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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…

Family

To all the parents who've spent extra time with their kids during the holidays: Want to get away? The Village of Hamburg Parks and Recreation Department has a program called Date Night Great Night which will allow you to do just that on selected Friday nights through April. The installments, for children in grades K-6, run from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Hamburg Youth…

Business

A pair of young attorneys - one of whom is the daughter of personal-injury titan Ross M. Cellino Jr. - has purchased the lakefront home of prominent Western New York businessman Angelo M. Fatta for $1.05 million. Rafael F. Pignataro and his wife, Jeanna M. Cellino-Pignataro, bought a 5,702-square-foot ranch house on Old Lake Shore Road in Hamburg last week, just a few h…

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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 Hamburg girls volleyball team has been ranked near the top of the Western New York coaches poll all season. A big part of that success has been the play of Margaret Seider. Seider's seven blocks and six kills were enough to give her MVP of the Southtowns Invitational Friday night, when she helped lead the Bulldogs past Orchard Park in the final. It was Hamburg's sec…

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Seeing that brighter days awaited Sweet Home boys volleyball back in 2015 wasn’t hard for coach Rich Cicero. It’s not because he had a crystal ball. It’s because he had a bird’s-eye view of it in practice. Cicero saw the program’s future in action daily during what turned out to be a winless season for his Panthers. The members of the young and talented junior varsit…

Obituaries

July 28, 1944 - Oct. 14, 2017 Mary Ann E. Rooth,  a teacher and artist, died Saturday at her home in Hamburg after a two-year battle with cancer. She was 73. Born Mary Ann Yunkes in Buffalo, she was a graduate of Bishop MacMahon Catholic High School. In 1966, she married Walter L. Rooth, a lawyer, who went on to serve as Hamburg town justice for 34 years. After ra…

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A retired police detective in Boston, Mass., who was convicted of wire fraud, was sentenced to three months of home confinement followed by two years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office Friday. Daniel Rice, 53, was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Judge William M. Skretny for his role in aiding and abetting Michael Wilson, 30, a former Hambur…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Four 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/2017/09/24/buffalo-news-football-polls-sept-25/ Monsignor Martin Canisius 55, St. Joe’s 16 Click the link below to watch the en…

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Week Three of the high school football season pretty much had it all. There were upsets, a school-record scoring output and game-winning drives, including one capped off by a Hail Mary. But what's the use of telling you when we can show you? Below is a roundup of available video highlights from Week Three. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a me…

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The Prep Talk Football Player of the Week is D'Jae Perry of St. Mary's of Lancaster. The running back/linebacker had a big day during the Lancers' 27-7 triumph over reigning Section V Class C champion Bishop Kearney. He rushed 10 times for 243 yards and four touchdowns and on defense made eight tackles. In order to be considered for the honor, candidates must be amon…

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Explore Buffalo’s Autumn Tour of Homes is heading south this year, to the Village of Hamburg. Co-sponsored by Imagine: Hamburg, the Autumn Tour of Homes will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23, 12:30-4:30 PM, and feature the interiors of eleven historic homes in the village. First known as White’s Corners, after a prosperous store in the early 1800s, the Village of Hambur…

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2016 postseason champions: Canisius (Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association), Clarence (Section VI Division I), Eden (Section VI overall Division II), Hamburg (Section VI Division II-A). 2016 All-Western New York underclassmen: First team – Collin Rigley-11 (Eden). Second team – Drew Hesse-11 (Eden), Brandon Dunz-10 (Frontier), Jesse Donorovich-11 (Lockport),…

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Lions, Tigers and a few Bulldogs: Oh, my Scrimmage Saturday is around the corner for Western New York's scholastic football teams. The scrimmage extravagana begins at several sites at 9 a.m., as it's a chance for teams to hit players not on their own squad for the first time since practices began Aug. 14 throughout the state. Teams' playbooks will be scaled down, but…