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C-NS announces fall sports schedule

New turf field debuts Oct. 3 with football game against Henninger

Everyone in the Cicero-North Syracuse athletic program is eagerly awaiting the debut of its new Field Turf at Bragman Stadium, which will take place in the middle of the fall season, marked by an Oct. 3 home football game against Henninger. Here is the 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Liverpool announces fall sports schedule

Football Warriors play four of last five games at home

Liverpool High School’s 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

F-M announces fall sports schedule

Football Hornets open against C-NS Sept. 6 at Carrier Dome

Fayetteville-Manlius High School’s 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

J-D announces fall sports schedule

Girls soccer Red Rams go after sixth straight sectional title

Jamesville-DeWitt High School’s 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

ESM releases fall sports schedule

Spartans football to play Vestal at Carrier Dome Sept. 5

East Syracuse-Minoa High School’s 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

CBA releases fall sports schedule

Defending AA football champs open with Henninger Sept. 5

Christian Brothers Academy’s 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Baldwinsville announces fall sports schedule

Girls volleyball Bees to defend state Class AA title

Among the many stories going into the Baldwinsville fall sports season is seeing whether the girls volleyball team can earn another state Class AA championship after taking the title for the second time a year ago in Glens Falls. Here is the fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Skaneateles HS announces fall sports schedule

Football returns to Class B, will face Marcellus Sept. 12

Among the many stories going into the Skaneateles High School fall sports season is the football team’s return to the Class B ranks after three years in Class C, and the renewal of rivalries with the likes of Marcellus, Westhill and Solvay. Here is the varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

West Genesee announces fall sports schedule

Football Wildcats to start Sept. 5 against Central Square

West Genesee High School’s 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Marcellus HS announces fall sports schedule

Girls, boys soccer moves up to Class A, OHSL Freedom division

Marcellus High School’s 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Jordan-Elbridge releases fall sports schedule

Eagles football to open in Carrier Dome Sept. 7

Jordan-Elbridge High School’s 2014 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Westhill HS releases fall sports schedule

Football Warriors to open at Carrier Dome Sept. 6

Westhill High School’s 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Cazenovia HS announces fall sports schedule

Football Lakers open at home Sept. 6 against Camden

Cazenovia High School’s 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Gilroy takes second at NYS Amateur Championships

F-M freshman makes impact in statewide competition

For Kyle Gilroy, it quickly became apparent that winning the boys junior division of the New York State Boys and Girls Amateur Championship was out of the question.

Nizmais third at NYS Amateur Championship

B'ville golf star contends for top honors in Rochester

Just before the high school boys golf season gets underway, Baldwinsville’s Christian Nizamis culminated a summer of amateur competition with a strong third-place finish in the junior division of this week’s New York State Boys and Girls Amateur Championship.

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North Syracuse side goes 4-1 in Babe Ruth regionals

Semifinal defeat thwarts bid at reaching 13-15 World Series

For a long while, it looked like North Syracuse’s 15-and-under All-Star baseball team would make a successful run through last week’s13-15 Babe Ruth Middle Atlantic Regional Tournament in Niskayuna, near Albany.

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B’ville Little League softball team reaches milestones

"Fire Bees" claim District 8, NY State Senior championships

Little was expected of Baldwinsville Little League’s 14-16 softball team in mid-July when it entered the post-season phase of its spring and summer season – which only made the ultimate result that much more sweet.

Hoops Festival draws large pool of local talent

ESM's McDuffie part of Central boys' second-place effort

With help from East Syracuse-Minoa’s Jah-meer McDuffie, the Central boys basketball team finished second at the Aug. 1-3 Summer Hoops Festival in Johnson City, near Binghamton. But the Central girls side, despite the presence of seven local basketball stars, four of them from 2014 state Class A finalist Jamesville-DeWitt, only managed a single victory in four tries.

Local stars compete in Summer Hoops Festival

Roland, Rauch help Central team finish second

When the Empire State Games faded into history, members of the Basketball Coaches Association of New York did not want to leave a void in statewide summer competition. Thus, the Summer Hoops Festival was born, and from Aug. 1-3 many of the top basketball players in the state, representing nine different regional teams, made their way to Johnson City, near Binghamton, to vie for BACNY bragging rights.

Evans, Sullivan help Central team finish second

C-NS, Liverpool hoops stars part of Summer Hoops Festival

Normally rivals, Cicero-North Syracuse’s Connor Evans and Liverpool’s Tyler Sullivan were working together during the first weekend in August, helping the Central Region team to a second-place finish in the Summer Hoops Festival at Johnson City, near Binghamton.

Felibert's fast finish leads to Credit Union Classic title

Venezuelan posts 65 for three-shot win at Drumlins

In five years and more than 40 attempts, Veronica Silibert had never tasted victory on the Symetra Tour. But all of that changed in the Credit Union Classic at Drumlins Country Club's East Course, where Silibert moved into contention right from the start and then saved her best golf for the closing stretch to earn a three-stroke victory, $15,000 and better odds to reach the LPGA Tour in 2015.

Race for Credit Union Classic title remains tight

Two tied, four others one back heading into final round

Little about the 19th annual Symetra Tour Credit Union Classic remains resolved with 18 holes to play. A tight leaderboard only got tighter during Saturday's second round at Drumlins Country Club's East course, leaving American Rachel Rohanna and Venezuelan Veronica Filibert tied for the lead and four others just one shot back.,

Aussie rookie races to Symetra lead at Drumlins

Davies-Graham, with 65, leads Stoelting by one shot

Having played just four times on the Symetra Tour in 2014, Australian native Ellen Davies-Graham came into the Credit Union Classic lagging far back in 130th place on the money list. That could change quickly, though, especially after Davies-Graham posted a six-under-par 65 on Drumlins Country Club's East course in Friday's opening round to seize a one-shot lead over Jackie Stoelting.

Crain, Hunt win titles at Fay-Man Day of Races

It only figured that heavy rains fell just hours before they set off on Sunday for the third annual Fay-Man Day of Races, held at Fayetteville-Manlius High School.

Cannizzaro brothers reunite after lacrosse transfer

Connor joins Sean at Denver, leaving Maryland behind

At least for one year, Sean and Connor Cannizzaro, two of the greatest players in Cazenovia lacrosse history, will get to play on the same field again.

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.

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