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On with the champions' roll

The further you go into October, the more we start to hand out the important team and individual honors for Section III fall sports. Already with the individual singles and doubles tennis titles in the books, it was time to go for team championships, all leading to Wednesday's finals at ...

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Forty dreams, five titles

Mid-October, the leaves turning, and after a month and a half of games played in everything from stifling summer heat to steady rain to raw chill, the Section III football playoffs are set to go. Sure, the Class C side got a head start, but now there's just eight teams ...

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And the picture clears...

Before we sift through the maze of Section III football playoff contests up ahead, there's the small matter of recapping what went on during the final Friday of the regular season. Oh wait a minute, the playoffs already started. Yeah, those Class C folks didn't want any 5-2 teams left ...

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First champs of the fall

You really know it's autumn when, headed out for another Friday night of football follies, you wonder if a snowflake or two will fall. Not the case here, but another strong indicator is seeing golf and tennis wrap up. They finish quicker than the other fall sports, knowing, from August ...

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C-1 and C-2, quite a difference

We had all heard, before the season, that the Section III Class C football playoffs would be lengthened and doubled - 16 teams instead of eight, C-1 and C-2 champs crowned before we got to the Carrier Dome, no one of any quality left out, unlike 2011, when 5-2 wasn't ...

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Friday night is Tyler Time

Baldwinsville fans or otherwise, there aren't that many more chances to catch Tyler Rouse before his illustrious high school career concludes. Then again, defenses haven't caught him much, either. Rouse may have enjoyed his finest performance in the Bees' 54-29 victory over LIverpool Friday, which put them in a tie ...

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The Empire (Games) strikes back

One of the joys of this job, during summers past, was getting a week to do actual hard work, and have some fun, while covering (or attending) the Empire State Games. At least that was the case. State budget woes wiped out the summer edition in 2009, and even when ...

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A bigger Saturday than normal

In the fall, the weekend high school sports activity does not really peak on the Friday night gridiron, and what took place Saturday merely confirmed that fact. Put simply, a lot happened. Start with two huge and traditional cross country meets, one the McQuaid Invitational at Genesee Valley Park in ...

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The Red Rams arrive

Over and over, it was heard in Central New York football annals. Jamesville-DeWitt had all the talent on hand, and if it ever got things together, look out. Well, things are together. The Red Rams are 5-0, and Friday's big win over Nottingham, which featured a defense that forced five ...

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Soccer at the midway point

Okay, half a season is in the books. Once you start feeling a chill in the air on a regular basis, you know that the games are about to get a lot more meaningful. That's certainly true in soccer, girls and boys alike. Every day seems to feature some sort ...

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Be kind to these officials

True story - I was leaving today's terrific girls soccer game between Jamesville-DeWitt and CBA, as described here, and walking past the usual crowd of parents, friends and other folks that come out to these games, supporting their favorites. One lady greeted me, very politely, and for a brief moment ...

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Going back home

We don't exactly know which football teams will be trekking to the Carrier Dome come the first weekend of November. But some of the possible match-ups are exciting to consider. Dolgeville against Westmoreland in Class D? Well, if they play one as good as the first meeting, that would be ...

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The halfway mark

One way or another, Section III football teams have crossed the midway point in the incredibly short regular season they have around here - in places like Texas, Ohio and Georgia, the regular-season games go into double digits. About the only good thing is that it brings big-time urgency to ...

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Rankings report

Well, they now have out some state rankings, as there's enough of the regular season in the books to make some early judgments, even if they are just guesses. Here, we'll start with girls soccer, where one Section III team is on top - Remsen, in Class D. And there's ...

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Strong statements

Back on Thursday, Corcoran looked at the forecast for Friday night and decided it did not to wait out a possible weather delay of its football showdown with Henninger, so they moved it to Saturday afternoon. Perhaps the Cougars want a retake. Henninger's Frank Vigliotti returned the opening kickoff for ...

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Wet , wild and wacky

Okay, so it might not have been too pleasant to sit in a car in a parking lot early Friday evening and hear a bolt of lightning really close by as we all waited for the latest festival of football. And writing stories until 2 in the morning is not ...

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Companions for death and taxes

Anyone who figures that Baldwinsville, in Class AA girls volleyball, and Cazenovia, in Class C field hockey, already have at least sectional titles wrapped up and can think about state honors...well, you might be right, but be careful. As was proved on Friday, even the unthinkable can happen. Look at ...

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More from the weekend

Sunday footballl, and it was not the NFL? Why yes, that's what a Saturday storm can do. Westmoreland, the kings of Class D, moved its game against Pulaski to the last day of the weekend. And while grown men donned jerseys to root for their Jets or Bears or whomever ...

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Second-week statements

All right, initial impressions are over, introductions have been made. The second Friday night of Section III football in 2012 was spent making the cliched big improvement from first to second week. However, it was also a chance for us to see which teams, other than the powerhouses everybody knows ...

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Girls soccer preview

All right, now it's girls soccer season. Sure, they started with the games a week ago, but what we needed was a real juicy match-up, something that involves quality teams, contenders and programs that know what they're doing. So I give you Marcellus and Westhill, who have made it a ...

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