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Phil Blackwell

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Defense leads Warriors past Henninger

Four Liverpool players score in double figures

If the Liverpool boys basketball team wants to go from contender to champion, it knows it must shine on both sides of the ball. So it only figured that the Warriors' defense played a central role in knocking off defending Section III Class AA champion Henninger 63-55 on Friday night, holding the Black Knights without a field goal for more than five minutes in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

C-NS girls hoops stays unbeaten

Northstars beat Mary Louis Academy at end of 4-0 week

When the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team returned to New York City for a weekend appearance in the Mecca Tournament, it left behind a Section III Class AA field that, including Liverpool, seemed as far away as ever, especially with the Northstars rising all the way up to no. 10 in the latest USA Today Super 25 rankings of the best teams in the nation.

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Liverpool boys hoops holds off C-NS

Big crowd watches Warriors keep local supremacy

Much more than the typical hoopla associated with a rivalry was present when Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool square off in boys basketball last Friday night, especially from the Northstars’ perspective.

C-NS indoor track nearly sweeps Utica meet

Northstars, Liverpool also take part in Arcaro Invitational

Only by the margin of a single point did the Cicero-North Syracuse indoor track and field teams miss sweeping a large field of challengers from Section III and elsewhere during last Friday night’s Utica Challenge Invitational.

Hockey Warriors have 1-2 week

Right in the middle of a stretch where it would play three times in four nights, the Liverpool ice hockey team would pay a visit to Meachem Rink and measure itself against the 13-1-1, state Division I no. 4-ranked Syracuse Cougars.

Liverpool, C-NS wrestlers take losses

Warriors fall to Central Valley; Northstars beaten by CBA/J-D

Now it’s the Liverpool wrestling team’s turn to host the Section III Class AA championship meet following years of travel to other venues, including Cicero-North Syracuse and Baldwinsville.

Liverpool swimmers beat J-D/CBA

Late surge helps Warriors take battle of unbeaten powers

At least for now, the Liverpool boys swim team still holds on to the title of best in Section III. Buoyed by a string of victories late in the meet, the Warriors defeated Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA 101-84 Wednesday night in a showdown of two undefeated league champions.

Warriors sweep C-NS at Kirschenheiter meet

Petrella, Schulz, Coleman all win distance races

All season long, the Liverpool indoor track and field teams looked to catch Cicero-North Syracuse, and finally did so – at least for one day.

Liverpool goes 1-1 in sectional Dual Meet

Warriors shine following close loss to B'ville

All sorts of glory was within the reach of the Liverpool wrestling team, starting with last week’s showdown with Baldwinsville for CNY Counties League superiority and continuing with Saturday’s appearance at Cicero-North Syracuse for the Section III Dual Meet.

Boys hoops Warriors, Northstars both win

Liverpool to visit C-NS as rivals clash this Friday

Now that it had its confidence restored, the Liverpool boys basketball team could not wait to enter the regular-season homestretch, even if it includes its annual trip down the road to face its rivals from Cicero-North Syracuse, who is just glad to be on the brink of returning to the Section III Class AA playoffs after a one-year absence.

C-NS girls hoops handles Liverpool

Warriors closer than first meeting thanks to late push

All of the fun the Liverpool girls basketball team was having in 2015-16 could not get spoiled by any one event or any opponent – even one as massively imposing as Cicero-North Syracuse.

Swimming Warriors still unbeaten

Liverpool sets up showdown with J-D/CBA

Everyone eagerly anticipates the Liverpool boys swim team’s showdown with Jamesville-DeWitt on Wednesday night, each side undefeated and atop their respective leagues – the Warriors in front of the CNY Counties League, the Red Rams first in the Onondaga High School League.

Liverpool hockey falls to B’ville

C-NS pushes Syracuse in 6-4 loss to Cougars

Everything the Liverpool ice hockey team had accomplished during a five-game win streak was nice, but one elusive goal remained – getting Baldwinsville.

Liverpool boys handle B’ville, Auburn

Warriors regain momentum; C-NS goes 1-1

Just how critical the Liverpool boys basketball team’s come-from-behind victory at West Genesee on Jan. 7 was became evident in the week that followed, when the Warriors reclaimed some of its best December form.

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Hockey Warriors run win streak to five

Liverpool fights past F-M, RFA; C-NS goes 1-1

About the only real problem in the Liverpool ice hockey team’s fine 2015-16 season is its struggles against Division I opponents. Outside of league play, the Warriors were 4-1 going into the week, but it was 2-3 within the league, meaning that it was still in fourth place in the American Conference and trying to move up in the standings.

Liverpool wrestlers defeat C-NS

Warriors claim eight straight bouts in 56-25 win

Once more, the neighborhood rivalry between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse flared up, this time on the wrestling mat, where the two had their annual head-to-head match Thursday night on the Warriors’ home mat.

Wike rallies Warriors past Baldwinsville

Big fourth quarter helps Liverpool to key win

Jenna Wike made sure that the special times for the Liverpool girls basketball time continue, this time with a big result on the court. Wike's big fourth-quarter performance helped the Warriors, once trailing by 10, defeat the Baldwinsville Bees 54-48 on Monday night and clinch a Section III Class AA playoff berth.

Northstars sweep through Constantino meet

Liverpool competes at Southern Tier Invitational

Strong and deep in most events, the Cicero-North Syracuse indoor track and field teams didn’t let anyone catch them during last Saturday’s afternoon session of the George Constantino Memorial Invitational at SRC Arena.

Liverpool wrestlers rout Auburn, New Hartford

C-NS beats F-M, takes second at Port Byron meet

Within a 72-hour span, the Liverpool wrestling team would undertake its busiest stretch of the season, from back-to-back matches against Auburn and New Hartford to an appearance in the Leo J. Sammon Tournament at Central Valley Academy.

Girls Northstars stay unbeaten, handles F-M

Northstars go on 29-5 third-quarter run to pull away

Having conquered California, and having garnered national recognition in the process, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team returned to local action and, again, reminded all the Section III Class AA and CNY Counties League chasers how far they still had to go.

Liverpool swimmers hold off B’ville

Burdo gets pair of wins; C-NS defeats Syracuse

To the surprise of some, the Liverpool boys swim team had some company atop the CNY Counties League in December, with Baldwinsville matching the Warriors’ 4-0 start. But when those two teams got together Wednesday night at the Baker High School pool, the Warriors reasserted its place at the top, putting together a series of race victories and defeating the Bees by a 52-42 margin.

Warriors’ win streak stopped by Aquinas

C-NS goes 1-1 in pair of Rochester games

In most instances, a game similar to the Liverpool boys basketball team’s trip to Rochester Aquinas last Saturday would be easy to overlook.

Liverpool hockey tops Oswego, 5-3

C-NS takes back-to-back losses to Fulton, Syracuse

When the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey teams clash in their lone regular-season meeting Tuesday night at Lysander Arena, they do so with the Warriors feeling much better about its prospects.

C-NS sweeps San Francisco tournament

Free, Roberts lead Northstars to 3-0 mark in Bay Area

At venues nearly 3,000 miles apart, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls basketball team would each have exciting, memorable experiences during the holiday break, but also got in some games, too.

Ashkar wins at Haines Tournament

Liverpool star takes 132-pound division

A brief holiday respite for the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling teams ended when they both went to SUNY-Oswego Monday and Tuesday as part of a massive field in the annual Kenneth Haines Memorial Tournament.

C-NS sweeps indoor track Jensen Relays

Liverpool second in boys event

Through two Central New York Indoor Track Association meets this winter, Cicero-North Syracuse remains undefeated. In the morning session of Wednesday's Oscar B. Jensen Holiday Relays at SRC Arena, the boys and girls Northstars both prevailed, with Liverpool second in the boys event and third in the girls event.

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Warriors roar past Ludden in tournament final

Sullivan MVP as Liverpool routs unbeaten Gaelic Knights

Ryan Blackwell said that his Liverpool boys basketball team is having fun and staying loose while still managing to work hard at all phases of the game - and it's showing. Never was the Warriors' capacity for both work and fun on more vivid display than in Sunday night's 83-64 conquest of Bishop Ludden in the final of the Gaelic Knights' own Rosemary Corcoran Holiday Classic.

Wrestling Warriors sweep at Groton

C-NS takes defeat to B'ville, 48-24

Once more, the Liverpool wrestling team cleaned up against a host of opposition when it swept to a perfect 5-0 record and the team title of the Sara Allen Memorial Duals held Dec. 19 at Groton High School.

C-NS hockey beats F-M in overtime

Liverpool rallies for win at Mohawk Valley

Since the Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey team shares the same Twin Rinks facility as Fayetteville-Manlius, it only figures that their head-to-head meetings would have a bit more intensity and meaning.

Boys Warriors roll past Corcoran, F-M

Liverpool carries momentum into Bishop Ludden Tournament

Over the course of the last weekend of 2015 and the first weekend of 2016, the Liverpool boys basketball team will have some high-profile encounters that, in their own ways, provide plenty of meaning.

Liverpool girls stun unbeaten F-M

C-NS routs Nottingham before San Francisco trip

For once, the Liverpool girls basketball team found a way to upstage its neighbors from Cicero-North Syracuse. True, it didn’t come from a direct head-to-head win, but the Warriors earned its most impressive victories in years Tuesday night when it took down undefeated, state Class AA no. 13-ranked Fayetteville-Manlius in a 50-39 decision.

Liverpool swimmers tame C-NS

Northstars also third at New Hartford Invitational

After its fourth consecutive victory to open the season, the Liverpool boys swim team wasn’t going to let its closest neighbor and rival stand in the way. The Warriors hosted Cicero-North Syracuse Tuesday night, and with Nick Burdo a part of three different race wins, Liverpool pulled away and defeated the Northstars by a score of 102-73.

C-NS, Liverpool rule at indoor track opener

Northstars sweep morning session; Warriors nearly match it in afternoon session

Participation in the Central New York Indoor Track Association is large enough that, for the season-opening Jack Morse Kickoff Meet held Saturday at SRC Arena, the event was split into two sessions – one in the morning, one in the afternoon.

Northstars win twice; Liverpol routs Auburn

C-NS unable to make it three straight against unbeaten West Genny

Much of the first week of the boys basketball regular season centered around Liverpool and first-year head coach Ryan Blackwell, whose side went 2-1, including a decisive win Dec. 4 over its neighbors from Cicero-North Syracuse.

C-NS girls hoops rolls past Baldwinsville

Free, Tortora, Roberts each score 16 against Bees

All kinds of challengers have lined up in recent years, trying to knock the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team from its deeply rooted home atop the Section III Class AA heap, and the Northstars have turned them all back.

Hockey Warriors have 2-1 week

C-NS breaks early skid with win over Potsdam

Off to a 1-2 start, the Liverpool ice hockey team would play on the road three times during the week, starting with last Tuesday’s visit to Fulton, where it turned into a showcase for both goaltenders and the Warriors were often stymied, but still beat the Red Raiders 2-1.

C-NS, Liverpool swimmers gain wins

Northstars top Pulaski; Warriors rout New Hartford

In their own different manners, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys swim teams gained victories in last Wednesday’s meets.

Liverpool wrestling routs ESM

Warriors also go 4-1 at Churchville-Chili tournament

Having made a strong opening statement with a third-place finish in Cicero-North Syracuse’s Andersen Memorial Tournament on Dec. 5, the Liverpool wrestling team continued to work through early-season contests.

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Boys Warriors start 2-1, defeat C-NS

Ryan Blackwell has successful opening week as Liverpool coach

Amid a tumultuous opening week of high school boys basketball, Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse got together last Friday night to renew their neighborhood rivalry, finding out just where they stood.

Girls hoops Northstars roar to 2-0 start

C-NS routs Liverpool as another AA title quest begins

Even with all that it had accomplished, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls basketball team entered the 2015-16 season carrying more urgency and hunger than usual.

New coach takes over for C-NS hockey

Northstars fall to Auburn; Liverpool has 1-1 week

A new era for Cicero-North Syracuse ice hockey has begun, and part of the quest for the Northstars is to get ahead of its neighbors from Liverpool, though the task won’t be too easy.

Ashkar, Bradshaw win at C-NS tournament

Liverpool wrestlers earn third-place finish

A mere two weeks after he helped the Liverpool football team get within a point of reaching the state Class AA championship game, Audey Ashkar was back on the wrestling mat, inching closer to a personal milestone of 100 career victories.

Petrella takes sixth at Nike Nationals

Liverpool places 10th among teams in Portland

An extraordinary season for the Liverpool boys cross country team concluded with a pair of top-10 finishes, both from individual Ben Petrella and from the entire Warrior roster, in Saturday's Nike Cross Nationals, held at the Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Oregon.

Warriors swimmers handle West Genny

Burdo victorious in 200 IM, 100 butterfly for Liverpool

With more great things in mind for this winter, the Liverpool boys swim team passed an important rest right away.

Hockey Warriors fall to Auburn, 6-5

Liverpool sees pair of two-goal leads disappear in season opener

If the opening act was any sort of indication, the Liverpool ice hockey team’s trek through the 2015-16 season could prove quite exciting. It’s just that the Warriors would like to win, too.

Petrella, Liverpool win at NY/NE Regional

Warriors earn return trip to Nike Nationals

Now the Liverpool boys cross country team has made it past all of the hurdles and are going back to Portland, Oregon, ready to take on the best in the United States at the Nike Nationals, where it finished fourth a year ago.

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.

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