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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.


The first word on the blackboard in the Niagara men's basketball locker room was "us."Joe Mihalich wanted his players focused on their own game -- not scoreboard watching or thinking about the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings.And by taking care of their own house, the Purple Eagles improved their chances for a first-round bye in the conference tournament by edg…

(This is the final story on the impact Title IX legislation has had on women's sports over the past 25 years. Today's installment details the future for women's athletics.)Joe Mihalich felt there wasn't a lot of atmosphere in the Gallagher Center when his Niagara men's basketball team took the court against league-leading Manhattan last Saturday afternoon.It was a pivotal …

Michele Smith gets a little frustrated when she hears her male counterparts discuss their professional careers.She hears baseball players complaining after signing $12 million, three-year deals while she has to take her softball skills to Japan to earn a less substantial living."I think, aw, man, at least you get to play in your own country and then you add like three more…

(This is the second of three stories on the impact Title IX legislation has had on women's sports over the past 25 years. Today's installment details the problems of balancing women's and men's athletics.) For 22 hours back in 1997, Canisius College joined the unpopular trend in athletic programs the last two decades -- eliminating men's varsity teams.For a day, Canisi…

This is the first of three stories on the impact Title IX legislation has had on women's sports over the past 25 years.Sister Maria Pares isn't surprised at the wide-eyed looks she gets from her Sacred Heart basketball players when she talks about the bad old days of girls sports.The athletic landscape has changed dramatically over the past 25 years, giving women more oppo…

The last time Niagara's women's basketball team met Manhattan, the Purple Eagles left New York with a 21-point loss.But that was just the second conference game of the season and coach Bill Agronin didn't think his team understood just how much potential it had to be a legitimate contender in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.The Purple Eagles are true believers now, …

Bridget Finn almost became a circus act.But instead of taking an offer from Cirque de Soleil, she stuck it out with the U.S. national synchronized swim team.Lucky for her.Finn, a Buffalo native and graduate of City Honors, was named to the 2000 Olympic team late last week. The Games will be in mid-September in Sydney, Australia.In 1997, she graduated from Stanford Universi…

Jan Van Paassen didn't know anything but hard work. He made his living in railroad construction in the Netherlands to provide for his wife, Pauline, and sons Peter and Frank. It was dangerous work at times, laboring outside exposed to the moving trains.And it was an example that would shape Peter Van Paassen's view of life, work and family.The 21-year-old junior has become…

Margot Page thought she had something unique when she added Allison and Allisa Coomey to her Niagara University women's hockey roster -- a set of twins.But double trouble wasn't exactly a new catch phrase at NU.The Purple Eagles boast four sets of identical twins competing in varsity sports."I never thought about it until I brought in twins and thought it was pretty uniqu…

It was gritty. It was sloppy. At times it was downright ugly.It was a game the Niagara University men's basketball team survived rather than won -- a 63-61 decision over Colgate in front of 905 Gallagher Center fans Saturday afternoon.Daryl Greene played the role of hero for the Purple Eagles. With 11 seconds left and the score tied at 61-61, Colgate inbounded the ball fro…

Fans know exactly what they want in the Buffalo Bills' quarterback: a rifle arm, the ability to make big plays and keep defenses guessing, experience under pressure, a proven leader who shows spontaneity on the field and wins games.Fans obviously want . . . Doug Johnson.Or is it Rob Flutie?Rolling the two quarterbacks' abilities and assets into one player is as impossible …

At every turn, Tiffany Bell sees the lack of respect.It starts with the crowds at Alumni Arena when she and her University at Buffalo teammates take the floor in front of an average of 325 fans.It's reinforced by the Mid-American Conference, which once again put the Bulls near the bottom of the preseason women's basketball poll and awarded Bell, one of the conference's top…

There really wasn't any insightful explanation from the Indianapolis Colts' locker room as to what happened during a 31-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday. There was no football jargon to explain how the AFC East leaders and one of the more potent offenses in the entire league sputtered."We just got whipped and you can not say it any plainer than that," Indy quarterback Pe…

Passes float through the air with the greatest of ease, from this daring young man in the Indianapolis Colts helmet.Twenty-three year-old Peyton Manning leads one of the most potent offenses in the National Football League.It starts with a solid running game embodied by Edgerrin James, which in turn opens up a dangerous passing game, hosted by Manning and wide receiver Mar…

The statistics don't scream greatness. Not by the current standards for cornerbacks.Zero interceptions this season and just five total in his seven-year NFL career.The stat still bothers Thomas Smith, even as he helped lead the Buffalo Bills to the No. 1-rated pass defense in the league this past week."I'm not sick of talking about it," Smith said. "I'm probably, if anythi…