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It was close, but we have a winner. Senior Max Giordano's one-handed catch in Lancaster's Week Four win at Niagara Falls has been voted the best catch of the high school football season. https://twitter.com/Hudl/status/912378980568879105 Thanks for the 5,000-plus votes over the course of the past few weeks. This has been a fun experiment and is something I hope to…

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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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The Grand Island Town Board adopted a $22 million 2018 budget Thursday, which increases taxes slightly and keeps the overall tax levy at the 2.7 percent tax cap. The tax rate on the general fund, the largest amount raised by taxes, decreased by 3.1 percent. Other special funds, such as fire protection, sewer, lighting and refuse, will increase. The entire increase…

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Grand Island is considering owning rather than leasing its 211 municipal street lights from National Grid, and switching them to solar power. Town Councilman Raymond Billica said it could be a money saver for the town. "We are paying National Grid $90,000 a year in leasing payments," Billica. "If we use their poles we pay for their poles." He said it would cost th…

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Robert Pierce was rooting for a Sweet Home victory on Tuesday night. He doesn’t want to see them win again, however. “I’m thrilled for them,” Pierce, the Eden coach, said of Sweet Home and coach Rich Cicero, his former club volleyball and Penn State University teammate. “He’s one of my best friends, a great guy. He’s really worked hard and those kids are res…

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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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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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A school resource officer needs to be added to Grand Island schools, but should the position be full time or part time? That is the questions the Grand Island town and school boards. The Grand Island schools have been without a school resource officer since 2013, when an officer provided by State Police was discontinued. Trooper Chris Pyc, whose wife Lisa is the s…

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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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The $20 million Western New York Welcome Center on Grand Island is under construction and expected to begin welcoming visitors in August, 2018. "The fact that they have put in some major structures shows that its going to happen and its going to happen quicker than people thought," said Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray. For the past few weeks, residents have b…

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Enbridge Inc., a Canadian fossil fuel delivery company, has given the Grand Island Volunteer Fire Department an $8,000 grant to purchase an extractor drying cabinet that will be used to remove carcinogens from firefighters' gear. "At one time, wearing a sooty, dirty helmet might have been considered the cool thing to do, almost like a battle scar," said Grand Island Dep…

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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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North Tonawanda's Jason Lindhurst calls it humbling being in position to play for a championship. Surreal and surprising also would be pretty good adjectives in this case. Collectively, all those words work to describe the feeling flowing through the North Tonawanda boys soccer team heading into Thursday night's Niagara Frontier League championship game at 7:30 again…