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Wildcats back in action after B'ville rainout
Rising up to no. 3 in the latest edition of the state Class A rankings, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team could not wait to resume game action in the wake of its 12-11 overtime victory over Jamesville-DeWitt back on April 18. But the weather forced the Wildcats to wait, anyway.
Lacrosse state champs recover from blowing late lead to Northsatrs
In the span of less than half an hour last Tuesday night on the Wildcat Stadium turf in Camillus, the girls lacrosse season, especially in the Class A ranks, got a whole lot more interesting. West Genesee, seemingly on its way to a tough victory over visiting Cicero-North Syracuse, ended up surrendering a four-goal lead in the game’s latter stages and saw the Northstars prevail, 12-11, when Hanna Haven put in a rebound goal with four seconds left in regulation.
Shoults nets game-winner after second-half rally
At the outset of a difficult two-week stretch that includes five straight games against high-level competition, the West Genesee boys lacrosse team nearly saw its unbeaten mark get cast aside. But a timely surge in the second half, and a pair of clutch goals from Tyler Shoults, helped the Wildcats turn back Jamesville DeWitt 12-11 in Saturday afternoon's showdown between a pair of traditional lacrosse powers.
Canavan single plates Roland with winning run in bottom of seventh
If, as many think, the Westhill and Solvay baseball teams are supposed to battle it out atop the OHSL Liberty division, then their initial encounter shows they’re not too far apart.
Nichols hits two home runs; Gardner tosses shutout
Even as it plots another championship course, the Solvay softball team is aware of the challenge its neighbors and rivals from Westhill could provide. And when the two squared off for the first of a pair of regular-season showdowns on Thursday afternoon, the Bearcats, even as the visiting team, grabbed control early and never let go until it had put away the Warriors 15-0.
Lakers get goal in last second to avoid fourth OT
If the battle for Section III Class C supremacy in boys lacrosse boils down to Westhill trying to snatch the crown from Cazenovia, then two things are apparent. First, the competition is bound to be exciting, tense and unpredictable. Second, they have a first act that might prove impossible to follow.
WG shines in rematch of epic 2014 state semifinal
At last, the West Genesee girls lacrosse team was heading home, having gone to several different fields that served as “home” venues” while the turf at Wildcat Stadium slowly improved and, finally, was deemed ready for play.
Westhill on tear going into Tuesday showdown with Cazenovia
Through the early portion of this season, the Westhill boys lacrosse team is continuing to prove itself as a major contender for OHSL Liberty and Section III Class C honors, and might end up the favorite, especially if it can topple defending champion Cazenovia on Tuesday night.
Westhill faces tests in games at Myrtle Beach
Tired of practices in gymnasiums, and hoping to expedite the process of getting its 2015 season underway, the West Genesee baseball team went out and shoveled its own field in the early days of April, and was glad to see warm weather help melt the rest of the white stuff.
Marcellus, Jordan-Elbridge both add to win totals
Even in girls lacrosse, where a few players can carry the attack, having depth matters, and helps when things don’t go well in the early going. Proof of this came in last Wednesday’s game between Westhill and Bishop Ludden-Bishop Grimes, where the Warriors overcame a poor start and dominated the latter stages to prevail 15-12.