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Big fourth inning pushes Bearcats past APW, 7-2
Cold, wet, weather, a venue change, a pitching role reversal - any of these things may have derailed the Solvay softball team. But nothing would keep the unbeaten Bearcats from rising to the top of the Section III Class B ranks for a third consecutive year.
WG beats Liverpool, 6-0, as Randall throws shutout
A season ago, the West Genesee baseball team saw its season end in a Section III Class AA semifinal played at Onondaga Community College. But when the Wildcats returned to that same round, at that same OCC venue, on a chilly, overcast Sunday afternoon, it turned out quite different, WG shutting out Liverpool 6-0 to earn a trip to Wednesday night's AA title game.
Warriors handle Solvay
Joe Sweeny enjoys pitching against Solvay - and the Westhill baseball team is glad for it. Sweeny's four-hit gem, combined with plenty of early run production and superb defense, helped the top-seeded Warriors defeat the no. 4 seed Bearcats 6-0 in Sunday's Section III Class B semifinal at Onondaga Community College and earn a trip to Tuesday's final against no. 2 seed Holland Patent.
Solvay second to Warriors; J-E grabs third place in B-2 meet
Finding success in many different disciplines but doing especially well in field events, the combined Westhill-Bishop Ludden boys track and field team was able to hold off Solvay to win Friday’s Section III Class B-1 championship meet at Canastota High School.
Benson, Sylcox, Townsend, McGuane among event winners
Carly Benson’s victory in the 1,500-meter run, plus other top finishes, helped the West Genesee girls track and field team to a fifth-place finish in last Wednesday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.
Bearcats to take on APW in final at Gillette Road complex
Though other area softball teams dropped out of their respective Section III playoff brackets, Solvay continued to drive toward a third consecutive Class B championship.
Gugel, Blonski lead J-E to second-place finish on B-2 side
When area track and field teams went to their respective Section III Class B championships, the girls didn’t have to go far, with Westhill serving as the hosts for Thursday’s competition. Jordan-Elbridge did quite well in the Class B-2 meet, earning 98 points to top everyone in the eight-team field except Clinton, who won with 186.5 points.
Bello, LaComb, Elmer, Parry all part of first-ever title runs
Perhaps the biggest week in Cortland State athletics, involving the women’s lacrosse and baseball teams each earning NCAA Division III championships, carried a distinct West Genesee flavor. On the lacrosse field, it was juniors Liz LaComb and Nicole Bello, along with freshman Hannah Elmer, leading the Red Dragons to its first-ever national title, while in baseball junior Turner Parry played a role in a record-breaking season for Cortland’s diamond heroes.
Six-goal lead vanishes in OT defeat to Lakers
In every manner except the final result, the Westhill boys lacrosse team was a championship unit during 2015, denied only by a Cazenovia Lakers side that, on three separate occasions, broke the Warriors’ hearts by prevailing in overtime.
Big first-half surge follows early time-out in 16-9 win
Mike Messere did not accumulate 801 victories over 40 seasons coaching West Genesee's boys lacrosse team by making hasty, rash decisions. So it had to surprise everyone that closely follows the Wildcat program to see Messere signal for a time-out midway through the first quarter of Wednesday night's Section III Class A final at the Carrier Dome, with WG only trailing Auburn by a single goal.