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Tracy Waring wasn't going. It was impossible. There was no way to run the race. She couldn't imagine finishing it without Devin, her oldest son. Her brothers, all part of the Matre family, helped found Sunday's Penguin Run/Waddle in Amherst. It started in 1995 almost as a joke, a sort of eureka moment from a few friends who weren't runners in any serious way. They hu…

Sports

Canisius High School announced Thursday it has elevated three club sports to varsity status effective this year: rugby, squash and sailing. “All three programs have shown sustainability and growth over the past number of years at Canisius,” Crusaders Athletic Director Jim Mauro said. “We anticipate the trend will continue and the elevation to varsity status will promote…

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2016 postseason champions: Canisius (Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association), Clarence (Section VI Division I), Eden (Section VI overall Division II), Hamburg (Section VI Division II-A). 2016 All-Western New York underclassmen: First team – Collin Rigley-11 (Eden). Second team – Drew Hesse-11 (Eden), Brandon Dunz-10 (Frontier), Jesse Donorovich-11 (Lockport),…

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Canisius High School expects nothing less than a state championship after last season, entering this one as the only defending state champion in Western New York. The Crusaders re-stocked their offense with a trio of playmakers in wide receiver and Rutgers commit Paul Woods, quarterback Jayce Johnson and running back Kenyatta Huston. All three factored heavily in last s…

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Canisius High School graduate and first team All-Western New York volleyball selection Devin Joslyn will represent USA Volleyball in the FIVB Boys Under-19 World Championship tournament. The event begins Friday and runs through Aug. 27 in Bahrain, which is situated between the Qatar peninsula and north eastern coast of Saudi Arabia. The 6-foot-6 Joslyn is an outside …

Obituaries

Dec. 29, 1928 – June 27, 2017 The Rev. Ronald W. Sams was 75,  an age when most priests are thinking about retirement, when, for the first time in his long religious vocation, he took on duties as a parish priest in 2003. Father Sams joined the Jesuits soon after he graduated from Canisius High School in 1946. He had a long career teaching in Catholic high schools, s…

Columns

Doug Cameron is a guy who knew some answers. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece on the day in 1976 when Southern rock legend Gregg Allman, in Buffalo for treatment for addiction, did a surprise concert at Canisius High School. He startled hundreds of students gathered for what they thought would be a routine assembly. Allman died a few weeks ago, from complications relate…

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Over the past two days, after we published a column recalling Gregg Allman's against-all-odds surprise concert for several hundred stunned teenagers during a Canisius High School "assembly" in 1976, many readers have asked the same question: Where can they hear a recording of the performance at the heart of the piece, in which Allman was backed up by a band called "The …

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Brian Procknal hoped the call was from the manager of a nearby McDonald's. More than 40 years ago, the phone rang one autumn afternoon in the kitchen of his South Buffalo home, back in the time when people still had one main "land line" in the house. His mother, Mary Downey, answered it. She told her son a man whose voice she didn't recognize wanted to speak with him. …

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Both St. Joe’s and St. Mary’s brought out the brooms and swept away their respective playoff opponents in best-of-three Georgetown Cup baseball semifinal series to earn a shot at the championship. St. Joe’s did it by ending Canisius’ reign as champions of the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association by topping its rival 5-1 at the Robert T. Scott Athletic Compl…

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John Urschel, the Canisius High School graduate who plays offensive guard for the Baltimore Ravens, is profiled in a piece on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” that debuts on Tuesday night at 10. Correspondent Bernard Goldberg chats with Urschel about his incredible brain power. During the offseason Urschel is pursuing a PhD in mathematics at Massachusetts Institut…

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Bills coach Rex Ryan dropped in on a high school football team's meeting this week and delivered a message on teamwork in advance of their championship game. Canisius High School's Facebook page posted a video of Ryan's (allegedly impromptu) speech, which centered around the importance of every single player's role. He used his son, Seth – the holder on Clemson's nation…

Family

Up in heaven, two saints are looking down on us. And they are laughing. They are St. Joseph and St. Peter Canisius. The sports rivalry between St. Joseph Collegiate Institute and Canisius High School is the most famous in Western New York. St. Joe's was founded by the De La Salle Christian Brothers in 1861. The Jesuits founded Canisius in 1870. That means the Canisiu…

Bills

There’s a good chance Canisius pitcher Dan Dallas will get selected in next month’s MLB Draft. That fact helps explain how, even without his best stuff, the lefty was able no-hit St. Francis in Game One of the Georgetown Cup finals Thursday at Coca-Cola Field. A walk, two errors and a sacrifice fly ruined Dallas’ shutout in the top of the seventh inning, but the Crusaders …

Bills

There’s a good chance Canisius pitcher Dan Dallas will get selected in next month’s MLB Draft. That fact helps explain how, even without his best stuff, the lefty was able no-hit St. Francis in Game One of the Georgetown Cup finals Thursday at Coca-Cola Field. A walk, two errors and a sacrifice fly ruined Dallas’ shutout in the top of the seventh inning, but the Crusaders …