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Snow sports enthusiasts were not as enthralled with last year’s unseasonably warm temperatures as others in Western New York. They would take a mulligan on last winter, except that’s a golf term and courses closed much too late in 2015 and opened much too early in 2016. “The 2015-2016 season was one that we would rather forget,” said Scott Brandi, the president …

Jordan Bauth of the Amherst Skating Club won the Junior Ladies Championship at the North Atlantic Figure Skating Championships in runaway fashion Tuesday at the Northtowns Center.She finished second in the short program and first in the free skate to capture the division with 132.13 points, 13.37 points ahead of Elise Eng of the Princeton Skating Club."I skated the…

Western New York figure skaters get home-ice advantage when the quest for 2012 national titles starts with the Amherst Skating Club hosting the North Atlantic regional championships Friday through Tuesday at the Northtowns Center.That is a small compensation for what they went through last year.In May 2010, ice dancing coach Peter Buch suffered a heart attack while…

The ski season of 2010-11 broke records nationally for skier and snowboarder visits and ranked among the best ever in Western New York.The summer season has been even busier locally, as upheaval or upgrades have affected nearly every resort within two hours drive of Buffalo.The change with the most visible and immediate impact is the Sky High Adventure Park built…

The Terry Pegula effect might reach all the way down to the hockey teams at Canisius and Niagara.Pegula donated $88 million to Penn State University to build a hockey arena and start Division I programs for men and for women.The Nittany Lions became the Big Ten's sixth hockey-playing school, the minimum required to gain an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.That …

Guatemala is supposed to be beautiful at this time of year, but I am not going in mid-March to escape this endless winter.I am returning on the coattails of my wife, certified hand therapist Tracy Doyle, for a second medical mission with the Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation (guatemalahands.org). I wrote about my first mission a year ago in this section and I know…

There is no guarantee anyone will experience weather as perfect as it was for my first drive to Bristol Mountain last March. Bluebird skies exposed a warming sun that made traveling easy and the skiing comfortable while leaving the snow firm.However, such conditions aren't necessary for you to feel, once you are on the mountain, as if you have traveled much farther…

Skiers excited by the snow that vexed Western New York on Wednesday and Thursday will have to wait a little longer before they can take to the slopes.The big accumulations didn't reach ski country.Kissing Bridge received 8-10 inches and Holiday Valley, about 10 inches. And, the snow fell on hills so softened by days of rain and warm temperatures that they can't hol…

The earthquake in Haiti reminded us again that countries in which governments are self-serving, infrastructure is threadbare and poverty is the rule need our help to react in any emergency. But a single catastrophe isn't the only reason for charity and mercy.While on a medical mission to Guatemala, I saw that everyday life in that Central American country is as unstabl…

The Empire State Winter Games has added Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross to the competition, which began Friday and runs through Sunday in Lake Placid.Despite being timed racing events, Ski Cross and Snowboard Cross are considered part of freestyle skiing because they incorporate terrain features traditionally found in freestyle skiing. Ski Cross is a medal sport for the …

The National Football League served up a little drama with its playoff races as six games involving contenders were decided in the last two minutes or overtime.The biggest play of the day was Ben Roethlisberger's 19-yard TD pass to Mike Wallace with time expired, which combined with the successful point after gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a 37-36 victory over the Green Bay …

Think a quarterback can't make a difference in a team?When the Tennessee Titans pulled Vince Young off the scrap heap they were 0-6 and going nowhere. After a 20-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday they are 5-6 and looming large in the AFC wild-card race.This game might have provided the finest moment of Young's NFL career. The Titans were down by four points w…

John Carbaugh's day took an unusual turn, even for a slalom skier, at Buffalo Ski Club last Sunday.The 10-year-old from Orchard Park was competing in the J-V division (ages 9-10) for the Kissing Bridge Ski Team at the final event in the Niagara Frontier Ski Council season.Martha Beyer, the chairman of the Niagara Frontier Ski Council and a coach at HoliMont, said in an e-m…

Two young Irish dancing champions and their chaperones were supposed to be on Continental Connection Flight 3407 from Newark to Buffalo on Thursday night.Luckily, they caught an earlier flight instead.That is what is dominating the thoughts of Mary Kay Heneghan, of Orchard Park, in the wake of the horrific crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center.Heneghan, owner of Rince Na…

After 15 weeks of the NFL season, this is what we know: In the AFC, the Titans and the Steelers are playing for the top seed. The Broncos clinch the West unless they lose to the Bills and the Chargers beat the Bucs. In that scenario, the Chargers and the Broncos will play next week, with the winner claiming the division and the loser missing the playoffs. The Colts wrappe…