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Breanna's perfect ending

Every high school athlete semi-serious about their craft want it to end one way - on top, a senior's cap and gown accompanied by championship hardware of some kind. Few ever get that ultimate wish. But Breanna Stewart did. The last high school game of Stewart's extraordinary career at Cicero-North ...

Boys state championship - Glory for Gaelic Knights, Patriots

Sackets Harbor had built to this moment for a long time. Bishop Ludden arrived at least a year ahead of schedule. But they both exited Glens Falls Civic Center Saturday night with smiles on their faces - and state championship plaques. Section III expected to find some degree of success ...

Girls state championships - Stars shining brightly

It surprised absolutely no one that Cicero-North Syracuse repeated as state Class AA girls basketball champions, finishing the task Saturday night at Troy's Hudson Valley Community College with a 62-48 victory over Penfield. What was noteworthy was the makeup of the Northstars' two efforts during the state final four. One ...

Lucky seven for state final four

Basketball in Central New York is doing pretty well, and not just the college version. On a single Saturday, 10 Section III champions went into the cauldron of the regional finals. Seven emerged with their seasons intact and tickets to the state final four punched, whether the destination is Glens ...

Heroes and high honors

Oswego had a pretty good weekend, don't you think? As if the local college hockey team's national-title quest wasn't enough, Oswego also saw the city's high school deliver a triple dose of championship glory during the first weekend of March. It began with Drake Becksted, sprint swimmer extraordinaire. The Virginia ...

The Dome Experience, Part II

All right, Section III folks. That 10-hour basketball festival known as the Section III championships in the Carrier Dome proved to be a big hit. Bigger crowds, more buzz, a sense of real history being made on Jim Boeheim Court as five teams got to claim the banner. So why ...

The Dome Experience, Part I

It felt different. Really different. True, these were the same Section III girls basketball championship games done in arenas in Watertown and Utica, in college gyms at OCC and Le Moyne. But in the grand setting of the Carrier Dome, they seemed to take on a larger prestige and greater ...