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It didn't take too long for the reality of the situation to hit members of Williamsville North's hockey team. It also didn't take long for the Spartans to run into each other, lose their balance and for them to realize the obvious. "This is hard," one North player shouted. The state champions were clearly in over their head last Saturday on the Olympic Rink at North…

Patience, share, win. That was Orchard Park's motto Saturday night heading into its heavyweight boys lacrosse showdown with Hamburg. Being able to execute the first two words of that theme not only made the third possible but also enabled the Quakers to enjoy another sports term: bragging rights. The champion versus champion showdown at Hamburg High School's Howe Fie…

What do singer Katy Perry, retired major league pitcher/World Series champion Jesse Orosco and UCLA men's basketball coach Ben Howland all have in common? They are among the notable alumni for Santa Barbara City College – the California school Jerry Hickson will attend following graduation from St. Francis. The Red Raiders' senior quarterback and Western New York c…

It's been more than a decade since Orchard Park and Hamburg have faced each other in a boys' lacrosse game. Two of the most successful programs in Western New York are about to make up for lost time. The big winner: Western New York lacrosse fans. The reigning Section VI champions in their respective classifications meet for the first time since 2005 with OP visit…

A familiar face is the new boys' lacrosse coach for three-time defending Section VI champion Akron. Gary Sundown is the head coach again for the first time since 2006. While he's making the final calls on the sideline, he is no stranger to the program. He's been a volunteer coach since 2008, which means he's been part of the championship run the Tigers hope to extend as…

The 2016 season will be pretty tough to top for St. Joe's, but that doesn't mean the Marauders won't give it the good old college try. The Marauders carry the designation of being the hunted this boys lacrosse season following a campaign in which they captured their first-ever Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association championship. The goal isn't just to repe…

2016 champions: Monsignor Martin – St. Joe's. Section VI – Orchard Park (Class A), Hamburg (Class B), Akron (Class C). 2016 All-Western New York underclassmen: Attack, Jason Chiodo (Hamburg); Middie, Owen Hill (Akron); Middie, Jack Lalley (St. Joe's); Defense, Josh Dahl (Orchard Park). 2016 All-Section VI first-team team underclassmen: Goalie, Ben Mazur (Lancaste…

Humble Beast. That’s the name of a soon-to-be-released album by rapper G Herbo. It’s also the moniker adopted by Cheektowaga senior Dominick Welch – the 2016-17 Allen Wilson Buffalo News Boys Basketball Player of the Year. It’s the perfect nickname for the 6-foot-6 athletic phenomenon. Welch, a two-time All-Western New York first-team selection, doesn’t …

Sister Maria Pares not only was a legendary basketball coach in Western New York, but she also was a pioneer of women's sports during her life. It's because of that, the Buffalo News has decided to rename its girls' basketball Player of the Year honor in memory of Pares, who passed away in January from cancer complications. The reason for naming the distinction of Ne…

The quickest way from point A to point B is a straight line. Desmond Green proved that theory Saturday night at KeyBank Center and as a result is now 1-0 as a member of the Ultimate Fighting Championship circuit. The crowd roared with delight during Green's introduction during the first UFC card to take place in Buffalo in more than two decades. The fans really voice…

The athletic director position at St. Joe's is no longer vacant. The school announced that Brian Anken has been selected as the replacement for Pete Schneider, who departed last week to assume the role of Executive Director of the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association. Anken, a Cheektowaga native and Medaille College graduate, is currently the assistant a…

The Frozen Four may be returning to Buffalo for the first time since 2003. Two respected college hockey writers, including John Connolly of the Boston Herald, report that the area is believed to have been selected as the site for the 2020 NCAA men’s ice hockey semifinals and national championship game. The NCAA will announce the venues for the 2019-2022 Frozen Four…

The only downer in the recently completed boys and girls basketball postseason tournaments was the fact it was the first time since 2002 that an area team failed to win a state championship in either the public or Catholic schools' tournaments. Failing to win a state title, however, doesn't mean teams and individuals failed to deliver the memorable moments that make the…