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Northstars battle to end in 2-1 defeat to Hornets
Right to the end, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team was in the battle, making the state’s top-ranked team sweat and worry. But when all was finished in Thursday night’s Section III Class AA semifinal at Liverpool High School Stadium, the no. 4 seed Northstars had taken a 2-1 defeat to top seed Fayetteville-Manlius, the third time it had lost to the Hornets this fall, each of them one-goal decisions.
B'ville advances to sectional final against Liverpool
When the spotlight shines on Cicero-North Syracuse next Wednesday night and the Section III boys and girls Class AA volleyball championships are at stake, Baldwinsville will be a part of both of those matches.
Close races, Bees' comeback mark 47-47 classic
With one more chance to compete in front of a home crowd, the Baldwinsville girls swim team nearly got a signature win in Wednesday’s regular-season finale against Cicero-North Syracuse. When the final race was done, though, the Bees and Northstars were in a 47-47 tie. And it took winning the last three races for B’ville to pull even.
Bearcats rally for four-set Class B finals victory
Perhaps there was a sweeter outcome for the Solvay girls volleyball team than to beat Marcellus for a Section III championship – but it’s difficult to imagine. These long-time court rivals got together again Thursday night at Jamesville-DeWitt High School to contest the sectional Class B final, and when all was settled, the Bearcats were victorious in four sets over the Mustangs.
Warriors beaten by Caz; West Genny stopped by B'ville in AA semis
In the early portion of the season, it was fairly clear that the Westhill girls volleyball team was ahead of Cazenovia, as indicated by a four-set victory on Sept. 20. But the Lakers avenged that defeat in October, and it the third and most important encounter, Cazenovia prevailed again, in four sets, over the Warriors in Thursday night’s Section III Class C final at Jamesville-DeWitt High School.
Caz handles Westhill in four sets for Class C title
First in September, and then in October, the Cazenovia girls volleyball team took the measure of Westhill, and both would emerge with four-set victories on their respective home courts. When they met for the third time, though, it was with the Section III Class C championship on the line at Jamesville-DeWitt High School Thursday night – and propelled by a great start, the Lakers would conquer the Warriors in four sets.
C-NS boys, Liverpool girls advance to finals against B'ville
The neighborhood rivalry between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse turned up in several different spots during the Section III playoffs, from early-round football to championship games in girls soccer and field hockey.
B'ville to clash with F-M again for championship
True, the opponent it had to get through was a bit different, but for the Baldwinsville boys soccer team, the destination - another Section III Class AA championship game - was the same. When the no. 3 seed Bees edged no. 7 seed Fowler 1-0 in Thursday night's AA semifinal at Liverpool High School Stadium, the prize was a return trip to the Liverpool turf Monday night at 7:30 for yet another sectional final showdown with Fayetteville-Manlius.
F-M top C-NS, draws B'ville again in title game
It only figures that the undefeated, state no. 1-ranked Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team will need to gets past its recent post-season nemesis if it wants to reclaim the Section III Class AA championship. The top-seeded Hornets' 2-1 victory over no. 4 seed Cicero-North Syracuse in Thursday night's AA semifinal at Liverpool High School Stadium sets up a title-game showdown on that same Liverpool turf Monday night at 7:30 against Baldwinsville, who edged Fowler 1-0 in the other semifinal.
Red Rams upend top seed, will face Marcellus Saturday
Four years after it finally broke through for a Section III Class A championship, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys soccer team moved closer to another title in the most exciting way possible. Jordan VanStry's goal late in the first overtime helped the no. 4 seed Red Rams upend top seed Indian River 2-1 in Wednesday night's Class A semifinal at Watertown High School.