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Bucky Gleason

Bucky Gleason is senior sports columnist for The Buffalo News. He has covered sports on all levels since 1992. He is a terrible golfer who remains undefeated in match play on the 19th hole. He lives in Hamburg with his wife and four children.


Canisius knew before Thursday night's game against La Salle that there were more weapons to the Explorers' perimeter game than highly touted Doug Overton. Finding a way to stop it would be its biggest challenge.Overton, guard Randy Woods and swing man Jack Hurd combined for 73 points as La Salle coasted to an 89-74 victory over Canisius in a Metro Atlantic Conference gam…

Niagara is finding out first-hand that wins don't come easily in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.The Purple Eagles needed a 7-0 blitz over the last 2 1/2 minutes to defeat Fairfield, 81-79, in a MAAC thriller Saturday at Memorial Auditorium.It was typical of recent Niagara-Fairfield matchups."It seems every time we play Fairfield, it goes right to the end," said …

Lisa Basil has wasted no time in making her return to high school swimming known. After dominating the sport two years ago and taking a year off, Basil has come back . . . with a vengeance.The Maryvale senior returned to her form of 1988 when, as a sophomore, she won state titles in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200 individual medley.She captured both events again Satu…

Frontier has taken that final cross country leap to the top.Haunted by the boys' string of seven straight second-place finishes, the Falcons ran away with the Section VI boys and girls championships Friday afternoon before a crowd of about 1,100 at Elma Meadows Golf Course.Frontier nearly swept the boys Class A race by taking the top four places as Ken Craig outraced his b…

For a person who needs a pair of seat cushions to drive a car, Williamsville South junior Robin Rice is becoming a pretty big figure in the world of Western New York gymnastics.The 4-foot-10 Rice now sits comfortably at the top after finishing in the top two in each of the four individual events en route to the all-around girls title before a crowd of about 350 at the Sect…

If the University at Buffalo's opening series was any indication of what was to come, the Bulls should have known they were in for a tough day Saturday against Ithaca College at UB Stadium.UB threatened on its opening series, driving the ball to the 6-yard line, and it appeared early that the Bulls were going to make a game of it against the high-powered Bombers, ranked s…

Buffalo State is beginning to make believers out of preseason skeptics who thought the Bengals may be in for another long football season.Buffalo State scored 31 unanswered points over the final three quarters Saturday en route to a 31-10 victory over Mercyhurst before 606 at Coyer Field. The Bengals, who were picked to finish 15th in the 16-team Upstate New York Division…

Demske Sports Complex hasn't been a very kind home for the Canisius football team.The Golden Griffins, searching for their first win at home this season, dropped a 14-9 decision to St. Lawrence University before 1,057 at Demske.Saturday's loss stopped a three-game winning streak Canisius held over St. Lawrence and dropped the Griffs' record at Demske to 1-5 since coming to…

JUSTIN STRZELCZYK has had to make a few adjustments in his football career. He's been forced to change positions, teams and levels.But his latest move is one he doesn't mind.That's settling from the $56-per-day hotel he's been staying in to a cozy $730-a-month apartment less than five minutes from Three Rivers Stadium, where he is about to embark on a National Football Lea…

It seemed kind of fitting to see the perspiration running off of Grete Waitz's face, the result of the second half of a 15-mile run around Buffalo's Erie Basin Marina, capping off another day's work.Running long distances in strange towns has become routine for Waitz, who was in Buffalo as the official starter for Thursday's Manufacturer Hanover's Corporate Challenge, a …

The largest road race in Buffalo history is about to get bigger.The 10th annual Manufacturers Hanover Corporate Challenge, which featured more than 3,900 runners and became Western New York's most popular road race last year, has increased its field to more than 5,000 for Thursday's 3.5-mile run around and near Delaware Park. It is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.Race official…

It was a good news, bad news scenario as Western women's basketball teams captured a gold medal and a silver medal on the Empire State Games' final day Sunday.The Western scholastic women, who edged Hudson Valley, 79-77, on Friday, used a 23-point turnaround in the first half en route to an 80-53 victory and the gold medal in the rematch at LeMoyne College.The open women…

Western's dynasty in synchronized swimming continued as it captured the eight-woman team event Sunday at the Empire State Games at Syracuse University's Sybley Pool.The contingent of Julianne Bagley, Jean Hilbert and Amy Surra, all of Kenmore, teamed with Tonawanda's Tracie Lopardi, Kristina Moore, May Szwejbka and Carmita Velasco and North Tonawanda's Kristin Yuhnke for …

The Western open women's basketball team found out prosperity is possible without the help of Alisa Robinson.Western overcame a slow start Saturday and responded to Robinson's worst outing of the Empire State Games with a 64-42 rout of Adirondack at LeMoyne College.Robinson, a former Canisius College star who scored 50 points in victories over New York City and Hudson Val…

Western's scholastic men's basketball team wasted a pair of second-half leads Saturday as Central handed coach Jim Kramer's club its first loss of the 1990 Empire State Games by a 75-71 score.Stu Downing of Fairport hit a three-pointer to give Western a 65-61 lead with five minutes remaining, but Central scored the next nine points to take a 70-65 advantage with just over…