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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 600-win plateau was bound to come for Dick Barry.Coaching six sports at the University at Buffalo -- the male and female versions of cross country, indoor track and outdoor track -- for 15 years made it inevitable.And so 600 came around for him this year after the McDonald's Invitational meet at Ohio University in early April."It seems like an awful lot, but when you f…

Mike Rappl enjoyed the water cooler bath his team gave him at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships.First of all, it was 90 degrees in Poughkeepsie that day and the ice water was a refreshing end to a three-game day.But it also was the most unexpected end to a rather average Canisius College softball season.After limping along to a 3-5 start in conference pl…

In typical Dan Starr fashion, he wanted to thank everyone in the room -- from the food service staff to the people who designed and mailed out the invitations to his retirement party.Starr wanted to thank the 650 or so people who crowded into the Canisius College Student Center to bid him farewell after 26 years as the school's athletic director.Of course, everyone was tha…

Dan Starr spent the better part of St. Patrick's Day walking around HSBC Arena with a smile on his face.This was the biggest event in his farewell tour -- eight teams battling for their one shining moment in the first two rounds of the NCAA basketball tournament with Buffalo front and center in the American sporting consciousness.It was one of the final notes in his swan s…

Dan Starr began his Canisius College career as an undergraduate, earning his bachelor's degree in history in 1958.He earned his master's and doctorate from Rutgers while joining the Canisius faculty as a part-time history professor in 1960, full-time in 1962.It was around the 1969-70 season when he started moonlighting for some extra cash at the Koessler Athletic Center fo…

Greg Gardner has never minded expansion.You might say the 24-year-old goalie was born for it, armed with will and determination and grace, too.His junior hockey days were spent with two expansion teams. His college days were spent with the upstart program at Niagara University.Now, his professional hockey days are set to begin with the NHL expansion Columbus Blue Jackets."…

After nearly six months of playing hockey for Niagara University, balancing the daily practices and grueling road trips with the demands of classes, Brooke Bradburn and Barbara Prall took two days off.Then they joined their softball teammates on their annual spring trip to Florida.They've done it so often, transferring their game from the rink to the field in a matter of d…

Ping is not exactly a pleasant sound.It's high-pitched, sharp and loud -- a far cry from the poetic crack of a wooden bat.The ping in college baseball has been accompanied by shrieks in recent years as the NCAA, bat manufacturers and college coaches squabbled about the standards for aluminum bats.The controversy over the way aluminum inflates scoring reached its pitch when…

This is not an Esther Williams water ballet.Sure, it looks effortless. It's meant to. When done right, a synchronized swimming routine looks terribly easy.Which is perhaps the curse of the sport.Just ask the Canisius College synchronized swim team.In March, while the rest of the college world tuned into the basketball Final Four, the Griffs were making the Final Three at t…

When Gary Lane and Dennis Rainey thought about creating a golf dome to add to the Town of Tonawanda's already extensive golf program, they wanted a facility with a "wow" factor.Visually, they got their "wow" when the dome at Brighton Park opened for business on Oct. 22 with its driving range, double deck of stalls, putting and chipping practice area and 18-hole miniature g…

Marlene Davis likes to keep things simple.She focuses on the basics of golf -- the grip, the stance, the posture, the position of the ball, the routine.She didn't even have Frank Gengo hit a ball in the first 20 minutes of his first lesson. Instead, she went over the basic setup, dissecting the stance and swing down to the bare minimum.Gengo was no novice. He had played go…

No one doubted Brianne Prince would pitch again for St. Bonaventure University.And in typical Prince fashion, she's not happy with where her pitches are landing these days. Nor is she pleased with her endurance.Of course, no one expected her to return to the level that won her Western New York Pitcher of the Year honors in 1998 after her senior season at Frewsburg Central …

The rhetoric sounded good.Cedric Dempsey, president of the NCAA, wanted to clean up the culture of men's college basketball and rid the sport of undesirable coaches, agents and other hangers-on who increasingly cost college athletes years of eligibility.Some of his proposals, introduced at the Final Four, were approved by the Management Council this week, sending them on t…

The phone calls were inevitable.Less than a week after leading the Niagara University men's hockey team to the brink of the NCAA Frozen Four, head coach Blaise MacDonald is the leading candidate for the vacant job at the University of Massachusetts."I haven't wasted an ounce of energy on my personal position," MacDonald said Thursday. "I know my name has been in the Boston…

Forget chicken wings, Super Bowl runners-up and nogoal.com.Buffalo has adopted a new claim to fame -- home of junior national championships.For the third time this month, the area will host a national championship for teenage competitors when 325 athletes arrive for the 2000 U.S. Synchronized Swimming Junior Nationals at the ECC Flickinger Aquatic Center from Thursday thro…