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Coaching a championship-caliber program is not easy. It takes a lot of time and personal sacrifice – often at the expense of family. The desire to spend more time with loved ones is the reason Gene Tundo has stepped down as Orchard Park football coach. Tundo confirmed the development to the Buffalo News on Thursday. Under Tundo's longtime guidance, Orchard Park be…

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It turns out Twitter can be an under-recruited athlete's best friend during a time in need. The social media outlet helped Lancaster's do-it-all-football star Joseph Andreessen market himself to coaches around the country in hopes of earning an appealing Division I offer. Andreessen, who helped the Legends win back-to-back Section VI Class AA championships during his fi…

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Longtime Maple Grove football, basketball and softball coach Curt Fischer has announced that he has stepped down from his coaching positions at the school effective immediately. Fischer sent an email to the Buffalo News on Friday in making the announcement. The letter stated: They say with every ending there is a new beginning and after 25 years it is time for a c…

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The Jacksonville Jaguars' concessions menu is going teal for Sunday's game against the Bills, courtesy of Delaware North. The Buffalo-based concessions giant will offer teal-colored burger and hot dog buns, ice cream and beer at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Teal is part of the Jaguars' color scheme; food coloring was used to create the unusual-looking menu items.…

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After West Seneca West's seniors completed an unbeaten season as eighth-graders at the modified level years ago, the crew received T-shirts with the motto "starts here and ends there." The "there" in this case was a picture of New Era Field, then known as Ralph Wilson Stadium, to signify the Indians' ultimate goal they strived to achieve before their time together at th…

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Call it an event for the generations, because, well, it is as far as Lancaster football is concerned. When the Legends (12-0) take the field at 3 p.m. Sunday against fellow unbeaten Troy (12-0) at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse for the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class AA championship, there will be fans young and old who make the journey to wi…

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Who: Cheektowaga Warriors (9-1) vs. Hornell Red Raiders (10-0) When: 4 p.m. Saturday Where: Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium at SUNY Brockport Tickets: $10 Web cast: myspectrumsports.com Rankings: Cheektowaga is ranked No. 1 in the News Small Schools poll and No. 10 in the New York State Sportswriters' Poll. Hornell is ranked fourth in the state. Regional r…

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Who: Cleveland Hill Golden Eagles (9-1) vs. Caledonia-Mumford/Byron-Bergen Red Raiders (8-2). When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium at SUNY Brockport Tickets: $10 Web cast: myspectrumsports.com Rankings: Cleveland Hill is ranked No. 3 in the News Small Schools Poll and No. 3 in the New York State Sportswriters Poll. Cal-Mum/B-B is ranke…

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Who: South Park Sparks (9-0) vs. West Seneca West Indians (9-0) When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday Where: New Era Field Tickets: $10 Television: Spectrum News Rankings: West Seneca West is ranked third in the News Large Schools Poll and fifth in the New York State Sportswriters Poll. South Park is ranked fifth in the News Poll and No. 8 in the state poll. New Era r…

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Lancaster enjoyed its surroundings on Tuesday at M&T Bank Suite at New Era Field for a simple reason. The unbeaten, top-ranked Legends (9-0) have been working toward returning to Championship Weekend ever since its last appearance at the home of the Buffalo Bills. Lancaster ended its 17-year Section VI championship drought when it defeated Orchard Park for the Cl…

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One thing is guaranteed to happen this weekend: A town of Cheektowaga school will get to celebrate a championship moment on the New Era Field turf. The stakes will be even higher when Cheektowaga and Maryvale meet in the Section VI Class B final on Saturday afternoon. The last two regular season meetings between the programs have been quite riveting with one decided …

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Here's how The News Voted in this week's Buffalo News football polls. LARGE SCHOOLS 1 Lancaster (8-0) 2 Canisius (6-2) 3 West Seneca West (8-0) 4 Williamsville North (8-0) 5 South Park (8-0) 6 Iroquois (5-3) 7 West Seneca East (5-3) 8 St. Joe's (4-4) 9 Jamestown (5-3) 10 Niagara Falls (4-4) SMALL SCHOOLS 1 Cheektowaga (7-1) 2 Maryv…