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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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Lakers defend sectional title; Bears look for playoff return
An eternal challenge in high school football is trying to maintain consistency and continuity when the very nature of the sport involves having to deal with new challenges and new personnel.
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.
Willard heading to U.S. National Team tryouts in Maryland
Even though the high school lacrosse season is over, a summer that’s full of tournaments, club teams and other activities is in full swing. And two stars from Cazenovia –Sarah Willard on the girls side, T.J. Connellan on the boys side, – are drawing some national attention.
Caz to meet Bronxville again for Class C title
While the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team knew that it would pass through familiar territory if it wanted to go all the way to a third state Class C championship in four years, it had no idea just how familiar it would get. Just like in 2013, the Lakers will have to beat Salmon River in the regional round, Penn Yan in the state semifinals and then Bronxville in the state final to win it all.
Defense carries Caz to state semifinal against Penn Yan
Each of the previous two times the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team claimed a state Class C championship, it had to endure a fair amount of stress at the hands - and sticks - of Salmon River. Now, going for a third state title, the Lakers again had to face the Shamrocks, again was pushed to the limit - and again made it through, prevailing 7-4 in Saturday's regional final at SUNY-Potsdam.
Nichols second in boys pentathlon; Kent third in girls triple jump
Cazenovia boys track and field star Walker Nichols got within 17 points of advancing to this weekend’s state championship meet in the pentathlon. Nichols, a junior, and Altmar-Parish-Williamstown sophomore Sage Bartlett waged a classic duel for Division II (small school) honors in Thursday’s Section III state qualifier at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium, the same venue that will host the state meet.
No. 1 Lakers to face no. 2 Salmon River on Saturday
Now it's 20 up and 20 down for the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team - but win number 21 might prove the most challenging of all. When the Lakers routed Section IV champion Chenango Forks 16-4 in Wednesday night's opening round of the state Class C playoffs at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium, it sets up a classic regional final on Saturday afternoon.
Lakers stop Canastota, fall to Frankfort-Schuyler in extra-inning quarterfinal
When the Section III Class B playoff bracket came out, the Cazenovia baseball team had to like what it saw, at least in terms of the opening rounds. With a no. 4 seed thanks to its 8-4 league record that created a share of the OHSL Liberty division regular-season title with Skaneateles, the Lakers had nothing but opponents unfamiliar with its strengths and weaknesses at the outset.
Mann, Brown power Lakers past Homer, 12-8
A few things didn't go right for the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team early in Saturday's Section III Class C final against Homer at the Carrier Dome. Face-offs, normally secured, when to the other team, and the normally-sharp Lakers attack was having difficulty finding any sort of consistency.
Caz singles star drops epic third-place match to F-M's Druger
With the Section III Class B first singles championship secured, Cazenovia boys tennis star Nate Romig went after a much bigger prize during the Section III state qualifier - and came within inches of going all the way to next weekend's state tournament.