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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 onward, that they are racing against time until the leaves are gone, the rain is frequent and no one wants to do anything outside unless it's absolutely essential.

And so, just after September became October, the fall boys golf teams that choose a fall, rather than spring, regular season settle their Section III differences.

The Class A tournaments, played Oct. 2 at Foxfire, were both close affairs. But it was Cortland bubbling up to snag one league championship and Chittenango grabbing the other, negating a regular season where CBA topped both of them and was undefeated. The Bears' Sean Murray and CBA's Drew Derrenbacker tied for the individual championship.

Then it was Class AA's turns, going to Arrowhead in East Syracuse. Backing up what it had done in August and September, CIcero-North Syracuse's Blue side turned back Auburn, F-M, Baldwinsville, everyone, for the team crown.What's more, the Northstars' Joey Petrin shared the individual championship with Central Square's Brandon Payne.

Next for all the top golfers is the Section III tournament....in late May, merely eight months away. That's a lot of time to get ready for the big show at Seven Oaks, although for some reason we've heard that might be tough around here because it snows a bit from November to April.

With girls tennis, they do it all in the autumn, no long off-season. And the first big portion of it was the Section III singles and doubles championships, in four divisions, meted out over the course of this week.

They took care of the whole Division IV part at Utica Parkway Courts on Columbus Day. Sauquoit Valley's Ella Brutsky snared the first of the singles championships in straight sets over Beaver River's Kirsten Dziekan, but the Beavers retaliated in doubles as Abigail Cornell and Andrea Peters did not drop a game in dismissing Copenhagen's Kelsey Pitt and Emily Griffin for that crown.

Two days later, at F-M, it was Division III finals time after all the early rounds were played Monday in Utica. Here it would be a Laker party at the expense of Marcellus, as Cazenovia's Elizabeth Palmer beat the Mustangs' Haley Randall in singles and, in doubles, the Skaneateles sister tandem of Grace and Kathryn Magee handled two other Marcellus standouts, Renee Poullott and Emily Hennigan, in three sets.

Rain pushed the Division II and I finals to Thursday, at Liverpool. We knew in Division II that a J-D player would win singles, just not which one, at least until Kyrin Pollock ran over Rea Puka 6-0, 6-1 for Red Rams and Division I honors. Mexico would earn the doubles championship as Jamie Wallace and Brooke Willis upended the top seed from New Hartford, Ooba Kambhampati and Rachel Madden.

Finally, there was Division I, where F-M"s Sienna Susko ran over Auburn star Claire Minnoe 6-0 in the first set of the singles final, only to have Minnoe reverse roles in the next two sets 6-0 and 6-2. The doubles final also went three sets, but was more conventional as Baldwinsville's duo of Natalie Kot and Amari Pollard fought past West Genesee's Samantha Heyn and Marisa Joyce 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

Yes, there's still sectional team tennis titles to be decided, along with those coveted spots in the state tournament in early November, but some big honors are already stowed away, and we haven't hit mid-October or, even had the first snowflake.

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