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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges, baseball and hockey for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master's degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed an Ironman along with numerous marathons and half marathons.


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They each had a list of goals when they lined up to start the Buffalo Marathon on a Sunday morning that grew hot and humid for distance runners. They would have been happy with hitting any of the goals on their respective lists. Instead, they crushed them all. Tim Chichester, a native of Mt. Morris who teaches in Arkport, and Laura Anderson, who lives in Rochester…

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Jen Bakula set the goal. She wanted to see if she could run back-to-back marathons. So she picked two, in two different states, in January 2014. She was running the Mississippi Blues Marathon in Jacksonville, Miss., on Jan. 11 when another runner started talking with her on the course. "He was talking about this club where you run sub-four-hour marathons in every state,"…

Bisons and Baseball

Vladdy Watch The most anticipated prospect in the Blue Jays organization in some time continues to tear up Double-A ball. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a walk-off two-run homer for New Hampshire on Saturday, going 4 for 4 with three RBIs and three singles. He is batting .421 and has 45 RBIS in 39 games for the Fisher Cats. His stats include eight home runs, 16 doubles, one …

Bisons and Baseball

Let's be clear: There's really nothing about changing, tweaking or mucking around with the rules of baseball that Buffalo Bisons manager Bobby Meacham likes. "Yeah, I don't like the whole thing," Meacham said. "I mean this game has been going along pretty good for a while now." To be fair, baseball has always been adjusting the intricacies of the game – such as adding th…

Bisons and Baseball

When the Buffalo Bisons were in the midst of a four-game losing skid on the road, the coaching staff met with players to reinforce one of the frustrating truisms of baseball: A good plan doesn't always give you a good result. The Bisons stuck with their plan, kept with their individual approaches at the plate, and were able to find their confidence, hitting their way ou…

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The genesis of the idea came from Bart Yasso, the longtime chief running officer of Runner's World magazine and "mayor of running," when he was part of the Buffalo Marathon race expo three years ago. Yasso was describing an event to race director Greg Weber and it caught his attention. "He told me about this dog race and that people were just crazy for the dog race," Web…

Bisons and Baseball

Name to Know Kevin Smith. The shortstop and third baseman for the Lansing Lugnuts was named the Midwest League's player of the week for the second time this season. In five games last week, the 21-year-old Smith went 12 for 24. He leads the Midwest League with 50 base hits and 31 runs batted in. He is hitting .376 for the season and his 19 doubles lead all major league …

Bisons and Baseball

Tim Lopes remembers it clearly, even though it was years ago. His dad was going to sign up both Tim and his brother, Christian, for youth baseball. "I remember like it was yesterday even though I was so young, he was signing us up, my brother and I and I was so excited to play and my brother was actually crying. He didn't want to play," Tim said. "I know I probably s…

Running

He was only about 11 years old when Jack Lacina Jr. entered the Run The 'Burg 5K. His father recalled it was an inauspicious start to what would become a pretty darn good high school running career. "My son ran it as a young kid not knowing he'd become this track athlete," Lacina Sr. said. "He took off and he cramped up and had to be brought back." But…

High Schools

The coaches had their phones out, ready to take video of the record-setting moment. But it took a little while. Lois Garlow was a bit off her game for a few moments, feeling a bit of the magnitude of the moment. But the goal surely came, her fifth of the game and 72nd of the year to set the single-season record for Mount St. Mary’s girls lacrosse. It came in an 11-6 win…

Bisons and Baseball

There were two keys for the Buffalo Bisons – consistency and competition. Finally with steady baseball-worthy weather, the Bisons were able not only to get in games but get in early work, including batting practice on the field and some extra defensive turns. Then with call-ups to the Toronto Blue Jays, players were able to step into starting roles while others conti…

Bisons and Baseball

The Buffalo Bisons closed out their homestand with a 7-0 win over the Rochester Red Wings Wednesday afternoon at Coca-Cola Field. Bisons starting pitcher Deck McGuire pitched eight scoreless innings allowing four hits with one walk and four strike outs. Conor Fisk gave up a walk to start the ninth, but a double-play by the defense allowed him to face the minimum and clo…

Bisons and Baseball

It was a dazzling rise in the summer of 2014. Dalton Pompey, the kid who grew up in Mississauga, Ontario, just outside of Toronto, began the season in Class-A Dunedin. He climbed the organizational ladder, going to Double-A New Hampshire to Triple-A Buffalo to fulfilling every baseball kid's dream – making his Major League debut for his hometown team, the Toronto Blue Jays…

Bisons and Baseball

Name to know Logan Warmoth. The 22-year-old shortstop is the fifth-ranked prospect in the Blue Jays organization, per MLB.com. A 2017 first-round pick for the Jays out of North Carolina, he is hitting .230 with four doubles and eight RBIs through his first 27 games with Class-A Dunedin in his first full season of professional baseball. He went 3 for 5 on May 6 for Duned…

Bisons and Baseball

The ball had not left the pitcher's hand and Roemon Fields was already off and running. The pitch was outside and in the dirt, allowing Fields to take second base standing up. Just another day on the diamond for Fields. It was his fifth stolen base of the season and the 50th in 126 career games with the Buffalo Bisons, making him just the eighth player to steal 50 ba…