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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.

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.

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