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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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Nichols, Nave help WG beat reigning state champs
Whatever strength and quality the West Genesee softball team possessed, the only certain thing was that it never could catch up to the dynasty at Cicero-North Syracuse. Or at least that was the case until Thursday afternoon, when the Wildcats ventured to the Gillette Road complex and, with a combination of tough pitching, strong defense and one big clutch hit, knocked off the Northstars 1-0 in eight innings.
Wildcats avenge 2013 sectional semifinal defeat to Northstars
Yes, it was cold, raw and windy again, and yes, Cicero-North Syracuse stood on the opposing side, providing a serious challenge. But this time around, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team got the best of it, prevailing 10-7 over the Northstars in a key early-season showdown Tuesday night at Wildcat Stadium.
Wildcats knock off both of 2013 sectional AA finalists
Due to the bad weather that pushed the start of its 2014 season back for more than a week, the West Genesee baseball team found itself hosting both of last spring’s Section III Class AA finalists when it finally took the field – and beating them both.
Wildcats to face C-NS Tuesday in playoff rematch
All the steps that the West Genesee girls lacrosse team had to take prior to Tuesday night’s long-awaited reunion with Cicero-North Syracuse – better known as the team that ended the Wildcats’ six-year championship run in last year’s Section III Class A semifinal – were made with little incident.
Gaelic Knights rally past LaFayette, Cortland
Bigger challenges loom ahead for the Bishop Ludden girls lacrosse team, but it is displaying, at this early point in the season, quite a lot of grit and determination.
Sixth-inning rally helps Warriors survive at OCC field
In an early-season showdown, the Westhill baseball team met its neighbors from Solvay at the new Onondaga Community College complex Thursday night, and it turned into a particularly exciting contest, with the Warriors requiring a late comeback to beat the Bearcats 5-4.
Garn, Fallon, Sylcox each win twice for Mustangs
When it finally dried up and warmed up for the high school track and field season to get underway, the Marcellus girls managed to pull off something no one has in five years – namely, beat the Cazenovia Lakers.
Koziol's 16 saves key Wildcats' 8-5 win over Bees
A wide array of challenges greeted the West Genesee boys lacrosse team in the first full week of April, with plenty of motivation to meet those challenges head-on and eventually conquer them.
Marcellus prevails at Liverpool; Westhill goes 2-0
Competition at the top of the OHSL Liberty division in boys lacrosse is bound to be fierce, as Marcellus quickly found out. Fresh off its tough season-opening win over Auburn on March 29, the Mustangs hosted LaFayette last Tuesday afternoon, and it proved a close, tense contest, but Marcellus fell to the Lancers 11-9.
Ludden/Grimes debuts with rout over Clinton
Within hours of each other last Tuesday night, the Marcellus and Westhill girls lacrosse team, playing important early-season contests, met with wildly varying degrees of success.