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Phil Blackwell has been sports editor of Eagle Newspapers since 1998 and is the co-host of the Inside High School Sports show, Saturday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. on ESPN Radio 97.7 and 100.1.
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Late-season wins avenge earlier defeats to Wildcats
Whether it was for a few weeks, or a few days, a pair of Fayetteville-Manlius teams - one in girls tennis, the other in boys golf - were both eager for another shot at West Genesee. And when they got that chance on the same Monday afternoon within a few hundred yards of each other in Camillus, both sets of Hornets pulled it off, providing a satisfactory conclusion to their respective regular seasons.
F-M stopped at B'ville, falls to 1-3 on season
Those were seven long days for the Christian Brothers Academy football team, with constant reminders of the 50 points Corcoran had scored on them Sept. 19 at Alibrandi Stadium, leaving a 1-2 mark and all kinds of questions of where this season was headed.
J-D runs into Carthage, falls to 0-4
Just as planned, the East Syracuse-Minoa football team has maneuvered its way to the top of the Class A American division, while Jamesville-DeWitt goes into October still in search of its first win in 2014. The Spartans went to Cortland Friday night and, propelled by a big first half, rolled past the Purple Tigers 40-12, while the Red Rams lost at home to defending Section III Class A champion Carthage 40-18.
Hornets set season-best times on boys, girls side
They called Tuesday's cross country gathering at Baldwinsville the CNY Counties League Jubilee, and it sure turned into a celebration for Fayetteville-Manlius. Not only did the Hornets sweep to the boys and girls team titles, they did so posting the fastest speed ratings in the nation this fall.
Girls Hornets break skid with win over Camden
Aside from the winning, which is nice, it’s the way the Fayetteville-Manlius boys soccer team is claiming these victories that is grabbing a lot of attention.
Red Rams' rough week includes defeat to Fowler
Not since the 2013 Section III Class A championship game had the Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt boys soccer teams squared off.
Spartans win in regulation; Red Rams require OT surge
In a span of less than 48 hours, the Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa girls soccer teams both notched big wins over Christian Brothers Academy.
Brothers stunned by Corcoran; Hornets fall to Henninger
That the Fayetteville-Manlius football team would struggle on Friday night, taking a 36-6 defeat to Henninger, wasn't a big surprise, since the Black Knights enjoy a no. 14 state Class AA ranking and are considered the favorites for the Section III title. What was surprising, though, was what happened a few miles down the road at Alibrandi Stadium.
Grimes holds off South Lewis, improves to 2-1
Someone was going to move to the top of the wide-open Class A American division when neighbors East Syracuse-Minoa and Jamesville-DeWitt met up for their annual showdown Friday night. And it was the host Spartans warming up to that task, using its ground game to pound away at the Red Rams from start to finish on its way to a 41-0 victory.
Girls Hornets beat two state top-10 foes; boys break WG course record
Another week brought another showdown for the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country teams – only this time, it was the girls taking the spotlight.