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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.

Girls Bees get road win at Central Square

Last-minute surge helps B'ville prevail 48-44

A season that was already feeling quite special for the Baldwinsville girls basketball team passed another major hurdle. When the 9-1 Bees visited 8-2 Central Square Tuesday night, it blew a seven-point fourth-quarter lead, only to recover in the final minute to push past the Redhawks 48-44 and reach double digits in the win column.

C-NS boys swimmers go 1-1, beat Syracuse

Northstars sweep relays in loss to Oswego

During the first full week of 2015, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys swim team competed twice, splitting those meets, but getting plenty of fine efforts in individual races and relays along the way.

Indoor track Lakers strike again at Colgate

Caz boys, girls beat fields at CSC-Independent meet

Even when not picking up points, the Cazenovia indoor track and field teams still find a way to outclass the fields in front of them. The Lakers did so again last Friday night, earning a full share of victories and high finishes, both on the boys and girls sides, running against other Independent teams during the Center State Conference and Independent Championships at Colgate University’s Sanford Field House.

Girls hoops Northstars roar past Liverpool

C-NS also gets wins over Central Square, West Genesee

With the preliminaries, and most of its tournament schedule, now behind them, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team was set to accept all the challengers from the CNY Counties League. And that included Liverpool, who hosted the Northstars last Saturday in the makeup of their snowed-out Dec. 10 game and could not keep up with the depth that C-NS displayed during a 68-29 victory.

C-NS wrestlers fall to West Genesee

Liverpool finishes second to Cortland at Central Square Duals

Liverpool’s wrestling team was all set for a showdown last Wednesday night against Baldwinsville, only to have the winter weather get in the way and force a postponement. A day later, Cicero-North Syracuse’s meet with West Genesee did get made up, and struggles in the middle and upper weight classes doomed the Northstars in a 43-35 defeat to the Wildcats.

Boys hoops Warriors, Northstars to meet in Zebra Classic

Liverpool falls to Nottingham; C-NS splits pair of games

Yet another chapter in the rivalry between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse will unfold this Sunday as part of the annual Zebra Classic at SRC Arena. Before then, though, the Warriors and Northstars had plenty of basketball to deal with, including Liverpool having its rematch with Nottingham last Friday and C-NS finally breaking its month-long victory drought.

B’ville wrestlers win Cazenovia Invitational

Sutphen, Bowen claim victories; Ross, Petrelli finish second

Though the Baldwinsville wrestling team saw bad weather postpone last Wednesday night’s showdown with Liverpool, it did end the week on a high note. The Bees emerged victorious from Saturday’s Cazenovia Invitational at Buckley Gym, piling up 194 points to beat out Mexico (158.5 points), the host Cazenovia Lakers (156 points) and everyone else in the 17-team field.

Skaneateles wrestlers beat ITC, 60-18

Newton, Greenfield, McIntyre each earn pins

After battling to a second-place finish in the Port Byron Invitational on Jan. 3, the Skaneateles wrestling team continued to do well in its return to OHSL Liberty division action. The Lakers faced Syracuse’s Institute of Technology Central Friday night, and with a full lineup on hand, it rolled to a 60-18 victory over the Eagles.

Warriors, Gaelic Knights both roar to league wins

Westhill tames Skaneateles; Ludden awaits CBA in Zebra Classic

A single defeat to Roman Catholic (Pennsylvania) in the Stop DWI Tournament on Dec. 28 did not keep the Westhill boys basketball team from falling out of the top spot in the state Class B rankings.

Wildcats, Mustangs earn boys hoops victories

WG beats C-NS; Marcellus defeats Fowler

Now it was time for the West Genesee boys basketball team to reenter the CNY Counties League fray, and it did so Friday at Cicero-North Syracuse, who had gone a month without a victory before topping Central Square earlier in the week.

Wrestling Lakers third at own invitational meet

Chittennago fourth behind Caz, Mexico, B'ville

The centerpiece of the Cazenovia wrestling team’s regular season was its annual invitational tournament, held Saturday at Buckley Gym against a strong field that included the Lakers’ close neighbors from Chittenango.

Caz basketball teams return to action

Girls Lakers rout Solvay; boys go 1-1 on back-to-back nights

Finally back on the court after long rest periods during the holiday break, each of Cazenovia’s basketball teams had wildly varying reactions to their return to action in 2015.

Caz hockey rebounds, handles Whitesboro

Lakers still second to New Hartford in league standings

Though at times the Cazenovia ice hockey team runs into a concrete ceiling, at least that ceiling is a high one, requiring a good opponent to take them out.

Boys Bees roughed up by Liverpool, Henninger

B'ville looking for wins amid tough schedule stretch

Perhaps the Baldwinsville boys basketball team could curse Mother Nature for slowing up possible momentum going into 2015. The Jan. 3 cancellation of a game against Horseheads at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall prevented the Bees from a valuable tune-up for last Tuesday’s neighborhood clash with Liverpool.

Skaneateles boys overwhelmed by Westhill

Lakers unable to keep up with defending state champs

All that the Skaneateles boys basketball team had built up through a 7-2 start would get put to the ultimate test when it visited the reigning state and Federation Class B champions from Westhill on Friday night.

Liverpool hockey routs F-M, 7-1

Warriors, C-NS both have games snowed out

Weather caused all kinds of havoc to high school sports schedules in the first full week of 2015, and hockey teams from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse were not immune.

Liverpool swimmers handle West Genny, B’ville

Warriors stay unbeaten, atop CNYCL standings

When the Liverpool boys swim team routed Watertown 104-73 on Jan. 3, it only marked the beginning of a busy stretch where it would compete in three meets in a six-day span.

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