Good morning, class.
Could it have been any worse Wednesday afternoon as teams were preparing to play games?
I was in Baldwinsville on a story that you’ll see later this week, and as I drove home the rain came down harder and harder, and then it began to lightning and thunder ... and yet there were a handful of games played.
Weatherman Dave Eichorn tells us there's more of the same in store for today.
Girls lacrosse: It’s fascinating how strong the Onondaga League’s Liberty Conference is, with four Class C teams – Marcellus, Skaneateles, Cazenovia and Westhill – that can hang with bigger schools and produce a wealth of Division I lacrosse talent.
Skaneateles and Marcellus appear to be the strongest of the four this season. The Lakers defeated Cazenovia, 15-3, Wednesday night and Marcellus cruised past Chittenango, the fifth member of the conference.
The two powers will meet Monday night in Marcellus.
Mustangs’ coach Dick Lundblad said the games between the neighboring districts are always competitive. Though his team (4-0) is a little more experienced this year, Lundblad said Lakers coach Bridget Marquardt always comes up with a way to even the playing field. Skaneateles is 4-1, its only loss to Class A power West Genesee.
Baseball: There was actually a baseball game played at Whitesboro – but it was a Wednesday morning game where the Warriors hosted Ilion because those schools are on break this week.
The Warriors defeated Ilion 10-0 behind a three-hit, 17-strikeout performance from pitcher Jared Muraca. Cody Stewart helped power the Whitesboro offense with a homer and three RBI.
Muraca has 25 strikeouts in just 12 innings pitched.
Football: The state high school football coaches association has made some changes in the 3-year-old all-star game – the Upstate-Downstate High School Football Classic – that has been played in June at Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome.
The group voted to move the game to Onondaga Community College, where it will be played July 13.
The biggest change is that the game now will feature rising seniors, instead of those who have finished their high school careers.
Players must be nominated by their high school coaches.
The past three games, all won by downstate teams, have featured current SU players such as defensive back Wayne Morgan, quarterback John Kinder and running back Ashton Broyld, among others.
Other than those headed to SU, the games have struggled to attract the state’s top Division I talent. Some of the better seniors have opted not to play because of school proms or other commitments. Part of that problem will be solved by moving the game to July, which wouldn't have been possible before with seniors headed off to play college ball.
Track and field: There hasn’t been much to report here, as the season really was supposed to kick into gear this week.
Longtime Cicero-North Syracuse coach Richard Nastasi is hoping it will be dry enough on Friday for the ninth annual C-NS Co-ed Relays.
Nastasi said 19 boys and 14 girls teams from area schools are signed up for the event, which begins at 4 p.m.
The format for the event is that everything, even field events, are a relay. The top-two field event distances or heights are combined for a score, and all running events are in relay form.
The Fleet Feet Sports running apparel store plans to have a presence at the event, and former top American distance runner Dick Beardsley is supposed to be there, according to a news release.
Beardsley, who tells a compelling story of overcoming a drug dependency, also will speak tonight at the store on Bridge Street in DeWitt.