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Repeating as Class A-2 girls basketball champs was one of Amherst’s goals coming into the season. The Tigers have others in mind, though, and so does their opponent coming up in the overall Class A championship. No. 2 Amherst’s 64-44 win over No. 4 Iroquois (19-4) in the A-2 final at SUNY Buffalo State Sunday evening sets up a rematch against Main Street rival Willia…

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It's been more than 30 years since a boys basketball team at Lake Shore, South Park or Newfane have added some Section VI championship hardware. A drought will end for either Lake Shore or South Park, as the two teams will meet in the Class A-2 championship. The Panthers will wait and see who they match up against in their second straight appearance in the Class B-1 fin…

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Lancaster throwers Jon and Natalia Surdej are in very different frames of mind when it comes time to compete. Jon, a junior, doesn’t stress much. He called the Section VI track and field championships “just a warmup meet getting ready for the state meet next week. If I do good, I do good. If I don’t, I don’t.” His best shot put landed at 58 feet, 2 inches. It wasn’t …

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Nia Stevens and Taylor Hunter have been part of some historic moments for Tapestry's track and field team. But there is something the two haven't helped the young program achieve since being part of school's first state championship relay back during the 2015 outdoor New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association meet in Albany. Tapestry hasn't won a Section VI…

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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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The small schools title at the 2017 Section VI finals came down to a tiebreaker between Pioneer and Falconer, with the Panthers earning a 33-32 win due to the fact they recorded one more victory during the match between the teams. Pioneer has been ranked No. 1 in WNY and Falconer No. 3 so far this season, with the Panthers beating the Golden Falcons, 38-30, at the Dick …

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Three individuals and three relay teams swam their way to the championship heats of the NYSPHSAA girls swimming championships held at Ithaca College. Finals and consolations begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Lockport senior Katie Pollock advanced in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.98) and 100 breastroke (1:05.34), East Aurora sophomore Mary Brinker advanced in the 50 fr…

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Lancaster remains the state's second-ranked team in the New York State Sportswriters' Class AA poll this week. Lancaster brings an 8-0 record into its Section VI semifinal contest Friday night against Jamestown. Canisius (6-2) stands at No. 15 in Class AA, while unbeaten Williamsville North (8-0) is ranked 16th. Jamestown (5-3) and Niagara Falls (4-4) were among the hon…

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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/sect…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Six 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/2017/10/08/news-football-polls-week-six/ Monsignor Martin St Francis 29, St. Joe's 26 From St. Francis: Class AA Clare…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Five 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/2017/10/01/news-football-polls-week-five/ Monsignor Martin Canisius 35, Cardinal O’Hara 14 Class AA Bennett 14, Clarence…

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(This column, originally published digitally a year ago, has been updated for the Oct. 1, 2017, print edition of The Buffalo News): People travel for miles to buy wooden lacrosse sticks they've ordered from Alf Jacques. They drive Route 11A, through the Onondaga Nation, until they find his little shop beneath a hill. Alf will hand them a stick, polished hickory shini…

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Several members of the South Park Sparks decided to take a stand prior to their game at Iroquois, but they and their teammates needed to make a couple more down the stretch in order to return home with a victory. South Park remained unbeaten by hanging on for a 36-28 triumph over the Chiefs in a Class A South clash between playoff contenders, but that thrilling conclusi…

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West Seneca West versus Lackwanna has no impact on division standings or playoff seeding. Each team will have bigger games to prepare for down the road. But Friday night's nonleague meeting between the Indians and Steelers is a big deal for a couple of reasons. -- It's the next game on their schedules. -- It also is a meeting between unbeaten teams with champio…

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Lancaster versus Orchard Park is almost always a must-see game  – even more so when it's a rematch of a Section VI Class AA final. The combatants and the incentives for winning, however, aren't the only reasons fans should flock to Foyle/Kling Field on Friday night. There's more than an outcome at stake. Lancaster officials plan to donate $1 from each ticket purchase…