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Entries for February, 2012

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Three for it all

They are celebrating this weekend in Phoenix and Canastota, as three of their finest returned home from Albany with state Division II wrestling championships in tow. This was nothing new for the Firebirds' Nick Tighe, the school's first two-time state champ, who won it all at 119 pounds a year ...

Basketball semifinal summary

On Friday, the remaining Section III boys and girls basketball teams, and their coaches, were honored at a luncheon at the Carrier Dome - a place where most of them are going to return next week. Sure, there's some B-1, B-2, C-1 and C-2 business to take care of early ...

Championship Weekend II

Once you get to spring high school sports, everything is compacted, the state championships mostly handed out on a single weekend in June as summer, and breathing space, looms. Not so in the winter. Starting in early February, and running through the end of March, every weekend something is getting ...

On to the semifinals

So a week of Section III playoff basketball is put away. None of it involved Jeremy Lin, but we managed just fine, with a fair amount of surprises, especially on the boys side. Just look at who's left in Class D - Blessed Virgin Mary, the little school that stunned ...

Boys basketball playoff preview

Basketball fans in Central New York must know how spoiled they are here. Not just with that no. 2-ranked college team on the SU hill, who keeps picking up big wins - three of them in six days, Georgetown, Connecticut and Louisville. Not bad there. But also the high school ...

Girls basketball playoff preview

Exactly 63 girls basketball teams start to set out on the Section III playoff journey Tuesday with first-round games on Tuesday. By week's end, they'll be down to 28, all of them dreaming of going to the Carrier Dome on the first Friday of March. Ah yes, the Dome aspect. ...

Long days, long nights, great rewards

Saturdays in winter mean many things to many people. For high school wrestlers, their coaches, their parents and everyone else involved with the sport, it means going to a gym early in the morning and staying until nightfall for the results. So it is during those big regular-season meets in ...

Let the honors begin

Since it's award season anyway, it only figures that, in the last days of January and first of February, there would be titles handed out in various winter sports. All of it started Monday with the CNYCY and OHSL girls indoor track championships at SRC Arena. Both in that event, ...

A gained perspective

The conclusion was reached last night, and it was inescapable. I have no right to complain, ever. This week had been yet another one of those stressful weeks, with work responsibilities piling up, long hours, etc. Add to it the usual personal quirks that can pop up, plus some family ...