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Phil Blackwell

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WG, Syracuse hockey sides win big

Wildcats roll at IHC; Cougars blank F-M

Much of the winter will pass before the West Genesee and Syracuse ice hockey teams will meet up with each other in a pair of late-season clashes one week apart – Jan. 28 at Meachem Rink, then Feb. 4 at Shove Park. In the meantime, each side had a lot of work to do, with the Wildcats trying to recover from the rare instance of a rough (1-3-1) start and the Cougars resuming action after a nine-day break.

Westhill boys hoops cools down SAS

Solvay beats J-E; Eagles get win at Weedsport

Without question, the Westhill boys basketball team was paying close attention to Syracuse Academy of Science’s 4-0 start, which included an average of nearly 84 points per game. So when the two sides squared off Wednesday night, the Warriors were ready for the Atoms and, with a barrage of hot outside shooting, pulled away for an 85-57 victory.

Girls hoops Mustangs hand ESM first defeat

Ludden routs Solvay; Westhill handles J-E

With just one game (and one win) in the books so far, the Marcellus girls basketball team appeared to be at a disadvantage when it visited 3-0 East Syracuse Minoa last Tuesday night. But it didn’t turn out that way, as the Mustangs, playing strong defense at the outset, went out in front and managed to stay there most of the way, defeating the Spartans 49-44.

Marcellus wrestlers topple West Genesee

Mustangs win nine consecutive bouts to subdue Wildcats

When neighborhood bragging rights were on the line, it was the Marcellus wrestling team getting the better of West Genesee. The two sides clashed Wednesday night, with the host Mustangs dropping the first two bouts, but winning the next nine in a row to build up an insurmountable margin on the way to defeating the Wildcats by a score of 53-27.

Chittenango volleyball win streak hits eight

Bears tame APW, Pulaski on back-to-back nights

With two more victories in a 24-hour span during the week before the holiday break, the Chittenango girls volleyball team positioned itself right behind Tully in the tight Onondaga High School League race.

F-M wins twice at Jack Morse Kickoff Meet

ESM's McGrath finishes first in 55-meter hurdles

Less than two weeks after Fayetteville-Manlius dazzled everyone by sweeping the Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon, it was time for the indoor track and field season to get underway. Local teams, including F-M, made their first venture of the winter to SRC Arena, on the Onondaga Community College campus, to compete in the Jack Morse Kickoff Meet.

Lakers' Hill wins 300 sprint at Morse meet

Skaneateles second in 4x200; Goodell third in high jump

Connor Hill’s victory in the 300-meter dash helped propel the Skaneateles boys indoor track and field team to within a single point of top honors among small schools during Wednesday night’s season-opening Jack Morse Kickoff Meet at SRC Arena.

Kellner leads Bees to third at Morse Meet

B'ville only trails Liverpool, C-NS in team standings

Arden Kellner's first-place finish in the 600-meter run, plus strong efforts in the relays, helped the Baldwinsville boys indoor track and field team rise to third place in the season-opening Jack Morse Kickoff Meet on Wednesday night at SRC Arena.

Lee leads Solvay at Morse Kickoff Meet

Bearcats senior sweeps long jump, triple jump

It proved quite close - but thanks to the sweep of the long jump and triple jump by senior Isaiah Lee, the Solvay boys indoor track and field team emerged as the top small school from Wednesday night's season-opening Jack Morse Kickoff Meet at SRC Arena.

Liverpool, C-NS go 1-2 at Morse Kickoff Meet

Warriors get wins from Mayfield, McCarthy

A mere 11 days after they ran in the Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon, Liverpool's Dylan McCarthy, Connor Buck, Ty Brownlow and Nick LeClair were part of a winning effort when the boys indoor track season got underway at SRC Arena with the Jack Morse Kickoff Meet.

Hockey Lakers play CBA/J-D to 3-3 tie

First-place duel features 35 saves from Vinal

They had built it up as a special event Wednesday night at Allyn Arena, and the ice hockey teams from Skaneateles and CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt obliged with a special game that left everyone thirsting was more. Partially, that was because of the back-and-forth nature of the contest, but mainly it was because this showdown of undefeated teams ended in a 3-3 tie, leaving everyone waiting for the Feb. 6 rematch at Onondaga Nation Arena.

Girls Lakers prevail at John DiMao Invitational

Cazenovia boys indoor track second to RFA

Multiple wins on the oval, highlighted by a clean sweep of the relays, helped push the Cazenovia girls indoor track team to victory during Tuesday night's John DiMao Memorial Invitational at Colgate University's Sanford Field House.

Boys hoops Hornets survive B'ville rally

F-M splits "Pink Out" games; girls fall to Liverpool

With a 19-point second-half advantage whittled down to four in Tuesday night's game against visiting Baldwinsville, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team faced the very real possibility that it would drop back-to-back home games for the first time in recent memory. But the Hornets, aided by the guard tandem of Jake Wittig and Nick Quilty-Koval, recovered in time to reclaim control in the fourth quarter and beat the Bees 68-61.

Wrestling Lakers get road win at Chittenango

Skaneateles also gets title at Portville Invitational

Having swept through the Rebel Duals on Dec. 6, the Skaneateles wrestling team was eager to resume OHSL Liberty division action and atone for its season-opening defeat to Marcellus. The Lakers ventured to Chittenango last Thursday night, and despite some lost practice time due to winter weather, Skaneateles proved sharp enough once the bouts got underway and defeated the Bears by a score of 46-30.

Liverpool girls third at Norwich Tournament

Warriors get last-second win over Utica-Notre Dame

On the surface, a third-place finish, as the Liverpool girls basketball team attained during last weekend’s Norwich Tournament, didn’t seem that impressive. But the Warriors’ victory in Saturday's consolation game was quite good, as it went up against reigning state Class B champion Utica-Notre Dame and, with some big plays in the final seconds on both ends of the floor, knocked off the Jugglers 41-40.

C-NS boys take losses to Henninger, F-M

Northstars drop to 1-2 after opening win over Nottingham

What the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team demonstrated, in beating Nottingham in its Dec. 6 opener, was that it still had the goods to win plenty of games, even with Connor Evans forced to the sidelines for the winter. But that didn’t mean the Northstars were free and clear, by any means.

Wrestling Warriors rout West Genesee

Liverpool gains fourth-place finish at Herkimer Invitational

Whether the matches were quick and one-sided, or long and tough, the Liverpool wrestling team had all the answers to the questions West Genesee provided.

C-NS boys bowlers edged by Auburn

Northstars sweep West Genny; Liverpool gets first win

Due to the big numbers posted by the likes of Nick Joss early this season, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys bowling team had risen to the top of the Onondaga High School League standings. But that lead only lasted until last Thursday’s match against Auburn at Falcon Bowl, where two 5-0 teams went at it and the Northstars could not quite keep up in a 2-1 defeat to the Maroons.

Liverpool hockey defeats C-NS in overtime

Warriors finish third at Ontario Bay Tournament

What the Liverpool ice hockey team taught Cicero-North Syracuse in last Monday night’s game at Lysander Arena is that the dynamic of a come-from-behind, overtime victory can work both ways. The Warriors, having seen the Northstars benefit from such a rally in the Nov. 21 Frozen Dome Classic against Baldwinsville, did close to the same thing in this game, only this time rallying from a two-goal deficit to prevail 5-4.

Ludden drops thriller to J-D; Westhill rolls

Gaelic Knights lead most of way in loss to Red Rams

Once, twice, three times, the shots went in the air in the waning seconds, and any one of them would mean that the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team would knock off Jamesville-DeWitt, just as it had done in last March’s Section III Class A final.

West Genny hockey has 1-2 week

Wildcats blank Fulton, fall to Scarsdale, Ithaca

With little time to fret following its defeat to Fairport in the Dec. 6 finals of the Wildcat Classic, the West Genesee ice hockey team intended to go back to its normal behavior of beating nearly everyone in its path, but that only worked for one game before the struggles returned in back-to-back weekend defeats.

Caz basketball swept by Skaneateles

Boys see Knupp score 36 points for visiting Lakers

On consecutive nights, each of Cazenovia’s basketball teams sought to get the best of their Laker counterparts from Skaneateles, but neither of them would find success.

Chittenango volleyball runs win streak to six

Bears topple Cortland, sweep APW as hoops teams struggle

One more week of strong play could push the Chittenango girls volleyball team to the top of the Onondaga High School League standings – unless the weather got in the way. It started last Monday night, when the Bears visited Cortland and, overcoming a shaky start, proceeded to defeat the Purple Tigers in four sets.

Laker wrestlers edged by Marcellus, 32-30

Chittenango falls to Skaneateles, is sixth at Herkimer meet

Just one mat win short of a key OHSL Liberty division victory, the Cazenovia wrestling team could not quite find it in last Thursday night’s visit to Marcellus, where it took a 32-30 defeat to the Mustangs.

Caz hockey beaten by first-place New Hartford

Lakers fall despite 37 saves from McCann

Activity for the Cazenovia ice hockey team was not affected too much by the winter storms, except for some missed practice time. In fact, by the time the Lakers took the ice at New Hartford Saturday afternoon, it had not played for more than a week, and with that refreshed outlook, Cazenovia did its best to upend the Division II National division leaders, only to fall to the Spartans by a 3-2 margin.

B’ville hockey runs win streak to four

Bees get past RFA, 3-1, with 23 saves from Sabourin

For three weeks, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team has stayed home, and when it didn’t work on its game during its practice sessions, it offered unwelcome greetings to four different opponents, beating them all.

Boys hoops Bees topped by Henninger

Four Black Knights score in double figures against B'ville

In terms of building confidence, the schedule did not do the Baldwinsville boys basketball team many favors. A week after a season-opening Dec. 5 defeat to Bishop Ludden, the Bees, for its first road assignment of the winter, had to go face another perennial power, Henninger – who, like the Gaelic Knights, would prove too much to handle, B’ville taking a 79-58 defeat to the Black Knights.

WG boys hoops sweep F-M, Auburn

Wildcats bounce back from opening loss to CBA

In recent years, West Genesee’s boys basketball team had not enjoyed many pleasurable moments while on the same court as Fayetteville-Manlius, often on the wrong end of lopsided defeats punctuated by a barrage of Hornets 3-pointers.

Girls hoops Mustangs open, stifle Chittenango

Delperuto gains 16 steals in Solvay win over J-E

Patient scheduling kept the Marcellus girls basketball team from getting on the court for real until Friday night’s game against visiting Chittenango. But when it finally started, the Mustangs were ready for it, especially on the defensive side, and that helped produce a comfortable 49-27 victory over the Bears.

Marcellus, Solvay boys get road wins

Bearcats handle Jordan-Elbridge, move to 2-0

With bad weather causing a string of postponements in the middle of the week, the schedule of many boys basketball teams was curtailed – but once play resumed on Friday night, Marcellus and Solvay both reached the win column.

Ludden girls fall to Grimes, Westhill

Warriors recover from 1-2 start, top neighbors

Danielle Rauch’s ankle healed enough to return to action for the Bishop Ludden girls basketball team just in time for last Monday night’s showdown with Bishop Grimes, and her presence brought instant energy to both her teammates and the home crowd.

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Skaneateles basketball sweeps Cazenovia

Knupp scores 37 for boys Lakers; girls win two straight

Just as in all of the other team sports, the Skaneateles basketball teams carry on a rivalry with Cazenovia and desperately want to prove that it’s the better Lakers side. For a couple of nights, that’s exactly what it did.

Skaneateles hockey shuts out Whitesboro

Showdown with CBA/J-D looms; girls fall in OT

Though both of the Skaneateles ice hockey teams entered the week undefeated, only one of them would end that way. And it was the boys Lakers taking the honor, earning its second consecutive shutout when it beat Whitesboro 3-0 Friday night at Whitestown Community Center.

Indoor track Lakers open MVITA schedule

Girls tie Clinton for first; Nichols leads boys to second place

Just as it has done in seasons past, the Cazenovia indoor track and field teams will spend a majority of the season competing at Colgate University’s Sanford Field House in the series of Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association meets.

J-D boys hoops edges Ludden in thriller

DeRegis free throw, last-second stop preserves 63-62 win

Forces old and new collided Friday night on the basketball court, producing an instant classic between Jamesville-DeWitt and Bishop Ludden that was in doubt until the final possession. But with one clutch free throw from Dom DeRegis, plus one big stop before the horn sounded, the Red Rams gained a 63-62 victory over the Gaelic Knights, despite trailing for most of the contest.

B’ville girls hoops battles past Auburn

Defense rules for Bees as it improves to 3-0

Though many local high school athletes saw their schedules blown up by winter weather and school closings, the Baldwinsville girls basketball team didn’t fall into that category. Instead, the Bees’ problem was a schedule with wide gaps between games.

Marcellus wrestlers rally past Cazenovia

Mustangs win last two bouts; WG falls to Liverpool

Two bouts remained for the Marcellus wrestling team in Thursday night’s meet against Cazenovia, and the task was clear – win both of them, or get beat. Just as it did a week earlier against those other Lakers from Skaneateles, the Mustangs came through down the stretch, getting clutch performances from eighth-grader Cahal Donovan and sophomore Alex Czerniak to pull out a 32-30 victory over the Lakers.

West Genny swimmers fall to J-D/CBA

Wildcats sweep relays, but struggle in individual races

Though the West Genesee boys swim team had gained a 2-0 start, it still had not faced the top sides in the Section III ranks. And when the Wildcats encountered one of them in Thursday night’s meet against Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA, it did quite well in the relays, but could not make up for losing most of the individual races in a 96-86 defeat to the Red Rams.

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Warriors stop Central Square, move to 4-0

Sullivan helped by late points from Cutler

In racing out to a 3-0 start and winning its division at the Cataract Classic in Niagara Falls, the Liverpool boys basketball team had established that it had a dependable star in junior Tyler Sullivan and the kind of depth that most opponents could envy.

B’ville wrestlers sweep at Blue Devil Duals

Bees roll past five opponents, including host Blue Devils

Baldwinsville’s wrestling team is large enough to, at times, split into two groups that can compete at different large-scale meets on the same day.

Grimes girls basketball handles Bishop Ludden

Cobras' defense has produced 2-0 start

True, the shots aren't always falling in the early portion of the season for the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team, but given the way it's playing defense, there's time to work the other parts out. That was the takeaway from Monday night's game at Bishop Ludden, where the Cobras smothered the Gaelic Knights 46-23 in large part due to pressure that was applied from the moment the game tipped off.

Warriors runners rise to fourth at Nike Nationals

Liverpool makes grand final statement on national stage

All season long, the Liverpool boys cross country team knew how good it was, that it ranked among the best squads in the United States. Then, in the biggest meet of their careers, the Warriors went out and proved it.

Liverpool boys hoops roars to 3-0 start

Warriors edge Corcoran, sweep tourney in Niagara Falls

Between a laundry list of fouls, a superb effort from Marquis Gilbert and even a question about the score of the game, the Liverpool boys basketball team had a lot to overcome in last Tuesday night’s season opener at Corcoran.

C-NS girls stop Kearney; Liverpool starts 1-1

Northstars return plenty of talent in latest title quest

With the count standing at six consecutive Section III Class AA championships, a pair of state titles and five straight trips to the state final four, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team can safely call itself a dynasty.

Boys hoops Northstars battle past Nottingham

C-NS to miss Evans for season with knee injury

Everything that happened to the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team in the off-season following a narrow, 83-79 defeat to Utica Proctor in last March’s Section III Class AA final at the Carrier Dome suggested that getting back to the title game in 2014-15 was going to be quite difficult.

Hockey Warriors get first win over Mohawk Valley

C-NS, in first game after Dome win, ties Raiders 4-4

Now the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool ice hockey teams have both gone through encounters with Baldwinsville – in vastly different circumstances, and with vastly different results, though their meetings with Mohawk Valley would also prove divergent.

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C-NS wrestler Barber headed to Maryland

Northstars, Liverpool open season at Andersen Invitational

This time around, the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team made the annual Andersen Tournament its starting point for the season. And as 2014-15 got underway, the Northstars could celebrate the fact that its most recent Section III champion was heading into the college ranks.

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Hockey Bees beat Syracuse for Conklin Tournament title

B'ville has 3-0 week after OT defeat to C-NS in Dome

Exciting as it was for the Baldwinsville ice hockey team to play in the Carrier Dome on Nov. 21, it was quite eager to move on from that spectacle, especially given that it ended in a painful 3-2 overtime defeat to Cicero-North Syracuse. Just two weeks later, everything had changed.

B’ville wrestlers break in many new faces

Bees rout Auburn, struggle at Andersen Tournament

Even a wrestling program as strong and traditional as Baldwinsville faced a fair amount of transition going into the 2013-14 season. The combined departures of Kevin Paul, Chad McArdell, Gunnar Sutphen, Steve Petrelli and Joe Nasoni, stars responsible for hundreds of victories on the mat in their years with the Bees, would rattle any program.

Bowling Bees fall to Auburn, C-NS

Watchus rolls 804 series at Strike-N-Spare Lanes

After a 2-0 start, competition picked up for both of Baldwinsville’s bowling teams – and so did the excitement, even if it was accompanied by a pair of defeats.

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