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Aaron Vanderlip bought a house in Elma last December and planned to just coach his 9-year-old daughter's travel team based out of Iroquois High School. The former Cheektowaga coach and SUNY Buffalo State assistant didn't have his eyes set on a vacant coaching position at Iroquois until Athletic Director Pete Tonsoline reached out to him. When an AD makes contact, it'…

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In a season full of milestones, the Roy-Hart baseball team is most thankful for a loss. The Rams’ lost their last regular-season game against league foe Medina, a team that they beat 8-1 earlier in the season. Five victories later – including a Section VI championship – and they are preparing for Friday's Class B state semifinal, a first for the program. “It showe…

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To the eyes of those who don’t know Rayven Sample, watching what the Cassadaga Valley sophomore can do in the world of athletics might require a double take. That followed by this question: Did he just do that? The answer is yes; your eyes weren't playing tricks on you. However, Sample doesn't consider what he's able to do on the track anything special even though…

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Southwestern quarterback Cole Snyder, a first team All-Western New York selection at punter last fall, still has one more season to go with the Trojans but won't let his college decision linger into the summer let alone the start of the new season. The 6-foot-2 signal caller has verbally committed to Big Ten school Rutgers. "I went out there in the spring and I reall…

High schoolsBaseballN.Y. STATE CHAMPIONSHIPSCLASS BFriday’s semifinalsat Maine-Endwell High SchoolXI-Center Moriches vs. II-Albany Academy for Boys, 2 p.m.Roy-Hart vs. IV-Seton Catholic Central, 5 p.m.Saturday’s championshipat NYSEG Stadium, BinghamtonSemifinal winners, 1 p.m.CLASS DFriday’s semifinalsat NYSEG Stadium, BinghamtonX-Madrid-Waddington vs. II-Ft. Plain, 2 p.m.…

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By Billy Heyen Special to the News PITTSFORD – West Seneca East’s boys lacrosse team had to play what turned out to be its final game of the season in St. John Fisher jerseys. Westhill had also brought white uniforms, so the Trojans would wear the black, red and yellow of the game’s host instead. West Seneca East’s season ended in those uniforms. But as plaques were han…

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CICERO – The dream ending to the best season in the history of Lancaster boys lacrosse would have gone a little something like this. The first-time Section VI Class A champion Legends, who stunned Section V champion Penfield in the Far West Regionals, shocked even more folks by extending their historic run at the expense of longtime state power West Genesee of Section I…

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We're #PrepTalkLive from Wednesday's spring sports lineup. Check out today's top games and events in Homeroom Announcements, from Corey Desiderio. We follow ALL the high school action, in all sports, though our Buffalo News team, @bufnewspreptalk on Twitter, and through your #PrepTalkLive tweets. Our high school scoreboard page has today's entire lineup, and it wi…

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In the days leading up to the Section VI Unified basketball tournament, Iroquois High School senior Alex O’Donnell had to practice more than his basketball skills. O’Donnell had big plans for a “promposal.” While his teammates distracted Sydney Hanley, O’Donnell entered the gym with balloons and a cookie cake with ‘Prom?’ written across it that he and his mother made…

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If Lancaster wants to extend its greatest playoff run in the history of its boys lacrosse program, the Legends will have to go through state royalty to do it. Lancaster (17-2), the first-time Section VI champion which took down Section V’s Penfield in the Far West Regional, faces Section III champion West Genesee (17-2) in a Class A New York State Public High Schools At…

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Get yourself ready for today's #PrepTalkLive action with everything you need to know about the day ahead in high school sports. What to watch for Wednesday 1. Boys lacrosse - NYSPHSAA semifinals Lancaster and West Seneca East head eastbound for state semifinal matchups. Winners advance to Saturday's state championship quadruple-header at St. John Fisher. Clas…

High schoolsBaseballGEORGETOWN CUP CHAMPIONSHIP(Best-of-three series)3-St. Francis vs. 1-St. Joe’sat Coca-Cola FieldSt. Francis wins series, 2-0Monday: St. Francis 3, St. Joe’s 1Tuesday: St. Francis 1, St. Joe’s 0SF: Brett Hilton walk-off gw RBIN.Y. STATE CHAMPIONSHIPSCLASS BFriday’s semifinalsat Maine-Endwell High SchoolXI-Center Moriches vs. II-Albany Academy for Boys, 2…

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Brett Hilton's path toward earning more playing time as a junior for St. Francis came at the expense of St. Joe's. During that regular-season victory, Hilton's pinch-hit, two-run homer proved to be the game-winner. It also proved to be the shot that put him in position not just for more playing time but also in a spot to deliver quite possibly the biggest hit of his car…

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It's no surprise that Charles Mack was taking batting practice at the Hot Corner Baseball Academy in Getzville when the Minnesota Twins called on Tuesday with the news that he had been selected in the sixth round of the Major League Baseball Draft. "Hardest-working kid I ever coached," said Jerry Gasz, Mack’s coach a Williamsville East High. "No matter where I put him, …

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We're #PrepTalkLive from Tuesday's spring sports lineup. Check out today's top games and events in Homeroom Announcements, from Corey Desiderio. We follow ALL the high school action, in all sports, though our Buffalo News team, @bufnewspreptalk on Twitter, and through your #PrepTalkLive tweets. Our high school scoreboard page has today's entire lineup, and it will…