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Ben Tsujimoto

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I'm Ben. I smiled a little too aggressively for my profile picture. I do digital things for The Buffalo News, live off of Hertel and attended Houghton College.

Over the last 20 years, premier youth clubs have changed the landscape of Buffalo soccer. Long gone are the days of Buffalo Premier and Germania, both important at times when AAU basketball and Pee Wee football still had their clutches around youth sports, yet also predecessors to a what's currently a robust, fiercely competitive environment. Welcome to 2017, where prem…

The March 28 episode of Food Network's "Chopped" will be sprinkled with local flavor. Buffalo State College alum Lazarus Lynch, known better through his brand, Son of a Southern Chef, and his robust YouTube channel, will compete to win $50,000 for 4-H at 10 p.m. in an episode entitled "Web Stars." Lynch will compete against three other contestants, with one disqualified…

Rock bands Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows have combined forces for this summer, announcing that their "A Brief History of Everything" tour will stop at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien) on Sept. 11. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 31, with prices ranging from $29.50 (lawn) to $99.50, at LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com or by phone …

Through a week-long roll-out on Twitter, local National Premier Soccer League club FC Buffalo announced its preliminary roster for the 2017 season, which begins May 20. With the roster expected to have a more local bent this season under the new coaching staff of Frank Butcher, Casey Derkacz and John Grabowski, the players announced largely fit that mold. The amateur…

1) Messfest, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 25 in the Buffalo Museum of Science (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.). Tickets are included in admission to the museum, which runs $11 for adults and $8 for kids ages 2-17. Specific Commentary: Making a mess usually invites scorn, a trip to "timeout" or, at the very least, a reminder that cleaning up is required. The Buffalo Museum of Science…

Here's another sure sign that summer is approaching: tickets became available Wednesday for Vans Warped Tour, the daylong music festival slated for 11 a.m. July 13 in Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (9993 Allegheny Road, Darien). The Warped Tour lineup will be announced at 7:30 p.m. March 22 on the Warped Tour website. A limited number of early-bird tickets are av…

Anyone familiar with hip-hop megastar Drake knows his passion for his birthplace, Toronto, Ont. His 2016 album, "Views," was littered with references to "the 6," while Drake's sideline antics at Raptors games are frequent SportsCenter fodder. In his new playlist "More Life," Drake extends his love a little farther to the south, dropping Queen City-tinted lyrics in "Can'…

As the Buffalo & District Soccer League has expanded in size, it's also gotten younger. New sides Grand Island FC and Crusaders FC (Canisius) pull largely from their respective high school programs, while recent entrants Pendleton United boasts several players from Starpoint and the Williamsville Willies draw primarily from Williamsville North. There are several mor…

Sharpness, fitness and attacking instincts. The RiverDogz Reserves boasted all of these traits, while the Buffalo & District Soccer League's Amherst Sharpshooters fell short in all three categories in a decisive 4-0 loss to the Rochester foes in the play-in round of the USASA Amateur Cup.. Rochester's William Stone potted two first-half goals for a 2-0 lead at the b…

Call it the Tussle in the Tundra, or maybe the Haggle on Hoth. Regardless of the chilling title, Sunday's 2 p.m. outdoor play-in match to represent Western New York Soccer Association in the USASA Amateur Cup promises to be quite the spectacle. Sharpshooters, representing the Buffalo & District Soccer League, will travel to Roberts Wesleyan College (2301 Westside Dr…

OpenTable, a popular website and app that facilitates restaurant reservations, included a familiar name to Buffalo eaters on its "Top 100 Hot Spots in America for 2017." Toutant, the Southern-inspired eatery owned and operated by James Roberts at 437 Ellicott St., was Buffalo's lone representative in a list compiled using data from over 10 million OpenTable reviews. Nin…

1) St. Patrick's Day Parade, 2 p.m. March 19 along Delaware Avenue. Begins in Niagara Square. Free to attend. Commentary: If it's your first time at Buffalo's biggest St. Patrick's Day parade, just enjoy the ride. If you've been before, you know how important it is to scope out a good vantage point - I learned that the hard way last year when I was crammed chest to ches…

2016 was a tough year for many in the Buffalo & District Soccer League, as the death of longtime Celtic player Chris Pepper to melanoma cast a cloud over the season. The memory of the Buffalo State alum and Clarence resident was cherished in several ways throughout last season - from SoHo FC (a collection of former Celtic players) donning No. 7 Pepper jerseys to a n…

Rochester's first distillery since Prohibition has announced an expansion into the Buffalo market, as Black Button Distilling will open a tasting room in the former Handlebar space, at 149 Swan St., in June. Black Button was established near the Rochester Public Market in January 2014 by then 24-year-old Jason Barrett, and the small-batch distillery has surged quickly d…

Longtime WROC-TV sports anchor John Kucko received a tip he couldn't wait to pursue. When his Rochester-based station took a phone call Saturday night mentioning a house covered in ice - possible after five days of bitter cold and winds reaching 81 miles per hour - Kucko went on a mission to capture the scene. Equipped with Google Earth and a hunch the house was in W…