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Phil Blackwell

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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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Wildcats handle Nottingham, improve to 2-1

WG football shares AA-1 lead with Liverpool

Even with a defeat on its ledger, the West Genesee football team is sitting atop the Class AA-1 division, and events both inside and outside of its control would drastically alter the league race. As to the task at hand, the Wildcats were more than up to it on Friday night, venturing to Nottingham and rolling to a 42-12 victory over the Bulldogs.

Bad start rouses Lakers in win over Central Valley

Early 16-0 deficit vanishes in avalanche of Caz points

A wake-up call arrived for the Cazenovia football team when it made its first road trip of the season. It came in the form of 16 points from Central Valley Academy, who despite its 0-2 record was determined to turn Friday night's lightly-regarded contest into a monumental upset. The Thunder's dreams did not last long, though.

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Bees ease to 3-0 mark, handle Fowler 49-6

36-point first half helps B'ville stay undefeated

Both its 2-0 start, and the way it got to that point, helped the Baldwinsville football team gain a spot in the first state Class AA rankings of the season, and it might stay there for a while. The Bees improved to 3-0 on the season Friday night, when it breezed past Fowler 49-6 on the turf at Corcoran High School, mostly on the strength of a first half where it scored 36 unanswered points.

Caz boys soccer blanks Westhill, 1-0

White's goal holds up for Lakers, who improve to 7-1

No one doubts anymore whether the Cazenovia boys soccer team can battle for top honors in the OHSL Liberty division – and, perhaps, much more. If any of those doubts remained, they were dashed by Tuesday night’s 1-0 shutout over defending Section III Class B champion Westhill at the Sean Googin Sports Complex.

Skaneateles girls soccer handles Hannibal, Solvay

Lakers bounce back from pair of mid-September losses

Two defeats – one to Cazenovia, the other in the finals of the Lewiston-Porter Tournament – had slowed the early-season momentum of the Skaneateles girls soccer team.

Caz girls volleyball hands Homer first defeat

Lakers rebound from Tuesday defeat to Westhill

A valuable lesson that the Cazenovia girls volleyball team learned, through last week’s action, was that it helped to get off to a good start, but that finishing things off is a lot sweeter.

Skaneateles football falls to Westhill, 35-6

Goal-line stand turns close contest in Warriors' favor

With four chances to get the single yard that would deliver an early lead in Thursday night's game at Westhill, the Skaneateles football team kept pushing for it - and kept getting denied. It was that defensive stand that would eventually cripple the Lakers while, at the same time, send the Warriors soaring to its third straight win as it defeated Skaneateles 35-6.

Warriors handle Skaneateles, improve to 3-0

Goal-line stand, four Jamison TD's pace Westhill

Four plays in the shadow of its own goal line got the Westhill football team rolling. Four touchdowns by Ja'Shai' Jamison would propel them to a 3-0 mark few could have anticipated when the season got underway.

F-M cross country overwhelms West Genny, C-NS

Girls Hornets beat two state top-10 foes; boys break WG course record

Another week brought another showdown for the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams – only this time, it was the girls taking the spotlight.

J-D swimmers get key win over Oswego

CBA battles hard in defeat to West Genesee

Facing a challenger for Onondaga High School League supremacy, the Jamesville-DeWitt girls team was up to that threat. The Red Rams, piling up points through top-three sweeps in two different events, overcame the individual brilliance of Oswego in Wednesday’s meet, putting together a 100-84 victory over the Buccaneers.

B’ville swimmers handle Mexico, 103-71

Johnson, Staso each win two races for Bees

Improving to 2-2 on the season, the Baldwinsville girls swim team made the trip to Mexico Wednesday night and, with Noelle Staso and Amanda Johnson each winning a pair of races, roared to a 103-71 victory over the Tigers.

West Genny swimmers top CBA, go to 4-0

Wildcats get sprint sweep from Castro, key 1-2 finishes

To this point, the West Genesee girls swim team remains tough to catch. In Wednesday night’s match against Christian Brothers Academy at the Le Moyne College pool, the Wildcats used timely 1-2 finishes and enough individual triumphs to put together a 92-82 victory over the Brothers.

WG cross country runs into F-M machine

J-E splits with Skaneateles; Marcellus falls to J-D

When the first state Class A girls cross country rankings came out, West Genesee was in the no. 5 spot, high praise, even though it knew what just lay ahead.

Cross country Lakers, Bears earn sweeps

Caz rolls past CBA; Chittenango stops Homer, Cortland

At the start of its OHSL Liberty division schedule, the Cazenovia cross country teams both got to face Christian Brothers Academy Wednesday afternoon and earned a sweep of those races at the Sean Googin Sports Complex.

Liverpool, C-NS swimmers notch league wins

Undefeated neighbors, rivals to square off next Thursday

Lacking any kind of stress, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse girls swim teams both earned one-sided victories during Wednesday’s CNY Counties League meets to stay undefeated in advance of next Thursday night’s head-to-head showdown.

Baldwinsville, C-NS hockey to meet at Carrier Dome

Nov. 21 game part of Crunch's Dome Classic weekend

Baldwinsville and Cicero-North Syracuse will have the high honor and distinct privilege of playing the first-ever high school ice hockey game in the Carrier Dome. It was announced Tuesday that the Northstars and Bees will face each other Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. as the kickoff event of the Toyota Frozen Dome Classic that culminates with the Syracuse Crunch's showdown with the Utica Comets the following evening.

Cross country Northstars gain series of wins

C-NS sweeps Central Square, VVS Invitational titles

In a four-day stretch, the Cicero-North Syracuse cross country teams would open their respective CNY Counties League National division schedules and also take a tour through the course that will host the Section III championships at the start of November.

C-NS field hockey wins Rome tournament

Liverpool falls to Camden, roars past ESM

Though it’s gone through a fair share of early-season struggles and played its entire schedule on the road before the new Field Turf at Bragman Stadium is ready, the Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey team is beginning to find some success.

Boys cross country Warriors fall to F-M

Liverpool cannot catch defending state champs

Once the cross country schedule for 2014 came out, everyone pointed to what would take place last Wednesday afternoon at wind-swept Long Branch Park.

Liverpool, C-NS boys soccer to meet on Friday

Warriors take first loss; Northstars tie Utica Proctor 0-0

Though they came into the week in vastly different form, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer teams would each find success as CNY Counties League play got fully underway and the two rivals worked toward this Friday’s meeting at Gillette Field.

Liverpool, C-NS swimmers gain sweep

Warriors stop Syracuse, Skaneateles to stay unbeaten

Both inside and outside the CNY Counties League, the Liverpool girls swim team remained on a roll, improving to 3-0 on the young season.

F-M field hockey rallies past B’ville in OT

Late goals by Bansbach put Hornets into league lead

Autumn chill had arrived in Central New York, just as the Fayetteville-Manlius and East Syracuse-Minoa field hockey teams dealt with important contests in their respective leagues.

Grimes girls rout Cato, hold off Ludden

MPH boys soccer remains undefeated

Even before the middle of September, the Bishop Grimes girls soccer team was making a deep and indelible mark on the rest of the OHSL Patriot division.

Lakers get mid-season rest after shutout of J-E

Skaneateles moves to 5-2; Weiss scored twice

Essentially, the Skaneateles boys soccer regular season consists of two condensed parts, and right now it’s at the end of that first portion.

B’ville field hockey drops classic to F-M

Bees suffer first blemish after blazing to 3-0 start

It took a few games before the Baldwinsville field hockey team tested itself on a turf field, but by that point it had gained all sorts of confidence and momentum from its fast start.

Girls soccer Lakers suffer pair of defeats

Cazenovia, Nardin cool off hot-starting Skaneateles

In a single night, the Skaneateles girls soccer team got the message that, while it had the firepower and determination to reach the top of the OHSL Liberty and Section III Class B ranks, more work still remained to actually get there.

Skaneateles swimmers take pair of defeats

Lakers see top opposition in losses to J-D, Liverpool

From a collective standpoint, the Skaneateles girls swim team may have struggled against a pair of powerful opponents, but it still made plenty of individual impact.

WG boys soccer gains win over Skaneateles

Solvay, J-E find early-season league success

Waiting until the second week of September to get underway, the West Genesee boys soccer team tested itself with three games in a five-day span.

Marcellus girls soccer handles pair of foes

Solvay finishes second at Chittenango Tournament

The Marcellus girls soccer team was just 1-1-1 going into last Monday night’s game at Oswego, but got to unleash its attack in the course of a 5-1 victory over the Buccaneers.

Westhill girls volleyball stops Solvay

West Genny runs into B'ville; Marcellus gains split

A key early-season girls volleyball contest among top OHSL Liberty division contenders – and neighbors – went the way of Westhill, as it went to Solvay last Tuesday night and recorded a four-set victory over the Bearcats.

WG cross country sweeps Auburn, Syracuse West

Wildcats also claim VVS Invitational girls title

With a deep roster on both the girls and boys sides, West Genesee’s cross country teams will again be a force in the 2014 season. Just how dangerous was apparent during last Saturday’s Vernono-Verona-Sherrill Invitational.

Girls soccer Lakers maintain unbeaten mark

Caz gets big win at Skaneateles, 3-2

Putting up big numbers against overmatched foes is one thing. Doing so against someone that could contend for league and sectional honors is quite another.

Caz boys soccer goes 3-0 on road swing

Lakers beat RFA, Solvay, Marcellus in five-day span

Though frustrated with its 2-0 defeat to Skaneateles on Sept. 5, the Cazenovia boys soccer team did not let that disappointment linger too long.

Caz volleyball topples Skaneateles in four sets

Lakers drop five-set thriller to C-NS

Easy wins in its first three matches had the Cazenovia girls volleyball team in a good frame of mind as it traveled east to meet Skaneateles last Wednesday night for its first major test of the fall.

Girls swim Bees go 1-1, beat Auburn

Staso wins 200, 500 free against Maroons, J-D

As the competition gets tougher, the Baldwinsville girls swim team is meeting it head-on, even if it isn’t always reflected in the win column.

B’ville cross country sweeps at VVS Invitational

Bees's wins follow defeats to Liverpool, F-M

It proved an interesting week for the Baldwinsville cross country teams, who learned plenty from facing up against the top teams in the state and then taking a turn on the course that will host the Section III championships later this fall.

Girls Lakers run to third at VVS Invitational

Rowles, an eighth-grader, is third in season debut

Now it was time for serious competition, and the Cazenovia girls cross country team, with a fresh young face named Claire Rowles at the forefront, was ready for it.

Field hockey Lakers smother ESM, 7-0

McLaughlin, Willard, Kent lead latest Laker rout

What was scarier than seeing the Cazenovia field hockey team compile 10 goals in each of its first two Onondaga High School League games this fall (wins over Homer Sept. 3 and Cortland Sept. 5) was giving those same Lakers a chance to rest for a week and further hone its considerable skills.

F-M, CBA soccer sides gather for 'Red Out' games

Third annual fund-raiders benefits American Heart Association

Two years ago, in memory of his daughter, Christian Brothers Academy boys soccer coach Joe Papaleo joined his side with Fayetteville-Manlius for an early-season showcase. Now it's turned into a big event, and the faithful gathered again Saturday night at Swan Pond for the third annual "Red Out" to benefit the American Heart Association.

J-E football slams Cooperstown, improves to 2-0

Ludden falls to 0-2 after tough defeat to Lowville

What the Jordan-Elbridge football team wanted out of its long trip east to play Cooperstown on Saturday afternoon was a bit more comfort than it had claiming its first victory six days earlier in the Carrier Dome. That was accomplished, and then some, by the Eagles, whose attack sprung to life in a big way during a 49-8 victory over the Hawkeyes.

Turnovers help Lakers sink South Jefferson

Caz football moves to 2-0 with solid all-around effort

Though it doesn't always produce the smoothest of efforts, the Cazenovia football team can live with those minor setbacks as long as there's a victory at the final whistle. Such was the case Saturday afternoon at Buckley-Volo Field, where the Lakers, relying on four turnovers that led to well-timed scoring bursts, beat South Jefferson 34-14 to move to 2-0 on the season.

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