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Phil Blackwell

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F-M girls indoor track are sectional champs

Hornets sweep distance races; boys finish fourth

Just as it has done so many times before, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls indoor track and field team played to its overwhelming strengths - and the result was a championship.

J-D sweeps indoor track sectional meet

Boys Red Rams rally past ESM for top spot

What wasn't in question during Wednesday night's Section III Class A indoor track and field championship meet at SRC Arena was that Jamesville-DeWitt was going to bring home a title. What was in doubt was whether the Red Rams would get one title - or two.

Liverpool boys capture AA indoor track title

C-NS second in both divisions of sectional meet

Ben Petrella and Terrell Coleman provided the lead, and the rest of the Liverpool boys indoor track and team followed them, all the way to the Section III Class AA championship. Winning two races apiece, Petrella and Coleman helped the Warriors hold off Cicero-North Syracuse in Wednesday night's sectional meet at SRC Arena.

Hockey Lakers aim for sectional title

Skaneateles takes over top state ranking

Only in Section III ice hockey, circa 2016, could the reigning state Division II champions still find itself in search of a championship. Yet that’s the quest the Skaneateles Lakers would undertake starting on Feb. 19, at Allyn Arena, when it welcomes Whitesboro in the opening round of the Section III playoffs at 7 p.m.

Surge sends hoops Lakers into sectionals

Caz beats APW, Sherburne-Earlville to qualify

To call it a miracle is too much, but to call it an astounding finish is quite true. At 5-12, and needing to win each of its last three games to get into the Section III Class B playoffs, the Cazenovia boys basketball team pulled it off, culminating in Tuesday night's 63-50 victory over Sherburne-Earlville at Buckley Gym.

Ludden again tops CBA in 'Holy War'

Clutch play in final minute key to 52-49 win

For the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team to maintain its four-year hold on the "Holy War" with Christian Brothers Academy, it needed something more than one player's supreme skills. In front of an overflow crowd Tuesday night, the host Gaelic Knights got exactly the team effort it needed, right to the end, and again got the best of the Brothers in a 52-49 victory.

C-NS’s Roberts passes 1,000 points

Girls Northstars near undefeated regular season

Now the push for the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team was to go through its entire regular season without a defeat, and hope that can carry on all the way deep into the month of March.

Ashkar top wrestler at AA sectionals

Liverpool third, C-NS fifth in standings behind B'ville

One more time, Liverpool wrestler Audey Ashkar got to perform on his home mats during last Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet, and he didn’t disappoint.

Hockey Warriors, Northstars near playoffs

Liverpool goes 1-1; C-NS ties F-M

A real possibility existed that the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey teams could meet up in the opening round of the Section III playoffs. For that to happen, the Warriors would have to overtake Fulton for third place in the Division I American Conference, and the Northstars would have to hang on to second place in the National Conference.

CBA/J-D wrestlers second at sectional meet

Griffin, Bauer, Wright, Guindy go 4-0 in finals

Since their combined enrollments added up to large-school territory, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestling team found itself joining Fayetteville-Manlius as they both went to Liverpool High School for last Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet.

Girls Red Rams rout Mexico, Fulton

CBA goes 2-1, falls to Bishop Kearney

Everyone within the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball program understands the task at hand. First, there’s the matter of claiming another Section III Class A title as those playoffs get underway late this week. Then, if successful there, it’s on to the more elusive goal of a state championship, which the Red Rams got within a single victory of attaining each of the last two seasons.

CBA boys go 3-0, defeat ESM

J-D takes losses on back-to-back nights

Before it closed the regular season with yet another attempt to alter the course of its “Holy War” rivalry with Bishop Ludden, the Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball team first had to get through some other OHSL Freedom division foes – which it did.

Grimes hoops teams swept by Westhill

Boys Cobras undone by Warriors' second-quarter surge

A memorable last weekend of the high school basketball regular season would see each of the Bishop Grimes teams take the measure of Westhill – and come up short.

F-M boys get sectional playoff berth

Girls Hornets take overtime loss to B'ville

Though it took nearly the entire regular season, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team did find its way into the Section III Class AA playoffs.

CBA/J-D hockey has 1-2 week

Brothers shut out by Skaneateles, Auburn

So much can change in a single season. Just ask the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team.

Volleyball teams ousted in sectionals

ESM, CBA, MPH all eliminated in quarterfinal round

A winter’s worth of work now boiled down to how girls volleyball teams from East Syracuse Minoa, Christian Brothers Academy and Manlius-Pebble Hill would fare in their respective Section III playoffs.

Bees roll to sectional AA wrestling title

Lewis, Pond, Sutphen, Bowen, Spicer each finish first

One of the Baldwinsville wrestling team’s primary motivating factor this winter was the memory of dropping last season’s Section III Class AA tournament on its home mats to Liverpool by the margin of a single point.

Volleyball Bears reach sectional semis

Chittenango boys remain undefeated after pair of wins

Just as in recent years, a primary motivation for the Chittenango girls volleyball team is the knowledge that, this Saturday, all of the Section III winter championships will get decided in its home gymnasium.

Three Caz wrestlers reach Class C final

Wells, Curr, Frega all advance to sectional meet

The Cazenovia wrestling trio of Jacob Wells, Alex Curr and Kevin Frega still find themselves in the hunt for Section III championships that will get decided this Saturday at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena.

Skaneateles wrestlers fourth at Class C meet

Lakers get wins from Simmons, Goetzmann

With a chance to prove itself against some of the strongest squads in Central New York, the Skaneateles wrestling team did so, rising to a fourth-place finish in Saturday's Section III Class C championship meet at Adirondack High School in Boonville.

Girls Bees topple F-M in overtime

B'ville builds momentum before sectional playoffs

At least the Baldwinsville girls basketball team knows that, whatever else happens now and in the upcoming Section III Class AA playoffs, it will have put together another winning season and shown that it can improve enough to reverse earlier poor results.

B’ville boys puts scare into Corcoran

Bees unable to get past Cougars, F-M

With the conclusion of its season at hand, the Baldwinsville boys basketball team wanted to spring at least one surprise to give itself momentum for the future.

Hockey Lakers shut out CBA/J-D again

Skaneateles clinches regular-season league title

Just 12 months ago, the ice hockey battles between Skaneateles and CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt largely defined the local Division II scene, with the Brothers getting the best of it in the Section III final, but the Lakers, as an at-large team, getting revenge at Utica Memorial Auditorium two weeks later en route to its first state championship in 26 years.

Girls Warriors stop Grimes again

Westhill takes 17-game win streak into sectionals

During a three-game stretch in the last week of its regular season, the Westhill girls basketball team had a chance to further entrench itself as the side everyone will have to catch in the Section III Class B playoffs.

West Genny hockey caught by B’ville

Wildcats win Senior Night battle with Liverpool

One single period of ice hockey was all it took to humble the West Genesee Wildcats – at least a little bit.

Westhill boys shut down Grimes

Ludden keeps rolling; J-E clinches playoff berth

At a rare crisis point, battered by injuries and knowing a large test loomed before the Section III Class B playoffs, the Westhill boys basketball team put its trust in Ryan Roland – and that, plus some well-timed defense, engineered quite a turnaround.

WG boys fall to Henninger again

Girls Wildcats roar past Black Knights

All season long, the West Genesee boys basketball team has traveled within close range of greatness, only to get denied.

Ludden girls hoops gets trio of wins

Solvay breaks long skid, beats ITC/Fowler

Steaming about a poor performance in a Jan. 28 defeat to Bishop Grimes, the Bishop Ludden girls basketball returned home last Monday and took it out on Solvay, rolling to a 72-26 victory over the Bearcats to open a week where it won three times.

Syracuse hockey falls to Fulton

Cougars' 2-1 week includes loss to Red Raiders

The Syracuse ice hockey team had long wrapped up the regular-season crown in the Division I National Conference and just wanted to maintain positive momentum with the Section III playoffs looming.

Marcellus wrestlers eighth at sectionals

Donovan, Rice each have third-place finishes

A strong regular season, and an Onondaga High School League Liberty/Patriot title earned on Jan. 30, did little to help the Marcellus wrestling team when it ventured to Central Valley Academy for Saturday’s Section III Class B championship meet.

Caz boys basketball stays alive

Lakers get pair of wins, maintains push for sectional berth

The challenges continued for Cazenovia’s boys basketball team, who found itself needing to win each of its last three games just to reach the Section III Class B playoffs.

Hockey Lakers edged by New Hartford

Late goal pushes Caz into third place in league

A chance at the regular-season championship in the Division II National Conference, along with a home game in the Section III playoffs, was completely within the reach of the Cazenovia ice hockey team.

Caz girls go 2-1, take loss to VVS

Lakers still could earn winning record before sectionals

Not having to worry about scrambling to reach the Section III Class B playoffs, the Cazenovia girls basketball team could relax a bit, but also add to its win total in the early days of February.

CBA sides second at indoor track sectionals

Girls side runner-up to Cazenovia by half-point

A terrific indication of how quickly the Christian Brothers Academy indoor track and field program has risen to prominence was the way they performed Friday night in the Section III Class B championship meet at SRC Arena - and it nearly turned into much more.

Westhill-Ludden boys win sectional B title

Girls Warriors rise to fourth-place finish

With a strong all-around effort, the Westhill-Bishop Ludden boys indoor track and field team earned the Section III Class B championship Friday night at SRC Arena, and other local teams had plenty of reason to feel proud, too.

Skaneateles girls take third at sectional meet

Lakers finish behind Cazenovia, CBA

Earning victories on both the boys and girls sides, the Skaneateles indoor track and teams both would make an impact during Friday night's Section III Class B championships at SRC Arena.

Lakers win another indoor track sectional title

Caz edges CBA by half-point in close finish

All of the other events in Friday night's Section III Class B girls indoor track and field championships at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena were done by the time they reached the conclusion of the triple jump, and Cazenovia trailed Christian Brothers Academy by 5.5 points.

Defense leads Warriors past Henninger

Four Liverpool players score in double figures

If the Liverpool boys basketball team wants to go from contender to champion, it knows it must shine on both sides of the ball. So it only figured that the Warriors' defense played a central role in knocking off defending Section III Class AA champion Henninger 63-55 on Friday night, holding the Black Knights without a field goal for more than five minutes in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

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Skaneateles girls finish regular season 14-6

Lakers fall to Hannibal, rebound to defeat J-E

When they announce the pairings for the Section III Class B girls basketball playoffs on Wednesday, the Skaneateles Lakers, after a 14-6 regular season, will be there again, but will face a steep and difficult path to the title.

C-NS sweeps to league indoor titles

Liverpool second as Northstars pile up points in field events

By solid margins, each of the Cicero-North Syracuse indoor track and field teams would fight off the challenges from Liverpool and take both titles from Wednesday night’s CNY Counties League National division championships at SRC Arena.

Hornets dominate league indoor meet

Ezidegwu, Geehrer both win twice for F-M boys

Before it could go after the other main powers in Section III Class AA indoor track and field, Fayetteville-Manlus first had to handle the business of winning Wednesday night’s CNY Counties League American division championship meet at SRC Arena.

J-D girls indoor track takes league title

Payne wins three events, leads Red Rams to victory

Though pushed by plenty of challengers, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls indoor track and field team claimed the top spot in Wednesday night’s Onondaga High School League Division 1 championships at SRC Arena, and the Red Rams nearly won on the boys side, too.

Boys Bees take third at league meet

Girls see Couchman, Straughter win field events

With first-place finishes on both sides, the Baldwinsville indoor track and field teams found some measure of success when they went to SRC Arena for Wednesday night’s CNY Counties League National division championships.

WG girls gain wins at league meet

Wildcats finish third behind C-NS, Liverpool

West Genesee’s girls indoor track and field team nearly claimed the runner-up spot during Wednesday night’s CNY Counties League National division championships at SRC Arena.

Hockey Bees rally, tie West Genesee

Third-period comeback erases two-goal deficit

When the Baldwinsville ice hockey team skated off at the conclusion of the second period of Tuesday night's showdown with West Genesee at Lysander Arena, it was starting at a second consecutive shutout defeat to the rival it dethroned as Section III Division I champions one year earlier.

Girls Wildcats claim Arcaro meet title

Other local sides earn top finishes ahead of post-season

Amid a string of important league meets and before Section III titles are decided, area indoor track and field teams had another chance to compete on Sunday during the rescheduled John Arcaro Memorial Invitational, which was snowed out earlier in the month.

Caz wrestlers finish third at league meet

Curr, Frega both victorious for Lakers

Alex Curr and Kevin Frega were both victorious for the Cazenovia wrestling team at last Saturday's Onondaga High School League Liberty/Patriot tournament at Onondaga High School, where the Lakers finished third among a 10-team field.

C-NS girls hoops stays unbeaten

Northstars beat Mary Louis Academy at end of 4-0 week

When the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team returned to New York City for a weekend appearance in the Mecca Tournament, it left behind a Section III Class AA field that, including Liverpool, seemed as far away as ever, especially with the Northstars rising all the way up to no. 10 in the latest USA Today Super 25 rankings of the best teams in the nation.

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Liverpool boys hoops holds off C-NS

Big crowd watches Warriors keep local supremacy

Much more than the typical hoopla associated with a rivalry was present when Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool square off in boys basketball last Friday night, especially from the Northstars’ perspective.

C-NS indoor track nearly sweeps Utica meet

Northstars, Liverpool also take part in Arcaro Invitational

Only by the margin of a single point did the Cicero-North Syracuse indoor track and field teams miss sweeping a large field of challengers from Section III and elsewhere during last Friday night’s Utica Challenge Invitational.

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