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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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In 25 years, Lakers won 15 league, seven sectional titles
Year after year, as his Cazenovia varsity football teams piled up league and Section III titles, Tom Neidl said that the program's continuity was a primary source of its success, with few changes in staff over the course of a quarter-century. Now, though, it's Neidl himself who is exiting the scene.
Defending state, Federation champs pull away from Caz
What the Cazenovia boys basketball team found out was that having a terrific 2014-15 season was both great and terrible at the same time. The fun was in building up a 16-5 record and advancing to the Section III Class B semifinals. The misfortune was that it came at the same time that Westhill was making a historic run at back-to-back state and Federation championships.
Nichols third in boys 55-meter hurdles, long jump
One last time this winter, Cazenovia’s top indoor track and field athletes made it to Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena for Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifying meet.
Henderson scores 31; quarterfinal clash with Skaneateles next
A Lakers boys basketball team is guaranteed to reach the March 1 Section III Class B semifinal at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall. Whether it’s no. 4 seed Cazenovia, or no. 5 seed Skaneateles, will get determined by next Wednesday night’s quarterfinal showdown at Buckley Gym, which followed Friday’s opening round where Cazenovia needed Ryan Henderson’s hot hand to fend off the no. 13 seed Phoenix Firebirds and prevail by a 52-49 margin.
First-round defeat contrast to earlier win over Gaelic Knights
What a difference seven days can make, especially when the pressure of the post-season is brought into the equation.
Cazenovia takes 14-5 record to Class B sectionals
With relentless work and well-timed big plays, Jake Shaffer turned into the most reliable and consistent force on the Cazenovia boys basketball team in the last stages of the regular season.
Lakers also top Solvay, enter post-season with momentum
True, the Cazenovia girls basketball team lost to Bishop Grimes Feb. 5 after holding an eight-point lead in the third quarter. But by pushing the then-undefeated, state Class B no. 2-ranked Cobras so hard, the Lakers gained confidence, and used that momentum to get a pair of impressive wins as the regular season drew to a close with the team sporting a 12-6 record.
Lakers finish regular season, beat Oswego, Mohawk Valley
This Friday night at 7 p.m., the Cazenovia ice hockey team will make its way into the Section III Division II playoffs, competing on home ice at the Morrisville State IcePlex. But the Lakers will not have an easy task in front of them.
Bears unable to top Carthage, end 37-year title drought
Not only did the Chittenango girls volleyball team have a chance to end a 37-year Section III championship drought, it could do so in front of the home fans. The opportunity arrived Saturday night, when the no. 2 seed Bears would try and upend unbeaten, top-seeded Carthage (whose last title came back in 1981) in the Class A final.
Nannery fourth for Cazenovia; Bixby reaches 100 wins for Chittenango
Several wrestlers from Cazenovia and Chittenango would make it to the awards podium by the end of Saturday’s Section III Division II championships at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.