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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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Michael Maurer completed a clean sweep through high school as the Section VI individual medley champion. The Hamburg senior won his fourth consecutive title in the 200 IM, leading throughout and pulling away at the end to finish with a time of 1:57.10, on Friday at the Section VI boys swimming championships at the University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena Pool. The Canisi…

Cornerstone Community Federal Credit Union has selected its next CEO: Eric M. Hepkins. Hepkins will join the Lockport-based credit union from HSBC Bank USA. He will succeed Ann M. Hood, who will retire Feb. 28. Hood has been with the credit union for 34 years, serving as CEO since 2000. Hepkins, a local native, has 17 years of experience in financial services, in…

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2016-17 underclassmen Section VI champions 200 individual medley – Michael Maurer (Hamburg), 100 butterfly – Michael Clough (Williamsville East), 500 freestyle – Liam O’Connell (Hamburg), 100 backstroke – Maurer (Hamburg). 2016-17 Section VI team champions Class A – Orchard Park, Class B – East Aurora, Class C – Panama. Key dates Section VI Class Championshi…

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More than 2,300 hourly workers at General Motors' two area plants are eligible for profit-sharing checks of up to $11,750. GM announced the size of the profit sharing checks for United Auto Workers-represented workers on Tuesday, based on the automaker's full-year North American profits for 2017. GM said 1,325 workers at its Town of Tonawanda engine plant and 1,012 w…

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Lockport High School boys volleyball star Zach Schneider announced via Instagram that he will take his talents to Long Beach State in California. As of three days ago, Long Beach was ranked first in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll, followed by UCLA, Ohio State and Hawaii. Schneider, a junior, helped the Lions win the Section VI Division I championshi…

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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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Pos. Name, School, Year, fast fact OH Troy Gooch, Canisius, 12, Third-year starter and Monsignor Martin Player of the Year earned all-tournament honors five times, recording 569 kills and 62 aces. OH Drew Hesse, Eden, 12, Two-year starter earned all-tournament honors in several events, including the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association championship…

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Lockport’s Sydney Nowicki crossed the finish line at the 2016 NYSPHSAA Championships thinking her 47th-place finish was good enough to qualify for the Federation Championships. It turned out it wasn’t, and she had to “settle” with All-Western New York first-team honors as an eighth-grader while senior teammate Carissa DiTullio was selected by area coaches as the Runner …

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The Eden boys volleyball program has recorded its share of memorable victories over the years but earned perhaps its most unforgettable triumph just before Thanksgiving. That's when the Raiders captured the one title – the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association plaque – that had been missing from their trophy case. Eden capped its season to remember …

Lockport’s Code Blue warming shelter in the Salvation Army center, 50 Cottage St. between Walnut and Genesee streets, will be open overnight from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, Mayor Anne E. McCaffrey announced. The decision to keep the shelter open through Friday was prompted by forecasts of extreme cold temperatures for the rest of the week, she said. Hom…

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A pair of Section VI cross country champions placed in the top half of their respective fields at the Nike Cross Nationals on Saturday at Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Ore. East Aurora senior Ian Russ came in 86th place, while Lockport sophomore Sydney Nowicki finished 88th. Both fields had 199 competitors run the 3.1-mile course, which was muddy due to a stead…

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Lockport’s Sydney Nowicki set a school high with her Section VI-leading run in the state federation championships in Wappingers Falls. She finished eighth, the highest place in Lockport history, with a time of 18:56.2. Section VI had one additional top 20 finisher in East Aurora’s Megan McLaughlin (14th). Her sister Molly trailed her by 25 seconds, good for 34th. Two…

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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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ROCHESTER -- Zach Brosnick has a tough job for the Eden boys volleyball team. But he serves the role well. As the Raiders’ serving specialist, his playing time lasts as long as he is precise on the service line. Brosnick made sure he saw a lot of the court during Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division II Far West Regionals at Webster Sc…