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Football Preview - Class A

The fourth of our five previews of high school football focuses on Class A, where once again the numbers are small, but the story lines are plentiful. With Camden and Mexico relegated to the B ranks and Oswego back among the AA crowd (where it could get quite lost), there's ...

Football Preview - Class B

In the third of our football outlooks for Section III, we move to Class B, a den of no small intrigue going into 2011 because, more than in any other class, so much is unknown. Start with the usual amount of arrivals and departures. Hannibal, a bit out of its ...

Football Preview - Class C

In this second segment of the Section III football previews, we look at Class C. And to look at it means covering a lot of ground and a lot of schools. For a while now, Class C has boasted the largest group. This time, it's 24, and that's smaller than ...

Football preview - Class D

T-minus five days and counting to the first kickoff of the high school football season. So over the next five days we'll explore each class - see who has moved up or down, see who returns and who doesn't, and try to figure out what we'll witness in the two-plus ...

Fall sports outlook - volleyball

No, there isn't any snow on the ground, but that sound you hear is fall girls volleyball growing to a point where most of the compelling action now takes place before any shovels or plows are needed. It all traces back to 2006, when Class AA schools in the CNY ...

Fall sports outlook - field hockey

On the turf at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium on Nov. 20, 2010, Jillian Vogl took a pass from Tori Widrick and struck a shot into the net. And just like that, Cazenovia was the state Class C field hockey champions, the first of three state titles for a school that ...

Fall sports outlook - cross country

As we continue to traverse through the various fall sports, we head toward the one that involves actual traversing as the whole point of the show. Cross country in Central New York was already a pretty good enterprise in the middle of the first decade of the new millennium. The ...

Fall sports outlook - boys soccer

Times are pretty good for boys soccer in Central New York. Championships at all levels, dynasties fiercely defending themselves against determined challengers, rivalries, milestones, once-dormant programs on the rise - there's a lot to digest. No doubt, 2011 has a difficult act to follow. You had Skaneateles, senior-heavy and strong ...

Fall sports outlook - girls soccer

Now the practice fields are full of boys - and girls - in something other than helmets and shoulder pads. All the other high school fall sports varsity teams start practice today, and we'll spend the next week going through most of them, seeing where we are and, perhaps, where ...

Returns and departures

Less than a week into football practices, and already a casualty - South Lewis. The north-country school in Turin, which has plenty of strong athletic history (especially on the wrestling mat), could not get enough kids to turn out after going 1-6 in the 2010 regular season. In Class D ...

The RFA-Proctor move

Mere hours before the fall sports practices got underway, a proverbial bomb got dropped, further proof that realignment controversies in sports are in no way limited to the college or pro ranks. Late in 2008, Rome Free Academy and Utica Proctor realized that, in an era of tightening school budgets, ...

Glad to be back

Ah, this is more like it. Not too long ago, the jumble of job responsibilities here, aside from writing and editing, also involved putting together a cohesive blog. It was a lot of work, but also great run. Somewhere along the line, though, I got lazy. For many different reasons, ...