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Phil Blackwell

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Girls soccer Northstars splits pair of early tests

Defending AA champs inconsistent; Liverpool blanks F-M

Changes, both small and large, surround a Cicero-North Syracuse girls soccer team that went all the way to the state Class AA final four in 2013.

C-NS, Liverpool tennis sides have busy week

Northstars hold off Central Square; Warriors gain wins

It didn’t take long for fickle weather to interrupt the fall sports season – or specifically, the girls tennis showdown between Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool.

Golembieski delivers in Northstars' win over F-M

C-NS back lights up Carrier Dome for six touchdowns

Joe Sindoni was not in the Carrier Dome Saturday night to see his Cicero-North Syracuse football team battle Fayetteville-Manlius in the Carrier Dome, but that did not have any effect on the outcome. Nick Golembieski was in the building, though, and that certainly affected the outcome - and quite positively for the Northstars.

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Liverpool football edges Corcoran, 7-6

Crenshaw second-quarter touchdown holds up for Warriors

Style was, for the most part, lacking from the Liverpool football team’s 2014 season debut – but the substance more than made up for that deficiency.

Liverpool, C-NS swimmers pick up early wins

Warriors rout Mexico; Northstars turn back CBA

Just one day after it was announced that Liverpool’s boys swimming teams from 1966 to 1983 would get honored with induction into the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame, their modern female counterparts set out on their own historic quest.

Liverpool swim teams earn Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame honor

Warriors won 113 straight meets, 15 straight sectional titles

Jim Funicello was already a member of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame. Now, the Liverpool boys swim team he coached to unprecedented heights in parts of three decades gets to join him in that pantheon.

C-NS football roams toward relevance again

String of road games awaits hungry Northstars

Step one of the quest to revive the Cicero-North Syracuse football program involved making the team more competitive has been taken . Now, in 2014, it wants a lot more.

Football Warriors to depend on many new faces

Liverpool replaces 32 seniors, return top back Jaydakis Scott

At some point, all of the pieces will fit together and the Liverpool football program will reach a Section III Class AA final, ending a drought that dates back to its championship season of 1998 – but will that time come this fall?

C-NS announces fall sports schedule

New turf field debuts Oct. 3 with football game against Henninger

Everyone in the Cicero-North Syracuse athletic program is eagerly awaiting the debut of its new Field Turf at Bragman Stadium, which will take place in the middle of the fall season, marked by an Oct. 3 home football game against Henninger. Here is the 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Liverpool announces fall sports schedule

Football Warriors play four of last five games at home

Liverpool High School’s 2014 fall sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

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North Syracuse side goes 4-1 in Babe Ruth regionals

Semifinal defeat thwarts bid at reaching 13-15 World Series

For a long while, it looked like North Syracuse’s 15-and-under All-Star baseball team would make a successful run through last week’s13-15 Babe Ruth Middle Atlantic Regional Tournament in Niskayuna, near Albany.

Evans, Sullivan help Central team finish second

C-NS, Liverpool hoops stars part of Summer Hoops Festival

Normally rivals, Cicero-North Syracuse’s Connor Evans and Liverpool’s Tyler Sullivan were working together during the first weekend in August, helping the Central Region team to a second-place finish in the Summer Hoops Festival at Johnson City, near Binghamton.

Felibert's fast finish leads to Credit Union Classic title

Venezuelan posts 65 for three-shot win at Drumlins

In five years and more than 40 attempts, Veronica Silibert had never tasted victory on the Symetra Tour. But all of that changed in the Credit Union Classic at Drumlins Country Club's East Course, where Silibert moved into contention right from the start and then saved her best golf for the closing stretch to earn a three-stroke victory, $15,000 and better odds to reach the LPGA Tour in 2015.

Race for Credit Union Classic title remains tight

Two tied, four others one back heading into final round

Little about the 19th annual Symetra Tour Credit Union Classic remains resolved with 18 holes to play. A tight leaderboard only got tighter during Saturday's second round at Drumlins Country Club's East course, leaving American Rachel Rohanna and Venezuelan Veronica Filibert tied for the lead and four others just one shot back.,

Symetra Tour returns to Drumlins this weekend

Credit Union Classic draws top women's golfers looking for LPGA cards

Nearly two decades old, the Symetra Tour’s Credit Union Classic has turned into a late-summer fixture on the Central New York golf calendar. And once again, the future stars of women’s golf are heading to Drumlins Country Club’s East course this weekend, battling for $100,000 in prize money and improving their odds of being one of the 10 players that, at season’s end, will earn an LPGA Tour card.

Area baseball teams find tournament success

North Syracuse advances to Babe Ruth Mid-Atlantic Regional

Once again, a group of North Syracuse Babe Ruth Baseball players is vying for state, regional and – potentially – national honors. In this case, it’s the 15-and-under North Syracuse side grabbing the honors, starting out last weekend when it went to Ithaca and won the Western New York state championship, sweeping all four of the games it played.

C-NS, Liverpool football await 2014 season

Northstars to debut on new turf Oct. 3 against Henninger

Right after the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship ended on June 7, the work got underway at Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bragman Stadium.

Liverpool grad helps guide NCAA baseball champs

Scott Brown excels as Vanderbilt pitching coach

Exactly two decades ago, Scott Brown graduated from Liverpool High School, wondering where his journey in baseball would take him. As it turned out, it would land him in the highest level of college baseball, and last Wednesday night in Omaha, Nebraska, Brown, now a seasoned pitching coach, was an integral part of Vanderbilt University’s first-ever national championship in any male sport.

Local lacrosse players gain national recognition

C-NS girls get tryouts with U.S. National Team

Though the high school lacrosse season is completed, the curtain has lifted on a summer where top local players take part in all kinds of camps, clinics, travel teams and tournaments. And that even includes a bit of national recognition, especially when it comes to a talented core of girls players from Cicero-North Syracuse.

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Hart leads Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame inductee list

Golf, basketball, football, journalism all part of Class of 2014

With accomplishments that span the entire second half of the 20th century and the first years of the 21st century, the six newest inductees to the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame provide a wide variety of compelling stories.

Sovring helps Section III win state golf title

C-NS star plays in third state tournament; Auburn's May prevails

Both as a freshman, and as a junior, Cicero-North Syracuse girls golfer Brianna Sovring earned the right to play deep into June and appear in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship tournament.

Softball Warriors fall just short of AA state title

Liverpool claims semifinal, drops final to East Meadow

So how close did the Liverpool softball team come to bringing home the first state championship in program history? One more hit, at an opportune time, may have provided that winning moment for the Warriors in Saturday's state Class AA title game at Moreau Recreation Center in South Glens Falls, but it never got that hit, and instead took a 3-1 defeat to East Meadow.

Akinpelu second in 400 hurdles at state meet

C-NS's Austen places fourth in Division I pentathlon

Ore Akinpelu, Morgan Austen, Mark Vanmarter and Pete Girardi led the contingent of Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool track and field athletes working in home territory during last weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet at Bragman Stadium.

Liverpool softball rallies past Bethlehem in AA regional

Warriors erase 5-0 deficit, advance to state final four

As if the nine-inning, 2-1 conquest of Cicero-North Syracuse to claim the Section III Class AA championship wasn’t enough, more drama – and more happiness – awaited the Liverpool softball team by week’s end.

Petrin competes in state golf tournament

C-NS star contends early, finishes in tie for 16th

On Monday morning, Cicero-North Syracuse boys golfer Joe Petrin went after a state championship. Close to the lead with 18 holes left in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament in Ithaca, Petrin got a close-up view of the race for the top spot, but could not keep up with it.

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Warriors beat C-NS, reclaim sectional softball title

Hansen scores winning run in ninth of 2-1 classic

Alicia Hansen did not hold back on the hyperbole in the afterglow of the Liverpool softball team's 2-1, nine-inning victory over Cicero-North Syracuse in Monday's Section III Class AA final at the Gillette Road complex that ended the Northstars' four-year reign as sectional champions and gave the Warriors its first crown since 2009.

Liverpool, C-NS track stars advance to state meet

Vanmarter, Akinpelu, Girardi, Austen, Herringshaw earn wins

Mark Vanmarter, Ore Akinpelu, Morgan Austen and Pete Girardi have all secured spots in next weekend’s state track and field championship meet at Bragman Stadium, with a chance at contending for medals.

Liverpool, C-NS softball return to AA sectional final

Northstars edge West Gensee; Warriors hammer Central Square

In order to arrive at their latest head-to-head clash for the Section III Class AA championship, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool softball teams got there in vastly different manners.

Liverpool baseball falls in Class AA semis

Rough start leads to Auburn stopping Warriors, 10-2

Three pitches, especially the first three pitches of a baseball game, are far from enough to decide any kind of outcome. Yet it was what took place on that initial trio of deliveries that would start to send the Liverpool Warriors spiraling down to a 10-2 defeat to Auburn in Monday’s Section III Class AA semifinal at Onondaga Community College.

C-NS, Liverpool softball handle playoff openers

Warriors pull away from Auburn; Northstars blank F-M

Though certainly eyeing each other for a possible Section III Class AA championship showdown, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool softball teams did not forget about the immediate task of getting through the early rounds.

Liverpool baseball advances; C-NS knocked out

Warriors get past RFA as Northstars fall to F-M

Though the Liverpool baseball team lost twice in the regular season to Cicero-North Syracuse, it was the Warriors moving past the early rounds of the Section III Class AA playoffs, while the Northstars exited early.

Northstars’ Petrin reaches state golf tournament

C-NS brother tandem contends at sectional qualifier

Cicero-North Syracuse boys golfers Joe and John Petrin both had strong fall campaigns and finished among the leaders in the Section III Class AA tournament last October at the Links at Sunset Ridge.

C-NS girls lax makes return to sectional final

Northstars stop F-M, to face West Genny at Carrier Dome

Everything that the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team had done to build its program back up to elite status leads up to the trip it takes to the Carrier Dome Tuesday night to see if it can upend West Genesee and win its first Section III Class A championship in 16 years.

Vanmarter leads Liverpool to second at AA meet

C-NS boys finish third; Girardi prevails twice

Mark Vanmarter and Alex Christensen helped the Liverpool boys track and field team to a second-place finish, just ahead of Cicero-North Syracuse, in Wednesday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Bragman Stadium.

C-NS's Sovring earns return to state golf tournament

Northstars standout finishes fifth at sectional tourney

Cicero-North Syracuse girls golfer Brianna Sovring reached a pinnacle in her high school career when she qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament for the second time a season ago. Now, though, Sovring has reached a new milestone as, by finishing fifth in Tuesday's 2014 Section III championships at Kanon Valley Country Club, she will get to return to SUNY-Delhi's course on June 14-15 and make a third appearance in the state tournament.

Liverpool boys gets close to league track title

Vanmarter wins three events; Warriors one point back of F-M

A single point kept the Liverpool boys track and field team from winning last Thursday’s CNY Counties League National division championship on its home track. With a total of 147 points, the Warriors finished just behind Fayetteville-Manlius, who seized the top spot with 148 points. Cicero-North Syracuse had a strong showing, too, getting to third place with a total of 126 points.

Girls track Northstars takes second at league meet

Liverpool's Akinpelu wins three races

With lots of depth on its roster, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls track and field team offered a legitimate challenge to Fayetteville-Manlius during last Thursday’s CNY Counties League National division championship meet at Baldwinsville’s Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

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