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Budd Bailey

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.


2016 team champions: Section VI - Clarence (Class AA), Grand Island (Class A), Newfane (Class B), Maple Grove (Class C). North Collins (Class D). Msgr. Martin: Nardin (Class A), Buffalo Seminary (Class B). Clarence lost in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association semifinal, 2-1, to I-Arlington. Newfane lost in the the NYSPHSAA semifinal to IV-Chenango Fo…

2016 team champions: Frontier (A), East Aurora (B), Alden (C), Maple Grove (D). Msgr. Martin High School Athletic Association: St. Joe's. 2016 underclassmen individual champions: Section VI Class A -- Grey Conover-10 (Clarence), Section VI Class D -- Michael Peppy-11 (Maple Grove). All-Catholic -- Tom Appenheimer-10 (Cardinal O'Hara). 2016 All-WNY first-team undercl…

2016 team champions: Orchard Park (Section VI), Sacred Heart (All-Catholic). 2016 underclassmen Section VI champions: 100 free - Allie Stockwell-10 (Jamestown), 100 back - Riley Drummond-11 (Fredonia-Dunkirk-Forestville-Silver Creek), 100 breast - Isabel Sapio-10 (Orchard Park). Sister act: Don't feel too sorry for Orchard Park coach Bret Novilitis. He may have lost …

A girl named Sue Schaefer was running her first cross-county race in Clarence in 1974 - a time when there was no separate team for girls in the sport. She even had to run with a boys' singlet, with a t-shirt underneath. "A boy from Williamsville North or South - I forget which - ran up to me and said, 'Who do you think you are?' " she remembered more than 40 years later…

Sam Peterman of Sweet Home High School visited the Cleveland Clinic in March in the hope that someone there could help her return to running. She had been sidelined for several weeks during a worsening of her medical condition known as neurocardiogenic syncope (NCS) that causes fainting. Peterman went to Ohio for a second opinion, hoping to find a way out of what could …

Section VI has selected its fourth annual group for its Hall of Fame. Once again, it's quite a diverse and worthy group. The organization has picked a cross-section of 12 people, including athletes, coaches and administrators. The list includes: Charlie Garfinkel - Athlete - Bennett - Arguably the greatest racquetball player in Western New York history, Charlie has w…

The remodeling of the Buffalo Bandits is underway. The Bandits, who finished last overall in the 2017 season, completed a major trade that included one of the team's biggest stars. Forward Ryan Benesch and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2018 went to Colorado in the transition. The Mammoth gave up forward Callum Crawford and goaltender Alex Buque. "It's been …

Allie Kieffer made quite a first impression on the Buffalo running scene earlier this month. Kieffer, who moved to Buffalo early in the calendar year, took part at the Subaru 4 Mile Chase on July 14. She finished second in a time of 20 minutes, 36 seconds - breaking the American record for the race and earning an extra $500 in the process. "It's the only run I've don…

Desmond Randall is going home, at least in athletic terms. The former coach of the Bishop Timon-St. Jude basketball team said Thursday that he is moving to his alma mater, West Seneca West, to be the head basketball coach of the Indians. "Last year, when Matt Marinaro took over last year, he called me and asked if there was any chance I'd come back," Randall said. "B…

The Buffalo Bandits have announced the signing of transition player Kevin Brownell to a two-year contract and forward Craig England. Brownell has been with the team for five seasons after being a third-round pick in 2012. He has not missed a game in the last three seasons, and has career totals of 23 goals and 49 assists for 72 points. England worked his way into the…

Matt Myers hopes to know by the end of the week if he'll return to Bishop Timon-St. Jude for his senior season of high school, or if the standout quarterback will be going somewhere else. Myers - a first-team member of the All-Western New York squad in 2016 - sent a message via Twitter that he hadn't made a decision yet, but would announce his next move on the social me…

Many of the area's top graduating seniors will gather on Wednesday, July 26 for the 42nd annual All-Star High School Football Classic, put on by the Kensington Lions Club and ADPRO Sports. The list includes some members of the All-Western New York team from 2016: Zach Woodward of North Tonawanda, Michael Motley of St. Joe's, Tyler White of Kenmore West, Matt Eldridge of…

Dominick Welch of Cheektowaga, the all-time leading scorer in Western New York basketball history, has confirmed that he will spend next year at the SPIRE Institute Men's Basketball Academy in Geneva, Ohio. The former Warriors had said earlier in the summer that he planned to go to the Midwest school. Several reports on Monday morning indicated that Welch was set to go …

It has been a busy day in the National Lacrosse League, with one unexpected announcement and one bit of business left over from last season. The surprise was that John Grant Jr. announced his retirement from the Colorado Mammoth. Grant, 42, ranks as one of the greatest players in the history of lacrosse. He won two trophies as the league's Most Valuable Player, and was …