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Longtime Maple Grove football, basketball and softball coach Curt Fischer has announced that he has stepped down from his coaching positions at the school effective immediately. Fischer sent an email to the Buffalo News on Friday in making the announcement. The letter stated: They say with every ending there is a new beginning and after 25 years it is time for a c…

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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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SYRACUSE – When Easton Tanner returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to pull Maple Grove within five points, coach Curt Fischer couldn't help but start to think maybe this was the play that would provide the spark the Red Dragons needed to deliver one more comeback triumph during this playoff run. Alas, Maple Grove didn't have enough left in the …

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After West Seneca West's seniors completed an unbeaten season as eighth-graders at the modified level years ago, the crew received T-shirts with the motto "starts here and ends there." The "there" in this case was a picture of New Era Field, then known as Ralph Wilson Stadium, to signify the Indians' ultimate goal they strived to achieve before their time together at th…

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Who: Maple Grove Red Dragons (11-1) vs. II-Cambridge Indians (11-1) When: noon Friday Where: Syracuse University Carrier Dome Tickets: $10 Television: Spectrum News Rankings: Maple Grove is ranked No. 8 in the News Small Schools Poll and No. 2 in the state poll. Cambridge is ranked first in the state. State final records: Maple Grove is 2-1 beating II-Lak…

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ENDICOTT – After Maple Grove lost last year's state championship in heartbreaking double overtime fashion, the returnees set a simple but obvious team motto for 2017: Finish it this year. Living by the first word of that slogan Friday night enabled Maple Grove football to achieve its goal of returning to the Carrier Dome where it now hopes to finish the job. Nick Fab…

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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: Maple Grove Red Dragons (10-1) vs. Tioga Tigers (9-1) When: 4 p.m. Friday Where: Ty Cobb Stadium at Union-Endicott High School Tickets: $10 Web cast: myspectrumsports.com Rankings: Maple Grove is ranked No. 8 in the News Small Schools Poll and No. 2 in the New York State Sportswriters Class D poll. Tioga is ranked third in the state. NYSPHSAA semifin…

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The Section VI cross country runners who competed at the NYSPHSAA Championships came to a consensus when it was all said and done: The conditions at Section V’s Wayne High School made the course one of toughest, if not the toughest, they have ever run on. The ruts in the frozen ground thawed out as temperatures approached the mid 30s in the afternoon and made way for a …

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Many of the top cross-country runners from Section VI got their first glimpse of the state championship course at Section V's Wayne High School at the pre-state meet on Sept. 16. Maple Grove senior Michael Peppy and East Aurora eighth-grader Megan McLaughlin won their respective races that day while there was a heat advisory. The conditions will be quite different on Sa…

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Who: Maple Grove Red Dragons (9-1) vs. Clyde-Savannah Golden Eagles (10-0) When: 5 p.m. Friday Where: Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium at SUNY Brockport Tickets: $10 Web cast: myspectrumsports.com Rankings: Maple Grove is ranked No. 8 in the News Small Schools Poll and No. 9 in the state poll. Clyde-Savannah is ranked first in the state. Regional records: M…

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Curt Fischer trudged up the tunnel at New Era Field, in obvious pain, his eyes raw from wiping away tears. Maple Grove won its fourth straight sectional title on Friday but this championship experience was more emotional than the others for the Red Dragons coach. Fischer underwent surgery on Tuesday and though he only missed one practice, he wasn’t sure he would be on th…

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Believe it or not, East Aurora’s McLaughlin sisters don’t always get along. You just wouldn’t be able to tell by watching the finish of their race at the Section VI cross country championships on Friday. Senior Molly McLaughlin, the reigning champion in Class B, and eighth-grade sister Megan were neck-and-neck as they entered the final stretch of the course at Bemus …

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Maple Grove earned a little revenge and a piece of history Friday night at New Era Field. The Red Dragons avenged their only defeat of the season by taking down previously unbeaten Franklinville/Ellicottville, 26-15, before an estimated 1,000 in the Section VI Class D football final. Maple Grove scored the final 20 points of the game to secure its fourth straight Sec…

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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:…