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Warriors beaten again in AA state final

Liverpool softball drops title game to Orchard Park

Twelve months after it fell one victory short of the one prize it wanted the most, the Liverpool softball team returned to South Glens Falls for the state Class AA final four, seeking to take that last step and finally earn the program's first state championship.

C-NS, Liverpool athletes gain wins at state qualifier

Akinpelu prevails twice; Mahana, Bearkland first for Northstars

A year from now, top track and field athletes will return to Cicero-North Syracuse as it once again hosts the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet. They’ll hold this year’s state meet at the University at Albany, though, and a full array of talent from C-NS and Liverpool will be there on the Division I (large school) side after their work at last Friday’s Section III state qualifier held at Bragman Stadium.

Softball Warriors return to state AA final four

Bats come to life as Liverpool beats Shen in regional final

Ideally, what the Liverpool softball team would like to do when it goes to South Glens Falls this Saturday for its second consecutive state Class AA final four appearance is something close to what it accomplished in the two games leading up to it.

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Softball Warriors repeat as sectional champs

Liverpool rolls past Utica Proctor, 24-2, in AA final

Maybe it was an unfamiliar setting and an unfamiliar opponent, but the Liverpool softball team didn't care, as long as the outcome was familar - and happy. Repeating as Section III Class AA champions, the top-seeded Warriors blew open Monday night's sectional AA final against Utica Proctor at Onondaga Community College in the second inning and went on to rout the Raiders 24-2.

C-NS rallies past Auburn in AA semis

Liverpool baseball eliminated by West Genny

Four outs from another premature ending in another quest for a Section III Class AA championship, the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team made quite a rescue - and had the likes of Jake McArdell and Brad Hamilton to thank as it reached the sectional final.

Comeback pushes softball Warriors past C-NS

Liverpool to meet Proctor in AA sectional final

Every single time they encounter each other, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse softball teams know how nervous things can get. Gaining superiority in this long and consequential rivalry requires talent, for sure, but also avoiding mistakes - or, if they do take place, overcoming them, especially if those mistakes happen early.

C-NS, Liverpool reach AA baseball semis

Northstars, Warriors need extra innings to win quarterfinals

One more victory by each side would mean that the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool baseball teams would settle the Section III Class AA championship against each other. Just getting to that point, though, required surviving Thursday's close, tense AA quarterfinals, where the top-seeded Northstars edged no. 8 seed Syracuse 3-2 in 10 innings at the Gillette Road complex, and the no. 6 seed Warriors upended no. 3 seed Rome Free Academy 2-1 in eight innings at DeLutis Field.

C-NS, Liverpool vie for sectional track honors

Mahana wins twice for boys Northstars during second-place effort

Track and field teams from Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool all gathered at Bragman Stadium Wednesday with the rest of the Section III Class AA sides for a pair of sectional meets that would produce plenty of strong results from the local sides.

C-NS boys lax stopped in sectional semis

Northstars fall to West Genny after road win at F-M

A chance at snaring the biggest victory in program history lay right in front of the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team.

Northstars beat RFA in softball sectionals

C-NS could face Liverpool in Class AA semis

In so many different ways, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse softball teams end up drawn to each other – especially at the end of the season, when the stakes are high.

Liverpool sweeps C-NS in league track meet

Akinpelu, Reader each win three individual events

Since just four teams were involved, Thursday’s CNY Counties League National division track and field championship meets at Baldwinsville’s Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium turned into yet another neighborhood duel between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse.

C-NS girls lacrosse falls in Class A semis

CBA takes out Northstars after shutout of Liverpool

What unfolded Thursday night at Chittenango High School during the Section III Class A girls lacrosse semifinals was guaranteed to be cruel for someone. Cicero-North Syracuse, no. 4 in the state rankings, was facing Christian Brothers Academy, no. 3 in that same state poll, and one of them would see their season end.

Liverpool, C-NS tennis stars battle at sectionals

Vogue reached second singles final to lead Warriors

Boys tennis teams from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse would both try to make deep runs in the three singles and two doubles divisions during this week’s Section III Class A tournament at Syracuse University’s Skytop Courts.

C-NS’s McKie wins playoff, reaches state tournament

Northstars standout beats F-M's Bonomo for final spot

Nessa McKie felt the nerves when she stepped up to the first tee at Kanon Valley Country Club Tuesday afternoon, and she promptly mishit her drive, the ball barely traveling 50 yards. Yet when the playoff for the last Section III berth in next month’s state tournament at SUNY-Delhi was complete, it was McKie smiling as she overcame her rough start to defeat Fayetteville-Manlius’ Maggie Bonomo.

C-NS, Liverpool earn big baseball wins

Northstars sweep West Genny; Warriors top B'ville again

Though the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team was on the road and their Liverpool counterparts were on the road, each of them would emerge with important victories early in the final week of the regular season.

Liverpool, C-NS softball earn tough wins

Warriors shut out B'ville; Northstars get even with Auburn

Nearly getting swept by Cicero-North Syracuse probably did more to motivate the Liverpool softball team than any number of one-sided victories it has recorded in 2015. With the Warriors sitting at no. 14 in the state Class AA rankings after edging the Northstars 5-4 on May 8, it visited Baldwinsville last Tuesday afternoon and relied on early run production to put away the Bees in a 4-0 shutout.

C-NS track teams rout Henninger

Webb, Mahana win multiple events for Northstars

With a CNY Counties League National division regular-season title secured,, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls track and field teams is ready for the next phase that starts with Thursday’s league meet at Baldwinsville’s Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

Track Warriors sweep past Baldwinsville

Liverpool boys 4x800 team wins at Schenectady meet

Both of the Liverpool boys and girls track and field teams will make their way to Baldwinsville’s Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium to compete this Thursday in the CNY Counties League National division championship meet.

Boys lacrosse Northstars beaten by B’ville

Liverpool unable to reach sectional Class A playoffs

What the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team hoped as it entered the Section III Class A playoffs was that it had not peaked too soon. Once the owners of a seven-game win streak in April, the Northstars have only gone 5-3 since, its up-and-down finish symbolized by a 7-4 defeat to Baldwinsville last Tuesday night at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium.

C-NS, Liverpool girls lax head into sectionals

Warriors fall to Auburn; Northstars rout Syracuse

Only two wins separate the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team from a long-awaited Section III Class A championship, but getting those wins might prove brutal.

Tennis Northstars go 1-1, beat Central Square

Liverpool wins right before sectional tournaments starts

With the Cicero-North Syracuse boys tennis team, the constant theme throughout 2015 was how close it got to doing even more. From a pair of 5-2 defeats to rival Liverpool to last Tuesday’s 4-3 defeat to Baldwinsville in the regular-season finale, the Northstars hinted at better results, but didn’t quite reach them.

C-NS girls golfers get sweep over Liverpool

Northstars prevail, 190-204, just before sectional tournament

All of the regular-season matches were now in the books, with the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse girls golf teams set to travel to Oneida’s Kanon Valley Country Club for Tuesday’s Section III championship tournament.

C-NS uses power, pitching to pass Liverpool

Trio of home runs help Theetge blank Warriors

Having gone 11 innings the first time around, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool baseball teams may have expected a similar duel on a wind-swept Tuesday afternoon at the Gillette Road complex - but that's not what took place.

C-NS boys track wins at Arcaro Invitational

Hentges, Mosher among event winners for Northstars

Both track and field teams from Cicero-North Syracuse would find themselves in contention during last Friday’s John Arcaro Invitational at Baldwinsville’s Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium. And the boys Northstars would finish in the top spot, earning 116.33 points to outdistance a field of 19 other teams, as the hosts from Baldwinsville finished second with 65 points.

Baseball Northstars, Warriors build win streaks

Both sides top Syracuse in advance of Tuesday clash

All of the success the Cicero-North Syracuse baseball team is enjoying this spring traces back to the great work pitching ace Steven Theetge does every time he steps to the mound - and Liverpool is doing well, too, adding more anticipation to their meeting this Tuesday at the Gillette Road complex.

C-NS girls lax routs C. Square, Auburn

Liverpool struggles against B'ville, F-M

What was abundantly clear in the last full week of the regular season was the different directions in which the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool girls lacrosse teams were heading.

Lacrosse Northstars edge Liverpool in OT

Warriors also take narrow defeat to Baldwinsville

Whatever the fates of both the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool boys lacrosse teams this season, they certainly had some excitement when they confronted each other.

Liverpool tennis repeats win over C-NS

Warriors sweep regular-season series from Northstars

Having gained local bragging rights over Cicero-North Syracuse in a 5-2 decision on April 30, the Liverpool boys tennis team knew that, to keep it, it had to topple the Northstars again in their rematch just eight days later.

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Liverpool softball edges C-NS, 5-4

Two runs in sixth inning hold up for Warriors

When the Liverpool softball team welcomed Cicero-North Syracuse on Friday afternoon, it did so having blitzed every opponent since the Northstars stunned them 2-0 back on April 27.

Track Northstars, Warriors earn sweeps

C-NS routs West Genny; Liverpool handles Henninger

Ideal conditions were in store for Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool’s track and field teams in Wednesday’s CNY Counties League meets, and they took full advantage.

C-NS track finds success in weekend meets

Boys Northstars third at New Hartford; girls second at Copper Classic

In different locales on consecutive days, track and field teams from Cicero-North Syracuse strove for victories and top finishes, and found both.

Northstars humbled in rematch with West Genny

First-half saves by Wildcats goalie key to C-NS defeat

When the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team had its second encounter with West Genesee last Tuesday night at Bragman Stadium, it remembered how, two weeks earlier, it went to Camillus and, with a late-game surge, erased a four-goal deficit to stun the reigning state Class A champions. Of course, the Wildcats remembered this, too – and every one of them was bent on making sure that didn’t happen again.

Liverpool baseball topples Baldwinsville, F-M

C-NS goes 2-1 after win over West Genny

Whatever early struggles the Liverpool baseball team dealt with seemed to dissipate during the last days of April, when it earned a series of quality wins. Back on Monday night at NBT Bank Stadium, Liverpool took on Baldwinsville in the finale of the Strike Out Lou Gehrig’ Disease Classic, and rebounded from its 11-inning defeat to Cicero-North Syracuse on April 25 by taking out the Bees 6-3.

Boys lax Northstars, Warriors get big wins

C-NS puts end to Auburn win streak

Those back-to-back defeats the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team took at the hands of Fayetteville-Manlius and West Genesee did not sit well.

Liverpool tennis wins clash with C-NS

Warriors, Northstars both takes losses to F-M

Through all of the matches they contested with other opponents during a busy week of action, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys tennis teams still remembered that they would face each other, too, on Thursday afternoon.

Softball, baseball Northstars have big Monday

C-NS sides both gain wins over Class AA favorites

Forget the gloomy skies that hung over Central New York - this Monday was as bright as possible, at least for Cicero-North Syracuse's varsity softball and baseball teams.

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Liverpool softball gains top state ranking

Warriors blank B'ville, take loss to Bethlehem

Before the weather cut into its schedule, the Liverpool softball team again established its superiority over the challenging pack in the CNY Counties League. And it did so with added pressure created by the fact that, when the first state Class AA rankings of the spring were released, the Warriors were on top, a rare honor that would make them an even bigger target of every future opponent.

C-NS girls lax goes 2-1, defeats Liverpool

Northstars stop B'vile, take loss to Skaneateles

Even as it garnered the no. 2 spot in the first state Class A rankings of the spring, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse team could not revel in it.

C-NS baseball beats Liverpool in 11 innings

Northstars still unbeaten in league play

The wet and cold weather caused havoc with the baseball schedule, postponing, among other games, one between rivals Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool. But it would get made up on Saturday afternoon, and would last 11 long innings before the Northstars pulled it out, 4-2, over the Warriors.

Track Warriors, Northstars shine at meets

C-NS boys second to F-M at Chittenango Invitational

Right after facing each other and splitting those showdowns, Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool’s track and field teams had more business at hand. C-NS and Liverpool both ventured Friday to the Chittenango Invitational, where the boys Northstars nearly won it, finishing with 86 points, one less than Fayetteville-Manlius (87 points) as the girls Warriors were third with 51 points behind F-M and Rush-Henrietta.

C-NS boys lacrosse hits mid-season skid

Defeats to F-M, West Genny halt April momentum

Excitement was building, anticipation had grown, and the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team was ready for its biggest home game in years with unbeaten West Genesee paying a Friday-night visit to Bragman Stadium.

Liverpool lax beaten by Auburn, F-M

Warriors may need fast finish to reach playoffs

As the calendar inched toward the end of April, the Liverpool boys lacrosse team continued to meet with its own frustrations, going to Holland Stadium last Tuesday night and taking a 10-9 double-overtime defeat to Auburn.

Liverpool, C-NS split track showdowns

Boys Warriors, girls Northstars emerge victorious

No matter what took place in the annual track and field clashes between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse on Wednesday afternoon, the home teams ended up happy.

Theetge carries C-NS baseball past B'ville

Ace throws one-hitter, drives in lone run in 1-0 decision

Safe to say, Cicero-North Syracuse baseball pitcher Steven Theetge had a good day. Theetge kept the Northstars undefeated in the CNY Counties League by pitching a one-hitter, striking out 11, and also producing the game's lone run at the plate, as the Northstars defeated Baldwinsville 1-0 Monday afternoon at the Gillette Road complex.

Liverpool boys lax runs into WG, B’ville

Pair of defeats precede hard-earned win over Essex

In a four-day span, the Liverpool boys lacrosse team played three times, but only could win one of those games This was a stretch full of high-profile competition, starting with last Wednesday night’s visit to West Genesee, where the Warriors stayed close for a long while before falling to the Wildcats by a score of 14-8.

Girls lax Warriors take home loss to F-M

Liverpool goes 1-1 before facing C-NS Tuesday

While the excitement in local girls lacrosse is mostly centered around Cicero-North Syracuse (especially after its win at West Genesee), Liverpool is quietly putting together a strong season of its own.

C-NS softball beaten by Central Square, B’ville

Liverpool maintains unbeaten mark in league openers

Everyone was in anticipatory mode for the April 27 softball showdown between Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse at the Gillette Road complex, but a pair of defeats by the Northstars in the first full week of league competition tempered the hype.

Northstars win twice; Liverpool baseball goes 1-3

C-NS battles to wins over Syracuse, Central Square

A split of early-season non-league games could not, in any way, prepare Cicero-North Syracuse’s baseball team for the excitement once CNY Counties League play started.

C-NS boys lax gets even with Syracuse

Red-hot Northstars have won seven straight games

Perhaps it is time to state that the Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse team has gone beyond the realm of good and could, perhaps, turn into something great.

C-NS track sweeps B’ville; Liverpool falls to F-M

Reader wins high jump, triple jump, long jump for boys Northstars

At the start of a tough slate of CNY Counties League meets, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool track and field teams had completely different results. While the Northstars dominated against Baldwinsville on Wednesday afternoon, the Warriors were swept by Fayetteville-Manlius, including a 94-47 decision in a hotly contested boys meet.

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