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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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Spartans erase 25-point deficit, stun Whitesboro
Whether the East Syracuse-Minoa football team prevails in the Carrier Dome against Indian River with the Section III Class A championship on the line, it will never, ever forget the way it got to that game. In a comeback for the ages, the Spartans, trailing 35-10 at halftime to Whitesboro in Friday night's Class A semifinal at Chittenango High School, made it all the way back and, on Jake Rodman's last-second touchdown pass to Fred Johnson, beat the Warriors 38-35.
Westhill turns back Lowville for first sectional championship in six years
For a Westhill girls soccer program that holds 11 Section III championships, waiting six years for title number 12 felt way longer than the actual time span. That helped explain the joy the Warriors felt Friday night at SUNY-Cortland, having fought off top seed Lowville 1-0 to finally get back the sectional Class B banner it had not claimed since 2008.
Defense, goals from O'Neil propel Liverpool past defending champs
Once again, a well-established power with lots of recent success brought home the Section III Class AA championship - only it wasn’t the one that many people expected. Two goals by Meagan O’Neill, along with a defense that stepped up when it was needed, helped Liverpool knock off defending champion Cicero-North Syracuse 2-1 in Friday night’s AA title game at SUNY-Cortland.
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.