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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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Mahar sweeps sprints, helps in relay efforts
When it comes to high school running in Central New York, regardless of the season, it usually involves chasing Fayetteville-Manlius and not catching up. But the Baldwinsville boys track and field team defied those terms on Wednesday afternoon at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium as, led by Brian Mahar, the Bees defeated the Hornets 72-69.
Top-ranked Lakers hand Warriors first defeat
When Henry Mann and Cole Willard scored goals less than 90 seconds into Tuesday afternoon's boys lacrosse showdown between Cazenovia and Westhill, it appeared that the reigning state Class C champions would dismiss the challenge of the unbeaten Warriors. But that would prove far from true.
Marcellus falls to C-NS; Westhill beats Tully
Everything was in line for the Bishop Ludden girls lacrosse team as it sped toward Tuesday’s key early-season showdown with defending Section III Class C champion Skaneateles.
Bearcats take unbeaten mark to Orlando
Before the middle of April, the Solvay softball team had already earned impressive victories over two of its toughest OHSL Liberty division neighbors. Coming off its 15-0 shutout over Westhill on April 12, the Bearcats ventured to Marcellus two days later and had its lowest run total of the season, but still rolled past the Mustangs 9-1.
Marcellus, Jordan-Elbridge both take defeats
Off to hot starts, the Westhill and Marcellus boys lacrosse teams did not want to lose any of its momentum before the harder part of its schedules. With a showdown against state Class C no. 1-ranked Cazenovia looming, the Warriors, who were no. 8 in the first state Class C poll of the spring, saw last Tuesday’s game with Tully postponed, while the Mustangs had its game with Onondaga also pushed back to a later date.
Vanmarter, Akinpelu among multiple winners for Warriors
Sweeping all of the top spots in distance events, the Liverpool boys and girls track and field teams both managed first-place finishes at Monday afternoon's Tully Spring Break Invitational.
WG squanders 4-0 lead, but prevails with late power
Perhaps the best thing for someone that has thrown away a comfortable lead, as the West Genesee baseball team did in Monday afternoon's game against Cicero-North Syracuse at Gillette Field, is to just start over. That's what the Wildcats did, turning to Colin BeVard to deliver the big swing in the seventh inning that gave his side a 7-5 victory over the Northstars and improve to 6-1 on the season.
Schurman, Brown get relief wins as big week looms
Though it proved harrowing at times (and weather remained a problem), the Fayetteville-Manlius baseball team still added to its early-season win total, moving to 4-0 just before Easter.
ESM helps cool down J-D, sweeps Fulton
When the snows returned for one more encore last Tuesday, it again halted play for the area’s baseball teams, but most of them got in some game action before it got cold, and then had a lot to do once things warmed up again.
Spartans continue strong early-season push
What’s clear is that the East Syracuse-Minoa girls lacrosse team is happy in the direction which it is going, and that Jamesville-DeWitt is far less pleased. Amid windy and wet conditions last Monday night, the Spartans met the Red Rams, and it would go back and forth the whole way, but ESM would hang on for a 7-6 victory.