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By Marquel Slaughter Special to The News CORTLAND – Clarence’s latest state final four loss might have been the toughest one to take. Massapequa scored the game-winning goal in the fourth minute of the first overtime period, dropping Clarence, 1-0, in double overtime of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA girls soccer semifinals S…

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The Section VI cross country runners who competed at the NYSPHSAA Championships came to a consensus when it was all said and done: The conditions at Section V’s Wayne High School made the course one of toughest, if not the toughest, they have ever run on. The ruts in the frozen ground thawed out as temperatures approached the mid 30s in the afternoon and made way for …

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Williamsville East will return to the state semifinals for the third year in a row determined to bring back the one trophy missing from its collection. “In other years, our goal was to get there,” senior captain Ally Jozwiak said. “This year, our goal is to win it.” The Flames blazed through West Irondequoit on Thursday night at Daemen College, winning their thir…

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Many of the top cross-country runners from Section VI got their first glimpse of the state championship course at Section V's Wayne High School at the pre-state meet on Sept. 16. Maple Grove senior Michael Peppy and East Aurora eighth-grader Megan McLaughlin won their respective races that day while there was a heat advisory. The conditions will be quite different on Sa…

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Clarence makes its way to Cortland for a fourth straight final four appearance, where its season has ended the last three years to teams that have went on to win state titles. Awaiting at SUNY Cortland at 5:30 p.m. Saturday is a familiar foe in Section VIII’s Massapequa, which beat the Red Devils in 2014 (1-0) and 2015 (2-0). Massapequa was on the other side of the brack…

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From players to coaches, Lackawanna has been bold in making predictions for this season. The Steelers mission has been to make a state tournament run and ultimately win a title. The Section VI champions are still on track to do so but it took tying Saturday’s Class B Far West Regional with just four minutes left in regulation and then scoring the game-winner with 22 s…

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Clarence girls soccer coach Dave Stephan had a state chairperson ask him if he thought his team could get back to the state semifinals for a fourth straight year. The Red Devils lost seven starters from last season. A lot of roles needed to be filled and a lot of roles needed to change on a team that had experienced so much success. “And I said, ‘If I get to stat…

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Believe it or not, East Aurora’s McLaughlin sisters don’t always get along. You just wouldn’t be able to tell by watching the finish of their race at the Section VI cross country championships on Friday. Senior Molly McLaughlin, the reigning champion in Class B, and eighth-grade sister Megan were neck-and-neck as they entered the final stretch of the course at …

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By Dave Ricci Special to The News It was a classic Border War battle. When the dust settled it was the top-seeded Red Devils that were champions. Again. Lindsey Leipold had 27 assists as Clarence beat No. 2 Lancaster, three games to one, to claim the Section VI Class AA championship as part of a girls volleyball double header that was played at Daemen College, Thurs…

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WILLIAMSVILLE – The Section VI field hockey championships on Wednesday in Williamsville had a little bit of everything. Revenge was found in Class C, a new champion was crowned in Class B, while a title was defended in Class A. In Class C action, the top-seeded Akron Tigers (13-1), who graduated 10 seniors from last season, got their revenge and stunned powerhouse and…

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It took all Clarence could muster to outlast Williamsville North in a pair of one-goal regular season wins. So to create a two-goal cushion after scoring early in the second half of the Section VI Class AA final between the two teams gave the Red Devils some relief. In a battle of Class AA champions of the past two seasons, Clarence scored what would be the game-winner …

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The Town of Clarence set a public hearing on its proposed 2018 budget for 6 p.m. Nov. 15. The preliminary $23.3 million spending plan is up $1 million from the current budget, but Supervisor Patrick Casilio said growth in the town has been able to offset increases. "We've kept (the tax rate) the same or less for a long time," Casilio said. The general fund tax rat…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Eight of the high school football season, the first week of the postseason in Section VI. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/22/news-football-polls-week-eight/ Monsignor Martin Canisius 38, St. F…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Seven of the high school football season, the last week of the regular season for Section VI Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/15/news-football-polls-week-seven/ http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/16/s…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Six of the high school football season. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/08/news-football-polls-week-six/ Monsignor Martin St Francis 29, St. Joe's 26 From St. Francis: Class AA Cl…