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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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Top-ranked Lakers hand Warriors first defeat
When Henry Mann and Cole Willard scored goals less than 90 seconds into Tuesday afternoon's boys lacrosse showdown between Cazenovia and Westhill, it appeared that the reigning state Class C champions would dismiss the challenge of the unbeaten Warriors. But that would prove far from true.
Late comeback by Lakers falls just short against LaFayette
Whenever a reigning state champion starts the following season undefeated, a placement atop the state rankings is inevitable. So it is for the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team, who found itself sitting in the no. 1 spot when the first state Class C poll came out early this week.
Sadler nets eight goals as Bears hang on, 13-12
For the most part, Chittenango’s boys lacrosse team remained overwhelmed by the competition, but at the end of a busy week it finally found something to smile about. Hosting Whitesboro on Thursday night, the Bears broke out in a big way thanks to productive night from Garrett Sadler, and eventually needing all of them to hold off the Warriors 13-12 and get into the win column.
Caz beats overmatched foes, improves mark to 6-0
Though the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team has played three “home” games this season, it’s done so in places outside the Sean Googin Sports Complex as the long winter took a long time to subside.
Marcellus prevails over Lakers; boys side beats Mustangs
Back in 2009, the Cazenovia girls track and field team started a streak where no one in the Onondaga High School League’s Liberty could catch up to them. It took five seasons and 32 meets, but the Lakers were finally caught in Wednesday afternoon’s chilly season opener at Buckley-Volo Field by Marcellus, who prevailed 79-64 in a dual meet where, by contrast, Cazenovia’s boys team managed to defeat the Mustangs by a score of 77-64.
Lakers have 3-0 week; girls take loss to Westhill
Cold winds, cold temperatures and various forms of precipitation did not keep the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team from another impressive conquest. The Lakers faced perennial Class A contender Baldwinsville Saturday morning at Cazenovia College’s Christakos Field, starting and finishing fast and delivering a 13-5 victory over the Bees.
Caz routs Central Square; Chittenango stops New Hartford
In the small window of opportune weather that the early part of the last weekend of March afforded, Cazenovia and Chittenango’s girls lacrosse teams both got underway – and both would win.
Lakers commence defense of state Class C title
No Connor Cannizzaro or Ryan Cook, no Brad Nardella or Joe Colligan - and at least for the moment, still no problem for the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team as the pursuit of another state Class C championship is underway.
State finals remind writer of joys inherent in covering sports
So you want to know - after all these years spent jotting illegible things down in notebooks, doing hundreds of interviews, writing thousands of stories, covering untold numbers of contests both mundane and meaningful, and then hammering it out in front of an inanimate computer screen, why keep doing it?
Boys lacrosse Lakers open March 28 at CBA
After winning its second state Class C championship in three years, Cazenovia’s boys lacrosse team begins its title defense March 28 with a high-profile opener against another top contender, CBA, at Alibrandi Stadium. Here is the full 2014 spring sports varsity schedule. All dates and times are subject to change.