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Phil Blackwell

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Liverpool swimmers win showdown with Watertown

Miller, Burdo, Henry each win two races for Warriors

Though the Liverpool boys swim knew that Watertown possessed some of the best individual talents in all of Central New York, it didn’t prove too bothersome when the two sides squared off on the first Saturday of 2015.

Wrestling Bees take third at Canastota meet

Ross wins at 152 pounds; Bowen second at 195

The dawn of 2015 meant that rest time was over for the Baldwinsville wrestling team, and it was back to the mats –and back to competition, too. And the Bees, who had not wrestled since the Phoenix Round Robin on Dec. 20, did quite well in its first showing of the new year, rising to third place in a 16-team field at Saturday's Fallen Heroes Tournament at Canastota High School.

Boys hockey Lakers prevail at Schneider Tournament

Skaneateles routs Williamsville South, edges Pelham for top honors

When the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team got started last Friday against Williamsville South in the Duke Schneider Memorial Tournament at Allyn Arena, it concluded a two-week holiday hiatus.

Skaneateles wrestlers hit tournament circuit

Lakers finish second at Lewis County, Port Byron meets

On consecutive Saturdays at the end of 2014 and the start of 2015, the Skaneateles wrestling team hit two different tournaments, and stayed in top form.

Girls hockey Lakers go 1-0-1, tie Beekmantown

Skaneateles blanks Plattsburgh 4-0 a day later

Through eight games, the Skaneateles girls ice hockey team still hasn’t lost in regulation. In its return to Austin Park Pavilion last Friday night, the Lakers held three different leads against visiting Beekmantown, but could not hold on to any of them, settling for a 3-3 tie with Eagles.

WG hockey goes 1-1-1, defeats Pittsford

Wildcats are 4-4-2 at midway point of regular season

Back-to-back wins prior to the holiday break had the West Genesee ice hockey team in a better mood, but far from content as it attempted to get back above the .500 mark.

Wrestling Lakers soar through pair of tournaments

Caz goes 7-1 at Central Square, wins Port Byron Invitational

Well-rested following its Dec. 20 sweep of the Groton Duals, the Cazenovia wrestling team put up another strong effort in last week’s Brett Dixon Memorial Duals at Central Square, beating six out of seven opponents over a two-day span to begin a week full of accomplishments.

Caz hockey takes third at holiday tourney

Lakers follow with 7-2 defeat to Hilton at Colgate

Firmly entrenched in second place behind New Hartford in the Division II National Conference, the Cazenovia ice hockey team was finding life outside of league play, and away from the Morrisville State IcePlex, far more difficult and challenging.

Liverpool hockey falls back below .500

Warriors have 1-2 week, only defeat Oswego

Liverpool’s ice hockey team began a week of non-league action that bridged 2014 and 2015 with a .500 mark, hoping at least to stay in that general range by the time it went back to the Division I ranks at the midway point of the regular season.

B’ville hockey goes 1-0-1, ties New Hartford

Bees rise to no. 4 in state Division I rankings

When the Baldwinsville ice hockey team routed Mohawk Valley 8-1 on Dec. 19 at Kennedy Arena, it almost felt bad because it wouldn’t return to action for 10 days.

Walsh saves Cougars in shootout with CBA/J-D

Syracuse hockey avenges earlier defeat to Brother

Sam Walsh is headed to Le Moyne College due to his pitching prowess with the Westhill baseballl team - but for now, he's making his impact between the pipes for ice hockey's Syracuse Cougars. And Walsh was never better than he was late in Friday night's opening round of the Cicero-North Syracuse Optimist Tournament at Cicero Twin Rinks, where several big stops, including five in a tie-breaking shoot-out, allowed the Cougars to get even with CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt.

Caz indoor track pulls off another sweep

Lakers open 2015 with wins at MVITA Partner Relays

Refreshed from a two-week hiatus, the Cazenovia indoor track and field teams roared into 2015 displaying the same winning form it showed at the end of 2014. In the fourth edition of the Mohawk Valley Indoor Track Association Partner Relays Friday at Colgate University's Sanford Field House, the Lakers won both the girls and boys titles by comfortable margins.

Wrestling Warriors go 6-2 in Louisiana

Carnie, Ashkar, Nash each win eight straight bouts

Liverpool’s wrestling team had a unique opportunity during the holiday break, traveling all the way to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to compete in the Deep South Bayou Duals early this week. And the Warriors made quite an impression, prevailing in six of the eight matches against opponents all based in the South.

Girls indoor track sides win big at Jensen meet

F-M girls second, J-D third; Payne, Schug win twice

Fully rested after their Nike Cross Nationals sweep in early December, those same distance runners from Fayetteville-Manlius made their indoor track debuts this winter on New Year's Eve, propelling the Hornets to dual runner-up finishes in the Oscar B. Jensen Holiday Relays - but finding lots of local company, too.

Bees gain top-five finishes at Jensen Relays

B'ville records top efforts in wide variety of events

Baldwinsville's indoor track and field teams spent the early part of New Year's Eve hard at work, competing in the Oscar B. Jensen Relays at SRC Arena and recording top-five team finishes on both the boys and girls sides.

Skaneateles indoor track competes at Jensen Relays

Girls Lakers finish tops among small schools with 23 points

On the last day of 2014, the Skaneateles indoor track and field teams would both return to SRC Arena and get some work in before a new year and the end of the holiday break. They held the Oscar B. Jensen Holiday Relays on New Year's Eve, where the girls Lakers again finished tops among small schools, picking up 23 points to finish seventh. Cicero-North Syracuse, with 50.5 points, took top honors as Fayetteville-Manlius (46 points) finished second.

Indoor track teams battle at Jensen Relays

WG girls finish sixth; Westhill-Ludden, Solvay boys fare well

For those many local indoor track and field athletes that stayed in town during the school break, it was time for work again on the last day of 2014, when teams went back to SRC Arena for the annual Oscar B. Jensen Holiday Relays.

Westhill win streak ends in Binghamton tourney

Warriors rebound with pair of victories for 2-1 mark

If the Westhill boys basketball team was going to get tripped up, the odds were that it would not be anyone from the Section III Class B ranks doing the honors.

F-M boys hoops wins Hilton Invitational

Grimes second at OCC tourney; MPH falls to NY Mills

Tournament week was a busy one as boys basketball teams from Fayetteville-Manlius, Bishop Grimes and Manlius-Pebble Hill had varying results in wildly varying venues.

Boys Lakers win tournament at SRC Arena

Knupp scores 34 points in final against Bishop Grimes

Though it has a small (nine-man) roster, the Skaneateles boys basketball team continues to meet large-scale goals and defy the modest expectations thrown on them when the season got underway.

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Girls Lakers fall victim to Norwich, Westhill rallies

Four-game win streak halted in late-December defeats

The Skaneateles girls basketball team, riding a four-game win streak, saw that the momentum it had built before the holiday break dissipate in a pair of dispiriting defeats.

C-NS girls go 2-1 in Diamond State Classic

Northstars bounce back from opening loss to Ursuline

Though the wins and losses all count in its overall record, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team knew that its trips to various tournaments late in December served a different purpose.

Grimes turns back F-M, stays undefeated

Cobras beat F-M at SRC Arena; ESM goes 1-1

Just before the transition from 2014 to 2015, the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team would head to Onondaga Community College, attempting to protect both its undefeated record and its no. 6 state Class B ranking.

B’ville girls hoops goes 2-1 at Disney Tournament

Pascale leads Bees to near-sweep of tourney division

Both on and off the court, the Baldwinsville girls basketball team was determined to have a memorable time during its holiday trip to the Walt Disney World resort in Florida. The work part involved three games at the Disney Invitational inside the resort’s massive Wide World of Sports complex, broken up by trips to the various Disney theme parks.

Hockey Hornets break into win column

Pokines, Morris leads F-M past Bethlehem, Shaker-Colonie

The Fayetteville-Manlius ice hockey team, still looking for a victory in the 2014-15 season, took part in the annual “Pink the Rink” fund-raiser when it faced Cicero-North Syracuse Dec. 26 at the Onondaga County War Memorial, just prior to the Syracuse Crunch’s game against Albany.

J-D girls go 1-1 in White Plains tournament

Rams routed by state AA champion Ossining, beats Albany

In the curious case of the Jamesville-DeWitt girls basketball team, what cannot be argued is that it has tested itself whenever it has taken the court in the early portion of the 2014-15 season.

C-NS hockey prevails over F-M at War Memorial

Northstars record back-to-back shutouts after slow start

Maybe the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team just needs a big stage to play at its best – or at least that’s what the early-season evidence shows.

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CBA hoops beats J-D in Bottar-Leone Holiday Classic

'Orange Out' salutes CBA student battling leukemia

If such a thing as divine inspiration exists, the Christian Brothers Academy boys basketball team possessed it Monday night as it defeated Jamesville-DeWitt 83-64 in the opening round of the annual Bottar-Leone Holiday Classic on Buddy Wleklinski Court.

C-NS boys hoops fall to Proctor, Corcoran

Northstars find itself in long skid after games at SRC Arena

No one who watched the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team square off with Utica Proctor during the “More Than A Game” Holiday Classic last Saturday at SRC Arena would confuse this match-up with the last time those two teams got together.

B’ville boys basketball slowed up at SRC Arena

Bees routed by Shendendehowa, drop close one to Ithaca

Back-to-back victories – one in the final seconds at West Genesee, the other back home against Cicero-North Syracuse – had the Baldwinsville boys basketball team in a good mood going into (fittingly) Pool B of last weekend's "More Than A Game” Holiday Classic at SRC Arena.

Temara dominates for boys hoops Wildcats

WG beats Corcoran in double OT, falls to Proctor

West Genesee, Marcellus and Solvay’s boys basketball teams would all take their turns on the big stage at SRC Arena as part of the massive “More Than A Game” Holiday Classic that benefited Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital – but none would produce as much as Troy Temara did for the Wildcats during its wild run through Pool C.

Solvay girls beat J-E in tournament final

Marcellus finishes third at Mexico Tournament

During the rush of holiday tournaments, most of the area’s high school girls basketball teams got into the fun, and two would face each other. Solvay met up with face Jordan-Elbridge in Saturday's finals of the Bearcats’ holiday tournament, and with Chelsie Delperuto and Gianna Pennisi leading the way, the Bearcats defeated the Eagles 55-38.

CBA/J-D hockey wins Clinton Tournament

Brothers stop host Warriors, Clarkstown North

Impressive as the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey had proven in Division II play, it seemed to do even better outside of that realm. First, there was the 3-2, come-from-behind victory over Division I contender Syracuse on Dec. 22 at Meachem Rink. Then came a trip to Clinton for this weekend's Warrior Holiday Classic, where the Brothers knocked off the hosts en route to another first-place trophy.

Liverpool boys finish third at Ludden tournament

Warriors rally after first-round loss to Utica-Notre Dame

Eleven-plus minutes of action, in the context of a schedule of 20 or more games, is not much - but for the Liverpool boys basketball team, it might prove the most valuable stretch of the entire season. Faced with a possible third consecutive defeat, the Warriors recovered just in time and, dominating down the stretch, beat LeMan Prep (New York City) 68-57 in Saturday night's consolation game of the Bishop Ludden Rosemary Corcoran Holiday Classic.

Ludden gives Donnelly 500th coaching win

Gaelic Knights edge Utica-Notre Dame in tournament final

A host of basketball players coached by Bishop Ludden's long-time mentor, Pat Donnelly, came back to their alma mater Saturday, and it wasn't just to participate in the Alumni Game that was part of the annual Rosemary Corcoran Memorial Holiday Tournament.

Grimes boys basketball wins holiday tournament

Cobras push past Tully, Solvay for top prize

A 2-4 start, and wildly inconsistent play, had left the Bishop Grimes boys basketball team in a perilous spot as it made the short trip to Chittenango for a holiday tournament early this week. But the Cobras turned things around in the Bears' lair, roaring to the first-place trophy with solid wins over Class C and B foes.

Wrestling Mustangs romp past ITC, 64-9

Jordan-Elbridge takes loss to Chittenango

Before it went to SUNY-Oswego for this weekend's Kenneth Haines Memorial Tournament, the Marcellus wrestling team took care of one more bit of OHSL Liberty division business. The Mustangs, who sit in first place in the league standings, stayed there by romping past Syracuse's Institute of Technology Central 64-9 on Tuesday night.

Cazenovia wrestlers sweep Groton Duals

Chittenango routs Jordan-Elbridge, 47-18

In a one-sided manner, the Cazenovia wrestling team emerged from the Dec. 20 Groton Duals with a first-place finish, easily casting aside five different opponents on the way to the top of the standings.

Cloute reaches perfection for C-NS bowlers

300 game part of Northstars' sweep of Syracuse

Having seen his teammate, Nick Joss, nearly get to perfection earlier this month, Cicero-North Syracuse boys bowler Josh Cloute figured that he had a 300 game in him somewhere this winter. The magic moment arrived two days before Christmas, at Strike-N-Spare Lanes, where Cloute's career-best effort highlighted a 3-0 sweep over Syracuse.

CBA/J-D hockey rallies, tops Syracuse 3-2

Late goals by Alletzhauser, Durkin keep Brothers unbeaten

In different ways, and with different results, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt ice hockey team continued to prove itself to anyone who may have doubted them. Following its 3-3 tie at Skaneateles on Dec. 17, the Brothers went out of league play and visited Meachem Rink Monday night, rallying from behind to defeat the Syracuse Cougars in a 3-2 thriller.

Skaneateles wrestlers pull away from ESM

Lakers record seven pins to stop Spartans 64-18

Having gone through a string of close meets within the OHSL Liberty division, the Skaneateles wrestling team almost had to feel relief when it visited East Syracuse-Minoa for a non-league battle on Monday afternoon - something it handled quite well, taking 12 of 15 bouts to roll past the Spartans 64-18.

Broddus, Qubasy win at Phoenix Round Robin

F-M duo shines; ESM's LeGro second at 160 pounds

A strong season-long effort by Fayetteville-Manlius wrester Tristan Broddus continued when he claimed the 152-pound championship during Saturday's Phoenix Round Robin – and this time around, teammate Muhammad-Mukhtar Qubasy joined him in the winner’s circle.

Liverpool wrestlers take second at Phoenix Duals

Nadeau, Ashkar, Nash, Carnie win for Warriors

All through December, the Liverpool wrestling team has made strong showings on the tournament circuit, and Saturday's Phoenix Round Robin proved no different.

F-M boys fall to Henninger, beat Newark

Hornets struggle in second half against unbeaten Black Knights

Given all the production that left with the likes of John Schurman and Louis Avellino, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team could not expect that it had all the components necessary to keep up with the top Class AA contenders – not yet, anyway.

Skipworth slams home Bees’ win over West Genny

B'ville breaks early skid, also defeats C-NS

One inspired rally, and one spectacular play, may just be the turning point the Baldwinsville boys basketball team so badly needed. The Bees were staring at a third consecutive defeat to open the season when it went to West Genesee last Friday night and erased a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Wildcats 59-58.

WG boys stunned late by Baldwinsville

Wildcats also see unbeaten Henninger pull away

All was going smoothly for the West Genesee boys basketball team in the course of its game against Baldwinsville last Friday night – at least until the fourth quarter got underway.

Bagozzi bags 42 for boys hoops Bearcats

Ludden rips Marcellus; J-E rallies past Phoenix in OT

Blake Bagozzi may have never experienced anything close to the zone he entered during the Solvay boys basketball team’s game against Altmar-Parish-Williamstown on Dec. 19, and he might never go there again. But at least it happened once.

Caz girls hoops stopped by Bishop Grimes

Chittenango basketball sides each fall to Cortland

For the Cazenovia girls basketball team, it wasn’t a big secret to know that Bishop Grimes was emerging as a favorite in both the OHSL Liberty and the larger Section III Class B picture. Thus, the Lakers were fired up to face the state Class B no. 9-ranked Cobras last Friday night, and for a while in the first half, a big shocker seemed possible – but a fierce surge late in the second quarter ended up hurting Cazenovia beyond repair, leading to a 63-43 defeat.

B’ville girls basketball remains undefeated

Bees end eight-day break, conquer Corcoran

On the day after Christmas, the Baldwinsville girls basketball team hops on a plane and heads to Florida, and the shadow of the Magic Kingdom, set to test itself in a trio of games at the Disney Wide World Of Sports complex.

Girls hoops Lakers get even with Bishop Ludden

Kraetz, Lane, Foehl lead Skaneateles to 48-40 win

What a difference three weeks can make – or even less. The same Skaneateles girls basketball team that lost by double figures at Bishop Ludden in its season opener got even last Friday night in front of the home fans, using a big second-quarter surge, plus lots of tough defense, to beat the Gaelic Knights 48-40.

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