September 9, 2012
Sunday footballl, and it was not the NFL? Why yes, that's what a Saturday storm can do.
Westmoreland, the kings of Class D, moved its game against Pulaski to the last day of the weekend. And while grown men donned jerseys to root for their Jets or Bears or whomever else, the Bulldogs pulled out a tough 7-6 win over the Blue Devils because it made an extra point and Pulaski didn't.
Kind of like how it went between F-M and West Genesee on Saturday. After enduring the downpours and wind gusts at the start, they settled into a fierce battle where two runners, the Hornets' Sean Bright and the Wildcats' Naesean Howard, both ran big in the second half.
Yet it came down to conversions. WG missed its extra point, F-M did not, and so the Hornets had a 14-13 win and the Wildcats had a second straight one-point loss. Fortunately, neither of them were league games, so the real drama still lies ahead for the defending AA champs.
The same was true when Westhill beat Marcellus on Friday night, and also when Bishop Grimes went to New York Mills. With a two-point pass from Tyler Carbonaro to Connor Evans, the Cobras beat the Marauders 21-20 and got its first win since 2009.
Congratulations also in order to Corcoran's soccer team, winless in 2011, who got one Thursday against Oswego in a 2-1 decision. That highlighted a weekend of kickw where Liverpool played five-time AA champ Baldwinsville to a 2-2 draw, Fulton's girls got an impressive win against CBA and both F-M and C-NS's boys swept Aquinas and McQuaid. Notice, too, how Poland's girls ripped Hamilton 6-0, so maybe Remsen in Class D has someone to worry about.
And yes, cross country season began. At South Jefferson, the hosts won both individual titles (Nick Tyler and Skylar Pastor) and also claimed the girls team championship as Beaver River's boys prevailed on the boys side.
At ESM, it was C-NS faring best among the locals, second to Brighton in the boys race and victorious in the girls race, with Fulton's Kyle Loftus and Fabius-Pompey's Erin McConnell claiming individual races. Jordan-Elbridge's meet saw the Eagles' Abby Gugel (girls) and Baldwinsville's Andy Fleming run fastest amid hills and hay bales.
Some big events in volleyball, too. J-D, new to the fall scene, won its second match in a five-set thriller over Solvay, on the same night that Skaneateles coach Doreen Doctor earned career win number 200, and just before those Lakers made a big statement by going to Cazenovia and sweeping those other Lakers.
The best part - looks like straight sunshine this week, no interruptions after a first full week where three days of material got altered, delayed, postponed and/or pushed back by the threat of lightning. It will also get warm. Again.