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Phil Blackwell

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Caz lacrosse upends unbeaten West Genny

Defense baffles Wildcats; Lakers never trail after second quarter

Only one possible outcome could overshadow the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team’s big back-to-back showdowns with Skaneateles and Westhill that loomed as the calendar turned from April to May.

Wildcats’ unbeaten run ended by Cazenovia

WG boys lacrosse thwarted by Lakers' defense

For a month, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team had resisted all of the challengers – sometimes with ease, sometimes not so, as the overtime battle with Jamesville-DeWitt on April 18 proved – and stayed unbeaten.

Softball, baseball Northstars have big Monday

C-NS sides both gain wins over Class AA favorites

Forget the gloomy skies that hung over Central New York - this Monday was as bright as possible, at least for Cicero-North Syracuse's varsity softball and baseball teams.

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Liverpool softball gains top state ranking

Warriors blank B'ville, take loss to Bethlehem

Before the weather cut into its schedule, the Liverpool softball team again established its superiority over the challenging pack in the CNY Counties League. And it did so with added pressure created by the fact that, when the first state Class AA rankings of the spring were released, the Warriors were on top, a rare honor that would make them an even bigger target of every future opponent.

C-NS girls lax goes 2-1, defeats Liverpool

Northstars stop B'vile, take loss to Skaneateles

Even as it garnered the no. 2 spot in the first state Class A rankings of the spring, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team could not revel in it.

C-NS baseball beats Liverpool in 11 innings

Northstars still unbeaten in league play

The wet and cold weather caused havoc with the baseball schedule, postponing, among other games, one between rivals Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool. But it would get made up on Saturday afternoon, and would last 11 long innings before the Northstars pulled it out, 4-2, over the Warriors.

Track Warriors, Northstars shine at meets

C-NS boys second to F-M at Chittenango Invitational

Right after facing each other and splitting those showdowns, Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool’s track and field teams had more business at hand. C-NS and Liverpool both ventured Friday to the Chittenango Invitational, where the boys Northstars nearly won it, finishing with 86 points, one less than Fayetteville-Manlius (87 points) as the girls Warriors were third with 51 points behind F-M and Rush-Henrietta.

C-NS boys lacrosse hits mid-season skid

Defeats to F-M, West Genny halt April momentum

Excitement was building, anticipation had grown, and the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team was ready for its biggest home game in years with unbeaten West Genesee paying a Friday-night visit to Bragman Stadium.

Liverpool lax beaten by Auburn, F-M

Warriors may need fast finish to reach playoffs

As the calendar inched toward the end of April, the Liverpool boys lacrosse team continued to meet with its own frustrations, going to Holland Stadium last Tuesday night and taking a 10-9 double-overtime defeat to Auburn.

CBA softball wins pair of late classics

J-D beats Homer, goes 0-3 against weekend foes

The Christian Brothers Academy softball team’s penchant for high drama continued during last Monday’s game against Cortland, where one big blow helped the Brothers beat the Purple Tigers 9-6.

CBA boys fall to Cazenovia, defeat Carthage

Poor start dooms Brothers in 11-7 defeat to Lakers

What the Christian Brothers Academy boys lacrosse team is quickly learning is that, in order to achieve its full potential against high-quality opposition, it must play a full game, or else. That was exactly the lesson from last Tuesday night’s 11-7 defeat to defending Section III Class C champion Cazenovia at Alibrandi Stadium, a contest where, for most of the night, the Brothers outscored the Lakers – but had to in order to make it interesting.

ESM, J-D track clean up in busy slate

Spartans, Red Rams both get wins at large-scale meets

Right after East Syracuse Minoa hosted a girls invitational meet on April 17, it faced Chittenango in OHSL Freedom division competition and beat the Bears 87-47, just part of a full slate for the Spartans, Jamesville-DeWitt and CBA.

Baseball Red Rams sweep trio of foes

CBA, Grimes pick up important wins, too

Weather deteriorated again in Central New York, cutting back the schedule for local high school baseball teams. But Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse Minoa did manage to play through the tough conditions last Tuesday afternoon, with the Red Rams leaning again on its strong pitching, plus some timely hits, to beat the Spartans 5-1.

J-D softball continues strong league run

CBA earns more dramatic late victories

Accustomed to sitting atop the OHSL Freedom division, the Jamesville-DeWitt softball team knew that East Syracuse Minoa and CBA were chasing them, and had to keep on winning. In last Monday’s visit to Homer, the Red Rams steadily put things away with consistent run production during a 14-4 victory over the Trojans.

CBA sweeps J-D, is no. 4 in state rankings

Girls lacrosse Brothers face Skaneateles, B'ville this week

By far, the biggest development in local high school girls lacrosse is Christian Brothers Academy moving up to Class A, which will profoundly effect the Section III playoffs on multiple fronts. Not only do Class B schools like Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse Minoa not have to worry about the Brothers in late May, powers like West Genesee and Cicero-North Syracuse will have to deal with them.

Baseball Bees fall to C-NS, then win twice

Close decisions over C.Square, McQuaid moves B'ville to 6-2

Baldwinsville’s baseball team knows that, in right-hander Cody Kaestle, it has a proven pitcher that could measure up to the vaunted aces (Pat Merryweather, Scott Blewett) of recent vintage that helped produce a state Class AA championship two seasons ago.

B’ville boys lacrosse handles Canton

Bees to make up West Genesee clash this Wednesday

Given its recent strong play, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team was quite eager to take another shot at unbeaten West Genesee early last week and try to avenge a 14-8 defeat to those Wildcats back on March 31 at Nottingham High School.

Softball Bees fall to Liverpool, Auburn

Run-scoring difficult against pair of top league foes

Whatever the Baldwinsville softball team may achieve against other Class AA opponents, it’s increasingly clear that, in order to grab an elusive championship, it must find a way past Liverpool.

Skaneateles girls lacrosse topples C-NS

Herr nets five goals in win over no. 2-ranked Northstars

Now the fun part of the schedule really begins for the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team. In the span of eight days, the Lakers would face each of the three Class A favorites – Cicero-North Syracuse, Christian Brothers Academy and West Genesee, who also happened to occupy three of the top four spots in the first state Class A rankings of the spring.

Girls track Lakers tear up Marcellus meet

Skaneateles wins pair of relays; Malcolm, Gage second in races

As they do each April, the Skaneateles girls track and field team took part in a meet it co-hosts with Marcellus, though it’s held on the Mustangs’ home track. And the Lakers had plenty to be happy about from Saturday’s showing, capped by a sweep of the last two relay events.

Baseball Wildcats beat Auburn, Syracuse

WG still unbeaten, no. 7 in state AA rankings

The terrific start put together by West Genesee’s baseball team has garnered some notice – including a no. 7 spot in the first state Class AA rankings of the spring. Now, in a series of high-profile games squeezed in between the wet weather that has caused a rash of postponements, the Wildcats would attempt to justify those early accolades.

J-E track teams sweep Hannibal

Westhill-Ludden splits with CBA, appears at Chittenango Invitational

Jordan-Elbridge’s track and field teams swept its meet with Hannibal last Wednesday afternoon, beating the Warriors 78-63 on the boys side and by a closer 71-61 margin on the girls side.

West Genny girls track beats Baldwinsville

Benson sets state standard in 1,500 at Marcellus meet

Led by the trio of Carly Benson, Valerie Pirro and J’Nazia Anderson, the West Genesee girls track and field team fought though cold, wet conditions to defeat Baldwinsville 81-60 last Wednesday at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium to improve to 2-0 on the season.

Solvay softball smashes Syracuse

Marcellus, J-E, Westhill all earn wins in sporadic action

When the first state Class B softball rankings were released, Solvay settled into the no. 4 spot, trailing Windsor, Cohoes and Marlboro, so it had to do something to impress the pollsters.

Westhill baseball pulls away from Ludden

Marcellus gets late-week wins over ESM, Oswego

One benefit of the Bishop Ludden baseball team’s move into the OHSL Liberty division was the renewal of its rivalry with Westhill. And for a brief moment last Monday afternoon, the Gaelic Knights were in front – but that proved fleeting as the Warriors took over in the latter stages and pulled away for a 10-2 victory.

Marcellus girls lacrosse goes 1-1

Westhill pulls away from Jordan-Elbridge

Maybe the Marcellus girls lacrosse team got a brief moment of satisfaction when the first state Class C rankings of the season got released and the Mustangs, with a 6-1 record, sat in the no. 5 spot, right behind Skaneateles and South Jefferson.

Westhill boys lax gets past Skaneateles

Marcellus goes 2-1; Mustangs, J-E fall to Cazenovia

No doubt, the Westhill boys lacrosse team was paying attention to Cazenovia’s busy stretch of seven games in 12 days that preceded the rematch with the Lakers this Friday night at the Sean Googin Sports Complex.

Caz lacrosse goes 4-0 in six-day span

Lakers defeat LaFayette, CBA, Marcellus, J-E

In the most crowded stretch of its schedule, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team would play eight games in 12 days, exhausting itself against a wide variety of strong opponents, and capped by this Friday’s rematch with the Westhill team it beat in triple overtime on April 13.

Girls lacrosse Lakers take pair of losses

Caz falls to Skaneateles, Marcellus during 1-2 week

No matter how it looked facing other top foes in the Section III Class C ranks, the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team knew that, ultimately, it would get measured by how it fared against that other group of Lakers with state championships on its resume.

Cazenovia track teams sweep Solvay

Lakers, Bears both compete at Chittenango Invitational

It hasn’t taken long for Cazenovia’s girls track and field team to move to the forefront in the OHSL Liberty division race. During last Wednesday’s meet against Solvay at Buckley-Volo Field, the Lakers fought cold, windy conditions and rolled to a 111-30 victory over the Bearcats.

WG boys lacrosse contains C-NS, 10-4

Wildcats back in action after B'ville rainout

Rising up to no. 3 in the latest edition of the state Class A rankings, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team could not wait to resume game action in the wake of its 12-11 overtime victory over Jamesville-DeWitt back on April 18. But the weather forced the Wildcats to wait, anyway.

Skaneateles boys go 1-1, hold off Homer

Lakers recover from Westhill defeat, improve to 7-3

During this truncated regular season, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team has seen plenty of close contests, benefiting in some instances, but not in others.

F-M track nearly sweeps Chittenango Invitational

Ezidiegwu wins twice for girls Hornets; Millar takes Fleet Feet Mile

When it was time for the Fayetteville-Manlius track and field teams to enter their first large-scale meet of the spring, they did not disappoint. During Friday’s Chittenango Invitational, the Hornets nearly pulled off a sweep, edging Cicero-North Syracuse by a single point, 87 to 86, on the boys side and, in the girls meet, finishing a close second (131 points) to Rush-Henrietta (Section V), who won with 137 points.

B’ville girls lax goes 1-1, sweeps F-M

Bees see late chance slip away in loss to C-NS

In a tough 48-hour stretch, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team would go on the road and try to back up its no. 6 state Class A ranking in a pair of league tests, but only pass one of them.

B’ville boys track routs West Genesee

Donhauser, Kellner each win twice; girls side struggles

Each of Baldwinsville’s track and field team was at home Wednesday afternoon, dealing with the wind, cold temperatures and precipitation, as well as West Genesee, with vastly different results.

Liverpool, C-NS split track showdowns

Boys Warriors, girls Northstars emerge victorious

No matter what took place in the annual track and field clashes between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse on Wednesday afternoon, the home teams ended up happy.

F-M boys lacrosse stops C-NS

Hornets get much-needed win, halt Northstars' streak

The well-worn cliché of a season at the crossroads perfectly applied to the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team as it hosted Cicero-North Syracuse on Tuesday night. Mired at 3-5, coming off back-to-back road losses at Auburn and Skaneateles where it had squandered second-half leads, the Hornets could either sink further and risk missing the Section III Class A playoffs, or rise up and prove that it would not easily let go of the crown.

Theetge carries C-NS baseball past B'ville

Ace throws one-hitter, drives in lone run in 1-0 decision

Safe to say, Cicero-North Syracuse baseball pitcher Steven Theetge had a good day. Theetge kept the Northstars undefeated in the CNY Counties League by pitching a one-hitter, striking out 11, and also producing the game's lone run at the plate, as the Northstars defeated Baldwinsville 1-0 Monday afternoon at the Gillette Road complex.

Liverpool boys lax runs into WG, B’ville

Pair of defeats precede hard-earned win over Essex

In a four-day span, the Liverpool boys lacrosse team played three times, but only could win one of those games This was a stretch full of high-profile competition, starting with last Wednesday night’s visit to West Genesee, where the Warriors stayed close for a long while before falling to the Wildcats by a score of 14-8.

Girls lax Warriors take home loss to F-M

Liverpool goes 1-1 before facing C-NS Tuesday

While the excitement in local girls lacrosse is mostly centered around Cicero-North Syracuse (especially after its win at West Genesee), Liverpool is quietly putting together a strong season of its own.

C-NS softball beaten by Central Square, B’ville

Liverpool maintains unbeaten mark in league openers

Everyone was in anticipatory mode for the April 27 softball showdown between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse at the Gillette Road complex, but a pair of defeats by the Northstars in the first full week of league competition tempered the hype.

Northstars win twice; Liverpool baseball goes 1-3

C-NS battles to wins over Syracuse, Central Square

A split of early-season non-league games could not, in any way, prepare Cicero-North Syracuse’s baseball team for the excitement once CNY Counties League play started.

J-D boys drop OT thriller to West Genny

Third-quarter lead fades as Shoults nets game-winner

Each spring, the Jamesville-DeWitt boys lacrosse team tries to test itself as much as possible against benchmark programs – and that includes an annual battle with West Genesee.

CBA girls drop OT thriller to West Genny

Brothers unable to hold leads in first half, OT

On so many levels, the girls lacrosse showdown between Christian Brothers Academy and West Genesee, which took place Saturday at Alibrandi Stadium, was compelling.

Marra, Montgomery win twice at ESM Invitational

CBA's Schug helps her side to third-place team finish

With four victories between them, Natalie Marra and Mia Montgomery gave East Syracuse Minoa girls track and field partisans plenty to cheer about during last Friday’s ESM Invitational.

F-M boys lacrosse falls to 3-5

Hornets struggle late against Auburn, Skaneateles

Though the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team thought it had survived its tough early schedule, the results of last week’s action indicated otherwise.

B’ville track teams sweep Tully Invitational

Wins follow season-opening league loss to C-NS

Each of Baldwinsville’s track and field teams got off to a rough start during last Wednesday’s pair of meets against Cicero-North Syracuse, but recovered in a big way three days later.

Baseball Bees start 2-1 in league play

B'ville tops Auburn, Syracuse, falls to F-M

From the experiences to the results on the field, the Baldwinsville baseball team’s trip to the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida during the school break could not have gone better. Not only did the Bees get a chance to meet up with its most famous alum, Jason Grilli, before he took over as closer of the Atlanta Braves, it also won all five games it played against foes from across the nation.

B’ville girls lax survives F-M in overtime

Bees handle Penfield, go above .500 mark

Before it could really take aim at the Class A favorites (Cicero-North Syracuse and West Genesee) that it lost to earlier this season, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team first had to make sure it could beat the other main large-school rivals.

Skaneateles boys lax gets win over F-M

Pair of victories follow early-week defeat to CBA

When the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team returned from its spring-break road trip that included wins over Section II foes Colonie and Bethlehem, it found out that it had the no. 13 spot in the first state Class C rankings of the spring.

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