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Liverpool announces winter sports schedule

Boys, girls hoops Warriors open with Baldwinsville

Liverpool High School’s 2015-16 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

C-NS announces winter sports schedule

Girls basketball Northstars to make holiday trip to San Francisco

Cicero-North Syracuse High School’s 2015-16 winter sports schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

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Liverpool field hockey alums win national title

Lamison, Evangelista part of historic NCAA title for SU

When the Syracuse University field hockey team earned the first NCAA championship for any women’s program in that school’s history, two recent Liverpool High School graduates had a part in it.

Warriors stopped just short by Aquinas

Liverpool falls, 17-16, in tense AA state semifinal

With a mixture of pride and sadness, the Liverpool football team trudged off the field Saturday night at Cicero-North Syracuse's Bragman Stadium, full of a sense of accomplishment of all it had done, but also ruing that it could not do just a little bit more.

Football Warriors edge Elmira, 27-22

Late TD drive sends Liverpool to state semifinals

With a 17-year Section III title drought finally behind them, the Liverpool football team now began the quest to end another long wait – this one for the program’s first-ever state Class AA championship.

Cross country Warriors earn state championship

Petrella sets course record at Monroe-Woodbury

Early on Saturday evening, the bus carrying the Liverpool boys cross country team received a grand welcome back home, complete with a police escort and wailing sirens. It was the sort of greeting only winning a state championship could provide - and the Warriors have it.

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C-NS boys volleyball grabs sectional title

Northstars hold off B'ville in four sets on home court

From start to finish in 2015, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys volleyball team held domain over local large-school sides, and wasn't about to let go of that position at the end of the tale.

Northstars fall to Ballston Spa in regional

C-NS boys soccer stopped short of state final four

Perhaps the only downside of the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team's run to Section III Class AA championship was that it could not follow up and find its way to the state final four in Middletown.

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Liverpool football ends sectional championship drought

Warriors stop CBA for first sectional title since 1998

In the most emphatic way imaginable, the Liverpool football team put to rest 17 years of waiting to win another Section III Class AA championship. With a superb defense and an offense that sprung to life in the last two periods, the Warriors wiped out Christian Brothers Academy 35-9 in Saturday night's title game at the Carrier Dome.

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Warriors dethrone F-M for cross country title

Petrella leads Liverpool to historic sectional win

Perhaps the Liverpool boys cross country team has earned bigger victories than the Section III Class A championship it earned Saturday at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School - but few of them were as satisfying as this one.

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C-NS girls swimmers earn sectional title

Northstars set four school records in Class A meet

What was already a landmark season for the Cicero-North Syracuse girls swim team turned even more special when it earned the Section III Class A championship Friday at Nottingham High School.

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C-NS soccer ends AA title drought

Northstars blank B'ville, 2-0, in sectional final

For nearly a decade, fans of the Cicero-North Syracuse boys soccer team had to watch someone else celebrate at the end of the Section III Class AA playoffs - especially Baldwinsville, who claimed the title a total of six times in eight years, and four of those times defeated the Northstars on the way to the crown.

C-NS reaches AA final; Liverpool ousted

Warriors take OT loss to B'ville; Northstars edgeNottingham

Forget about what was supposed to happen in the boys soccer Section III Class AA playoffs, for it veered off script during Thursday night’s semifinal doubleheader at Fulton – much to the delight of Cicero-North Syracuse, and to the despair of Liverpool.

C-NS swimmers finish undefeated season

Northstars top F-M, finish 10-0 campaign

Though only one event per meet is scored, rather than timed, the entire Cicero-North Syracuse girls swim team can consider itself a perfect 10. The Northstars’ dream 2015 season included 10 meets – and 10 victories, the final one of them secured Wednesday night at Le Moyne College when C-NS roared past the Fayetteville-Manlius Hornets 101-82.

Girls Warriors to face B'ville in AA final

Liverpool gets away from F-M in 3-1 semifinal

From past experience, the Liverpool girls soccer team knows quite well that regular-season glory is nice, but post-season glory carries a lot more weight.

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Liverpool, C-NS boys win in sectionals

Northstars top Henninger; Warriors hold off Proctor

Area boys soccer fans have long imagined a clash between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse with the Section III Class AA championship as the prize, which has not taken place in 15 years.

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Football Warriors top Northstars again

Liverpool earns rematch with B'ville in Class AA semis

No Jaydakis Scott, no Rashon Crenshaw, no Dietrick Roberson on hand – and still no way that the Liverpool football team was going to see its Section III championship dreams ruined by its rivals from Cicero-North Syracuse.

Girls Warriors roll through playoff opener

Liverpool to face F-M in sectional semifinals

Nine days after its regular season concluded, the Liverpool girls soccer team finally hit the field again, beginning the quest to earn a fourth Section III Class AA championship in five years.

C-NS swimmers turn back New Hartford

Liverpool's Sovinsky wins twice in defeat to J-D

Bent on protecting its undefeated mark, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls swim team took a serious challenge from New Hartford Wednesday night at the Le Moyne College pool, but did enough to beat the Spartans by a 95-90 margin.

Liverpool, C-NS soccer head to sectionals

Boys Warriors are top seed; Northstars hold no. 3 seed

Having climbed back to no. 7 in last week’s state Class AA rankings, the Liverpool boys soccer team would not find it easy in the last games it would play before the start of the Section III playoffs.

Girls soccer Warriors blank Auburn

Liverpool has no. 2 seed in Class AA sectional tournament

An inability to win either of its head-to-head match-ups with Baldwinsville ultimately left the Liverpool girls soccer team to settle for the no. 2 seed in the Section III Class AA playoffs that get underway late this week.

Liverpool volleyball stopped by B’ville

C-NS boys return Kegebein in time for big matches

A pivotal moment in the Liverpool girls volleyball season had arrived. When the Warriors hosted Baldwinsville last Friday night, it represented the last opportunity in the regular season to try and measure up the long-time reigning powers in the Class AA ranks.

Liverpool, C-NS field hockey struggle

Warriors no. 2 seed, Northstars no. 4 seed in sectionals

Even though it enjoyed the better regular season, it was entirely possible that the Liverpool field hockey team was not gaining the same amount of momentum that its neighbors and rivals from Cicero-North Syracuse was picking up as the Section III playoffs neared.

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Northstars top Bees, share league title

C-NS improves to 5-2; Liverpool routs West Genny

In one season under head coach Dave Kline, the Cicero-North Syracuse football team has made enormous strides. Where it goes from now remains an open question.

Liverpool runners duel F-M again

Warriors still atop state rankings despite league meet loss

In a remarkable bit of scheduling, the Liverpool boys cross country team found itself squaring off with Fayetteville-Manlius three times in eight days. First, there was the head-to-head at F-M on Oct. 7, where the Hornets prevailed. Then there was the Manhattan Invitational on Oct. 10, when the Warriors finished fourth in the featured Eastern States Championship, one spot ahead of F-M.

Cross country Warriors top state poll

Liverpool battles F-M twice in four-day span

One immediate reward for the Liverpool boys cross country team from its narrow victory over East Aurora in the Oct. 3 McQuaid Invitational in Rochester was an honor it had rarely achieved before.

Soccer Warriors get revenge on F-M

C-NS ties Nottingham, holds off Utica Proctor

No matter what the records might say, or how the seeding might turn out for the upcoming Section III playoffs, there’s no denying how close the competition is in Class AA boys soccer, almost every night.

Liverpool, C-NS field hockey tie 1-1

Bergamo, Lessard net goals in neighborhood clash

Neither of the two regular-season games between the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey team this fall ended in regulation. In fact, there wasn’t even a resolution to last Wednesday night’s clash at LHS Stadium, where the Warriors again surrendered a second-half lead and, on this occasion, were unable to reclaim the advantage, settling for a 1-1 tie with the Northstars.

Swimming Northstars are league champs

C-NS defeats West Genesee to lock up CNYCL title

Though a couple of weeks remain in the regular season, it’s all settled for the Cicero-North Syracuse girls swim team, as least when it comes to owning the CNY Counties League regular-season championship.

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Liverpool, C-NS field hockey tie

Warriors recover from 5-0 defeat to Cazenovia

Neither of the two regular-season games between the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey team this fall ended in regulation. And in fact, there wasn’t even a resolution to Wednesday night’s clash at LHS Stadium, where the Warriors again surrendered a second-half lead and, on this occasion, were unable to reclaim the advantage, settling for a 1-1 tie with the Northstars.

Soccer Warriors, Bees end in 2-2 draw

Goal late in second OT allows Liverpool to get even

In their own unique ways, the Liverpool and Baldwinsville girls soccer teams left Tuesday night's showdown equally surprised by the 2-2 outcome. For the Warriors, who were in a defensive mode most of the game, a draw was welcome - but the Bees exited LHS Stadium frustrated that a come-from-behind victory was snatched away in the most unlikely manner.

Liverpool runners sweep B’ville

C-NS cross country unable to keep up with F-M

Though not in the state Class A rankings, the Liverpool girls cross country team has enough quality to it that it can match, or top, just about any opponent in the CNY Counties League. The Warriors proved this by turning back Baldwinsville 23-32 in last Wednesday’s neighborhood showdown at Longbranch Park, part of a three-way meet where Liverpool also swept Syracuse West 15-49 and easily won both of the boys races.

Soccer Warriors tie Nottingham, 1-1

Liverpool gets tough OT victory over Proctor

Through seven games, the Liverpool boys soccer team managed to turn back all kinds of challenges and win seven times, rising as high as no. 5 in the state Class AA rankings along the way.

Girls soccer Warriors have 3-0 week

Liverpool to meet B'ville in Tuesday showdown

Remaining a very busy unit, the Liverpool girls soccer team would test itself plenty in advance of Tuesday night’s rematch with Baldwinsville, who m it los to, 1-0, the first time they had met on Sept. 18.

Liverpool field hockey takes first loss

Warriors beat RFA; C-NS gains split, beats Weedsport

Through seven games, the Liverpool field hockey team had remained undefeated, rising to the top of the CNY Counties League and emerging as the favorite for Section III Class A honors, too.

C-NS routs Henninger in Kline’s return

Northstars get nice balance from run, pass in 50-19 win

Dave Kline coached his football team to another win on the turf at Henninger High School’s Sunnycrest Field – only it wasn’t with the side wearing black and gold. Instead, Kline was on the opposite sideline, watching his new charges at Cicero-North Syracuse defeat the Black Knights 50-19 Friday night to move back above the .500 mark (3-2, 2-1 league) and keep alive its chances for a Class AA-2 division regular-season title.

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Warriors thwarted in CBA showdown

Short-handed defense struggles in second half

In one evening – really, in just one half of football – Liverpool went from the prohibitive Section III Class AA favorite to someone who may have to prove itself all over again. That was the effect of the Warriors’ 28-17 defeat to Christian Brothers Academy Friday night in a jam-packed LHS Stadium. Up by a field goal at halftime, Liverpool suddenly found itself short-handed on defense, and the Brothers, pounding away with a deep, versatile ground game, took full advantage.

Boys volleyball Northstars sweep B’ville

Hoke earns 10 kills replacing injured Kegebein

One mark common among great teams is the ability to withstand injuries or personnel changes and continue to flourish. Cicero-North Syracuse’s boys volleyball side offers a good example. Having seen a key front-line player go down to injury right before Tuesday night’s clash with Baldwinsville, the Northstars simply plugged in a new piece and still swept the Bees in three sets.

Soccer Northstars upend unbeaten Liverpool

State AA no. 5-ranked Warriors take first loss of season

It took half the regular season, but someone finally topped the Liverpool boys soccer team – and it was the rivals down the road doing the trick. Cameron Houser’s overtime goal made the difference as Cicero-North Syracuse defeated the Northstars 1-0 last Saturday afternoon at the Gillette Road complex.

Boys volleyball Northstars beat Oswego

Five-set epic follows C-NS sweep over F-M

Through four head-to-head matches, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys volleyball team had not dropped a set, rarely facing serious stress. All of that changed, though, in last Thursday night’s visit to Oswego. A large, raucous home crowd looked on as the 4-0 Northstars fell behind the 5-0 Buccaneers, only to make a remarkable recovery to claim a five-set classic.

C-NS Blue golfers have 1-2 week

Win over Liverpool obscures losses to Auburn, F-M

Each of Cicero-North Syracuse’s golf teams took some lumps in mid-September and the Blue side fell out of first place in the CNY Counties League – but did maintain local bragging rights.

Liverpool girls volleyball tops C-NS twice

Warriors prevail in league match, B'ville Fall Swing

In the first of what would turn out to be three regular-season encounters, the Liverpool girls volleyball team got the better of archrival Cicero-North Syracuse, and it took just three sets.

Field hockey Warriors, Northstars face tough tests

Liverpool ties F-M; C-NS rebounds from loss to Caz

After their overtime battle on Sept. 16 at Bragman Stadium, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse field hockey teams both would take blemishes in the following week’s action, but also recover with important victories.

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Warriors go to 4-0; C-NS tops Auburn

Liverpool hosts CBA next; Northstars lose Pride to leg in jury

Everything is in place for the Liverpool football team’s biggest regular season test against Christian Brothers Academy next Friday night. When the Warriors shut out visiting Central Square 42-0 on Friday and the Brothers routed Nottingham 57-6, it put both teams at 3-0 in the Class AA-1 division and set up the first-place showdown at LHS Stadium between the two sides considered by most as the area’s best AA teams.

Warriors’ McGrane passes 100-win mark

Liverpool girls soccer gets wins over C-NS, Auburn

An overtime defeat at Baldwinsville on Sept. 18 and a loss to Shaker a day later did not concern the Liverpool girls soccer team too much, especially since it would get a second chance against the Bees at home less than three weeks later.

C-NS swimmers conquer Liverpool, 97-86

Five different Northstars win individual races

For at least this season, the balance of power in girls swimming in the CNY Counties League has shifted to Cicero-North Syracuse, who now has full command of the league race. Any doubts about that issue were silenced Thursday night, when the Northstars made the short trip to Liverpool and got the upper hand in this long-standing rivalry, relying on superior depth to defeat the Warriors 97-86.

Girls volleyball Warriors sweep C-NS

Liverpool builds upon strong Sept. 18 effort against B'ville

In the first of their two regular-season encounters, the Liverpool girls volleyball team got the better of archrival Cicero-North Syracuse, and it took just three sets.

Scott leads Warriors to 3-0 start

Liverpool routs RFA; C-NS falls to Utica Proctor

With the 'Star Wars' Cup secure thanks to another win over Cicero-North Syracuse, and a showdown with Christian Brothers Academy looming in early October, the Liverpool football team did not look back - or ahead. Instead, the Warriors ventured to Rome Free Academy Friday night and got another strong all-around effort to breeze to a 45-6 victory over the Black Knights.

C-NS swimmers sweep B’ville, Auburn

Thorne wins four individual races in pair of meets

Twice within a 48-hour span, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls swim team would get challenged, but in doing so it established itself as a challenger to Liverpool in advance of Thursday night’s showdown between the two neighbors at the Warriors’ home pool.

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Boys soccer Warriors top B’ville, C-NS

Liverpool, no. 5 in state rankings, rallies past Bees in OT

If snaring the no. 5 spot in the first state Class AA rankings of the season didn’t excite followers of the Liverpool boys soccer team, what happened in last Tuesday night’s game against Baldwinsville at LHS Stadium made up for that deficiency.

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