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During a softball practice in seventh grade, Stacey Schroeder-Watt noticed a team practicing shot put behind the softball stadium. She thought they weren’t throwing very far or very well, and she strutted over to ask for a try. “It was a little bit of naivety,” she jokes now. Growing up, her parents encouraged her to try every sport and pick which ones she like…

Willie “Hutch” Jones didn’t know if he wanted to continue with his foundation. This was a decade ago, when funds were short and volunteers were sparse. Jones and a friend sold T-shirts for $5 just to raise money so they could hold events for kids. “There was a point there,” Jones said, recalling when he almost gave up. Now, the Willie “Hutch” Jones Educ…

Lance Leipold will see a familiar face on the opposite sideline Thursday night against Minnesota, but P.J. Fleck is coaching a new team with a new staff that complicates preparations for UB leading up to its season opener. Fleck, who rose to coaching stardom after taking Western Michigan from 1-11 in his first year in 2013 to 13-1 last season, took the Gophers' head-coa…

The Buffalo Bisons kick off their final homestand of the season on Monday against Pawtucket. The only thing at stake with eight games remaining in the season is who will finish third in the International League North and who will finish fourth, as the Red Sox currently sit two games ahead of Buffalo. Here are the details: First pitch: 7:05 p.m. (Gates open at 6 p.m.) …

St. Bonaventure is off to an undefeated start in 2017 after a dramatic, come-from-behind 3-2 win in double overtime against Robert Morris. The Bonnies trailed 2-0 with less than 15 minutes remaining in the game when Paul Afful cut the deficit in half from 20 yards out off a pass from Kosi Nwafornso. Six minutes later, Nwafornso equalized off an Afful corner kick on a on…

The Buffalo Bisons relinquished a 3-1 lead Sunday in Rochester, dropping the rubber match of a three-game set against the Red Wings, 4-3. The hosts scored one run in the sixth and a pair in the seventh, and Buffalo couldn't push a run across the plate in its last meeting of the year with its thruway rival. The Bisons (61-73) have already secured themselves at least a fo…

Six teams were in action on Saturday morning at Lockport's Lederer Field, some showcasing old faces in new places and others returning key starters from injury. Sweet Home, Williamsville East, Niagara Wheatfield, Grand Island, Lockport and St. Francis scrimmaged amongst each other on two separate fields from 9-11 a.m. Among the notable tidbits were Lockport quarterback …

After living up to the hype at Buffalo Sabres development camp in July, first-round pick Casey Mittelstadt has continued an impressive summer since being taken No. 8 overall in the 2017 draft. "Casey Mittelstadt is a stud," NHL Network's Mike Kelly wrote. "Puck seemingly follows him around the ice and a few NHL guys raved about his skill level." https://twitter.com/M…

The dormant Buffalo bats finally came alive in their last chance to do so, and Christian Lopes' three-run blast in the top of the ninth gave the Bisons enough to salvage a 6-3 win against the  Pawtucket on Monday night. Over the prior 26 innings, Buffalo had only scored three runs. In the two games prior to Monday, both losses at home to Gwinnett, the Bisons mustered o…

The Buffalo Bandits have acquired defenseman Reid Acton from the Georgia Swarm for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2019 National Lacrosse League Draft, the team announced Monday. The Bandits also signed forward Bryce Brochu to a one-year deal, pending league approval. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Acton was taken 21st overall in the third round of the 2013 draft. He'…