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Calm before the storms...and Sandy, too!

You know, it would be nice to have a quiet evening at home, someday, no one or two games to run to and a dozen others to follow. That day will arrive, soon. The plan here was to have a nice Monday evening to relax and kick back before the ...

And now to the Dome

When the rain began to cascade down Saturday night at Marcellus High School, it came just in time. The 10 teams still left playing Section III football were quite eager to go indoors. Two days worth of semifinal games produced some serious contrasts in the upper classes, but some clear ...

Boys soccer playoff primer

All through this week, Section III's boys soccer teams begin their post-season journey. For most of them, it's a short trip, one game, maybe two games, and then it's over. For a fortunate sextet, it will lead to a championship banner, and perhaps a few of them will travel all ...

Girls soccer playoff primer

Sometime late on Tuesday afternoon, the portion of the girls soccer season where every game ends someone's dreams of ultimate glory gets underway. The process takes nearly four weeks to go from opening round of Section III play until the last state championship plaque is handed out in the Cortland/Homer ...

From 40 to 20

What kicked off Thursday night at Jamesville-DeWitt did not end until Saturday night, down the road at Chittenango, when Lowville left the turf triumphant. Such was the opening round of the Section III football playoffs, which had its fair share of mismatches, but also immensely impressive efforts on both sides ...

On with the champions' roll

The further you go into October, the more we start to hand out the important team and individual honors for Section III fall sports. Already with the individual singles and doubles tennis titles in the books, it was time to go for team championships, all leading to Wednesday's finals at ...

Forty dreams, five titles

Mid-October, the leaves turning, and after a month and a half of games played in everything from stifling summer heat to steady rain to raw chill, the Section III football playoffs are set to go. Sure, the Class C side got a head start, but now there's just eight teams ...

And the picture clears...

Before we sift through the maze of Section III football playoff contests up ahead, there's the small matter of recapping what went on during the final Friday of the regular season. Oh wait a minute, the playoffs already started. Yeah, those Class C folks didn't want any 5-2 teams left ...

First champs of the fall

You really know it's autumn when, headed out for another Friday night of football follies, you wonder if a snowflake or two will fall. Not the case here, but another strong indicator is seeing golf and tennis wrap up. They finish quicker than the other fall sports, knowing, from August ...

C-1 and C-2, quite a difference

We had all heard, before the season, that the Section III Class C football playoffs would be lengthened and doubled - 16 teams instead of eight, C-1 and C-2 champs crowned before we got to the Carrier Dome, no one of any quality left out, unlike 2011, when 5-2 wasn't ...

Friday night is Tyler Time

Baldwinsville fans or otherwise, there aren't that many more chances to catch Tyler Rouse before his illustrious high school career concludes. Then again, defenses haven't caught him much, either. Rouse may have enjoyed his finest performance in the Bees' 54-29 victory over LIverpool Friday, which put them in a tie ...

The Empire (Games) strikes back

One of the joys of this job, during summers past, was getting a week to do actual hard work, and have some fun, while covering (or attending) the Empire State Games. At least that was the case. State budget woes wiped out the summer edition in 2009, and even when ...