Brothers exploit power plays, get semifinal with Auburn
So the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team headed on the road for the entirety of the Section III Division II playoffs, not considered as a favorite, but still respected as a squad that, at its best, could provide a real danger to favored home sides. Stop if this sounds familiar.
F-M wins twice; CBA/J-D places fifth among Division I teams
Fayetteville-Manlius wrestler Pat Quinlan did not have to possess a long memory to carry plenty of motivation into Saturday’s Section III Division I championships at SRC Arena. All Quinlan had to do was look back one week, to a stunning 10-9 defeat to CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt’s Matt Lauro, in the Class AA 132-pound final.
Skaneateles pounds Clinton, 58-31, in Class B sectionals
A massive challenge greets the Skaneateles girls basketball team as it will try to upend defending champion Utica-Notre Dame in Tuesday night’s Section III Class B quarterfinal.
Janes hurt; Gray gets sixth-place finish at 182 pounds
All concerns about how the Skaneateles wrestling team would fare during Saturday’s Section III Division II championship meet at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena became trivial during the quarterfinal round.
WG takes out Mohawk Valley, meets IHC in semifinals
Patience – along with a stifling defense – always helps when faced with post-season nerves, as the West Genesee ice hockey team was glad to find out.
Marcellus stopped by SAS, who faces Warriors in next round
Even though it was a perfect 18-0 and atop the state rankings, the Westhill boys basketball team did not get a respite or a first-round bye for the Section III Class B playoffs.
WG star breaks pool mark in 200 free, also wins 500 free
No one welcomed the change in the Section III Class A boys swimming championship schedule mor than West Genesee’s Collin Zapisek. Originally, they were going to have the meet last Friday at Liverpool, but heavy winter snow forced a postponement, and logistics caused a venue change – to the Wildcats’ home pool.
Wildcats beat RFA, to face C-NS in quarterfinals
Now the West Genesee boys basketball team found itself in the same spot as a season ago, with a spot in the Section III Class AA quarterfinals and a chance to go even further.
Badwan, Elias get third-place finishes in Division I for Wildcats
Though the West Genesee and Marcellus wrestling teams had multiple podium finishes during Saturday’s Section III championship meets at SRC Arena, none of them got to the finals.
Caz shuts out South Jefferson in first quarter of 61-24 romp
One quarter of basketball is not enough time to decide many contests, particularly in the post-season, but that’s exactly what happened when Cazenovia’s boys hosted South Jefferson in Saturday night’s opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs at Buckley Gym.
Caz heavyweight falls in OT final to Oneida's Havener
Nearly half a century after the Cazenovia wrestling team produced a Section III champion, Brad Lucas was dead-set on ending that long drought – and came within inches of pulling it off.
Lakers fall victim to unbeaten Spartans' late rally
The task facing Cazenovia’s girls basketball team in Saturday’s opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs was a mighty one – try and knock off unbeaten South Jefferson. And the no. 15 seed Lakers came within an eyelash of pulling it off, leading most of the contest before a furious late comeback by the no. 2 seed Spartans produced a painful 49-48 defeat.
Clarke sets state standard in 100 breaststroke
While the Liverpool boys swim team was quite satisfied with earning the Section III Class A championship Saturday at West Genesee High School, it has so much more in mind. From Garrett Clarke to Nick Burdo to diver Dan Roche and a pair of terrific relay teams, the Warriors are dead-set on earning medals when the state meet takes place Feb. 28-March 1 at Webster Aquatic Center, near Rochester.
Paul claims third sectional title; McArdell, Sutphen win too
Kevin Paul, Chad McArdell, Gunnar Sutphen and the rest of the Baldwinsville wrestling team made sure that no small margin was required for a second consecutive Section III Division I team title Saturday at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena.
Spartans rally from two sets down, beat Oneida in Class A final
A 27-year wait for the East Syracuse-Minoa girls volleyball team to earn a Section III championship ended in the most exciting way possible. The top-seeded Spartans, trailing by two sets to no. 2 seed Oneida in Saturday's Class A final at Chittenango High School, made it all the way back, relying on Rachel Aird's power and Samantha Lobello's deft passes to topple the Indians in five sets and win the sectional title.
Ludden turns to Hayes, Rauch to eliminate Hannibal
Anna Ross may not have minded it had the Westhill girls basketball team needed to wait to face Marcellus in the opening round of the Section III Class B playoffs, the way so many others had to after heavy winter snows forced a rash of postponements.
Warriors stop Oswego, earn shot at top seed F-M
Right at the moment when it mattered most, the Liverpool boys basketball team found the form that made them so feared early this season. As a result, the no. 9 seed Warriors eliminated no. 8 seed Oswego, 61-48, in Friday night's opening round of the Section III Class AA playoffs and earned a shot at top seed Fayetteville-Manlius in Tuesday night's quarterfinal round.
Lakers shake off late-season struggles with sectional win
Maybe that three-game losing streak the Skaneateles boys basketball team went through at the end of the regular season meant nothing at all. For when the Section III Class B playoffs got underway Friday night, the no. 11 seed Lakers were reborn, as it went to no. 6 seed Phoenix and, by playing well down the stretch, pushed past the Firebirds 53-49.
B'ville overcomes shaky start, meets Proctor in AA quarterfinals
Tim Solomon's five years of hard work, ups and downs, breakthroughs and setbacks in bringing the Baldwinsville boys basketball program into prominence has led to a long-awaited appearance in this winter's Section III Class AA playoffs - and the Bees were not about to waste that newfound opportunity.
Fanizzi sweep of long jump, triple jump leads Northstars
For the most part, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls indoor track and field team lagged behind rival Liverpool whenever the two met up during the winter. However, in Thursday night’s CNY Counties League National division championships at SRC Arena, the Northstars made its way to second place, with 110 points, as the Warriors finished third with 75 points, each of them trailing Fayetteville-Manlius, who won again with 150 points.
IHC, with Trudeau hat trick, stops Liverpool 4-2
Having accomplished so much in this turnaround 2013-14 season, the Liverpool ice hockey team wanted, more than anything, to keep the story going beyond the opening round of the Section III Division I playoffs.
Martin, Red Rams avenge sectional defeat to Westhill/Ludden
As the Fayettevile-Manlius girls indoor track and field team rolled to another first-place finish in a big post-season meet, Jamesville-DeWitt would join them. The Red Rams, edged out for the Section III Class A title by Westhill/Bishop Ludden a week earlier, would go to the front in Thursday’s Onondaga High School League Division 1 meet at SRC Arena, with 102 points to the Warriors’ 89.5 points. East Syracuse-Minoa, with 43 points, finished fourth.
B'ville to meet top seed West Genny in sectionals
Not even a 13-5 regular-season mark could fully protect the Baldwinsville girls basketball team once the Section III Class AA playoffs got underway. The Bees were handed a no. 9 seed, and forced to go on the road to face no. 8 seed Liverpool in Thursday night’s opening round. But B’ville handled the strange situation quite well, prevailing again in this neighborhood rivalry as it defeated the Warriors 48-39.
Boys Bees fourth, girls fifth in CNYCL National standings
Each of Baldwinsville’s indoor track and teams would have modest showings in last week’s pair of CNY Counties League National division championship meets. First, in the CNYCL National boys meet Wednesday night at SRC Arena, B’ville picked up 56 points and finished fourth in the six-team field as Liverpool (135 points) edged out Fayetteville-Manlius (129 points) for first place.
Girls Lakers second, boys third with series of wins
Each of the Skaneateles indoor track and field teams would emerge from the Onondaga High School League Division 2 championship meets at SRC Arena with strong finishes.
West Genny fourth in CNYCL National meet; Garn wins twice
Already with the Section III Class B title in its possession, the Westhill/Bishop Ludden girls indoor track and field team wanted to add an Onondaga High School League championship, too.
Lakers shut out by Auburn, 4-0, as season ends
Though the Cazenovia ice hockey team did do enough to make an appearance in the Section III Division II playoffs, it did not stay there for long. The Lakers, as the fourth-place finisher in Division II’s National Conference, had to face American division regular-season champion Auburn in Thursday night’s opening round, and could not get on the board in a 4-0 defeat to the Maroons at Casey Park.
Caz routs Skaneateles, eight others with 153.5 points
With one chance to earn a championship together, the Cazenovia girls indoor track and field team was in no mood to stop its winning ways. So the Lakers went back to Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena Thursday night and, with 153.5 points, roared to the Division 2 championship of the Onondaga High School League, nearly double what runner-up Skaneateles (83.5 points) could manage. Hannibal, with 44 points, was far back in third place.
Lawes, Christensen, Vanmarter help Warriors edge F-M
Though the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team was unable to unseat Fayetteville-Manlius for the Section III Class AA championship, it did earn league honors a week later.
Hornets edged by Liverpool; Red Rams just behind Solvay
With Section III championships already secured, the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt boys indoor track and field teams wanted to follow up with league titles a week later. But neither the Hornets nor Red Rams could quite pull it off, finishing second in their respective divisions Wednesday in those league meets at SRC Arena.
Whittico, Gugel, Cometti among top individual performers
When 22 Onondaga High School League indoor track and field teams were split in two for Wednesday night’s league championship meet at SRC Arena, Jordan-Elbridge went to Division 2 and Solvay to Division 1 – and both went to the top of the standings by the time the meet was done.
Bulldogs use inside power to stop Northstars 56-44
Half a decade has passed since the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team entered the Section III Class AA playoffs as anything other than an overwhelming favorite. Yet that is the Northstars' predicament as it pursues a sixth straight sectional title, directly resulting from Tuesday night's 56-44 defeat to Nottingham in Tuesday night's regular-season finale.
Chittenango star wins by one pin over Fulton's Ely
By the tiniest margin possible, Chittenango girls bowler Casey Smith took the top prize in Section III’s biggest individual tournament of the winter. Smith outlasted Fulton’s Kate Ely and 13 other top bowlers during last Friday’s Section III Shoot-Out at King Pin Lanes in Rome, and as it turned out, every single shot counted.
Baldwnisville denies Northstars sectional title by one point
When they went to last Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Baldwinsville, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling teams had various motivations.
Liverpool stops Central Square, goes to sectionals 10-8
Playing three times in the last week of the regular season, the Liverpool girls basketball team claimed one victory – but it was enough to assure a winning record for 2013-14. That win came last Friday night, when the Warriors defeated Central Square 47-29 in a game that was important for both sides.
Warriors to face Watertown IHC in sectional tournament
Regardless of what takes place in the Section III Division I playoffs, the Liverpool ice hockey team has taken giant steps toward joining the elite. Still, the Warriors’ regular-season finale, against Mohawk Valley last Friday night, provided a bit of a wake-up call as it took a 5-2 defeat to the Raiders to end up at 12-7-1 going into the sectional tournament.
CBA/J-D fourth, F-M fifth as both sides earn wins
As it worked out, the combined CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestling team would join Fayetteville-Manlius as they ventured to Baldwinsville for Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet.
Cobras sweep Gaelic Knights behind 15 from Hoag, Vaught
With its eight-game win streak snapped by Westhill on Feb. 1, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team badly wanted to restore the level of confidence that created the win streak in the first place.
Five-set battle with New Hartford keeps top seed alive
Even with a top seed and plenty of rest, the East Syracuse-Minoa girls volleyball team nearly didn’t make it out of its opening match of the Section III Class A winter tournament.
Bees edge C-NS by one point; Paul, Sutphen, Nasoni earn wins
Perhaps competing on home mats helped the Baldwinsville wrestling team just enough to secure a third consecutive Section III Class AA championship. Unlike 2012 and 2013, when it had to go to Cicero-North Syracuse to claim the sectional title, the Bees got to serve as hosts in the refurbished Baker High School gymnasium when nine teams gathered Saturday for the 2014 edition of the AA tournament.
Wins over C-NS, F-M build up playoff momentum
True, it took a three-game win streak at the end of the regular season, but the Baldwinsville ice hockey team made it back to the .500 mark and, by doing so, gave itself a lot of momentum heading into the Section III Division I playoffs that start late this week.
Bees rebound after tough road loss at F-M
Many different parts of the Baldwinsville girls basketball team’s narrative, from a winning record to securing a Section III Class AA playoff berth early, were in the books.
Lakers rout APW before pair of late-week losses
After a winter full of ups and downs, the Skaneateles boys basketball team wanted to be sure that it would at least get a taste of the Section III Class B playoffs.
Lakers qualify at least five for overall sectional meet
Already the owners of a school record for wins in a season, the Skaneateles wrestling team would find out how that success translated into results when it went north, to General Brown High School in Dexter, for Saturday’s Section III Class C championship meet.
Wildcats beat F-M, IHC; Syracuse hits late skid
With its undefeated regular-season mark and its seventh league title in the books, the West Genesee ice hockey team could now turn its full attention to getting the prizes it really wants.
Warriors still atop state Class B poll, now only Section III unbeaten
Moving away from their Feb. 1 showdown, the Westhill boys basketball team, who won, and Bishop Ludden, who lost, both smashed their ensuing opponents.
West Genny's Heggelke gets Class AA 126-pound crown
Tough competition everywhere would await the Marcellus wrestling team as it traveled to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill for Saturday’s Section III Class B championships. But Zach Ruggles was up to it, as his victory in the 120-pound division, combined with a near-victory for Ben Hood at 113 pounds, gave Mustangs fans plenty to smile about, even though it only finished ninth in a 12-team field.
Loss to Phoenix precedes routs of J-E, Hannibal
What the Cazenovia boys basketball team could not have realized, in the wake of last Tuesday's 52-44 defeat to Institute of Technology Central, was that those struggles would linger to the start of its busy stretch of closing games.
Caz wrestlers finish fifth; Chittenango ninth in Class B
Now it was time for the Cazenovia and Chittenango wrestling teams to pursue Section III titles, and they would do so in two separate venues. For the Lakers, it meant traveling to General Brown, in Dexter, for Saturday's Class C sectional meet, and with Brad Lucas going to the top spot at 285 pounds, Cazenovia rose to fifth place in the 13-team field.
Boys Bears take defeats to Oneida, Mount Markham
A strong regular-season performance netted the Chittenango girls volleyball team the no. 6 seed in the 10-team Section III Class A winter playoff bracket, but no post-season victory.