F-M stops C-NS 1-0; ESM edges Camden 2-1
True, the Fayetteville-Manlius field hockey team did not have to wait as long as East Syracuse-Minoa did for another Section III championship - it only seemed that way. The Hornets, absent a title for nearly a quarter-century, finally saw that drought end Saturday night at Rome Free Academy Stadium when it defeated Cicero-North Syracuse 1-0 in the sectional Class A final.
Big second half pushes Caz past Morrisville-Eaton
Three days after a scoring outburst nearly derailed the Cazenovia field hockey team's latest championship run, it relied on the very same tactic to secure a return to the state Class C playoffs. The Lakers, trailing Morrisville-Eaton at halftime of Saturday's Section III state qualifier at Rome Free Academy Stadium, erupted early in the second half and, in the process, did enough to earn a 4-1 victory over the Warriors.
Caz to face Oneida at Carrier Dome for sectional title
Of all the things the Cazenovia football team had a right to worry about going into Saturday's Section III Class B semifinal against Marcellus at Chittenango High School, one of them - falling behind - was tangible and real, since it had happened the last time the two teams met. But thanks to Kevin Hopsicker, the Lakers got rid of that problem in a hurry, and the rest proved rather simple as Cazenovia earned a return trip to the sectional final at the Carrier Dome with a 63-18 romp over the Mustangs.
Black Knights advance to face CBA for sectional title
Week after week, game after game, the Fayetteville-Manlius football team stared at defeat and did not blink, building an eight-game win streak. But in one dreary afternoon, that luck ran out, as Henninger handed the Hornets a humbling 44-14 defeat in Saturday's Section III Class AA semifinal at Liverpool High School Stadium.
Skaneateles swept in Doctor's final game at helm
Trying to give departing head coach Doreen Doctor one more championship run, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team could not pull it off, stopped short in the semifinals by Westhill Friday night in a three-set sweep as the Lakers’ season ended with a record of 14-4.
Boys face Oswego in AA title match; girls get West Genesee
First on the male side, and then on the female side, the Baldwinsville volleyball teams had to move their way past Fayetteville-Manlius to advance to the Section III Class AA championship doubleheader – and did so.
Northstars avenge regular-season defeat to B'ville
Three years since it had last claimed a Section III Class AA championship, the Baldwinsville girls soccer team looked for another – but fell one win short of that plateau.
Spartans drop classic to Carthage; Red Rams ousted by Indian River
Dreams that football teams from East Syracuse-Minoa and Jamesville-DeWitt carried of, perhaps, meeting up in the Carrier Dome for the Section III Class A championship were thwarted one step short of that goal. The Spartans dropped a 43-36 classic to Carthage in Friday night's Class A semifinal at Fulton Stadium, while in the other semifinal the Red Rams fell to Indian River for the second time this season in a 31-14 decision at Watertown High School.
Northstars blank B'ville 3-0 for first crown since '07
In a complete and overwhelming manner, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer team dismissed everyone in its path and earned its first Section III Class AA championship since 2007. And the top-seeded Northstars saved the best performance for Friday night's title game at SUNY-Cortland, overwhelming no. 2 seed Baldwinsville 3-0 behind two goals from Reid Garner and a late tally from Hanna Haven.
Marcellus rallies after Warriors lead early in second half
Falling behind in a championship game is not an optimal strategy - most of the time, anyway. Yet it may have proved the primary reason why the Marcellus girls soccer team is, once again, the proud owners of a Section III Class B title.
Wildcats upend no. 2 seed Liverpool in four sets
From a no. 3 seed, the West Genesee girls volleyball team has made an impressive run to the Section III Class AA championship match. And while the Wildcats will likely be a prohibitive underdog to top seed and defending champion Baldwinsville in that title match next Wednesday night at Cicero-North Syracuse’s gym, it will go in there with as much confidence as it has shown all season.
Liverpool, C-NS sides all fall short of sectional finals
Regardless of the school or gender, things did not go well for volleyball teams from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse in a string of Section III Class AA playoff matches.
F-M edges C-NS, will face Baldwinsville for sectional title
A day before the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team was to face Cicero-North Syracuse in the Section III Class AA semifinal, the team spent a good part of its practice – nearly an hour - working on free kicks and other set pieces.
Warriors blank VVS as Lakers take 2-0 loss to Marcellus
All went according to plan for the Westhill boys soccer team as it easily made a return to the Section III Class B championship game – but Marcellus would not be there to face them.
Bailey scores twice; Skaneateles faces Westhill in finals
What was, already, a pretty good post-season run by the Skaneateles boys soccer team has turned downright memorable – and now, it could turn extraordinary.
Rams to face CBA in sectional title game
Few who follow boys soccer at Jamesville-DeWitt or Christian Brothers Academy will recall a single evening as memorable as what took place in Wednesday night's Section III Class A semifinals. On one side, the Red Rams stunned undefeated, state no. 1-ranked Fowler 2-0 at Chittenango High School, while on the other side the Brothers survived penalty kicks to get past Watertown after those two sides played to a 1-1 tie at Liverpool High School Stadium.
Bees to face F-M for sectional Class AA title
For much of a tense Section III Class AA semifinal Wednesday night at Nottingham High School, Connor Lunduski was a spectator as his Baldwinsville boys soccer team fended off the numerous advances of Liverpool. But when it came time to participate, Lunduski did so in the most spectacular way possible, as his goal late in regulation made the difference as the Bees knocked out the Warriors 1-0.
Lakers blow 3-0 lead to Holland Patent, survive penalty strokes
What was built up, and earned, for a full season by the Cazenovia field hockey team nearly disappeared in a matter of minutes. But the Lakers managed to regroup and, by surviving a tense round of penalty strokes with Holland Patent, advanced out of Wednesday night's Section III Class C final at New Hartford High School.
Pair of West Genny relay teams break pool records
Another undefeated season is in the books for the West Genesee girls swim team, who have the extra benefit of having the Section III Class A championship meet take place this Friday at its home pool. Before that, though, the Wildcats first had to take care of one more bit of regular-season business – namely, a visit from Baldwinsville, who like so many others got overwhelmed by WG’s numbers in a 92-83 victory on Tuesday night.
Spartans blank Camden; Red Rams handle Whitesboro
This time around, someone different is lined up to try and end the Jamesville-DeWitt girls soccer team's four-year reign as Section III Class A champions - someone right down the road from where the Red Rams reside.
Lakers advance to face Westhill in Class B semis
Back on Sept. 26, when the Skaneateles girls volleyball team rallied to beat Marcellus in five sets, perhaps it sensed that the two long-time rivals would cross paths again in the Section III Class B playoffs. That's exactly what transpired as, in Tuesday night's sectional quarterfinals, the Lakers again went to five sets with the Mustangs - and again, managed to prevail to keep its dreams of another championship alive.
Mustangs rip South Jefferson; Warriors edge Clinton
Barely two weeks after they ended the regular season in a memorable 2-2 draw, the Marcellus and Westhill girls soccer teams will gather once more, with a very familiar reward - the Section III Class B championship - on the line.
Bees to meet top seed C-NS for Class AA title
All through this season, the Baldwinsville girls soccer team has learned on the job, a roster possessing just one senior finding out that it has what it takes to do great things - even if it's a bit ahead of schedule. In Tuesday night's Section III Class AA semifinal at Chittenango High School, the no. 3 seed Bees offered a clinical effort in all phases of the game to put away no. 2 seed Christian Brothers Academy by a 2-0 margin.
Northstars blank F-M, to face B'ville for title
Only on rare occasions in Tuesday night's Section III Class AA girls soccer semifinal at Chittenango High School did top-seeded Cicero-North Syracuse find the precise rhythms needed to make its attack blossom against no. 4 seed Fayetteville-Manlius. But when it did, the results were stunning, as Reid Garner's pair of goals pushed the Northstars past the Hornets 2-0.
Caz rolls to 4-0 semifinal win over Port Byron
Even after a long layoff, and even with the stakes raised for the post-season, the Cazenovia field hockey team quickly found its winning form and moved to the brink of an eighth consecutive Section III championship.
B'ville to face CBA for sectional finals berth
If any single entity loved what it saw when the Section III girls soccer playoff brackets came out, it was the Baldwinsville Bees.
Lakers get goals from Bailey, Clymer, meet Marcellus next
A long run for the Skaneateles boys soccer team in the Section III Class B playoffs would require a long road trip and a successful conquest of a long-established power. That is what faced the no. 7 seed Lakers as it took on no. 2 seed Clinton in Saturday’s Class B quarterfinals. And as it turned out, Skaneateles was up to the challenge.
Lakers also go 3-0 in last week of regular season
With the regular season now complete, the Cazenovia girls volleyball could now put all of its attention toward the most important part of its schedule. Since only one other Class C school (Hannibal) is in the sectional tournament, so all the Lakers have to do is beat the Warriors Saturday at Jamesville-DeWitt in order to advance to the state tournament.
OT goal by Golick stops Lakers in Class B quarterfinal
All through a 12-4 regular season, the Cazenovia boys soccer team worked hard to set up a possible return to the Section III Class B title game after losing that final to Westhill a year ago. But the Lakers never got that far.
Caz limits Purple Tigers to one first down
Remember those days early this season when the Cazenovia football team was a defensive questions mark, surrendering large chunks of yardage and a fair amount of points, too? So do the Lakers. And it's not about to go back to those struggles if it has any say in the matter.
WG suffers first-round defeat to red-hot Warriors
Even with plenty of talent on hand, the West Genesee football team could not escape a tendency to make crucial mistakes at ill-timed moments. It haunted the Wildcats throughout the season, and ended up costing them dearly Friday night in a 28-0 defeat to Liverpool in the opening round of the Section III Class AA playoffs at LHS Stadium.
B'ville boys soccer to meet Liverpool in semis
A year away from the top of the Section III Class AA ranks did not satisfy the Baldwinsville boys soccer team all that much. And what made the Bees' 2012 ouster from the sectional tournament so frustrating was that it came at home, in the quarterfinal round, to Utica Proctor - and then B'ville had to watch the Raiders make a surprising run to the sectional title.
Riley leads quartet of state meet qualifiers
A tradition of excellence continued for the Jamesville-DeWitt/F-M girls gymnastics team as it rolled to a 10th Section III championship in 11 years during Friday's sectional meet at the CNY Gym Centre at Shoppingtown Mall.
J-D blanks Whitesboro; ESM rips New Hartford
In their own unique and effective styles, the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa football teams moved ahead in the Section III Class A playoffs, inching closer to a possible clash in the Carrier Dome. The Red Rams relied on its usual formula of defense and power running to blank Whitesboro 14-0 in Friday night's opening round, just as ESM piled up the points in a 50-14 romp over New Hartford.
CBA to face Liverpool in sectional semifinal
Whether in the regular season or post-season, the Christian Brothers Academy football team's template is a consistent one - make big plays, overwhelm the opposition, and take care of the tough part in as efficient a manner as possible.
Westhill blanked, 36-0, by Oneida
All season long, the Marcellus football team has taken some grief for its defense - or lack of it - given that it surrendered 43 points to Cazenovia, 49 points to Chittenango and 58 points to Homer. But it was that same defense that was largely responsible for the Mustangs' triumphant return to the post-season after a one-year absence.
Cavaliers down Skaneateles 49-7 in sectional playoffs
Though the Skaneateles football team carried the edge of post-season experience into Friday night's Section III Class C first-round game at Watertown IHC, it didn't make much of a difference. The unbeaten, state Class C no. 13-ranked Cavaliers, playing on its home turf, jumped all over the visiting Lakers in the first quarter and never let up, eventually prevailing 49-7.
Liverpool to take on CBA in Class AA semis
Four impressive quarters and six turnovers later, the Liverpool football team is moving along in the Section III Class AA playoffs, bound for what could be one of the biggest games in the program's recent history. The Warriors' defense provided many of the highlights in Friday night's 28-0 victory over West Genesee in the AA opening round at LHS Stadium, as those six takeaways led to 21 of the team's points.
Warriors survive Skaneateles again; Mustangs blank Cazenovia
Once more, the Westhill girls soccer team found its path to a possible Section III Class B title going through Skaneateles in the quarterfinal round. But unlike the last two times they got together, someone in this showdown would get on the board – and it would turn out to be the no. 5 seed Warriors, who parlayed a bit of good fortune into a 1-0 victory over the no. 4 Lakers Thursday night at Hyatt Stadium.
Lakers make it to Class B quarterfinals, finish season 13-4
A deep run for the Cazenovia girls soccer team in the Section III Class B playoffs hinged entirely on pulling off, arguably, the biggest upset in the program’s history. So the no. 7 seed Lakers went after no. 2 seed and defending champion Marcellus Thursday night in the Class B quarterfinals, but just could not break through against the Mustangs, taking a 4-0 defeat to complete its season with a record of 13-4.
Warriors also take key league loss to Marcellus
Through a wild final week of the regular season, girls volleyball teams from Solvay, Westhill and Marcellus would interact with each other on the court, providing a preview of the battles ahead in the Section III Class B fall playoffs.
Lakers rebound for crucial late win at Phoenix
For the first time in a while, the Skaneateles girls volleyball team heads into the Section III Class B playoffs not as a prohibitive favorite, but as a contender with something more to prove, even as it still managed to finish with the regular season with a superb mark of 13-3.
Warriors blank Nottingham; Northstars take out Henninger
Right on cue, the worst weather of the fall arrived in time for the start of the Section III Class AA boys soccer playoffs. But it didn’t keep top seed Cicero-North Syracuse or no. 3 seed Liverpool from easily making their way into next week’s semifinal round.
Spartans stop Homer, CVA; Red Rams get away from Fulton
Could the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa girls soccer teams meet up later this week with a Section III Class A championship on the line? That’s quite possible after the first week of sectional tournament play, where the no. 7 seed Spartans, taking full advantage of a favorable bracket, made it to the semifinal round to join the top-seeded Red Rams, who are after its fifth title in a row.
Second-half goal ends Skaneateles sectional run
Back in 2012, the Skaneateles girls soccer team saw its season end in a tough, hard-fought and heartbreaking defeat to Westhill in penalty kicks, the Section III Class B quarterfinals. Exactly one year later, in the same round, against the same opponent, the Lakers met that same sad ending, this time in a 1-0 game decided late in regulation in a manner that neither side would soon forget.
Neal finishes inches behind Garn for individual title
What Kaitlyn Neal went through, on an individual basis, would mirror what the Skaneateles girls cross country team faced on a combined basis during Wednesday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship meet at Jordan-Elbridge.
Kanoza wins pair of races; Castro takes 50 freestyle
Though challenged all the way through, Becca Kanoza and the West Genesee girls swim team was not about to let Auburn end its domination of the CNY Counties League.
Murphy, Telesca each win pair of races for Warriors
Most of the regular-season athletic contests between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse take place in the neighborhoods of the two bordering districts. But that was not the case in Wednesday night’s girls swim meet, held at the Northstars’ “home” pool at Le Moyne College. Regardless of the venue, though, it was the Warriors finishing on top by a score of 93-85.
Ferrari, Kot settle for fourth place at qualifier
A year ago, Kahlei Reisinger was bounced from the first round of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls tennis singles tournament, only to rebound and win the consolation bracket. Now Reisigner is headed back to the Tri-City Tennis Center in Latham, near Albany, on the weekend of Nov. 2-4, fully expecting to stay in the main bracket for a long while after a dominant Section III fall campaign that culminated with a victory in the sectional state qualifier.
West Genesee doubles side finishes second at qualifier
Though it could not quite go all the way to the top, West Genesee’s girls tennis doubles team of Samantha Heyn and Marisa Joyce still accomplished what they wanted in the Section III state qualifying tournament.