Tartans avenge 2013 defeat, keep Gaelic Knights from state final four return
Though they were in the same round, playing the same opponent in the same Class A regional final, with the same stakes – a trip to the state final four in Glens Falls – on the line, it was not the same satisfying outcome for Bishop Ludden’s boys basketball side.
Westhill survives Norwich, 56-53, in OT regional classic
Less than an inch of space separated the Westhill boys basketball team from having to endure a second overtime in Saturday's Class B regional final against Norwich at Binghamton University's Events Center. But Zan Stewart's possible tying 3-pointer rattled in and out, and the grateful -and relieved - Warriors held on to beat the Purple Tornado 56-53 to earn a return trip to the state final four.
Gaelic Knights earn rematch with Scotia-Glenville Saturday
Bishop Ludden's boys basketball team found its return to the state Class A playoffs to be a smooth one, at least at the outset. The Gaelic Knights put four players in double figures as it handled Massena, 71-50, Wednesday night at Cicero-North Syracuse High School to set up a highly-anticipated regional final against unbeaten, state no. 1-ranked Scotia-Glenville this Saturday at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy.
Bears senior puts together 1,090 series, 210 high game
Chittenango girls bowler Casey Smith is now a state champion. Smith, a junior, earned that honor on Sunday when she joined the Section III All-Star team that won its portion of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament at Babylon Lanes on Long Island.
B'ville star ties for high tournament game with 268
Baldwinsville girls bowler Britni Flask can now call herself a state champion. Flask, a senior, earned that honor Sunday when she joined the Section III All-Star team that won its portion of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament at Babylon Lanes on Long Island.
Liverpool, C-NS each notch top-five efforts at Cornell
Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse sent a large contingent of top athletes to last Saturday’s state championship meet at Cornell University’s Barton Hall, and emerged from the meet with plenty of top-10 finishes, including one second-place effort.
Northstars junior goes 1-2 at 106 pounds in first appearance
Cicero-North Syracuse wrestler Joe Barber would represent Section III in a tough Division I 106-pound bracket during last weekend’s state championship meet at Albany’s Times Union Center, ending up with a 1-2 record.
Westhill/Ludden's Coolican as part of relay team
Eight-hundredths of a second is not a long time. And it’s all that stood between West Genesee senior Laura Leff and the 1,500-meter state indoor track and field championship last Saturday at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.
F-M's Quinlan, Broddus just miss reaching awards podium
From an injury one season ago that prevented an all-out pursuit for the biggest prize of the winter, CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestler Ben Honis made quite an impression in his return to the state championship meet last weekend at Albany’s Times Union Center.
F-M's Avery, Millar each third in distance races
A string of top-10 finishes, including one runner-up effort, highlighted the work of the area’stop indoor track and field athletes during Saturday’s state championship meet at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.
Quartet each wins one bout; Paul, McArdell rally with pins
A full decade after Shawn Farnham gave the Baldwinsville wrestling program its last state championship, four seniors – Kevin Paul, Chad McArdell, Gunnar Sutphen and Joe Nasoni – would try to add to that total at Albany’s Times Union Center.
B'ville 4x400 relay team records top-five finish
Baldwinsville’s girls indoor track and field team had options of several different events to compete in when they went to Cornell University’s Barton Hall for Saturday’s state championship meet.
Utica Proctor rallies late, edges C-NS 83-79
No one would end up losing Saturday night's wild, thrilling Section III Class AA boys basketball championship game at the Carrier Dome. One team would just have more points at the end. Cicero-North Syracuse badly wanted to be that team, but a key departure at an ill-timed moment turned things in Utica Proctor's favor, and the Raiders rallied to beat the Northstars 83-79 to earn the sectional title.
Hot shooting of Hawk, Hackett spark conquest of J-D
Seeing a 3-point shot fall early in the game is nice. Seeing a flurry of them go through the net can prove quite disheartening to an opponent - especially when the guys taking the shots are not known for outside proficiency. That's what the Bishop Ludden boys basketball team did to Jamesville-DeWitt in Saturday's Section III Class A final at the Carrier Dome, Kyle Hawk and Ben Hackett unleashing an outside barrage that no one anticipated and riding it all the way to an impressive 76-49 victory over Jamesville-DeWitt for its third consecutive sectional championship.
Westhill fights past Utica-Notre Dame 63-60 in Class B final
Jordan Roland got the Westhill boys basketball team started in Saturday's Section III Class B final against Utica-Notre Dame at the Carrier Dome, so it only figured that he would finish the work, too. Roland managed 31 points in yet another star turn to help the undefeated, state no. 1-ranked Warriors hold off the Jugglers 63-60 and repeat as sectional champions.
Stifling defense helps Northstars turn back West Genny
Big names or small, veterans or younger players, the one constant throughout the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team's long reign as Section III Class AA champions has been an ability, when necessary, to forget everything else and just shut an opponent down.
Utica-Notre Dame defends title, beats Warriors 46-39
What the Westhill girls basketball team lacked, in terms of its ability to convert shots, it made up for with an all-out effort that nearly brought down Utica-Notre Dame in Friday night's Section III Class B final at the Carrier Dome. But that effort did not prove enough as the Jugglers, led by Emily Durr and Jaclyn Hajec, overcame the Warriors’ gritty performance to prevail by a score of 46-39 and repeat as sectional champions.
Ross, Peebles star late to set up Dome clash with Utica-Notre Dame
Though it was, at times, stressful to watch for players, coaches and fans alike, the Westhill girls basketball team has earned the right to play for a Section III Class B championship. Better yet, the Warriors get an opportunity for payback, because waiting for them Friday night at the Carrier Dome is Utica-Notre Dame, the defending champions, who ousted Westhill 60-40 in last year's sectional quarterfinals on its way to the title.
Williams, Evans lead Northstars past Hornets, 69-63
Connor Evans and Ronnie Williams may not have started with the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team, but the fact that they are there now is a big reason why the Northstars are making its way to the Carrier Dome to play for the Section III Class AA championship.
West Genny again denies RFA with championship at stake
Make that seven consecutive Section III Division I championships for the West Genesee ice hockey team, and four consecutive titles won at the expense of Rome Free Academy. The Wildcats' latest conquest of the Black Knights, a 3-1 victory in Saturday's sectional final at Utica Memorial Auditorium, included a crucial second-period scoring outburst and a defense that, once again, protected a lead once it was attained.
Third-period rally pushes Auburn past Skaneateles, 2-1
In a span of less than six minutes, what looked like the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team's first Section III Division II championship in six years was undone - and by its biggest rival, no less.
Daily helps Roland as Warriors stop ITC, 79-64
Star power, in the form of players like Jordan Roland and Tyler Reynolds, has lifted the Westhill boys basketball team to a perfect 21-0 mark and the top of the state Class B rankings. Yet it was a reserve forward, Brian Daily, that burst into the spotlight Friday night as the Warriors turned back Syracuse's Institute of Technology Central, 79-64, in the Section III Class B semifinal at Onondaga Community College's Allyn Hall.
F-M, CBA/J-D wrestlers join Quinlan, Broddus, Honis in Albany
Pat Quinlan and Tristan Broddus ended the Fayetteville-Manlius wrestling team’s 40-year wait for a Section III title with their victories Feb. 15 in the Division I (large school) sectional tournament at SRC Arena.
B'ville senior is wild card at 220; Ross is alternate at 145
Whatever disappointment Baldwinsville wrestler Joe Nasoni felt upon his defeat in the Section III Division I 220-pound championship match on Feb. 15 at SRC Arena was quickly eased.
Cazenovia senior finished at sectional Division II tournament
Though the Cazenovia wrestling program’s first Section III title in 47 years just eluded the grasp of Cazenovia’s Brad Lucas, his superb season led to one last reward.
Lawes, Okinpelu, Christensen, Buck all prevail for Warriors
All kinds of athletes from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse took starring roles during Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifier at SRC Arena. And with a string of victories, the Warriors and Northstars assured that both would have heavy representation this Saturday for the New York State Public High School Association championship meet at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.
Zesky, Avery, Liebmann, Schug, Brower among winners
Many of the area’s top indoor track and field teams are now practicing hard and gearing up for their trip to Cornell University’s Barton Hall for next Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet.
B'ville girls win two relays; Soeder, Perez reach state meet
All of the top names for the Baldwinsville indoor track and field teams made their way back to SRC Arena for Wednesday’s Section III state qualifying meet. With berths in this Saturday’s state championships at Cornell University’s Barton Hall on the line (two for each individual event), the Bees did not disappoint, winning several events, including two of the girls relays.
Girls 4x200 relay team breaks decade-old school record
Each of the stars on the Skaneateles indoor track and field team found themselves heading back to SRC Arena one more time this winter for last Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifier. Only the top two finishers in each event were guaranteed possible berths in next Saturday’s state meet, which will be held again at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.
Leff second in 1,500 after Millrose Games appearance
The area’s boys and girls indoor track and field stars were gathered once more at SRC Arena last Wednesday, taking part in the Section III state qualifier. Berths in next Saturday’s state meet at Colgate University were at stake, and the top two finishers in any single event earned automatic berths. That would include a host of local athletes, including Marcellus’ Rachel Garn and West Genesee’s Abby Uczen.
Pittman clears 9 feet in pole vault, finishes fourth
After all the team honors it had accumulated, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team was now left to pursue individual glory. So the Lakers went back to Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, where it won the Section III Class B and OHSL Liberty titles, Wednesday night for the Section III state qualifier, aiming to earn spots in next Saturday’s state championship meet at Cornell University.
West Genny to face RFA again in Division I title game
Forget all of the cold, patient, meticulous work that the West Genesee ice hockey team is used to applying to opponents. In Wednesday night's Section III Division I semifinal at Shove Park, the Wildcats went in another direction, jumping all over visiting Watertown IHC in the first period, and that spurt was enough to produce a 3-1 victory over the Cavaliers.
Brothers fall, 3-2, to Auburn on Orlando goal
A close game, a hostile setting, multiple overtimes – yes, the Section III Division II final for the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey carried a very familiar ring to it. Except for the part of winning in the end, that is.
Girls lose at wire to Westhill; boys fall to Sherburne-Earlville
The task for Bishop Grimes’ girls basketball team was a large one – namely, avenge two regular-season defeats to no. 3 seed Westhill in Tuesday night's Class B quarterfinal. And the Cobras nearly pulled it off, rallying twice in the second half and getting a shot at forcing overtime, only to come up just short in a 43-41 defeat to the Warriors.
Last-second shot by Stroman goes off rim in 52-51 defeat
For a split-second, Monte Stroman’s shot hung on the rim, and with it hung the Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball team’s chances of knocking off defending champion Henninger in Tuesday night’s Section III Class AA quarterfinal.
Raiders end Bees' late-season run in 68-55 defeat
This breakthrough of a season for the Baldwinsville boys basketball team would hold true regardless of what took place in Tuesday night’s Section III Class A quarterfinal against long-time power Utica Proctor.
Bees start slow, cannot catch up in 64-34 defeat
An odd seeding turned out to be the primary downfall of the Baldwinsville girls basketball team in its return to the Section III Class AA playoffs. Even with a 13-5 regular-season mark, the Bees only earned the no. 9 seed for the AA tournament, and while it did get past Liverpool 48-39 in the Feb. 13 opening round, it led them to a much larger obstacle in the next round.
Skaneateles to face Auburn, seeks first title since '08
Six years since it last reigned over the Section III Division II ranks, the Skaneateles ice hockey team would have to climb through its hungry neighbor and rival to reclaim the throne.
Skaneateles unable to keep up with Utica-Notre Dame
Toughened up by the competition it had faced all winter long, the Skaneateles girls basketball team sought a landmark victory, but only met with frustration. Utica-Notre Dame, the no. 4 seed and defending champions, dashed the no. 4 seed Lakers’ dreams in a 71-40 defeat during Tuesday night’s Section III Class B quarterfinal.
Lakers unable to solve Utica-Notre Dame defense in 68-32 defeat
With one big road win tucked away in the Section III Class B playoffs, the Skaneateles boys basketball team went after more. The no. 11 seed Lakers, who ousted no. 6 seed Phoenix in the opening round, went to no. 3 seed Utica-Notre Dame for Tuesday’s Class B quarterfinal and, at the least, hoped that it could make the Jugglers sweat a bit while defending its home court.
Wildcats again beaten in quarterfinal round, just like 2013
A season ago, the West Genesee boys basketball team saw a successful campaign end in a defeat in the Section III Class AA quarterfinals against Nottingham. This time around, while the opponent changed, the round, the result – and the disappointment – remained the same as the no. 5 seed Wildcats fell to no. 4 seed Cicero-North Syracuse 68-58 in Tuesday night’s AA quarterfinal.
RFA jumps on Cougars, prevails 3-1 at Kennedy Arena
The Syracuse Cougars ice hockey team wanted to make two trips east this week, but only ended up making one of them. Having advanced in the opening round of the Section III Division I playoffs with its marathon triple-overtime victory over Baldwinsville in the opening round, the Cougars now looked for more magic when it went to Kennedy Arena for Tuesday’s semifinal game against Rome Free Academy.
Lakers give up 31 points in fourth quarter, surrender late lead
With one quarter to play in Tuesday night’s Section III Class B quarterfinal, all seemed to be in place for the Cazenovia boys basketball team to move closer to a shot at top seed and state no. 1-ranked Westhill in the next round.
Girls handle F-M; boys fight past West Genesee
In their own unique ways, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls and boys basketball teams will both head to Onondaga Community College Saturday with clear goals in mind when they enter the Section III Class AA semifinals.
Liverpool second, C-NS fourth in team standings behind B'ville
Despite not earning any individual titles, the Liverpool wrestling team still rose to a second-place finish in Saturday’s Section III Division I championships at SRC Arena. Cicero-North Syracuse also had a strong meet, claiming fourth place behind Baldwinsville, Liverpool and Fulton, but had the area’s lone champion – Joe Barber, who prevailed at 106 pounds.
Potocki, Lacey, Knapp all qualify for state championships
With its roster healthy again, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt boys swim team went right after Liverpool in pursuit of the Section III Class A team championship, and while it did not quite get there, it still accomplished plenty.
CBA handles Nottingham, to face Henninger in AA quarterfinal
In very different manners, and in very different roles, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball teams stepped into the Section III Class AA playoff fray.
Girls hold off General Brown; boys win at Holland Patent
No matter what else goes into post-season success, sometimes it’s just how the draw turns out that can make all the difference. Bishop Grimes knows this on two fronts. The girls Cobras, no. 16 in the state Class B rankings, ended up with a no. 6 seed for its sectional tournament, which provided good news in the short term and more troubling news in the long term.
ESM girls advance; boys Spartans ousted in first round
Now the Jamesville-DeWitt boys basketball team’s quest to regain the Section III Class A crown hits its most important phase. The Red Rams, who finished the regular season 16-2 and riding a 10-game win streak (all of them by double digits), drew the top seed in the Class A bracket, helped in no small part by Carthage, once 17-0, losing to Whitesboro 64-60 in its Feb. 8 regular-season finale.
Trojans fall in first round after stunning Fabius-Pompey
One more day to wait out weather had to pass before the Manlius-Pebble Hill boys basketball team could enter the Section III Class C playoff fray. Given the no. 11 seed in Class C for the sectional tournament, MPH had to go on the road to face no. 6 seed West Canada Valley in Saturday’s opening round. And while the Trojans would fall short in a 58-47 defeat to the Indians, it offered an effort worthy of its special season.