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Two of the three Monsignor Martin girls basketball teams in New York City survived Friday’s NYSCHSAA semifinals. Cardinal O’Hara went on a 17-0 run to start the third quarter in a comeback 52-48 win against St. Anthony’s (L.I.). in Class AA. Three Cardinal O’Hara players scored in double-digits, led by Kiara Johnson with 11. Tatiana Smith and Nickelle O’Neil each hit…

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The Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association has opted to change things up for the coming season following the review of the 2017 season. The biggest news is that instead of one six-team division, the league will now be split into two divisions featuring three teams each. The A Division consists of Canisius, St. Francis and St. Joe's. The B Division features Bi…

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Section V girls basketball teams historically haven’t had much trouble dispatching its Section VI opposition in the Far West Regionals. Rochester-area schools come into Saturday’s games at Rush-Henrietta High School leading the all-time series with a record of 103-59. In the last three years, however, Western New York has held its own and is a respectable 8-7. Sectio…

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The beat goes on and on for the Cardinal O’Hara girls basketball team, but it may be coming to an end for their coach, Nick O’Neil. The Hawks won the Class A title of the Msgr. Martin Athletic Association for the fifth straight year on Saturday night. They beat Sacred Heart, 62-46, at Villa Maria in Cheektowaga. It’s the longest such run in the MMAA since Holy Angels wo…

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They're young and fearless, and any boys basketball fans who haven't seen the Niagara Catholic Patriots play this season may want to do so because they're fun to watch. They're also a championship outfit as youth was served in a big way Tuesday night. Behind the MVP performance of freshman Jalen Bradberry, the Patriots captured their first Manhattan Cup in 56 years b…

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State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *-indicates tie in voting Boys Large Schools Team Record Points LW 1. Canisius [9] 23-2 90 1 2. Park 20-5 81 2 3. Williamsville South (A-1) 18-3 70 3 4. Niagara Falls (AA) 17-4 59 4 5. West Seneca West (A-1) 21-0 57 6 6. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 19-6 39 5 7. Williamsville North (AA) 14-7 30 NR 8…

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Every girls basketball team going up against Cardinal O’Hara knows the keys to keeping the game competitive. No. 1 is limit turnovers. The Hawks play 32 minutes of relentless, in-your-face defense and force turnovers in bunches. O’Hara can put a one-possession game out of reach faster than anyone around. To avoid turning the ball over, opponents must slow the game do…

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The words didn’t escape their mouths, but when it felt like Nichols might be on the verge of ending Cardinal O’Hara’s boys basketball season for the third year in a row, the play of Nasir Benton and his teammates rose to the level that screamed the equivalent of enough is enough. Instead the Hawks seized control by hunkering down on defense and quickening the pace of th…

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MANHATTAN CUP PLAYOFFS Tuesday’s play-in games at Villa Maria Class A 5-St. Joe’s vs. 4-St. Francis, 6 p.m. Class B 5-Christian Central vs. 4-Nichols, 7:45 p.m. Class A Semifinals Friday, Feb. 23 at Koessler Center 5-SJ/4-SF winner vs. 1-Canisius, 6 p.m. 3-Timon-St. Jude vs. 2-Park, 7:45 p.m. Class B Semifinals Saturday, Feb. 24 at Koess…

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State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *-indicates tie in voting Boys Large Schools Team Record Points LW 1. Canisius [10] 22-2 100 1 2. Park 19-5 90 2 3. Williamsville South (A-1) 17-3 77 3 4. Niagara Falls (AA) 16-4 64 4 5. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 19-5 61 5 6. West Seneca West (A-1) 20-0 58 6 7. Lockport (AA) 16-4 37 7 8. St. Fran…

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It hadn’t dawned on Nick O’Neil until a few days ago just how long it’s been since the Cardinal O’Hara girls basketball team has lost to a Western New York opponent. It was March 1, 2013, a defeat at the hands of rival Sacred Heart in the Monsignor Martin championship at Canisius College. Sure, there have been close calls along the way, most recently a 63-57 win at A…

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State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *-indicates tie in voting Boys Large Schools Team Record Points LW 1. Canisius [9] 20-2 99 2 2. Park [1] 16-5 90 1 3. Williamsville South (A-1) 15-3 78 3 4. Niagara Falls (AA) 15-4 63 5 5. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 16-4 60 4 6. West Seneca West (A-1) 20-0 58 6 7. Lockport (AA) 14-4 34 7 8. St. Fr…

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State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *-indicates tie in voting Boys Large Schools Team Record Points LW 1. Park [10] 15-4 100 1 2. Canisius 17-2 89 2 3. Williamsville South (A-1) 13-3 74 5 4. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 15-3 65 3 5. Niagara Falls (AA) 14-4 61 4 6. West Seneca West (A-1) 18-0 59 6 7. Lockport (AA) 13-4 40 7 8. St. Fran…

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Hawks down state-ranked Mercy The last time Cardinal O'Hara faced state-ranked Our Lady of Mercy of Rochester, foul trouble doomed the Hawks in the girls basketball nonleaguer played in the heart of Section V. Things were different Thursday night in Tonawanda. Eight different players scored for Cardinal O'Hara with guard Angel Parker pouring in a team-high 14 to g…

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State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *-indicates tie in voting Boys Large Schools Team Record Points LW 1. Park [9] 12-4 96 1 2. Canisius 13-2 88 2 3. Bishop Timon-St. Jude [1] 13-2 77 3 4. Niagara Falls (AA) 12-3 65 4* 5. Williamsville South (A-1) 11-3 63 6 6. West Seneca West (A-1) 16-0 60 4* 7. Lockport (AA) 12-2 34 8 8. St. …