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Phil Blackwell

Sports Editor
315-434-8889 Ext: 348

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.

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Cazenovia announces winter sports schedule

Girls hoops opens Nov. 25 against Cortland

Cazenovia High School’s 2014-15 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Chittenango releases winter sports schedule

Boys basketball Bears host Dec. 22-23 tournament

Chittenango High School’s 2014-15 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

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Lakers surrender sectional title to Homer

Seven turnovers doom Caz football three-peat quest

All of the history, tradition and vast success the Cazenovia football team has gained through the decades meant little in the face of a turnover wave that helped deliver Homer its first Section III Class B championship since 2005. Seven different takeaways, five of them in the first half, doomed the Lakers in a 38-24 defeat to the Trojans Sunday afternoon in the Class B title game at the Carrier Dome.

Lakers' field hockey stopped in regional final

Caz shut down by Whitney Point in 2-0 defeat

As originally intended, the plan for the Cazenovia field hockey team was to make one trip to Maine-Endwell High School for the Class C regional final, and then a second trip a week later to try and gain the state championship that eluded the Lakers by such a slim margin one year ago. But the second trip would not take place.

Volleyball Lakers reach regional finals

Cazenovia sweeps Byron-Bergen in three sets

With the Section III Class C championship secured, the Cazenovia girls volleyball team would now face the two-tiered regional playoffs, where wins in both levels would mean a trip to Glens Falls for the state championship tournament next weekend.

Field hockey Lakers down Hoosick Falls, 5-1

Cazenovia advances to regional final against Whitney Point

Ever since the overtime defeat to Pierson/Bridgehampton in last year’s state Class C final, the Cazenovia field hockey team has put all of its energies into returning to that round and producing a different – and happier – ending.

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Caz boys soccer drops sectional final to Skaneateles

42-second outburst in second half decisive in 2-0 defeat

Forty-two seconds, in the course of an 80-minute game, counts for less than 2 percent of the field time, which isn’t much – unless a championship is at stake and a decisive blow is rendered.

Caz field hockey stomps Weedsport in C-D final

McLaughlin nets hat trick; Willard had two goals, three assists

Right after the Cazenovia field hockey team handled Holland Patent last Wednesday to earn yet another Section III Class C championship, attention turned to the Class C-D final Saturday at Rome Free Academy Stadium, where the Lakers would reunite with Weedsport to see who advances to the state tournament.

Ridings, Rowles run to state cross country meet

Cazenovia duo earns third-place finishes in sectional races

Kevin Ridings has waited until his senior year to achieve his ultimate goal. Clara Rowles didn’t even have to reach high school to get to that same point. Regardless of their diverse paths, Ridings, a senior, and Rowles, an eighth-grader, will both represent the Cazenovia cross country program at SUNY-Canton this Saturday and compete in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet.

Lakers rally, return to Class B sectional final

Caz fends off Westhill, meets Homer at Carrier Dome

Moments of concern had popped up for the Cazenovia football team throughout this fall, but here, in Saturday's Section III Class B semifinal at Chittenango High School, was a true crisis point. The Lakers, who had not trailed in the second half of any game this season, were behind Westhill, who had a erased an early 14-point deficit and appeared ready to bring an end to Cazenovia's two-year reign as sectional champions.

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