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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.


St. Francis is making a habit of winning extra-inning baseball games this season.The Red Raiders, who have won five games in the seventh inning or later, did it again Wednesday, going nine innings to score a 6-3 victory over Canisius and capture the Georgetown Cup before about 300 at Pilot Field.It was St. Francis' second nine-inning win over Canisius (11-4) in a week…

When Darren O'Neal walked his bicycle up to the starting line and noticed he would be racing against only eight other competitors Sunday, he knew he would have a good chance to capture the Elrae UB Classic '90's most coveted event."I just wanted to get into the race and have good workout," O'Neal said after his first-place finish in the Junior Men's Division. "But, of…

The way it began, Section VI athletes should have known they were in for a long day Saturday at the 13th annual Empire of America Carnival at Crosby Field in Kenmore. The meet, featuring about 1700 participants from 86 schools, serves as the first major track and field meet of the season.In the first event, senior Liz Pitts was cruising along in the second leg of the …

For the second consecutive year, Franklinville High School's basketball team will have to cancel its plans for a trip to Glens Falls.Avoca, which won the state title and finished 28-0 a year ago, made crucial runs at the ends of each half Saturday and went on to defeat Franklinville, 83-78, in the Class D Far West Regional at Erie Community College-South.Last year, th…

Not many basketball followers expected Traditional to get past Western New York's best Class C competition let alone to the Far West Regional. Now they're going to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships in Glens Falls.The Bulls, who had never reached the Far West Regionals before, outscored Lyons, 28-11, in the fourth quarter on their…

If history repeats itself, the St. Joe's basketball team can fill its name in as Manhattan Cup champions for the year 2000.The Marauders, who won their first 25 games of the 1979-80 season, began this decade the same way Friday with a convincing 69-49 Manhattan Cup victory over defending champion Turner/Carroll before a crowd of about 1,100 at Buffalo State College's …

Nothing could keep Hamburg senior Jim O'Connor from capturing two Section VI swimming titles. Nothing.O'Connor, who suffered whiplash in a car accident Monday, recovered in time to win the 100-meter breaststroke, 50 freestyle and contribute to the Hamburg's first-place 200-meter medley relay team in front of about 1,000 people at the Section VI Swimming and Diving Cha…

Niagara-Wheatfield and Pine Valley posted convincing victories in their respective classes Friday night to win Section VI girls basketball championships at Erie Community College North and advance to the state tournament.About 750 people looked on as senior point guard Beth Guiliani, a first team All-Western New York selection last season, poured in a game-high 27 poi…

When Sweet Home senior Tom Shifflet goes to sleep at night, his last thought is of wrestling. When he awakens in the morning, the thought's still there.Shifflet's mind has been set on the state championship since he first walked onto a mat. He'll be making his second attempt to capture the title.Shifflet defeated Southwestern's Tim Thurnau by technical fall Saturday n…

After three unsuccessful attempts, Grand Island captured a Rich Stadium victory Saturday with a convincing 41-3 win over Iroquois.The Vikings, ranked second among large schools in The News Grid Polls, scored 21 second- quarter points on its way to a 28-3 halftime lead and its first Class B-1 crown.Senior quarterback Cliff Scott threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns a…

Cleveland Hill captured its second football championship in three years Saturday with a dramatic 14-12 come-from-behind victory over Salamanca at Rich Stadium.Senior quarterback Rob Coleman's 1-yard touchdown plunge with 38 seconds left capped an 11-play, 54-yard drive after Salamanca took the lead with just over three minutes remaining."I knew it was open," Coleman s…

East Aurora's Ann Gervin won two titles and contributed to a third Saturday, becoming the only multiple winner at the Section VI Swimming and Diving Championships in the University at Buffalo's Alumni Arena natatorium.About 300 spectators saw Williamsville North win its second straight unofficial team title. North scored 215 total points without an individual winner, …

When Williamsville East junior Cara Wolfberg prepared for the last of four rotations, the uneven bars, she knew it would take one of her best exercises to capture the all-around gymnastics title at Thursday's Section VI Championships.Wolfberg, who finished second to Lancaster's Janine Spezio in last year's all-arounds, was virtually flawless through the exercise, scor…