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Phil Blackwell

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Wrestling Warriors make run at sectional Dual meet

Liverpool makes semifinals, stuns no. 2 seed General Brown

While the rise of the Liverpool wrestling team was well-known long before Saturday's Section III Dual Meet, what the Warriors did on the mats at Cicero-North Syracuse was show everyone on the local scene just how far it had come.

Caz girls hoops ends Westhill win streak

Tedesco, Fredericks lead fourth-quarter rally against Warriors

More than a week after its tough Jan. 13 win over Skaneateles, the Cazenovia girls basketball team had another chance to earn a signature victory – and got it.

Boys hoops Lakers overwhelmed by Westhill

Caz still 9-3 after loss to defending state Class B champs

All that the Cazenovia boys basketball team had done, racing to a 9-2 start and sneaking into the no. 24 spot in the latest state Class B rankings, had led to Friday night’s clash with Westhill at Buckley Gym.

Westhill boys hoops runs away from Cazenovia

Roland nets 22; Reynolds nears 1,000 career points

In years past, the Westhill boys basketball team had not found much peace or quiet in its trips to Cazenovia, twice having to rely on last-second shots from Jordan Roland to pull it out. So when the state Class B no. 1-ranked Warriors returned to Buckley Gym Friday night, it wanted things settled long before the final buzzer - and it was, Westhill handling the Lakers 70-36.

Girls Warriors lose 3-OT epic to Central Square

Liverpool falls after skid ends with win over Marcellus

When the Liverpool girls basketball team paid a visit to Central Square on Thursday, three years and 10 days had passed since that famous night where the Warriors and West Genesee played four overtimes before the Wildcats prevailed 86-76.

B’ville girls basketball sweeps Auburn

Bees improve to 13-1; Miller has 19 points, 17 boards, seven blocks

Though it dare not look ahead, the Baldwinsville girls basketball team’s marvelous regular season continues to build toward a climactic Feb. 6 showdown with Cicero-North Syracuse.

Skaneateles boys hockey has 1-1 week

Lakers win at Oswego, drop thriller to Syracuse

With that single overtime defeat to New Hartford on Jan. 14, the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team fell from no. 2 to no. 7 in the state Division II rankings, a fall that did not sit well.

CBA/J-D hockey blanks Whitesboro

Brothers sit at no. 8 in state Division II rankings

With its long road swing in the books and plenty of big games ahead, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team, who sat at no. 8 in the latest state Division II rankings, had to avoid the trap of looking past the opponents in front of them.

Caz hockey sweeps Whitesboro, Ontario Bay

Lakers move back to .500 mark

One big motivating factor for the Cazenovia ice hockey team, entering the regular-season homestretch, is the chance to finish in the top two of the Division II National Conference and, as a result, secure a first-round Section III playoff home game at the Morrisville State IcePlex.

Liverpool indoor sides second at Kirschenheiter meet

Petrella, Hentges, Mathewson, Akinpelu among individual winners

Indoor track and field teams from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse now are closing in on the post-season, which starts in a big way with the Section III Class AA championships on Feb. 4. In the meantime, both sides sought more wins during the Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational, which took place Wednesday and Thursday at SRC Arena.

Indoor track Bees battle at Kirschenheiter meets

B'ville girls win 4x400; Donhauser second in boys 55 hurdles

With the Section III championships looming on Feb. 4, the Baldwinsville indoor track and field teams still had some regular-season work left to do. Each of the Bees’ sides took part in this week's Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational, getting to fifth place on the boys side and sixth on the girls side on consecutive nights.

WG girls finish third at Kirschenheiter meet

Benson takes girls 1,500; Westhill-Ludden's Kiley wins on boys side

This was the last week of twin boys and girls indoor track and field events at SRC Arena prior to the Section III championships on Feb. 4 and 5, so the area’s local teams wanted to make a good showing during the Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational.

Indoor track Lakers win season debut at SRC Arena

Caz girls join other MVITA teams at sectional venue

Just as they had done all winter, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team prevailed over challengers from the Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association Thursday night - only this time, it wasn't at Colgate University. The scene, for one night, shifted to Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena, which will host the Section III championships on Feb. 4-5, and the Lakers, getting a sneak preview of the venue, won - like it had multiple times this winter at Sanford Field House.

Swimming Warriors claim duel with J-D/CBA

Burdo wins 200, 500 freestyle; Petit, Henry, Miller also victorious

Intense practices had marked the Liverpool boys swim team's lead-up to its biggest regular-season meet of the winter. And when the Warriors made that trip to face the combined Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA side on Thursday night, it was ready, saving its best work for the latter stages of the competition and pulling away for a 99.5-86.5 victory over the Red Rams.

J-D/CBA swimmers duel with Liverpool

Knapp, Potocki, divers stand out in loss to Warriors

Having rampaged through their respective leagues, the Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA and Liverpool boys swim teams met up with each other, head-to-head, on Thursday night at J-D Middle School. Together, the two powers put together some of the season's fastest times, and the Red Rams more than held its own, even in a 99.5-86.5 defeat to the Warriors.

Grimes girls blitz Phoenix, survive Skaneateles

Cobras now no. 2 in state Class B rankings for first time

Now the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team might have a bit more than the Section III Class B and state titles down the road on its agenda. There’s a real chance the Cobras could sit atop the state Class B rankings at some point before the season ends. A steady climb up the state poll has now put the Cobras in the no. 2 spot, trailing only Irvington, who won four consecutive state titles from 2010 to 2013.

Boys indoor Lakers shine at Kirschenheiter meet

Lawson wins 300 sprint; Goodell, Hagen, Schneider also stand out

Now the Skaneateles indoor track and field team might be as strong, overall, as it’s been in a long time, thanks to the rapid rise of the boys program this winter. The boys Lakers, led by Griffin Lawson, earned the most points among small schools in Wednesday night’s Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

F-M sweeps to Kirschenheiter meet titles

Hornets' runners lead way; J-D girls finish fourth

Exactly two weeks before the Section III championships get decided at SRC Arena, the Fayetteville-Manlius indoor track and field team made a bold statement at at that same Onondaga Community College facility, sweeping both sides of the Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational.

Grimes girls basketball maintains perfect mark

CBA returns key player, splits with ESM, Indian River

Moving up to the no. 3 spot in the state Class B rankings, and still undefeated after its narrow 50-49 escape against Bishop Kearney on Jan. 10, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team looked forward to less stressful encounters against OHSL Liberty division foes.

CBA/J-D hockey smashes Oswego, Ontario Bay

Brothers return home after eight straight road games

Even though no one thought the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey teams’ 2-1 defeat to New Hartford on Jan. 7 was a bad loss, it still cost the Brothers a bit. When the next state Division II rankings were released, CBA/J-D found itself at no. 7, down from its high point of no. 3.

Westhill boys roar to Juggler Classic title

Warriors dominate second half of final with Utica-Notre Dame

One defeat, in one tournament, did not make the Westhill boys basketball team any less imposing. If that message hadn’t gone through prior to last weekend's Juggler Classic at Utica-Notre Dame, it sure did in those pair of games as the state Class B top-ranked Warriors blitzed through the weekend and made sure a particularly challenging opponent didn’t scare them again.

J-D girls basketball has 3-1 stretch

Red Rams fall to Troy, finish third at Juggler Classic

Those struggles of December for the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team move further and further into the past, replaced by the top form showed by a unit with every intention of maintaining its league and Section III crowns.

Wrestling Warriors beat B’ville at home duals

Liverpool to compete in sectional Dual Meet at C-NS on Saturday

Liverpool’s wrestling team would get the showdown with Baldwinsville it wanted so much, only it had to wait a week and a half for it. Having seen their meet on Jan. 7 postponed, the Warriors and Bees waited to square off until both were in the LHS gymnasium for Saturday’s Liverpool Duals, and Liverpool won it, 43-33, beginning a clean sweep of the day’s events.

Liverpool, C-NS hockey swept by West Genny

Warriors recover with 7-0 shutout of Fulton

Hockey teams from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse both found themselves right at the break-even mark entering last week’s action, but would not stay there, thanks to the presence of the seven-time defending Section III Division I champions from West Genesee.

C-NS girls roll past Nottingham, Henninger

Northstars remain in state Class AA top 10

With their first head-to-head meeting in the books, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls basketball teams went in separate directions – and had separate results.

F-M wins, CBA beaten at Zebra Classic

Hornets avenge season-opening defeat to West Genesee

Nearly 11 months after its last visit to SRC Arena ended in a painful Section III Class AA semifinal defeat, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team had a far happier time of it when it returned Sunday night for the Pathfinder Bank Zebra Classic - a feeling that Christian Brothers Academy could not equal, despite the nostalgic feel of its latest "Holy War" with Bishop Ludden.

Ludden shuts down CBA in Zebra Classic

Tired West Genny unable to keep up with F-M

Whatever the name on the scoreboard and regardless of the colors of the jerseys worn, Bishop Ludden's boys basketball team may get its greatest satisfaction from earning a win over Christian Brothers Academy. And when the "Holy War" came to Sunday night's Pathfinder Bank Zebra Classic at SRC Arena, the Gaelic Knights were the ones on top again, using a third-quarter surge to take control and beating the Brothers 59-46.

Liverpool stops C-NS in Zebra Classic

Cutler brothers, Sullivan lead Warriors in 63-44 win

By the time they arrived at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena Sunday afternoon for the Pathfinder Bank Zebra Classic, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball teams both were in need of a victory, and not just because temporary bragging rights in this long-time rivalry were at stake.

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B’ville wrestlers fall to Liverpool, 43-33

Showdown part of Warriors' dual meet, where Bees go 3-2

Having missed the chance to square off with Liverpool on Jan. 7 due to a weather postponement, the Baldwinsville wrestling team would do so when the Warriors hosted its own dual meet last on Saturday afternoon. And in the very first round, B’ville and Liverpool squared off. Unable to put its best lineup together, the Bees kept up on the mat, but still lost, 43-33, to the Warriors.

Skaneateles girls hockey has 2-1 week

Lakers sweep Massena, Salmon River after loss to Alex Bay

Heading into its busiest stretch of the regular season, the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team knew it could not always count on the kind of comeback it pulled off Jan. 9, when it erased a four-goal third-period deficit and beat Oswego in overtime.

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Syracuse, West Genny hockey charge to wins

Cougars beat B'ville; Wildcats welcome back Farrell

Though some time remained before the West Genesee and Syracuse ice hockey teams would clash, they had chances to build up momentum and confidence before squaring off twice in consecutive weeks with Division I’s American Conference regular-season title at stake.

Girls Warriors get tough win over Ludden

Westhill goes 3-0 for week; Gaelic Knights fall to Grimes

With its December struggles fading further into the background, the Westhill girls basketball team was now starting to build a case for itself as someone that could, once again, make it to the top of the Section III Class B ranks.

Marcellus, WG girls hoops both go 1-1

J-E beats Solvay; Wildcats get last-second win over F-M

With its 6-2 record going into the week, and a big road win at CBA under its belt, the Marcellus girls basketball team may have felt that it was starting to climb the ladder and push toward the top of the Class A ranks.

Westhill boys sweep SAS, Jordan-Elbridge

Big third-quarter helps Warriors subdue state-ranked Atoms

For the second time in as many months, the Westhill boys basketball team took the measure of a Syracuse Academy of Science that, with a 7-2 start, had managed to join the Warriors in the state Class B rankings.

Ludden, West Genny boys earn hoops wins

Wildcats second in MLK Tournament at Jamesville-DeWitt

Both Bishop Ludden and West Genesee had boys basketball games in the days leading up to Sunday’s Zebra Classic at SRC Arena, with mostly good results. In fact, the Wildcats played three times in as many days over the weekend, making a serious push for the title at Jamesville-DeWitt’s Martin Luther King Jr. Tournament thanks to Friday’s 51-49 opening-round upset over state Class A no. 3-ranked Albany Academy.

Wrestling Lakers get league win over ITC

Chittenango drops showdown with Marcellus

Five days after finishing third to Baldwinsville and Mexico in its own invitational meet, the Cazenovia wrestling team resumed action in the OHSL Liberty division, and found more success.

Caz hockey falls to Oswego, Skaneateles

Lakers duel is close until second-period goals

During its mid-January stretch, the Cazenovia ice hockey team would find itself face-to-face with the powers in the Division II American Conference, and take a pair of defeats.

Red Rams win own MLK Tournament

J-D beats West Genesee as '04 state title team reunites

Jamesville-DeWitt’s boys basketball team would test itself again when it hosted a tournament during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend – and pass that test, extending its win streak to six and improving its record to 10-2 overall.

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Hockey Bees drop rematch with Syracuse

Pressure by Cougars proves too much in 3-1 decision

For the second weekend in a row, the Baldwinsville ice hockey team faced the daunting prospect of two games against state-ranked Division I opponents in a span of less than 24 hours - and in this case, both of them took place away from the Bees' friendly Lysander confines.

Chittenango girls volleyball gets even with Tully

Boys Bears rally for five-set win over Westmoreland

Having not lost for more than a month, the Chittenango girls volleyball team would find out a lot about itself in the matches that followed its tough four-set defeat to Onondaga High School League leader Tully on Jan. 9.

Skaneateles wrestling routs M-E, Onondaga

Lakers improve to 14-3 with pair of road wins

Two road matches, of varying degrees of difficulty, awaited the Skaneateles wrestling team during last week’s action, and it got through each of them to improve to 14-3 on the season. In fact, when the Lakers rolled past Morrisville-Eaton 57-24 Thursday night, head coach Dick Campbell said it was as good as the team has performed since the varsity program was revived a decade ago.

F-M girls, boys second at Arcaro Invitational

J-D, led by Payne, finishes third in girls meet

Full fields were back on hand for last week’s indoor track and field John Arcaro Invitational at SRC Arena, but the local sides remained strong. In the girls portion of the Arcaro meet last Thursday night, Fayetteville-Manlius, with 66 points, and Jamesville-DeWitt, with 58 points, finished right behind Liverpool, who prevailed with 76 points as East Syracuse Minoa (24 points) grabbed seventh place.

B’ville indoor track battles at Arcaro meet

Boys finish fourth on team side; girls finish fifth

Everyone in local indoor track and field was back in action at SRC Arena for last week’s John Arcaro Memorial Invitational – including Baldwinsville, for whom the meet meant a bit more, given John Arcaro’s long and rich history with the Bees’ track program.

West Genny girls finish fourth at Arcaro meet

Benson wins 3,000-meter run; Delia, Anderson take second

Over the course of two nights, each of the area’s indoor track and field teams made their way to SRC Arena for the annual John Arcaro Memorial Invitational. In the girls meet on Thursday, West Genesee, led by freshman Carly Benson, had a strong showing, picking up 34 points for fourth place, trailing only Liverpool (76 points), Fayetteville-Manlius (66 points) and Jamesville-DeWitt (58 points).

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B'ville's Bono taken sixth in MLS SuperDraft

Goalie starred at SU, is at U.S. National Team camp

Events for Alex Bono, the Baldwinsville-based goalkeeper sensation, have accelerated right from the moment he announced that he was foregoing his senior year at Syracuse University to turn professional.

Boys hockey Lakers fall in OT to New Hartford

Game ended long rest period for state no. 2-ranked Skaneateles

All of that down time may have caught up to the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team. Between Dec. 19, when it beat Auburn, and Wednesday night’s 3-2 overtime defeat to New Hartford, the Lakers had played just twice in a 25-day span, when it won the Duke Schneider Memorial Tournament on the first weekend of 2015.

Liverpool sweeps John Arcaro Invitational titles

Warriors distribute points through runs, relays, field events

Whether it was distance running or field events, the Liverpool indoor track and field teams did all that was necessary to rise to the top again during last week’s John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

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C-NS cheerleaders earn league championship

Northstars hold off F-M, West Genny in CNYCL meet

Plenty of goals, short-term and long-term, are in front of the Cicero-North Syracuse cheerleading squad in this new era where there is full recognition of the sport by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

Cazenovia basketball sweeps Skaneateles

Boys win on road; girls need OT for win

On the same frigid Tuesday night, in two separate venues separated by a long, cold stretch of Route 20, the Cazenovia and Skaneateles basketball teams squared off. Much to the delight of Cazenovia partisans, their Laker side would prevail in each of those games by the same five-point margin, the boys going on the road to win 56-51, the girls withstanding a rough finish to regulation to prevail 58-53 in overtime.

Skaneateles drops close games to Cazenovia

Boys fall at home; girls rally, but lose in OT

Two games, in two separate venues on the same bone-chilling Tuesday night, each of them Laker clashes on the basketball court between Skaneateles and Cazenovia – and each of them would prove tense, all the way to the end.

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