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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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WG stars help Americans tie Canadians in international matches
Just a few days after the Fourth of July, West Genesee boys golf stars Dylan Plis and Sean Stanistreet did their own bit of patriotic duty. Together, Plis and Stanistreet were part of the United States team that took on a side from Canada in the North America Cup, a match-play tournament that took place at Weston Golf & Country Club in Ontario.
Bearcats beat Marlboro, but fall in close title game
More than a generation ago, just as the New York State Public High School Athletic Association started to hand out championships in softball, Solvay earned the Class B state crown in 1986. Nearly three decades later, the Bearcats had a second chance to add a second title to that long-ago prize –but Saturday afternoon’s title game at the Moreau Recreational Park in South Glens Falls ended in the same unforgiving manner as it did in that same venue 12 months earlier.
Livonia rallies late, edges Warriors 3-2
When the Westhill baseball team took the trip down Interstate 81 to Binghamton’s Broome County Community College on Saturday, it intended to return with a third state Class B championship in six years.
Solvay's Harrington is sixth in girls pentathlon
An interesting mix of local track and field athletes made their way to the University at Albany and appeared in this weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet.
Five years after securing the second of back-to-back state Class B championships, the Westhill baseball team is going back to the state final four.
Niskayuna beats Wildcats for historic state title
In a quest to add to its own daunting and staggering record with a 16th state championship, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team got to the final round, only to get thwarted by an opponent making its own kind of history.
Solvay wins rematch with Windsor, goes to state final four
Molly McGuire and Jackie Gardner are the best of friends, and together, they’ve helped the Solvay softball team scale unprecedented heights. For them, along with fellow seniors Nicole Antonacci, Chelsie Delperuto, Brandi Pidkaminy, Jordyn Everett and Kayla Emmi, Just one goal remains – a state Class B championship, barely missed a year ago, now again within the grasp of the Bearcats as big contributions from McGuire and Gardner helped the a return trip to the state final four.
West Islip avenges 2014 state title game defeat to Wildcats
The thing draws attention in girls lacrosse is goals and offensive statistics, just like most sports. Defensive work is far less glamorous, but far more important, especially for someone like West Genesee, whose run of seven state Class A championships since 2001 has always featured an ability to keep opponents of all stripes from finding the net with regularity.
Second-half shutout keys 8-6 victory over Pittsford
For the 23rd time, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team has given itself a chance to earn the state Class A championship - and it took the last step toward that title game in a very familiar manner. Buoyed by a superb defense, the Wildcats fought past Section V champion Pittsford 8-7 in Wednesday night's state semifinal, held right in the Panthers' backyard at St. John Fisher College.
Westhill fights off Holland Patent, 5-4
Sam Walsh finally returned to his favorite role as a starting pitcher - just in time for the Westhill baseball team. Walsh's complete-game effort, combined with selective and timely hits, helped push the top-seeded Warriors past no. 2 seed Holland Patent 5-4 to win the Section III Class B championship Tuesday at Onondaga Community College.