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WG swimmers win first-place duel with C-NS

Castro, Cahalan, Dunning each win two races for Wildcats

Whether the West Genesee girls swim team has the goods to avenge last fall’s Section III championship defeat to Jamesville-DeWitt will get decided next Wednesday night. What isn’t in doubt, though, is the hold the Wildcats has over the CNY Counties League, which it reinforced Tuesday in Camillus when it rolled past Cicero-North Syracuse 102-76 in a first-place showdown.

Solvay volleyball edges Westhill in five sets

Bearcats nearly squander 2-0 lead in instant classic

Each time the Solvay and Westhill girls volleyball teams get together, the intensity cannot be masked or contained. Better yet, the quality of play is terrific, as was displayed in Tuesday night’s showdown at Westhill’s gym, where the Bearcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead in sets, missed out on multiple chances to close out the match, but hung in there and survived a five-set classic to beat the Warriors.

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Marcellus tennis earns first league title in 25 years

Mustangs go 11-1 in OHSL Freedom National division

What was shaping up as a memorable week for Marcellus athletics began with some history provided by the girls tennis team.

Field hockey Lakers fall to Liverpool rally

Cazenovia ends busy stretch of seven games in 15 days

If ever a week’s break in between games was welcome, this one for the Cazenovia field hockey team fit that profile. Over a course of two weeks, the Lakers had played seven games, six of them on the road, facing all kinds of quality opposition inside and outside the Section III ranks.

Liverpool field hockey rallies, stuns Cazenovia

Warriors' last-minute comeback builds crucial momentum

With one defeat to Cicero-North Syracuse in the recent memory bank, and a rematch on the new turf at Bragman Stadium looming a week ahead, the Liverpool field hockey team wanted, at the least, a good performance out of Monday night's home game against Class C powerhouse. But it had no idea just how good - or memorable - it would be.

F-M tennis, golf gets even with West Genny

Late-season wins avenge earlier defeats to Wildcats

Whether it was for a few weeks, or a few days, a pair of Fayetteville-Manlius teams - one in girls tennis, the other in boys golf - were both eager for another shot at West Genesee. And when they got that chance on the same Monday afternoon within a few hundred yards of each other in Camillus, both sets of Hornets pulled it off, providing a satisfactory conclusion to their respective regular seasons.

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Defense sparks Lakers to shutout of Holland Patent

Caz battles for points, but still moves to 4-0

Through decades of success, the Cazenovia football team may put up gaudy offensive numbers, but it always comes back to keeping the other team from getting on the board. That was what the Lakers counted on, again, in Saturday's Homecoming game against Holland Patent, getting its first points on a defensive play and working from there to a 26-0 shutout of the Golden Knights.

CBA football rebounds, rips RFA 51-20

F-M stopped at B'ville, falls to 1-3 on season

Those were seven long days for the Christian Brothers Academy football team, with constant reminders of the 50 points Corcoran had scored on them Sept. 19 at Alibrandi Stadium, leaving a 1-2 mark and all kinds of questions of where this season was headed.

Spartans smash Cortland for second straight win

J-D runs into Carthage, falls to 0-4

Just as planned, the East Syracuse-Minoa football team has maneuvered its way to the top of the Class A American division, while Jamesville-DeWitt goes into October still in search of its first win in 2014. The Spartans went to Cortland Friday night and, propelled by a big first half, rolled past the Purple Tigers 40-12, while the Red Rams lost at home to defending Section III Class A champion Carthage 40-18.

Lakers end two-game skid, handle Solvay

Hill leads way as Skaneateles improves to 2-2

Major struggles in back-to-back road losses to Marcellus and Westhill left the Skaneateles football team all too glad to come back to friendlier grounds and more pleasing results. It found both in Friday night's Homecoming game against Solvay at Hyatt Stadium, as the Lakers, riding another brilliant all-around effort from Connor Hill, kept the Bearcats winless and prevailed by a 21-6 margin.

Unbeaten Mustangs, Warriors set for showdown

Marcellus outscores Ithaca; Westhill rips Phoenix

All is now in place for one of the biggest-ever football match-ups between Marcellus and Westhill. Both the Mustangs and Warriors enter next weekend's Class B West clash sporting 4-0 marks after winning in vastly different manners on Friday - the Mustangs outscoring Ithaca 55-35, the Warriors rolling past Phoenix 52-6.

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Wildcats shut down in loss to Corcoran

Red-hot Cougars keep WG from offensive touchdown

Throughout a tough September slate, the West Genesee football team got a good look at two different Section III Class AA title contenders, and could not do much against either of them. During Friday night's game against Corcoran, the Wildcats were held without an offensive touchdown, and it led to a 20-7 defeat to the Cougars and an overall record of 2-2.

Matousek helps Eagles soar past Ludden

J-E puts up season-best 56 points against Gaelic Knights

Thanks mainly to a career-best performance from Kyle Matousek, the Jordan-Elbridge football team showed that it could absorb a loss - and roar back to form. Matousek amassed 261 yards on 24 carries, scoring four touchdowns, and helped the Eagles romp past Bishop Ludden 56-14, keeping the Gaelic Knights winless in 2014 and improving its own record to 3-1.

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B'ville football handles F-M, gets to 4-0

Skipworth earns four TD's for state-ranked Bees

September ends with the Baldwinsville football team sporting a perfect 4-0 mark, a strong ground attack and a stronger defense - which put together, means it can make a legitimate championship push. The state Class AA no. 20-ranked Bees made it four in a row Friday night as part of Homecoming festivities at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, steadily pulling away from Fayetteville-Manlius in a 39-6 decision that featured another star turn from senior Cameron Skipworth.

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Scott runs wild as Warriors smash C-NS

Liverpool improves to 4-0, maintains 'Star Wars' Cup

Jaydakis Scott personally made sure that the Liverpool football team was not ceding local bragging rights to Cicero-North Syracuse - at least not in 2014, anyway. Scott's breathtaking effort - 309 yards on 26 carries, five touchdowns - helped the Warriors roll past the Northstars 39-12 Friday night at LHS Stadium and maintain possession of the "Star Wars" Cup for another 12 months.

Skaneateles boys soccer ends 10-day break

Lakers get 4-2 win at Phoenix, hosts Cazenovia next

When the Skaneateles boys soccer team left the field Sept. 15 in the wake of a 4-0 shutout over Jordan-Elbridge, it was satisfied – but tired.

Girls soccer Lakers battle to road wins

Skaneateles edges APW, routs Jordan-Elbridge

What the Skaneateles girls soccer team has discovered, hitting the midway point of its regular season, is that no opponent of any quality is going to make it easy for them.

WG swimmers sweep Mexico, B’ville

Wildcats to clash with C-NS for first place

When the West Genesee girls swim team faces Cicero-North Syracuse next Wednesday afternoon, superiority in the CNY Counties League is at stake.

B’ville girls swimmers split pair of meets

Bees beats Syracuse, falls short against West Genny

By splitting two meets in a 48-hour span, the Baldwinsville girls swim team would stay at the .500 mark, taking a 3-3 record into October.

C-NS girls swimmers stun Liverpool

Thorne wins twice for Northstars to join Murphy, Sovinsky

During much of the “Rivalry Week” activity involving varsity teams from Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool, the Northstars were getting the better of things, from the volleyball court to the soccer field. And that spread to the swimming pool, too.

Girls soccer Northstars edge Liverpool, 1-0

Rosas nets lone goal; Haven injures knee late in game

While it was certain that the Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer team gained a big victory when it topped Liverpool 1-0 in their lone regular-season encounter Thursday night at Archie Hall Stadium, it remained to be seen whether the win would prove costly.

Skaneateles girls tennis stays in first place

Lakers get 7-0 shutouts over Cazenovia, Phoenix

Throughout the latter part of August, and all through September, the Skaneateles girls tennis team has remained in top form, with no one in the Onondaga High School League Liberty division able to keep up with them.

B’ville tennis stops unbeaten West Genny

Bees claim two points in both singles, doubles matches

All season long, the Baldwinsville girls tennis team had looked for a signature win, nearly getting it twice in one-point defeats to long-time powerhouse Fayetteville-Manlius.

Girls cross country Lakers hold off Hannibal

Neal, Willcox go 1-2 again; Skaneateles boys take narrow defeat

Even with a no. 3 state Class C ranking and a Baldwinsville Invitational title on its ledger, the Skaneateles girls cross country team did not scare every OHSL Liberty division opponent off.

C-NS field hockey blanks Liverpool, 2-0

Caveny's pair of goals lead Northstars to fifth straight win

Once in serious trouble, the Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey team is now quickly asserting itself as, perhaps, the team to beat for both CNY Counties League and Section III Class A honors.

Caz girls soccer drops OT classic to Westhill

Lakers fall, 2-1, despite Johnson's 18 saves

At heights it has rarely felt in its entire program history, the Cazenovia girls soccer team knew that it had to keep playing at a top level when it wanted to stay there.

Liverpool cross country second in league meet

Boys Warriors again finish behind F-M powerhouse

For the second time in two weeks, the Liverpool boys cross country team got a close-up look at Fayetteville-Manlius, all of it part of Tuesday’s CNY Counties League Jubilee at Baldwinsville.

Field hockey Lakers play Weedsport to 1-1 tie

Caz attackers foiled by Marsden's 16 saves

For now, the Cazenovia field hockey team is all too glad to have the most difficult portion of its regular-season slate behind them.

West Genny golfers win first clash with F-M

Smith leads Wildcats to three-shot win over Hornets

Though it had conquered everyone else in the CNY Counties League in its quest for an undefeated regular season, the West Genesee boys golf team had one big hurdle remaining – which it would have to scale twice.

Cazenovia volleyball goes 1-1, stops Solvay

Lakers quickly rebound after defeat to LaFayette

Even though it had risen up and handed first-place Homer its first defeat of the season on September 18, the Cazenovia girls volleyball team still was searching for consistency, and a 24-hour stretch demonstrated that problem, in both bad and good ways.

F-M cross country sides flatten league foes

Hornets set season-best times on boys, girls side

They called Tuesday's cross country gathering at Baldwinsville the CNY Counties League Jubilee, and it sure turned into a celebration for Fayetteville-Manlius. Not only did the Hornets sweep to the boys and girls team titles, they did so posting the fastest speed ratings in the nation this fall.

Westhill, Marcellus soccer shine on historic night

Warriors beat Caz in OT; Updike earns 300th win for Mustangs

Even when separated by more than 50 miles and two different leagues, the Marcellus and Westhill girls soccer teams still end up tied together. On a wondrous Tuesday evening, as the state Class B no. 9-ranked Warriors edged past state no. 2-ranked Cazenovia 2-1 in overtime, the Mustangs beat Christian Brothers Academy 3-1, giving long-time head coach Laurie Updike her 300th career victory.

F-M boys soccer edges C-NS in overtime

Girls Hornets break skid with win over Camden

Aside from the winning, which is nice, it’s the way the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team is claiming these victories that is grabbing a lot of attention.

CBA boys soccer gets past J-D again

Red Rams' rough week includes defeat to Fowler

Not since the 2013 Section III Class A championship game had the Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt boys soccer teams squared off.

ESM, J-D girls soccer both top CBA

Spartans win in regulation; Red Rams require OT surge

In a span of less than 48 hours, the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa girls soccer teams both notched big wins over Christian Brothers Academy.

B’ville cross country hosts invitational meet

Bees record high finishes, sweep league foes

This year marked the 63rd time that cross country runners made it to Baldwinsville for its annual late-September meet, which featured 44 boys and 34 girls sides.

Boys soccer Bees fall to Liverpool

Wins over West Genny, C. Square help cushion loss to Warriors

Injuries and inconsistency have caught up to the Baldwinsville boys soccer team – though it’s still something the reigning Section III Class AA champions can recover from with more than half the regular-season schedule remaining.

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Neal, Lakers roll to Baldwinsville Invitational titles

Skaneateles beats large field in Small School division

Thirty-eight girls cross country teams lined up for the Small School division race in the 63rd annual Baldwinsville Invitational last Saturday as two former state championship runners-up and an eighth-grade upstart from Cazenovia stole the show.

Skaneateles cross country gains split with J-E

Neal wins girls race; Niebuhr tops boys at B'ville meet

Given that they are neighbors, it only figured that the Skaneateles and Jordan-Elbridge cross country teams opened their OHSL Liberty division schedules against each other last Wednesday afternoon.

Caz field hockey shut out by Burnt Hills

Lakers absorb first defeat amid season's toughest stretch

When the Cazenovia field hockey team goes to Weedsport Tuesday afternoon for a first-place Onondaga High School League showdown, it culminates the Lakers’ toughest stretch of the regular season.

Girls soccer Lakers flatten J-E, Phoenix

Chittenango takes defeats to Homer, Marcellus

All is now in place for the Cazenovia girls soccer team as, on Tuesday night, it welcomes Westhill to the Sean Googin Sports Complex in a game that would determine who would have the lead in the OHSL Liberty division midway through the regular season.

Marcellus blanks Chittenango, remains undefeated

Solvay overwhelmed by Homer in 65-14 loss

Fast finishes are fun, but the Marcellus football team was getting tired of waiting to play its best after the halftime break. So the Mustangs set out, in Friday’s game against visiting Chittenango, to assert itself early – and it did, unleashing its big-play offense in a manner that the Bears could not handle and excelling on defense, on the way to a 45-0 shutout victory.

Eagles slowed down in shutout loss to ITC

J-E struggles in home opener after 2-0 start

Not in many years had the Jordan-Elbridge football team found itself part of a home opener that carried this much importance.

Boys soccer Northstars edge Liverpool in OT

C-NS rebounds from F-M loss; Warriors top B'ville

All that the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer teams was guaranteed was one head-to-head match-up, which the two neighbors and rivals would stage Friday night under the lights at the Gillette Road complex.

Skaneateles swimmers earn pair of victories

Lakers handle Syracuse, rally past Holland Patent

A busy September continued for the Sknaeateles girls swim team as it went through two more meets last week, winning them both to improve to 3-2 on the season.

B’ville tennis drops close decision to F-M

Bees cannot match West Genesee victory over Hornets

By 12 days, the Baldwinsville girls tennis team missed its chance at the history books. Many different times, the Bees had come close to stopping the Fayetteville-Manlius win streak that, ultimately, stretched out to 21 seasons and 329 consecutive matches.

B’ville volleyball teams maintain unbeaten marks

Girls sweep F-M, C-NS; boys roll through Syracuse, J-D

Each fall, the question around the Baldwinsville girls volleyball team is not about the victories, which accumulate with clockwork regularity, but whether anyone will pick a set off them in a particular best-of-five match.

F-M, CBA football staggered by home losses

Brothers stunned by Corcoran; Hornets fall to Henninger

That the Fayetteville-Manlius football team would struggle on Friday night, taking a 36-6 defeat to Henninger, wasn't a big surprise, since the Black Knights enjoy a no. 14 state Class AA ranking and are considered the favorites for the Section III title. What was surprising, though, was what happened a few miles down the road at Alibrandi Stadium.

ESM football rolls to shutout over J-D

Grimes holds off South Lewis, improves to 2-1

Someone was going to move to the top of the wide-open Class A American division when neighbors East Syracuse-Minoa and Jamesville-DeWitt met up for their annual showdown Friday night. And it was the host Spartans warming up to that task, using its ground game to pound away at the Red Rams from start to finish on its way to a 41-0 victory.

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Warriors, Northstars set for gridiron showdown

Liverpool blanks RFA; C-NS rolls past Proctor

While the football rivalry between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse has always run hot, it might never mean as much as it does when the two battle it out for the 'Star Wars Cup' next Friday night at LHS Stadium.

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