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A little later this week, but without further ado here's How The News voted in this week's football polls. 1. Lancaster (7-0). Legends have won 17 straight games against Section VI opponents, posting second straight unbeaten regular-season following Friday's win at Depew. 2. Canisius (5-2). Wegmans Stadium at Aquinas remains Canisius' house of horrors. Crusaders have…

The parent who alleges football coach Drew Takacs hit his son during a practice last month voiced his displeasure at the state of the investigation during Tuesday night’s Lake Shore School Board meeting. Craig Hutchinson read a prepared statement to district superintendent Dr. James Przepasniak and the school board during the public comment portion of the session, que…

This is the penultimate Power 10 for the fall season until the completion of the scholastic postseason. 1. East Aurora cross country. A weekend off definitely recharged the Blue Devils' collective batteries. The girls and boys teams deliver triumphant performances last Saturday in their respective races at the Alden Stampede after taking the previous Saturday off. Megan…

Private first class John Crawford returned home from overseas deployment on a 14-day leave and surprised little sister Liz before her Flames modified team's game Monday. This clip and photo were tweeted out Monday by the Williamsville East girls soccer account. https://twitter.com/WillEastGSoccer/status/920060424703406080 https://twitter.com/WillEastGSoccer/status…

The Prep Talk Football Player of the Week is Matt Myers of West Seneca West. Myers completed 15-of-24 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed 18 times for 103 yards and three scores, including the game-winning TD in West Seneca West's 35-28 win over West Seneca East. The triumph, the Indians' first over East since 2011, enabled them to earn a share of the C…

This is a rather unusual position for Kenmore West. For most of the past decade-plus, the Blue Devils would be gearing up for the Section VI Tournament after their annual Rivalry Week showdown with Kenmore East. That’s not the case this year, as a less experienced-than-usual batch of Blue Devils have lost their way in the standings because they have had trouble fin…

Don't look at the record, but it's officially a good season for Kenmore West. That's what happens when a struggling outfit wins its rivalry game. Ken West rallied and held on for a 21-18 victory over Kenmore East at Crosby Field on Saturday afternoon in the two Ken-Ton Schools' annual grudge match before more than 3,000 fans. Junior Joseph Stewart's 24-yard touchd…

-- John F. Kennedy Bears (3-3) at Cleveland Hill Golden Eagles (5-1) at 2 p.m. Saturday at Carl J. Kuras Field. The town rivals meet for the second straight season with the winner earning the Class C North Division title. The Golden Eagles triumphed last year en route to winning the Section VI Class C title. Cleve Hill comes into the clash having won five straight since…

There isn't a Route 277 plaque awarded to the winner of the annual rivalry clash between Cheektowaga and Maryvale, but if there were it'd be a prize that's likely almost always in the Warriors' possession much like the division championship. The battle between the top-two ranked small school teams in Western New York with dreams of winning the Section VI Class B champio…

The trend continued and Cheektowaga couldn't be happier. The Warriors and Maryvale combined for another entertaining game during their annual rivalry-week meeting and when it was all said and done, Cheektowaga once again earned bragging rights. KeShone Beal rushed for four touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 28-21 triumph as the News' No. 2 small school took down th…

It's Rivalry Week, which means there are definitely more than just five intriguing games on the schedule. With that mind, let me just get the "I'm sorry" out of the way right now because there are bound to be some folks who wonder why their favorite rivalry game isn't included in this list or why it doesn't include simply rivalry games. It's not because this corner d…

Lafayette has been forced by Section VI to forfeit all of its boys soccer wins, but the Mighty Violets will remain champions of the Buffalo Public Schools league because it’s a title they earned through competition on the field, according to district athletic director Aubrey Lloyd. Lloyd said Thursday that Lafayette athletes won’t be penalized for what he called a p…

North Tonawanda's Jason Lindhurst calls it humbling being in position to play for a championship. Surreal and surprising also would be pretty good adjectives in this case. Collectively, all those words work to describe the feeling flowing through the North Tonawanda boys soccer team heading into Thursday night's Niagara Frontier League championship game at 7:30 again…

Unbeaten West Seneca West and South Park continue to inch their way up the Class A rankings in the latest New York State Sportswriters football poll, while Cleveland Hill has cracked the top five in Class C. West Seneca West (6-0) moved up one spot into sixth, while South Park (6-0) rose from 12th to 10th -- according to the rankings that came out Wednesday. Both re…

It pays to be safe and smart, as the Cheektowaga football program discovered on Wednesday. The Warriors were among the 10 recipients of a $10,000 equipment grant as part of Riddell's Smarter Football Program. The competition was open to programs as far northwest as Alaska and south as Florida. More than 700 teams from various levels applied for the grant. Three high …