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Phil Blackwell

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Symetra Tour returns to Drumlins this weekend

Credit Union Classic draws top women's golfers looking for LPGA cards

Nearly two decades old, the Symetra Tour’s Credit Union Classic has turned into a late-summer fixture on the Central New York golf calendar. And once again, the future stars of women’s golf are heading to Drumlins Country Club’s East course this weekend, battling for $100,000 in prize money and improving their odds of being one of the 10 players that, at season’s end, will earn an LPGA Tour card.

Leveille leads U.S. national lacrosse team

Skaneateles resident competes in FIL World Championships

Back in 2010, when the United States National Team went to Manchester, England and won the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship, Kevin Leveille was just an alternate, soaking in the scene, but not an integral figure.

Pepper Tournament returns to West Genesee

Girls, boys tournaments celebrates game of lacrosse

Amid the usual crowded lineup of lacrosse tournaments that dot the summer landscape, there’s West Genesee’s annual two-day festival that honors the game and its spirit.

Area baseball teams find tournament success

North Syracuse advances to Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional

Once again, a group of North Syracuse Babe Ruth Baseball players is vying for state, regional and – potentially – national honors. In this case, it’s the 15-and-under North Syracuse side grabbing the honors, starting out last weekend when it went to Ithaca and won the Western New York state championship, sweeping all four of the games it played.

Cavanaugh transfers from Wake Forest to George Washington

J-D grad joins Westhill star Roland in heading to D.C>

All of a sudden, Washington, D.C. has turned into a Mecca for some of Central New York’s top basketball talents. It’s a bit ironic, given Syracuse University’s long-time rivalry with Georgetown. But it’s the school just across town – George Washington University - that has managed to snag two standouts – one in the middle of his college career, the other still a year away from it.

Roland, Cavanaugh to play hoops at George Washington

Westhill great commits as junior.; J-D star transfers from Wake Forest

All of a sudden, Washington, D.C. has turned into a Mecca for some of Central New York’s top basketball talents. It’s a bit ironic, given Syracuse University’s long-time rivalry with Georgetown. But it’s the school just across town – George Washington University - that has managed to snag two standouts – one in the middle of his college career, the other still a year away from it.

C-NS, Liverpool football await 2014 season

Northstars to debut on new turf Oct. 3 against Henninger

Right after the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship ended on June 7, the work got underway at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

Football teams face new challenges in fall

CBA defends AA sectional title; F-M provides strong challenge

Just a month remains before the area’s quintet of high school football teams hit the field for practice and, soon after that, the start of the 2014 season. They will do so with plenty of changes on the horizon – some of them small, others large.

B’ville football sees changes in AA-2 league

Bees do not face Liverpool in regular season, has strong home slate

In the more than quarter-century he has presided over Baldwinsville football, head coach Carl Sanfilippo has rarely diverted from a run-first philosophy, and that’s translated into more than 200 victories on the field and a status as one of Central New York’s strongest programs.

Skaneateles football rejoins Class B in 2014

Lakers renew rivalries with Marcellus, Solvay, Westhill

Glory, shame, turnover and constant upheaval have marked the recent history of the Skaneateles football program, but for the 2014 season, what’s new is old.

Football teams face new challenges for 2014 season

Westhill has new coach; West Genny must replace Howard

Summer is in full gear – but just a month from now, thoughts will turn to autumn, and to the latest edition of high school football in Central New York. It will do so with plenty of alterations from 2013, and each of the local sides, from Class AA to C, has faced some sort of change in the off-season.

Caz, Chittenango face changes in football next season

Lakers defend sectional title; Bears look for playoff return

An eternal challenge in high school football is trying to maintain consistency and continuity when the very nature of the sport involves having to deal with new challenges and new personnel.

Kathy Taylor to coach lacrosse at Le Moyne

Former F-M mentor returns after tenure at Cortland State

Just a decade removed from the back-to-back state championships she won at Fayetteville-Manlius, Kathy Taylor is back in the neighborhood – but now as the head coach of the Le Moyne College women’s lacrosse team.

Liverpool grad helps guide NCAA baseball champs

Scott Brown excels as Vanderbilt pitching coach

Exactly two decades ago, Scott Brown graduated from Liverpool High School, wondering where his journey in baseball would take him. As it turned out, it would land him in the highest level of college baseball, and last Wednesday night in Omaha, Nebraska, Brown, now a seasoned pitching coach, was an integral part of Vanderbilt University’s first-ever national championship in any male sport.

Local lacrosse players gain national recognition

C-NS girls get tryouts with U.S. National Team

Though the high school lacrosse season is completed, the curtain has lifted on a summer where top local players take part in all kinds of camps, clinics, travel teams and tournaments. And that even includes a bit of national recognition, especially when it comes to a talented core of girls players from Cicero-North Syracuse.

Local lacrosse players receive national recognition

CBA, F-M standouts to play in Under Armour All-American games

Even though the high school lacrosse season has ended, a busy summer of camps, clinics and tournaments await most of the area’s top players. And that included, for members of Christian Brothers Academy’s girls team, a chance to try out for spots on the a national team – all while in the middle of another run to the state Class B final four.

B’ville native chosen in first round of NHL Draft

Alex Tuch goes to Minnesota Wild with 18th overall pick

Twice in the span of a month, athletes with Baldwinsville ties were taken on the first day of their sports’ respective professional drafts. However, in the case of hockey player Alex Tuch, he was chosen a lot earlier than baseball star Scott Blewett. And unlike the pitcher now toiling in the Appalachian League, Tuch is expected to take his time before going to the professional ranks.

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Hart leads Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame inductee list

Golf, basketball, football, journalism all part of Class of 2014

With accomplishments that span the entire second half of the 20th century and the first years of the 21st century, the six newest inductees to the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame provide a wide variety of compelling stories.

Caz lacrosse players draw national attention

Willard heading to U.S. National Team tryouts in Maryland

Even though the high school lacrosse season is over, a summer that’s full of tournaments, club teams and other activities is in full swing. And two stars from Cazenovia –Sarah Willard on the girls side, T.J. Connellan on the boys side, – are drawing some national attention.

Blewett gets $1.8 million signing bonus from Royals

B'ville star will go from HS graduation to Appalachian League

Like hundreds of thousands of other American teenagers, Scott Blewett would celebrate his high school graduation on Sunday with the rest of his Baker High School classmates at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena. Unlike most of them, though, Blewett will head toward his new job with $1.8 million in the bank, and potentially much more ahead.

Sovring helps Section III win state golf title

C-NS star plays in third state tournament; Auburn's May prevails

Both as a freshman, and as a junior, Cicero-North Syracuse girls golfer Brianna Sovring earned the right to play deep into June and appear in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament.

J-D golfers help Section III win state team title

Hair, Kim both garner top-30 finishes in state tournament

Jamesville-DeWitt girls golfer Molly Hair was accustomed to the pressure of playing in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament on SUNY-Delhi’s course, while her teammate, Junghye Kim, was new to all this.

Walsh helps Section III win state golf title

B'ville golfer ties for 30th; Auburn's May wins individual championship

Once more, Baldwinsville girls golfer Katie Walsh made her way to SUNY-Delhi to take one more shot at top honors during last weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament.

Solvay stopped just short of state softball title

Eden pitcher no-hits Bearcats in championship game

History, in the form of a first state championship, was right within the reach of the Solvay softball team as it took to the field at South Glens Falls' Moreau Recreation Center Saturday afternoon, one victory away from the biggest prize of all.

Softball Warriors fall just short of AA state title

Liverpool claims semifinal, drops final to East Meadow

So how close did the Liverpool softball team come to bringing home the first state championship in program history? One more hit, at an opportune time, may have provided that winning moment for the Warriors in Saturday's state Class AA title game at Moreau Recreation Center in South Glens Falls, but it never got that hit, and instead took a 3-1 defeat to East Meadow.

Akinpelu second in 400 hurdles at state meet

C-NS's Austen places fourth in Division I pentathlon

Ore Akinpelu, Morgan Austen, Mark Vanmarter and Pete Girardi led the contingent of Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool track and field athletes working in home territory during last weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet at Bragman Stadium.

CBA’s Schug wins 200 at state track meet

Millar, Berge', Avery, Pearl all have top-five runs for F-M

Though part of a much smaller track and field team than most of the girls she competes against, Christian Brothers Academy sophomore Anna Schug finds herself just as good – if not better – than any of them.

B’ville track athletes compete at state meet

Soeder, Martin, 4x400 relay team offer strong finishes

Baldwinsville’s best track and field athletes would find their way to Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman to compete in three different events during last weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet.

Lakers' track stars break records at state meet

Campbell fourth in 400 hurdles; Biver breaks school mark in 400 sprint

Everyone from the Skaneateles track and field teams that made it to last weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium had top finishes in mind – and managed to get them.

Garn wins 2,000 steeplechase at state track meet

Marcellus senior also takes second in 800-meter run

Track and field athletes from four area high schools ventured one more time to Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, taking part in this weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet.

Lacrosse Hornets fall to Massapequa in state final

F-M beaten in third trip to Class A title game

Game after game, round after round, the Fayetteville-Manlius kept passing all of the tests thrown at them and, by doing so, shed a 21-year Section III Class A championship drought and made it all the way to the state finals. Only there did the Hornets find an obstacle it could not climb over, in the form of Section VIII champion Massapequa, who did just about everything right in prevailing 16-2 Saturday at Hofstra University on Long Island.

Red Rams stopped in Class B state final again

J-D rally falls just short in 10-9 defeat to Yorktown

For a full year, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team had worked hard to get back to the state Class B championship game, looking to atone for its 2013 defeat to Garden City and claim its fourth state title in eight years. But on the brink of fulfilling that quest, the Red Rams were halted as Yorktown, hanging on in the waning seconds, edged J-D 10-9 Saturday afternoon at Hofstra University on Long Island.

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West Genesee girls wins seventh state lacrosse title

Senior-heavy Wildcats pull away, beat West Islip

What it came down to, for the West Genesee girls lacrosse team, was the simple idea that 17 seniors, bitterly disappointed a season ago, did not want to go through that disappointment again. And the Wildcats didn't have to, riding its hunger and determination all the way to the seventh state Class A championship in program history, attained Saturday afternoon at SUNY-Cortland with a convincing 15-10 victory over West Islip.

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Skaneateles girls lacrosse wins state Class C title

Wood goal with two seconds left beats Cold Spring Harbor

Molly Wood was kept in check all game long, but broke through when it mattered the most - and delivered the shot that gave the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team its third state Class C championship in program history. Wood's goal with just two seconds to play in regulation, achieved off a mad scramble in front of the net, gave the Lakers a 12-11 victory over Cold Spring Harbor in Saturday's state final at SUNY-Cortland.

Liverpool softball rallies past Bethlehem in AA regional

Warriors erase 5-0 deficit, advance to state final four

As if the nine-inning, 2-1 conquest of Cicero-North Syracuse to claim the Section III Class AA championship wasn’t enough, more drama – and more happiness – awaited the Liverpool softball team by week’s end.

Solvay beats Windsor, reaches softball state final four

Gardner grand slam helps Bearcats avenge 2013 regional defeat

Plans are now underway for Solvay's softball team, who punched a ticket to the state Class B final four at Glens Falls in the sweetest way possible. Already with the Section III title in hand, the Bearcats sought payback in Friday's Class B regional final against Windsor (Section IV) Friday at Union-Endicott High School – and got it, with Jackie Gardner starring in the pitcher’s circle and at the plate to beat the Black Knights 6-3.

Wildcats survive epic state semifinal with Pittsford

Five OT periods required for WG to prevail on Meager's game-winner

Through most of the West Genesee girls lacrosse team’s 2014 quest for a seventh state Class A championship in program history, there was little need to discuss the role of fate or destiny, since most of the wins in both the regular season and post-season were of a lopsided nature.

Girls lacrosse Lakers advance to state Class C final

Skaneateles handles HF-L, faces Cold Spring Harbor for title

Now the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team finds itself in the exact same place where, 12 months ago, it saw a state Class C championship dream fall short. Intent on not letting that happen again, the Lakers earned its second chance on Friday afternoon in the state semifinal at SUNY-Cortland by pulling away in the second half to beat Section V champion Honeoye Falls-Lima 16-6.

CBA girls lacrosse falls in state semifinal

Victor takes advantage of Brothers' mistakes

Bursting with youthful confidence, the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team strode onto the turf at SUNY-Cortland Friday morning trying to move one step closer to repeating as state Class B champions. But it was soon apparent that Section V champion Victor had no intention of aiding in making the Brothers' wishes come true.

Blewett selected by Royals in MLB Draft

B'ville pitching ace is second-round choice

More than four hours after the Major League Baseball Draft got underway, Baldwinsville's Scott Blewett got the call he waited for. It was from the Kansas City Royals, who chose Blewett with the 56th overall selection late Thursday night to begin what could be a long journey in the professional ranks for the senior right-handed pitcher just weeks before he graduates from Baker High School.

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Lacrosse Lakers stop Penn Yan in state semifinal

Caz to meet Bronxville again for Class C title

While the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team knew that it would pass through familiar territory if it wanted to go all the way to a third state Class C championship in four years, it had no idea just how familiar it would get. Just like in 2013, the Lakers will have to beat Salmon River in the regional round, Penn Yan in the state semifinals and then Bronxville in the state final to win it all.

OT goal sends lacrosse Hornets to state final

F-M's Wilson beats Fairport with six goals, including game-winner

Try as he could to deflect credit from himself to his compatriots, Jack Wilson could not escape the praise he deserved for leading the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team to the brink of its first-ever state championship. Wilson poured in six goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to carry the Hornets past Fairport 10-9 in Wednesday's state Class A semifinal at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.

Bellardini contends at state golf tournament

CBA star ties for 12th; F-M's Lee, Santaro also compete

On a warm Monday morning, Christian Brothers Academy boys golf junior Jack Bellardini teed off at Cornell University’s course in Ithaca in hot pursuit of a state championship.

B’ville’s Nizamis competes at state golf tournament

Bees' star shoots 79-80, ties for 29th place

Warm, dry summer weather did not mean that Baldwinsville boys golf senior Christian Nizamis faced easy conditions when he teed off Sunday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament in Ithaca.

Petrin competes in state golf tournament

C-NS star contends early, finishes in tie for 16th

On Monday morning, Cicero-North Syracuse boys golfer Joe Petrin went after a state championship. Close to the lead with 18 holes left in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament in Ithaca, Petrin got a close-up view of the race for the top spot, but could not keep up with it.

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Solvay softball repeats Class B sectional title

Bearcats score early, often in 11-3 romp over Adirondack

This time around, the Solvay softball team was not going to wait to decide matters. Having seen its season nearly end against Altmar-Parish-Williamstown in the previous round, the Bearcats jumped all over Adirondack in Monday night's Section III Class B final at the Gillette Road complex in Cicero, eventually prevailing 11-3 to bring home a second consecutive sectional championship.

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Warriors beat C-NS, reclaim sectional softball title

Hansen scores winning run in ninth of 2-1 classic

Alicia Hansen did not hold back on the hyperbole in the afterglow of the Liverpool softball team's 2-1, nine-inning victory over Cicero-North Syracuse in Monday's Section III Class AA final at the Gillette Road complex that ended the Northstars' four-year reign as sectional champions and gave the Warriors its first crown since 2009.

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F-M doubles pair places fourth at state tennis tourney

Miron, Westergaard reach quarterfinals in main bracket

Six local boys tennis players, hailing from three different schools – Fayetteville-Manlius, Manlius-Pebble Hill and East Syracuse-Minoa - made their way to Queens to compete in the New York State Public High School Association championship tournament.

CBA girls survive regionals, are back in state final four

Brothers play tough defense in 7-4 win over Vestal

One part of the Class B state regional tournament proved simple for the Christian Brothers Academy girls lacrosse team - but the other did not. Playing twice in a span of less than 48 hours after earning the Section III Class C title earlier in the week, the Brothers won them both, and by doing so are going back to SUNY-Cortland for another appearance in the state final four.

Girls lacrosse Lakers return to state final four

Skaneateles smashes Potsdam, Owego in one-sided regionals

With little stress or worry, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team earned a return trip to the state Class C final four at SUNY-Cortland – but the real story was what occurred elsewhere on the state tournament trail, especially on Long Island.

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