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Kris Russell

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Lacrosse Wildcats roar past Liverpool

WG avenges early-season defeat in 14-4 romp

West Genesee's boys lacrosse team is a far different side from the one that fought to find consistency early this spring. Emphatic proof of this was offered when the Wildcats dominated Liverpool, 14-4, Tuesday night, easily gaining a measure of revenge after losing an 7-4 decision to the Warriors at LHS Stadium on April 4.

Grimes girls taken out in Class B semifinal

Cobras cold in second half against Utica-Notre Dame

For a half, all went to plan for the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team in Saturday night's Section III Class B semifinal. It was just the second half that proved to be the Cobras' undoing.

Caz girls drop Class B semifinal to South Jefferson

Spartans defense shuts down Lakers in second half

Cazenovia is one of the few girls basketball teams to interrupt South Jefferson's decade-long run atop the Section III Class B ranks, having done so in 2009. But it would not happen in 2013. The Spartans played like an unbeaten top seed and defending champion should in pounding the Lakers 58-28 in Saturday night's Class B semifinal at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena.

CBA/J-D stuns Skaneateles in 3-OT hockey semifinal

Durkin goal sends Brothers to championship game

Long into the night they went, the CBA/J-D and Skaneateles ice hockey teams taking more than five periods to settle Tuesday night's epochal Section III Division II semifinal at Allyn Arena. Only when Ryan Durkin scored early in the third OT did the thing get settled - and the top-seeded Lakers were out, beaten by the Brothers 4-3 as Skaneateles remains without a sectional title since 2008.

Boys hoops Lakers rout Ilion in Class B opener

Skaneateles to play Holland Patent in quarterfinals

Ideally, the Skaneateles boys basketball team would take what it did in Saturday's opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs and maintain it the rest of the way. The Lakers were in devastating form from the opening tip in its 79-35 rout of Ilion, which sets up a quarterfinal date Tuesday against Holland Patent.

C-NS hockey blanks Syracuse in playoff opener

Northstars to face West Genny in Division I semis

Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey's big guns had big nights, and that was bad news for Syracuse. The No. 1 state-ranked Northstars top line of Eric Hamilton, Jesse Farabee and Matt Fiume accounted for four goals between them in a 5-0 win over the Cougars in a Section III Division I quarterfinal Friday night at Cicero Twin Rinks.

WG hockey ties Syracuse, clinches top seed

Wildcats' 1-1 decision secures Division I West title

Even though it wasn't victorious, the West Genesee ice hockey team got exactly what it needed from Wednesday night's game at Syracuse and, as a result, reigns as Division I West's top side once again.

Hockey Wildcats turn back B'ville, 3-1

WG inches closer to Division I West title

Despite its youth, and despite real struggles at different times this winter, the West Genesee ice hockey team is still on the brink of another first-place finish, and again Baldwinsville is chasing them. The Wildcats outplayed the Bees, 3-1, Saturday night at Shove Park, completing a regular-season sweep in a long-simmering rivalry.

Boys hockey Lakers win regular-season league title

Skaneateles clinches with late goal, tie at New Hartford

No, it wasn't a win, but it was still good enough. Skaneateles clinched the Division II boys’ hockey regular season league championship thanks to a 3-3 tie with New Hartford on Saturday afternoon.

Lakers, Oswego play to 0-0 hockey standoff

Tie keeps Skaneateles in Division II lead for now

Forget the lack of movement on the scoreboard in this instance, and just focus on the reasons why it stayed that way. Skaneateles and Oswego played to an anything-but-boring 0-0 tie Friday night in a Division II boys’ hockey game in front of a big, enthusiastic crowd at Allyn Arena.

Skaneateles hockey blanks Cazenovia

Key league win sets up Oswego clash on Friday

Having the lead in Division II is nice, but the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team knows that keeping it will require bigger efforts ahead. Skaneateles moved back into first place in with a 3-0 win over Cazenovia on Tuesday night at Allyn Arena.

Wildcats stopped in last seconds by Nottingham

Sullivan's late basket helps Bulldogs prevail

Buried under a barrage of 3-pointers by Fayetteville-Manlius earlier in the week, the West Genesee boys basketball team got close to making up for it, even though it was short-handed.

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F-M hockey hosts ‘Pink the Rink’ fund-raiser

Organizers hope to top $10,000 for Baldwin Foundation

They didn’t get the on-ice result they were hoping for but organizers of the Thursday’s second annual Pink the Rink fundraiser for breast cancer research were all smiles anyway. The event took place at the Division I hockey game between host Fayetteville-Manlius and Cicero-North Syracuse. The No. 1 state ranked Northstars eked out a 4-2 win over the Hornets.

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Northstars beat F-M in ‘Pink the Rink’ event

C-NS builds win streak to 14, rallies past Hornets

In the course of building a 14-game win streak and ascending to the top of the state Division I rankings, the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team has not required that much good fortune – but a little of it sure proves helpful.

Hockey Lakers get tough road win at CBA/J-D

Skaneateles scores twice in third period, stays in first place

In order to hang on to its Division II lead, the Skaneateles ice hockey team had to cool off the league's hottest entry - and did so. The Lakers scored a pair of third period goals to topple CBA-Jamesville-Dewitt, 3-1, Tuesday night at Onondaga Nation Arena in Nedrow.

Ludden holds on, claims showdown with Cortland

Gaelic Knights nearly see 18-point second-half lead vanish

Displaying the best and worst aspects of its own game, the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team earned another important victory. The state no. 3-ranked Gaelic Knights nearly let a big lead slip away before holding off previously unbeaten Cortland, 57-51, Friday night in a highly-anticipated Class A showdown.

Boys hoops Warriors stopped by Nottingham

Liverpool struggles in third quarter of 66-57 defeat

Eleven days had passed since Liverpool's boys basketball team had last stepped on the court, winning the Cicero-North Syracuse Holiday Classic. When the Warriors returned to action last Tuesday night, at Nottingham, things worked for a while - and then, all of a sudden, they did not.

WG boys push Henninger to overtime

Wildcats pleased with effort in 62-59 defeat

At this point, the West Genesee boys basketball team can still accept moral victories, even if actual ones against powerful competition prove to be elusive. Henninger outlasted the Wildcats, 62-59, in overtime Friday night in a non-league meeting of Class AA standouts at the Black Knights’ Joe Mazella Court.

Hockey Lakers tie Auburn, 2-2

Neighbors, rivals share another closely-fought classic

Against the other top contenders in Division II, the Skaneateles ice hockey team has yet to win, but it's getting closer. The Lakers and Auburn battled to a 2-2 tie Wednesday night in a Division II hockey game played in front of a big crowd at Allyn Arena.

Westhill stopped by Oswego in Ludden tourney final

Warriors struggle in wake of upset over Gaelic Knights

All that the Westhill boys basketball team got out of its monumental win over Bishop Ludden was another game 24 hours later, which did not turn out as well. Oswego out-scrapped the Warriors', 42-31, to win the Rosemary Corcoran Memorial Tournament Friday night at Ludden's gym.

Hockey Lakers return home, slam New Hartford

Skaneateles drubs fast-improving Spartans 8-0

More than two weeks since it last played on home ice, the Skaneateles ice hockey team made a spectacular return to Allyn Arena and maintained its place atop the Division II standings. The Lakers dominated a strong New Hartford squad, 8-0, Friday night in a match-up of top league contenders.

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Hockey Wildcats blank Baldwinsville, 3-0

WG maintains lead in Division I with latest shutout

With quick and ruthless efficiency, the West Genesee ice hockey team continues to turn away Division I challengers, even on the road. The Wildcats shut out Baldwinsville, 3-0, Friday night in front of a big crowd at the Greater Baldwinsville Ice Arena in Lysander.

Warriors cooled down by Utica Proctor

Defending AA champs give Liverpool first loss

A 2-0 start, and the vast amount of points produced during those wins, had Liverpool's boys basketball team in a bright mood going into Tuesday night's home opener against Utica Proctor. But the defending Class AA champions would turn that feeling around.

Caz girls romp past Chittenango, 44-20

Defense again solid for 2-0 Lakers

Through one week of the regular season, the Cazenovia girls basketball team is 2-0, largely due to its defense. The Lakers easily won an early-season battle of Class B girls’ basketball unbeatens Friday night, 44-20, over its Madison County neighbors from Chittenango.

Hockey Lakers beat CBA/J-D, move to 5-0

Skaneateles gets goals from Jones, Strods, Hill

Five games are in the books - and it's five wins for the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team. The Lakers remained unbeaten with a 3-1 win over CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt in a Division II showdown Wednesday night at Allyn Arena.

West Genny hockey opens, beats Fairport

West Genesee opened its latest quest for ice hockey glory with a 3-1 Wildcat Classic win over Fairport on Friday night at Shove Park. The early game saw defending Division I state champion Suffern outplay Massena, 4-1. That, and the late result set up a Saturday rematch of last year’s memorable state semifinal, when Suffern defeated the Wildcats in a penalty shootout at the Utica War Memorial.

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Football Lakers stopped by Chenango Forks, 28-21

Rally falls just short in first-ever state playoff game

To the last whistle, the Skaneateles football team remained in the fight, a state Class C championship a goal not that far away - but ultimately, proving elusive.

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CBA hammers Binghamton in AA football regional

Brothers put away Patriots with 31 first-half points

Every Section III football team in 2012 finds its season over - except for Christian Brothers Academy, who now sits two victories away from a second state championship to go with the one it claimed in 2004.

Skaneateles stops Marcellus in volleyball final

Lakers rally from opening-set loss for Class B title

In the last act, when it mattered most, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team got the best of Marcellus. The Lakers, who won Class C a season ago but moved up this fall, rallied past the archrival Mustangs in four sets in the Section III Class B girls’ volleyball championship match Tuesday night at Jamesville-Dewitt High School.

Hornets stopped by Liverpool in AA girls soccer final

F-M attack unable to get going in 1-0 loss to Warriors

For the third time in four years, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls soccer team had a chance to break the Section III Class AA title drought that stretched back to 1996. But just as in 2009 (to CBA) and 2010 (to Baldwinsville), the Hornets were denied, this time by Liverpool, who fought past the Hornets 1-0 in Saturday night’s title game at Chittenango High School.

Girls soccer Warriors repeat as Class AA champs

Liverpool claims tough 1-0 final over F-M

No matter how tough it was to watch at times, the Liverpool girls soccer team sure found it beautiful when there was another Section III Class AA championship waiting at the end.

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Field hockey Lakers roll to another sectional title

Cazenovia turns back Holland Patent, 2-0

Many remarkable streaks remain intact for the Cazenovia field hockey team, in fast pursuit of a third consecutive state Class C championship.

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Red Rams denied Class A football title by Nottingham

Late touchdown pushes Bulldogs past J-D 14-7

Having waited 15 years to return to the top of the Section III ranks, the Jamesville-DeWitt football team got denied a championship by a neighbor that had gone more than twice as long without that ultimate prize.

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Marcellus blanks Westhill in Class B semifinal

Girls soccer Mustangs to meet Clinton for sectional title

By striking early, and handling the rest of the task in a calm and complete manner, the Marcellus girls soccer team disposed of its biggest rival and moved within one victory of another Section III Class B title.

BOE hires consultants for superintendent search

The Skaneateles Board of Education approved a motion to hire a firm to conduct its search for a new superintendent at its Tuesday, Oct. 23, meeting. The search will be conducted by the Warner Center for Professional Development and Education Reform, which is housed within the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

Red Rams survive Whitesboro, get to Class A final

Hard-fought 7-6 win sets up Class A final vs. Nottingham

A tough, relentless defense is a large reason why the Jamesville-DeWitt is undefeated and on the way to the Carrier Dome to play for the Section III Class A championship - and every bit of it was needed to clear that final hurdle before the title game.

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Girls soccer Hornets eliminate CBA

F-M advances to Class AA semis against B'ville

Cheyenne Hall made sure that the Fayetteville-Manlius girls soccer team's Section III Class AA title quest lasts at least one more round. Hall scored twice and assisted on another goal to power the Hornets past Christian Brothers Academy, 3-1, in Thursday night's AA quarterfinal.

OT goal sends boys soccer Hornets to AA semis

F-M outlasts Nottingham, 3-2, on Avarell game-winner

Though it took going beyond regulation, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team still finds itself in the chase for a Section III Class AA title. Lucas Avarell buried an overtime penalty kick to give the Hornets a 3-2 win over host Nottingham in Wednesday night's Class AA quarterfinal.

Brothers get away from Proctor in AA playoff opener

CBA tops Raiders 56-33, will meet West Genny in semifinals

Though it wasn't easy, Christian Brothers Academy's football team learned on Friday night that it doesn't have to lean entirely on its defense if it wants to reclaim the Section III Class AA crown. The unbeaten, state no. 6-ranked Brothers won a shootout over Utica Proctor, 56-33, Friday night in the opening round of the AA playoffs at Alibrandi Stadium.

Ludden stops APW in playoff opener

Gaelic Knights to meet Canastota in C-1 semis

Glad to be part of an expanded Section III Class C playoffs after missing out with a 5-2 mark a season ago, the Bishop Ludden football team did not waste its return to the post-season.

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Volleyball Lakers rally for big win over Westhlil

After dropping opener, Skaneateles wins next three

Unaccustomed to deficits this fall, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team faced one Thursday night at Westhill, and handled it with style. The Lakers won the highly anticipated matchup of Class B girls’ volleyball teams Thursday, nipping the host Warriors in four sets in an entertaining contest.

Lakers finish off Tully, secure C West title

Herr throws 99-yard TD pass to Cooney in rout

Skaneateles won the Class C West football league title with a 55-19 triumph over Tully Firday night at Hyatt Stadium, putting on another offensive showcase for the happy home fans.

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Football Bees bash Auburn, 56-12

Rouse tacks on 351 yards as B'ville moves to 4-1

Tyler Rouse ran through, over and around Auburn, just as he has done against most of Baldwinsville's football opponents in the last three seasons. This time, Rouse's big numbers led the Bees to a 56-12 victory over the Maroons at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

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Liverpool finally gets football win at F-M

Warriors avenge recent playoff defeat to Hornets

Once more, the Liverpool football team made the trek to Fayetteville-Manlius, just as it had done four times in the previous two seasons, all of them defeats, two of them in the first round of the Section III Class AA playoffs. This time, though, the Warriors finally came out on top.

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Skaneateles slams Marcellus in rivalry renewal

Herr throws for six TDs as Lakers go to 4-0

Skaneateles routed neighbor and long-time archrival Marcellus, 47-19, Thursday night in a non-league football game at Hyatt Stadium, staying undefeated while, at the same time, keeping the Mustangs winless.

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Bruen rallies girls soccer Bees past F-M

B'ville gives Hornets first defeat in early-season showdown

Cassidy Bruen scored twice to rally Baldwinsville past Fayetteville-Manlius, 2-1, Wednesday night in an early-season showdown of two prime Class AA girls soccer contenders at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium. Bruen’s brace gave the Bees a 6-1 record, while The Hornets, undefeated at 4-0-1 going into the match, suffered its first defeat of the fall.

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J-D football gets big win over ESM

Red Rams rally in rain past Spartans, 16-14

Jamesville-DeWitt rallied in the second half Friday night, knocking off defending Class A football champion East Syracuse-Minoa, 16-14 and, in doing so, turned around a neighborhood football rivalry that had long gone in the Spartans' favor.

Firenze pushes girls Bees past West Genny

B'ville senior star scores both second-half goals

Baldwinsville senior forward Emma Firenze powered the Bees past previously undefeated West Genesee, 2-0, Tuesday night in a non-league Class AA girls’ soccer game. Firenze scored a pair of well taken goals to lift the Bees to 5-1 overall. The Wildcats fell to 4-1.

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Key stop helps Bees hold off Henninger

Sargeant returns interception for TD; Rouse gains 278 yards

Offensive fireworks and sparkling special team plays gave the spotlight away to a late defensive stop in Baldwinsville’s 47-42 Class AA football win over Henniger Friday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium. The Bees stopped a late Black Knights drive with under two minutes left, when Henniger looked poised to score the game’s final points but gave the ball over on downs in B'ville territory.

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Offense shines in Lakers' rout of J-E

Skaneateles improves to 2-0, scores 42 in first half

No comeback was needed this time for the Skaneateles football team. The Lakers roared to a 62-7 win over Jordan-Elbridge Thursday night at the Eagles’ John House Stadium, never punting as it accumulated more than 450 yards of total offense.

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