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C-NS announces spring sports schedule

Lacrosse teams set to open late this week

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

Liverpool announces spring sports schedule

Softball Warriors try to follow run to 2014 state AA final

Liverpool will try and see its softball team repeat its run to last year’s state Class AA championship game as its season starts April 1 against Fayetteville-Manlius, weather and conditions permitting. Here is the 2015 spring sports varsity schedule, with all dates and times subject to change.

Sindoni out as C-NS football coach

Northstars decide to make change at top after two seasons

An off-season full of coaching turnover in Section III football has spread to Cicero-North Syracuse, who again is searching for a new head coach. The district announced on Tuesday that it was not retaining Joe Sindoni, who had coached the Northstars in 2013 and 2014 and brought the program back to the sectional playoffs after a long absence.

C-NS girls drop regional final to Bethlehem

Hot shooting from field, line end Northstars' season

It would take something exceptional to end Cicero-North Syracuse's run of Class AA girls basketball state final four appearances in Troy - and Bethlehem provided it. Hitting all kinds of big shots from the field and at the free-throw line down the stretch, the Section II champion Eagles defeated the Northstars 59-54 in Saturday's AA regional final at Colgate University's Cotterell Court.

Akinpelu, Basla, Norris share state indoor title

Liverpool, C-NS runners help win distance medley relay

Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse brought more than a dozen of their top indoor track and field athletes to Cornell University’s Barton Hall to participate in last Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet.

C-NS’s Cloute bowls in state tournament

Section III team finishes sixth; Cloute has high game of 219

Many times this winter, Cicero-North Syracuse’s Josh Cloute had bowled at Strike-N-Spare Lanes, including the Dec. 23 match where he notched a 300 game against Syracuse. But no appearance at Strike-N-Spare compared in importance with Cloute taking part in Sunday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament, where tough competition, and tough condition, was the order of the day.

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C-NS girls basketball sets sectional record

Northstars beat RFA for seventh straight AA championship

Having already achieved plenty of special feats in the last half-dozen years, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team now stands alone in a different way. When the Northstars rolled past Rome Free Academy 55-27 Saturday night in the Section III Class AA final Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena, it became the first program, regardless of class, to claim seven consecutive girls basketball sectional titles.

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Burdo medals twice at state swim meet

Liverpool swimmer third in 100, 200 freestyle

Liverpool boys swimmer Nick Burdo has a great sense of timing. All season long, Burdo had put up tremendous times in a wide variety of races, but when he concentrated on the 100 and 200-yard freestyle for last weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association meet at Ithaca College, he really stepped it up.

Liverpool's Carnie, Ashkar wrestle at state meet

Juniors earn victories in first appearance in Albany

David Carnie and Audey Ashkar carried the banner for the Liverpool wrestling team as they both ventured to Albany’s Times Union Center to compete in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet.

Spurts help C-NS girls reach sectional final

Northstars beat Proctor, to meet RFA in title game

Those accustomed to seeing the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team run far away from local opposition ended up pleased by Saturday night's 60-33 victory over Utica Proctor in Saturday night's Section III Class AA semifinal at SRC Arena, but getting to that point of comfort wasn't easy.

Warriors, Northstars shine at state qualifier

McCarthy wins mile; Fanizzi second in two events

From relays to sprints to field events, indoor track and field teams from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse found plenty to be happy about during Wednesday night’s Section III state qualifier at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.

Hockey Warriors, Northstars ousted in sectionals

Liverpool edged 3-2 by West Genny; C-NS falls to Corcoran

An historic opportunity presented itself for the Liverpool ice hockey team went it went to Shove Park Saturday night to face West Genesee in the opening round of the Section III Division I playoffs. Since 2007, no one had beaten the Wildcats in sectional play as it had earned seven consecutive championships. The Warriors had a chance to end that run, and got a remarkable effort in goal from Steven Kozikoski, but still lost a 3-2 decision.

C-NS girls win AA quarterfinal over Liverpool

Northstars to face Utica Proctor in sectional semifinal

For all the work it had to do just to get into the Section III Class AA playoffs, and then win an opening-round game over Corcoran, the Liverpool girls basketball team's "reward" was nothing less than a short trip to its neighbors from Cicero-North Syracuse in Friday night's Section III Class AA quarterfinal, as the top-seeded Northstars would begin its quest for a sixth straight sectional title and, it hopes, a lot more.

Boys Warriors drop playoff opener to B’ville

Even at full strength, Liverpool stopped by Bees

Once surrendered, all the momentum that the Liverpool boys basketball team gained early this season could never get recovered. Even when the no. 9 seed Warriors’ full roster returned in time for Friday night’s Section III Class AA opening-round game at no. 8 seed Baldwinsville, it could not slow down a red-hot Bees side that put five players in double figures and prevailed 77-64.

Liverpool’s Carnie earns state tournament berth

Warriors' 285-pound star joins Ashkar in trip to Albany

Audey Ashkar will have some company as two Liverpool wrestlers will make their way to Albany’s Times Union Center for this weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet.

Liverpool girls top Corcoran in playoff opener

Patulski leads Warriors to quarterfinal clash with C-NS

It’s proved to be an exciting time for the Liverpool girls basketball team. First, the Warriors had to wait until the last game of the regular season against Henninger, and then get a school-record seven 3-pointers from Drew Dufrane in that victory, just to get a Section III Class AA playoff berth.

Boys swimming Warriors retain George Falwell Cup

Burdo, Miller lead Liverpool at sectional state qualifier

Having the Section III Class A championship was nice, but for the Liverpool boys swim team, total satisfaction would only derive from beating everyone else, too.

Ashkar powers to sectional wrestling title

Liverpool third in team standings; Carnie, Nash drop close finals

Thanks to the dominance of Audey Ashkar, the Liverpool wrestling team is assured of having one representative at Albany’s Times Union Centter on Feb. 27-28 for the state championship meet. Ashkar won the 120-pound title during last Saturday’s Section III Division I tournament at SRC Arena, the only Warriors wrestler able to get to the top spot on the podium despite having three finalists.

Liverpool girls hoops make it to sectionals

C-NS rips Auburn, is top AA playoff seed again

While the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team could comfortably prepare for its latest Section III Class AA title defense, Liverpool just wanted to be part of the sectional tournament – and had to wait until the last game of the regular season to secure its playoff spot.

Evans suits up, gets basket in final C-NS game

Liverpool plays without Sullivan, loses twice

Connor Evans wanted one more chance to play high school basketball, one more opportunity to step on the floor and score a basket. To its everlasting credit, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team gave it to him.

Evans suits up, scores in final C-NS game

Knee injury sidelined Northstars guard for season

Connor Evans wanted one more chance to play high school basketball, one more opportunity to step on the floor and score a basket. To its everlasting credit, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team gave it to him.

Girls Warriors complete league indoor track sweep

Basla wins twice for Warriors; Fanizzi gets three wins for C-NS

Just 24 hours after its male counterparts went to the top of the standings, the Liverpool girls indoor track and field team did the same during Thursday’s CNY Counties League National division championships at SRC Arena.

Liverpool swimmers rally, win Class A sectional title

Burdo named Swimmer of the Meet with pair of titles

Three races remained in Thursday night's Section III Class A championship meet, and the Liverpool boys swim team still trailed in the race for top honors. Then, with a series of high finishes in both relays and individual events, the Warriors erased that deficit and repeated as sectional champions with a total of 399.5 points, holding off Watertown (361 points) and Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA (355 points) for first place.

Warriors third, Northstars fourth in hockey standings

Liverpool beats IHC; C-NS takes loss to Syracuse

In very different ways, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey teams closed out their respective regular season and got ready for the Section III playoffs.

Liverpool holds off C-NS in league indoor meet

Warriors win on track; Northstars' Reader wins three field events

Without question, the Liverpool boys indoor track and field team did not like finishing behind Cicero-North Syracuse at the Feb. 4 Section III Class AA championship meet. So when the two sides returned to SRC Arena a week later for the CNY Counties League National Division championship meet on Wednesday night, the Warriors got the best of it, scoring 156 points to the Northstars’ 139, with Baldwinsville (106 points) in third place.

Liverpool wins Class AA sectional wrestling title

Warriors edge Baldwinsville by one point in team standings

Four head-to-head title bouts between Liverpool and Baldwinsville were the points on which last Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet turned. And though the Bees had the advantage of competing in its home gym, it didn’t matter one bit to the Warriors, who won all four of those finals and, by doing so, prevailed by a single point.

C-NS cheerleaders win sectional Class AA title

Northstars pull away from field; Liverpool finishes fifth

Just as they had done throughout the winter, the Cicero-North Syracuse cheerleading squad turned back all challengers – but this time, it delivered, for the Northstars, a Section III Class AA championship.

Girls basketball Northstars roll past B’ville

Free, Bonin lead C-NS against short-handed Bees

All paths to the Section III Class AA girls basketball championship still run through Cicero-North Syracuse, and for six years, with and without superstar talents on the Northstars’ roster, no one was able to pass through without getting stopped.

Liverpool girls hoops still in playoff hunt

Warriors beat F-M after loss to C-NS

Simple math was what faced the Liverpool girls basketball team as the 2014-15 regular season wound to its end. In order to get into the Section III Class AA playoffs, the Warriors would need eight wins. Entering February, Liverpool had a 6-9 mark, so two more victories were required.

C-NS boys earn satisfying win over Liverpool

Northstars find rare bright spot in season full of struggles

This long, brutal season for the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team might not include any post-season participation, but at least it can say that it began and ended with signature victories. The Northstars’ upset of Nottingham in its Dec. 6 opener at Henninger’s Peppino’s Invitational got better with time as the Bulldogs charged into Class AA championship contention.

Cloute qualifies for state bowling tournament

C-NS star finishes second at Section III Shoot-Out

Back when the Cicero-North Syracuse boys bowling team finished second to Fulton in the Section III Class A tournament Feb. 1 at Strike-N-Spare Lanes, some of its individuals knew they had a second chance to go further this winter.

Liverpool swimmers rout Auburn, go to 10-0

Warriors to host sectional Class A meet on Thursday

With an undefeated regular season now in the books, the Liverpool boys swim team will turn its attention to seeking the Section III Class A championship and, two days later, going after the George Falwell Cup symbolizing the area’s top team in 2014-15.

C-NS hockey drops rematch to B’ville

Liverpool goes 1-1, falls to Rome Free Academy

Even if the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team made a prolonged push through the Section III Division I playoffs, it might not top the excitement and emotion it felt rallying for a 3-2 overtime victory over Baldwinsville in the first-ever hockey game played in the Carrier Dome on Nov. 21.

C-NS boys, girls take second at AA indoor sectionals

Liverpool third on both sides; Reader wins twice for Northsars

All season long, the Cicero-North Syracuse indoor track and field teams mostly looked up at Liverpool in the standings during a variety of meets held at SRC Arena. But when it came time to decide the Section III Class AA championships Wednesday night, the Northstars beat the Warriors in both the girls and boys divisions, earning second-place finishes.

C-NS boys hoops gets satisfying win over Liverpool

Girls Northstars win, too, setting up B'ville showdown

This long, brutal season for the Cicero-North Syracuse boys basketball team might not include any post-season participation, but at least it can say that it began and ended with signature victories

C-NS bowlers take second at sectional tournament

Fox leads Northstars as Fulton takes team title

With the large advantage of competing in its home venue, the Cicero-North Syracuse boys bowling team sought out the Section III team championship Sunday at Strike-N-Spare Lanes, knowing a berth in the state tournament at Strike-N-Spare in early March was on the line.

Hockey Warriors beat C-NS in overtime, 7-6

Liverpool avenges OT defeat to Northstars in December

With their post-season status secure, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool ice hockey teams could devote their full attention toward another head-to-head clash last Friday night at the Twin Rinks.

Liverpool hoops gains split with West Genesee

Girls Warriors prevail; boys take defeat to Wildcats

While the Liverpool boys basketball team has a Section III Class AA playoff berth sewn up, the girls do not, and its quest to get back to the post-season will come down to the wire.

C-NS girls win at “Paint the Gym Pink” event

Northstars also beat Corcoran, await B'ville showdown

Sometimes, the result of the game is the least important part. As expected, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team roared past visiting Fayetteville-Manlius 65-28 last Tuesday night, but the contest was secondary to the occasion.

Liverpool wrestlers roll past C-NS, 66-21

Warriors, Northstars head for sectional AA meet

The occasion of a local rivalry was plenty of reason for the Liverpool wrestling team to stay focused in between important tournaments.

Liverpool second, C-NS third at Constantino meet

Warriors win two relays; Northstars' Fanizzi, Herringshaw prevail

Indoor track and field teams from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse will both head into next Wednesday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at SRC Arena with plenty of high expectations.

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.

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