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It was close, but we have a winner. Senior Max Giordano's one-handed catch in Lancaster's Week Four win at Niagara Falls has been voted the best catch of the high school football season. https://twitter.com/Hudl/status/912378980568879105 Thanks for the 5,000-plus votes over the course of the past few weeks. This has been a fun experiment and is something I hope to…

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Maryvale High School is two miles away from Cheektowaga Central. On Saturday, the Flyers were two yards from beating their crosstown rivals for the sectional championship. The Warriors’ defensive line pushed into the backfield and linebacker Taivaughn Roach tackled Maryvale’s Rashad Law on a two-point conversion attempt to cement Cheektowaga’s 28-27 overtime victory…

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Who: Cheektowaga Warriors (8-1) vs. Maryvale Flyers (8-1) When: 3:15 p.m. Saturday Where: New Era Field Tickets: $10 Web cast: myspectrumsports.com Rankings: Cheektowaga is ranked No. 1 in the News’ Small Schools poll and No. 10 in the New York State Sportswriters' Poll. Maryvale is ranked second and 12th in the state. New Era records: Cheektowaga is 3-…

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The top seeds held serve to set up a rematch in the Section VI Class B girls volleyball title game. Defending Class B champion Alden defeated Medina in four sets to win the B-2 final after East Aurora swept ECIC III rival Maryvale to win its second straight Class B-1 title on Wednesday night at Daemen College. East Aurora (15-0), No. 5 small school in the Western New Yor…

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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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One thing is guaranteed to happen this weekend: A town of Cheektowaga school will get to celebrate a championship moment on the New Era Field turf. The stakes will be even higher when Cheektowaga and Maryvale meet in the Section VI Class B final on Saturday afternoon. The last two regular season meetings between the programs have been quite riveting with one decided …

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LACKAWANNA – The name of the stadium is different but the nickname is here to stay. Starting senior linebacker Nick Costanzo provided the latest example of that late in the fourth quarter as he exclaimed to teammates on the sidelines and fans behind the bench the words Maryvale and its faithful have longed to hear for more than a decade. "We're going to The Ralph! …

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LACKAWANNA -- Rivalry Week and Championship Week will be one and the same at New Era Field. That's because Maryvale punched its ticket to the Section VI Class B football final for the first time in 11 years by upsetting No. 1 seed Lackawanna, 27-8, on a wet, cool Saturday afternoon at Veterans Stadium. Dylan Casey scored twice with his 90-yard kick return touchdown t…

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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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Playoff games are filled with peaks and valleys, but sometimes all it takes is one play to help a football team go from wondering whether it can get the job done to feeling like it's their time to shine. Maryvale had such a moment during the third quarter of last Friday's Section VI Class B quarterfinal against Newfane. Trailing 15-6 and needing a first down to extend a…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Eight of the high school football season, the first week of the postseason in Section VI. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/22/news-football-polls-week-eight/ Monsignor Martin Canisius 38, St. F…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Seven of the high school football season, the last week of the regular season for Section VI Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/15/news-football-polls-week-seven/ http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/16/s…

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The trend continued and Cheektowaga couldn't be happier. The Warriors and Maryvale combined for another entertaining game during their annual rivalry-week meeting and when it was all said and done, Cheektowaga once again earned bragging rights. KeShone Beal rushed for four touchdowns to lead the Warriors to a 28-21 triumph as the News' No. 2 small school took down th…

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Lexi Aquilino already holds the school records at Maryvale for most goals in a game, single season and a career. The senior added another career milestone in a week when the Flyers went 2-1 as a team. With six goals and six assists, Aquilino played a part in all 12 Maryvale goals scored in its two wins. She became the first Lady Flyer in school history to reach the 100-…

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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 …