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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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Cazenovia shuts out C-NS, F-M as most of lineup returns
Just on the most technical of terms, the Cazenovia field hockey team's 2014 season began on Labor Day weekend. In truth, though, the work had started more than nine months ago, on the old (now removed) Astroturf at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium, where the Lakers' dreams of a third state Class C championship in four years got dashed in a double-overtime defeat to Pierson/Bridgehampton.
Lakers need to replace Hopsicker, Vogl, Westfall, Nourse
Perhaps more than any other high school football program in Central New York, the Cazenovia Lakers have weathered the sport’s changes, its constant arrivals and departures, and have remained a powerful force. And in 2014, the Lakers’ resilience will get tested once more.
Position battles everywhere; Chittenango opens with three straight on road
When a football team goes 4-4, as the Chittenango Bears did in 2013, the general consensus is that a lot of improvement is needed, but not a complete overhaul. Yet the Bears, who missed out on a Section III Class B playoff berth despite that break-even mark, might face that sober reality because, of the 32 players on the varsity roster, just three were regulars on the field a season ago.
Bears football opens with three straight road games
Chittenango High School’s 2014 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Football Lakers open at home Sept. 6 against Camden
Cazenovia High School’s 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Venezuelan posts 65 for three-shot win at Drumlins
In five years and more than 40 attempts, Veronica Silibert had never tasted victory on the Symetra Tour. But all of that changed in the Credit Union Classic at Drumlins Country Club's East Course, where Silibert moved into contention right from the start and then saved her best golf for the closing stretch to earn a three-stroke victory, $15,000 and better odds to reach the LPGA Tour in 2015.
Two tied, four others one back heading into final round
Little about the 19th annual Symetra Tour Credit Union Classic remains resolved with 18 holes to play. A tight leaderboard only got tighter during Saturday's second round at Drumlins Country Club's East course, leaving American Rachel Rohanna and Venezuelan Veronica Filibert tied for the lead and four others just one shot back.,
Connor joins Sean at Denver, leaving Maryland behind
At least for one year, Sean and Connor Cannizzaro, two of the greatest players in Cazenovia lacrosse history, will get to play on the same field again.
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.
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.