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Phil Blackwell has been sports editor of Eagle Newspapers since 1998 and is the co-host of the Inside High School Sports show, Saturday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. on ESPN Radio 97.7 and 100.1.
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Warriors won 113 straight meets, 15 straight sectional titles
Jim Funicello was already a member of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame. Now, the Liverpool boys swim team he coached to unprecedented heights in parts of three decades gets to join him in that pantheon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.