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Phil Blackwell

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Northstars rally, win in OT at Frozen Dome Classic

Donegan goal beats B'ville after Northstars tie late in regulation

Sutter Donegan had a proper description for the emotions he felt after putting in the game-winning goal in overtime to give the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team a dramatic 3-2 victory over Baldwinsville in Friday night's Frozen Dome Classic at the Carrier Dome. "I feel like it's the NHL," said Donegan. "It's unreal."

C-NS announces winter sports schedule

Girls basketball Northstars look for another state final four run

Cicero-North Syracuse High School’s 2014-15 varsity winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Liverpool announces winter sports schedule

Boys basketball Warriors open Dec. 2 at Corcoran

Liverpool High School’s 2014-15 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Petrella takes second at state cross country meet

Liverpool boys trio each posts top-20 finishes

Though the Liverpool boys cross country team, as a whole unit, could not make it to last Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A championship meet at SUNY-Canton, Ben Petrella went there – and nearly brought home a state title of his own.

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Liverpool overwhelmed by Henninger in second half

Football Warriors fall in first sectional final since '98

In reality, the Section III Class AA football championship game, played between Liverpool and Henninger Sunday night at the Carrier Dome, was two games rolled into one outcome.

Girls soccer Warriors fall in regional final

Bethlehem rallies past Liverpool, 2-1, in OT

Having prevailed by 2-1 margins twice in order to claim the Section III Class AA championship, it only figured that the Liverpool girls soccer team's regional final Saturday against Section II champion Bethlehem at Fulton would also end with a 2-1 score. But this time, it was the other side finishing on top.

Murphy, Sovinsky, Rolf win at sectional swim meet

Liverpool, C-NS stars both prevail amid tough competition

Whether with lots of experience, like Liverpool’s Sydnie Sovinsky and Madeline Murphy, or full of youthful promise, like Cicero-North Syracuse’s Jamie Rolf, local girls swimmers found lots of success during Friday night's Section III Class A championship meet at West Genesee.

C-NS, Liverpool volleyball falls in sectional finals

Boys Northstars, girls Warriors swept by B'ville sides

From Cicero-North Syracuse on the boys side to Liverpool on the girls side, area volleyball teams had a chance to prevent Baldwinsville from pulling off a sweep of Wednesday night’s Section III championship matches at the C-NS gym – but neither would succeed.

C-NS field hockey falls in Class A regional

Saratoga Springs uses late goal to end Northstars' season

Having waited eight years to get back into the state tournament, Section III Class A field hockey champion Cicero-North Syracuse was eager to do something big. And there was some precedence from which to draw some inspiration. The last time the Northstars made it this far, in 2006, it advanced all the way to the state championship game at what is now NBT Bank Stadium before falling to Lakeland.

Boys Warriors finish second at sectional meet

Petrella, Buck, McCarthy, McNamara qualify for state meet

All through the 2014 season, the Liverpool boys cross country team held the no. 2 state Class A ranking and a national top 10 ranking, honors that, in most places, would lead to a slew of meet victories and championship honors.

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Warriors stop B'ville, reach AA title game

Liverpool to face Henninger in first sectional final since 1998

Many times since 1998, the Liverpool football team has made trips to the Carrier Dome for various games. But they never took place in November. Now, at long last, the Warriors are back in the Dome just when it wants to be there, with a Section III Class AA championship at stake.

Warriors upend C-NS, reclaim sectional AA title

Defense, goals from O'Neil propel Liverpool past defending champs

Once again, a well-established power with lots of recent success brought home the Section III Class AA championship - only it wasn’t the one that many people expected. Two goals by Meagan O’Neill, along with a defense that stepped up when it was needed, helped Liverpool knock off defending champion Cicero-North Syracuse 2-1 in Friday night’s AA title game at SUNY-Cortland.

C-NS boys fall to F-M in sectional semifinal

Northstars battle to end in 2-1 defeat to Hornets

Right to the end, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team was in the battle, making the state’s top-ranked team sweat and worry. But when all was finished in Thursday night’s Section III Class AA semifinal at Liverpool High School Stadium, the no. 4 seed Northstars had taken a 2-1 defeat to top seed Fayetteville-Manlius, the third time it had lost to the Hornets this fall, each of them one-goal decisions.

Volleyball sides split sectional semifinals

C-NS boys, Liverpool girls advance to finals against B'ville

The neighborhood rivalry between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse turned up in several different spots during the Section III playoffs, from early-round football to championship games in girls soccer and field hockey.

Girls soccer Northstars, Warriors win AA semifinals

C-NS to face Liverpool for sectional title Friday

One last blast of summer warmth hit Central New York Tuesday as the four Section III Class AA girls soccer semifinals teams gathered at Christian Brothers Academy's Alibrandi Stadium. And with their victories, Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool earned the right to go to SUNY-Cortland Friday night and battle freezing temperatures - not to mention each other - with a sectional championship at stake.

C-NS, Liverpool field hockey to battle for sectional title

Northstars topple F-M; Warriors run away from B'ville

For the first time since 2008, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool field hockey teams will settle the Section III Class A championship among themselves. The two neighbors and rivals got to this showdown through impressive finishes to their respective sectional semifinals, with the top-seeded Northstars getting away from Fayetteville-Manlius 3-1 and the Warriors unleashing its attack on no. 2 seed Baldwinsville to win by that exact same margin.

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Liverpool handles C-NS again in sectional clash

Warriors draw Class AA semifinal against B'ville

Maybe it was supposed to turn out this way for he Liverpool football team - that, in order to end a 16-year wait of returning to the Section III Class AA championship game, it would have to conquer both of its neighborhood rivals in consecutive weeks, and in consecutive playoff rounds.

C-NS, Liverpool girls soccer get playoff wins

Northstars rout Central Square; Akinpelu gets hat trick against Auburn

Whether it was an entire unit, or just an individual standing out, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls soccer team inched closer to a possible showdown for the Section III Class AA championship.

C-NS girls soccer gains AA sectional top seed

Liverpool finishes strong, holds no. 3 seed

Having endured its toughest week of the season, with three close contests (one of which went to overtime), the Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer team still won them all and locked down the top seed for its Section III Class AA title defense.

Boys soccer Northstars take late-season loss to West Genny

Liverpool surges ahead of playoff meeting with Wildcats

Though both the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys soccer teams are headed toward their annual appearances in the Section III Class AA playoffs, they both got there facing different questions about whether they had the goods for a championship run.

C-NS field hockey roars into playoffs

Northstars, Liverpool could meet once more in sectional final

A pair of victories, attained in very different manners, has the Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey team well-placed as the team to beat in the Section III Class A playoffs.

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Warriors go to 7-0, will meet C-NS in secitonals

Liverpool beats West Genny; Northstars edged by B'ville

Having just finished off its first undefeated regular season in 16 years, the Liverpool football team finds that it still has to hold on to neighborhood bragging rights against Cicero-North Syracuse if it wants to go anywhere in the Section III Class AA playoffs.

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Warriors go to 6-0; Northstars clinch playoff spot

Liverpool assured of AA-1 division top seed

There's a real chance that the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse football teams could meet up in the opening round of the Section III Class AA playoffs. For now, though, both teams are quite content with what they've accomplished, whether it's the Warriors assured of the top seed from the AA-1 division or the Northstars just making it back to the post-season after a prolonged absence.

C-NS girls soccer holds off B'ville, 3-2

Back-and-forth battle could provide playoff preview

Can a game with a 3-2 score be considered a win for both sides? Perhaps so, in the case of Thursday night's girls soccer battle between Cicero-North Syracuse and Baldwinsville, for though the Northstars prevailed by that 3-2 margin, the Bees could leave Archie Hall Stadium convinced that, if they met again in the Section III Class AA playoffs, the result could prove different.

C-NS, Liverpool boys soccer sides sweep

Northstars top Nottingham, Henninger; Warriors earn playoff spot

Going into the final week of the regular season, there was little doubt that the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team was primed for a championship push – and Liverpool wanted those same good feelings, too, before it got too late.

C-NS, Liverpool golfers advance from AA sectionals

Boys Northstars finish third to F-M, Auburn in team tournament

For a few brief moments, members of the Cicero-North Syracuse Blue boys golf team carried the notion that it could go all the way to the top and earn the Section III Class AA championship. But while that dream fell just short, the Northstars, along with the Liverpool Warriors, saw several standout performances in Wednesday's sectional tournament at the Links at Sunset Ridge.

C-NS field hockey blanks Liverpool, 1-0

Northstars win in long-awaited return to home field

Much of the Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey team's 2014 season was spent traveling elsewhere, as it played 10 consecutive road games while waiting for the new Field Turf at Bragman Stadium to get finished. At last, though, the turf was ready, and on Monday night the Northstars came back home in the sweetest way possible, recording a 1-0 victory over its neighbor and rival, Liverpool.

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Late rally gives Warriors big win over CBA

Liverpool scores twice in final 5:31, go to 5-0

Even at this stage at what is shaping up as a memorable and possibly magical season, it's too early to say if the Liverpool football team will cast aside its 16-year sectional championship drought. But if it does, the Warriors are sure to look back to what happened late Friday night at Alibrandi Stadium as the pivot point where a good team showed something deeper.

C-NS swimmers drop showdown to West Genny

Murphy, Sovinsky lead Liverpool past CBA

In many ways, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls swim team’s season peaked on Sept. 25, when it went to Liverpool and stunned the Warriors 94-92, ending years of domination by Liverpool in that neighborhood rivalry.

C-NS girls tennis topples Liverpool, 5-2

Northstars sweep singles, avenge Sept. 9 defeat to Warriors

A reflection of the close girls tennis competition between Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool could easily be found in their pair of regular-season clashes in 2014.

Liverpool cross country sweeps C-NS

Basla, Petrella win individual races; sides sweep Auburn

At least in 2014, the pendulum in cross country has gone toward Liverpool, in terms of its rivalry with Cicero-North Syracuse.

Liverpool field hockey rallies, stuns Cazenovia

Warriors' last-minute comeback builds crucial momentum

With one defeat to Cicero-North Syracuse in the recent memory bank, and a rematch on the new turf at Bragman Stadium looming a week ahead, the Liverpool field hockey team wanted, at the least, a good performance out of Monday night's home game against Class C powerhouse. But it had no idea just how good - or memorable - it would be.

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Scott runs wild as Warriors smash C-NS

Liverpool improves to 4-0, maintains 'Star Wars' Cup

Jaydakis Scott personally made sure that the Liverpool football team was not ceding local bragging rights to Cicero-North Syracuse - at least not in 2014, anyway. Scott's breathtaking effort - 309 yards on 26 carries, five touchdowns - helped the Warriors roll past the Northstars 39-12 Friday night at LHS Stadium and maintain possession of the "Star Wars" Cup for another 12 months.

C-NS girls swimmers stun Liverpool

Thorne wins twice for Northstars to join Murphy, Sovinsky

During much of the “Rivalry Week” activity involving varsity teams from Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool, the Northstars were getting the better of things, from the volleyball court to the soccer field. And that spread to the swimming pool, too.

Girls soccer Northstars edge Liverpool, 1-0

Rosas nets lone goal; Haven injures knee late in game

While it was certain that the Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer team gained a big victory when it topped Liverpool 1-0 in their lone regular-season encounter Thursday night at Archie Hall Stadium, it remained to be seen whether the win would prove costly.

C-NS field hockey blanks Liverpool, 2-0

Caveny's pair of goals lead Northstars to fifth straight win

Once in serious trouble, the Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey team is now quickly asserting itself as, perhaps, the team to beat for both CNY Counties League and Section III Class A honors.

Liverpool cross country second in league meet

Boys Warriors again finish behind F-M powerhouse

For the second time in two weeks, the Liverpool boys cross country team got a close-up look at Fayetteville-Manlius, all of it part of Tuesday’s CNY Counties League Jubilee at Baldwinsville.

Boys soccer Northstars edge Liverpool in OT

C-NS rebounds from F-M loss; Warriors top B'ville

All that the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer teams was guaranteed was one head-to-head match-up, which the two neighbors and rivals would stage Friday night under the lights at the Gillette Road complex.

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Warriors, Northstars set for gridiron showdown

Liverpool blanks RFA; C-NS rolls past Proctor

While the football rivalry between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse has always run hot, it might never mean as much as it does when the two battle it out for the 'Star Wars Cup' next Friday night at LHS Stadium.

Liverpool, C-NS swimmers notch league wins

Undefeated neighbors, rivals to square off next Thursday

Lacking any kind of stress, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse girls swim teams both earned one-sided victories during Wednesday’s CNY Counties League meets to stay undefeated in advance of next Thursday night’s head-to-head showdown.

Baldwinsville, C-NS hockey to meet at Carrier Dome

Nov. 21 game part of Crunch's Dome Classic weekend

Baldwinsville and Cicero-North Syracuse will have the high honor and distinct privilege of playing the first-ever high school ice hockey game in the Carrier Dome. It was announced Tuesday that the Northstars and Bees will face each other Nov. 21 at 6 p.m. as the kickoff event of the Toyota Frozen Dome Classic that culminates with the Syracuse Crunch's showdown with the Utica Comets the following evening.

Cross country Northstars gain series of wins

C-NS sweeps Central Square, VVS Invitational titles

In a four-day stretch, the Cicero-North Syracuse cross country teams would open their respective CNY Counties League National division schedules and also take a tour through the course that will host the Section III championships at the start of November.

C-NS field hockey wins Rome tournament

Liverpool falls to Camden, roars past ESM

Though it’s gone through a fair share of early-season struggles and played its entire schedule on the road before the new Field Turf at Bragman Stadium is ready, the Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey team is beginning to find some success.

Boys cross country Warriors fall to F-M

Liverpool cannot catch defending state champs

Once the cross country schedule for 2014 came out, everyone pointed to what would take place last Wednesday afternoon at wind-swept Long Branch Park.

Liverpool, C-NS boys soccer to meet on Friday

Warriors take first loss; Northstars tie Utica Proctor 0-0

Though they came into the week in vastly different form, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer teams would each find success as CNY Counties League play got fully underway and the two rivals worked toward this Friday’s meeting at Gillette Field.

Liverpool, C-NS swimmers gain sweep

Warriors stop Syracuse, Skaneateles to stay unbeaten

Both inside and outside the CNY Counties League, the Liverpool girls swim team remained on a roll, improving to 3-0 on the young season.

Liverpool blanks C. Square; C-NS falls to Auburn

Warriors now 2-0 as Northstars' rally falls short

Having started their respective seasons with wildly contrasting winning efforts, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse football teams went back to the road to see if those trends would continue. For the Warriors, it didn't prove difficult, with everything going well in a 36-0 shutout over Central Square, while the Northstars had a much more humbling experience at Auburn, falling to the Maroons 35-28.

Boys soccer Northstars face early struggles

C-NS loses twice, ends skid with win over McQuaid

Graduations hit the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team hard, and with a much younger roster, the 2014 season might prove a long learning experience.

C-NS cross country sweeps Central Square Invitational

Series of high finishes allow Northstars to get top spot

Each of Cicero-North Syracuse’s cross country teams was ready for the 2014 season to get underway, and proved it by making the short trek to Central Square and winning the Red Hawks’ season-opening invitational meet.

Field hockey Northstars, Warriors get underway

Both sides take one-goal defeats to Baldwinsville

A season ago, the Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey team was convinced that a seven-year championship drought was about to end, only to see that frustration continue at the expense of Fayetteville-Manlius in the Section III Class A final.

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