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Three individuals and three relay teams swam their way to the championship heats of the NYSPHSAA girls swimming championships held at Ithaca College. Finals and consolations begin today at 10:30 a.m. Lockport senior Katie Pollock advanced in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.98) and 100 breastroke (1:05.34), East Aurora sophomore Mary Brinker advanced in the 50 frees…

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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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By Dave Ricci Spacial to The News It was a great day to be a Panther. Portville and Panama, which both go by the Panther nickname, officially punched their tickets to states when they captured Far West Regional titles during a girls volleyball tripleheader at Daemen College on Friday. Both teams will now advance to the NYSPHSAA tournament that will take place in …

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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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The sting of losing sectional championship matches last year propelled Portville and East Aurora to title conquests on Monday night. Portville ended Eden’s dynasty with a straight-set victory in the Class C crossover and East Aurora swept Alden for the Class B crown before an estimated crowd of 350 at Daemen College. The two teams return to Daemen on Friday for Far Wes…

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Start with offense, finish with aggressive, suffocating defense. That formula allowed the Lafayette boys soccer team to make history Friday night. After its relentless attack led to a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes of the NYSPHSAA Class D Far West Regionals, Lafayette played ultra-strong defense to secure a 2-1 victory over Section V’s Mount Morris at Spencerpo…

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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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While there isn't a Hail Mary play in soccer, the events that unfolded in the final seconds of Wednesday night's Section VI overall Class A final might be this sport's equivalent. East Aurora had its prayer answered as the unbeaten Blue Devils turned almost certain defeat into a stunning 4-3 overtime victory over two-time defending champion Grand Island at Robert P. Bar…

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The top seeds held serve to set up a rematch in the Section VI Class B girls volleyball title game. Defending Class B champion Alden defeated Medina in four sets to win the B-2 final after East Aurora swept ECIC III rival Maryvale to win its second straight Class B-1 title on Wednesday night at Daemen College. East Aurora (15-0), No. 5 small school in the Western New Yor…

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Laura Schultz is in her first year on the Grand Island varsity soccer team. Her first ever goal for the Vikings varsity squad came at an opportune time Saturday afternoon at Williamsville North. Schultz saw a ball bounce off a Williamsville East defender after a corner kick in the second half, allowing her to net her first career varsity goal and the only goal in the Vi…

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By Dave Ricci Special to The News It’s top seed versus top seed for all the marbles. Jack Bean and Bryce Schiltz scored two goals each as top-seed East Aurora scored a 6-0 win over No.2 Starpoint in the Section VI Class A-2 championship game Thursday. In the nightcap at Sweet Home High School, David Bilek’s four goals helped top-seed Grand Island beat No. 7 K…

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There's another McLaughlin to watch out for in East Aurora ... and she'll be around for the greater part of the next five years. Eighth-grader Megan McLaughlin is following in the footsteps of her older siblings as she makes her mark on the school's powerhouse cross-country program. She started the week by helping the Blue Devils finish their ECIC dual meet schedule …

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East Aurora has a rich history in boys soccer. So when a player sets a new school record, it's quite an accomplishment. After a six-goal week, senior Bryce Schiltz is now the all-time leading goal scorer in program history. In the second of three games last week, Schiltz's third goal of the game against Lake Shore on Senior Night was the 66th of his career and broke a m…

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Sister Kathleen Dougherty expected this phase in her career to involve peace and quiet. She had already retired three times from teaching jobs in South Carolina and Western New York. In 2015, she moved into the new St. Mary's Center on Buffalo's West Side, where her fellow Sisters of St. Mary of Namur needed someone who could play the organ. Dougherty planned on help…

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East Aurora/Holland golfer Jake Roach's approach heading into tournaments is usually pretty simple. He's in it to win it. The usually sound strategy is being tweaked this week, but not because Roach is trying to shake out of a slump. He just doesn't want to miss a thing while teeing it up with some of the best golfers on the planet. Roach is the latest First Tee o…