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Entries for September, 2011

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Soccer mid-season report

The end of September, the end of summer, the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine - okay the latter might not be true, but had to thrown in a lame R.E.M. tribute pun with all the others that were already used, and they were ...

Misguided motivation

Twice in the span of less than a week, Marcellus and Skaneateles,high school sports rivals for decades, met one another in reunions of sorts. What took place tonight, the girls volleyball Mustangs beating the Lakers in four sets, was the good part, two undefeated teams battling with maximum effort in ...

Greatness in our midst

To everyone who follows high school sports in Central New York: this winter, no matter how bad the weather gets, do yourself a favor and get out, at least once, to see Breanna Stewart. Has Central New York ever seen a basketball player with this many honors and national acclaim ...

A different J-D decision

Monday a slow news day? Not really. First the unfinished business from the weekend - major congratulations to Mount Markham boys soccer coach Charlie Engle, who gained his 600th career win, the most of any active coach in the state, when his Mustangs beat Morrisville-Eaton 6-1. To try and list ...

Warming up for more

In all truth, if this blog entry is a dud, blame the fact that I'm an unapologetic Bills fan and man, did beating New England (for once) feel good. Considering the high school sports weekend, it's obligatory to mention football and cross country because, yes, they are big deals on ...

Very wet and very wild

No truth as to whether there's a Constitutional amendment that requires it, but every fall, it happens, with shocking regularity. You guessed it - a football Friday night where it rains. It fell this time on the fourth Friday of the regular season, and not the last, like 2010. But ...

Into the heart of it

Refreshing, at least in this entry, to return to the normal business of high school sports after going over the controversies surrounding VVS and Skaneateles. Don't you get sick of politics, too? There are, as always, plenty of things to assess, and the last couple of days have brought some ...

A question of eligibility

Even before they kicked off the 2011 high school football season, the whispers about Skaneateles started. And it had nothing to do with their move from Class B to Class C. Now it's more than whispers. Koree Reed, the Lakers' top receiver, got held out of his team's rout of ...

A (Red) Devil of a time at VVS

Oh, is this high school sports scene full of irony. On the same weekend that Vernon-Verona-Sherrill hosted the massive cross country invitational meet that served as the sneak preview for the state championships it will host in mid-November, the school was facing a unique and rare punishment. Depending on your ...

Fun and games

First of all, the serious note - all of us hoping and praying that Cooperstown wide receiver Jeremiah Ford, taken off in a stretcher during Saturday's game against New York Mills, has a full recovery. It just takes one play, one hit in the wrong place, to throw everything back ...

Picture clears...or does it?

So how do we evaluate the third Friday night of Section III football in 2011? Other than it was cold and felt like a post-season night in late October? Perhaps it gives us clarity on some fronts, especially in the small schools, where Skaneateles and Herkimer continue to set the ...

A dip in the pool

It figures. On many levels. Naturally as I wax poetic on a one-sided soccer rout between J-D and CBA, up the street at the Middle School there's one remarkable battle going on in the pool between the same two schools. And just as naturally, the girls swim season takes off ...

Painting the cold night J-D red

Welcome to a grand experiment. We’re going to tell you the story of Thursday night’s girls soccer showcase between CBA and Jamesville-DeWitt at Alibrandi Stadium as it happened in real time. Both teams have rolled through their OHSL Freedom division opposition so far. The Red Rams, with it high-flying attack ...

The long road to 500

We tend to, in this line of work, get drawn to nice round numbers. It's easy to write about, build up to, highlight and emphasize. Think 1,000 points in basketball, or a 2,000-yard season in football, or 100 goals scored in lacrosse. Or 500 wins as a head coach. It's ...

And the rest of the story

As promised, a quick (or not-so-quick) recall of the rest of the weekend in Section III football, with appropriate comments attached... Speaking of keeping promises, we thought Whitesboro and Cortland would put up a few points in their Class A showdown. And they did, 86 in all, and the Warriors ...

Stepping out and stepping up

Of course there's two more days of football to recap from this weekend, but we'll leave that for the next entry. Here we'll go over the picture in the other fall sports, including one that headed out for its first serious activity. Think Saturdays in September, October and November, and ...

Going in both directions

In football, we overreact to one game, offering loud pronouncements about a team's fate long before it actually gets to said fate. Okay, so what do you do after two games? Especially when the regular season is just seven games "long"? That was what we needed to ponder after what ...

J-D football is going to the Dome

No doubt you have read about the flooding that is causing so much hurt in the Southern Tier. This is especially true in Broome County, where 20,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes, some from rooftops. What's most important, of course, is the safety of every single person ...

Save it for a rainy day

Take one look outside today, and you don't need to wonder why so many schools love the all-weather turf fields they have on their premises, and why others wished they could have them. How timely, then, that in the last couple of days the first varsity contests have been staged ...

It's next year already

Want any proof that we're in 2011 and not 2010? Try this result out.....in field hockey Tuesday night at Bragman Stadium, Cicero-North Syracuse 2, Cazenovia 1. Yes, on the very same green carpet where the Lakers won a state Class C championship 10 months ago, it lost the latest season ...

Worthy labor

Labor Day weekend is a bit of a contradiction - we honor work by not working, at least most of us. Okay, so some people have some stuff to do. Like high school athletes, for instance. And anyone who worked on Saturday during this rather toasty weekend really earned their ...

Big, Bad Brothers

Our first glimpse of Section III football, 2011 version, included teams winning with seven points and losing with 50. There were blowouts, thrillers, bold decisions and bolder statements. In other words, a typical fall evening of activity, even though it still felt like summer. It all goes back, though, to ...

Football Preview - Class AA

At last, we're on the eve of the season, but there's one more football division to preview - Class AA, where the numbers are largest and the competition, and level of play, reflects those numbers. The tally, since 2003, includes three state championships and six different teams winning Section III ...