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Mike Harrington

Canisius College graduate Mike Harrington began his career at The News in 1987. He has covered the Buffalo Bisons since the 1988 opening of Coca-Cola Field, Major League Baseball since 1995 and the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series -- including 18 World Series -- and was a 2013 inductee into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame. He became a voter for the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the Class of 2017 and is the chairman of the Buffalo chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Harrington previously covered Big 4 college basketball for 15 seasons and was a Top 25 voter for 10 years.


A newfangled defense might be on display when Burgard travels to McKinley this afternoon in Canisius Cup girls basketball.Call it Mann-to-Mann.Burgard's Felice "Fee Fee" Mann and McKinley's Dawn "Dee Dee" Mann will have center stage to themselves in what has become one of the most eagerly awaited city hoop games -- boys or girls -- in many years.Felice Mann, a 5-foot-…

For Nichols hockey stars Jason Zent and Ed Henrich, the best of both worlds awaits.Already National Hockey League draft picks, their aspirations to professional careers are not the pipe-dream variety that often permeates amateur ranks. While in pursuit of that goal, they have been hotly recruited by marquee-level Division I colleges.And that is where they will take th…

A preview of what may be Western New York's top dual wrestling meet of the season was staged at Saturday's Sweet Home Tournament.Tonawanda, ranked No. 1 among large schools in the Wrestling Review of Western New York poll, had two first-place finishes and three seconds to hold off No. 2 Niagara-Wheatfield, 181 1/2 -155 1/2 , and win the 17-team event.Niagara-Whe…

Infielders Kelly Gruber and Tom Lawless like the Toronto Blue Jays' chances of repeating as American League East champions.That is, of course, if and when the 1990 season begins.The specter of a spring training lockout by major league baseball owners loomed large over the annual Buffalo stop of the Blue Jays' winter caravan Friday at Shooters' Restaurant."I'm worried,…

The Section VI Wrestling Championships are less than a month away and the final big tournament test of the regular season comes up this weekend at Sweet Home High School.The Sweet Home Tournament, which begins at 4 p.m. Friday, is considered one of the most prestigious in-season events held for Section VI wrestlers. The others are the Southern Tier and Niagara Officia…

A new star is lighting up the basketball court at Lackawanna. The twist is, the player isn't under the tutelage of Bill Bilowus or Ed Lewis.Girls coach Jim Tatko gets the honors, and Andrea Dalton is earning the accolades.The 5-foot-8 senior was an explosive player last season in earning All-ECIC and honorable mention All-Western New York honors. This year, the team c…

Kensington's bid for its first Yale Cup basketball title since 1983 has received a setback with the announcement the first-place Knights will have to forfeit one of their remaining games.Kensington already has played 15 games, counting Monday's 66-61 loss to Bennett, and has six league contests left on its schedule. That would give the Knights a 21-game season -- one …

Canisius built a 10-point halftime lead Saturday against Loyola of Maryland, but the margin was slowly, agonizingly shrinking.It was down to two, 39-37, when junior guard Gregg Smith clanked two free throws with 14:06 to play."Come on Smith, show some leadership," bellowed a Koessler Center leather-lung.Ask and ye shall receive.Behind Smith's 17-point effort in the re…

Burgard's Ritchie Campbell garnered the 2,000th point of his basketball career Friday much like he had envisioned it would happen.An open three-point jumper from the left wing. A smooth release.Swish.Campbell scored 40 points to become the area's fourth 2,000-point man and the Bulldogs held off visiting Buffalo Arts, 95-88, in a Yale Cup series game between ranked sma…

Blake Bednarz may be graduating, but the Frontier connection will continue at Syracuse University.Frontier defensive lineman Dave Wohlabaugh announced Tuesday that he has made a verbal commitment to play for the Orangemen next year. The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Wohlabaugh will sign a national letter of intent Feb. 14, the first day high school football seniors can official…

Thanks mostly to Traditional's upset of Burgard, there was an upheaval in the small-school ranking in this week's Buffalo News Cage Polls.A similar shuffle may occur among large schools if No. 2 LaSalle can avenge its loss to No. 1 Grand Island with a win over the Vikings tonight in a Niagara Frontier League showdown.LaSalle was edged by the Vikings, 69-68, Dec. 20 in…

Twelve players from Western New York have been named to the first team of the State Sportswriters Association all-state football squad.Ten of the 12 were first-team All-WNY selections by The News. The lone exceptions are Pine Valley defensive linemen Ken Pattyson and Hinsdale defensive back Todd Tyler, who made the Class C-D first-team defense. They were honorable men…

An elite field is scheduled to compete this weekend in the Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Tournament at Niagara County Community College.Eleven of the teams from this week's Wrestling Review of Western New York large- and small-school rankings are entered in the 24-team field. Among the entrants are defending champion Niagara-Wheatfield, the No. 3 large school, …