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Sweet Home High School's Dylan McDuffie won't be travelling too far to play his college football. In fact, he'll just travel a short way down Sweet Home Road since he's opting to attend the University at Buffalo. The three-star prospect running back/linebacker made his verbal commitment official via Twitter on Thursday night. McDuffie, a Connolly Cup finalist as a…

Sports

When looking at the list of opponents Anthony Lenk has faced during his boxing career the name Jessie Vargas stands out. On paper, that's the only time he's had an in-ring decision against an adversary that would become a world champion. What's not listed on Lenk's won-loss resume is the amount of time the Niagara Falls resident has spent in the ring with other former w…

High Schools

Curiosity prompted me to look back at the previous Power 10s from the just-completed fall season. My mission: Exactly how many of the teams that won state championships, reached state finals or captured what's considered the top overall Monsignor Martin title in sports without state tournaments actually received a mention in a Power 10 before the playoffs? The tally:…

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Williamsville South has perhaps one of the best boys basketball talents in the area in Greg Dolan. Though he has the ability to take over games, it's hard to do that against a team that possesses quality talents and depth like Canisius. The Crusaders reminded folks of that during a marquee nonleague contest between the two potential title contenders on the first busy…

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Jeremiah Sanders paved the way toward history during his time with South Park, so it's fitting that he capped his standout career by achieving something no other Buffalo Public Schools football player had ever done before Wednesday night. Sanders is the first city schools product to win the Trench Trophy, an honor bestowed upon the top senior two-way lineman in Western …

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Matt Myers of West Seneca West earned another accolade following a record-setting season as the senior quarterback was named winner of the 2017 Connolly Cup. An award presented by the Riverside Athletic Club, the Connolly Cup is bestowed upon the top player in Western New York as determined by the Cup committee. This is the 46th year since the award's inception in 1972.…

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Rodney Bailey School: Hutch-Tech  Position: DL Ht: 6-0 Wt: 150 Year: Senior Solid athlete with a great work ethic got after ball carriers for an Engineers team that yielded the third-fewest points in Class AA and sixth-fewest among all large schools in Section VI. Bailey finished with 86 tackles, including 25 for losses, and ranked second in WNY in sacks with 13.5…

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Matt Myers School: West Seneca West Position: QB Ht: 6-4 Wt: 215 Year: Senior Repeat Connolly Cup finalist earns his second straight All-WNY first team honor this time as quarterback. University at Buffalo commit passed for nearly 2,400 yards and rushed for 1,037 to finish with 3,434 all-purpose yards and 46 total touchdowns, including 24 passing. He totaled five …

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Proper reads and making correct decisions are the responsibility of the quarterback. So too are finding ways to make plays at key moments in a football game. West Seneca West's Matt Myers did it better than anyone else, which is why the senior signal-caller has been chosen as the 2017 Buffalo News Player of the Year. Myers' selection headlines the 60th edition of the…

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Jerry Ireland of Panama received the eighth annual Excelsior Award from the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association. He was presented with the award during the state girls volleyball final four in Glens Falls last month. According to the release from the state, the award goes to a member of the Civil Service Employees Association in a New York State Publ…

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SYRACUSE – The ending to perhaps the greatest season in the long history of Lancaster High School football figured to be a tearjerker win or lose. That's because there wouldn't be any more practices for this group. No more film sessions. No more game-planning for an opponent. All of that would have been easier to stomach on a triumphant note, but Section II's Troy di…

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SYRACUSE – The Lancaster faithful came out in full force hoping to witness the perfect ending to a historic season by the Legends. Instead, they saw Section II's Troy do just that for the second year in row. The Flying Horses defeated Lancaster, 41-26, on Sunday afternoon in the New York State Public High Schools Class AA championship game at the Carrier Dome. Troy r…

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Who: Lancaster Legends (12-0) vs. II-Troy Flying Horses (12-0) When: 3 p.m. Sunday Where: Carrier Dome at Syracuse University Tickets: $10. Television: Spectrum News Rankings: Lancaster is ranked No. 1 in the News’ Large School poll and second in the New York State Sportswriters' poll. Troy is ranked first in the state. At NYSPHSAA championship game: This…

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SYRACUSE – All season long, West Seneca West's defense has kind of taken a back seat to an offense that has seemingly scored at will against most teams. The points didn't come so easily for West on Friday afternoon against Yorktown, but that ended up being OK. The 'D' handled its business and provided the foundation for the biggest victory in history of West Seneca West…

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SYRACUSE – When Easton Tanner returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to pull Maple Grove within five points, coach Curt Fischer couldn't help but start to think maybe this was the play that would provide the spark the Red Dragons needed to deliver one more comeback triumph during this playoff run. Alas, Maple Grove didn't have enough left in the …