Aaron Garland - The Buffalo News

Share this article

print logo

Aaron Garland


High Schools

ROCHESTER -- Zach Brosnick has a tough job for the Eden boys volleyball team. But he serves the role well. As the Raiders’ serving specialist, his playing time lasts as long as he is precise on the service line. Brosnick made sure he saw a lot of the court during Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division II Far West Regionals at Webste…

High Schools

Start with offense, finish with aggressive, suffocating defense. That formula allowed the Lafayette boys soccer team to make history Friday night. After its relentless attack led to a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes of the NYSPHSAA Class D Far West Regionals, Lafayette played ultra-strong defense to secure a 2-1 victory over Section V’s Mount Morris at Spencerpo…

Sports

Jim Kelly had a memorable 11-year career as quarterback of the Bills. That was recognized this date 15 years ago, when he was placed on the Bills' Wall of Fame. Additionally, his No. 12 was retired by the team that day, making Kelly the first player in franchise history to receive the honor. As great and unforgettable as the Pro Football Hall of Famer was on the fiel…

Sports

During the Dunkirk football team’s uplifting, exhilarating postseason run, Mike Sarratori has found it hard to run errands without hearing positive comments about his Marauders. “Everybody is excited at home,” the Dunkirk coach said. “You can’t go to Walmart, you can’t go to the drug store without someone saying something. There are people stopping at my pra…

High Schools

Ask Nick Jones what makes the Dunkirk football team's offensive line  such a dominant force, and he'll tell you discipline. Marauders coach Mike Sarratori lauded the group's athleticism and swift feet. Get all of those facets blending together perfectly and the byproduct is how Dunkirk looked Saturday night, when Alton Ingram ran for 224 yards and three touchdowns t…

Sports

Prior to the finals of Section VI girls swimming and diving championships Friday at the Flickinger Center, it seemed there wasn't much Olivia Sapio hadn't done throughout her Orchard Park career. Yet somehow, Sapio, a senior, found a way to add new impressive feats to a career full of them. Coming in, Sapio owned eight sectional titles (four as part of a relay) and …

Sports

Apparently, Clarence girls soccer goalkeeper Grace Fabian doesn't mind a challenging shot in a big moment. A little over three minutes into Monday’s Section VI Class AA finals at the Frank Constantino Sports Complex at Depew, second-seeded Williamsville North, on Halloween night, put a scare into top-seeded Clarence. Samantha Diamond’s strike from 30 yards out had k…

Sports

Going back-to-back years without a Section VI Class AA boys soccer championship felt like an eternity to Clarence. After winning at least a share of the title seven times in an 11-year stretch — making the finals in 10 of those seasons — the Red Devils entered an uncharacteristic drought, getting bounced in the semifinals in 2014 and 2015. But that painful aberra…

Bills

For a three-year stretch in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Bills were embroiled in quarterback controversy. In 1998, Buffalo welcomed a couple of new quarterbacks to the team in Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson. And for the next three years, the Bills teetered back and forth between entrusting Flutie (30 starts) and Johnson (18 starts) under center. But following th…

Sports

Five years ago, a prominent, beloved member of the Bills' Super Bowl teams of the 1990s passed away, provoking strong emotions from those who knew him well. Kent Hull, the intelligent center who many credit with being the main brain behind and backbone of Buffalo's revolutionary no-huddle offense, died on Oct. 18, 2011. A couple days later, News columnist Jerry Sulliv…

Sports

The Buffalo Braves brought professional basketball to Western New York in 1970 and they wasted no time giving their fans something to cheer about. On Oct. 14, 1970 — 46 years ago today — the Braves had a splendid debut, defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers, 107-92, at Memorial Auditorium in their first game as a NBA franchise. The rest of the season didn’t go as wel…

Gusto

Oct. 9 is a brand-new, unofficial holiday that many Western New Yorkers can appreciate. And given the region's rich food-and-drink scene, it's one that can be gladly, and easily, celebrated.  International Beer and Pizza Day honors the esteemed food-drink combination that is ever-popular with Buffalonians. It gives people around the world an excuse — albeit it a sl…

Gusto

Oct. 9 is a brand-new, unofficial holiday that many Western New Yorkers can appreciate. And given the region's rich food-and-drink scene, it's one that can be gladly, and easily, celebrated.  International Beer and Pizza Day honors the esteemed food-drink combination that is ever-popular with Buffalonians. It gives people around the world an excuse — albeit it a slig…

History

The Buffalo Sabres’ famed French Connection line was broken up 37 years ago today. Quebec natives Gilbert Perreault, Rene Robert and Rick Martin teamed up to form one of the most prolific forward lines ever, playing seven full seasons together for the Sabres (1972-79). But the trio’s successful run as linemates came to an end Oct. 5, 1979, when Robert, a right winger…

History

The Buffalo Bills are preparing to try to score a rare win Sunday at Gillette Stadium, where they've beaten its occupant, the New England Patriots, just once in the facility's 14-year history. The day also marks 11 years since the Bills were part of another uncommon occurrence. Actually, it was a first-time occurrence, as they made history with the New Orleans Saints on O…