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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 se…

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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:…

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Off in a corner of the press box in the M&T Bank Suite at New Era Field, Jeremiah Sanders got one of his mitts on Matt Myers. In this instance, it was a friendly, how are you doing buddy kind of hug between former teammates who hadn't seen each other in a while. Should Sanders have a chance to get his hands on Myers come Saturday night, though, it won't be a love…

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By Tom Dinki Special to The News DUNKIRK – While revenge isn’t much of a motivating factor for Dale MacArthur, the Allegany-Limestone girls soccer head coach admitted his players have discussed two goals since preseason: win the Class C title and beat Maple Grove. The No. 3 Gators accomplished both of those goals Saturday, as they claimed a 3-0 victory in the Se…

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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 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, Cla…

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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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Penny Joseph's family had a sail boat, but she didn't get to travel through the waves on it too often. Yet, those few experiences on the open water piqued her interest, resulting in her joining the competitive sailing team at Buffalo Seminary. What does the freshman think about the sport after some extended exposure to it? "It's really fun. I like it here," said Jose…