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Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 39 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, and public relations staffer. The Syracuse graduate joined the high school coverage team in 2015. He also covers running and the National Lacrosse League's Bandits for The News. Budd has had five books published.

The blink of an eye takes about a third of a second. That was something of an eternity compared to the finish of the boys 4x400-meter relay in the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association's All Catholic Track and Field Championships, which finished up at a rain-soaked St. Francis High School on Sunday. St. Joe's defeated St. Francis by one-hundredth of a sec…

The list of undefeated bowlers in the 54th annual George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament at Kenmore Lanes is down to four. The list includes Dana Voytovich of Cheektowaga, Tony Dolan of West Seneca, Kevin Bienko of Kenmore and Andrew Herbert of Eden after Friday's action. Brad Angelo of Lockport, a four-time champion, had the toughest luck in that round. He rolled a 6…

East Aurora knocked off the No. 1 seed, City Honors, 8-6, in the Class B-1 baseball quarterfinals of the Section VI playoffs, and Alex Baase took the biggest bow after the game. “He was outstanding,” Blue Devils coach Stephen Sokolski said. Baase had three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored on offense. He also threw a complete game, striking out five. The effo…

A city marathon is a huge event in many ways. The amount of work needed to stage it is immense. Yet it only happens on one morning in a year, so the group that runs it doesn’t have a many “employees” to use on raceday. Someone has to fill in the gaps, and that’s where volunteers come in. A handful help out on a year-round basis, while others only turn up for the…

It's said in baseball and softball that it's a good idea to have one of your best athletes play shortstop. Christy Mack of Williamsville East deserves that description. Mack, a sophomore, went 10 for 15 last week with three homers, two doubles, seven runs scored and 11 RBIs. She's hitting .550, and has made only one error this season. That's sounds like someone who s…

The divisions: Schools with more than 600 students are in Division 1, those with fewer are in Division 2. Starpoint was the closest to the dividing line this year at 606. There are 26 schools in Division 1 and 55 in Division 2. The season: The wet spring has made life difficult for track and field athletes and their coaches. It hasn't been impossible to compete, thanks …

Underclassmen 2016 Section VI champions: Girls - Division 1 - Jenna Creen, Orchard Park (100, 200 and 400); Katrina Patterson, Clarence (3,000); Liz Rott, Clarence (2,000-meter steeplechase); Ava Gervan and Olivia Gervan (4x100 relay); Grace Malinowski, Amberlee Robertson, Molly Moore and Sarah Cook, Williamsville South (4x800 relay); Olivia Gervan, Lancaster (high jump); …

Let's start with the boys of Division 1, and a couple of usual contenders are there: Sweet Home and Lancaster. Nathanial Davis and Chris Nowak are the clear standouts for the Panthers. Davis leads Western New York in the 100 meters, and he's an obvious threat to everyone in the 200. Nowak is way ahead of anyone else locally in the 1,600 and 3,200. Sweet Home's 4x100 relay …

The phrase "fell out of the sky" can be used to describe something completely unexpected. It also describes what happens to a pole vaulter after he reaches the top of his jump. They both fit with the story of Anton Kunnas, who came to North Tonawanda High School last autumn as an exchange student from Finland and who has made a huge impact on track and field in the r…

Dylan Cozens’ second home run of the game proved to be the difference on Friday night, as his walk-off blast gave Lehigh Valley a 5-4 win over the Buffalo Bisons in 12 innings in Allentown, Pa. The homer came off Bisons reliever Chad Girodo (0-1), and was Cozens’ eighth of the season. Cesar Ramos (2-1) was credited with the win. It was a painful loss for the Biso…

Western New York had two players selected as first-team All-New York State by the New York Sportswriters Association. Sara Pfeiffer of Olean was honored in Class A. She averaged more than 28 points per game as a sophomore for the Huskies. Meanwhile, Marissa Hamilton of Ellicottville was selected as a first-teamer in Class D. She averaged 20.5 points per game in 2016-17.…

It was more or less business as usual when it came to high school hockey in these parts. In other words, Western New York’s teams once again ruled the competition throughout the state. St. Joe’s captured the Catholic High School Athletic Association championship, while Williamsville North was the winner of the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Associati…

It's difficult not to think for a moment about Maksym Sugorovskiy when walking on the Ring Road of Delaware Park in Buffalo these days. It's so quiet. The 3-year-old Maksym was killed and his sister Stephanie was critically injured when a car veered off Route 198 and struck them in the park in May 2015. After authorities investigated the accident, they lowered the sp…

The Buffalo Bandits have played 26 seasons in their history. It’s easy to pick out the most disappointing of those seasons. We just witnessed it. The Bandits reached the finals of the National Lacrosse League playoffs in 2016 after winning the East Division. Buffalo lost to Saskatchewan in the title round by a small margin, leading to the conclusion that the Bandit…

The Buffalo Bandits had a very unusual night at the office on Saturday night. The abbreviated version is that the team concluded a disappointing season in an appropriate manner, dropped a 19-15 decision to the Toronto Rock before 18,417 in the KeyBank Center. The loss left the Bandits with a 6-12 record. The strange part of the night came during a 15-minute or so spa…