Phil Blackwell

Sports Editor
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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.

He can be reached at pblackwell@eaglenewsonline.com.

Recent Stories

C-NS girls start 1-1; Liverpool edges Westhill

Northstars have dropped sectional finals in 2013, '14

In each of the last two seasons, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team has made it to the Section III Class A championship game, only to get turned back – by Baldwinsville in 2013, and by West Genesee in 2014.

Liverpool, C-NS boys lax start seasons

Northstars fall to Syracuse; Warrior rout Central Square

It would not take long for the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse teams to get a look at each other in this 2015 season. The two neighbors and rivals square off Tuesday night at Bragman Stadium after each of them played last Friday night, with varying results – the Warriors routing Central Square 21-4, the Northstars falling to the newly combined Syracuse squad 10-8.

C-NS announces spring sports schedule

Lacrosse teams set to open late this week

Cicero-North Syracuse High School’s 2015 spring sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Liverpool announces spring sports schedule

Softball Warriors try to follow run to 2014 state AA final

Liverpool will try and see its softball team repeat its run to last year’s state Class AA championship game as its season starts April 1 against Fayetteville-Manlius, weather and conditions permitting. Here is the 2015 spring sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Sindoni out as C-NS football coach

Northstars decide to make change at top after two seasons

An off-season full of coaching turnover in Section III football has spread to Cicero-North Syracuse, who again is searching for a new head coach. The district announced on Tuesday that it was not retaining Joe Sindoni, who had coached the Northstars in 2013 and 2014 and brought the program back to the sectional playoffs after a long absence.

C-NS girls drop regional final to Bethlehem

Hot shooting from field, line end Northstars' season

It would take something exceptional to end Cicero-North Syracuse's run of Class AA girls basketball state final four appearances in Troy - and Bethlehem provided it. Hitting all kinds of big shots from the field and at the free-throw line down the stretch, the Section II champion Eagles defeated the Northstars 59-54 in Saturday's AA regional final at Colgate University's Cotterell Court.

Akinpelu, Basla, Norris share state indoor title

Liverpool, C-NS runners help win distance medley relay

Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse brought more than a dozen of their top indoor track and field athletes to Cornell University’s Barton Hall to participate in last Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet.

C-NS’s Cloute bowls in state tournament

Section III team finishes sixth; Cloute has high game of 219

Many times this winter, Cicero-North Syracuse’s Josh Cloute had bowled at Strike-N-Spare Lanes, including the Dec. 23 match where he notched a 300 game against Syracuse. But no appearance at Strike-N-Spare compared in importance with Cloute taking part in Sunday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament, where tough competition, and tough condition, was the order of the day.

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C-NS girls basketball sets sectional record

Northstars beat RFA for seventh straight AA championship

Having already achieved plenty of special feats in the last half-dozen years, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team now stands alone in a different way. When the Northstars rolled past Rome Free Academy 55-27 Saturday night in the Section III Class AA final Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena, it became the first program, regardless of class, to claim seven consecutive girls basketball sectional titles.

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Burdo medals twice at state swim meet

Liverpool swimmer third in 100, 200 freestyle

Liverpool boys swimmer Nick Burdo has a great sense of timing. All season long, Burdo had put up tremendous times in a wide variety of races, but when he concentrated on the 100 and 200-yard freestyle for last weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association meet at Ithaca College, he really stepped it up.

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