Phil Blackwell

Sports Editor
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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.

He can be reached at pblackwell@eaglenewsonline.com.

Recent Stories

Neidl steps down as Cazenovia football coach

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.

Lakers handled by Westhill in Class B semis

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.

Caz indoor track stars compete at state qualifier

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.

Caz boys survive playoff scare from Phoenix

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.

Caz girls fall to Ludden in Class B sectionals

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.

Boys Lakers go 1-1, fall to SAS in overtime

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.

Caz girls shoot 15 3's in win over Ludden

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.

Caz hockey to face Auburn in sectionals

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.

Chittenango girls volleyball reaches sectional final

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.

Lakers, Bears wrestlers vie for sectional honors

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.

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