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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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Gaelic Knights rally for OT win; Warriors whip Cazenovia
In order to still have a chance at maintaining their respective Section III championship win streaks, the Bishop Ludden and Westhill boys basketball teams had to go through very different experiences in their respective semifinal games on Sunday at Onondaga Community College.
Syracuse falls to B'ville in sectional Division I title game
Despair had turned into hope, depression into aggression, and the Syracuse ice hockey team was about to catch Baldwinsville. Late in the third period of Saturday's Section III Division I final at Utica Memorial Auditorium, the Cougars, who once trailed by four goals, had pulled within one of the Bees and were going all-out to tie the game and attempt to keep its championship dreams alive.
Wildcats senior drops pair of bouts at 182 pounds
Dalton Elias described the New York State Public High School Athletic Association wrestling championships as a “gladiator-like competition” before heading to Albany’s Times Union Center to take part in the winter’s biggest meet.
Warriors beat Lakers for third time this season
Twelve years have passed since the Westhill girls basketball team last won a Section III Class B championship, during which time a string of great players have passed through the Warrior program, getting close to the prize, but denied again and again.
Shutout of RFA sets up title game against Baldwinsville
Someone - either the Syracuse Cougars, or the Baldwinsville Bees - will emerge from Saturday's showdown at Utica Memorial Auditorium with its first-ever Section III Division I ice hockey championship. A day after the Bees brought West Genesee's seven-year title reign to an end, the Cougars got a scare from Rome Free Academy in its Division I semifinal Wednesday night at Meachem Rink, but got the goals it needed down the stretch to beat the Black Knights 2-0.
Lee sets Solvay school record in boys triple jump
Each of the area’s indoor track and field teams had athletes with top finishes and school marks set during Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifier at SRC Arena. With berths in this Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association meet at Cornell University on the line, West Genesee freshman Carly Benson and Westhill-Bishop Ludden senior Tatiana Monds each secured wins on the oval.
Westhill starts post-season run with rout of South Jefferson
West Genesee’s boys basketball team did itself proud during the second half of Tuesday night’s Section III Class AA quarterfinal at Bishop Ludden, outscoring the Gaelic Knights and getting a big effort from senior guard Nick Cunningham. It was just the first half that ultimately proved the Wildcats’ undoing.
WG shut out, 5-0, after 23 straight sectional playoff wins
From 2008 until Tuesday night, the West Genesee ice hockey team had not lost a single game in the Section III playoffs - a streak that reached 22 consecutive victories, more than the length of a full regular season. True, there were close calls from time to time, but in each case the Wildcats emerged with more goals and, as a result, brought home seven consecutive sectional championships.
WG to face B'ville in sectional semifinal at Lysander
Aiming to defend a Section III Division I championship it has won each of the last seven years, the West Genesee ice hockey team found itself nearly upended in Saturday night's opening round of the sectional tournament. Liverpool came to Shove Park and, bolstered by the hot goaltending of Steven Kozikoski, were in it until the final horn before the Wildcats held on for a 3-2 victory over the Warriors.
Warriors meet Skaneateles in Class B sectional semifinal
Without a senior in its starting lineup, and staring down an 18-1, state no. 3-ranked opponent on its home floor, the Westhill girls basketball team found itself in a very unfamiliar situation Friday night, expected to bow out at Bishop Grimes in the Section III Class B quarterfinal, consider it a learning experience and get ready for next season. But the Warriors had other ideas.