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Miguel Rodriguez


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As usual, the scholastic spring sports season passed seemingly in a blink of an eye. Lots of teams and athletes put together memorable campaigns, but were they good enough to break into the numeric rankings? Without further ado, here's the final Power 10 for the spring season. 1. Chautauqua Lake softball. The Thunderbirds were the only team to win a state champion…

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CICERO – If you watched the New York State Public High School Athletic Association track and field championship, you undoubtedly saw the boy in the wheelchair competing in the two distance events. That was a history-making moment with more to come. Jason Robinson of Westmoreland High School became the first athlete who uses a wheelchair to participate in a NYSPHSAA t…

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CICERO – Just before Jon Surdej unleashed the throw that put him in the lead for good, the Lancaster junior was the one leading the cheers for his competition. That included vocal support for Batavia's Anthony Ray and Rush-Henrietta's Jake McPherson – the two who finished behind Surdej, the undisputed champion of the shot put in New York. Why? "You're cheering on …

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CICERO – Olmsted's Miquela Hunter is similar to Orchard Park's Jenna Crean in this unique way. Both have participated in so many New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls track and field championship meets that it's easy to forget that neither is a senior. So it's kind of fitting that on the same Friday afternoon, in span of perhaps 10 minutes, tha…

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CICERO -- Cleveland Hill's Aaron Wahler, Chris Diem, D'Mario Grant and Javon Thomas earned two things they coveted most by simply winning Friday afternoon at Cicero-North Syracuse. Jon Surdej extended the tradition of success for Lancaster's throwers by doing the same. Ian Russ didn't break 9 minutes in the 3,200 but was happy nonetheless because he earned the right to …

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Aaron Vanderlip bought a house in Elma last December and planned to just coach his 9-year-old daughter's travel team based out of Iroquois High School. The former Cheektowaga coach and SUNY Buffalo State assistant didn't have his eyes set on a vacant coaching position at Iroquois until Athletic Director Pete Tonsoline reached out to him. When an AD makes contact, it'…

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To the eyes of those who don’t know Rayven Sample, watching what the Cassadaga Valley sophomore can do in the world of athletics might require a double take. That followed by this question: Did he just do that? The answer is yes; your eyes weren't playing tricks on you. However, Sample doesn't consider what he's able to do on the track anything special even though…

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Southwestern quarterback Cole Snyder, a first team All-Western New York selection at punter last fall, still has one more season to go with the Trojans but won't let his college decision linger into the summer let alone the start of the new season. The 6-foot-2 signal caller has verbally committed to Big Ten school Rutgers. "I went out there in the spring and I reall…

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CICERO – The dream ending to the best season in the history of Lancaster boys lacrosse would have gone a little something like this. The first-time Section VI Class A champion Legends, who stunned Section V champion Penfield in the Far West Regionals, shocked even more folks by extending their historic run at the expense of longtime state power West Genesee of Section I…

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Brett Hilton's path toward earning more playing time as a junior for St. Francis came at the expense of St. Joe's. During that regular-season victory, Hilton's pinch-hit, two-run homer proved to be the game-winner. It also proved to be the shot that put him in position not just for more playing time but also in a spot to deliver quite possibly the biggest hit of his car…

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NIAGARA FALLS – Grand Island's Ryan Buzby had a pretty good weekend at the Section VI boys track and field championship meet. So too did Cleveland Hill's Javon Thomas. But nothing commands the attention of spectators at a track meet like a decorated senior making a run at a record that has stood for nearly 40 years. Sweet Home's Nate Davis gave it a great run, but di…

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East senior boys basketball star Willard Anderson will continue his student-athlete career at the junior college level. The first team All-Western New York guard is taking his talents to Iowa Western Community College and recently signed his letter of intent to join the program. Anderson, the state Class D Player of the Year, averaged 25.7 points, 6.3 assists  and 6.…

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Just as the Section VI Class A boys lacrosse final started having an all too familiar feel to it, Lancaster didn't go into woe-is-me mode against Orchard Park. It's a bold attitude that was backed up by bolder actions with perhaps the boldest coming courtesy of senior Brett Beetow. Beetow scored two highlight-reel goals during the third quarter, the first of which ga…

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It's going to be pretty tough to ignore Iroquois softball from here on out. That's because after years of struggling to attain postseason success, the Chiefs have done nothing but find ways to follow up big wins with triumphs of even more significance this spring. Tuesday night at Williamsville North, the Chiefs secured their biggest win in decades. Behind the clu…

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When Kellen Pulera woke up Wednesday morning, he felt good and believed the rest of his day would be great. It was, and he made sure his St. Joe's boys' lacrosse teammates experienced the same euphoric feeling before the end of their day. Pulera scored six goals, include four of the game's final five goals, as the Marauders defeated Nichols, 9-4, in the Monsignor Mar…