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Bearcats rally for four-set Class B finals victory
Perhaps there was a sweeter outcome for the Solvay girls volleyball team than to beat Marcellus for a Section III championship – but it’s difficult to imagine. These long-time court rivals got together again Thursday night at Jamesville-DeWitt High School to contest the sectional Class B final, and when all was settled, the Bearcats were victorious in four sets over the Mustangs.
Warriors beaten by Caz; West Genny stopped by B'ville in AA semis
In the early portion of the season, it was fairly clear that the Westhill girls volleyball team was ahead of Cazenovia, as indicated by a four-set victory on Sept. 20. But the Lakers avenged that defeat in October, and it the third and most important encounter, Cazenovia prevailed again, in four sets, over the Warriors in Thursday night’s Section III Class C final at Jamesville-DeWitt High School.
Wildcats handle Skaneateles; win streak at 48
Routine business was conducted by the West Genesee girls swim team Wednesday night at the Wildcats’ home pool in Camillus. Senior Night ceremonies took place, gifts and memories were shared, and everyone had something to smile about.One more routine occurrence happened, too – the Wildcats completed an undefeated regular season for the fifth year in a row.
Monds nets hat trick in 4-1 win over Clinton
Reaching another Section III Class B title game required Westhill to turn back its fellow Warriors from Clinton in Wednesday night’s Class B semifinal at Chittenango High School. Thanks mainly to the speed and skill of Jayanna Monds, that task proved relatively simple and stress-free, Westhill knocking out no. 3 seed Clinton by a 4-1 margin.
Girls endure penalty kicks against ESM; boys edge Fulton
They might only spend one season in Class A, but each of the Marcellus soccer teams is trying to make the most of the temporary promotion and claim their respective Section III titles. On a long, warm and occasionally wet Tuesday night at Liverpool High School Stadium, the Mustangs swept a sectional Class A semifinal doubleheader with lots of tension along the way.
C-NS rallies from early deficit, beats Wildcats 2-1
Charged with the difficult task of containing the top seed and reigning champions in Tuesday night’s Section III Class AA semifinal, the West Genesee girls soccer team produced a tough, hard-nosed effort.
Last-minute goal saves Marcellus from OT in win over Carthage
Experience can matter a lot in post-season play – especially when that experience involves getting to the brink of a state title. That’s what the Marcellus girls soccer team carries into what it expects to be a lone sojourn into the Section III Class A playoffs. But the no. 3 seed Mustangs had to count on that experience and poise to survive an upset bid from no. 6 seed Carthage and prevail, 2-1, in last Thursday night’s quarterfinal game.
Westhill exits in quarterfinals after 2013 run to state final
This was not 2013, when the Westhill boys soccer team rode an undefeated mark to the Section III Class B championship and then carried it all the way to the state title game.
Solvay wins opener, but falls to Clinton
Without a nemesis like Marcellus in the way this time around, nothing less than a Section III Class B championship will make the Westhill girls soccer team happy.
Mustangs to face Fulton in Class A semifinals
Without much pain or stress, the Marcellus boys soccer team charged ahead in the Section III Class A playoffs, while West Genesee, in Class AA, and Bishop Ludden, in Class D, exited the scene in painful opening-round defeats.