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Boys lacrosse Wildcats get past F-M, 10-6

First encounter since sectional sees WG prevail again

The last time they were together, West Genesee's boys lacrosse team was celebrating yet another Section III Class A championship on the Carrier Dome turf while, on that same field, Fayetteville-Manlius dealt with the heartbreak of yet another opportunity that slipped away.

Westhill baseball claims opener over Marcellus

Walsh strikes out 13 in six innings of 2014 debut

With a Section III Class B championship that it badly wants to reclaim, the Westhill baseball team got started on another spring of high expectations. At the heart of those expectations is pitching ace Sam Walsh, who proved quite impressive in Wednesday afternoon's season opener against Marcellus, throwing six innings and only allowing one hit in a 5-2 victory over the Mustangs.

Girls lacrosse Lakers tear through Marcellus

Skaneateles dominates, 18-8, in sectional finals rematch

Just by the numbers, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team began its 2014 season Tuesday night by hammering Marcellus 18-8 in the first meeting between the rivals since last May's Section III Class C final at the Carrier Dome.

Girls lacrosse Bees drop opener to West Genny

B'ville looking to defend sectional Class A title won in 2013

Not since the 2001 season has the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team entered a new spring as a defending champion, which was challenging enough. But the combination of a brutal early schedule and injuries at key positions has added more adversity that head coach Doug Rowe and his players must overcome if it wants to go to the top again.

WG girls lacrosse routs B'ville in season opener

Senior-heavy Wildcats determined to regain Class A crown

May 24, 2013 remains a vivid memory for the West Genesee girls lacrosse team, and because of what took place that day, anything short of a championship this season will prove a major disappointment.

C-NS grad Mattice wins NCAA Division II basketball title

Bentley (Mass.) completes perfect season with national championship

Much of the attention among former Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball standouts has gone to Breanna Stewart as she tries to lead Connecticut to back-to-back NCAA Division I titles, along with an undefeated season. But there’s another former Northstar who has just put a national championship – done with a team that went undefeated - on her career ledger.

C-NS boys lacrosse rolls to 2-0 start

Northstars consistent in romps over Binghamton, U-E

Starting on Tuesday night, when Fayetteville-Manlius pays a visit to Bragman Stadium, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team will get a good idea of where it stands.

CBA girls lacrosse blanks Whitesboro

ESM handles Fulton; J-D drops opener to Marcellus

Marisa Romeo is at Harvard, Taylor Poplawski is making big contributions at Syracuse and others, like Alyssa Pitonzo, Olivia Pitonzo, Rachel Perla and Maddie Calkins, have left the scene after leading Christian Brothers Academy’s girls lacrosse team to state championships two of the last three years.

B’ville boys lacrosse hammers Skaneateles

Bees driven by playoff defeat to West Genesee a season ago

For 10 long months, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team has waited, with a lot of eagerness, to get back on the field. Just how eager was evident when the Bees ventured to Hyatt Stadium Saturday and took apart long-time Class C power Skaneateles, breezing to a 14-6 victory in the opening round of the Finger Lakes Shoot-Out.

Boys lacrosse Lakers humbled by Baldwinsville

Skaneateles has many new faces in 2014 lineup

Year after year, the Skaneateles boys lacrosse program has turned out strong talent that has found success at the college level – with Kevin Rice a prime example as he netted four goals, including the game-winner, in Syracuse’s 11-10 win over Notre Dame last Saturday at the Carrier Dome.

Boys lacrosse Mustangs give new coach first win

Cizenski leads Marcellus, who rallies past Auburn 11-10

With all of the questions off the field addressed and an exciting young coach at the helm, the Marcellus boys lacrosse team could turn its attention back to the game itself.

Westhill, Marcellus girls lacrosse gain early wins

Warriors back on field shortly after Reed Derenbacker tragedy

If any group of people could fully grasp the concept of moving ahead through tragedy, it was the Westhill girls lacrosse team.

Girls lacrosse Lakers, Bears get opening wins

Caz routs Central Square; Chittenango stops New Hartford

In the small window of opportune weather that the early part of the last weekend of March afforded, Cazenovia and Chittenango’s girls lacrosse teams both got underway – and both would win.

West Genny boys lacrosse drop opener in OT

Penfield rallies late in state semifinals rematch

With its trademark brand of stifling, man-to-man defense, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team kept host Penfield off the scoreboard for most of Saturday afternoon's season opener - and still lost.

Caz boys lacrosse handles CBA in opener

Lakers commence defense of state Class C title

No Connor Cannizzaro or Ryan Cook, no Brad Nardella or Joe Colligan - and at least for the moment, still no problem for the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team as the pursuit of another state Class C championship is underway.

J-D announces spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse opens Friday at Chittenango

Jamesville-DeWitt High School’s 2014 spring sports season includes boys lacrosse and softball teams coming off trips to the state championship game, eager to try and get there again. Here is the varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Bishop Grimes releases spring sports schedule

Baseball Cobras set to defend OHSL Patriot title

Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

West Genesee announces spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse starts sectional title defense at Fairport

West Genesee High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Westhill announces spring sports schedule

Baseball Warriors look to reclaim sectional Class B honors

Westhill High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Solvay releases spring sports schedule

Softball Bearcats defends sectional Class B championship

Solvay High School’s softball team is defending its Section III Class B championship with most of its lineup back from 2013, hoping to open (weather and field conditions permitting) April 1 against West Genesee. Here is the 2014 spring sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Warriors reach perfection, win first state Federation title

Westhill basketball romps to 27-0 mark in 2013-14

Perfection, in sports or any other endeavor, is rarely attained, but the Westhill boys basketball team has pulled it off. Twenty-seven times in the 2013-14 season, the Warriors took the court, and it won every single time, capped by Sunday's 65-46 victory over Regis in Sunday's state Class B Federation championship game at Albany's Times Union Center.

Marcellus announces spring sports schedule

Lacrosse Mustangs open next week, boys go to Finger Lakes Face-Off

Marcellus High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Jordan-Elbridge releases spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse Eagles open at home against MPH March 28

Jordan-Elbridge High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Bishop Ludden releases spring sports schedule

Baseball opens against ESM April 1, weather permitting

Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

F-M announces spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse Hornets open March 29 against Watertown IHC

Fayetteville-Manlius High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

ESM releases spring sports schedule

Lacrosse teams have openers with Tully March 25

East Syracuse-Minoa High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

CBA releases spring sports schedule

Girls lacrosse go for third state title in four years

Christian Brothers Academy will see its girls lacrosse team, winners of state titles two of the last three years, open its 2014 season March 26 against Whitesboro at Alibrandi Stadium. Here is CBA’s varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

C-NS announces spring sports schedule

Northstars defend state softball title, host state track meet in June

Cicero-North Syracuse will see its softball team defend its state Class AA championship and, at the end of the spring season, host the state track and field championships on June 6 and 7, just before a new turf and track are installed at the Bragman Stadium complex. Here is the 2014 spring sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Liverpool announces spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse Warriors open April 1 at West Genesee

Liverpool High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Why I still do this

State finals remind writer of joys inherent in covering sports

So you want to know - after all these years spent jotting illegible things down in notebooks, doing hundreds of interviews, writing thousands of stories, covering untold numbers of contests both mundane and meaningful, and then hammering it out in front of an inanimate computer screen, why keep doing it?

Baldwinsville announces spring sports schedule

Baseball Bees out to defend state Class AA title

After winning its first-ever state Class AA championship, Baldwinsville’s baseball team hopes the snow clears out in time for its March 31 opener against Fayetteville-Manlius. Here is the full B’ville varsity 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Skaneateles announces spring sports schedule

Girls lacrosse Lakers look for return to state finals

After going to the state Class C championship game a year ago, the Skaneateles girls lacrosse team sets out to win it all in 2014, with the opener set for April 1 against Marcellus, the team it beat in 2013 for the Section III Class C title. Here is the full varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Cazenovia announces spring sports schedule

Boys lacrosse Lakers open March 28 at CBA

After winning its second state Class C championship in three years, Cazenovia’s boys lacrosse team begins its title defense March 28 with a high-profile opener against another top contender, CBA, at Alibrandi Stadium. Here is the full 2014 spring sports varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.

Chittenango releases spring sports schedule

Lacrosse teams open against Homer March 25-26

Chittenango High School’s 2014 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Westhill wins state Class B basketball championship

Historic first half by Roland leads to rout of Olean

Every Westhill boys basketball player, along with their coaches and fans, dreams of winning a state championship. Yet none of them, in their wildest imaginations, could have conceived just how the Warriors reached the summit for the third time in the program's history.

Westhill boys advance to state Class B final

Warriors rely on Reynolds, Roland, beat Ogdensburg Free Academy

A third state Class B championship for the Westhill boys basketball team is just one victory away. Again, the result didn't come easily, but the Warriors, fueled by the junior tandem of Tyler Reynolds and Jordan Roland, got away in the final two minutes to beat Ogdensburg Free Academy 74-67 in Friday night's state semifinal at Glens Falls Civic Center.

A committee’s thankless task

Group that decides NCAA Tournament field deserves some love, right?

This Sunday night, just after 6 p.m., anyone who cares about college basketball will see the only bracket that matters. Ron Wellman, athletic director at Wake Forest, and the rest of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee will unveil the 68 teams for our annual Dance – who they are, where they are going, when they’ll be playing.

Ludden boys topped in regional by Scotia-Glenville

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.

Boys hoops Warriors make return to state final four

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.

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Ludden handles Massena in regional opener

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.

Chittenango’s Smith part of state bowling champs

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.

Flask helps Section III win state bowling tourney

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.

Indoor track athletes finish well at state meet

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.

C-NS’s Barber wrestles at state championships

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.

Leff comes within inches of state indoor 1,500 title

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.

Honis finishes third at state wrestling meet

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.

Indoor track athletes finish strong at state meet

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.

B’ville wrestlers have big moments at state meet

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.

Girls indoor track Bees do well at state meet

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.

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Northstars fall in AA boys sectional thriller

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.

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