Star Review digital edition - May 8, 2024

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C-NS boys lax beats rivals

For the second time in three weeks, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse teams were together, this time on the turf at LHS Stadium.

And this Thursday-night clash would go 11-10 in the Northstars’ favor, culminating a week as memorable and exciting as any in the C-NS program’s history.

Having already beaten Baldwinsville 10-9 for its first win over the reigning two-time state Class A champion Bees in 15 years, the Northstars carried newfound confidence into its rematch with a Warriors side that went to Bragman Stadium April 16 and, with a big fourth quarter, won 13-10.

Here, it would prove even closer, but part of what made the difference was that C-NS, by claiming face-offs, was able to have far more opportunities than Liverpool.

Then Tanner Long stepped up, setting a season mark with four goals and helped by Adrian Sweeney’s three-goal hat trick and Rocco Villano’s pair of goals. Cy Liberman got four assists as single goals went to Donovan Chaney and Emmit Porter.

What kept the Warriors in it was Owen Salanger’s 15 saves and a well-balanced attack.

Chris Mattot scored three times, with Mason Gridley and Brady Michaud getting two goals apiece. Owen Michaud had four assists as he joined Dom Osbeck and Danny Dunn with single goals and Gavin Kenna got an assist.

All of this followed what happened to C-NS at B’ville as it snapped a skid against the Bees far longer than Liverpool had when it won over the Bees in overtime on April 25.

C-NS spent the first half

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cicero-North Syracuse boys lacrosse players celebrate last Tuesday night’s 10-9 win over baldwinsville, the first time in 15 years it had defeated the bees as the Northstars held off a late comeback attempt.

at B’ville patiently controlling the game’s tempo and getting out in front, eventually taking a 6-4 lead to the break.

They played on even terms in the third quarter, but as the final period wore on the Northstars appeared to have sewn the game up, extending its lead to 10-6 with just four minutes to play.

It wasn’t over, though. Playing with desperation, the Bees rattled off three consecutive goals and sliced the C-NS lead to one, but could not quite force overtime.

What ultimately made the difference was that B’ville, who took more shots, was turned back by Northstars goalie Leyton Sullivan, who made 14 saves to the six for Trevor Sutton.

Villano led the C-NS attack with four goals as three others

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c-NS forward Tanner long (16) netted two goals in last Tuesday’s victory and then put up four goals to help the Northstars beat liverpool 11-10 two nights later.

Liverpool adopts $3.6 million budget

At a special meeting on April 29, the Liverpool Village Board of Trustees approved the 2024-2025 village budget totaling $3,574,315.

The trustees – Melissa Cassidy, Rachel Ciotti, Matt Devendorf, Mike LaMontagne and Mayor Stacy Finney – voted unanimously to approve the annual budget.

Although the village plans to spend a couple thousand dollars less than the in 2023-24, next year’s budget calls for a raise of the property tax assessment from $11.95 to $12.95 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Finney pointed to the cost of police services as a primary reason for the tax increase.

“In 2021, taxes were reduced by fifty cents per thousand in assessed value,” she said. “This year we signed the police contract, which resulted in thousands of dollars in back pay. With a negotiated police contract we were able to hire three full-time officers.”

The village police department remains seriously understaffed, and the board of trustees hopes to hire more in the near future.

In any case, the mayor thinks the cost is worth it.

“For any resident with a home assessed at $200,000 this will result in an increase of $16.67 per month,” Finney said. “Though I cannot speak for all, I feel that our village police department is a worthy investment.”

While local budgets are often increased by purchases of vehicles and/or major capital improvement projects, no such expenditures are foreseen next year.

The single largest budget line in the village is always the police department. Next year, the village will spend $883,944 for police services including $698,596 for salaries.

A separate budget line listed under “Holiday Decorations,” provides for $6,000 to pay for police services for the Memorial Day Parade next year. This year’s parade was canceled due to police staffing issues.

Village taxes have remained flat at $11.95 per $1,000 of assessed value since 2011.

Now that’s gone up to $12.95 so that, as an example a village property assessed at $100,000 will receive a tax bill for $1,295.

Karsen Pritchard had a goal and two assists as Long and Porter both had one goal and one assist. Luke Deinart and Quinn Empey also contributed goals.

– Sweeney, Long and Chaney – scored twice. Dylan Garcia and Judson Ferris both got three-goal hat tricks to pace the Bees. Right after it beat Liverpool, the Northstars would face Indian River on Saturday and, avoiding any kind of letdown, prevailed 14-6 as Villano and Chaney both scored three times, with Sweeney getting two goals and two assists. Liberman added three more assists to give him 39 for the season and added a goal.

Along with the taxes, village property owners must also pay a $130 annual sewer-fund assessment.

To balance the budget, $28,364 will be transferred from the village fund balance, according to Village Clerk Mary Ellen Sims.

GOP nominates incumbents in village of Liverpool trustee race

Village trustees Matt Devendorf and Mike LaMontagne are running for re-election on Tuesday, June 18 in Liverpool.

The two incumbent board members along with Village Justice Anthony LaValle were nominated by the Republican Party’s village caucus on April 30. Village GOP Chairman Joe Ostuni Jr. said that 27 registered Republicans attended. Attendees reported that all three nominations were unanimous. Initially elected as trustee in 2016, Devendorf hopes to win his fifth two-year term, while LaMontagne seeks his fourth term after winning elections in 2018, 2020 and 2022. Trustees earn annual salaries of $6,000 each.

Devendorf works as director of sales and marketing at Young & Franklin/Tactair. From 2013 and 2016, he served on the village zoning board of appeal.

LaMontagne is a principal architect at C&S Companies in Syracuse and served for several years on the village planning board.

He focuses on higher education and aviation as a member of the C&S Education, Healthcare and Public Facilities group. LaMontagne has also served on the board of directors of FOCUS Syracuse which aims to engage the public in shaping a healthier community.

LaValle was first elected judge here in 2008 and is now seeking his fifth four-year term.

Besides serving as village judge, LaValle works as court attorney referee and alternative dispute resolution coordinator for the state’s Fifth Judicial District which cov-

ers six upstate counties.

For his work as village justice LaValle earns $15,000 a year.

Voting will take place from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 18 at the village hall, 310 Sycamore St. Democrats sit out

The village Democrats have declined to conduct a caucus this spring, according to Liverpool Mayor Stacy Finney, a first-term Democrat.

“The Democrats will not be putting any candidates forward this election cycle,” she wrote in a May 3 email. “We will focus our efforts on informing citizens of the benefits of moving the election to November.”

At its April 15 meeting, the Village of Liverpool Board of Trustees voted 3 to 1 to conduct a referendum on June 18 in which voters could switch the village election date from June to November. Re-

publican Trustee Matt Devendorf cast the sole nay vote.

Republicans have enjoyed largely unchallenged control of village government for two decades until last year when Democrats conducted their first village caucus since 2001.

In 2023, Democrats nominated

two women to run for the board of trustees – Melissa Cassidy and Rachel Ciotti – and one woman –Stacy Finney – to run for mayor, and all three were elected. So now Democrats control the board of trustees, 3 to 2, with Devendorf and LaMontagne as the holdover Republicans.

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Salina Library holds May programs North Syracuse celebrates earth Day

and share questions and ideas. For adults 18+. Please register.


Tuesday, May 21 at 6 p.m.Create an embroidered scene. For adults 18+. Registration is required.

Tech help

Do you need help with your laptop or tablet, using email, downloading an eBook, or applying for jobs online?

at 10 am, then we’ll head out to Bucktail Falls, a 45-minute drive. Bring your lunch and a chair. Dogs are allowed on leash. Canceled if raining. For all ages. Please register.

let’s eat

Tuesday, May 14 at 6 p.m.

- Create your favorite pasta/ macaroni picnic salad then bring it to the library with the recipe. Sample everyone’s offerings and discuss. Bring a container for leftovers! For adults 18+. Registration is required.

Tea circle

Wednesday, May 15 at 3 p.m. - Choose a cup from our tea buffet and enjoy it as you circle and chat with each participant. At the end, we’ll all sit together and talk! For adults 18+. Registration is required.

writers Group

Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 p.m. - Hone your writing skills. Facilitated by Debbie Stack, local author, editor, and TV scriptwriter. Get feedback

Tech help appointments are available for these topics and more. Appointments last up to 1 hour. Check the events calendar or call 315-454-4524 for availability. Registration required.


Game Day

Mondays at 1 p.m. - Backgammon, cribbage, scrabble, Triominos, Rummikub, and more! Bring your games or play one of ours. For adults 18+. Please register. Mah Jongg

Tuesdays at noon - Want to learn mah jongg? Already know how to play? Join us for weekly play. National Mah Jongg rules. Not a tournament. For adults 18+. Please register. Mexican Train Dominoes

Wednesdays at 1 p.m.Meet up for an afternoon of playing Mexican Train. If you don’t know how to play we’ll teach you. For adults 18+. Please register.

Outdoor Games

Monday, May 13 at 3 p.m.

- Have some outdoor fun playing miniature golf! We’ll play inside if it rains. For adults 18+. Please register.

Book Clubs On the Same Page: Aurora’s café

Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m.

- Meet up at Aurora’s Café in Northern Lights. Tell us what books you’ve liked, or haven’t liked, lately. Learn about new books and enjoy a tasty treat, too! For adults 18+. Please register.

Page Turners Book Club

Tuesday, May 28 at 6:30 p.m.

- Take part in our monthly discussion; new members are welcome! May’s choice is The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner. Please register or use the Zoom link on our website events page. For adults 18+. children’s and Teen Programs

Pajama Storytime

Thursday, May 9 at 6 p.m.

- Children ages 3-6, wear your comfiest pajamas for a special night-time storytime and craft! Please pre-register.

Toddlers Tango Saturday, May 11 at 10:30 a.m. - Join in the fun at this popular music and movement class for toddlers and preschool-aged children. Please pre-register.

Salina Teen warriors

Tuesday, May 14 at 4:30 p.m. - Pick up an application at the circulation desk and join our Teen Advisory Group. Members will brainstorm and help create activities for the library. For grades 6-12.

Visit the Events Calendar at to register for programs online or call 315-454-4524 for more information.

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Pictured are Department of Environmental Conservation Forester Matt Swayze, Mayor Gary Butterfield Rory and Celia VanDyke at the village of North Syracuse Arbor Day Celebration held April 26 at Heritage Park. Bartlett Tree provided seedlings free for planting, Mayor Gary Butterfield reading the Arbor Day proclamation and Lee Turning played “The Star Spangled banner” on a vintage keyed bugle. photoS by tony burkinShaw parkS director SuBMITTED By J
nine Chubon Salina library director circle of Friends Friday, May 10 at 11 a.m.Adults with disabilities, along with a mentor or family member, can meet up at the library to socialize, play games, and eat lunch together. For adults 18+. Please register. Waterfall Walks Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. - All are welcome to come along on a waterfall walk. Meet at the library
Eighth-grader receives Junior High All-County Jazz honors Submitted photo Liverpool Central School District Director of Fine Arts Adam Shatraw recently announced that Morgan Road Middle eighth-grader Ethan Parry-Benedict was selected to perform with the Junior High All County Jazz Band. The 2024 All-County Jazz Festival was held in April at Skaneateles High School. In addition, Parry-Benedict was asked to perform on the piano along with the Senior High All County Jazz Ensemble at the event. The Onondaga County Music Educators Association sponsors the festival.

alan Notarpole, 93 loved golf, his family

After 93 years of living a beautiful life, Alan Notarpole “Senior” went to his heavenly home on April 30, 2024.

Married for 72 years to the love of his life, Marilyn, he leaves a legacy of five children who gave him 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

His family was what he enjoyed most in life. Golf cart rides down to the lakeside with the grandchildren was one of his greatest pleasures. And then there was his love of golf. One of his best days was the “hole in one” at Skaneateles Country Club. When he went to the Clubhouse to report this, someone joked and said, “who was

Louise M. Sollecito, 92 involved with barbershop groups

Louise M. Sollecito, 92, died April 26, 2024 at The Centers at St. Camillus. Born on the kitchen table during a snowstorm at her family’s farm on Feb. 2, 1932, in Delanson, N.Y., where she graduated at the top of her class in 1949. Louise attended SUNY Albany and Onondaga Community College. She lived most of her adult life on Onondaga Hill.

A self-taught pianist, music performance was Louise’s life-long passion, gaining early experience as accompanist in church, high school and college. In the 1970s and 80s Louise directed the men’s choir at the Church of St. Michael and St. Peter. In 1985 she sang in the Spirit of Syracuse Chorus.

kristine e. collins, 70 loving mother and grandmother

Kristine Ellen Freyleue Collins, 70, of Providence, RI, passed away on April 1, 2024, after an extended illness.

Kris grew up in Baldwinsville and graduated from Baker High School in 1972.

Kris graduated from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

She attained her juris doctor from University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1985.

While a student at Penn Law, Kristine, a soprano with extensive musical training, joined the University of Pennsylvania Law School Light Opera

with you – we need evidence.”

In walked Rev. Peter Major, his golf partner. There was no more credible witness than Fr. Peter Major. He had a rewarding career as a Federal Bank Examiner and after retirement, he took on the position as interim President at Skaneateles Savings Bank and served on the Board of Directors at Solvay Bank for many years. He was a man of faith and a Parishioner at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church in Skaneateles since 1973.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, daughter Kathy (Dave) Schilling, son Edward (Jill) Notarpole, daughter Nancy Roche, son Joseph Notarpole and son Thomas (Melody) Notarpole; 13 grandchildren – Melissa Collins and Mark

Singing in Schenectady’s Melo-Dears

Barbershop Chorus led Louise to her true specialty, organizing and leading a series of barbershop-style vocal groups from 1964 to 2015. Upon moving with her family to Central New York, she formed and led the Split Rockettes (springing from Split Rock Elementary School’s Mothers Group), the Entertainers of Onondaga (a 65-member mixed chorus), and the Note-a-Belles. Membership was open to adults of all ages with a desire to sing. Incorporating such diverse member talents as dance choreography and baton twirling, Louise arranged performances all around Central New York including the New York State Fair. Predeceased by her parents Rose and Charles Emeneth Sr., brother Charles Emeneth, Jr., husband William in 1984,

Company, and performed the lead in the company’s 1984 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe.

Kristine practiced law in Philadelphia, Providence and Boston.

Kristine is survived by her beloved daughter Abbie Thistle (Mark), granddaughter Theia Ellen Thistle and grandson Rowan Douglas Thistle, all of East Providence, RI.

She is also survived by her younger sister, Donna Freyleue (Vickie) of Baldwinsville, and her nephews, Jeremy, Joshua, Erik, Kai, Seneca, Christopher and nieces Amanda and Natalie.

Kristine was predeceased by her husband Doug Collins, her parents Donald Freyleue and Dorothy Freyleue Rose, and her sisters Diane Freyleue Whiting and Laura Freyleue Persechino.

Roche, Matt and Chloe Schilling, Natalie Hart and Nick Notarpole, Ryan, Kaytee and Paige Notarpole, Tom, Alan and Adam Notarpole and Jennie Robleno; 16 greatgrandchildren – Christopher and Connor, Noele and Quinn, Alice, Atticus and Jayce, Maclin and Rigby, Corabella, Michael and Salaya, Marilyn, Thomas and George – and baby Emma.

Memorial service will be held on Friday, May 10 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Skaneateles, burial is private with a reception at the parish center immediately following the service.

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daughter Patricia in 2003, granddaughter Hannah in 2016 and son-in-law Ted Nickell in 2022.

Survived by children Philip (Wendy), James (Megan), Kathy, Sherri (Patrick) Hewitt; granddaughters Laurie (Jordan) Eismeier, Rachel(Angel Gonzalez), Katheryn Hewitt, Jennifer Hewitt. Greatgrandchildren Braedon, Sam and Nora. Calling hours were held 4 – 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Butler-Badman Funeral Home, 4504 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. A funeral mass was held 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at Church of St. Michael and St. Peter, 4782 W Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse, NY 13215. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hope for Bereaved, 4500 Onondaga Blvd. Syracuse, NY 13219;

Kristine will be remembered by those who knew and loved her as a woman of extraordinary intellectual gifts, with deeply held convictions that she never hesitated to express with great force and eloquence.

She had a sharp wit and a great sense of humor.

She was also a loving mother and grandmother who loved her whole, vast extended family, as well as her many dear and loyal friends who will miss her greatly.

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Focus on the road

April, among other things, is also recognized as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

This is a time when organizations like AAA work to raise awareness about the dangers associated with driving while not being focused on the road.

According to AAA, distracted driving, in no uncertain terms, is deadly, claiming 3,308 lives in 2022, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

In 2022, distracted driving contributed to 8% of all the lives lost to crashes on U.S. roadways, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

These are some significant numbers and should make many of us stop and take stock and consider the potential results of driving while distracted. They are numbers we should consider when we look at our phones when we get in the car and numbers that should encourage us to ignore our phones when we are behind the wheel for the safety not only of ourselves and our loved ones and passengers, as well as the lives of all the others out on the road. They are numbers that let us know that those messages and updates and calls can wait a little while until we aren’t driving.

At this point, as cell phones and other devices in our vehicles have become common place and many states have passed laws prohibiting driving while texting and talking on phones while driving, it seems like it should go without saying, but no distraction is worth risking a life.

Focused drivers save lives and prevent injuries. This is a simple message and one that AA hopes will be effective and one more drivers will keep in mind when they are behind the wheel.

NHTSA reports that nearly 290,000 people were injured in traffic crashes involving distracted drivers in 2022.

AAA urges all drivers to pay attention and focus on the road during National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and all year long.

While most people realize distracted driving is a danger, they continue to use their phones behind the wheel. According to AT&T, more than 95% of those surveyed consider smartphone distracted driving to be dangerous, but 9 in 10 people admit to doing it anyway. The research also shows that 7 in 10 drivers say their smartphone has become essential for getting around.

AAA encourages drivers to learn how to use Driving Focus features on smartphones, which are designed to prevent incoming calls and texts while a vehicle is in motion. This technology can save lives. After all, driving 55 miles per hour, taking your eyes off the road for five seconds, is like traveling the length of a football field blindfolded.

Distractions include more than texting.

Anything that diverts attention from driving—eating and drinking, adjusting the navigation, picking your next podcast, talking to other passengers, or talking or texting on the phone—can result in a fatal injury.

All drivers should focus on the road and avoid distractions, not just this month, but every day, to protect themselves and others. Among people who died in crashes reported to involve a distracted driver, 40% of the deaths were the distracted drivers themselves, 16% were their passengers, 26% were people in other vehicles, and 18% were people outside of vehicles (pedestrians, cyclists, etc.), according to NHTSA.

OuTSOuRciNG a qualiTy OF liFe

The Post recently shared an article about how older middle-class people are spending more in search of better lives. They are buying expensive homes, furniture and taking upscale trips. They are, according to the author, searching for the good life, a bit late, but with enthusiasm. According to the article, this has been a significant reason why the economy has been booming.

Searching for the good life, those things that fulfill the needs, wants and purposes of our lives is the stuff of philosophers, theologians, lyricists, stock brokers and a group as yet to begin its work for the village of Marcellus. Seeking input from village taxpayers, residents and non-residents who use the services of the village, this assemblage will explore what quality of life means to assorted stakeholders/interest groups.

The group will be contributing to the building of a comprehensive plan, a road map into the future that will guide the village as it addresses the changes that inevitable occur. Marcellus has an

outdated … I hate that word … comprehensive plan. This forward-looking concept or blueprint outlining wants and needs that contribute to a quality of life is an exercise that is reconfigured about every five to 10 years by municipalities, corporations, not for profits, etc. It is exceptionally valuable as a guideline for development, for successful grant writing, for support for implementing its goals with assistance from government and other resources. It is a place to start in decision making rather than depending on the caprices of any specific person or persons.

My spouse and I debated about volunteering for this planning group. We decided that it is more appropriate for us to encourage participation rather than to add our 25 cents, but I have this problem - I am a recovering “know it all.” My opinions are just that, my opinions. Keep that in mind.

We moved into our modest house on First Street over 55 years ago and we began the process of becoming locals.

One of our neighbors then was Mr. Woodford. He was in his 90s at the time and he welcomed us with open arms, sharing his knowledge of the village and its inhabitants and their stories, some quite colorful and unverifiable. He was a treasure. Now, we, in our early 80s carry some of the same kinds of memories of past years in the village. We can count off who lived in what house, what stores and services have come and gone as well as which have stayed. Our children’s memories of the village are written with the names of people and shops that make up what they define as their hometown. Those memories, the interactions between and among villagers, visitors and the shops, personalities and change, has established the identity of Marcellus for us.

And what is the good life in a little village? There was a time when our doctor’s office was here. He lived next door to us. We shopped at both grocery stores, the Big M and the Red and White, bought our washing machine

American High principals take a stand against anti-Semitism

American High’s director of digital technology, Axelle Azoulay, is a Jew and a native of Isreal.

As such, she is personally affected by the current controversy regarding Israel’s war against Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

“As a Jew and Israeli myself, I know we need support now more than ever,” she said last week, “especially due the latest antisemitic events across the U.S. and particularly in the universities.”

Azoulay’s sentiments are seconded by her boss’s wife, Samantha Garelick, who helped establish the CNY Stop Antisemitism Now task force.

“Samantha is an incredible proIsrael activist,” Azoulay said.

Samantha, who is married to American High honcho Jeremy Garelick, has also served as executive director of the Pro-Israel America Political Action Committee.

Dr. Brian Raphael, a Syracuse-based businessman, who helps run the CNY Stop Antisemitism Now task force, is focusing on hateful comments recently made by the leader of the Cuse Ceasefire Coalition, child disability specialist Aziza Zahran.

“She has posted some horrific antisemitic statements on social media,” Raphael wrote in a recent email.

“We feel it is necessary that our city, including our leaders, know what she stands for.”

Zahran has stated on her social


Working for all of us

To the editor:

There’s a saying that goes like this, “If it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.”

This philosophy certainly pertains to the current Baldwinsville board of education.

The four incumbents running for the school board are reasonable, highly intelligent, and common sense individuals with the best interests of both the taxpayers and students uppermost in their minds.

They also work well in cooperation with our outstanding superintendent, Joe DeBarbieri.

After a lifetime of involvement with the B’ville schools in many capacities, and after having served 12 years on the board of education myself, I can confidently say that the district is in a good place with

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media in 2012 that “Hitler was a great man” and “I wish Hitler would have finished what he started.”

Paro agrees Salina Town Supervi -

sor Nick Paro, who is running as a Republican for the 50th District State Senate seat vacated by John Mannion, issued a statement last week announcing that he stands in solidarity with Central NY’s Jewish community.

Aziza Zahran recently tweeted “Palestine will be free from the river to the sea, death to Israel, death to Jews, on judgment day you will lose,” Paro pointed out.

She has spoken at the Syracuse University encampment as an organizer and the SU Student Association has publicly condemned her statements.

“As a proud alumnus of Syracuse University College of Law, I stand firmly with the Jewish community on and off campus during this challenging time,” Paro stated. “It is essential that all students are safe and supported by the school, and I condemn these disgusting and bigoted calls to violence. During a time of such heated division, we must come together to foster understanding, respect and a sense of community among all Central New Yorkers. Aziza Zahran can take her genocidal ideology elsewhere.”

New Salina GOP chair

In February, Paro stepped down as chairman of the town’s Republican

exceptional leadership.

I highly recommend that the voters of the B’ville School District re-elect Don Miller, Christy Pavetto-Bond, Tom Bull and Jeremy Cali on May 21.

Please don’t stay home. It’s important to keep this slate of candidates working for us all.

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Thank you Rachel May

To the editor:

Thank you to our State Sen. Rachel May for all her hard work as the co-chair of the Rural Resources Committee. This critical committee works on everything from increasing state funding for rural areas to making sure that rural New Yorkers have the services they need. I live in a rural area and see how hard my neigh -

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Party, and former Second Ward Town Councilor Matt Cushing took over. The longtime businessman who sells heavy duty snow-removal equipment, has been deeply interested in politics since he graduated from University at Albany in 2013.

“I truly believe that local politics is where we can actually get involved and make a difference,” Cushing said. “I want to help shape the community that my son will grow up in.”

Planter baskets

The Liverpool Community Gardeners and the village of Liverpool are launching a Barrel Planter Project for village businesses this spring.

“We hope this project will bloom into something beautiful for Liverpool,” said LCG chairwoman Kelley Romano. “It will give your business exposure and a chance to shine.” The deadline to sign up is Friday, May 10. Later, a ballot will be created so that residents can vote for their favorite planter.

Barrels will be delivered by May 31, and the winners of the poll will be announced in mid-July.

For more information contact Kelley at 315-440-4119 or ka.romano@ m

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“Aziza Zahran can take her genocidal ideology elsewhere.”

– State Senate candidate Nick Paro.

bors work growing the crops and raising the livestock to feed our families. Yet it is harder to access important social services here than in an urban area. Under Rachel May’s guidance, the committee has secured funding to widen broadband access in rural areas, provide more legal services to residents, and improve ambulance services.

May recently co-hosted the second annual Rural Resources Fair on March 27, 2024 in Albany. Over 30 rural groups were able to interact with legislators, government staff and visitors. This outreach helped May and the committee secure record funding for agriculture last year. I urge May to continue her important work supporting our rural neighbors.

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Crouse Health Foundation announces new chair and members

The Crouse Health Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Anthony “Tony” Fiorito, member of the Board’s Executive Committee, as the new Foundation Board Chair. Fiorito, an architect and real estate developer, is President of Partnership Properties and Board Chair of the Downtown Committee of Syracuse. While welcoming Fiorito, the Foundation acknowledges the exemplary service of outgoing Chair Vince Spina, President of BPAS Actuarial & Pension Services. Dur-

from Snyder’s, our hardware supplies from both Masters and Nightingales, purchased gasoline from the Sunoco station. Our kids will add to that with memories of going to Whitfield’s to have a snack after school or to the candy store on Main Street. I remember buying colored hair spray to use in one of the high school plays from a variety store on Main. Mail delivered to the old post office would reach your house even if it didn’t have a street address. Most of these experiences are connected to shops and services that no longer exist for any number of reasons, some good, some less so. I should also mention that I bought my Vega, the car that fell apart as I left the Chevrolet showroom, on North Street. That’s life. Over the past few years we have added a great book store, a small but

ing his tenure, Mr. Spina helped lead essential Crouse Health Foundation initiatives, including the “Little Fighters” Campaign for the Baker Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Crouse Health Classic Golf Tournament. In addition to welcoming a new Chair, the Foundation is pleased to add three distinguished members to its Board of Trustees (pictures attached): l Andrea Autry: Program Director for Girls on the Run, Upstate NY; l Dr. Willie Reddic: Associate Dean of

interesting boutique, a craft brewery and two sandwich shops, but we’ve lost a pharmacy, a fine dining restaurant and now a full service grocery store. If all goes as being planned, we will have three convenience stores, two pizza shops - maybe four if the current rumor about the purchase of Daniels is true - and three gas stations where we can purchase fuel so that we can drive to Skaneateles, Camillus and Fairmont to purchase medications and groceries. I have no problem with convenience stores and pizza shops, but I do question why we will need three gas stations. No one is worried about not being able to get gas. What I would like, in my search for a quality of life, is local access to a full-service grocery store and a pharmacy. I don’t enjoy driving to other towns to get medicine and food. I want to spend my food and medication money here. And, even though our existing food purveyors

Business Education at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management; l Jim Tollar: Regional Vice President for Advertising Sales at Spectrum Reach “Tony, Andrea, Dr. Reddic, and Jim bring to our Board a wealth of experience and a commitment to innovation,” said Heather Waters, Executive Director of the Crouse Health Foundation. Our entire Board is dedicated to Central New York’s future and supporting Crouse Health’s growth.”

are good at what they do, I would also like to be able to sit down and enjoy an upmarket meal once in a while without having to drive far. That is also keeping my money in the village.

I am hoping that those who are working on this comprehensive plan see the village not as a wide spot in the road that reacts to change rather than is prepared proactively about what change can occur as a thriving community where the quality of life is captured in providing the basics and the extras, the “only in Marcellus” shops, services and events that give the village the identity that drew us all here in the first place.

Just look around: where will you find a village that is awakened with church bells at 8 a.m., a widely-known and appreciated ice cream shop in a bowling alley, a world class library, a hardware store that is a garden center, a highly-rated school system, stores

about the crouse health Foundation

The Crouse Health Foundation, established in 1974 and celebrating its 50th Anniversary, is the fundraising arm of Crouse Health. The Foundation is governed by a voluntary board of directors responsible for the investment, management, and administration of all funds and other property given to Crouse Health. We support Crouse Health in providing the best in patient care and promoting community health.

where you can buy feed for farm animals, what was, at one time, the only small pharmacy that was giving covid shots, a fine eatery establishment that drew diners from far afield and a grocery store where the meat department was legendary, drawing cutomers from as far away as LaFayette.

Each of us has a vision of what the quality of life is. We can, as those middle-class spenders are doing according to the Post, put our money where we find that quality. Do we want it close to home, part of village life or will we outsource it to other places?

And I should also add that the bartender at Daniels made the best Cosmopolitan cocktail ever.

Ann Ferro is a mother, a grandmother and a retired social studies teacher. While still figuring out what she wants to be when she grows up, she lives in Marcellus with lots of books, a spouse and a large orange cat.

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Golf myths… Confirmed, plausable or flase?

Plugged In Golf ( is very credible company for testing and reviewing golf clubs and products. ey also conduct research to prove or disprove golf theories and claims about teaching the game of golf to beginners or elite players. is article contains research they recently conducted about the Golf Myths concerning “choking up” on your club that have been around for a long, long time…around 100 years! Although the conclusions of their testing are, in many ways, not surprising, what you do with the information may well take a few strokes o your golf scores very quickly. If you still don’t believe their conclusions, you will continue to be confused about what to do on the golf course when you have to make a decision about whether to choke down on your club in certain situations. Answer the following questions, to the best of your current knowledge, con rmed, plausable or false before you read the results of their well thought out testing process. You might be surprised at the ndings.

Myth #1 - Choking up improves ball striking?

Myth #2 - Choking up improves accuracy?

Myth #3 - Choking up reduces distance?

Myth #4 - Choking up will ight the ball down?

Myth #5 - Choking up improves consistency?

Myth #6 - Choking up is better than playing a shorter sha ?

Myth # 7 - Choking up on a longer sha is better than playing your tted length?

A team from Plugged In Golf got six golfers with handicaps ranging from scratch to 10. Each player selected their “gamer” iron sha in their tted length as well as +1/2” and -1/2”, relative to their tted length. Every player in the test hit four sets of seven shots: each set with the …-1/2” sha …the standard length…the standard length choked up… and the +1/2” sha chocked up. I am not able to document the entire text of their ndings, however, I will attempt to high-lite their conclusions so most of us will understand.

e Answers:

Myth #1 - For this Myth they looked at “smash factor”. Smash factor is the ball speed divided by club head speed to measure how e ectively the golfers transmitted energy from the club to the head to evaluate the quality of the strike (shot). For all six testers, chocking up on their tted length club improved their smash factor.

A player with an 85 MPH swing speed with an iron, translated to approximately 5 MPH more ball speed ( about 10 yards). e smallest improvement was 3.5 MPH (about 7 yards).

Conclusion: Choking up will make it easier to nd the center of the club face more o en which will improve ball striking.

Myth #2 - To evaluate accuracy, they looked at the dispersion of the player’s shots from le to right and their distance from the center line(perfectly straight). Looking at le and right dispersion, they saw an “even split” in the test group. Switching to distance from the centerline, choking up won a more convincing victory.

Conclusion: All inclusive, it seems “plausible” that choking up would improve a player’s overall accuracy, though it was not true in every case.

Myth #3 - For all of the testers, they saw a slight reduction in club head speed and the ball ight changed.

Conclusion: e average carry distance for the testers found that choking up did reduce distance, though typically not by much.

Myth #4 - On average, the testers created 475 RPM (revolutions per minute-more spin) with the club at full length. e lowest was 100RPM…the highest was 900RPM. e average peak height was 14 feet lower when choking up.

Conclusion: e testing con rmed that choking up on a golf club will “ ight the ball down”.

Myth #5 - Accuracy and distance dispersion were looked at to get an overall picture of how predictable and consistent a players shots were.

Distance dispersion is the gap between a player’s longest and shortest shots.

Conclusion: e results are “plausible” because some golfers did see signi cant improvement in consistency while others did not.

Myth #6 - Two things stood out in this test; all testers achieved better smash factors with the choking up club and all players ighted the ball lower, although again, the di erence was not huge when choking up.

Conclusion: Choking up is not better than playing a shorter sha but there does seem to be something di erent about it.

Myth #7 - Surprisingly, the same trends continued when using longer sha s. All testers had lower launch and spin when choking up on the longer sha and all but one had a higher smash factor. Only one saw no di erence.

Conclusion: ere is a lot of data to recommend playing a longer sha and choking down, however, it’s not enough to call it con rmed. It’s “plausible”.

A special thanks to Plugged In Golf and their research team.

Leon G. Overstrom, 91

Korean War veteran, rotarian, village trustee

Leon “Lee” G. Overstrom, 91, of Skaneateles, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 27, 2024, at his home.

He is reunited with the love of his life, Marian, to whom he was married for 61 years.

Born in Corning, N.Y., in 1932 to Ralph and Julie Overstrom, he graduated from Northside High School in 1950.

He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. A true patriot! He was a Petty Officer 1st Class baker on the Island of Guam.

He continued his penchant for sugar, butter and flour to create the best breads, pies, rolls, cookies and the annual Christmas tradition of making gingerbread men that he personalized for all the children on East Elizabeth Street.

He passed on his baking skills to his children and grandchildren. After his service he and Marian moved to Potsdam where he enrolled at Clarkson University. He graduated dean’s list with a bachelor’s degree in business administration/ industrial technology and gained employment with the New York Telephone Company for a span of 27 years. Lee was blessed to be able to retire at the golden age of 55!

In the Skaneateles community he was active with the Skaneateles Rotary Club serving multiple positions for many years. He was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award. He was the finance officer to the American Legion Post 239 Corporation for many years. Lee was involved with the Masonic Temple, Skaneateles Methodist Church and a Village Trustee on the Village Board in Skaneateles. As a young boy, Lee was involved with the Boys Scouts of America earning his Eagle Scout Award.

He lived his life with the belief of service to his country, community and family.

Lee is survived by his two daughters, Susan Overstrom (Jack Severance) and Sandra Sheridan (Andrew Sheridan),

four awesome grandchildren, Aaron Richards (Kelly), Taylor Baughman, Mackenzie Sheridan and Madison Eccles (Zack Eccles), two great-granddaughters Mia Rose Richards and Lily Elise Richards.

Lee so enjoyed tinkering around his house, a fun round of golf with his friends and a cold PBR or two! Lee and Marian enjoyed traveling to visit life-long friends from Maine to Florida. Their travels even took them to Vancouver and Nevis. They also enjoyed finding new adventures on their travels visiting little towns, eating the best Maine lobster to finding a piano bar for happy hour. We would like to especially thank all of the caregivers who provided much loving support and compassion to Lee and our family. We will forever be grateful to each and every one of you.

The Robert D. Gray Funeral Home in Skaneateles handled all the arrangements and the family received visitors on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. A memorial service took place at 11:30 a.m. with military funeral honors to be held at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Skaneateles American Legion Post #239 or SAVES in his memory. To send condolences, visit:

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Perry Noun is the former executive director of the Northeastern NY PGA as well as a competitive amateur golfer and winner of the New York State Super Senior Amateur Championship. Perry Noun can be heard on “Tee Time With The Pronoun” on... News Radio 570 WSYR and 106.9FM.
Leon G. Overstrom

C-NS, Liverpool track wrap up league slates

With most of its regular-season slate of meets now in the books, track and field teams at Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool could start to focus their practices on building momentum toward a busy –and locally based – post-season.

The Northstars competed twice in a 48hour span, culminating with last Friday’s East Syracuse Minoa Invitational, where its girls team rolled to first place with 84 points, well clear of runner-up Cazenovia (49.25) and more than 20 other challengers.

Anna Eells went 40 feet ¼ inch to win the triple jump and, in 15.04 seconds, was second in the 100 hurdles after qualifying for the final in 14.98.

Jaydin Mackey, Stephanie Todd, Grace Murray and Morgan Hayes paired to win the 4x100 relay in 49.05 seconds, the only time under 50. Later in the meet, Murray, Mackey, Todd and Camryn Jacob beat the field in the 4x400 in 4:03.46.

Todd won the 200-meter dash in 26.67 edging Pulaski’s Vanessa Trumble (26.71) and Murray took second in the 400-meter dash in 59.31 to the 59.03 of Baldwinsvlle’s Kamryn Barton, while Hayes was third in the triple jump (35’9 1/2”) behind Eells.

Kennedy Jones ran to second (10:52.84) and Cameron Sisk third (10:54.45) at 3,000

meters, while Jasmine Ayre accumulated 2,153 points for third place in the pentathlon and Selena Moreno got third in the long jump with 16’2 1/2”. On the boys side, C-NS had Dante Melfi win the 800 in 2:00.32, with Rhett Andrews third (2:04.28) and Dom Petrera fifth in 2:05.92, all before Melfi, Andrews, Petrera and Tyler Graham went 8:25.91 to win the 4x800 relay.

Joe Main threw the discus 148’2” to beat the field by nearly 28 feet while also winning the shot put with 46’1”. Anthony Johnson beat the field in the triple jump with 41’8”, with Zuriel Dickerson third at 40’1 3/4”. Johnson added a fourth-place long jump of 19’9”.

Graham finished fourth in the 3,000 steeplechase in 10:37.83, while Andrew Potter was fifth in the 110 hurdles and tied for sixth in the high jump. The Northstars were third in the 4x100 in 43.08 seconds.

Two days earlier, C-NS swept West Genesee at Bragman Stadium, prevailing 103-38 on the girls side and 96-45 on the boys side.

Mackey and Eells won two girls events apiece, Mackey going 12.60 in the 100 sprint and 25.69 in the 200 as Eells claimed the 100 hurdles in exactly 15 seconds while adding a top long jump of 17’3”.

Sisk (1,500, 5:05.49) and Jones (3,000,

11:09.09) won distance races as Murray took the 400 hurdles in 1:07.89. Ayre clered 4’7” in the high jump as Anne Capone and Natta Luangphay both topped 7’6” in the pole vault, Hayes going 35’9” in the triple jump and Andrea Kurpiewski throwing the discus 76’11”.

The stars on the C-NS boys side included Dickerson, who went exactly 20 feet to win the long jump and 41 feet in the triple jump to equal WG’s Hayden Rothenberg.

Main unleashed a discus throw of 147’6” to go with a top shot put toss of 44’5 1/2”, while Andrews ran to first in the 800 in 2:05.92 and 3,200 in 10:31.27 and Graham went 4:47.49 to win the 1,600.

Elsewhere, Kavon Brunson took the 110 hurdles in 15.66 seconds, Melfi (51.80) edging Dan Henry (52.10) in the 400 sprint as Potter topped 5’4” in the high jump and Colin Daley cleared 9’6” to win the pole vault.

Back on Monday afternoon, Liverpool went head-to-head against FayettevilleManlius and split that meet, winning on the girls side 99-41 but having the boys fall to the Hornets 77-64.

The girls Warriors got two wins apiece from Mikayla Greene and Layla Pearl Collins, with Greene going 12.68 seconds to edge Maddie Devendorf (12.73) in the 100meter dash and taking the 200-meter dash in 26.14 to Mia Wright’s 27.04.

Colllins won the pole vault and also took the 100-meter hurdles in 17.74 seconds as Wright won the 400-meter dash in 1:01.59 and Emily Aiello, in 1:16.30, edged F-M’s Claire McDonald (1:16.34) to win the 400 hurdles.

Greene, Devendorf, Wright and Nahla Battle-Crenshaw tore to a time of 49.17 seconds in the 4x100 relay as Addison Ziegler, Kaitlyn Hotaling, Charlotte Warner and Taylor Page went 9:35.99 in the 4x800 relay. Audrey Jenkins cleared 5 feet in the high jump, with Jenna Hayes going 28’11” in the shot put and Taima Tearney first in the long jump. In the boys meet, Ny’Quez Madison won three field events for Liverpool, going 40’4 3/4” in the triple jump and 19’7 3/4” in the long jump while also clearing 5’6” to share high jump honors with teammate Aundreas McLaughlin, while Tom Nguyen (8’6”), Landon Parry (8 feet) and Kaden Bickford (7’6”) went 1-2-3 in the pole vault. In 17.70 seconds, Tajkeoni Ryan edged Ade Adefashola (17.73) for a 1-2 Warriors finish in the 110 hurdles as Brayden Smith took the 400 hurdles in 1:03.70. Antonio Rivera was second in the 100 (11.45) and 200 (23.74 sprints) as Dakota Healy was second in the discus with 104’7” and TyKere Jones second in the shot put with 36’2”.

Liverpool softball comes back for win over F-M

Still at no. 20 in the state Class AAA rankings, the Liverpool softball team was also quite steeled by all the tough competition it had faced on the way to a 5-3 start.

An example of this resilience was last Monday’s game against Fayetteville-Manlius where, after a rough start, Mackenzie Frani and Joelle Wike led a comeback that produced, for the Warriors, a 6-4 victory over the Hornets.

F-M got to Frani for all of its runs in the top of the first inning, and pitcher Alexis Hamilton maintained her sides’ 4-0 edge for a while, but a run in the bottom of the fourth

began the Liverpool comeback. Two more runs in the fifth made it 4-3, and then the Warriors seized the lead in the bottom of the sixth, a three-run rally as Wike ran her game total to three hits and produced a pair of RBIs.

Katia Flavin doubled and drove in two runs, with Maya Mills scoring twice as she and Ava Falvo had one RBI apiece. Frani, meanwhile, pitched six straight scoreless innings after her shaky start, amassing nine strikeouts.

Liverpool was swept in a pair of games Saturday during the Mirabito Tournament, falling 10-0 to state AAA no. 1-ranked St. Anthony’s (Long Island) and falling 8-5 to De-

spoit/Hancock despite Wike adding two more RBIs, with runs also driven in by Frani, Lauren Ragonese and Brooke Tyler.

Cicero-North Syracuse was riding a three-game win streak of its own when it welcomed unbeaten, state Class C no. 4-ranked Sandy Creek to the Gillette Road complex last Tuesday afternoon.

Steeled by the tough competition it had faced, the Northstars prevailed 7-3, doing most of its damage in the bottom of the third, when it batted around the entire order and produced six runs.

Given all that support, eighthgrade pitcher Mila Owens impressed, throwing a complete game

and only giving up three hits while striking out six. Sydney Rockwell and Paige Pangaro each got two hits, joining Eva Farone, Aubrey Coyle and Payton Bach in the RBI column. Back in league action on Thursday against West Genesee, the Northstars won again, 5-2, getting even for a 4-0 defeat to the Wildcats in the April 9 season opener.

A three-run third inning proved decisive, with Rockwell going three-for-three and scoring twice and Coyle driving in a pair of runs.

Farone added an RBI as Kiyara Bentley pitched 4 2/3 innings before Jillian Hotaling went the rest of the way in relief, combining to hold

WG to five hits.

Facing its own games during the Morabito Tournament, C-NS saw the win streak halted as it lost, 3-1, to Section I’s Tappan Zee. Hotaling pitched five solid innings and got a 1-0 lead in the third when Pangaro singled home Rockwell, but Tappan Zee tied it in the fourth and scored twice in the fifth to go in front.

Then C-NS took an 8-4 defeat to Horseheads, the Northstars again unable to hold on to an early lead as it went up 3-1 before a mid-game comeback. Coyle and Leone had two hits apiece, with Isabella Moya and Eva Farone getting RBIs as Owens and Kiyara Bembry split pitching duties.

Liverpool baseball again gets best of C-NS, 7-5

It would understate things to consider that Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse’s baseball teams were in a far different place for their second 2024 meeting than they were for the first.

Since that 4-2 Warriors win on April 17, both sides had experienced all sorts of things in a twoweek span, from Liverpool’s annual trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to C-NS’s busy stretch that included a string of highquality wins.

Yet the rivalry remains tilted in Liverpool’s favor, as last Thursday’s 7-5 win over C-NS was the fifth straight for the Warriors in its series with the Northstars.

They would go back and forth all afternoon. Twice, C-NS led and twice Liverpool caught up, including a fourth-inning solo home run by Anthony Testone that tied it 2-2.

A two-run rally by the Northstars in the top of the fifth was

No matter which class is considered, a good case can be made that Cicero-North Syracuse has the best girls lacrosse team in Central New York.

Even the slight drop from no. 2 to no. 3 in the latest state Class

A rankings cannot contain the Northstars, who once again got the best of its closest neighbors in a productive 48-hour stretch.

First, it was C-NS hosting Baldwinsville, who had started the season 0-8 but had finally got into the win column April 27 when it prevailed at Shenendehowa.

The Northstars noticed this –and proceeded to beat down the

answered by a three-run Warriors sixth. Then, after C-NS pulled even again 5-5 in the top of the sixth, Tyler Vivacqua’s go-ahead single keyed Liverpool going in front for good.

Zach Zingaro picked up the win in relief, tossing a scoreless seventh inning after stints by Dylan Wiggins and Ryan Densmore. Testone, Vivacqua and Nate Benjamin finished with two hits apiece as Chris Williams was the only C-NS player to get two hits.

Before all this, C-NS marched to Baldwinsville last Monday and dominated every portion of a 15-0 victory over the Bees.

B’ville was 7-2 going into the game, but could do nothing against Kaden Kalfass, who struck out 10 and only surrendered two hits in five innings.

C-NS used a five-run third inning to take charge, added four runs in the third and six more in the next two innings. Mason Mingle and Ben Watkins, with two hits apiece, led a deep line -

Bees 20-7, its speed and skill far too much for B’ville to contain as four different players would record hat tricks.

Leading the way, Sophia Nesci scored six times and got two assists. Brooke Molchanoff, Natalie Wilson and Kaelyn Reid had three goals apiece, Molchanoff adding a pair of assists.

Miabella Gates earned a goal and two assists, while Marissa Doty, Gabby Putman, Elizabeth Smith and Gabby Pauline also converted. Putman claimed 18 draws to set up most of these chances.

Liverpool came to Bragman Stadium two nights later, having lost to C-NS by that same 20-7 margin back in April, and

up. Mingle scored three times as Hunter Corkran and Kyle Gancarz each drove in two runs.

This happened as Liverpool earned its own double-digit shutout win, blanking Fulton 10-0 largely on the basis of a nine-run eruption in the bottom of the first.

Austin Burch scored twice and got a pair of hits, while Vivacqua and Bailey O’Connor each drove in two runs. Testone and Colin Avery also had RBIs while Vivacqua, in four innings on the mound, only gave up two hits.

A far tougher gamed loomed against unbeaten Jamesville-DeWitt a day later, and Liverpool had its chances, but could not take full advantage of them in a 4-3 defeat to the Red Rams.

Getting the jump, the Warriors scored twice in the top of the first inning on Vivacqua’s home run, but single runs in the first and fourth by J-D produced a 2-2 tie that held up until the latter stages.

at least showed some improvement in the rematch.

Still, it was all Northstars in a 16-8 victory where the only thing that kept C-NS from more production was a tremendous effort in goal by the Warriors’ Gianna Tantalo, who recorded 16 saves. Only Mackenzie Prentice, with four goals and three assists, solved Taranto on a regular basis. Nesci earned two goals and two assists, while Reid, Doty and Gates each scored twice. Molchanoff, Wilson, Pauline and Ella Grotto contributed goals, too.

Mia Berthoff had a big night for Liverpool, scoring four times and adding a pair of as -

In the bottom of the sixth, the Rams edged in front, 3-2, only to have Liverpool tie it in the top of the seventh. But J-D settled it when Eamon Giblin doubled and, after an intentional walk to Luke VanMarter, Ryan Walker singled home Giblin.

Testone’s solo home run was one of just six hits overall for the Warriors. Benjamin pitched the entire game, allowing eight hits and three walks.

That night at Falcon Park, C-NS battled past Auburn 3-2, getting single runs in the second, third and fourth innings to erase a quick 1-0 deficit. Battista Wood earned an RBI as Williams, Zimmer and Carter King scored the runs.

After the Maroons cut it to one in the bottom of the fourth, Justin Coyne shut the door, allowing five hits overall in six innings before Wood worked a scoreless seventh inning for the save. Liverpool had to turn around, after beating C-NS, and face West

sists. Gianna Carbone managed two goals, with single tallies going to Lilia Hertweck and Maura Woods as Lauren Sacco and Cali Brancato added assists.

Back in action on Saturday, Liverpool absorbed a 6-4 defeat to Jamesville-DeWitt and saw its overall record fall to 5-6, while C-NS continued to roll, beating Section V’s Brighton 13-6.

Steady play by the Northstars subdued the Barons as Putman, with three goals and two assists, led a well-balanced attack. Nesci, Prentice and Smith had two goals apiece, Nesci adding three assists as Molchanoff, Doty, Gates and Pauline earned single goals.

Liverpool, meanwhile, were

Genesee on Friday as C-NS took on Rome Free Academy – and their paths differed once more.

The Warriors lost, 9-2, scoring twice in the second to go up 2-0 but seeing the Wildcats take over from there, netting all of its runs in the third through sixth innings as WG’sTalon Elkins homered and joined Joe Cavallo with three RBIs apiece.

C-NS, though, pulled out a 4-3 win over RFA, seeing Watkins and Kenton Cochran both drive in two runs in the first two innings and turn the rest to the pitchers. Corkran went five innings, striking out seven, before Wood got a two-inning save.

Coming back home on Saturday, Liverpool put away East Syracuse Minoa 11-2 on Senior Day, doing most of its damaage in an eight-run first inning and improving its overall record to 10-4 as C-NS sat at 8-5 with two weeks left in the regular season.

tied 2-2 with J-D at halftime, but could not get much past Red Rams goalie Lucy Keib, who stopped seven of the 11 shots she faced.

Woods did convert twice, with Carbone and Emma Esposito earning the other goals. Tantalo gained nine saves, but J-D still won as five different players earned goals, with only Brooke Bort finding the net twice.

The Warriors finds itself with three more tough games this week against West Genesee, Fayetteville-Manlius and Webster Thomas as C-NS has its own game with the Wildcats Thursday after a Monday match with Penfield.

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