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F-M runners hold off Liverpool

J-D sweeps ESM in annual showdown

For a brief moment, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys cross country team was not in its usual spot atop the state Class A rankings, having seen Liverpool displace them following its overall victory at the Oct. 3 McQuaid Invitational in Rochester.

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West Genny wins sectional AA golf title

Wildcats edge Auburn by single shot, 404-405

West Genesee's five-year quest to add a second Section III Class AA championship to the one it earned in 2010 finally ended - by the narrowest margin possible. The Wildcats held off Auburn by a single shot to earn the sectional title Wednesday at Arrowhead Golf Club in East Syracuse, also fending off Cicero-North Syracuse Blue by two shots.

Westhill volleyball edges Cazenovia

Warriors take five sets, hand Lakers first defeat

What a difference a few weeks, and a bit of home-court advantage, can make. Westhill’s girls volleyball team, whose only blemish this season was a straight-set loss at Cazenovia on Sept. 17, had a far different outcome when it hosted the Lakers Tuesday night, making two different comebacks to prevail in five sets and hand Cazenovia its first defeat of the season.

Soccer Warriors, Bees end in 2-2 draw

Goal late in second OT allows Liverpool to get even

In their own unique ways, the Liverpool and Baldwinsville girls soccer teams left Tuesday night's showdown equally surprised by the 2-2 outcome. For the Warriors, who were in a defensive mode most of the game, a draw was welcome - but the Bees exited LHS Stadium frustrated that a come-from-behind victory was snatched away in the most unlikely manner.

Liverpool runners sweep B’ville

C-NS cross country unable to keep up with F-M

Though not in the state Class A rankings, the Liverpool girls cross country team has enough quality to it that it can match, or top, just about any opponent in the CNY Counties League. The Warriors proved this by turning back Baldwinsville 23-32 in last Wednesday’s neighborhood showdown at Longbranch Park, part of a three-way meet where Liverpool also swept Syracuse West 15-49 and easily won both of the boys races.

Soccer Warriors tie Nottingham, 1-1

Liverpool gets tough OT victory over Proctor

Through seven games, the Liverpool boys soccer team managed to turn back all kinds of challenges and win seven times, rising as high as no. 5 in the state Class AA rankings along the way.

Girls soccer Warriors have 3-0 week

Liverpool to meet B'ville in Tuesday showdown

Remaining a very busy unit, the Liverpool girls soccer team would test itself plenty in advance of Tuesday night’s rematch with Baldwinsville, who m it los to, 1-0, the first time they had met on Sept. 18.

Liverpool field hockey takes first loss

Warriors beat RFA; C-NS gains split, beats Weedsport

Through seven games, the Liverpool field hockey team had remained undefeated, rising to the top of the CNY Counties League and emerging as the favorite for Section III Class A honors, too.

Hornets top CBA in soccer twin bill

Two schools raise money for American Heart Association

As they do each fall, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy soccer programs gathered together for a doubleheader, this time held under the lights last Saturday at Alibrandi Stadium.

Field hockey Hornets rout ESM

F-M also gets key league win over C-NS

Plenty of important matches awaited the field hockey teams at Fayetteville-Manlius and East Syracuse Minoa as the calendar turned from September to October, including a head-to-head neighborhood clash last Friday afternoon.

Soccer Red Rams go 3-0, top ESM

J-D also gets 2-0 shutout over Skaneateles

Even with a five-game win streak and both defeats coming to Class AA opponents, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys soccer team remained missing from the state Class A rankings, though that might not last too much longer.

J-D girls topple Chittenango, Marcellus

Grimes rises to no. 4 in state Class C rankings

Still situated at no. 2 in the state Class A rankings, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team would have a pair of interesting tests while defending its undefeated mark as the calendar turned from September to October.

Cross country Bees fall to Liverpool

B'ville encounters Warriors again at McQuaid Invitational

No relief was offered to the Baldwinsville cross country teams after a dual meet with mighty Fayetteville-Manlius and the successful staging of its own B’ville Invitational on Sept. 26.

B’ville volleyball sides face big tests

Girls still unbeaten; boys split with C-NS, Oswego

On consecutive nights early last week, both of Baldwinsville’s volleyball teams had important tests to see whether they still stood out at the top of their respective CNY Counties League standings.

B’ville boys soccer has 1-1 week

Bees fall to Nottingham in 2-1 OT battle

All through the 2015 season to date, the Baldwinsville boys soccer team has found itself one or two scoring plays away from a real breakthrough. And that was the case, again, in last Thursday night’s match against Nottingham at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, where the Bees rallied to force overtime, but still could not pull out in front and lost a 2-1 decision to the Bulldogs.

Tennis Bees have no. 2 playoff seed

B'ville finishes regular season with 10-2 record

Though it couldn’t upend Fayetteville-Manlius, a 10-2 regular season meant a solid second-place finish for the Baldwinsville girls tennis team in the CNY Counties League American division.

B’ville field hockey tops Liverpool

Bees have 3-0 week, also beat Cato, ESM

Well-rested, and ready for its most important stretch of the season, the Baldwinsville field hockey team dealt with all kinds of conditions and surfaces while playing three games in a six-day span – and won every time.

Caz tennis defeats Marcellus

Lakers head to sectionals; Chittenango falls to New Hartford

Once the rains stopped and the temperatures dropped, Cazenovia’s girls tennis team squeezed in one more victory before play began in the Section III team and individual tournaments.

Girls soccer Lakers have 3-0 week

Skaneateles caps stretch by defeating Auburn

At just the right time, the Skaneateles girls soccer team is finding some good, consistent form, as evidenced by three wins in four nights, the last of them an exciting victory over its Class AA neighbors to the west.

Westhill boys soccer upended by Skaneateles

Warriors' long shutout streak ends; Marcellus blanks J-E

Now the Westhill boys soccer team is quite aware of the main obstacle to reclaiming the Section III Class B title – namely, one opponent that still holds the crown. Having gone unbeaten against everyone else, the Warriors still haven’t solved defending sectional champion Skaneateles in either of their two meetings, including last Thursday night’s home game, a 2-1 defeat to the Lakers.

Caz girls fall to Westhill, tie CBA

Chittenango close to J-D in rainy 3-2 defeat

The agenda for Cazenovia and Chittenango’s girls soccer teams last week had some similarities to them, most notably games against state-ranked defending Section III champions that neither side could conquer.

C-NS routs Henninger in Kline’s return

Northstars get nice balance from run, pass in 50-19 win

Dave Kline coached his football team to another win on the turf at Henninger High School’s Sunnycrest Field – only it wasn’t with the side wearing black and gold. Instead, Kline was on the opposite sideline, watching his new charges at Cicero-North Syracuse defeat the Black Knights 50-19 Friday night to move back above the .500 mark (3-2, 2-1 league) and keep alive its chances for a Class AA-2 division regular-season title.

Hornets hammer Auburn, go to 3-2

F-M gets 41 unanswered points in first half

Barely three minutes had passed in Friday night’s game at Holland Stadium, and the Fayetteville-Manlius football team trailed at Auburn, its followers concerned that a defeat disastrous to its own post-season hopes was on the horizon.

ESM, J-D football power to wins

Spartans rout Oswego; Red Rams top Fowler

Now the East Syracuse Minoa and Jamesville-DeWitt football teams are certain to have at least one more home game once the regular season is complete, having all but locked up the top two spots in the Class A American division.

Warriors roll past Marcellus, 35-7

Solvay breaks four-game skid, tops ITC

In a span of just two weeks, a Westhill football team headed in the wrong direction has turned around. With Friday night's 35-7 romp over visiting Marcellus, the Warriors improved to 3-2 and have given itself a chance to still control its own fate in the Class B West division since it faces the top two teams, Chittenango (4-1) and Homer (5-0), to close out the regular season.

Football Lakers, Bears earn road wins

Caz blanks Camden; Chittenango handles Cortland

For their first games in October, the Cazenovia and Chittenango football teams, who went a combined 7-1 in September, both hit the road - and both would win big. The state Class B no. 2-ranked Lakers recorded its third shutout of the season, blanking Camden 40-0, while the Bears, rebounding from its loss at Homer, went to Cortland and rolled past the Purple Tigers 33-8.

Football Lakers fall to Homer

Skaneateles unable to stop defending sectional champs

Though the Skaneateles football team has taken enormous steps forward, it still hasn’t yet reached the top level in the Class B West division ranks.

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Warriors thwarted in CBA showdown

Short-handed defense struggles in second half

In one evening – really, in just one half of football – Liverpool went from the prohibitive Section III Class AA favorite to someone who may have to prove itself all over again. That was the effect of the Warriors’ 28-17 defeat to Christian Brothers Academy Friday night in a jam-packed LHS Stadium. Up by a field goal at halftime, Liverpool suddenly found itself short-handed on defense, and the Brothers, pounding away with a deep, versatile ground game, took full advantage.

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Bees edge Proctor, take AA-2 lead

B'ville hangs on, 35-34; Ingerson has 199 yards, three TD's

Week after week, the Baldwinsville football team is putting players, coaches and fans through a full range of emotions, only to emerge relatively unscathed – and now, alone atop the Class AA-2 division.

CBA runs to big win over Liverpool

Brothers gain control of AA-1 division, beat Warriors 28-17

When the two Section III Class AA football front-runners, Christian Brothers Academy and Liverpool, gathered on a brisk Friday evening at jam-packed LHS Stadium, one side would run to glory – in the most literal way possible.

Skaneateles volleyball tops Marcellus

Lakers also sweep ITC, improve to 7-4

Though the Skaneateles girls volleyball team only carried a 6-4 record into the decisive month of October, it did so with far more momentum than it had for most of the first half of its regular-season slate.

Boys soccer Lakers top Westhill, 2-1

Skaneateles rallies, hands Warriors first defeat of season

On an important level, the Skaneateles boys soccer team of 2015 is starting to resemble its 2014 predecessors, perhaps proving itself as the single entity stopping a single opponent's championship dreams.

B’ville girls avenge F-M defeat

Girls soccer Bees win 5-0, get Liverpool next

When the Baldwinsville girls soccer team makes its trip to Liverpool next Tuesday night, it knows that the Warriors are bent on getting even for a 1-0 overtime defeat to the Bees at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium on Sept. 18.

Caz volleyball improves to 11-0

Lakers sweep ITC, Solvay before Westhill rematch

An unbeaten mark was great for the Cazenovia girls volleyball team – but the tests it faced during last weekend’s Baldwinsville Fall Swing Tournament proved even more valuable. Playing nine sets at that tournament, the Lakers went 5-4, splitting with Liverpool and Victor (Section V), claiming its lone set over Shenendehowa 25-20 and sweeping Saratoga Springs 25-23, 26-24 before a 25-22, 25-10 defeat to Long Island power Connetquot.

Boys volleyball Northstars sweep B’ville

Hoke earns 10 kills replacing injured Kegebein

One mark common among great teams is the ability to withstand injuries or personnel changes and continue to flourish. Cicero-North Syracuse’s boys volleyball side offers a good example. Having seen a key front-line player go down to injury right before Tuesday night’s clash with Baldwinsville, the Northstars simply plugged in a new piece and still swept the Bees in three sets.

Soccer Northstars upend unbeaten Liverpool

State AA no. 5-ranked Warriors take first loss of season

It took half the regular season, but someone finally topped the Liverpool boys soccer team – and it was the rivals down the road doing the trick. Cameron Houser’s overtime goal made the difference as Cicero-North Syracuse defeated the Northstars 1-0 last Saturday afternoon at the Gillette Road complex.

Boys volleyball Northstars beat Oswego

Five-set epic follows C-NS sweep over F-M

Through four head-to-head matches, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys volleyball team had not dropped a set, rarely facing serious stress. All of that changed, though, in last Thursday night’s visit to Oswego. A large, raucous home crowd looked on as the 4-0 Northstars fell behind the 5-0 Buccaneers, only to make a remarkable recovery to claim a five-set classic.

C-NS Blue golfers have 1-2 week

Win over Liverpool obscures losses to Auburn, F-M

Each of Cicero-North Syracuse’s golf teams took some lumps in mid-September and the Blue side fell out of first place in the CNY Counties League – but did maintain local bragging rights.

Liverpool girls volleyball tops C-NS twice

Warriors prevail in league match, B'ville Fall Swing

In the first of what would turn out to be three regular-season encounters, the Liverpool girls volleyball team got the better of archrival Cicero-North Syracuse, and it took just three sets.

Field hockey Warriors, Northstars face tough tests

Liverpool ties F-M; C-NS rebounds from loss to Caz

After their overtime battle on Sept. 16 at Bragman Stadium, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey teams both would take blemishes in the following week’s action, but also recover with important victories.

Volleyball Bees hosts Fall Swing tournament

B'ville gets even with Shen, drops final to Owego

A busy sports Saturday on the Baldwinsville school campus included the girls volleyball Bees hosting its annual Fall Swing Tournament at the Baker High School gymnasium complex.

B’ville hosts cross country invitational meet

Bees also drop head-to-head meet with F-M

Here was, in many ways, the biggest week of the regular season for both of Baldwinsville’s cross country teams. It would culminate on Saturday with the 64th annual Baldwinsville Invitational. In all, 33 girls teams and 41 boys teams took part, plus runners from other schools, divided into Large School and Small School divisions.

Girls soccer Bees have 2-1 week

B'ville rolls until Saturday loss to Niskayuna

Of all the strong wins the Baldwinsville girls soccer team picked up in the first half of the regular season, none was as important as that 1-0 overtime win over two-time defending Section III Class AA champion Liverpool on Sept. 18.

B’ville boys soccer draws C-NS, 2-2

Bees finish third Skaneateles Finger Lakes Cup

Regardless of the way they get there, it’s almost a given that, when the Baldwinsville boys soccer team takes on Cicero-North Syracuse, it will be close. Such was the case again last Tuesday night at the Gillette Road complex, where the Bees fell behind, went in front and then got caught during a thrilling second half before fighting the Northstars to a 2-2 draw.

Tennis Bees drop thriller to F-M

B'ville again just short against long-dominant Hornets

So many times, the Baldwinsville girls tennis team threatened to upend Fayetteville-Manlius during its 329-match, 21-year win streak, but could not quite pull it off. Though the Hornets’ win streak is over (West Genesee ended it 12 months ago), the Bees’ frustrations at F-M’s expense are still quite active, as displayed again last Thursday when B’ville took a 4-3 defeat to the Hornets.

Ryan, Neal help F-M sweep B’ville meets

Hornets win on same course twice in five days

A quirk in the schedule had the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams venturing to the same Baldwinsville course twice in a span of five days.

J-D swimmers win duel with CBA

Coyne, Fletcher both win two individual races

While the Jamesville-DeWitt girls swim team had a case as Section III’s top squad after its season-opening win over West Genesee, local bragging rights remained important. So it was that the Red Rams and Christian Brothers Academy got together last Thursday night at J-D Middle School, where the Red Rams again asserted itself, eventually getting the best of the Brothers and prevailing by a score of 97-86.

F-M soccer sides take close losses

Boys beat Corcoran, Proctor; girls blank C-NS, Auburn

These are exciting times for each of the Fayetteville-Manlius soccer teams, even if they don’t always result in victories.

Cross country Lakers sweep Solvay

Skaneateles girls take seventh at B'ville Invitational

Kai Soderberg and Julia Willcox each had individual race victories for the Skaneateles cross country teams in last Wednesday’s meet against the Solvay Bearcats.

Mustangs, J-E’s Gugel win at B’ville Invitational

Marcellus boys have no. 5 spot in state Class B rankings

Cross country teams from Marcellus, Jordan-Elbridge and West Genesee were all together as part of Saturday’s Baldwinsville Invitational, and each of them played a big role of some kind.

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