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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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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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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…

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For the second week in a row Lancaster is ranked No. 2 in the New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA football poll. The Legends improved to 3-0 with last Friday's 43-20 win over Orchard Park in a rematch of last year's Section VI final. Defending champion and News No. 1 large school Lancaster has company in the poll as Canisius (2-1) is 10th, up one spot f…

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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 Kaiyer Fields of McKinley. The junior running back rumbled for 313 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Macks to a 25-7 victory at Orchard Park in the first meeting ever between the programs. In order to be considered for the weekly honor, candidates must be among the nominees for the Connolly Cup. Other Week One Con…

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It’s been a while since Niagara Wheatfield won a home opener and a season-opening football game. The Falcons killed two birds with one stone Saturday as they won a high-scoring thriller against Lockport, 43-42, in Class AA. Host Niagara Wheatfield, which has won the Funke Consolation Bowl the past two seasons, rushed for all of its offensive yards – more than 400. Ja…

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Alden Bulldogs (6-3) Coach: Rob Currin, fifth season Home field: Alden Complex Program founded: 1952 Outlook: Currin is aiming for a more balanced offensive attack after the Bulldogs ran for more than twice as many yards as they passed for last season. Senior QB Bryan Cybulski is coming off an all-league season in which he threw for 1,146 yards and 12 TDs. Seni…

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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…

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Feb. 28, 1934 – July 23, 2017 Rev. Robert J. McArtney, the last Catholic chaplain to serve at Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna before it closed in 1999, died Sunday in Mercy Hospital. He was 83. Father McArtney was assigned as chaplain at OLV in 1987 after serving for 11 years as pastor of St. Francis Cabrini Church in Collins Center. From 1983 to 1987, he …

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Sometimes Jerry Janan stops, even now, to contemplate the impossible. The gracious house in a quiet Williamsville neighborhood. The wife who's been at his side for 57 years. The family they built together. The teaching career. The buddies he golfs with. Even the last name that did not belong to him when he was born. "The big thing is," he said, "I feel like I've been…

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Looking to celebrate the Chinese year of the rooster? Maybe you are a fan of Foghorn Leghorn? (“Go away boy, you bother me.”) Or perhaps, you simply like really good diner food? All are excellent reasons to check out Rooster’s Café. Located just off Route 5 in Lackawanna on Ridge Road, the darling diner features bright red and white colors, including an old school…

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Typically, the call would have come right around this time of year. The phone would always ring on a busy day in early March at the Buffalo Irish Center in South Buffalo, and Mary Heneghan, amid her duties, would pick it up. The caller would be Joe Kelley, offering to help. For decades, Kelley was part of the Irish Center fabric. He painted delicate Celtic knotwork o…

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In the hour around noon last Thursday, the air at the Bocce Courts on Madison Avenue in Lackawanna contained 180 times more carcinogenic benzene than background levels, according to air quality monitoring data. The data -- which also showed elevated levels of the suspected carcinogens vinyl chloride, butadiene and styrene and higher levels of toluene at air monitoring d…