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Winter Sports in full swing with West Genesee hockey, Bishop Grimes basketball

Bishop Grimes' TJ Bradford drives for two of his 27 points in a win over Syracuse ITC (Niko Tamurian)

As the calendar closes in on December, the local high school winter sports scene is underway in earnest.

On Tuesday, we had power matchups in hockey and basketball.

Bishop Grimes looks like it will once again compete for a Section III Championship, with the Cobras featuring a bonafide star in TJ Bradford.

Bradford scored 27 points and snagged 10 rebounds in a 70-56 win over a dangerous Syracuse ITC squad.

It was the first game of the season for the Cobras.

What's more, it's not as if Bradford was the only star on the floor for Grimes.

David Mo recorded a double-double as well with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Jack Gutchess barely missed one with 8 points and 10 boards.

The Cobras have quite the contest coming up next, meeting defending Section III Class AA Champion Liverpool Saturday at 5:00 p.m. in the Peppino's Pizza Invitational.

In girls basketball, Syracuse Academy of Science returns its ridiculously talented standout Lyrik Jackson.

All Lyrik did on Tuesday was score a whopping 30 points and pull down 10 rebounds in an impressive 66-60 win over Class AA Central Square.

Jackson was all over the floor, aided by 9 rebounds from her teammate Zyonaha Glen, leading the Atoms out of a first quarter deficit to take home the win.

Central Square has reasons to be excited as well, freshman Julia Mann poured in 17 points and Breanna Ransom led the way with 22 points.

Indeed, the Redhawks are a team to be reckon with in Class AA.

But Syracuse Academy of Science is just that good.

On the ice, West Genesee is the defending Section III Division I Champion while Skaneateles won it all in Division II.

They met on Monday with the Wildcats flexing its muscle.

West Genesee won 7-2 behind a whopping seven points from Daniel Colabufo (5 Goals, 2 Assists)

Patrick MacDonald had an incredible five helpers while Billy Fisher scored twice and dished out two assists.

For their part, the Lakers earned goals from Matt Leveroni and Owen Van Holtz./

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