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Five finals......maybe

So the Section III football semifinals took place over the weekend, setting up what promises to be five memorable title games in the Carrier Dome..or at least that's the plan. We know, for sure, that on Friday Dolgeville will duel with Westmoreland and ESM will try to dethrone Whitesboro. We ...

Paring it down

One week, and two rounds, of the Section III soccer playoffs is in the books. One week, and two more rounds, remain until banners are handed out. For the most part, we haven't seen surprises, but some exceptions apply, especially in the smaller-school divisions. For example, both of the top ...

Court capers

What we should be talking about on this Friday night is the high drama of the Section III playoffs. ESM and Whitesboro are headed for a Class A showdown in the Carrier Dome, as are Westmoreland and Dolgeville in Class D. Chittenango has made its first sectional final since 1999. ...

Staying at home

Really, Dajuan Coleman had to stay in Syracuse. No way could he call a press conference, have 200 or so people show up in the Jamesville-DeWitt Hall of Fame foyer and put on a Kentucky hat. Might not have gone over well. Fortunately, Coleman had known this for a month. ...

Boys soccer playoff preview

When South Jefferson and VVS meet up in Adams Tuesday night, just as the sun is setting (if the sun is out in the first place), so begins a 68-team passion play known as the Section III boys soccer playoffs. Forget the speed, intensity and excitement you saw in the ...

Girls Soccer Playoff Preview

We were all set to lock in the narratives for the Section III girls soccer playoffs. Then, in the last two days of the regular season, a whole lot changed. First, Marcellus, who had that huge 2-1 overtime win over Westhill earlier in the week, got beat by that same ...

Halfway to the Dome

What a football weekend around here. both inside the Carrier Dome (thank you, SU) and outside in the cold, raw and overcast conditions, where the high school sides began their Section III playoff journey that will climax in the Dome two weeks from now. Most of all, it was a ...

The honor roll begins

First it was golf, for the Class AA side. Then on Tuesday three Section III team championships were handed out at Utica Parkway Courts. Fayetteville-Manlius, again, won in Class A. The day before, the Hornets had hit an incredible mark, 300 straight match wins, when it dusted off Auburn 6-1 ...

Turning points?

Whatever might happen a couple of weeks from now in the Section III soccer playoffs, two huge games in the last three days might help explain the eventual course of events. Everyone in boys soccer was looking to see what F-M and Baldwinsville was going to do when they met ...

The top forty

No, this isn't Casey Kasem, and don't look here for any long-distance dedications. Besides, we don't count down to number one - rather, five number ones emerge. Such is the Section III football playoffs, three weeks of continual excitement and pressure until, on the first weekend of November, five sides ...

Indescribable sadness

Right now, as I write this, my heart is broken. So are the hearts of every high school football fan in Central New York - check that, every sports fan. Word got out this morning that Ridge Barden, 16, a player for the Phoenix Firebirds, injured in a game last ...

Falling into place

So now we have something close to a full field of 40 for the five Section III football playoffs after a wet, windy Friday night full of both order and havoc. The havoc could be found in Class B, where only two sides, Cazenovia and Chittenango, knew their fates and ...

So much at stake

All right, now it's clear - no, wait, it's not clear. In fact, not even close. When Section III football teams take the field Friday and Saturday to finish their regular-season work, at least 15 different games carry some sort of implications toward the playoffs. In all five classes, something ...

Summertime in October

Pardon everyone the last few days if they were a bit confused. Brilliant blue skies? Abundant sunshine? The thermometer pushing past 80? This didn't happen much in September, so it was a different, and more delightful, kind of October surprise. And there was action, plenty of it, on the high ...

The clearing picture

Now we're getting a better idea of what every Section III football playoff race, and perhaps the playoff games themselves, might look like. In the penultimate Friday of the regular season, many things were decided or clinched, including, in the featured pairings of the night, both Class A divisions, with ...

Split seasons

On a postcard early-October day, amid the scenery at Green Lakes State Park, the first Section III championship of the 2011-12 school year got decided. It involved 10 boys golf teams from Class AA. Years ago, they, along with their brethren from the OHSL Freedom division, had just about enough ...

Strange days indeed

Normally, this is not a space where I make predictions. In fact, predictions are too much of a crutch in our sports coverage, whatever the media setting. Whatever we say, we're bound to be proven wrong, if not today, then tomorrow. Yet I don't think it's too much to state ...

Course corrections

Okay, about that statement we made a couple of days ago about how some of the soccer races lined up... Well, on a cold and wet Saturday, two pictures took on new forms. First, there was Clinton, reasserting itself in Class B on the boys side by blanking Westhill 2-0. ...

A classic...and a controversy?

Sure, there are whole heaps of topics to get to concerning Friday night's football games, and we'll get to them. But it has to start with West Genesee vs. Baldwinsville, a game that had seemed to have everything contained within its 48 wild minutes. You had a ferocious start by ...