LYONS — The Lyons Lions won 10 of their last 12 games entering Thursday afternoon’s Class C1 quarterfinals against the Pembroke Dragons.

SENECA FALLS — Saturday was the final day of the regular season for Finger Lakes East softball, and the Newark Reds and Mynderse Academy Blue Devils squared off ready to make one final statement after solid 2021 campaigns.

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GENEVA — Waterloo and Geneva were at the top of the Finger Lakes East standings back in 2019 with the Panthers winning the league title. After two-plus years off, however, both the Indians and the Panthers are off to slow starts to open up 2021 play.

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Shortly after sending 12 emails to the different athletic directors in our area like a Gatling flare gun, I was pancaked by emotion and elation in anticipation of next week.

HOPEWELL — Finger Lakes Community College baseball and softball were in action on Tuesday afternoon with a pair of doubleheaders against Erie College. The women played at Erie while the men hosted the Kats at home.

GENEVA — High-risk winter sports began practice this week, with games set to begin next week. In less than a month, the winter season will ramp up and overlap with the Fall II sports season — a rare crossroads of football and basketball meeting before spring sports get underway.

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In 2001, Newark softball came within a game of reaching the Class B state finals. Two years later, the Reds solved that semifinal riddle on the way to earning a state championship.

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Randy Grenier has coached several sports in the Geneva City School District, most notably football. However, his time in charge of the Panthers’ varsity softball program was marked by a trailblazing piece of school history.

WATERLOO — Waterloo High School’s 54th annual sports award ceremony wasn’t the usual night of celebration it has been in years past. Nonetheless, the Athletic Department ensured the district’s student-athletes were honored for their hard work and dedication.

PENN YAN — Area high schools continue to come up with clever ways to make sure their student-athletes receive recognition for their hard-fought fall and winter seasons.

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LATHAM — The announcement that many suspected came down from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Monday morning: There will be no state championships for spring sports in 2020.

CANANDAIGUA — The Finger Lakes Community College softball team was on its way to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to start the season when their spring trip was cut short — abruptly — due to COVID-19.

In 1999, I played second base for the New York state Class B champion Geneva High Softball team. I vividly remember suiting up for a Class B vs. Class BB game against Waterloo after we had each won our respective Section V titles.

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PHELPS — Not too often are fans treated to two heavyweights clashing in a championship or state qualifying game. There is often too much parity in a sport like softball for that to happen.