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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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Steinhorts suceeds Neidl after 25 years as Lakers assistant
Few things change in the Cazenovia football program. Year after year, a group of committed, well-conditioned athletes, led by a core of veteran coaches who have run the show for decades, take the field in September and October, where they run wild on offense and shut down the opposition on defense, leading to plenty of wins for the Lakers and an annual shot at championship glory.
Chittenango hungry after one-win season in 2014
The pain that Chittenango football players, coaches and fans felt during a 2-6 season in 2014 had several sources. Some of it was due to the youth in the lineup. Some of it had to do with poor execution of the game plan. But Bears players that return for 2015 said a lot of it could be pinned on a lack of cohesion within the team, which makes it far more difficult to win.
Second-half surge key to finals win over Hornets
Just maybe, against the odds of sustained success and in defiance of cold, hard numbers, the Cazenovia field hockey team will turn out just fine. That was the message the Lakers sent during the season-opening Fayetteville-Manlius Tournament, culminating in Saturday's final, where a late scoring surge produced a 3-1 victory over the F-M Hornets.
Steinhorst debuts as Laker football coach in Dome Sept. 4 against Amsterdam
The fall sports season at Cazenovia High School includes a new varsity football head coach as long-time assistant Jay Steinhorst succeeds Tom Neidl, plus the field hockey Lakers seeking a 10th consecutive Section III title, among other storylines. Here is the varsity sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Football Bears open Sept. 4 against Skaneateles
Chittenango High School’s 2015 fall sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.
Caz field hockey star key part of winning Black team
Ever since Cazenovia’s field hockey season ended last November with a defeat to eventual state champion Whitney Point in the Class C regional final, defender Zoe Shephard has seen her profile continue to grow.
Rowles, boys 4x100 relay sides have strong finishes
From a team and individual standpoint, Cazenovia’s track and field program was represented quite well during this weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet at the University at Albany.
Cold Spring Harbor hangs on, beats Caz 9-8
With the final minute of Saturday's state Class C boys lacrosse championship game at Vestal High School's Dick Hoover Stadium ticking away, Cazenovia waged an all-out assault on the Cold Spring Harbor net, determined to force overtime and, perhaps, bring home the program's third state title in five years.
Lakers beat Penn Yan again in state semifinals
In pursuit of another state Class C championship, the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team had another tough encounter with Penn Yan - and got another victory.
Lakers get fourth regional win over Salmon River
Plenty of messages and warning signs were out there for the Cazenovia boys lacrosse team going into Saturday's Class C regional final against Salmon River at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium.