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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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Northstars again have to rally to beat Warriors
Right at the end, the Liverpool baseball team started to click and find success, even if it was too late to reach the post-season. What the Warriors could take the most pride in, perhaps, was the way it played in two-head-to-head encounters with rival Cicero-North Syracuse.
Liverpool again sets pace in CNYCL National meet
Even in the home venue of its main rival, the Liverpool girls track and field team still found a way to prevail in Thursday's CNY Counties League National division championship meet. The Warriors, with 175 points, held off host Cicero-North Syracuse (165 points) to win at Bragman Stadium, in large measure due to the versatility and depth it showed in running events.
Northstars avenge regular-season loss to Warriors
Though they were the same rivals, meeting in the same location, as they had a week earlier, this time around the Cicero-North Syracuse boys track and field team got the better of Liverpool. Remembering what had happened in their regular-season showdown, the Northstars got payback in Thursday's CNY Counties League National division championship meet at Bragman Stadium.
C-NS secures Class AA baseball top seed
Vince Mallaro started it, Will Apps finished it, and in between the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team got just what it needed to lock down the top seed for the upcoming Section III Class AA playoffs. More importantly, the Northstars showed, in its 3-2 victory over Baldwinsville Wednesday night at Gillette Field, that it could recover from a defeat and put together a big-time performance against a big-time opponent.
Liverpool gets momentum-boosting win before playoffs
A slew of defeats – some close, others not so much – had the Liverpool boys lacrosse team in what looked like a vulnerable position. True, the Warriors were defending Section III Class A champions, about to see whether it could repeat as the sectional playoffs loomed. But it had to face 9-6 Cicero-North Syracuse Tuesday night at LHS Stadium, another side looking for a signature victory to build on.
McClure brilliant in Hornets' 2-0 shutout of Northstars
Entering a challenging final week of the regular season, the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team was still unblemished, at 14-0, but quite aware that its long streak could end at any time. That time arrived Monday afternoon, at Fayetteville-Manlius, where the state no. 2-ranked Northstars ran into Hornets left-hander Jack McClure and didn't get on the board in a 2-0 defeat.
Hansen leads Liverpool to 3-1 mark at Muddville
Back in late April, the Cicero-North Syracuse softball team got tripped up for the only time this season, beaten by its own mistakes in a 9-2 defeat to John Jay-East Fishkill in a tournament near Binghamton. But the second time the Northstars ventured into tournament play, it turned out quite different, C-NS going 4-0 and winning last weekend’s 32nd annual Ace Morabito Memorial Tournament at Herkimer’s Muddville complex.
Lawes, Akinpelu both win for Liverpool at Loucks Games
In between their head-to-head showdown last Wednesday and the rematch in the CNY Counties League championship meet late this week, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse track and field teams both found success in a pair of Saturday events.
Northstars continue strong late-season push
At least in the waning stages of the regular season, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls lacrosse teams were wed together by the common goal of trying to knock off Baldwinsville. And it was the Northstars that proved successful, going to Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium last Friday night and prevailing 13-10 in a non-league contest, avenging a 10-9 defeat to the Bees just three weeks earlier.
Warriors also drop rematch with Baldwinsville
A month may have brought changes in the Liverpool boys lacrosse team, but it certainly has changed things for the side it conquered to win the Section III Class A title a year ago.