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Entries for November, 2011

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Boys basketball outlook

As with the girls, Section III boys basketball will enjoy a higher profile just on the basis of starting and finishing on the biggest stage possible. After two years of finals at Utica Memorial Auditorium, the sectional finals in March 2012 return to the Syracuse University campus - but this ...

Girls basketball outlook

What will be said today in this entry will be repeated tomorrow - it is a good time to be a high school basketball fan in Central New York, whether you follow the girls or the guys. Never before have we seen, in our presence, someone with the bulit-up national ...

Ice time

Far from here, and from the shoppers on what used to be called the day after Thanksgiving, the winter sports season started. Naturally, it took place on the ice when it was about 60 degrees outside. Hockey teams from Liverpool, CBA and Skaneateles had wildly varying results. the stingy Lakers, ...

At the end of the fall....

Up on the Syracuse University hill, things were far from normal this weekend. Perhaps you know about the lurid headlines, but in the Carrier Dome five tamer affairs settled the state football championships for the tumultuous 2011 season. The Class D final, played on Friday far from the shopping madhouses, ...

Two out of three, and nearly the third

So the end total from the final Sunday of competition for Section III sports teams......two state championships, and almost another. In each of the cases, someone quite familiar went for the prize again. Hamilton had gone through it before, in Class D boys soccer. Back in 2008, it won the ...

Climbing high...or falling short

State championship weekend, at least in the autumn, is downright chaos. Titles are handed out in seven different sports - boys and girls soccer, field hockey, boys and girls volleyball, girls swimming, with a dash of Federation cross country tossed in there. Also, the football finalists for the Carrier Dome ...

Half and half

Ten Section III soccer teams went into state tournament play last week. When six days of starts, stops, sunshine and even snow were finished, half of them were planning trips to the state final four - three on the boys side, two on the girls side. Of course, it had ...

Runs to more glory

Depending on which gender you considered, Fayetteville-Manlius made it difficult on itself at the state cross country championships at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, or it was quite simple. The male part was where F-M had to sweat it out in Class A, fending off three real challengers in Rush-Henrietta, Shaker and Arlington, and ...

Down to the Bears

All right, Section III football fan, you were feeling pretty good on Friday evening, and for good reason. Chittenango had just thrashed Chenango Valley 42-0 in the first of the five regional finals. West Genesee was enjoying a 21-0 lead on Binghamton. The way it was going, Central New York ...

How much further?

The way it all got scheduled, one Section III girls soccer championship was being decided just as two of the just-crowned champions were attempting to find success in the state tournament. And by the time Tuesday night was done, just three champions remained. One of them, Liverpool, was the newly-crowned ...

Plenty of extra kicks

If you planned on 80 minutes of boys soccer to determine a Section III champion, for the most part you were sorely disappointed. All but two of the championship games, spread out over four days from Friday to Monday, required overtime, at least. Three of them ended there. The other ...

More for the honor roll

From both a team and individual standpoint, it was the fall high school sports equivalent of "Super Saturday". Section III championships handed out in football, soccer, field hockey, cross country and girls swimming, plus the start of the state tennis tournament at Eastside Racquet Club. And all this after a ...

The champs in the Dome

Controversies cast aside and court cases over, it just simply boiled down to 10 teams trying to win five Section III football championships in the Carrier Dome this weekend. None of the contests really had down-to-the-wire drama, as last year's D and AA finals did. It was, really, a matter ...

Soccer semifinal recap

Perhaps you weren't paying attention, but over the course of three nights, starting on Monday, they whittled the Section III soccer playoffs to 22 teams - 10 girls finalists, 12 boys finalists, more on the male side because Class D got split up. And man, there was some developments. Close ...

Lakers out, Jugglers in

And so the sad Skaneateles saga continues, with more twists. This morning, two sides sat in State Supreme Court Justice Brian DeJoseph's courtroom. The Skaneateles School District asked that the team's suspension be lifted. Section III asked that the suspension remain. The section won, as just before noon Judge DeJoseph, ...