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The Trench Trophy announced the finalists vying for the honor of Western New York's top senior lineman for 2017. Those who will be honored at the annual dinner banquet ceremony Dec. 6 at the Lancaster Elks Lodge are: Cleveland Hill's Manny Al-Hemyari and Sam Arrington, Lancaster's Joe Andreessen and Jake Calo, Cheektowaga's Terrance Bass and Tariq Whitaker, West Seneca …

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Who: Lancaster Legends (11-0) vs. Cicero-North Syracuse (11-0) When: 7 p.m. Saturday. Where: Ty Cobb Stadium at Union-Endicott High School. Tickets: $10. Television: Spectrum News. Rankings: Lancaster is ranked No. 1 in the News’ Large School poll and second in the New York State Sportswriters' poll. C-NS is ranked sixth. At NYSPHSAA semifinals: This is t…

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Minutes after Eric Rupp walked off the football field at SUNY Brockport after his Lancaster Legends earned perhaps their biggest win in program history, the second-year coach checked out his phone and noticed the wave of text messages waiting to be read. Nearly 50 of them were from friends and area football coaches (public and Catholic) offering him and his team congrat…

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Who: Franklinville/Ellicottville Titans (9-0) vs. Maple Grove (8-1). When: 5 p.m. Friday. Where: New Era Field. Tickets: $10. Web cast: myspectrumsports.com. Rankings: F/E is ranked No. 3 in the News Small Schools Poll and No. 7 in the New York State Sportswriters' Poll. Maple Grove is ranked No. 8 in the News poll and ninth in the state. New Era records:…

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LACKAWANNA – The name of the stadium is different but the nickname is here to stay. Starting senior linebacker Nick Costanzo provided the latest example of that late in the fourth quarter as he exclaimed to teammates on the sidelines and fans behind the bench the words Maryvale and its faithful have longed to hear for more than a decade. "We're going to The Ralph! We…

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LACKAWANNA -- Rivalry Week and Championship Week will be one and the same at New Era Field. That's because Maryvale punched its ticket to the Section VI Class B football final for the first time in 11 years by upsetting No. 1 seed Lackawanna, 27-8, on a wet, cool Saturday afternoon at Veterans Stadium. Dylan Casey scored twice with his 90-yard kick return touchdown t…

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-- Cathedral Prep Ramblers (9-0) at Canisius Crusaders (6-2), 1 p.m. Saturday at Stransky Complex in West Seneca. This is just Canisius' second home game of the season and it's the ninth week of the season. The contest is perhaps the most interesting one on a light Saturday docket (including Section VI playoffs). It's a clash of state champions with each side having big…

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Canisius was not sharp last week and paid the price in absorbing a thumping at the hands of Aquinas in Rochester. In that defeat, the Crusaders turned it over on two of its first three possessions and never found their mojo in the battle between state powers. Fast forward six days, it's safe to say the Crusaders learned from their mistakes. They started out fast and …

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It's Rivalry Week, which means there are definitely more than just five intriguing games on the schedule. With that mind, let me just get the "I'm sorry" out of the way right now because there are bound to be some folks who wonder why their favorite rivalry game isn't included in this list or why it doesn't include simply rivalry games. It's not because this corner d…

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Unbeaten West Seneca West and South Park continue to inch their way up the Class A rankings in the latest New York State Sportswriters football poll, while Cleveland Hill has cracked the top five in Class C. West Seneca West (6-0) moved up one spot into sixth, while South Park (6-0) rose from 12th to 10th -- according to the rankings that came out Wednesday. Both rem…

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Section VI football chairman Ken Stoldt passes along this information as the following Week Seven games have been moved to different days. The Lake Shore at South Park game will now be played Thursday, Oct. 12 at All High Stadium at 7 p.m. instead of Friday, Oct. 13. Williamsville North's 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 contest at Niagara Wheatfield will now be played at 7 …

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How they fared Large schools 1. Lancaster (5-0): Beat Niagara Wheatfield 61-28. Next: Friday at Jamestown, 7 p.m. 2. Canisius (4-1): Beat Cardinal O’Hara 35-14. Next: Friday at Massillon Washington (Ohio), 7 p.m. 3. West Seneca West (5-0): Beat Lackawanna 35-8. Next: Thursday at Lake Shore, 6:30 p.m.\ 4. South Park (5-0): Beat Iroquois 36-28. Next: Friday at…

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Brock Blecha is as big as a linebacker and wears a number befitting the position. But the 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior who wears No. 42 is as dangerous running the ball as he is throwing it. It didn't take long for Franklinville/Ellicottville's quarterback to prove that to the masses at John F. Kennedy on Saturday afternoon. He ran for a 50-yard touchdown on the first …

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It's that time of the week as the New York State Sportswriters football poll has been released. While the 4-0 Legends of Lancaster remain in the No. 2 spot behind fellow unbeaten Troy of Section II, the defending state champion, the biggest attention-getter upon glancing at Class AA poll is Canisius inching its way closer to the top five. The Crusaders moved up four …

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It's one of the biggest scholastic football games on the Western New York calendar every year, so Canisius and St. Joe's meeting during the regular season on a Friday night in a televised game from New Era Field – why not? It's not the first time the rivals, who usually slug it out on Saturday afternoons before over-flow crowds of more than 6,000, have met under the lig…