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No public versus private schools matchups, some Thursday night games and one giant Class AA division are among the highlights of the Section VI football schedule released by coordinator Ken Stoldt on Wednesday. The season kicks off Friday, Sept. 1 with 25 games among Section VI Federation members. The slate includes a clash between reigning section champions Lancaster (…

The defending state Catholic champion Canisius Crusaders released their schedule Wednesday afternoon via its Twitter account and will be road warriors most of the time. Canisius opens its title defense Sept. 1 at Section V power Pittsford. That's the first of six road games for the Crusaders, who play two of their three home games Sept. 16 and 23 against league rivals B…

Local scholastic basketball fans might be feeling a bit lost. It's the final weekend of the season and for the first time since 2002 there won't be at least one area boys or girls team vying for the right to be considered undisputed champion at the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions. That's amazing when one thinks how hard it is to win a title at the l…

The rosters for the 13th Annual Scotty Bowman Showcase have been unveiled for the three-game event, which starts at 5 p.m. March 22 at KeyBank Center. The first two games pit scholastic juniors from Buffalo against counterparts from Rochester and Buffalo's seniors against Rochester's finest. The junior-game winner wins the Tim Horton Memorial Cup. The seniors game champ…

BINGHAMTON – Things did not go according to plan for Health Sciences. The strategy was to defend well and score the basketball throughout the weekend so that it would return to Buffalo with a New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association championship in its possession. Instead, the Falcons boarded the bus earlier than they had hoped as Canton's motion off…

BINGHAMTON – Without question, the all junior starting five did something special for the Franklinville boys basketball team this season. So memorable in fact that it will be tough for future editions of the squad to top the achievements of this group. The current edition will return, though, hoping to do just that. The Panthers must take solace in all of that, as …

Who: VI-Panama Panthers (19-5) vs. IV-South Kortright Rams (22-0). What: New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Tournament final four. When: Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. NYS Sportswriters Rankings: South Kortright is ranked No. 1 in the poll. Panama is third. How they got here: Panama reached its third stra…

Who: VI-Health Sciences Falcons (21-4) vs. X-Canton Golden Bears (22-5) What: New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Tournament final four When: Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Floyd L. Maines Memorial Arena in Binghamton NYS Sportswriters Rankings: Canton is ranked No. 7 in the state. Health Sciences is ranked 11th. How they got here: First-time Sectio…

Who: VI-Franklinville Panthers (20-4) vs. VII-Moriah Vikings (23-1) What: New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Tournament final four When: Friday at 10 a.m. at Floyd L. Maines Memorial Arena in Binghamton NYS Sportswriters Rankings: Moriah is ranked No. 1 in the state. Franklinville is ranked No. 2. How they got here: Franklinville, which won…

Who: VI-Fredonia Hillbillies (20-6) vs. I-Irvington Bulldogs (23-1) What: New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Tournament final four When: Friday at 11:45 a.m. at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy NYS Sportswriters Rankings: Irvington is ranked No. 2 in the poll. Fredonia is ranked sixth. How they got here: Fredonia rose from a No. 6 se…

Panama's girls basketball team loves the championship-tournament sendoff that has become a recent winter tradition. The giant community pep rally includes a parade through the school in front of student peers and faculty along with a fire-truck escort out to the town line. Fun memories for sure to help make the six-plus hour road trip to Troy seem just a bit shorter.…

Williamsville North is the top public schools hockey team in the state for the first time in six years. The Spartans defeated Pittsford of Section V, 3-2, in Sunday afternoon's New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Division I final before an estimated 2,000 at the HarborCenter. Goals from Brett Sardina, Andrew Bruno and Adam Batz provided the offens…

BATAVIA – A low-scoring game perhaps offered Niagara Falls its best chance at springing a surprise on Fairport. For more than 11 minutes, the Wolverines succeeded in their objective to shackle the Section V champions. But high school basketball is a 32-minute game. A window in which Niagara Falls got away from what it had been doing well provided the opening the Re…