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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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Medina's Jalin Cooper, who will take his size, speed and athleticism to Toledo of the Mid-American Conference after graduation, is just one of the many must-see talents in Western New York this coming season. Not all of them are seniors. Here are some of the other prime-time players looking to lead their respective teams to success while giving fans a reason to cheer, a…

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Bennett Tigers (8-3) Coach: Stevenson McDuffie, sixth season Home field: All High Stadium Program founded: Unknown Outlook: After winning the program's first Section VI championship, the Tigers move up from Class A into the big-boys classification – their fourth different class in as many seasons. While Bennett has made three straight sectional finals, the nucl…

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2016 champions: State – St. Mary's (Catholic High School Athletic Association), Eden (Class C, New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association), Panama (Class D, NYSPHSAA). Section VI – Clarence (Class AA), Williamsville East (Class A), Alden (Class B), East Aurora (Class B-1), Eden (Class C), Portville (Class C-2), Panama (Class D). Monsignor Martin – St. Mary's. …

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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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For 16 years, Lancaster entered its first official practice of the football season with one objective – put it in the work necessary to win the Section VI championship. As the Legends prepare for the coming season, hitting the field early Monday at the Len Jankiewicz Athletic Complex behind their high school, they're kind of in unfamiliar territory because the objective…

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There were times Williamsville North's Josh Surowiec kind of got lost in the shadow cast by Major Baseball League prospect Leugim Castillo of Lancaster. He wasn't the only Western New York talent, and it's understandable. Castillo more than lived up to all the preseason accolades he garnered en route to being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers and earning second-team All-…

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A tough break may have foiled Depew's quest for the perfect ending to its softball season. It doesn't change the fact that the Wildcats completed another historic postseason run because they had the perfect difference-maker leading the charge in Karsen Cotton. Cotton, who tossed a no-hitter against unbeaten Babylon in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Asso…

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Pos. Name, School, Year, fast fact SS Molly Breier, Eden, 12, Defensive and offensive standout fueled Raiders' run to B-2 final, finishing with .974 fielding percentage, .729 slugging percentage. P/INF Abby Borkowski, Kenmore West, 11, Niagara Frontier League Player of the Year had 25 RBIs, 22 runs scored and posted 2.71 ERA. P Karsen Cotton, Depew, 12, Posted 0.9…

A Lackawanna man  was sentenced Wednesday to 27 months in prison for bank robbery. Ronald A. McCarter Jr., 25, was convicted in the Oct. 29, 2015, robbery of the Key Bank on Broadway Avenue in Lancaster. McCarter entered the bank and approached a teller and passed a note demanding cash and cautioned not to make any sudden movements, according to Assistant U.S. Attorn…

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There’s much to be said for leaving the classics untouched.Why go to the trouble of creating a new spin on pumpkin pie, of experimenting with a new way to cook the turkey, of complicating grand old traditions with strange new bells and whistles?Just give us the old standards, and give them to us according to the old recipes, now tattered and yellowed and spattered with sau…

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Fine dining restaurants, the most sophisticated and expensive neighborhood in the restaurant world, often use chef’s names in their advertising.I’ve never seen a cook’s name in lights in the blue-collar world of diner row until I went to the Dutch Mill in Lancaster. There it was, spelled out in the marquee’s electric lights, right on Broadway: DUTCH MILL WELCOMES … CAROL M…

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An intoxicating aroma pervades Dark Forest Chocolate Makers’ quaint space at 11 West Main Street in Lancaster. The scent, at once familiar and novel, is reminiscent of scratch-made brownies but with a richer backbone and a curious savoriness evocative of toasted nuts and coffee beans. It is a case of sensory befuddlement heightened by the realization that there’s nary a ba…

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The block-letter illuminated sign in front of the Yelling Goat speaks in Neighborhood Restaurantese. MON – KIDS EAT FREE. TUES – 2 FOR 1 WINGS. Wednesday brings endless pasta. Guess if there’s a Friday fish fry. (Yup.) But if you take a gander at the place, you’ll also notice the restaurant’s logo, a bawling long-eared kid. That’s your warning that when it comes to neighbo…