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Defending state Division I champion Williamsville North obviously knows what it feels like to be truly No. 1. That's why being ranked first in the state in January means little to the Spartans and longtime coach Bob Rosen, who has guided the program to five state championships since its inception in 1990. There are still plenty of games on the docket, including those ev…

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Without further ado, here's the first Power 10 for the scholastic winter season. (Through Friday night's games) 1. Williamsville North hockey. Defending state champions have spent much of the winter ranked first in the state Division I poll. Spartans (13-0-2) remained unbeaten by defeating reigning state Catholic champion St. Joe's on Friday night. The teams also bat…

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Six of the 15 sectional champions from last year were underclassmen, with most competing at the lighter weight classes. Last year’s champions from 145 pounds and up all graduated. While there are quite a few opportunities for newcomers, many of last year’s winners have changed weight classes. That includes Lancaster sophomore Ryan Stencel, the top-ranked D-I wrestler…

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One nickname's roots can be traced back to a joke between teammates, while the other appears to have been born from a statistician's shorthand. Regardless of their origins, there's no denying that the acronyms FLOP and CASH have become as much a part of the Western New York Girls Hockey Federation as the players and late afternoon games. CASH has the jerseys to prove it…

Oct. 10, 1931 – Jan. 3, 2018 Richard J. McCowan, a renowned educational researcher and professor emeritus at SUNY Buffalo State, died Wednesday in his Grand Island home after a short illness. He was 86. Born in New York City, he was a 1949 graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola. He graduated magna cum laude from St. John’s University in 1953 and earned a master…

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The Grand Island Town Board voted 3 to 2 Monday to give upgrades to three full-time and two part-time workers in the Town Clerk's Office, their first promotional increase in 14 years. Democratic Supervisor Nathan McMurray and Councilor Beverly Kinney voted against the motion while two new Republican members, Jennifer Baney and Peter Marston, as well as Republican Counci…

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The Grand Island Town Board agrees the town needs a community center, with a gym and meeting rooms, but has debated for months on how to get there. Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray asked the board to consider hiring an engineering firm to draw up plans for bidders, while Councilman Raymond Billica said he would prefer making a sketch and a list of ideas and leaving the pla…

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The West River Parkway trail along the Niagara River in Grand Island remains on schedule with plans to close the service road and begin construction in the spring. The 8-mile recreation trail along the Niagara River will connect Beaver Island and Buckhorn state parks. The project is funded by federal and Greenway grants. The LiRo Group of Buffalo is the project manag…

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Acquest Development of Buffalo has sold a Grand Island property that houses the U.S. Customs and Border Protection headquarters to a Chicago real estate management company for $11.4 million in one of the largest real estate deals on Grand Island. The Customs and Border Protection and Office of Homeland Security lease the building there. The sale of 201 Lang Blvd. to …

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Grand Island Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray said Thursday he is being recruited by Democratic officials to run against Republican Rep. Chris Collins, and he's considering it although he doesn't live in the 27th Congressional District. McMurray, said when he was approached by leaders in the Democratic party to run as an underdog against the well-financed Collins in the st…

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An elevator will be coming to the Grand Island municipal building by the fall 2018. Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray said Grand Island has received $100,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds for the $300,000 project. The balance will be paid for by the town. McMurray called the current accessibility at the 1960s-era town hall, "a barrier for democracy…

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If you grew up on the pork chop, you are probably nodding your head. But most of us who grew up on "the mainland" never gave a second thought to Grand Island's unique shape and its quirky nickname. Saundra Marcel, a former Grand Island resident and New York City graphic designer, is selling a series of gift items she designed, from hats to tote bags, postcards and mo…

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The City of Tonawanda sits as a nexus between two great bodies of water - the Niagara River and the Erie Canal. Now two recreation projects in the Tonawandas that would improve both trails and docks on the combined waterfronts are being considered for Niagara River Greenway funding. "This would really make a huge difference in the city,"  City of Tonawanda Mayor Rick…

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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 a …