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One never knows how these marquee matchups between league leaders that look good on paper will turn out, even as the game is unfolding before one's eyes. With Park nursing a one-point halftime lead – an edge it secured late in the second quarter after trailing Bishop Timon-St. Jude for most of the opening 16 minutes, did anyone see a 30-point blowout coming? That's e…

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There are still plenty of boys basketball games to be played this season, but one thing is apparently certain. Last year's "no nights off" moniker still is a fitting description of life in the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association. With that in mind, it shouldn't be surprising that Park took down No. 1 Canisius. In the clash between the top two-ranked Buf…

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It doesn't matter if Kayla Blas is wearing cleats or skates. Give her a stick and a goal, and the Sacred Heart senior has an innate ability to find the back of the net. Competing on the combined Monsignor Martin girls hockey team, Blas scored five goals and had a pair of assists in three games last week, helping the team beat Kenmore/Grand Island, 7-2, and West Seneca/H…

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Chris Malicki is back behind the bench for the combined Monsignor Martin Association team in the Western New York Girls Varsity Hockey Federation. While his coaching duties haven’t changed much, the same can’t be said for the federation. In the league's eighth season, there are no more easy wins, and that's a good thing. "The league is way more competitive than my firs…

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One nickname's roots can be traced back to a joke between teammates, while the other appears to have been born from a statistician's shorthand. Regardless of their origins, there's no denying that the acronyms FLOP and CASH have become as much a part of the Western New York Girls Hockey Federation as the players and late afternoon games. CASH has the jerseys to prove it…

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Chris Malicki is back as coach of the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association girls ice hockey team. The private-schools league made the announcement Thursday. Malicki takes over for his replacement, Linda Groff-Mroz, who stepped down after four seasons guiding the program that consists of players from eligible MMHSAA schools. Groff-Mroz guided the team to bac…

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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. …