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Can Skaneateles cross country win big again?

Reigning sectional champs still looking for answers

“We’re essentially the same team as last year when we finished third in the state (in Class C), but we’re so different at the same time,” said Jack Reed who is once again coaching the Skaneateles girls cross country team with Rob Tuttle.

Field hockey Lakers roll through F-M Tournament

Cazenovia shuts out C-NS, F-M as most of lineup returns

Just on the most technical of terms, the Cazenovia field hockey team's 2014 season began on Labor Day weekend. In truth, though, the work had started more than nine months ago, on the old (now removed) Astroturf at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium, where the Lakers' dreams of a third state Class C championship in four years got dashed in a double-overtime defeat to Pierson/Bridgehampton.

J-D girls soccer holds off F-M, 2-1

Ostrander, long-time boys JV soccer coach, takes over for Hornets

Brent Ostrander finally gets his chance to coach high school soccer at the varsity level – on the girls side. For nearly a quarter-century, Ostrander had led the Fayetteville-Manlius junior varsity boys soccer team, molding the players that the varsity team, under Jeff Hammond, would later take to a string of league and Section III titles.

School board approves revised selection classification policy, hears update on district AAPR plan

The Cazenovia board of education last week unanimously approved a revision to the district’s athletic Selection Classification policy in an effort to make the policy clearer and better understood by students, parents and coaches. The revision, which kept the policy intact but clarified its administration, was the result of six months of discussions and the work of a special committee comprised of representatives of the various stakeholder groups on the issue.

C-NS football roams toward relevance again

String of road games awaits hungry Northstars

Step one of the quest to revive the Cicero-North Syracuse football program involved making the team more competitive has been taken . Now, in 2014, it wants a lot more.

ESM football poised for another Class A title push

Spartans return plenty on offense, break in new QB

A big reason why the East Syracuse-Minoa football team has kept itself among the top Section III Class A programs in the last decade is its ability to absorb the inevitable departure of star players and find new ones to shine in their place.

Football Warriors to depend on many new faces

Liverpool replaces 32 seniors, return top back Jaydakis Scott

At some point, all of the pieces will fit together and the Liverpool football program will reach a Section III Class AA final, ending a drought that dates back to its championship season of 1998 – but will that time come this fall?

Red Rams need work to stay in Class A hunt

J-D football starts life after Baker, Crossett graduate

No longer is the Jamesville-DeWitt football program concerned about reaching the top of the Section III Class A ranks. It now confronts a different challenge – staying there.

F-M football tackles hosts of challenges

Wittig keys Hornets after massive roster turnover

Sequels are inevitably compared to what took place the first time around. Damien Rhodes’ debut season as Fayetteville-Manlius football coach was close to ideal. It included a perfect 7-0 regular season and a high-octane offense that averaged more than 46 points per game. Hornets fans dreamed of a Section III Class A title.

B’ville football wants another championship push

Skipworth, Burchill, Penfield lead Bees into 2014 season

Not far down the road, the sports teams at Baker High School will have the all-weather Field Turf at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, a big change that the Baldwinsville athletic program has wanted for decades. Yet it’s doubtful that, whatever surface they play on, the football Bees will change that much.

WG football moves ahead as ‘quiet’ contender

Wildcats showcase enhanced passing attack without Naesean Howard

Having Naesean Howard around gave the West Genesee football program a higher profile in recent years, and his performance rated a spot on this fall’s Syracuse University squad. But now that Howard is gone, the Wildcats, out to improve on a 3-5 mark in 2013 that included a first-round Section III Class AA playoff ouster by Liverpool, look forward to showing a few more dimensions on the offensive side of the ball.

Football Mustangs outlook hinges on new line, better defense

Marcellus has lots of skill, even battle for QB spot

With the Class B West football landscape changing around them thanks to a fair amount of arrivals and departures, the Marcellus Mustangs stand out for its relative stability.

J-E football poised to make serious title run

Eagles have experience, depth to challenge in C West

Perhaps the time has finally arrived for Jordan-Elbridge football. A combination of veteran leadership on the field, vast improvement in all phases of the game and changes within the Class C West division give the Eagles an opportunity to end its long quest and turn into a league and Section III title contender.

Casullo leads Westhill football into new era

New coach leads Warriors after off-season turmoil

When the Westhill football team’s 2013 season abruptly ended with a 37-0 defeat to Oneida in the first round of the Section III Class B playoffs, no one could have foreseen the sweeping chain of events that would guarantee to make 2014 very different.

Football Lakers look to shine in Class B return

Skaneateles renews rivalries with Marcellus, Westhill, Solvay

To put it mildly, the three seasons that the Skaneateles football team spent in the Section III Class C ranks were eventful. One season was perfect – but ended in accusations of recruiting and Section III throwing them out of the playoffs. The next season was just as good and produced a first sectional title in 20 years. And the third involved a rash of untimely injuries that led to a quick post-season exit.

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