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Milt Northrop

Began working at the Buffalo News in December of 1967 as a copy editor in sports department. Was beat reporter on Buffalo Braves 1970-78, then the Buffalo Bills 1981-1990, backup on Buffalo Sabres beat 1991-1997. Writer of the weekly bowling column since 2005. A native of New Haven, Conn. Graduated from West Haven High School where I played football, basketball and ran track. A 1959 graduate of the University of Connecticut. Was a member of the Connecticut Daily Campus newspaper for three years. Was assistant sports editor, started off covering freshman sports, then graduated to varsity soccer, swimming, baseball, football and basketball. Worked at a student assistant in sports information office for two years. First job was as a reporter, then sports editor of the Willimantic (Conn.) Chronicle before entering military service in 1960. Worked four years for the New Haven Journal-Courier and New Haven Register covering high school and college sports. In 1964 left to become sports editor of the Waterbury Republican and stayed there until hired by the Buffalo Evening News in 1967.


Life as a college graduate is good so far for Dana Voytovich. One day after he collected his business degree from the University at Buffalo, Voytovich earned himself $2,000 by winning the Greater Buffalo USBC Association's 55th annual George A. Obenauer Masters championship on Sunday at AMF Airport Lanes in Cheektowaga. To do it, Voytovich had to defeat Jack Jurek, a…

Bowling

Kevin Bienko, the defending champion, and other former winners did not go down easily Thursday in the first day of the 55th George A. Obenauer Masters bowling championship that will wrap up Sunday at AMF Airport Lanes. Mike Faliero Jr., who won the 2007 title, led the qualifying with his 1,847 total to capture the Pete Parisi Award. It was the highest qualifying total s…

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Bills

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High Schools

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Bowling

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Bowling

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