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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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Boys lacrosse Lakers face string of marquee opponents in 2015
Trying to return to the state Class C championship game, Cazenovia’s boys lacrosse team has ordered up a tough schedule that includes non-league games against long-time powers like West Genesee, Fayetteville-Manlius, Jamesville-DeWitt and Baldwinsville. Here is the 2015 spring sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Chittenango star puts together 1,214 series at Strike-N-Spare
All through the post-season, Chittenango girls bowler Casey Smith showed that she was able to maintain a top form even under the highest amount of pressure. And Smith did so again on Sunday, pulling off the best finish of any Section III individual as she took third place in the sectional team portion of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament at Strike-N-Spare Lanes in Mattydale.
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.