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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.


Only three years removed from a 6-12 season, Buffalo Arts is the No. 1 Class B boys basketball team in New York state.The Cavaliers (9-0), who maintained their grasp on the top small-school slot in The Buffalo News Poll for the third straight week, were second in the State Sportswriters Association poll last week.But No. 1 Gloversville lost to Guilderland, an Albany-a…

The 1988 high school football season may be just a memory, but the honors keep pouring in for Medina star Jim Snyder.The 6-foot, 185-pound senior, who was named The Buffalo News Player of the Year last month, has been selected as the Class B Player of the Year in New York by the State Sportswriters Association.Snyder set the Western New York single-season rushing reco…

Ping, clang, clunk.Ping, clang, clunk.Those were the atonal melodies produced by the Canisius College offense Monday night in a 72-56 North Atlantic Conference basketball loss to Siena.The Griffs used the Koessler Center rims and backboards for an extended round of bricklaying as 877 spectators saw them fall victim to another first-half drought.Canisius (2-8 overall, …

Consistently rebuffed in its efforts to topple LaSalle from its weekly perch atop the large-school division of The Buffalo News Cage Polls, Frontier took a different approach this week.It didn't play a game.Thanks to the quirks of poll voting, that was good enough to vault the Falcons (6-1) to No. 1, ending LaSalle's 16-week stint at the top.While Frontier was idle, L…

For the first time since the final week of the 1986-87 season, someone other than LaSalle or Burgard occupies a No. 1 ranking in The Buffalo News High School Basketball Polls.Unbeaten Buffalo Arts is the new king of the small-school top 10, displacing Burgard by a mere point in this week's balloting after the Bulldogs suffered a 92-82 loss to Niagara Falls and struggl…

In an impressive turnaround after a string of frustrating losses, Niagara lit it up from outside to post a 68-63 upset of St. John's Friday night at the Niagara Falls Convention Center.A relatively disappointing crowd of 3,297 saw the Purple Eagles push their record to 3-4 with their second win over the Redmen in the last five years. Three of Niagara's previous losses…

Never mind that Chris Mullin and Walter Berry now toil in the National Basketball Association, replaced by the likes of Jayson Williams and Robert Werdann.St. John's remains a contender in the Big East, a fact not lost on Niagara coach Andy Walker as his Purple Eagles prepare to meet the Redmen tonight (7:30, WJJL) in the Niagara Falls Convention Center."I don't care …

A showdown among the No. 1 teams in The Buffalo News High School Basketball Polls could be in the offing for Friday night.LaSalle and Burgard join Bennett and Niagara Falls in the field for the Niagara Falls Police Athletic League/Festival of Lights Tournament at LaSalle. Burgard, No. 1 in the small school poll, meets Niagara Falls at 9 p.m. Wednesday, with LaSalle, N…

The wire-to-wire leaders of last year's Buffalo News High School Basketball Polls occupy the No. 1 slots in the first rankings for the 1988-89 season.LaSalle and Burgard, who combined to win 47 of 50 games last season, maintained their monopolies on the top rankings, marking the 14th straight week they have been atop the polls.LaSalle, defending State Federation Class…

Glens Falls Or Bust.That was the motto for several teams as they opened the high school basketball season this week.Who are Western New York's leading bets to make the annual March pilgrimage to the state championships at the Glens Falls Civic Center? Here's a quartet of candidates:Burgard -- The Bulldogs were 20-3 last year and went to Glens Falls, where they dropped…

One play epitomizes the season of Medina's Jim Snyder, the 1988 Buffalo News Player of the Year.It's Week Five. Medina is playing host to Albion in a battle of 4-0 teams. The visiting Purple Eagles enter the contest with a 16-game winning streak.Snyder's Mustangs bolt to a 21-0 halftime lead, but are forced to punt early in the third quarter. The team's jack-of-all-tr…

You thought 1987 was the Year of the Running Back.When 10 players rushed for more than 1,000 yards and Lackawanna's Ray Braxton became the first three-time All-Western New York selection, it looked as if last season was secure as an all-time year for backfield heroics.Until 1988.The 12th annual Buffalo News All-Western New York Team features two running backs whose to…

For only the fourth time in the last 16 years, and the first time since 1983, Grover Cleveland will not be in Thursday morning's Harvard Cup championship game.So, if having new blood on the All High Stadium field means anything, the Buffalo Public Schools football series should provide an interesting affair between South Park and Hutch-Tech.South Park captured League …

Has the Section VI Football Federation played its last playoff game at Rich Stadium?Many Federation officials and other observers thought that might be the case after conflicts with Bills officials arose during last week's 10th annual program.But quite to the contrary, Federation chairman Chuck Funke is hopeful of settling differences with the Bills -- and even acquir…

After 11 weeks of paring the field, the Section VI Football Federation is down to its top 10.From Lockport to Pine Valley, several communities will temporarily suspend operations Saturday as the area's public high schools stage their five-game battle for supremacy at Rich Stadium."If anyone wants to be a crook, it's a great time to go to Hinsdale," cracked Hinsdale's …