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Research material: State football semifinals

Around this time of year, we bop around the Web doing a lot of research and then pass on the links to you. Here's where our research of our state semifinal football preview took us. The preview appears as part of Football Friday.

First and foremost, of course, is the link to Prep Talk Live, where I'll have coverage of all four Section VI teams' games this weekend along with Mark Mulville's kick-butt photos.

Here are the basics:

* The Section V football site has plenty of basic info as well as the lineup of the entire state football tournament.

* Here's our history of Section VI football in the state tournament, which includes last year's tremendous results as well as all previous years, from the regionals to the state finals.

* Section4football has great overall history of the state, including the two Section IV teams that are taking on Section VI teams this weekend.

* We again will be live from Rochester's Marina Auto Stadium, where this link shows you what I can attest to first-hand -- that the stadium, for the third straight year, remains a work in progress. The picture of the work being done on the luxury box isn't too far from the appearance of our indoor/outdoor press box. Hey, as a colleague of mine says, it's not shoveling coal. There is electricity and a place to work, even if the entire press box is to one side of midfield. But it is far from an ideal venue for a state semifinal. 

* Here are this week's state rankings, part of the gallons of info available at the outstanding Road To Syracuse site administered by Moriello of the state sportswriters association.

Going class-by-class ...

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Class AA

The 100-years-old-this-season Baldwinsville program has its own great site at baldwinsvillefootball.com

Of course, NT has its own proud and lengthy history, documented at ntjacksfootball.com, which details the program's roots from the 1890s.

A quality overview story at MaxPreps.

A story on the history of Baldwinsville football

Coach Carl Sanfilippo was All-WNY in 1971.

Here's a bio of father Joe Sanfilippo in his Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame page.

A cool story on the Bees' sectional title win by Phil Blackwell.

B-ville's team page at Syracuse.com has a ton of info.

Venerable scribe Neil Kerr of the Post-Standard picks Baldwinsville as part of a cool preview page and video.

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Class A

Here's the Whitesboro school home page.

Like B-ville's, the Warriors' team page at Syracuse.com has a lot of info.

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Class C

Forks forksfootball.com among the best Web sites. Check out all the opponents names' up in flames on the home page. Will Southwestern be set afire? Oh the Web page drama.

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Class D

Groton football site here

An Ithaca Journal story details Groton defense has grown and growled in the playoffs.

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A Binghamton story has additional details on Baldwinsville's win over Union-Endicott as well as Forks' victory over General Brown

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Some bonus coverage on Section IV field hockey in a story probably written by a Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin reporter but it shows up under the Ithaca Journal site because they are both owned by corporate megabeast Gannett.

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If I missed any, be sure to cut-and-paste them in the comments section below.

---Keith McShea

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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