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This is a high school sports blog. This post involves high school sports, in a roundabout way. And do I mean roundabout. I was assigned to cover Tuesday's Monsignor Martin Association softball final. It was being played at West Seneca's Sunshine Park. I have been a Northtowner all my Western New York life, and I had never been to Sunshine Park. I had an email with its …

Saturday's high school action was all over the place. While most area track teams attended huge meets, there were some major records broken in the smallest one. Meanwhile, some sports are headed into their championship games, while others are staring at two-week breaks before they play their first playoff contest. After checking out the regular roundup from today's paper…

In researching stories this week on Olean's Jake Houseknecht (his committing to St. Bonaventure and how his grades helped him get there) I came across a story I wrote at the start of the 2004-05 season about the importance of top athletes having their academics in line. It highlighted Greg Gamble of Niagara Falls (University at Buffalo), Chris Gadley of Amherst (Hofstra) …

Paul Hutzler, who Western New York is fortunate to have compiling statistics and records for high school sports, is seeking photos to use in a book he is writing on the history of football in the Monsignor Martin Association. The book will include a listing of every school’s year-by-year scores, All-Catholic players and all-time rosters. Anyone with an action photos or …

Updated Dec. 10: The 2008-09 boys basketball schedule has been posted, and there is a link that will remain in the upper right hand corner of the high school homepage. We've taken down the schedule and matchups that were listed here. Thanks to all the coaches, athletic directors and fans who helped us build that schedule and all of those of you who were eager to discuss …

In what was an entertaining and successful (two state titles) boys basketball season for Western New York, the area got its only Division I commitment from the 2008 senior class about as late as you could. Jake Houseknecht of Olean will stay and play in his hometown at St. Bonaventure; his first season will be 2009-2010 after redshirting as a freshman. While Houseknecht…

St. Bonaventure is one of the schools which was impressed by Jake Houseknecht's late-season surge as he helped Olean win a state championship, and the university announced Saturday that Houseknecht will stay home and join the Bonnies. Check out the St. Bonaventure announcement on the school's Web site. There will be more to come here and in Sunday's News. ---Keith Mc…

Didn't the spring season just start? It sure seems like it, but Jamestown's baseball team -- which led our roundup in Saturday's paper with an 11-7 win over Orchard Park -- is due to finish its ECIC I schedule with four league games next week. Some other sports hold postseason tournaments next week as well. A look at the calendar tells us there's only just over a month…

As I mentioned briefly last week, I don't like Section VI's new football format, and I wrote about it in this morning's Prep Talk column. Here are a couple of other things to point out, courtesy of Section VI's proposal of the seven-game season (click your way to it by going step-by-step, starting at the Section VI site and then going to "Athletic Council Minutes,&q…

For the most faithful readers of this page, this isn't news thanks to some of our vigilant Prep Talk posters. But just for the record: The 2008 Section VI football schedule has been compiled and is available at the football page at the section's Web site. The major change for the '08 season is that the regular season will last only seven weeks instead of eight, with a to…

Here's a quick trip around the horn, around the rim and around the huddle as we return from our own version of a spring break: ** In response to some grumbling about the baseball and softball polls: They are organized and voted on by the coaches. We just print 'em. We don't have a vote. Sorry to blow a hole in conspiracy theories by those who weakly cry "the usual p…

Lancaster won the Section VI Class A championship last year for the third straight time. Amherst won the Class C title for the third straight year and nearly became the first team from Western New York to advance to the state final four. The two teams met last year, and Lancaster definitely remembers what happened: Amherst 15, Lancaster 2. "Amherst is kind of a riv…

For the All-Western New York boys basketball team, we pick four teams. Twenty players. That's it. But every year there's what I like to call the "mythical fifth team." Take a look at the honorable mention selections and our breakdown of the All-WNY fourth team, then give it your best shot in the comments section below. Remember, as always with all-star talk…