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Marcellus falls to C-NS; Westhill beats Tully
Everything was in line for the Bishop Ludden girls lacrosse team as it sped toward Tuesday’s key early-season showdown with defending Section III Class C champion Skaneateles.
Bearcats take unbeaten mark to Orlando
Before the middle of April, the Solvay softball team had already earned impressive victories over two of its toughest OHSL Liberty division neighbors. Coming off its 15-0 shutout over Westhill on April 12, the Bearcats ventured to Marcellus two days later and had its lowest run total of the season, but still rolled past the Mustangs 9-1.
Marcellus, Jordan-Elbridge both take defeats
Off to hot starts, the Westhill and Marcellus boys lacrosse teams did not want to lose any of its momentum before the harder part of its schedules. With a showdown against state Class C no. 1-ranked Cazenovia looming, the Warriors, who were no. 8 in the first state Class C poll of the spring, saw last Tuesday’s game with Tully postponed, while the Mustangs had its game with Onondaga also pushed back to a later date.
WG squanders 4-0 lead, but prevails with late power
Perhaps the best thing for someone that has thrown away a comfortable lead, as the West Genesee baseball team did in Monday afternoon's game against Cicero-North Syracuse at Gillette Field, is to just start over. That's what the Wildcats did, turning to Colin BeVard to deliver the big swing in the seventh inning that gave his side a 7-5 victory over the Northstars and improve to 6-1 on the season.
Comeback sends Lakers past Wildcats in OT
If, as advertised, the Skaneateles and West Genesee girls lacrosse are the two best in Central New York, then they delivered a game worthy of those honors on Saturday night at Hyatt Stadium. For a long while, it looked like the Wildcats would finish on top. But a late surge by the Lakers, capped by dramatics at the end of regulation and overtime, helped the hosts pull out a 6-5 victory - and, perhaps, those precious local bragging rights.
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.