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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.

B’ville native chosen in first round of NHL Draft

Alex Tuch goes to Minnesota Wild with 18th overall pick

Twice in the span of a month, athletes with Baldwinsville ties were taken on the first day of their sports’ respective professional drafts. However, in the case of hockey player Alex Tuch, he was chosen a lot earlier than baseball star Scott Blewett. And unlike the pitcher now toiling in the Appalachian League, Tuch is expected to take his time before going to the professional ranks.

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Hart leads Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame inductee list

Golf, basketball, football, journalism all part of Class of 2014

With accomplishments that span the entire second half of the 20th century and the first years of the 21st century, the six newest inductees to the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame provide a wide variety of compelling stories.

Caz lacrosse players draw national attention

Willard heading to U.S. National Team tryouts in Maryland

Even though the high school lacrosse season is over, a summer that’s full of tournaments, club teams and other activities is in full swing. And two stars from Cazenovia –Sarah Willard on the girls side, T.J. Connellan on the boys side, – are drawing some national attention.

J-D turf could become a reality next summer

A turf field, renovated track and new lighting could be ready to go in time for the beginning of the 2015 Jamesville-DeWitt fall sports season.

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Get your kicks while helping kids

The weakest link gets dunked! This was the premise for the dunk tank’s presence during The Dream Factory of Syracuse’s first annual Kicks for Kids Kickball Tournament. Many teams called out their own players who may have made some bad plays and then paid for the opportunity to knock them off a platform into a tank of cold water using a softball.