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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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F-M duo shines; ESM's LeGro second at 160 pounds
A strong season-long effort by Fayetteville-Manlius wrester Tristan Broddus continued when he claimed the 152-pound championship during Saturday's Phoenix Round Robin – and this time around, teammate Muhammad-Mukhtar Qubasy joined him in the winner’s circle.
Nadeau, Ashkar, Nash, Carnie win for Warriors
All through December, the Liverpool wrestling team has made strong showings on the tournament circuit, and Saturday's Phoenix Round Robin proved no different.
Hornets struggle in second half against unbeaten Black Knights
Given all the production that left with the likes of John Schurman and Louis Avellino, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team could not expect that it had all the components necessary to keep up with the top Class AA contenders – not yet, anyway.
B'ville breaks early skid, rallies in fourth quarter
One inspired rally, and one spectacular play, may just be the turning point the Baldwinsville boys basketball team so badly needed. The Bees were staring at a third consecutive defeat to open the season when it went to West Genesee last Friday night and erased a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Wildcats 59-58.
Fourth-quarter lead vanishes in loss to Bees
All was going smoothly for the West Genesee boys basketball team in the course of its game against Baldwinsville last Friday night – at least until the fourth quarter got underway.
Ludden rips Marcellus; J-E rallies past Phoenix in OT
Blake Bagozzi may have never experienced anything close to the zone he entered during the Solvay boys basketball team’s game against Altmar-Parish-Williamstown on Dec. 19, and he might never go there again. But at least it happened once.
Chittenango basketball sides each fall to Cortland
For the Cazenovia girls basketball team, it wasn’t a big secret to know that Bishop Grimes was emerging as a favorite in both the OHSL Liberty and the larger Section III Class B picture. Thus, the Lakers were fired up to face the state Class B no. 9-ranked Cobras last Friday night, and for a while in the first half, a big shocker seemed possible – but a fierce surge late in the second quarter ended up hurting Cazenovia beyond repair, leading to a 63-43 defeat.
Bees end eight-day break, conquer Corcoran
On the day after Christmas, the Baldwinsville girls basketball team hops on a plane and heads to Florida, and the shadow of the Magic Kingdom, set to test itself in a trio of games at the Disney Wide World Of Sports complex.
Kraetz, Lane, Foehl lead Skaneateles to 48-40 win
What a difference three weeks can make – or even less. The same Skaneateles girls basketball team that lost by double figures at Bishop Ludden in its season opener got even last Friday night in front of the home fans, using a big second-quarter surge, plus lots of tough defense, to beat the Gaelic Knights 48-40.
Westhill stopped by Hannibal; J-E also takes loss
It’s fair to say that the Bishop Ludden girls basketball team liked dealing with Skaneateles the first time around. In a second head-to-head encounter in a span of less than three weeks, the Gaelic Knights went on the road to face the Lakers last Friday night and had a much different result, unable to overcome a first-half slump and taking a 48-40 defeat.