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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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F-M duo shines; ESM's LeGro second at 160 pounds
A strong season-long effort by Fayetteville-Manlius wrester Tristan Broddus continued when he claimed the 152-pound championship during Saturday's Phoenix Round Robin – and this time around, teammate Muhammad-Mukhtar Qubasy joined him in the winner’s circle.
Hornets struggle in second half against unbeaten Black Knights
Given all the production that left with the likes of John Schurman and Louis Avellino, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team could not expect that it had all the components necessary to keep up with the top Class AA contenders – not yet, anyway.
J-D gets first win; CBA holds off Oswego
Maybe the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team needs to get tested in order to really bring out its best game. Faced with a close battle against visiting Cazenovia last Friday night, the Cobras put together a red-hot shooting display late in the first half and pulled away to beat the Lakers 63-43, all part of a busy evening of local games before the holidays.
J-D, ESM, F-M all gain first-place finishes at SRC Arena
With the glow of the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country national-championship sweep still on everyone's mind, it was time for the girls indoor track and field season to get underway, and every local side had a reason to feel good at the end of Friday night's Jack Morse Kickoff Meet at SRC Arena.
ESM's McGrath finishes first in 55-meter hurdles
Less than two weeks after Fayetteville-Manlius dazzled everyone by sweeping the Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon, it was time for the indoor track and field season to get underway. Local teams, including F-M, made their first venture of the winter to SRC Arena, on the Onondaga Community College campus, to compete in the Jack Morse Kickoff Meet.
First-place duel features 35 saves from Vinal
They had built it up as a special event Wednesday night at Allyn Arena, and the ice hockey teams from Skaneateles and CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt obliged with a special game that left everyone thirsting was more. Partially, that was because of the back-and-forth nature of the contest, but mainly it was because this showdown of undefeated teams ended in a 3-3 tie, leaving everyone waiting for the Feb. 6 rematch at Onondaga Nation Arena.
F-M splits "Pink Out" games; girls fall to Liverpool
With a 19-point second-half advantage whittled down to four in Tuesday night's game against visiting Baldwinsville, the Fayetteville-Manlius boys basketball team faced the very real possibility that it would drop back-to-back home games for the first time in recent memory. But the Hornets, aided by the guard tandem of Jake Wittig and Nick Quilty-Koval, recovered in time to reclaim control in the fourth quarter and beat the Bees 68-61.
DeRegis free throw, last-second stop preserves 63-62 win
Forces old and new collided Friday night on the basketball court, producing an instant classic between Jamesville-DeWitt and Bishop Ludden that was in doubt until the final possession. But with one clutch free throw from Dom DeRegis, plus one big stop before the horn sounded, the Red Rams gained a 63-62 victory over the Gaelic Knights, despite trailing for most of the contest.
Cobras' defense has produced 2-0 start
True, the shots aren't always falling in the early portion of the season for the Bishop Grimes girls basketball team, but given the way it's playing defense, there's time to work the other parts out. That was the takeaway from Monday night's game at Bishop Ludden, where the Cobras smothered the Gaelic Knights 46-23 in large part due to pressure that was applied from the moment the game tipped off.
Boys Hornets joins girls as national champions
If the Fayetteville-Manlius cross country team had not reached the pinnacle of its success prior to Saturday's Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon, it has done so now. For the first time, the girls and boys Hornets both are bringing home national championships, a result of their combined ability to run at their best when the biggest pressure was on them, and on the superior ability of head coach Bill Aris to get the most out of these talented runners.