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Phil Blackwell

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Cross country Bees sweep at Chittenango Invitational

Ludden, Kellner are leading runners for B'ville

With two weeks to go before the Section III Class A championship meet at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, each of Baldwinsville’s cross country teams wanted to build up some momentum.

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Wildcats fall to Liverpool, still reach playoffs

WG to face 7-0 Henninger in sectional opening round

When the West Genesee football team left the field last Friday night at Liverpool on the wrong end of a 42-24 decision, it had some apprehension about what the future would bring. By the time they got back to Camillus, though, everything was happy, due to events elsewhere.

Lakers stunned in OT by late Westhill goal

Monds scores with 10 seconds left on controversial tally

Jayanna Monds was offsides by several yards, as far as the Cazenovia girls soccer team was concerned. Westhill, on the other hand, thought that Monds had perfectly timed her run. The only thing that matters was that no whistle was blown. And Monds, with just 10 seconds to play in overtime, put home the decisive goal as the state Class B no. 3-ranked Warriors edged past the state no. 8-ranked Lakers 3-2 in Saturday's regular-season finale.

Caz field hockey rips past ESM again

McLaughlin nets four goals for Lakers in 5-0 romp

Safe to say, the Cazenovia field hockey is eager to enter the post-season again. Carrying with it the burning memory of its overtime defeat to Pierson/Bridgehampton in last November’s state Class C final, the Lakers have gone through a 2014 regular season that’s included plenty of tests, but also some impressive all-around efforts.

Monds goal gets Westhill past Cazenovia

Warriors claim second OT decision over Lakers this season

Jayanna Monds perfectly timed her run in the waning moments of Saturday's wet, cold, windy girls soccer battle between Westhill and Cazenovia. Or she was offsides by several yards. The only thing that matters was that no whistle was blown and Monds, with just 10 seconds to play in overtime, put home the decisive goal as the state Class B no. 3-ranked Warriors edged past the state no. 8-ranked Lakers 3-2.

Hornets edge B'ville, complete 16-0 regular season

Last-minute goals push F-M past Bees, Henninger

It only figured that, to complete an undefeated regular season, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team would have, as the final hurdle, the side most responsible for keeping them from Section III Class AA glory during the last half-decade.

J-D girls soccer finishes perfect regular season

Red Rams survive Homer in OT, rout Mexico

Sixteen games for the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team – and 16 victories, without a blemish. That’s what the Red Rams have pulled off, giving itself an even larger target on its backs heading into the Section III Class A playoffs, where a sixth straight championship could await, and perhaps more.

Grimes girls stop Ludden, move to 15-0-1

MPH boys shut out Cobras; girls Trojans reach sectionals

For the second season in a row, the Bishop Grimes girls soccer team finds itself undefeated and a consensus favorite going into the Section III Class C playoffs. But the Cobras know that such expectations can lead to heartbreak, as it did in last season’s playoff defeat to Waterville, and the fact that it’s carried the no. 1 state Class C ranking for a month has only added to the pressure.

Skaneateles football draws Caz in opening round

Lakers fall in non-league game at New Hartford

Four years ago, when the Skaneateles football team last ventured into the Class B portion of the Section III playoffs, Cazenovia awaited them in the opening round – and knocked them out.

J-E stops Canastota, goes to playoffs 6-1

Eagles secure second place, hosts Thousand Island in first round

They had reason to point to 2014 as the year where Jordan-Elbridge’s football fortunes turned around and something big would happen. With a senior-heavy lineup and a stifling defense, the Eagles closed a 6-1 regular season by turning back Canastota 14-8 on Friday night and giving itself all kinds of momentum heading into next week's Section III Class C playoffs.

Mustangs rip Phoenix, to meet Oneida in playoffs

Solvay drops 36-20 decision to Chittenango

Even as the Marcellus football team was wrapping up a 5-2 regular season with a 62-7 destruction of Phoenix Friday night, its eyes were toward another contest that would determine its future itinerary.

Brothers rally past Central Square, reach playoffs

F-M pulls away late for road win over Fowler

Twelve minutes remained in the Christian Brothers Academy football team's game at Central Square on Friday night, and the notion of the Brothers not making the Section III Class AA playoffs, once an astonishing consideration, was inching closer to cold reality.

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Bees survive C-NS rally, move to 6-1

B'ville to host CBA in sectional playoff opener

No one on the Baldwinsville football team wanted Friday night's regular-season finale against Cicero-North Syracuse to be the last appearance at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium this fall. Yet the Bees were in danger of seeing that opportunity slip away in the fourth quarter, and required a pair of clutch defensive stops to hang on and beat the Northstars 21-20.

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Warriors go to 7-0, will meet C-NS in secitonals

Liverpool beats West Genny; Northstars edged by B'ville

Having just finished off its first undefeated regular season in 16 years, the Liverpool football team finds that it still has to hold on to neighborhood bragging rights against Cicero-North Syracuse if it wants to go anywhere in the Section III Class AA playoffs.

Lakers smash Oneida, earn B East title again

Caz football continues domination over Indians

If ever there was a time for the Cazenovia football team to piece together its most complete effort of the season, it was now. With the Class B East division championship on the line, the Lakers went to Oneida Friday night and reminded everyone why it was the reigning Section III Class B champions, setting a season-high point total and smashing the Indians 64-18.

Westhill drops gridiron showdown to Homer

Warriors overwhelmed by Trojans' ground game in second half

Having climbed further than anyone could have imagined at the start of this fall, the Westhill football team had a chance to offer a perfect ending to a perfect regular season by defeating Homer in Friday night's showdown for the Class B West regular-season championship.

Skaneateles girls soccer falls to Westhill

Lakers go 2-1 in three-day stretch, close regular season 11-4-1

Now the Skaneateles girls soccer team is ready for the challenge of the Section III Class B playoffs, even though the last week of the regular season brought a small setback.

Girls volleyball Lakers build win streak

Skaneateles gets sweeps over Hannibal, ITC

That spark the Skaneateles girls volleyball team received from its hard-fought, down-to-the-wire, five-set win over neighbor and rival Marcellus on Oct. 11 endured into the following week’s action.

WG swimmers get big win over Liverpool

Castro claims pair of close races; Wildcats sweep relays

Once again, the West Genesee girls swim team has a clear and distinct path to completing an undefeated regular season. Having not lost a head-to-head meet since 2009, the Wildcats got tested at home against Liverpool Thursday night, but a pair of close wins by Olivia Castro, plus a relay sweep, keyed a 93-87 victory over the Warriors.

J-D girls claim league cross country meet

ESM's Marra, Red Rams' Dye emerge as individual champs

What Jamesville-DeWitt’s cross country teams wanted to do was to sweep both of the Onondaga High School League Freedom division championship meets, just as they had both gone through regular-season league competition with undefeated marks. But it did not quite turn out that way.

Marcellus boys run to OHSL Freedom meet title

McGuane leads Mustangs to win over J-D, Chittenango

Up against a new set of competitors, the Marcellus boys cross country team found a new degree of success – and earned the Onondaga High School League Freedom division championship.

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Caz runners drop showdown with Skaneateles

Rowles, Neal both break course record in rain

Even with Clara Rowles breaking a course record at the Skaneateles Polo Grounds, the Cazenovia girls cross country team could not snatch the OHSL Liberty National division regular-season title away from those other Lakers.

B’ville tennis drops sectional final to F-M

Bees fall, 4-3, after Reisinger wins Division I singles title

Just one more game claimed here, or there, and the Baldwinsville girls tennis team would have ended the 21-year reign of Fayetteville-Manlius as Section III Class A champions.

F-M girls tennis earns another sectional title

Hornets hold off B'ville for 22nd straight crown

One streak ended for the Fayetteville-Manlius girls tennis team this fall, but another one, of far greater importance, continued. The Hornets are Section III Class A champions for the 22nd year in a row, perpetuating its reign by defeating Baldwinsville 4-3 in the sectional final on a warm, windy Tuesday afternoon at Utica's Mott Courts.

J-D, MPH stars earn sectional tennis titles

Kim, Pollock, Del Pino claim first-place finishes

When the dust settled from the Section III Division II and IV girls tennis championship tournaments on Columbus Day weekend, players from Jamesville-DeWitt and Manlius-Pebble Hill both had first-place finishes secured.

Girls tennis Wildcats sweep sectional honors

WG will send Heyn, Joyce, Ginestro, Llanos to state qualifier

Just as in seasons past, West Genesee's girls tennis team chose not to take part in the Section III Class A team tournament - but that didn't mean the Wildcats would be absent from the other, more important tournament on the sectional docket.

Cazenovia, Skaneateles go 0-0 in soccer showdown

Laker rivals offer possible sectional playoff preview

Should the boys soccer teams from Skaneateles and Cazenovia find themselves in one more encounter during the upcoming Section III Class B playoffs, they'll have a lot to resolve. That was the takeaway from Monday night's hard-fought 0-0 battle at Hyatt Stadium, where the two Laker rivals went at it for 100 minutes without putting a shot in the net, each settling for their first draw of the season.

F-M boys still unbeaten, edge Nottingham in OT

Ngadula goal moves F-M to 14-0 as B'ville visit looms

All of those victories, and the possibility that it could finish the regular season undefeated, have lifted the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team all the way to no. 4 in the state Class AA rankings.

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Cross country Hornets sweep Eastern State races

F-M girls rebounds; boys beat out Liverpool again

Two weeks removed from a rare defeat in a large-scale, high-profile meet, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls cross country team found itself back in its usual first-place spot.

Lathrop, Kellner lead Bees runners at Manhattan meet

B'ville performs well after sweeping past C-NS

Having already swept Cicero-North Syracue in CNY Counties League competition during last week’s action, both of Baldwinsville’s cross country teams made their way to Saturday’s Manhattan Invitational to take on more elite competition.

B’ville volleyball sides roll to league wins

Boys Bees roll until defeat to Rochester McQuaid

Even with the occasional blemishes, the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team still is the favorite in Section III Class AA play because its quality of play rarely wavers, regardless of an opponents’ caliber.

Mustangs’ Randall wins sectional tennis title

Cerrone, McHale advance to doubles final

Whatever happened to the Marcellus girls tennis team in various Section III tournaments, it was already an historic season, since it included the program’s first regular-season league title in 25 years.

WG cross country faces elite opposition

Wildcats swept by Liverpool; Benson third at Manhattan Invitational

When West Genesee’s cross country teams met up with Liverpool and Central Square in a three-way meet last Wednesday afternoon, the boys and girls results were both split - but that just started a tough an exciting stretch of the season.

Boys soccer Mustangs edge Westhill, 1-0

Marcellus surges with four wins in six-day stretch

If any boys soccer team in the area has matched Westhill’s high standards, Marcellus has done so, even if it hasn’t quite happened on a regular basis.

J-E, Westhill/Ludden shine at Manhattan meet

Eagles' Gugel takes third in girls Varsity A race

Cross country runners from both Jordan-Elbridge and Westhill/Bishop Ludden took part in Saturday’s prestigious Manhattan Invitational, held in the Bronx at VanCortlandt Park.

Marcellus girls soccer handles Cortland, Mexico

West Genny ties F-M; Ludden makes late-season push

Now the question for the Marcellus girls soccer team was whether its impressive 3-0 romp over state Class B no. 8-ranked Cazenovia on Oct. 4 would lead to more positive results.

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Lakers stop VVS, head to showdown with Oneida

Caz football gets three TD's from Connellan

Having done their parts for the past six weeks, the undefeated football teams from Cazenovia and Oneida are ready to decide the Class B East regular-season championship on Friday night. When it faces the Indians, the state Class B no. 3-ranked Lakers will carry plenty of confidence, flowing from an offense that showed more potency in Saturday's 48-7 victory over Vernon-Verona-Sherrill at Buckley-Volo Field.

Brothers roar again, romp past West Genny

F-M falls to 2-4 with defeat to Indian River

Something familiar was on display Friday night at Alibrandi Stadium – the Christian Brothers Academy football team in top form, lighting up the scoreboard, flying around on defense and causing fear and dread in its opposition.

B’ville boys soccer rolls to pair of wins

Bees nail Auburn, Corcoran, meet F-M next Saturday

For a Baldwinsville boys soccer team hungry to make a push for yet another Section III Class AA championship, so much will get learned next Saturday night, when the regular season finishes at Swan Pond against state no. 4-ranked Fayetteville-Manlius.

Boys soccer Lakers run win streak to seven

Skaneateles hot in advance of rematch with Cazenovia

Given the competition right in front of them, there was no chance of the Skaneateles boys soccer team looking too far ahead to its Columbus Day showdown with Cazenovia.

J-E football now 5-1, nears playoff spot

Ludden, Solvay each fall to 1-5 with defeats

Now it’s turned into a one-week season for the Jordan-Elbridge football team. Thanks to the Eagles’ 29-6 victory over Port Byron/Union Springs Friday night, the Eagles moved to 5-1 on the season and 3-1 in the Class C West division, tied for second place with Canastota.

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Wildcats humbled in road loss to CBA

WG gives up 42 first-half points to resurgent Brothers

Bad timing was evident for the West Genesee football team throughout its penultimate game of the 2014 regular season.

Caz field hockey returns with 3-0 stretch

Lakers hammer Homer, Cortland, top F-M again

For a full week, the Cazenovia field hockey did whatever it could to rest, heal and work on what was wrong with its game, and there was plenty to consider.

Football Lakers head to Class B playoffs

Skaneateles gets 28-7 road win at Phoenix

To go from a 60-point defeat to a 21-point margin of victory is quite extreme, but the Skaneateles football team did not mind one bit. When the Lakers went on the road Friday night to Phoenix, it took charge in the opening minutes and did not let go until it had beaten the Firebirds 28-7 and clinched a Section III Class B playoff berth.

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Warriors go to 6-0; Northstars clinch playoff spot

Liverpool assured of AA-1 division top seed

There's a real chance that the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse football teams could meet up in the opening round of the Section III Class AA playoffs. For now, though, both teams are quite content with what they've accomplished, whether it's the Warriors assured of the top seed from the AA-1 division or the Northstars just making it back to the post-season after a prolonged absence.

Westhill gets to 6-0; Marcellus falls to Homer

Warriors to face Trojans for B West regular-season title

Now the battle for Class B West football supremacy hinges on a single game, with Westhill attempting to do what six previous opponents in 2014, including Marcellus, have failed to do - stop a Homer offense that has averaged more than 60 points per game.

J-D, ESM football earn crucial league wins

Red Rams outscore Oswego; Spartans stop Fulton

All of that abuse the Jamesville-DeWitt football team took in September on its way to an 0-4 start had a purpose, for now the Red Rams find itself in a three-way battle with East Syracuse-Minoa and Fulton for the Class A American division regular-season championship.

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Bees drop football showdown with Henninger

Penalties, runs by Everson hurt B'ville's cause

Anticipation had built all season for Friday night's football game at Sunnycrest Field between Baldwinsville and Henninger, two unbeaten, state-ranked teams atop the Class AA-2 division standings with eyes toward league and Section III championships down the road.

Marcellus girls tennis reaches sectional semifinals

Mustangs edge Whitesboro, fall to Oneida

Whatever happened to the Marcellus girls tennis team in the Section III Class B team tournament, it was already an historic season, since it included the program’s first regular-season league title in 25 years.

Skaneateles volleyball beats Marcellus in five sets

Though Lakers blow 2-0 lead in sets, it still tops Mustangs

Ever since its five-set win over Solvay on Sept. 25, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team had given every opponent plenty of headaches, even if it hadn’t shown up in the win column.

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