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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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B'ville ace gets seven K's against Syracuse West
For all the grief that weather forecasters get when they are incorrect, there was no mistake in the system that swept through the area that sent temperatures plunging more than 40 degrees and halted the baseball season again.
B'ville struggles in rematches with 2013 post-season foes
Twice in the span of a week, the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team had to encounter two key opponents from its 2013 run to the state Class A championship game, and could not win on either occasion.
Bees handled F-M before running into hot-starting Warriors
As it turned out, the best thing for the Baldwinsville softball team was to wait for a week to get back on the field after it had stunned defending state Class AA champion Cicero-North Syracuse on April 2.
Blewett strikes out 15 as 20-plus scouts look on
While it has gone many great experiences in its long and illustrious history, the Baldwinsville baseball team is entering all kinds of new territory in 2014. For one thing, the Bees are the reigning state Class AA champions. That title, earned for the first time 10 months ago in Binghamton, is still a fresh memory, but it also makes B’ville the biggest game of the season for every single opponent it faces this spring.
Bees off to quick start in tough CNYCL National division
Each of Baldwinsville’s track and field teams were quite glad to see the belated arrival of spring, for it meant that serious competition was about to get underway. In the season-opening meets Wednesday afternoon, both sets of Bees won big against Henninger, prevailing 112-28 in the boys meet and 98-34 in the girls meet.
Petrelli has three goals; Wildcat goalie stops 16 of 21 shots
At this early point in the season, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team’s biggest issue is an inability to find the net when doing so could lead to some big victories. The Bees managed just five goals (one in the second half) during a 13-5 defeat to reigning state Class C champion Cazenovia on April 5, and those struggles continued Tuesday night, at West Genesee, where plenty of opportunities were missed in an 8-5 defeat to the Wildcats.
Wolcik holds Northstars in check as fourth-inning runs prove enough
Most of the time in recent years, the Baldwinsville softball team found that trying to catch up to the likes of Cicero-North Syracuse was a futile exercise. Just competing with them was a victory unto itself, since scoring more runs than the Northstars appeared impossible.
B'ville looking to defend sectional Class A title won in 2013
Not since the 2001 season has the Baldwinsville girls lacrosse team entered a new spring as a defending champion, which was challenging enough. But the combination of a brutal early schedule and injuries at key positions has added more adversity that head coach Doug Rowe and his players must overcome if it wants to go to the top again.
Bees driven by playoff defeat to West Genesee a season ago
For 10 long months, the Baldwinsville boys lacrosse team has waited, with a lot of eagerness, to get back on the field. Just how eager was evident when the Bees ventured to Hyatt Stadium Saturday and took apart long-time Class C power Skaneateles, breezing to a 14-6 victory in the opening round of the Finger Lakes Shoot-Out.
State finals remind writer of joys inherent in covering sports
So you want to know - after all these years spent jotting illegible things down in notebooks, doing hundreds of interviews, writing thousands of stories, covering untold numbers of contests both mundane and meaningful, and then hammering it out in front of an inanimate computer screen, why keep doing it?