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Phil Blackwell

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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.

Softball Lakers struggle at outset

Skaneateles baseball 1-1 after win over Hannibal

More than enough challenges confront the Skaneateles softball team, just by the mere fact that it competes in the tough Onondaga High School League Liberty division.

Skaneateles tennis goes 1-2, beats LaFayette

Lakers look for early-season consistency

Faced with plenty of challenges, the Skaneateles boys tennis found that its initial assignment in the 2015 season was to find out if it was the best Laker side. Alas, that was not the case, Skaneateles taking a 4-1 defeat to Cazenovia last Tuesday afternoon in the season opener at Austin Park.

Girls Wildcats fall to C-NS, beats CBA

Lacrosse state champs recover from blowing late lead to Northsatrs

In the span of less than half an hour last Tuesday night on the Wildcat Stadium turf in Camillus, the girls lacrosse season, especially in the Class A ranks, got a whole lot more interesting. West Genesee, seemingly on its way to a tough victory over visiting Cicero-North Syracuse, ended up surrendering a four-goal lead in the game’s latter stages and saw the Northstars prevail, 12-11, when Hanna Haven put in a rebound goal with four seconds left in regulation.

Caz girls go 2-1, defeat J-D with comeback

Willard nets game-winner after tough loss to Westhill

One bad half threatened to undo all of the good work the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team was doing – but it showed plenty of character and heart recovering from that situation.

Cazenovia track sweeps CBA in opener

Nichols, Satchwell, Rowles among multiple winners

Though they had to wait an extra week to get going due to the lingering cold weather, each of Cazenovia’s track and field teams did not mind, given the results.

Boys Wildcats win OT classic over J-D

Shoults nets game-winner after second-half rally

At the outset of a difficult two-week stretch that includes five straight games against high-level competition, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team nearly saw its unbeaten mark get cast aside. But a timely surge in the second half, and a pair of clutch goals from Tyler Shoults, helped the Wildcats turn back Jamesville DeWitt 12-11 in Saturday afternoon's showdown between a pair of traditional lacrosse powers.

Skaneateles track wins at ESM Invitational

Lakers nearly pull off sweep of three relay races

In the first large-scale Section III girls track and field meet of the spring, the Skaneateles Lakers found its way to the top. During Friday’s East Syracuse Minoa Invitational, Skaneateles picked up 69.4 points, beating out a field of 21 other teams, including Tully, who finished a close second with 64.4 points. Christian Brothers Academy took third place with 48 points.

B’ville boys lax outscores Syracuse, Liverpool

Bees improve to 5-3, get West Genesee on Tuesday

Though it’s gone through plenty of early-season setbacks, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team has also found out that, at it best, it can really give the top Class AA contenders some problems – including West Genesee, whom it hosts this Tuesday at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

C-NS boys lax gets even with Syracuse

Red-hot Northstars have won seven straight games

Perhaps it is time to state that the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team has gone beyond the realm of good and could, perhaps, turn into something great.

Skaneateles girls lacrosse builds win streak

Routs of Westhill, J-E help Lakers take three in a row

Steeled by the rough experience of back-to-back defeats to Massapequa and Garden City, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team found things far more hospitable against local opposition.

Baseball Warriors edge Bearcats, 3-2

Canavan single plates Roland with winning run in bottom of seventh

If, as many think, the Westhill and Solvay baseball teams are supposed to battle it out atop the OHSL Liberty division, then their initial encounter shows they’re not too far apart.

B’ville softball gets pair of signature wins

Bees outlast West Genny in 11, shut down C-NS

Though it was a small sample size – two games – a closer examination showed that the Baldwinsville softball team just might be ready to make a championship push in both the CNY Counties League and the Section III Class AA ranks.

Solvay softball blanks Westhill, 15-0

Nichols hits two home runs; Gardner tosses shutout

Even as it plots another championship course, the Solvay softball team is aware of the challenge its neighbors and rivals from Westhill could provide. And when the two squared off for the first of a pair of regular-season showdowns on Thursday afternoon, the Bearcats, even as the visiting team, grabbed control early and never let go until it had put away the Warriors 15-0.

F-M, J-D track record impressive sweeps

Hornets rip Liverpool; Red Rams dominate Fowler

At the outset of league competition, track and field teams from Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt rolled to easy victories. Having already beaten Auburn on April 8, the Hornets did the same in a showdown with Liverpool last Wednesday afternoon, including a boys meet where F-M doubled up the Warriors 94-47.

C-NS track sweeps B’ville; Liverpool falls to F-M

Reader wins high jump, triple jump, long jump for boys Northstars

At the start of a tough slate of CNY Counties League meets, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool track and field teams had completely different results. While the Northstars dominated against Baldwinsville on Wednesday afternoon, the Warriors were swept by Fayetteville-Manlius, including a 94-47 decision in a hotly contested boys meet.

Westhill lax drops triple-OT epic to Cazenovia

Lakers get goal in last second to avoid fourth OT

If the battle for Section III Class C supremacy in boys lacrosse boils down to Westhill trying to snatch the crown from Cazenovia, then two things are apparent. First, the competition is bound to be exciting, tense and unpredictable. Second, they have a first act that might prove impossible to follow.

Girls Wildcats stunned by late C-NS comeback

WG takes 12-11 defeat to Northstars at home

In the span of less than half an hour Tuesday night on the Wildcat Stadium turf in Camillus, the girls lacrosse season, especially in the Class A ranks, got a whole lot more interesting.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: The glorious cruelty of it all

In two nights, in two aftermaths, in vivid images of victory and defeat, the wonder and pull of sports was bared right in front of us, personified by the Wisconsin Badgers.

C-NS girls lax rallies, beats West Genesee

Four-goal deficit erased; Havens scores game-winner with 4.0 seconds left

To most girls lacrosse teams in Central New York, the prospect of staying close to West Genesee, much less beating them, remains ridiculous and far-fetched - but not to Cicero-North Syracuse. Trailing the Wildcats by four goals late in Tuesday night's game in Camillus, the Northstars made it all the way back and won it, 12-11, when Hanna Haven pushed home the game-winning goal with just four seconds left.

Caz lacrosse survives 3-OT battle with Westhill

Lakers win it on quick Lewis goal at end of third OT

True, 2.1 seconds isn't a lot of time - but it was more than enough for the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team to put an end to one of the longest and most tense games in program history. In those 2.1 seconds, Derek White threaded a pass to Jake Lewis, who one-timed a shot past Westhill goalie Dan O'Connell, and gave the Lakers a 7-6 victory over the Warriors in Tuesday's draining battle between state-ranked powers.

Kline named new C-NS football coach

New boss led Henninger to 2014 state AA semifinal

With the turmoil and questions that surrounded Joe Sindoni’s departure as Cicero-North Syracuse varsity football coach, it was imperative for the district to handle the hiring of his replacement well. And from the sense of what Dave Kline has accomplished, the Northstars may have nailed this.

Baseball Warriors, Northstars get underway

Liverpool tunes up at Myrtle Beach; C-NS splits opening games

Depending on the timing of Easter and the adjacent school break, the Liverpool baseball team has, in years past, managed to take the field before making its annual pilgrimage to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, for a week of games and fine-tuning.

Liverpool softball starts strong at Myrtle Beach

Warriors sweep tournament; C-NS handles West Genny

As was the case for so many others in Central New York, Liverpool’s softball team had to wait until the April school break, and a trip south to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, to get underway.

Boys lacrosse Northstars beat trio of foes

Liverpool upended by unbeaten Westhill

From the time the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team edged past Liverpool 10-9 on March 31, each side had handled their separate affairs in different manners, with the Northstars going 3-0 during the week of the school break.

C-NS, Liverpool girls lax earn tough wins

Northstars hold off B'ville; Warriors top Auburn, ESM

In their own ways, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls lacrosse teams picked up a series of impressive victories during the school break.

Track teams open at C-NS Relays

Northstars second in boys, girls divisions behind Rush-Henrietta

Just before they could both enter the cauldron of the CNY Counties League, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool track and field teams first had to see each other during last Saturday’s season-opening C-NS Relays at Bragman Stadium.

CBA baseball falls to Syracuse in opener

J-D blanks Mexico; ESM starts with games in Virginia Beach

Credit the Christian Brothers Academy baseball team as the first of the local sides to play a game in Central New York this spring after a long, lingering winter delayed the start of the 2015 season.

J-D softball starts 2-1, falls to West Genny

Red Rams rebound with big wins over Chittenango, Mexico

In no way can the work inside a gymnasium replicate the conditions outside in the natural air, a reality that every softball and baseball team in Central New York knows from experience.

CBA girls lacrosse takes first defeats

J-D holds off ESM in local showdown

The depth and skill Christian Brothers Academy’s girls lacrosse team displayed when it rolled past J-D in its April 2 opener remained strong – at least until it went on the road.

Softball Bees go 2-2 at Myrtle Beach

No-hitter against Mercyhurst highlights week of work

Just like so many others, the Baldwinsville softball team had to travel a long way from Central New York in order to get things underway in 2015. But while the baseball Bees were at the Disney World complex in Florida, the softball Bees found itself in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where it would get a full week of practice and games to prepare itself for CNY Counties League action.

B’ville boys take losses to Auburn, F-M

Bees are 2-2 in busy week capped by win over IHC

This was the busiest stretch of the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team’s season – four games in six days, a chance to give all kinds of players a chance to stand out and to see what still needs to be worked on in the crowded regular season still to come.

B’ville girls lax goes 1-2, falls to C-NS

Gebhardt, Johnson both put up big offensive numbers

A 1-1 start to the season showed the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team that it still had plenty of work to do, especially since the defeat came April 1 to defending state Class A champion West Genesee.

Baseball Bees start season at Disney complex

Opening wins provide encouragement for post-Blewett era

Just like the rest of the diamond scene, the Baldwinsville baseball team found it impossible to get on the fields during March, waiting for all of the snow to melt and the temperatures to warm up.

Boys lacrosse Lakers have 3-0 week

Skaneateles edges Tully, wins twice on road trip

What the Skaneateles boys lacrosse team took from its near-miss against defending Section III Class C champion Cazenovia on April 2 was that it had the capability to make any opponent worry.

Girls lax Wildcats rip Pittsford, move to 5-0

WG shines in rematch of epic 2014 state semifinal

At last, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team was heading home, having gone to several different fields that served as “home” venues” while the turf at Wildcat Stadium slowly improved and, finally, was deemed ready for play.

Boys lacrosse Warriors rout Homer, 16-1

Westhill on tear going into Tuesday showdown with Cazenovia

Through the early portion of this season, the Westhill boys lacrosse team is continuing to prove itself as a major contender for OHSL Liberty and Section III Class C honors, and might end up the favorite, especially if it can topple defending champion Cazenovia on Tuesday night.

WG baseball roars to 2-0 start

Westhill faces tests in games at Myrtle Beach

Tired of practices in gymnasiums, and hoping to expedite the process of getting its 2015 season underway, the West Genesee baseball team went out and shoveled its own field in the early days of April, and was glad to see warm weather help melt the rest of the white stuff.

Westhill girls lax rallies past Ludden-Grimes

Marcellus, Jordan-Elbridge both add to win totals

Even in girls lacrosse, where a few players can carry the attack, having depth matters, and helps when things don’t go well in the early going. Proof of this came in last Wednesday’s game between Westhill and Bishop Ludden-Bishop Grimes, where the Warriors overcame a poor start and dominated the latter stages to prevail 15-12.

Girls lax Laakers handle LaFayette, Tully

Cazenovia recovers well from opening loss to General Brown

All of the struggles the Cazenovia girls lacrosse team faced in its season-opening loss to General Brown on March 28 were put to good use. A week of tough practice followed, and by the time the Lakers returned for last Tuesday’s game against LaFayette at Cazeonvia College’s Christakos Field, it was ready for prime time.

Cazenovia baseball opens at Myrtle Beach

Lakers take defeats before salvaging late-week victory

When the Cazenovia baseball team enters Onondaga High School League Liberty division play this week (weather permitting), it does so much more seasoned thanks to its week of games at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina during the school break.

Boys lacrosse Hornets fall to West Genny

F-M breaks three-game skid with win over B'ville

No schedule-maker did the Fayetteville-Manlius boys lacrosse team any favors in 2015. By the time the Hornets faced Baldwinsville on Friday afternoon, it had played five tough opponents in a span of 11 days, not really getting any chance to take what it had learned in those games and spend large amounts of practice time addressing them.

Skaneateles girls fall to Long Island powers

Manhasset, Garden City humble Lakers on back-to-back days

As a sign of just how much respect the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team has garnered, it earned a no. 9 spot in the first Nike/Lacrosse Magazine top 25 rankings of the country’s best squads.

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