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Corey Desiderio

Corey Desiderio has contributed to The Buffalo News' high school sports coverage since 2014. Send questions, comments or story ideas to cdesiderio@buffnews.com.


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The defending champions bring on the newcomers in the final girls hockey game of the season. Top-seeded Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park looks to cap its championship 2017-18 campaign against No. 3 Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home at HarborCenter Sunday when the two teams face off at 6 p.m. for the Western New York Federation championship. FLOP has been focused all year o…

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The Western New York track and field leaderboards may not mean much when the Section VI Championships get underway at Houghton College’s Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex Friday morning. It’s tough to gauge the favorites and contenders of an event when no one knows who’s actually going to be competing. Teams and coaches have until the seeds become official (which usually hap…

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Chances are high that Starpoint’s Anthony Robinson is the only wrestler in the 285-pound weight class in New York State who led his school’s football team in rushing just a few months ago. Then again, not many competitors, regardless of weight class, possess the pure athleticism Robinson does. While the senior’s talents on the gridiron helped the Spartans football te…

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Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports. What to watch for Thursday 1. Girls basketball - Section VI playoffs The Section VI semifinals in Class A, B, C and D and the quarterfinals in Class AA will be set after today's 25-game slate. All start times are 7 p.m. Class AA prequa…

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Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports. What to watch for Wednesday 1. Boys hockey - Section VI Division II semifinals at HarborCenter The final two spots for next Monday's championship triple-header at KeyBank Center will be determined tonight. 1-West Seneca East vs. 4-Sw…

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Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports. What to watch for Tuesday 1. Boys hockey - Section VI Division I semifinals at HarborCenter Winners advance to next Monday's championship game at KeyBank Center at 4 p.m. 1-Williamsville North vs. 4-Lancaster, 6 p.m. 2-Niagara Whe…

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Win or go home. That's what it all comes down to for the 90 girls basketball teams in Section VI and the Monsignor Martin Association set to embark on paths that can lead to championship glory. A Section VI team hasn't won a state title since 2015, when Williamsville South captured the NYSPHSAA Class A crown. Can the Billies recapture that magic this season? They sho…

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The Alden community lost an iconic member over the weekend. Former athletic director and football coach Harrison “Harry” Hill passed away Saturday in his South Carolina home about two months short of his 80th birthday. Hill was an Alden lifer, graduating from the high school in the 1950s and returning to coach the Bulldogs football team for 40 years. He retired in th…

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Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports. What to watch for Monday 1. Boys hockey - Niagara Cup semifinals at HarborCenter A Monsignor Martin doubleheader will determine which two teams advance to the championship game next Monday at KeyBank Center at 8:30 p.m. 1-Canisius vs…

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It hadn’t dawned on Nick O’Neil until a few days ago just how long it’s been since the Cardinal O’Hara girls basketball team has lost to a Western New York opponent. It was March 1, 2013, a defeat at the hands of rival Sacred Heart in the Monsignor Martin championship at Canisius College. Sure, there have been close calls along the way, most recently a 63-57 win at A…

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The seedings are officially set for the Section VI girls basketball playoffs. Let the March (or February) Madness begin. Orchard Park earned the top spot in the Class AA bracket, while the other No. 1 seeds include Williamsville South (A-1), East Aurora (A-2), Newfane (B-1), Olmsted (B-2), Holland (C) and Panama (D). Defending sectional champions are Clarence (AA), A…

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We know there's no homeroom today. But we're up and ready to go. Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports. What to watch for Saturday 1. Girls basketball - Cardinal O'Hara at Williamsville South, 1 p.m. No. 1 large school Cardinal O'Hara (18-6) puts its 86-game winning streak …

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Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports. What to watch for Friday 1. Boys swimming - Section VI Championships at UB's Alumni Arena This year's Section VI Championships wrap up with diving finals starting at 11 a.m. and the swimming finals starting at 6 p.m. The state meet is Mar…

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Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports. What to watch for Thursday 1. Girls hockey - WNY Federation semifinals Winners from today's games at Northtown Center advance to the championship, which isn't until Feb. 25 at HarborCenter. 1-Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park vs. 4-Wi…

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The expectations were much higher for Dominik Thomas this season. He didn't have a problem living up to them. The St. Francis wrestler won his third All-Catholic title two weeks ago and followed that up this past weekend with his second state title at the Catholic High School Athletic Association Championships on Staten Island. Our Prep Talk Male Athlete of the Week …