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Phil Blackwell

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C-NS baseball blanks Liverpool, 7-0

Theetge strikes out 12, gets late run support

For a while in his second start of the season, Cicero-North Syracuse baseball pitcher Steven Theetge was facing the same situation with which he had little control over - namely, giving his team a superb performance on the mound, but not getting rewarded for it.

WG girls lacrosse claims showdown with C-NS

Wildcats avenge 2013 sectional semifinal defeat to Northstars

Yes, it was cold, raw and windy again, and yes, Cicero-North Syracuse stood on the opposing side, providing a serious challenge. But this time around, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team got the best of it, prevailing 10-7 over the Northstars in a key early-season showdown Tuesday night at Wildcat Stadium.

Blewett moves to 2-0 in baseball Bees’ win

B'ville ace gets seven K's against Syracuse West

For all the grief that weather forecasters get when they are incorrect, there was no mistake in the system that swept through the area that sent temperatures plunging more than 40 degrees and halted the baseball season again.

C-NS softball outshines Liverpool again

Scott hurts Warriors with home run, five RBIs

For more than three decades, Kerry Bennett had the best possible view as he built a softball dynasty at Cicero-North Syracuse that piled up Section III and state championships. But when the Northstars met main rival Liverpool Monday afternoon at the Gillette Road complex, Bennett, the subject of a controversial dismissal from his job in August of 2012, was on the opposing side, assisting Warriors coach Nick Spataro.

Skaneateles golfers rip past Solvay

Lee shoots personal-best 33 in windy conditions

Year after year, the Skaneateles boys golf team wants to do more than just make its way to the course and play a few pleasant spring rounds. The Lakers expect to contend for titles, and it patiently waited through the deluge of bad early-April weather for a chance to prove itself against a tough OHSL Liberty division.

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Track Lakers open season at Jordan-Elbridge meet

Skaneateles girls set school mark in sprint medley relay

Twice in the early part of April, both of the Skaneateles track and field teams saw season openers wiped out by the weather, as trips to Hannibal and Altmar-Parish-Williamstown were scrapped. So the Lakers’ first real action of the season didn’t take place until last Saturday, when it went down the road to the Jordan-Elbridge Relay Invitational and made some immediate history.

Liverpool baseball roars to three straight wins

Better weather leads to Warriors' hot start

Determined to climb back to the top of the Section III Class AA ranks, the Liverpool baseball team found immediate success once games finally got underway.

C-NS baseball falls to Oswego, Syracuse East

Northstars take pair of one-run defeats after 3-0 start

With a big early-season showdown against defending state Class AA champion Baldwinsville looming on Tuesday, the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team dealt with a pair of one-run defeats, which slowed things up after a 3-0 start.

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C-NS, Liverpool softball string together wins

Warriors start 3-0; Northstars prevail at Binghamton tourney

The Cicero-North Syracuse softball team could not quickly put its 2-1 defeat to Baldwinsville on April 3 behind them due to the bad weather that kept them off the field for nearly a week.

C-NS boys lax takes first loss to Corcoran

Northstars rebound to top Oswego; Liverpool still winless

A 4-0 start that included high-quality wins over Fayetteville-Manlius and Liverpool may have lured the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team into thinking that it was firmly established among the top Section III Class A sides.

J-D softball opens, shuts out CBA 13-0

Red Rams looking to defend sectional Class A title

Nearly two weeks after it was supposed to get underway, the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team finally did so, and reminded everyone why the path to Section III Class A glory still runs right through them.

Grimes baseball beats Ludden, gives Kelley 200th win

Cobras get fine pitching efforts from Schad, Steinberg

If the Bishop Grimes baseball team had to wait (and wait and wait) for action to get underway in the 2014 season, at least it took full advantage of a great opportunity once the waiting ended.

Girls Lakers race past Cazenovia, Clinton

Skaneateles to take on West Genesee this Saturday

In between the emphatic victory it delivered over reigning state Class B champion CBA on April 5 and the showdown with another big powerhouse, West Genesee, this Saturday night, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team was intent on casting aside all of its other challengers, too.

Skaneateles boys lax falls to F-M, Auburn

Lakers competitive against foes from higher classes

At least the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team can take comfort in knowing that it was a lot more competitive in its second go-round with Class A opposition than it was the first time around.

Baseball Lakers open, fall to Westhill

Diamond sides lost four games to early-season weather

Through weeks spent in gymnasiums when they wanted to be outdoors, and then weeks waiting for the fields to dry and temperatures to warm, both the Skaneateles baseball and softball teams only grew more eager to begin their respective 2014 seasons.

Girls Bees beaten by C-NS, Farmingdale

B'ville struggles in rematches with 2013 post-season foes

Twice in the span of a week, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team had to encounter two key opponents from its 2013 run to the state Class A championship game, and could not win on either occasion.

B’ville softball goes 1-1, falls to Liverpool

Bees handled F-M before running into hot-starting Warriors

As it turned out, the best thing for the Baldwinsville softball team was to wait for a week to get back on the field after it had stunned defending state Class AA champion Cicero-North Syracuse on April 2.

West Genny baseball shuts down B’ville

Wildcats knock off both of 2013 sectional AA finalists

Due to the bad weather that pushed the start of its 2014 season back for more than a week, the West Genesee baseball team found itself hosting both of last spring’s Section III Class AA finalists when it finally took the field – and beating them both.

CBA boys lacrosse fights past LaFayette

Koscs makes 21 saves; Gait, Brunner, Zerillo get four goals

In order to get a good shot at the top of the Section III Class C ranks, the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team first had to beat fellow challengers. That included LaFayette, who came to Alibrandi Stadium Thursday night and engaged in a tense, close contest before the Brothers broke it open in the fourth quarter, going on to beat the Lancers by a score of 14-9.

WG girls lax smashes Liverpool, C. Square

Wildcats to face C-NS Tuesday in playoff rematch

All the steps that the West Genesee girls lacrosse team had to take prior to Tuesday night’s long-awaited reunion with Cicero-North Syracuse – better known as the team that ended the Wildcats’ six-year championship run in last year’s Section III Class A semifinal – were made with little incident.

Ludden girls lacrosse flies to 4-0 start

Gaelic Knights rally past LaFayette, Cortland

Bigger challenges loom ahead for the Bishop Ludden girls lacrosse team, but it is displaying, at this early point in the season, quite a lot of grit and determination.

Westhill baseball wins thriller over Solvay

Sixth-inning rally helps Warriors survive at OCC field

In an early-season showdown, the Westhill baseball team met its neighbors from Solvay at the new Onondaga Community College complex Thursday night, and it turned into a particularly exciting contest, with the Warriors requiring a late comeback to beat the Bearcats 5-4.

Boys lacrosse Lakers shut out Ludden, Tully

Caz beats overmatched foes, improves mark to 6-0

Though the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team has played three “home” games this season, it’s done so in places outside the Sean Googin Sports Complex as the long winter took a long time to subside.

Liverpool, C-NS split track showdowns

Boys Warriors win big; girls Northstars prevail, too

Normally, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse track and field teams would wait until later in the spring before having their big showdowns. But in 2014, traditions got cast aside, and the Northstars and Warriors found themselves opening their respective seasons in each other’s company, and both sides would take away something.

F-M track gets impressive sweep of West Genesee

Pearl sweeps distance events; Barber wins three times

As defending Section III Class AA champions on both the boys and girls sides, the Fayetteville-Manlius track and field team might find it difficult for anyone to topple them.

Baseball Bees debut, blank Syracuse East

Blewett strikes out 15 as 20-plus scouts look on

While it has gone many great experiences in its long and illustrious history, the Baldwinsville baseball team is entering all kinds of new territory in 2014. For one thing, the Bees are the reigning state Class AA champions. That title, earned for the first time 10 months ago in Binghamton, is still a fresh memory, but it also makes B’ville the biggest game of the season for every single opponent it faces this spring.

B’ville track and field sweeps Henninger

Bees off to quick start in tough CNYCL National division

Each of Baldwinsville’s track and field teams were quite glad to see the belated arrival of spring, for it meant that serious competition was about to get underway. In the season-opening meets Wednesday afternoon, both sets of Bees won big against Henninger, prevailing 112-28 in the boys meet and 98-34 in the girls meet.

Marcellus girls track ends Cazenovia 32-meet win streak

Garn, Fallon, Sylcox each win twice for Mustangs

When it finally dried up and warmed up for the high school track and field season to get underway, the Marcellus girls managed to pull off something no one has in five years – namely, beat the Cazenovia Lakers.

Caz girls track win streak ends at 32 meets

Marcellus prevails over Lakers; boys side beats Mustangs

Back in 2009, the Cazenovia girls track and field team started a streak where no one in the Onondaga High School League’s Liberty could catch up to them. It took five seasons and 32 meets, but the Lakers were finally caught in Wednesday afternoon’s chilly season opener at Buckley-Volo Field by Marcellus, who prevailed 79-64 in a dual meet where, by contrast, Cazenovia’s boys team managed to defeat the Mustangs by a score of 77-64.

F-M boys lax rebounds, tops Skaneateles

Hornets also rout Central Square, move to 3-2

A 1-2 start is not what the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team is accustomed to, and early this week it had a chance to quickly put defeats to Cicero-North Syracuse and West Genesee aside and find its winning form again.

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Lacrosse Bees battle in loss to West Genny

Petrelli has three goals; Wildcat goalie stops 16 of 21 shots

At this early point in the season, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team’s biggest issue is an inability to find the net when doing so could lead to some big victories. The Bees managed just five goals (one in the second half) during a 13-5 defeat to reigning state Class C champion Cazenovia on April 5, and those struggles continued Tuesday night, at West Genesee, where plenty of opportunities were missed in an 8-5 defeat to the Wildcats.

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WG boys lacrosse battles past B'ville

Koziol's 16 saves key Wildcats' 8-5 win over Bees

A wide array of challenges greeted the West Genesee boys lacrosse team in the first full week of April, with plenty of motivation to meet those challenges head-on and eventually conquer them.

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Stewart, UConn complete perfect run to national title

Huskies have won back-to-back crowns with C-NS standout

So far, the dreams and hopes that Cicero-North Syracuse's Breanna Stewart carried with her to the University of Connecticut have all worked out - to perfection. Stewart's sophomore season ended just like her freshman season did, as the Huskies won yet another NCAA women's basketball championship Tuesday night by handling Notre Dame 79-58 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

C-NS girls lacrosse handles B'ville, 13-6

Ryan dominates first half; teammates take over later

Tiffany Ryan got the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team moving toward a bit of redemption against the Baldwinsville side that kept them from the Section III Class A title a season ago. Just as importantly, the rest of the Northstars jumped in to help out and by doing so, it defeated the Bees 13-6 Tuesday night at Onondaga Community College's Murphy Field.

Boys lacrosse Mustangs, Warriors pick up wins

Marcellus prevails at Liverpool; Westhill goes 2-0

Competition at the top of the OHSL Liberty division in boys lacrosse is bound to be fierce, as Marcellus quickly found out. Fresh off its tough season-opening win over Auburn on March 29, the Mustangs hosted LaFayette last Tuesday afternoon, and it proved a close, tense contest, but Marcellus fell to the Lancers 11-9.

Marcellus, Westhill girls lax get mixed results

Ludden/Grimes debuts with rout over Clinton

Within hours of each other last Tuesday night, the Marcellus and Westhill girls lacrosse team, playing important early-season contests, met with wildly varying degrees of success.

C-NS girls lacrosse roars to 2-0 start

Liverpool gets first win over Oswego, falls to B'ville

Even with all that it accomplished a season ago – especially ending West Genesee’s six-year Section III Class A championship reign – the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team did not get the ending it wanted.

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Skaneateles girls lacrosse smashes CBA

Lakers knock off defending state Class B champs in 18-6 romp

What was already a memorable weekend for the Skaneateles girls lacrosse program was made more so after it won big in a showdown of local powerhouses. On Friday afternoon, six different seniors signed their college letters on intent. Then, on Saturday night, Skaneateles took to the field at Hyatt Stadium to face reigning state Class B champion Christian Brothers Academy.

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Caz boys lax delivers big win over B’ville

Lakers have 3-0 week; girls take loss to Westhill

Cold winds, cold temperatures and various forms of precipitation did not keep the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team from another impressive conquest. The Lakers faced perennial Class A contender Baldwinsville Saturday morning at Cazenovia College’s Christakos Field, starting and finishing fast and delivering a 13-5 victory over the Bees.

ESM boys lacrosse gets big win over J-D

VanDeusen scores four goals, including game-winner

No championship, or anything close to it, was earned Friday night when the East Syracuse-Minoa boys lacrosse team defeated Jamesville-DeWitt 11-10 on a wet and windy Friday night at Spartan Stadium. It only felt that way to the giddy ESM players, who swarmed goalie Alec Miller near his cage moments after the defense stopped the Red Rams from forcing overtime in the waning seconds of regulation.

B’ville softball delivers landmark win over C-NS

Wolcik holds Northstars in check as fourth-inning runs prove enough

Most of the time in recent years, the Baldwinsville softball team found that trying to catch up to the likes of Cicero-North Syracuse was a futile exercise. Just competing with them was a victory unto itself, since scoring more runs than the Northstars appeared impossible.

Skaneateles boys lacrosse beats LaFayette

Fourth-quarter rally pushes Lakers past Lancers, 10-8

It took the challenge of an old rival, and the danger of falling too far behind early in the campaign, but at just the right moment the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team found something special.

Boys lacrosse Wildcats get past F-M, 10-6

First encounter since sectional sees WG prevail again

The last time they were together, West Genesee's boys lacrosse team was celebrating yet another Section III Class A championship on the Carrier Dome turf while, on that same field, Fayetteville-Manlius dealt with the heartbreak of yet another opportunity that slipped away.

Westhill baseball claims opener over Marcellus

Walsh strikes out 13 in six innings of 2014 debut

With a Section III Class B championship that it badly wants to reclaim, the Westhill baseball team got started on another spring of high expectations. At the heart of those expectations is pitching ace Sam Walsh, who proved quite impressive in Wednesday afternoon's season opener against Marcellus, throwing six innings and only allowing one hit in a 5-2 victory over the Mustangs.

Girls lacrosse Lakers tear through Marcellus

Skaneateles dominates, 18-8, in sectional finals rematch

Just by the numbers, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team began its 2014 season Tuesday night by hammering Marcellus 18-8 in the first meeting between the rivals since last May's Section III Class C final at the Carrier Dome.

Girls lacrosse Bees drop opener to West Genny

B'ville looking to defend sectional Class A title won in 2013

Not since the 2001 season has the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team entered a new spring as a defending champion, which was challenging enough. But the combination of a brutal early schedule and injuries at key positions has added more adversity that head coach Doug Rowe and his players must overcome if it wants to go to the top again.

WG girls lacrosse routs B'ville in season opener

Senior-heavy Wildcats determined to regain Class A crown

May 24, 2013 remains a vivid memory for the West Genesee girls lacrosse team, and because of what took place that day, anything short of a championship this season will prove a major disappointment.

C-NS grad Mattice wins NCAA Division II basketball title

Bentley (Mass.) completes perfect season with national championship

Much of the attention among former Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball standouts has gone to Breanna Stewart as she tries to lead Connecticut to back-to-back NCAA Division I titles, along with an undefeated season. But there’s another former Northstar who has just put a national championship – done with a team that went undefeated - on her career ledger.

C-NS boys lacrosse rolls to 2-0 start

Northstars consistent in romps over Binghamton, U-E

Starting on Tuesday night, when Fayetteville-Manlius pays a visit to Bragman Stadium, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team will get a good idea of where it stands.

CBA girls lacrosse blanks Whitesboro

ESM handles Fulton; J-D drops opener to Marcellus

Marisa Romeo is at Harvard, Taylor Poplawski is making big contributions at Syracuse and others, like Alyssa Pitonzo, Olivia Pitonzo, Rachel Perla and Maddie Calkins, have left the scene after leading Christian Brothers Academy’s girls lacrosse team to state championships two of the last three years.

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