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Chittenango football beats Skaneateles, 26-21

Late TD pass by Bears spoil Sindoni's return

Though it was the Skaneateles football team sending it through the air in Friday night's season opener at Chittenango, it was a pass given up by the defense that put the Bears on top, and spoiled Joe Sindoni's return to the coaching sidelines.

J-E, Ludden claim football season openers

West Genny struggles in loss to Central Square

One side needed a lot of points in a hurry. The other side needed well-timed points, delivered in a spectacular manner. Whatever the method, though, Jordan-Elbridge and Bishop Ludden both prevailed in their respective season openers Friday night, with the Eagles rallying on the road to outlast Watertown IHC 51-35 and the Gaelic Knights, at home, fighting past Pulaski 18-8.

Marcellus continues mastery over Solvay

Westhill shut out by Cortland in season opener

Much of Friday night's football opener between Marcellus and Solvay was an evenly fought contest, with an exchange of scoring plays and plenty of excitement. But it didn’t start out that way – and because of that, the Mustangs still have possession of the Tom Anthony Silver Cup, and the Bearcats, desperate for a turnaround, was denied again in a 41-21 defeat.

Hornets take gridiron classic over Spartans

F-M needs late TD after ESM erases 19-point deficit

They waited 15 years for Fayetteville-Manlius and East Syracuse Minoa to meet again on the football field. With any luck, there won’t be a similar wait for the next renewal.

Lakers blast Amsterdam in football opener

Dome win gives Steinhorst successful debut as head coach

So the initial outing for Jay Steinhorst as Cazenovia football's head coach turned out like most of the previous 25 season openers did under Tom Neidl. In Friday's Kickoff Classic at the Carrier Dome, the Lakers showed every intention of returning to that same venue two months from now to reclaim the Section III Class B title, shutting out Amsterdam by a 47-0 margin.

Caz field hockey routs ESM, Cortland

Lakers take out pair of league foes by 9-0 margins

For the Cazenovia field hockey team to go to Fayetteville-Manlius and win a season-opening tournament on Aug. 28-29 was a nice development, though far from surprising. On the other hand, for the Lakers to follow that up by nearly reaching double digits at East Syracuse Minoa in last Tuesday night’s Onondaga High School League opener was quite an eye-opener.

B’ville girls tennis stopped by F-M

Bees' 5-2 defeat follows win over Auburn

Already with a strong victory over West Genesee on the ledger, the Baldwinsville girls tennis team moved on to face other strong CNY Counties League foes. And none was stronger than Fayetteville-Manlius, whom the Bees confronted on Thursday afternoon in a battle for early league supremacy. Once again, though, B’ville could not quite catch the Hornets, taking a 5-2 defeat.

Boys golf Bees upend F-M at home

Fecco, Roberts lead 204-207 win over Hornets

Opening-week victories were nice for the Baldwinsville boys golf team, but what it did in Thursday afternoon's match against Fayetteville-Manlius carried far more resonance.

Skaneateles soccer splits CBA twin bill

Clymer hat trick helps boys Lakers beat Brothers 4-2

Sam Clymer made sure of two things when he led the Skaneateles boys soccer team to a 4-2 victory over Christian Brothers Academy in last Tuesday night’s 2015 season opener at Hyatt Stadium.

Skaneateles girls tennis tops Caz, Westhill

Lakers improve to 3-0 with impressive league wins

Even at this early stage in the season, the Skaneateles girls tennis team is proving that, whatever combinations are used, the results tend to be the same.

Doctor returns to coach Skaneateles volleyball

Lakers off to 2-0 start with sweeps of Hannibal, Phoenix

Look who is back on the sidelines for the Skaneateles girls volleyball team. Doreen Doctor, the long-time mentor of the Lakers’ program, ended a brief retirement and returned to duty this fall, determined to bring Skaneateles back to championship form.

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Bees drop football opener to Victor, 34-13

Both touchdowns come in fourth quarter at Kickoff Classic

Plenty of energy and fight was shown by the Baldwinsville football team Thursday night in the Carrier Dome as it put together a pair of scoring drives to cap off its game against Section V contender Victor in the Kickoff Classic. But that was long after the matter was settled.

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C-NS football tops Kingston in Kline debut

Shaky start erased by second-quarter scoring burst

A nervous, shaky start by the Cicero-North Syracuse football team in 2015 was understandable. It also didn't last too long. Twenty-two unanswered points in the second quarter turned around the Northstars' opener against Kingston Thursday night in the Kickoff Classic at the Carrier Dome, leading to a 35-14 victory in the first game for new head coach Dave Kline.

Football Warriors eye elusive sectional title

Scott leads Liverpool side that lost 2014 title game

While it was quite nice for the Liverpool football team to end its 16-year drought and return to a Section III Class AA championship game a season ago, no one in orange and blue was satisfied.

Kline takes charge for C-NS football

Long-time Henninger coach looks to make Northstars a winner

Players on the Cicero-North Syracuse football team said they never saw it coming. Back in April, with the Northstars fresh off a return to the Section III Class AA playoffs and eager to improve on last fall’s 4-5 record, news came out that Joe Sindoni was out after just two seasons as head coach.

F-M football, Muench reunite for 2015 season

Hornets hope familiar coach leads to quick recovery

What’s new is old, or what’s past is present. Whichever analogy or cliché is used, Fayetteville-Manlius football in 2015 will include new, fresh faces always associated with high school athletics – but a very familiar face will lead them.

Spartans driven to make Class A title run

Loss to eventual state champs provided lots of motivation for ESM

While there’s no shame in a season ended with a defeat to an eventual state champion, the East Syracuse Minoa football team found little solace with that fact.

Brown takes over for ambitious Brothers

CBA football hungry again after rare struggles in 2014

Attend a Christian Brothers Academy football game this season, and some things will look quite familiar – gold helmets, purple and white jerseys, high purple socks and black cleats.

Red Rams look to rise again in 2015

J-D hopes depth can make up for key personnel losses

Everyone on the Jamesville-DeWitt football team had to grow up in a hurry during the 2014 season. Up against a brutal schedule, and employing a roster that included five sophomores and one freshman, the Red Rams did not win a game until October, and while it still sneaked into the Section III Class A playoff, a quick 35-13 exit at the hands of Whitesboro completed the 2-6 lesson.

Grimes football moves back to Class D

New coach, new faces provide challenges for Cobras

Perhaps the best thing that ever happened to the Bishop Grimes football program was stepping out of the Section III Class D fray after winning just one game in that league from 2011 to 2013.

Football Bees want another AA title push

B'ville has depth, but must replace Skipworth, Burchill, Penfield

Sam Mahar symbolizes, in many ways, the ethos of the Baldwinsville football team, from its willingness to embrace traditions, rather than run from them, to the work ethic that has made it one of the most consistent programs in Central New York.

Sindoni starts again with football Lakers

Coach returns to Skaneateles after three-year absence

The second act of Joe Sindoni with the Skaneateles football program is something no one had expected – least of all Sindoni.

J-E football wants another magical season

Eagles building upon 2014 run to sectional semifinals

Jordan-Elbridge’s football seniors can remember a time when their program was an afterthought. As freshmen, in 2012, they watched the Eagles go 1-7. But in a span of two years, thanks to the hard work put in by the players and a new staff led by head coach Tim Hawkins, everything turned around.

Warriors lean on young QB, star defenders

Badman, Rogers, Gedney lead group of Westhill returnees

Twelve months ago, with a new coach just hired, a new offense installed and new players coming into the program, the Westhill football team didn’t know where it was going.

Football Mustangs loaded for Class B title push

Marcellus boasts deep roster, two proven quarterbacks

What the Marcellus football team would like in 2015 is a lot more of how last season began, and a lot less of how it ended. The Mustangs opened 2014 by winning four straight games, but then went 1-4 the rest of the way, including a 48-0 defeat to Oneida in the opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs.

Depth might help Bearcats turn around

Solvay football opens with Marcellus, Westhill

If one thing is absolutely true about the Solvay football team in 2015, it’s that it is tired of hearing about past glories, and wants to have some glory of its own.

Turner must lead WG football in 2015

Wildcats look to improve from first-round AA playoff exit

Prior to Indian River’s state Class A championship run last fall, West Genesee was the last football team from Section III to earn a state title, back in 2007. That success, along with a sectional crown in 2011, means that, if the calendar is correct, it’s time for the Wildcats to go to the top again, right?

Ludden football leans on youthful talent

Lee takes over as Gaelic Knights' quarterback in 2015

Few Section III football programs fight the numbers game like Bishop Ludden does. At a school with fewer than 200 students, male and female, putting together a full roster is difficult, and as head coach Mike Rogers will quickly point out, any injury is devastating since most of his players go both ways and spend the full 48 minutes on the field.

Caz has new head coach, same high standards

Steinhorts suceeds Neidl after 25 years as Lakers assistant

Few things change in the Cazenovia football program. Year after year, a group of committed, well-conditioned athletes, led by a core of veteran coaches who have run the show for decades, take the field in September and October, where they run wild on offense and shut down the opposition on defense, leading to plenty of wins for the Lakers and an annual shot at championship glory.

Football Bears look to bounce back

Chittenango hungry after one-win season in 2014

The pain that Chittenango football players, coaches and fans felt during a 2-6 season in 2014 had several sources. Some of it was due to the youth in the lineup. Some of it had to do with poor execution of the game plan. But Bears players that return for 2015 said a lot of it could be pinned on a lack of cohesion within the team, which makes it far more difficult to win.

Boys soccer Northstars have 1-1 start

C-NS falls to St. Joseph's, routs Nichols

All around them, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team can see success, and often at the Northstars’ expense. Absent an outright Section III Class AA title since 2006, the Northstars again were close a season ago, taking a narrow 2-1 defeat in the sectional semifinals to eventual champion Fayetteville-Manlius.

Girls tennis Northstars edge Liverpool, 4-3

All four doubles matches go to three sets

Two full weeks before school got underway, Cicero-North Syracuse’s girls tennis team stepped into CNY Counties League competition, and in its second match found the win column in the most satisfying way possible.

C-NS, Liverpool golfers get underway

Northstars surprise West Genesee in league opener

Once again, Cicero-North Syracuse has a pair of golf teams – Blue and Green – teeing off in the fall, with Liverpool also part of the fray in the CNY Counties League. And C-NS Blue didn’t waste time announcing its status as a league title contender, going to Camillus and beating West Genesee 186-189 in last Wednesday’s match at Westvale Golf Club.

F-M field hockey has 1-1 start

Hornets beat New Hartford, fall to Cazenovia

Very little changed with the Fayetteville-Manlius field hockey team following the 2014 season, with just four seniors graduating from a squad that went 9-8-1 and fell to eventual champion Cicero-North Syracuse in the Section III Class A semifinals.

Boys golf teams rack up early wins

F-M starts 3-0 in league; CBA, J-D, ESM each join them

As defending Section III Class AA champions, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys golf team carried its usual weight of high expectations into 2015, but had a bit of trouble at the outset before quickly finding its top form.

Skaneateles tennis handles Marcellus

Lakers sweep singles against rival Mustangs

Even though it has three consecutive Section III Class C championships in the books, the Skaneateles girls tennis team is far from content.

WG golfers second at Drumlins Invitational

Wildcats start 1-1 in league matches, fall to C-NS Blue

It’s a heady time for West Genesee’s golfing family, from seeing alum John Clare compete in the United States Amateur to a current Wildcats team with championship dreams.

Westhill boys soccer gets tournament win

Warriors outscore Carthage, General Brown by combined 10-0

Bent on reclaiming the Section III Class B title it surrendered to Skaneateles a year ago, the Westhill boys soccer team was 2-0 before the calendar even turned to September.

B’ville girls soccer wins Clarence Tournament

Bees take final against 2014 state AA final four squad

For 10 long months, the Baldwinsville girls soccer team got ready to start again. Dropping last October’s Section III Class AA semifinal to Liverpool, and then seeing the Warriors surprise top seed Cicero-North Syracuse to repeat as sectional champions, was all the motivation the Bees could possibly want.

Caz field hockey prevails in F-M Tournament

Second-half surge key to finals win over Hornets

Just maybe, against the odds of sustained success and in defiance of cold, hard numbers, the Cazenovia field hockey team will turn out just fine. That was the message the Lakers sent during the season-opening Fayetteville-Manlius Tournament, culminating in Saturday's final, where a late scoring surge produced a 3-1 victory over the F-M Hornets.

F-M announces fall sports schedule

Cross country girls, boys seek national championship again

Many stories fill the Fayetteville-Manlius fall sports season, from another national championship quest in cross country to the defense of a Section III Class AA title in boys soccer and the return of Paul Muench as varsity football coach, plus the return of junior varsity football. Here is the 2015 varsity sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

CBA releases fall sports schedule

Football opens against Aquinas at Carrier Dome Sept. 5

Christian Brothers Academy’s 2015 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Bishop Grimes releases fall sports schedule

Football Cobras return to Class D West ranks

Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School’s 2015 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Marcellus announces fall sports schedule

Mustang teams return to OHSL Liberty division

Each of the Marcellus High School varsity sports teams returns to Class B for Section III and state competition this fall after most of them were in Class A during the 2014-15 school year.

Westhill announces fall sports schedule

Girls soccer Warriors defend sectional Class B title

Westhill High School’s 2015 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Bishop Ludden announces fall sports schedule

Gaelic Knights open football season at Pulaski Sept. 4

Bishop Ludden Junior-Senior High School’s 2015 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Clare competes in U.S. Amateur

West Genny grad unable to make it to match play

John Clare had to work long and hard to make it to the United States Amateur, the oldest national golf championship.

C-NS announces fall sports schedule

Kline debuts as football coach Sept. 3 against Kingston at Carrier Dome

This is an active 2015-16 sports season at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, with Bragman Stadium hosting both the state football and boys lacrosse semifinals and, in June, the state track and field championships return. Here is the fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Liverpool announces fall sports schedule

Girls soccer Warriors seeks third straight sectional title

The 2015 fall sports season at Liverpool High School includes the girls soccer team pursuing a third straight Section III Class AA title, along with football looking to return to the sectional final and a boys cross country team that finished fourth at the Nike Nationals in 2014. Here is the varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

F-M grads make international splash

Moffat wins gold medal; Ruggeri heading to gymnastics World Championships

In both rowing and gymnastics, elite athletes with roots at Fayetteville-Manlius High School are continuing to make their alma mater proud. Dana Moffat, who just graduated from F-M last June, continued her ascension in rowing circles by winning a gold medal for the United states at the World Junior Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the same course where the Summer Olympics will get staged next year.

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