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Phil Blackwell has been sports editor of Eagle Newspapers since 1998 and is the co-host of the Inside High School Sports show, Saturday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. on ESPN Radio 97.7 and 100.1.
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Five-set win over Trojans helps Warriors tie Cazenovia
Right to the final moments of the regular season, the OHSL Liberty division girls volleyball regular-season championship remained in doubt, with Westhill and Cazenovia on even terms. And it all rode on the fifth set of the Warriors’ regular-season finale Thursday night against the Homer Trojans.
Eagles prevail on home course; Warriors topple Skaneateles
Jordan-Elbridge was happy that it was running on its home course. Westhill-Bishop Ludden was happy that its deep pool of talent was in prime form. And both programs were happier once the Onondaga High School League Liberty division championship races were complete on an overcast Wednesday afternoon in October.
West Genny, Ludden also playoff-bound
Maybe at just the right moment, the Marcellus girls soccer team is finding the special form it has conjured up so many times in championship seasons past.
Marcellus, Westhill head toward different sectional tournaments
Whatever happens to the Marcellus boys soccer team as it navigates through the Section III Class A playoffs for the first time, it has already found unqualified success as it made an undefeated run to the OHSL Freedom National division regular-season championship.
Ludden heads to Class D for sectional tournament
West Genesee’s boys soccer team, though assured of a Section III Class AA playoff berth, did not have a signature win for its 2014 regular season – until the very end of it.
WG to face 7-0 Henninger in sectional opening round
When the West Genesee football team left the field last Friday night at Liverpool on the wrong end of a 42-24 decision, it had some apprehension about what the future would bring. By the time they got back to Camillus, though, everything was happy, due to events elsewhere.
Warriors claim second OT decision over Lakers this season
Jayanna Monds perfectly timed her run in the waning moments of Saturday's wet, cold, windy girls soccer battle between Westhill and Cazenovia. Or she was offsides by several yards. The only thing that matters was that no whistle was blown and Monds, with just 10 seconds to play in overtime, put home the decisive goal as the state Class B no. 3-ranked Warriors edged past the state no. 8-ranked Lakers 3-2.
Eagles secure second place, hosts Thousand Island in first round
They had reason to point to 2014 as the year where Jordan-Elbridge’s football fortunes turned around and something big would happen. With a senior-heavy lineup and a stifling defense, the Eagles closed a 6-1 regular season by turning back Canastota 14-8 on Friday night and giving itself all kinds of momentum heading into next week's Section III Class C playoffs.
Solvay drops 36-20 decision to Chittenango
Even as the Marcellus football team was wrapping up a 5-2 regular season with a 62-7 destruction of Phoenix Friday night, its eyes were toward another contest that would determine its future itinerary.
Warriors overwhelmed by Trojans' ground game in second half
Having climbed further than anyone could have imagined at the start of this fall, the Westhill football team had a chance to offer a perfect ending to a perfect regular season by defeating Homer in Friday night's showdown for the Class B West regular-season championship.