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Warriors edge C-NS in Jack Morse Kickoff Meet
Perhaps the Liverpool girls indoor track and field team was paying closer attention to what its male counterparts were doing than anyone could imagine. For when the girls Warriors had its turn in the season-opening Jack Morse Kickoff Meet Friday night at SRC Arena, it did exactly the same thing, finishing in first place and fending off a strong challenge from Cicero-North Syracuse to do so.
Bulldogs run wild, hand Liverpool first defeat
It took five games, but the Liverpool boys basketball team finally hit a rough passage right before the holidays. The 4-0 Warriors visited Nottingham Friday night and saw just how a bigger, faster opponent could operate in prime condition, seeing the Bulldogs pull away in an 81-53 decision that marked Liverpool's first defeat of the season.
C-NS pulls away from Catholic Central after 12-day break
More than a month had passed since practices got underway for the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team, and it had just one game in the books - a Dec. 6 win at Bishop Kearney. Weather (thanks to the snowout of a Dec. 10 game with Liverpool), and a schedule with big tournaments on the horizon, had limited the Northstars' game activity, and head coach Eric Smith said his players were tired of facing each other and wanted to get back into game action.
Warriors get wins from Mayfield, McCarthy
A mere 11 days after they ran in the Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon, Liverpool's Dylan McCarthy, Connor Buck, Ty Brownlow and Nick LeClair were part of a winning effort when the boys indoor track season got underway at SRC Arena with the Jack Morse Kickoff Meet.
Warriors get last-second win over Utica-Notre Dame
On the surface, a third-place finish, as the Liverpool girls basketball team attained during last weekend’s Norwich Tournament, didn’t seem that impressive. But the Warriors’ victory in Saturday's consolation game was quite good, as it went up against reigning state Class B champion Utica-Notre Dame and, with some big plays in the final seconds on both ends of the floor, knocked off the Jugglers 41-40.
Northstars drop to 1-2 after opening win over Nottingham
What the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team demonstrated, in beating Nottingham in its Dec. 6 opener, was that it still had the goods to win plenty of games, even with Connor Evans forced to the sidelines for the winter. But that didn’t mean the Northstars were free and clear, by any means.
Liverpool gains fourth-place finish at Herkimer Invitational
Whether the matches were quick and one-sided, or long and tough, the Liverpool wrestling team had all the answers to the questions West Genesee provided.
Northstars sweep West Genny; Liverpool gets first win
Due to the big numbers posted by the likes of Nick Joss early this season, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys bowling team had risen to the top of the Onondaga High School League standings. But that lead only lasted until last Thursday’s match against Auburn at Falcon Bowl, where two 5-0 teams went at it and the Northstars could not quite keep up in a 2-1 defeat to the Maroons.
Warriors finish third at Ontario Bay Tournament
What the Liverpool ice hockey team taught Cicero-North Syracuse in last Monday night’s game at Lysander Arena is that the dynamic of a come-from-behind, overtime victory can work both ways. The Warriors, having seen the Northstars benefit from such a rally in the Nov. 21 Frozen Dome Classic against Baldwinsville, did close to the same thing in this game, only this time rallying from a two-goal deficit to prevail 5-4.
Sullivan helped by late points from Cutler
In racing out to a 3-0 start and winning its division at the Cataract Classic in Niagara Falls, the Liverpool boys basketball team had established that it had a dependable star in junior Tyler Sullivan and the kind of depth that most opponents could envy.