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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.


It couldn't get much more complicated than this.Three teams tied for first place with 12-6 conference records. Three teams tied for fourth place with 11-7 conference records.Welcome to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's final standings.On the last day of the season, Manhattan drilled Iona, 98-79. But in the end, it didn't matter. Iona still won the league and Manhatt…

Sil Dan runs up and down the court wearing a whistle and a black and white striped shirt.Technically, he's the referee for the girls' basketball league.Actually, he's like another coach."Shoot for the front of the rim," he tells one of the girls who just missed her first foul shot. "Relax."Another time, all the girls run down the court after a made bucket, with no one to t…

It was supposed to be Amy Getman's night -- Niagara's lone senior in her final appearance at the Gallagher Center.Instead, it was a freshman's coming-out party.Jessica Kemp paced the Purple Eagles, scoring a career-high 26 points in an 85-82 win over Canisius in front of 359 Thursday night.The win secured at least sixth place for Niagara (10-16, 7-10) in the Metro Atlantic…

The battle between the Jesuits and the Vincentians continues Thursday night when Canisius travels to Niagara for a women's basketball clash.But it's anybody's guess whether the Griffs' best player will be in the starting lineup.Junior forward Shauna Geronzin, one of the top scorers in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference during the last two years, has spent most of the s…

It's 8:30 on a Saturday morning and the parents are sucking down coffee, hoping the caffeine will artificially give them the same high as the small blond woman who holds their daughters' undivided attention.But Dot Richardson doesn't need any wake up call. She's all sorts of fired up. Any high-energy word - charismatic, passionate - describes her perfectly. And the kids, w…

They pushed them around. Held them down. Bumped them off the puck.Basically, Canisius muscled its way to a 4-3 win over Niagara (13-15-4) in front of a sellout crowd of 1,500 at the Amherst Pepsi Center on Tuesday."They played a football game out there," Niagara forward John Heffernan said. "They did what they had to do to win and we did not respond physically.""We knew th…

Oh, the places John Heffernan went as a member of the Niagara Purple Eagles' hockey team last year. Voted the team's most improved player, the forward helped Niagara advance to the Final Eight of the NCAA Tournament to cap the program's Cinderella story.But during his Western New York stay last summer, the Saskatchewan native spent a lot of his time talking about something…

It's tournament preview day at the HSBC Arena today.Well, not necessarily in the actual matchups. Other than Iona finishing first and St. Peter's finishing last, nothing is certain when it comes to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's basketball standings.But when Canisius (15-9, 7-8) plays Manhattan (12-13, 9-6) at 1 p.m., followed by Niagara (13-11, 10-5) against…

Darren Fenn didn't want to talk about his last game. He didn't want to talk about his zero points on five missed shots in the loss at Fairfield on Monday.He just wanted to play.In his last game at the Koessler Center, the Tonawanda native scored his team's first eight points and a season-high 25 to lead Canisius to an 83-66 win over Loyola in front of 1,137 Friday night.Wi…

It was perhaps the ugliest game Fairfield's women's basketball team had played all year.But the Stags weren't too concerned about style points. The second-place team in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference was just happy to gut out a 59-48 win over Canisius in the first half of a doubleheader at the Koessler Center on Friday.The Griffs dropped to 4-11 in the MAAC, 7-16 o…

Once Virginia Tech left the conference last year, St. Bonaventure figured to have a cleaner shot at the Atlantic 10 Swimming and Diving Championships they're so good at claiming.But it's been one of those seasons for the Bonnies, who must stave off a host of challengers in the A-10 championship meet at the Flickinger Aquatic Center starting Thursday and ending Saturday.Bot…

LEWISTON -- While most people in Western New York were snug in their beds late Saturday night with visions of Sunday's chores in their heads, the 2,400 at the Gallagher Center had never been more awake.After all, national television time is national television time. You take it when you can get it.So what if the game started at midnight? That's still prime time -- on the W…

Maybe they got a little mojo from Sheryl Swoopes.Maybe they got a little caught up in the festivities for National Girls and Women in Sports Day.Maybe they just wanted retribution for last year's butt-kicking in Kalamazoo.Whatever the reason, the University at Buffalo women's basketball team had a ball in crushing Western Michigan, 85-56, in front of 1,344 at Alumni Arena,…

If you're at Buffalo State College and you have a major project to pull off in a few days, don't worry.Just ask Rocky Reeves.Rocky will do it. He'll do anything.The sophomore hockey player has established himself not only as an outstanding player on the ice for the Division III Bengals, but as the go-to-guy on campus.Ask him about his volunteer work and he'll likely forget…

Halfway through her workout, University at Buffalo women's basketball coach Cheryl Dozier has worked up a good sweat.She pedals away through the simulated hills on the stationary bike three hours before tip-off, attempting to take her mind off the game while watching Oprah and the early evening news.Her ritualistic workouts, which last at least an hour before every game --…