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Entries for November, 2012

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The twist at the end

This is how those state football championships at the Carrier Dome were supposed to go. Randolph would win again, Sweet Home would win again, Hornell would win again, Maine-Endwell would win again, Orchard Park would win again, cut, paste, wash, soak, rinse, spin, yawn. Count that as two cases where ...

Tornadoes actually save the day

On this sun-kissed November Sunday, it was left to Tara Seigle to save things for Section III. Already, it had proven brutal. Skaneateles, trying to get the state Class B girls volleyball championship in the morning at Glens Falls Civic Center, got a tutorial in championship play from John Glenn, ...

Good for the girls, bad for the boys

Want to find success stories and local high school teams still fighting for state championships? Look to the female side, and do so exclusively. Whether in volleyball, or field hockey, or girls soccer, no less than five Section III sides made their way to Championship Sunday. None did so among ...

Happy Hornets again

So naturally after enduring wind, various forms of precipitation, lots of mud and bone-chilling temperatures for the Section III meet at VVS, those that went to the state cross country meet at Elma Meadows, in the outskirts of Buffalo, got to run in sunshine and November warmth. The state championship ...

Soccer regionals recap: Three out of five, twice over

Ten Section III soccer champions started the regional round. Six of them are still going, three boys teams going to Middletown, three girls teams going to Cortland, all state final four-bound. It wasn't just that the success rate of the soccer sides more than trumped what took place on the ...

CBA saves the day

So this is what the 2012 Section III football season has come down to - everyone in Central New York rallying around.....Christian Brothers Academy. Really. This is not the norm. Rarely does a week, or a day, or an hour go boy without some public-school coach, or parent, whining about ...

About sticks, runners and a pool

Safe to say, this was a busy weekend. Aside from the football championships and soccer titles decided (which we'll get to in the next entry), there was the small matter of handing out Section III titles in field hockey, cross country and girls swimming. The sticks part played out at ...

Five Dome crowns

They didn't lack for big plays, nor for excitement, in the five Section III football championship games played out over two nights on the grand stage of the Carrier Dome. It was a strange, potent and fascinating mix of familiarity, especially on Saturday, joined by new blood that emerged with ...

Drawn-out kicks, Part I

No way could I wait for all of the Section III soccer semifinals to be done, The whole thing is going to take five days to sort itself out, and by that time we're into the finals, and this whole overlap thing goes on. Instead, what we'll do is go ...