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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.


Cheryl Buggs, director of girls' athletics for the Msgr. Martin Association, has been elected president of the New York State Catholic High School Athletic Association for a two-year term.Buggs was elected at the organization's biannual meeting earlier this month in Queens. She moves up from vice president to replace Ray Nash, a New York City representative, and has jurisd…

May 9, 1991. The Kensington boys and Williamsville East girls will be linked forever to that historic Thursday in area track and field annals.While Kensington was defeating Bennett, 74-49, to snap the Tigers' unofficial national record of 198 consecutive dual meet victories in the Buffalo Public Schools' Scalp & Blade Series, East was posting a 71-61 win over Clarence to e…

Modie Cox isn't going west, but he's definitely going to be a pioneer.The Buffalo News boys basketball player of the year knows he took a bold step Saturday night by signing to play next season for the University at Buffalo's fledgling Division I program."I will get an opportunity to play right away, and I think I can attract more local kids to UB," said Cox, a 5-foot-10 …

University at Buffalo basketball coach Dan Bazzani said it's going to take at least two weeks to wipe the smile off his face.The reason: the best high school basketball player in Western New York has decided to become a Bull.LaSalle's Modie Cox signed a national letter of intent Saturday night to play for UB next season, the school's inaugural year on the Division I level.…

Marcus Whitfield is headed west.The former Burgard Vocational basketball star signed a national letter of intent late Monday night to play next season at the University of Southern California.The 6-foot-3 Whitfield, who spent the last two years at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, was named Ohio junior college player of the year after averaging 31 points per game la…

The Major Soccer League is adding a 10th team for next season and Commissioner Earl Foreman has pegged Buffalo as his No. 1 choice for expansion."It's no secret I'd like to see our league in Buffalo and I'm optimistic it will happen," said Foreman, who was in town Tuesday for another series of meetings with potential owners of a Buffalo entry in the professional indoor lea…

First there was Lackawanna's Tony Kelly. Then came Pioneer's Kris Hanson.Now we can add McKinley's Dee Dee Mann to the list.The common denominator? They are the area's only three-time All-Western New York basketball players.Mann, Western New York's No. 3 all-time scorer, is the marquee name on the 1991 Coaches All-WNY Girls Basketball Team. She became the only freshman ev…

Two years later than planned, Marcus Whitfield is on the verge of playing Division I college basketball.Western New York's No. 2 all-time high school scorer is ready to sign a national letter of intent to play for either the University of Southern California or the University of Dayton.Whitfield was The Buffalo News and state Class C player of the year in 1989 after scori…

Instant offense.Damone James became renowned for that during his high school basketball career at Turner/Carroll. It's what Canisius College coach Marty Marbach certainly could use more of.Monday afternoon, Marbach got his wish when James signed a national letter of intent to play for the Griffs next season."We're very excited Damone decided to come here," Marbach said. "T…

Almost as soon as it began, the spring season is being threatened by that familiar rite of spring -- watching raindrops fall.The wet weekend has ruined the plans of baseball and softball schedule-makers, rendering most diamonds useless until Thursday at the earliest.For those keeping track, the deadlines to finish regular-season games to count toward the Section VI Playof…

Turner/Carroll basketball guard Damone James, the Msgr. Martin Association's all-time leading scorer, is headed for Canisius College.The 6-foot-1 James gave the Griffs a verbal commitment and was to sign his national letter of intent late this afternoon, according to T/C coach Fajri Ansari. James had narrowed his choices to Canisius and the University at Buffalo.James was …

For the members of The Buffalo News All-Western New York Basketball Team, the theme of the 1990-91 season was Great Expectations.All five first-team players were rated among the top 20 in Western New York last season. Coming back for their junior or senior years, it was necessary -- and virtually expected -- for them to carry their respective teams.All did so in a big way…

"Stall ball" might be a relic from days gone by when the 1991-92 high school boys basketball season tips off in December.The New York State Public High School Athletic Association Basketball Committee recently approved a 45-second shot clock for boys games beginning next season. The measure passed by a 6-5 margin during the state meetings in Glens Falls.However, John Sulli…

When the 1991 Section VI Football Federation season kicks off Sept. 13, fans better have a scorecard handy to figure out what division their favorite school is in.In its most sweeping realignment since 1987, the federation has moved 19 of its 71 schools into new divisions for the 1991 and 1992 seasons.According to Federation Chairman Chuck Funke, the changes were necessi…

Western New York's first State Federation Tournament champion since 1988 has finished atop the WNY Girls Basketball Coaches Poll for the second straight year.Holy Angels, which clinched the state Class C title with Saturday's win over Hoosic Valley, was a unanimous pick in the balloting by area coaches. Section VI Class A champion Lockport finished second.Coach Mike Del V…