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Phil Blackwell

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C-NS girls beat Seton Catholic, Horseheads

Roberts net six of 12 points in homestretch to beat Blue Raiders

A change in the schedule meant that the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team would go up against state-ranked section IV opponents twice in a 48-hour span. And while neither game proved easy, the Northstars won them both.

Wrestling Warriors make run at sectional Dual meet

Liverpool makes semifinals, stuns no. 2 seed General Brown

While the rise of the Liverpool wrestling team was well-known long before Saturday's Section III Dual Meet, what the Warriors did on the mats at Cicero-North Syracuse was show everyone on the local scene just how far it had come.

Girls Warriors lose 3-OT epic to Central Square

Liverpool falls after skid ends with win over Marcellus

When the Liverpool girls basketball team paid a visit to Central Square on Thursday, three years and 10 days had passed since that famous night where the Warriors and West Genesee played four overtimes before the Wildcats prevailed 86-76.

Liverpool indoor sides second at Kirschenheiter meet

Petrella, Hentges, Mathewson, Akinpelu among individual winners

Indoor track and field teams from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse now are closing in on the post-season, which starts in a big way with the Section III Class AA championships on Feb. 4. In the meantime, both sides sought more wins during the Fred Kirschenheiter Memorial Invitational, which took place Wednesday and Thursday at SRC Arena.

Swimming Warriors claim duel with J-D/CBA

Burdo wins 200, 500 freestyle; Petit, Henry, Miller also victorious

Intense practices had marked the Liverpool boys swim team's lead-up to its biggest regular-season meet of the winter. And when the Warriors made that trip to face the combined Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA side on Thursday night, it was ready, saving its best work for the latter stages of the competition and pulling away for a 99.5-86.5 victory over the Red Rams.

Wrestling Warriors beat B’ville at home duals

Liverpool to compete in sectional Dual Meet at C-NS on Saturday

Liverpool’s wrestling team would get the showdown with Baldwinsville it wanted so much, only it had to wait a week and a half for it. Having seen their meet on Jan. 7 postponed, the Warriors and Bees waited to square off until both were in the LHS gymnasium for Saturday’s Liverpool Duals, and Liverpool won it, 43-33, beginning a clean sweep of the day’s events.

Liverpool, C-NS hockey swept by West Genny

Warriors recover with 7-0 shutout of Fulton

Hockey teams from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse both found themselves right at the break-even mark entering last week’s action, but would not stay there, thanks to the presence of the seven-time defending Section III Division I champions from West Genesee.

C-NS girls roll past Nottingham, Henninger

Northstars remain in state Class AA top 10

With their first head-to-head meeting in the books, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls basketball teams went in separate directions – and had separate results.

Liverpool stops C-NS in Zebra Classic

Cutler brothers, Sullivan lead Warriors in 63-44 win

By the time they arrived at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena Sunday afternoon for the Pathfinder Bank Zebra Classic, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball teams both were in need of a victory, and not just because temporary bragging rights in this long-time rivalry were at stake.

Liverpool sweeps John Arcaro Invitational titles

Warriors distribute points through runs, relays, field events

Whether it was distance running or field events, the Liverpool indoor track and field teams did all that was necessary to rise to the top again during last week’s John Arcaro Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

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C-NS cheerleaders earn league championship

Northstars hold off F-M, West Genny in CNYCL meet

Plenty of goals, short-term and long-term, are in front of the Cicero-North Syracuse cheerleading squad in this new era where there is full recognition of the sport by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

C-NS boys swimmers go 1-1, beat Syracuse

Northstars sweep relays in loss to Oswego

During the first full week of 2015, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys swim team competed twice, splitting those meets, but getting plenty of fine efforts in individual races and relays along the way.

Girls hoops Northstars roar past Liverpool

C-NS also gets wins over Central Square, West Genesee

With the preliminaries, and most of its tournament schedule, now behind them, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team was set to accept all the challengers from the CNY Counties League. And that included Liverpool, who hosted the Northstars last Saturday in the makeup of their snowed-out Dec. 10 game and could not keep up with the depth that C-NS displayed during a 68-29 victory.

C-NS wrestlers fall to West Genesee

Liverpool finishes second to Cortland at Central Square Duals

Liverpool’s wrestling team was all set for a showdown last Wednesday night against Baldwinsville, only to have the winter weather get in the way and force a postponement. A day later, Cicero-North Syracuse’s meet with West Genesee did get made up, and struggles in the middle and upper weight classes doomed the Northstars in a 43-35 defeat to the Wildcats.

Boys hoops Warriors, Northstars to meet in Zebra Classic

Liverpool falls to Nottingham; C-NS splits pair of games

Yet another chapter in the rivalry between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse will unfold this Sunday as part of the annual Zebra Classic at SRC Arena. Before then, though, the Warriors and Northstars had plenty of basketball to deal with, including Liverpool having its rematch with Nottingham last Friday and C-NS finally breaking its month-long victory drought.

Liverpool hockey routs F-M, 7-1

Warriors, C-NS both have games snowed out

Weather caused all kinds of havoc to high school sports schedules in the first full week of 2015, and hockey teams from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse were not immune.

Liverpool swimmers handle West Genny, B’ville

Warriors stay unbeaten, atop CNYCL standings

When the Liverpool boys swim team routed Watertown 104-73 on Jan. 3, it only marked the beginning of a busy stretch where it would compete in three meets in a six-day span.

C-NS second, Liverpool third at Constantino meet

F-M prevails amid slimmed-down indoor track field

What was scheduled as a large-scale George Constantino Memorial Invitational Wednesday night at SRC Arena turned into a more intimate affair when dozens of boys indoor track and field teams had to cancel their appearance due to the extreme weather.

Liverpool swimmers win showdown with Watertown

Miller, Burdo, Henry each win two races for Warriors

Though the Liverpool boys swim knew that Watertown possessed some of the best individual talents in all of Central New York, it didn’t prove too bothersome when the two sides squared off on the first Saturday of 2015.

Liverpool hockey falls back below .500

Warriors have 1-2 week, only defeat Oswego

Liverpool’s ice hockey team began a week of non-league action that bridged 2014 and 2015 with a .500 mark, hoping at least to stay in that general range by the time it went back to the Division I ranks at the midway point of the regular season.

Wrestling Warriors go 6-2 in Louisiana

Carnie, Ashkar, Nash each win eight straight bouts

Liverpool’s wrestling team had a unique opportunity during the holiday break, traveling all the way to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to compete in the Deep South Bayou Duals early this week. And the Warriors made quite an impression, prevailing in six of the eight matches against opponents all based in the South.

C-NS girls go 2-1 in Diamond State Classic

Northstars bounce back from opening loss to Ursuline

Though the wins and losses all count in its overall record, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team knew that its trips to various tournaments late in December served a different purpose.

C-NS hockey prevails over F-M at War Memorial

Northstars record back-to-back shutouts after slow start

Maybe the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team just needs a big stage to play at its best – or at least that’s what the early-season evidence shows.

C-NS boys hoops fall to Proctor, Corcoran

Northstars find itself in long skid after games at SRC Arena

No one who watched the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team square off with Utica Proctor during the “More Than A Game” Holiday Classic last Saturday at SRC Arena would confuse this match-up with the last time those two teams got together.

Liverpool boys finish third at Ludden tournament

Warriors rally after first-round loss to Utica-Notre Dame

Eleven-plus minutes of action, in the context of a schedule of 20 or more games, is not much - but for the Liverpool boys basketball team, it might prove the most valuable stretch of the entire season. Faced with a possible third consecutive defeat, the Warriors recovered just in time and, dominating down the stretch, beat LeMan Prep (New York City) 68-57 in Saturday night's consolation game of the Bishop Ludden Rosemary Corcoran Holiday Classic.

Cloute reaches perfection for C-NS bowlers

300 game part of Northstars' sweep of Syracuse

Having seen his teammate, Nick Joss, nearly get to perfection earlier this month, Cicero-North Syracuse boys bowler Josh Cloute figured that he had a 300 game in him somewhere this winter. The magic moment arrived two days before Christmas, at Strike-N-Spare Lanes, where Cloute's career-best effort highlighted a 3-0 sweep over Syracuse.

Liverpool wrestlers take second at Phoenix Duals

Nadeau, Ashkar, Nash, Carnie win for Warriors

All through December, the Liverpool wrestling team has made strong showings on the tournament circuit, and Saturday's Phoenix Round Robin proved no different.

Liverpool girls complete indoor track sweep

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.

Boys hoops Warriors halted by Nottingham

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.

Girls Northstars return to action with home win

C-NS sweeps pair of NYC foes in Queens tournament

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.

Liverpool, C-NS go 1-2 at Morse Kickoff Meet

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.

Liverpool girls third at Norwich Tournament

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.

C-NS boys take losses to Henninger, F-M

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.

Wrestling Warriors rout West Genesee

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.

C-NS boys bowlers edged by Auburn

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.

Liverpool hockey defeats C-NS in overtime

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.

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Warriors stop Central Square, move to 4-0

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.

Warriors runners rise to fourth at Nike Nationals

Liverpool makes grand final statement on national stage

All season long, the Liverpool boys cross country team knew how good it was, that it ranked among the best squads in the United States. Then, in the biggest meet of their careers, the Warriors went out and proved it.

Liverpool boys hoops roars to 3-0 start

Warriors edge Corcoran, sweep tourney in Niagara Falls

Between a laundry list of fouls, a superb effort from Marquis Gilbert and even a question about the score of the game, the Liverpool boys basketball team had a lot to overcome in last Tuesday night’s season opener at Corcoran.

C-NS girls stop Kearney; Liverpool starts 1-1

Northstars return plenty of talent in latest title quest

With the count standing at six consecutive Section III Class AA championships, a pair of state titles and five straight trips to the state final four, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team can safely call itself a dynasty.

Boys hoops Northstars battle past Nottingham

C-NS to miss Evans for season with knee injury

Everything that happened to the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team in the off-season following a narrow, 83-79 defeat to Utica Proctor in last March’s Section III Class AA final at the Carrier Dome suggested that getting back to the title game in 2014-15 was going to be quite difficult.

Hockey Warriors get first win over Mohawk Valley

C-NS, in first game after Dome win, ties Raiders 4-4

Now the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool ice hockey teams have both gone through encounters with Baldwinsville – in vastly different circumstances, and with vastly different results, though their meetings with Mohawk Valley would also prove divergent.

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C-NS wrestler Barber headed to Maryland

Northstars, Liverpool open season at Andersen Invitational

This time around, the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team made the annual Andersen Tournament its starting point for the season. And as 2014-15 got underway, the Northstars could celebrate the fact that its most recent Section III champion was heading into the college ranks.

Liverpool boys swimmers roll past C-NS

Burdo leads returning cast for Warriors

Nick Burdo, Connor Thiel and Matt Petit were at the forefront for a Liverpool boys swim team that offered a rousing start to its 2014-15 season at the expense of its neighbors from Cicero-North Syracuse.

Joss nearly perfect in C-NS sweep of Liverpool

Northstars also beat B'ville, lead CNYCL race

Eleven straight strikes were in the books. All that Nick Joss needed was one more to earn a perfect game and offer an exclamation point to the Cicero-North Syracuse bowling team’s sweep of Liverpool last Tuesday afternoon at Strike-N-Spare Lanes.

Liverpool boys hoops survives Corcoran

Fourth-quarter comeback produces 83-82 win

Between a laundry list of fouls, a superb effort from Marquis Gilbert and even a question about the score of the game, theLiverpool boys basketball team had a lot to overcome in Tuesday night’s season opener at Corcoran.

Cross country Warriors advance to Nike Nationals

Liverpool finishes strong third at New York Regionals

A season spent in the national rankings, but in the long shadow of a local powerhouse, will end for the Liverpool boys cross country team in the one place it wanted to get to all along.

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.

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