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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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Scott leads Liverpool side that lost 2014 title game
While it was quite nice for the Liverpool football team to end its 16-year drought and return to a Section III Class AA championship game a season ago, no one in orange and blue was satisfied.
Long-time Henninger coach looks to make Northstars a winner
Players on the Cicero-North Syracuse football team said they never saw it coming. Back in April, with the Northstars fresh off a return to the Section III Class AA playoffs and eager to improve on last fall’s 4-5 record, news came out that Joe Sindoni was out after just two seasons as head coach.
Hornets hope familiar coach leads to quick recovery
What’s new is old, or what’s past is present. Whichever analogy or cliché is used, Fayetteville-Manlius football in 2015 will include new, fresh faces always associated with high school athletics – but a very familiar face will lead them.
Loss to eventual state champs provided lots of motivation for ESM
While there’s no shame in a season ended with a defeat to an eventual state champion, the East Syracuse Minoa football team found little solace with that fact.
CBA football hungry again after rare struggles in 2014
Attend a Christian Brothers Academy football game this season, and some things will look quite familiar – gold helmets, purple and white jerseys, high purple socks and black cleats.
J-D hopes depth can make up for key personnel losses
Everyone on the Jamesville-DeWitt football team had to grow up in a hurry during the 2014 season. Up against a brutal schedule, and employing a roster that included five sophomores and one freshman, the Red Rams did not win a game until October, and while it still sneaked into the Section III Class A playoff, a quick 35-13 exit at the hands of Whitesboro completed the 2-6 lesson.
New coach, new faces provide challenges for Cobras
Perhaps the best thing that ever happened to the Bishop Grimes football program was stepping out of the Section III Class D fray after winning just one game in that league from 2011 to 2013.
B'ville has depth, but must replace Skipworth, Burchill, Penfield
Sam Mahar symbolizes, in many ways, the ethos of the Baldwinsville football team, from its willingness to embrace traditions, rather than run from them, to the work ethic that has made it one of the most consistent programs in Central New York.
Coach returns to Skaneateles after three-year absence
The second act of Joe Sindoni with the Skaneateles football program is something no one had expected – least of all Sindoni.
Eagles building upon 2014 run to sectional semifinals
Jordan-Elbridge’s football seniors can remember a time when their program was an afterthought. As freshmen, in 2012, they watched the Eagles go 1-7. But in a span of two years, thanks to the hard work put in by the players and a new staff led by head coach Tim Hawkins, everything turned around.