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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.

Sweet Home High School now can say it has some All-Americans on its track and field team. The Panthers finished sixth in the boys 1,600 sprint medley relay championship race at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., on Saturday. Sweet Home finished in a time of 3 minutes, 26.53 seconds - said to be the sixth-fastest in New York State history. The memb…

It was not a good day for the higher seeds at the Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville on Saturday. Both of them lost in three-set matches of the semifinals as the Sargent & Collins LLP Men’s $15,000 Futures Tournament moved toward its climax, which will take place on Sunday. Unseeded Alex Rybakov of Coral Springs, Fla., got better as he went along in his matc…

Danielle Orie of Nardin finished eighth in the girls one-mile emerging elite race at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. She finished in a time of 4 minutes, 57 seconds in a race for those who narrowly missed meeting qualifying standards for the top flight. Orie was the Prep Talk Athlete of the Year in girls cross …

Matt Nicholson has been hired as an assistant hockey coach for Niagara University. He had been the head coach of the Amarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League for the past two seasons. Before that, he spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Robert Morris (2009 to 2015). “Matt is a man of outstanding character who has a passion for developing people and …

Alex Bish of St. Mary’s of Lancaster has been selected as the Pitcher of the Year in the Msgr. Martin Athletic Association’s baseball league for the 2017 season. Alex Zulia of St. Joe’s was picked as the Offensive Player of the Year, while Joe Barbario of St. Mary’s was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year. Bish was the ace of the Lancers’ staff, and he …

The Buffalo Beauts have signed six of the players that helped the team win the 2017 Isobel Cup championship in the spring, and also added a free agent. Goaltenders Amanda Leveille and Kelsey Neumann, defenders Jordyn Burns, Sara Casorso and Kayla Parsons, and forward Kayley Scamurra will be back on the roster. “These returning players will help guide our team with …

Akron High School has been named as this year’s winner of the Community Service Challenge by the New York State Public High School Athletic Challenge. Akron was picked by the NYSPHSAA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, which is made up of two current student-athletes from each of the 11 sections and three student leaders. The honor is designed to salute students who …

Tim Delaney is the football coach for South Park High School, the man who guided the Sparks to a memorable state championship in 2015. He is not usually associated with running. Delaney no doubt has forced his players to do some sprints at times during a practice, but he'd be the one standing and watching instead of participating. "To be honest, I'm not a runner at a…

Conventional wisdom says that long periods of training are needed in athletics before becoming a champion. Then there's the  case of Jacquie Huben - "overnight sensation." "I had never done a road race before," she said after winning the women's race in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge on Thursday night. Huben, who works for McGuire Development Company, finish…

Some area runners were thinking about running two different J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge races on two different continents - in the same week. The overall championships were held in Frankfurt, Germany, on Tuesday. Buffalo had three teams take part in that event, as they were the winning teams from last year’s event here. They were at least thinking of running in th…

The #PrepTalkCountdown is now concluded. We have unveiled the Prep Talk Players of the Year (more than 35 total honorees) for the last several days as we counted down to the Prep Talk Awards for tonight's banquet at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Leugim Castillo Lancaster, Senior Twitter: @CastilloLG21 #PrepTalkResume: There was little that LG didn't do this s…

The #PrepTalkCountdown continues. We are unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year (more than 35 total honorees) as we count down to the Prep Talk Awards for tonight's banquet at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Madalyn Bowen Panama, Sophomore #PrepTalkResume: Led the volleyball team in winning the state title for Class D. MVP of the state tournament and selected f…

The #PrepTalkCountdown continues. We are unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year (more than 35 total honorees) as we count down to the Prep Talk Awards on Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Maureen Foley Nichols, eighth grade #PrepTalkResume: Maureen is a two-time U.S. Junior National Team member, and went unbeaten at the high school national tournamen…

The #PrepTalkCountdown continues. We are unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year (more than 35 total honorees) as we count down to the Prep Talk Awards on Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Harry Wang School: Williamsville North Year: 12 Twitter: @Harry_Wang529 #PrepTalkResume: State quarterfinalist, won individual Section VI title, undefeated in…

The #PrepTalkCountdown continues. We are unveiling the Prep Talk Players of the Year (more than 35 total honorees) as we count down to the Prep Talk Awards on Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Charlie Pratt School: St. Joe's Year: 12 Twitter: @charliepratt_7 #PrepTalkResume: Finished third at the New York State championships in the Varsity 8 Stat…