Liverpool, C-NS each notch top-five efforts at Cornell
Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse sent a large contingent of top athletes to last Saturday’s state championship meet at Cornell University’s Barton Hall, and emerged from the meet with plenty of top-10 finishes, including one second-place effort.
Northstars junior goes 1-2 at 106 pounds in first appearance
Cicero-North Syracuse wrestler Joe Barber would represent Section III in a tough Division I 106-pound bracket during last weekend’s state championship meet at Albany’s Times Union Center, ending up with a 1-2 record.
Utica Proctor rallies late, edges C-NS 83-79
No one would end up losing Saturday night's wild, thrilling Section III Class AA boys basketball championship game at the Carrier Dome. One team would just have more points at the end. Cicero-North Syracuse badly wanted to be that team, but a key departure at an ill-timed moment turned things in Utica Proctor's favor, and the Raiders rallied to beat the Northstars 83-79 to earn the sectional title.
Stifling defense helps Northstars turn back West Genny
Big names or small, veterans or younger players, the one constant throughout the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team's long reign as Section III Class AA champions has been an ability, when necessary, to forget everything else and just shut an opponent down.
Williams, Evans lead Northstars past Hornets, 69-63
Connor Evans and Ronnie Williams may not have started with the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team, but the fact that they are there now is a big reason why the Northstars are making its way to the Carrier Dome to play for the Section III Class AA championship.
Lawes, Okinpelu, Christensen, Buck all prevail for Warriors
All kinds of athletes from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse took starring roles during Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifier at SRC Arena. And with a string of victories, the Warriors and Northstars assured that both would have heavy representation this Saturday for the New York State Public High School Association championship meet at Cornell University’s Barton Hall.
Girls handle F-M; boys fight past West Genesee
In their own unique ways, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls and boys basketball teams will both head to Onondaga Community College Saturday with clear goals in mind when they enter the Section III Class AA semifinals.
Liverpool second, C-NS fourth in team standings behind B'ville
Despite not earning any individual titles, the Liverpool wrestling team still rose to a second-place finish in Saturday’s Section III Division I championships at SRC Arena. Cicero-North Syracuse also had a strong meet, claiming fourth place behind Baldwinsville, Liverpool and Fulton, but had the area’s lone champion – Joe Barber, who prevailed at 106 pounds.
Clarke sets state standard in 100 breaststroke
While the Liverpool boys swim team was quite satisfied with earning the Section III Class A championship Saturday at West Genesee High School, it has so much more in mind. From Garrett Clarke to Nick Burdo to diver Dan Roche and a pair of terrific relay teams, the Warriors are dead-set on earning medals when the state meet takes place Feb. 28-March 1 at Webster Aquatic Center, near Rochester.
Warriors stop Oswego, earn shot at top seed F-M
Right at the moment when it mattered most, the Liverpool boys basketball team found the form that made them so feared early this season. As a result, the no. 9 seed Warriors eliminated no. 8 seed Oswego, 61-48, in Friday night's opening round of the Section III Class AA playoffs and earned a shot at top seed Fayetteville-Manlius in Tuesday night's quarterfinal round.
Fanizzi sweep of long jump, triple jump leads Northstars
For the most part, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls indoor track and field team lagged behind rival Liverpool whenever the two met up during the winter. However, in Thursday night’s CNY Counties League National division championships at SRC Arena, the Northstars made its way to second place, with 110 points, as the Warriors finished third with 75 points, each of them trailing Fayetteville-Manlius, who won again with 150 points.
IHC, with Trudeau hat trick, stops Liverpool 4-2
Having accomplished so much in this turnaround 2013-14 season, the Liverpool ice hockey team wanted, more than anything, to keep the story going beyond the opening round of the Section III Division I playoffs.
Lawes, Christensen, Vanmarter help Warriors edge F-M
Though the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team was unable to unseat Fayetteville-Manlius for the Section III Class AA championship, it did earn league honors a week later.
Bulldogs use inside power to stop Northstars 56-44
Half a decade has passed since the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team entered the Section III Class AA playoffs as anything other than an overwhelming favorite. Yet that is the Northstars' predicament as it pursues a sixth straight sectional title, directly resulting from Tuesday night's 56-44 defeat to Nottingham in Tuesday night's regular-season finale.
Baldwnisville denies Northstars sectional title by one point
When they went to last Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Baldwinsville, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling teams had various motivations.
Liverpool stops Central Square, goes to sectionals 10-8
Playing three times in the last week of the regular season, the Liverpool girls basketball team claimed one victory – but it was enough to assure a winning record for 2013-14. That win came last Friday night, when the Warriors defeated Central Square 47-29 in a game that was important for both sides.
Warriors to face Watertown IHC in sectional tournament
Regardless of what takes place in the Section III Division I playoffs, the Liverpool ice hockey team has taken giant steps toward joining the elite. Still, the Warriors’ regular-season finale, against Mohawk Valley last Friday night, provided a bit of a wake-up call as it took a 5-2 defeat to the Raiders to end up at 12-7-1 going into the sectional tournament.
Evans leads mid-game getaway, earns 27 points
In a matter of days, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team went from a low point of its season to a high one. Held in check during a 64-46 defeat to West Genesee last Tuesday night, the Northstars came back home Friday and hit all the shots that it missed in Camillus, leading to an impressive 68-53 victory over defending Section III Class AA champion Henninger.
Liverpool boys finish second to F-M; Akinpelu gets pair of girls wins
While the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team could not quite catch Fayetteville-Manlius and earn the Section III Class AA championship, Ryheim Lawes did establish himself as the top individual performer of the event.
Burdo breaks pool record in 200 freestyle
All season long, as they piled up victories and they dominated their respective leagues, the Liverpool and CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt boys swim teams looked forward to their season-ending head-to-head showdown to see which side could prove superior.
Fast start, stifling defense key 52-39 win over Northstars
This was the time that many thought the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team would get caught, as West Genesee brought its 13-1 record into town Tuesday night's CNY Counties League National division first-place showdown and a belief that, at last, it was ready to take down the reigning champions.
Lawes prevails in 55-meter dash, long jump for Warriors
Before the February post-season gauntlet, the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team had one more chance to add to its win total - and did so. Ryheim Lawes' first-place finishes in the 55-meter dash and long jump helped the Warriors hold off Fayetteville-Manlius and prevail in Wednesday night's Last Chance Qualifier at SRC Arena.
Broncos' offense, Seahawks' D makes for compelling Super Bowl
To save you a whole lot of time between now and Sunday night’s football game in New Jersey with a Roman numeral title that decides the championship of the National Football League, here is the lazy, tired narrative that will get repeated millions of times before they kick it off.
Liverpool also falls in opening round to South Jefferson
Neither the Cicero-North Syracuse nor Liverpool wrestling teams could make it out of the first round of Saturday’s Section III Dual Meet – but they both left quite an impression.
Hot shooting rescues C-NS in tough home win over Bucs
While not at the top of the list of Section III Class AA title contenders due to early-season defeats to Henninger and Fayetteville-Manlius, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team is right behind them, poised to go even higher should events warrant.
Northstars rely on defense to handle Corcoran, Oswego
Back from yet another defeat in an out-of-town tournament against yet another foe it doesn’t have to worry about come post-season time, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team still finds itself unbeaten against Section III opponents.
Akinpelu sweeps girls sprints; Buck wins boys mile
Throughout the winter, the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team had picked up a string of victories against CNY Indoor Track Association opponents. But that changed in Tuesday night’s Fred Kirsschenheiter Memorial Invitational, where the Warriors, without sprint star Ryheim Lawes, finished second to Fayetteville-Manlius.
Liverpool stops Bees for first time in eight years
In the midst of a late-sesaon surge that put them into the state Division I rankings, the Liverpool ice hockey also got a long-awaited win over its neighbors. The Warriors met Baldwinsville Tuesday night at the Greater B'ville Ice Arena facility the two programs share, and with Dalton Horton coming up big, especially in the third period, the Warriors skated past the Bees 3-1.
Even if Dome is maintained, new arena would help Syracuse
More than 30,000 packed the Carrier Dome on Jan. 11 as SU’s undefeated men’s basketball juggernaut dismantled North Carolina. Way more, perhaps up to 35,000, will be on hand next Saturday night for the arrival of Duke, even if they’re not as imposing as Blue Devil teams from seasons past.
Liverpool prevails at Bees' own dual meet
Not too long ago, the notion of the Liverpool wrestling team even getting on close terms with Baldwinsville, much less beating them, was a fanciful notion. But it’s no longer a fantasy. Instead, it’s a glorious reality that the Warriors created for itself by rallying from behind and stunning the Bees 34-31 Saturday to move into first place in the CNY Counties League.
Northstars earn 4-1 mark at Hannibal Duals
A tiny margin – half a point, to be exact – ended up separating the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team from first-place honors at the Jan. 11 Cazenovia Invitational. And it was Baldwinsville that finished just ahead of the Northstars – the same B’ville team that C-NS faced again four nights later at the Baker High School gym, though it didn’t prove as close this time around as the Bees prevailed by a score of 46-30.
Warriors improve to 6-0; C-NS falls to West Genny
Churning toward an undefeated regular season, the Liverpool boys swim team isn’t letting anything get in the way – especially possible fatigue. Though the Warriors, when facing Baldwinsville last Wednesday night, were in the midst of a stretch of four meets in 10 days, it didn’t matter one bit as it breezed past the Bees 98-78.
Evans scores 22 after missing first meeting with Warriors
When the Liverpool boys basketball team pulled away from Cicero-North Syracuse and won their first head-to-head encounter earlier this season, someone was missing. And that someone – specifically, Connor Evans – had a lot to do with the Northstars getting even with the rival Warriors Tuesday night during a tense 65-62 overtime victory.
Lawes sweeps 55, 300-meter sprint races
Even the fact that it was competing for the second time in four days could not slow the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team down. The Warriors won four events, two of them by sprint star Ryheim Lawes, and roared to the top spot in Tuesday night's Bob Grieve Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.
Northstars a close second to B'ville at Cazenovia meet
Given newfound momentum by its win over rival Liverpool in the Akley Memorial Duals at Oswego on Jan. 4, the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team didn’t waste it. The Northstars made the short trip to Central Square last Wednesday night, and by winning six of the first eight matches, it built an insurmountable lead and went on to defeat the Red Hawks 42-30.
C-NS, Liverpool both prevail twice, will meet on Tuesday
Many area high school sports teams had no choice but to accept long respites between games, either due to the holidays or to weather. For Cicero-North Syracuse’s girls basketball team, though, the break was deliberate, a 16-day respite built into the schedule following a split of two games in a Dec. 21-22 tournament in Queens.
Warriors give up all of goals in special-teams situations
At even strength, the Liverpool ice hockey team managed to do something special on Friday night and play on even terms with West Genesee, the state's top-ranked Division I team. Unfortunately for the Warriors, it was those situations where there wasn't an equal amount of skaters on the ice that proved costly - and helped the Wildcats prevail 3-0 in Friday night's clash at Shove Park in Camillus.
Symetra Tour staple to return for 19th edition
Snow fell gently outside the clubhouse at Drumlins Country Club and lay on the ground, too, but already thoughts were turning toward summer, toward golf – and toward the latest edition of the Symetra Tour’s Credit Union Classic.
C-NS falls to F-M; Liverpool victimized by Henninger rally
When the weather finally warmed up – and behaved – long enough for boys basketball to resume, Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool both had great opportunities to earn big victories, at home, against the two favorites in the Section III Class AA title race.
C-NS beats Syracuse for first victory of winter
No one, at this point, is getting close to the torrid pace set by the Liverpool boys swim team in the CNY Counties League, though Cicero-North Syraucse is putting up its own noble effort.
Akinpelu wins 300 sprint; Warriors roll in 4x800
As they have done throughout the winter, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse girls indoor track and field teams finished near the top of the standings during Wednesday night’s George Constantino Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.
Northstars rally late to avenge Dec. 4 defeat to Warriors
With quick and decisive action, Cicero-North Syracuse wrestler Tom Peterson delivered a bit of sweet payback. Peterson’s closing-bout pin helped the Northstars beat archrival Liverpool 42-39 and, with that, the top spot during Saturday’s Akley Memorial Duals at Oswego High School.
C-NS struggles continue in losses to Syracuse, Ithaca
Careening in completely opposite directions, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team entered 2014 in vastly different moods. For the Warriors, the feeling was a good one, made even more so by what it done before and after Christmas. On Dec. 23, Liverpool had shut out Auburn 3-0, but that was just the start of things.
Boys Warriors, girls Northstars second behind F-M sweep
Each of the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse indoor track and field teams would earn runner-up finishes during Monday’s Oscar B. Jensen Holiday Relays at SRC Arena – but neither of them could prevent Fayetteville-Manlius from a sweep.
Northstars edge Webster Schroeder; Warriors stop Vestal
Though they both avoided the holiday tournament circuit, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys basketball teams did earn important non-league wins on their respective home floors before heading into 2014.
Warriors third in Phoenix, fifth at Haines Memorial
A strong month for the Liverpool wrestling team continued on Dec. 21 when it earned a trio of first-place finishes as part of the Phoenix Round Robin Tournament.
Top basketball coach returns; will we learn from it?
This was getting all too familiar. Again a successful, accomplished high school coach in Central New York was getting scrutiny from his employer. Again the coach’s future was put in jeopardy. Again a large part of the community organized itself in support of the coach.
Northstars go 1-1, edge past New Jersey side
Though it still looms over local opponents, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team knew that it wouldn’t be the case when it went to Francis Lewis High School in Queens for a pair of weekend tests before the holiday break.
Girls improve to 4-0; boys get 30 points from Taylor
Having flown to a 4-0 start, the Liverpool girls basketball team takes plenty of momentum to Binghamton for next weekend’s Pete Hyde Memorial Classic. And of those four wins, none were as impressive as its game against visiting Baldwinsville Friday night. Against the 4-1 Bees, the Warriors used strong defense to control the first half, and then relied on a three-pronged attack to pull away and prevail by a score of 52-37.
Northstars rout West Genny; Warriors handle Central Square
Between league meets and Saturday tournaments, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool wrestling teams were very busy in a four-day stretch leading up to the holiday school break.