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J-D, ESM, F-M all gain first-place finishes at SRC Arena
With the glow of the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country national-championship sweep still on everyone's mind, it was time for the girls indoor track and field season to get underway, and every local side had a reason to feel good at the end of Friday night's Jack Morse Kickoff Meet at SRC Arena.
WG's 4x800 team pulls away to lopsided win
With one dominant relay performance and nearly a win in another, the West Genesee girls indoor track and field team stood out among the local sides during Friday night's season-opening Jack Morse Kickoff Meet at SRC Arena.
Major, Buell get hat tricks in sectional finals rematch
Less than 48 hours after emerging from a high-energy, high-effort battle with CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt that ended in a 3-3 tie, the Skaneaetles boys ice hockey team faced another tough task when it ventured to Casey Park for its first encounter with Auburn since last February's heartbreaking defeat to the Maroons in the Section III Division II final. Or at least it was supposed to be tough.
Skaneateles tops all small schools at Morse Kickoff Meet
Both on the relay side and the individual side, the Skaneateles girls indoor track and field team could not have asked for a more promising start to its 2014-2015 season. The Lakers sprinted past all of the other small schools in Friday night's Jack Morse Kickoff Meet at SRC Arena, and finished third overall with 43 points. Only large schools Liverpool (67 points) and Cicero-North Syracuse (63 points) fared better.
Warriors edge C-NS in Jack Morse Kickoff Meet
Perhaps the Liverpool girls indoor track and field team was paying too much attention to what its male counterparts were doing. For when the girls Warriors had its turn in the season-opening Jack Morse Kickoff Meet Friday night at SRC Arena, it did exactly the same thing, finishing in first place and fending off a strong challenge from Cicero-North Syracuse to do so.
Bulldogs run wild, hand Liverpool first defeat
It took five games, but the Liverpool boys basketball team finally hit a rough passage right before the holidays. The 4-0 Warriors visited Nottingham Friday night and saw just how a bigger, faster opponent could operate in prime condition, seeing the Bulldogs pull away in an 81-53 decision that marked Liverpool's first defeat of the season.
Cazenovia boys join girls at top of MVITA standings
Not caring much about possible fatigue, and certainly not looking ahead to the holidays, the Cazenovia indoor track and field teams pulled off a clean sweep of the Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association’s third meet of the season on Thursday night at Colgate University’s Sanford Field House.
Bees take defeat to J-D/CBA before holiday break
It took four tries this season for the Baldwinsville boys swim team to enter the win column, but it did so on Dec. 12, defeating the combined Syracuse city squad by a 95-80 margin at the Henninger High School pool. Back home on Tuesday night, the Bees got a tougher challenge, from Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA, and despite some bits of individual success, it took a 53-39 defeat to the Red Rams.
Visiting side prevails 34-30 in latest Laker duel
Exactly one week before Christmas, it was time for the two Lakers wrestling teams to get together. And the showdown Thursday night between Cazenovia and Skaneateles proved quite good, too, with the visitors from Cazenovia roaring out in front with wins in five consecutive bouts, and then having to withstand a late Skaneateles charge to pull out a 34-30 victory.
C-NS pulls away from Catholic Central after 12-day break
More than a month had passed since practices got underway for the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team, and it had just one game in the books - a Dec. 6 win at Bishop Kearney. Weather (thanks to the snowout of a Dec. 10 game with Liverpool), and a schedule with big tournaments on the horizon, had limited the Northstars' game activity, and head coach Eric Smith said his players were tired of facing each other and wanted to get back into game action.