after 25 years as Lakers assistant

Few things change in the Cazenovia football program. Year after year, a group of committed, well-conditioned athletes, led by a core of veteran coaches who have run the show for decades, take the field in September and October, where they run wild on offense and shut down the opposition on defense, leading to plenty of wins for the Lakers and an annual shot at championship glory.

Football Bears look to bounce back

Chittenango hungry after one-win season in 2014

The pain that Chittenango football players, coaches and fans felt during a 2-6 season in 2014 had several sources. Some of it was due to the youth in the lineup. Some of it had to do with poor execution of the game plan. But Bears players that return for 2015 said a lot of it could be pinned on a lack of cohesion within the team, which makes it far more difficult to win.

Boys soccer Northstars have 1-1 start

C-NS falls to St. Joseph's, routs Nichols

All around them, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team can see success, and often at the Northstars’ expense. Absent an outright Section III Class AA title since 2006, the Northstars again were close a season ago, taking a narrow 2-1 defeat in the sectional semifinals to eventual champion Fayetteville-Manlius.

Girls tennis Northstars edge Liverpool, 4-3

All four doubles matches go to three sets

Two full weeks before school got underway, Cicero-North Syracuse’s girls tennis team stepped into CNY Counties League competition, and in its second match found the win column in the most satisfying way possible.