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Super sectional Sunday primer

Something odd took place Tuesday night in the Section III Class C-1 and C-2 title games. The no. 1 seeds won. Really. Beaver River, the pace-setter in C-1, erupted for 31 fourth-quarter points and turned back Tully 77-58 at Jefferson CC. Mohawk, continuing its impressive farewell tour in C-2 (they ...

Girls go to the Dome

Two weeks of Section III girls basketball playoff action has led to the five contests that will play out on the big stage at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday and Thursday night. How did we get here? Well, in the case of the first two title games on Wednesday night, ...

Landmarks and breakthroughs

Quite a Saturday, wasn't it? From the emotion and intensity on a sheet of ice in Utica to the history carved out on wrestling mats in Albany, the Section III ice hockey and state wrestling championships featured enough excitement to last for two months, much less two days. We'll start ...

Far beyond the limit

Yes, we'll get to the basketball, but we must start on the ice, where four Section III hockey semifinals brought varying degrees of drama - and in the case of Division II, they played for quite a while. At Allyn Arena Tuesday night, it all started with Skaneateles hosting CBA/J-D. ...

Break through, make some history

Everywhere you turned late last week, there was another team making some kind of big-time breakthrough in various Section III post-season events - or, failing that, they were returning to a place of preeminence they once held. It was the latter case for Liverpool's boys swim team. Early in the ...

Boys basketball playoff primer

At last, on Thursday afternoon, they arrived, the precious information that will help us endure the next few weeks of perils all around us - Section III boys basketball playoff time! A version of them can be found here, but for those too busy with their actual lives to try ...

Girls basketball playoff primer

Five classes, 60 teams, two weeks work of tension where every game ends somebody's season - such is the Section III girls basketball playoffs. Yet the feeling going into the 2013 edition is that it could all end up like 2012. Each of the defending champion is, with one exception, ...

One game too many

This blog entry was supposed to be entirely about the Section III championships in wrestling and indoor track that took place at SRC Arena last week, and yes, we'll talk about them. But what happened on Sunday may have been the most astonishing, strange, bizarre and sad news of the ...

The long post-season ride

Where does Section III winter sports best resemble the NHL or NBA? Easy, in the long, drawn-out manner in which championships are decided. From the time they start indoor track and field championships to the time the last Federation basketball title is handed out in Albany, two months elapse. Contrast ...