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Boys soccer preview

Already, it's started, the two-month quest of Section III boys soccer teams to not just hold the sectional banner early in November, but take it further into the month and end up in Middletown for the state final four. Three schools got to Middletown in 2011, and Hamilton won it ...

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Great runners start here

In talking about the start of the cross country season, which formally begins with meets at East Syracuse-Minoa, South Jefferson, Jordan-Elbridge and Cazenovia, we must address an obvious point. Four years ago, we had, in my view, the most proud moment in the history of Central New York high school ...

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And the rest of the weekend....

A simple question, but one not asked too much at the college or pro levels....go for one, or two? So was West Genesee's dilemma Sunday in the Carrier Dome against Clarence in the Kickoff Classic. Down 19 at one point in the third quarter, the Wildcats roared back and were ...

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Quite a start, huh?

So what to make of the first football Friday of the summer....er, fall? First, that we (as in everyone but the players and officials, for whom pants are still necessary) were all out there in shorts and very, very thankful for the breeze, or the need for liquids would have ...

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Opening weekend

So much for the antiquated notion of high school football only taking place on Fridays and Saturdays. Then again, colleges have long strayed from Saturday, and the NFL has never wedded itself to Sunday, especially after Roone Arledge got done with it. Thus, Section III is far from heretical when, ...

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And so the games return

Okay, folks, first an apology. It's been a while, way too long, since I blogged about anything. Months of silence, in fact, which is inexcusable given the fact that I have a limited capacity to string words together and perhaps a few people wanted to read them. But on the ...

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Beauty is skin deep, but cancer kills

Beauty is only skin deep, but cancer can kill you.

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Mothers: the oldest class of superheroes

It’s the cape, the magical, flowing cape, that makes a superhero, right? After she gives birth, each mother should be presented with her own cape. Much more stylish than hospital gowns, anyway. Their superhero strength runs stronger than Superman, or Wonder Woman, or the Hulk. After this weekend, I have ...

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Cracked swan eggs creates uproar; harsher crimes ignored

Police say Carnell Marshall was left for dead. They say the 27-year-old was beaten, burned and tortured on McAllister Avenue before he, or his body, was left in a hidden part of the tire store parking lot. His killers didn’t want him to live, nor for him to be found, ...


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Messere stands alone

Just another Thursday evening in the spring where West Genesee's lacrosse machine sized up an opponent and turned them back, right? Not this night. The Wildcats' conquest of Oswego included a small historical detail - Mike Messere, the chief keeper of the winning flame in Camillus since 1976, has 748 ...

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Drunken driving consequences reverberate through community

“He was my only son,” his mother said, holding back tears and speaking with the silent strength reserved only for a grieving mother. “He was my only child and now he’s my angel.”

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Another night with the Boss

Some 30 months ago, when Bruce Springsteen last played in Buffalo and wrapped up his latest tour, some were pondering the end of the E Street Band. And that was before Clarence Clemons, the much-beloved "Big Man", passed away, only adding to the sense of possible finality. Alas, there we ...

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Boys lacrosse preview

Boy, was it good to be a Central New York lacrosse fan on the afternoon of June 11, 2011 at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium. Jamesville-DeWitt needed overtime, but still pulled out a second consecutive state Class B title. Cazenovia's dream season ended with a state Class C title. And Ithaca's ...

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Girls lacrosse preview

We don't take a breath around here. Just as Breanna Stewart and company at C-NS were polishing off a Federation basketball championship,high school lacrosse teams were on the field, in the middle of scrimmages, or even a couple of games. Best of all, there was a reason to be outside. ...

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Seeking the definition of a deadly weapon

I believe in self-defense, and I believe in the right to defend oneself if faced with peril. When it’s a decision between self-defense and serious injury, I’m always going to go with self-defense. As a young female with an inclination for hard news stories, I sometimes get myself in dangerous ...

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Breanna's perfect ending

Every high school athlete semi-serious about their craft want it to end one way - on top, a senior's cap and gown accompanied by championship hardware of some kind. Few ever get that ultimate wish. But Breanna Stewart did. The last high school game of Stewart's extraordinary career at Cicero-North ...

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Boys state championship - Glory for Gaelic Knights, Patriots

Sackets Harbor had built to this moment for a long time. Bishop Ludden arrived at least a year ahead of schedule. But they both exited Glens Falls Civic Center Saturday night with smiles on their faces - and state championship plaques. Section III expected to find some degree of success ...

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Girls state championships - Stars shining brightly

It surprised absolutely no one that Cicero-North Syracuse repeated as state Class AA girls basketball champions, finishing the task Saturday night at Troy's Hudson Valley Community College with a 62-48 victory over Penfield. What was noteworthy was the makeup of the Northstars' two efforts during the state final four. One ...

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