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Credit Union Classic draws top women's golfers looking for LPGA cards
Nearly two decades old, the Symetra Tour’s Credit Union Classic has turned into a late-summer fixture on the Central New York golf calendar. And once again, the future stars of women’s golf are heading to Drumlins Country Club’s East course this weekend, battling for $100,000 in prize money and improving their odds of being one of the 10 players that, at season’s end, will earn an LPGA Tour card.
Girls, boys tournaments celebrates game of lacrosse
Amid the usual crowded lineup of lacrosse tournaments that dot the summer landscape, there’s West Genesee’s annual two-day festival that honors the game and its spirit.
Westhill great commits as junior.; J-D star transfers from Wake Forest
All of a sudden, Washington, D.C. has turned into a Mecca for some of Central New York’s top basketball talents. It’s a bit ironic, given Syracuse University’s long-time rivalry with Georgetown. But it’s the school just across town – George Washington University - that has managed to snag two standouts – one in the middle of his college career, the other still a year away from it.
Westhill has new coach; West Genny must replace Howard
Summer is in full gear – but just a month from now, thoughts will turn to autumn, and to the latest edition of high school football in Central New York. It will do so with plenty of alterations from 2013, and each of the local sides, from Class AA to C, has faced some sort of change in the off-season.
Golf, basketball, football, journalism all part of Class of 2014
With accomplishments that span the entire second half of the 20th century and the first years of the 21st century, the six newest inductees to the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame provide a wide variety of compelling stories.
Eden pitcher no-hits Bearcats in championship game
History, in the form of a first state championship, was right within the reach of the Solvay softball team as it took to the field at South Glens Falls' Moreau Recreation Center Saturday afternoon, one victory away from the biggest prize of all.
Marcellus senior also takes second in 800-meter run
Track and field athletes from four area high schools ventured one more time to Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, taking part in this weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet.
Senior-heavy Wildcats pull away, beat West Islip
What it came down to, for the West Genesee girls lacrosse team, was the simple idea that 17 seniors, bitterly disappointed a season ago, did not want to go through that disappointment again. And the Wildcats didn't have to, riding its hunger and determination all the way to the seventh state Class A championship in program history, attained Saturday afternoon at SUNY-Cortland with a convincing 15-10 victory over West Islip.
Gardner grand slam helps Bearcats avenge 2013 regional defeat
Plans are now underway for Solvay's softball team, who punched a ticket to the state Class B final four at Glens Falls in the sweetest way possible. Already with the Section III title in hand, the Bearcats sought payback in Friday's Class B regional final against Windsor (Section IV) Friday at Union-Endicott High School – and got it, with Jackie Gardner starring in the pitcher’s circle and at the plate to beat the Black Knights 6-3.
Five OT periods required for WG to prevail on Meager's game-winner
Through most of the West Genesee girls lacrosse team’s 2014 quest for a seventh state Class A championship in program history, there was little need to discuss the role of fate or destiny, since most of the wins in both the regular season and post-season were of a lopsided nature.