High School Sports


Pepper Tournament returns to West Genesee

Girls, boys tournaments celebrates game of lacrosse

Amid the usual crowded lineup of lacrosse tournaments that dot the summer landscape, there’s West Genesee’s annual two-day festival that honors the game and its spirit.

Football teams face new challenges for 2014 season

Westhill has new coach; West Genny must replace Howard

Summer is in full gear – but just a month from now, thoughts will turn to autumn, and to the latest edition of high school football in Central New York. It will do so with plenty of alterations from 2013, and each of the local sides, from Class AA to C, has faced some sort of change in the off-season.

Solvay stopped just short of state softball title

Eden pitcher no-hits Bearcats in championship game

History, in the form of a first state championship, was right within the reach of the Solvay softball team as it took to the field at South Glens Falls' Moreau Recreation Center Saturday afternoon, one victory away from the biggest prize of all.

Garn wins 2,000 steeplechase at state track meet

Marcellus senior also takes second in 800-meter run

Track and field athletes from four area high schools ventured one more time to Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, taking part in this weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet.

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West Genesee girls wins seventh state lacrosse title

Senior-heavy Wildcats pull away, beat West Islip

What it came down to, for the West Genesee girls lacrosse team, was the simple idea that 17 seniors, bitterly disappointed a season ago, did not want to go through that disappointment again. And the Wildcats didn't have to, riding its hunger and determination all the way to the seventh state Class A championship in program history, attained Saturday afternoon at SUNY-Cortland with a convincing 15-10 victory over West Islip.

Solvay beats Windsor, reaches softball state final four

Gardner grand slam helps Bearcats avenge 2013 regional defeat

Plans are now underway for Solvay's softball team, who punched a ticket to the state Class B final four at Glens Falls in the sweetest way possible. Already with the Section III title in hand, the Bearcats sought payback in Friday's Class B regional final against Windsor (Section IV) Friday at Union-Endicott High School – and got it, with Jackie Gardner starring in the pitcher’s circle and at the plate to beat the Black Knights 6-3.

Wildcats survive epic state semifinal with Pittsford

Five OT periods required for WG to prevail on Meager's game-winner

Through most of the West Genesee girls lacrosse team’s 2014 quest for a seventh state Class A championship in program history, there was little need to discuss the role of fate or destiny, since most of the wins in both the regular season and post-season were of a lopsided nature.

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Solvay softball repeats Class B sectional title

Bearcats score early, often in 11-3 romp over Adirondack

This time around, the Solvay softball team was not going to wait to decide matters. Having seen its season nearly end against Altmar-Parish-Williamstown in the previous round, the Bearcats jumped all over Adirondack in Monday night's Section III Class B final at the Gillette Road complex in Cicero, eventually prevailing 11-3 to bring home a second consecutive sectional championship.

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Wildcats blast Ithaca, return to state final four

WG girls lacrosse to face Pittsford at SUNY-Cortland

With the redemption of 2013 accounted for, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team, as Section III champions, could now go after something else – namely, a seventh state championship in program history.

Track stars advance to state championship meet

Garn, Uczen, Gugel among winners at Section III qualifier

When the area’s top track and field athletes went to Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium for Thursday’s Section III state qualifying meet, the intention was to do well and then come back to C-NS again next weekend for the state championships.

WG softball drops close semifinal to C-NS

Nichols holds Northstars to three hits; Tully strikes out 12

Unlike so many others in seasons past, the West Genesee softball team entered last Wednesday night’s Section III Class AA semifinal against Cicero-North Syracuse at the Gillette Road complex with the confidence gained from beating the defending state champions in the regular season.

Solvay softball survives tense sectional semifinal

Run in seventh pushes Bearcats past APW, 2-1

Even as it was putting up big run totals throughout the spring, the Solvay softball team knew that, at some unknown point, it would have to grind out a win or two if it wanted to go as far as it wanted. That tense moment arrived in Wednesday's Section III Class B semifinal at the Gillette Road complex in Cicero, where a series of escapes by pitcher Jackie Gardner, and a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, allowed the top-seeded Bearcats to squeeze past no. 4 seed Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 2-1.

C-NS girls lax falls to West Genny in sectional final

Wildcats get payback for 2013 playoff defeat in Dome

Absent a Section III Class A title for 17 years, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team was bent on ending that drought on the same Carrier Dome turf where Baldwinsville kept them from the crown a year ago.

Girls lacrosse Wildcats roar to sectional title

West Genny gets playof atonement, routs C-NS

More than 12 months of hard work and determination, mixed in with a healthy amount of talent and wisdom, produced a West Genesee girls lacrosse team that marched onto the Carrier Dome turf Tuesday night with a purpose - and walked off that same turf with the Section III Class A championship firmly back in its grasp.

Baseball Wildcats fall in AA semifinal classic

F-M scores twice in ninth to beat West Genny, 5-3

Will Randall, as fired up as his West Genesee baseball teammates, crossed the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning of Monday night’s Section III Class AA semifinal at Onondaga Community College, tying the game and convincing every Wildcat partisan that it would win here, and then go face Auburn Friday night for the sectional title at NBT Bank Stadium. Only it did not turn out that way.