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Reader thankful? of local coverage

Your coverage of high school sports has improved tremendously over the last few years. However, your June 8 edition was over the top.

First, the article about Grand Island's regional playoff game against Honeoye Falls-Lima and how the team, coaches, and fans responded to the loss of one of their own and the Lenz family brought tears to my eyes. And then the outcome of the game itself, amazing, just a wonderful story.

And further into the section, the story on Zach Lauricella, apparently not only a very good athlete but an outstanding person as well, as those who play with and mentor him marvel at. These stories and the positive, powerful messages they convey are what most of us want to read. They greatly outnumber the negative ones. Well done.

Kevin McBride

West Seneca

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Kings an example?Sabres can follow

The Buffalo Sabres should learn from the Los Angeles Kings what it takes to win a Stanley Cup. The Kings, an eighth seed going into the playoffs, did it the hard way. A lot of heart and hard work got them to win the Cup. That is something the Sabres needed and were lacking during the season.

John Jendrysek

Orchard Park

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Harper,Trout?make difference

When was the last time MLB has seen the kind of talents and skills that the game's brightest young stars, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper have showcased to the nation since their call-up? At the ripe age of 20 and 19, respectively.

Both have incredible speed, power, intensity and play defense with little respect for walls, fences or the rock-hard earth they slide on after making diving catches. Perhaps they are the Mays-Mantle duo that captivated America in the early 1950s, but I know that in following this game since 1968, I can't recall two brighter prospects with higher ceilings, arriving at the same time and making a difference in dominating performances.

The only two things I can really see that would curtail their growth as superstars well into the 2020s would be injuries and not falling in love with themselves over the huge amounts of attention they will receive off and on the playing field. We saw what injuries and distractions did to Eric Davis and Darryl Strawberry in the 1980s, maybe the pair I would compare to Trout and Harper. Sit back America, catch them while you can, or watch the highlights, because they will be something truly worth talking about.

Joseph Zanghi

Buffalo

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