Here is the Holbrook Heating & Air Conditioning Top 10 for the week of June 15…..

  1. At SUNY-Cortland last Saturday Cicero-North Syracuse girls lacrosse won the state Class A championship for the first time since the tournament’s early days in 1996. The Northstars routed Suffern in the semifinals and then, tied with Fairport through three quarters in the title game, dominated down the stretch to win 12-8 and produce the only state lacrosse title for Section III this spring….
  2. Four other lacrosse teams got to the state finals but could not quite win it all. On the girls side, in Class B West Genesee held off Greeley in the semifinals only to run into Victor, who won its third straight state title defeating the Wildcats 16-8. In Class D, South Jefferson rolled past Bronxville in the semifinals but took a 12-5 defeat to Cole Spring Harbor in the championship game….
  3. Over in boys lacrosse on Long Island, Marcellus and J-D met the same fates in their state finals as they did in 2023. Just like last year the Mustangs were done in by Cole Spring Harbor, who jumped out 4-0 in the opening minutes and never got caught in a 12-7 decision, while the Red Rams saw Bayport-Blue Point run off eight straight goals in the second half to stop J-D 13-6…..
  4. Many state championships were earned in track and field at C-NS last weekend. On the girls side ESM’s Akuot Kuany won two titles in the Division I high jump and Federation triple jump, while Rome Free Academy’s Imani Pugh beat the field in the Division I pentathlon with 3,267 points and South Jefferson’s Kennady Billman was victorious in the Division II 200-meter dash…
  5. In the boys track and field state championship at C-NS, Tully’s Ryan Rauber was victorious in the boys Division II 400-meter dash, adding to the state championship tradition in his family started by older sister Brooke in distance running. Also, South Lewis standout Colin Stafford won the Division II state title in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:16.67….
  6. One Section III baseball team got all the way to the state championship game. That was Oriskany, in Class D, who turned back Hadley-Luzerne 9-3 in the semifinal round led by pitcher Chase Koening (12 strikeouts) and Anthony Kernan (double, triple, three RBIs), but in Saturday’s final in Binghamton, Oriskany ran into Arkport and suffered a 4-0 defeat, ending its season at 18-3….
  7. Three other Section III baseball teams fell in the state semifinals. In Class A, Jamesville-DeWitt lost 9-0 to Maine-Endwell the eventual state champions, while in Class B Little Falls nearly made a big comeback in its semifinal but took a 9-6 defeat to Taconic Hills as Pulaski, in the state Class C semifinals, suffered its own 9-0 defeat to Chatham. Both Taconic and Chatham went on to lose the title games.
  8. The only Section III softball team that made the state final four, Marcellus, lost in its first-ever appearance in this event, giving up three runs in two different innings to Wellsville in a 6-2 defeat. In Class C girls lacrosse, an emotional season for Fulton concluded with a strong effort in the state semifinals against Rye, but the Red Dragons lost 14-10 to the Garnets…..
  9. They announced the Class of 2024 for the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame this week. It included two famous teams with multiple state titles – the Corcoran girls basketball side of the late 1990s coached by Jim Marsh and the Fayetteville-Manlius girls lacrosse team of 2004-05 led by Kirsten Taylor, who was also chosen as an individual GSHOF inductee. They’ll get honored in November….
  10. And with that, the high school sports season concludes. Some track athletes compete this week at the New Balance Nationals in Philadelphia, but otherwise it’s time for graduations and celebrations plus plenty of summer leagues and summer caps all over Central New York for two-plus months until practices begin in mid-August for fall sports and we start that cycle all over again…