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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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Former Newfane and Williamsville North boys basketball coach Denny Seitz is among the 10 coaches who will be enshrined in the New York Basketball Hall of Fame, the Basketball Coaches Association of New York announced. Seitz won 472 games in his 35 years coaching the Panthers, Spartans and most recently Section III's Indian River and Morristown. He has won titles at each…

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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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By Nick Wojton Special To The News The Newfane Panthers and North Collins Eagles, two of section VI’s top girls soccer teams, had chances at redemption against section V foes on Friday at Williamsville South High School but fate had other sides. Class B No. 2- Newfane (17-3-1) fell to No. 3-Aquinas (16-5), 2-0, after losing to the Irish 4-1 in September, and class D…

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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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By Dave Ricci Sprcial to The News You have to hand it to the Niagara-Orleans League. They play some pretty good soccer in the small league. And they proved it on Saturday afternoon, with all four teams in the Section VI Class B-1 and B-2 girls soccer championships at Williamsville North representing the N-O. In the B-1 game, No. 2 Newfane topped No. 8 Albion, 1-0…

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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. Fran…

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Like the winning they have been doing on the football field, it's been a common sight seeing Newfane players holding impromptu grilling sessions. It's not barbecue mind you. It is Panthers giving each other pop quizzes on game plans formulated by their coaches. Whether it's just one teammate bumping into another in the hallway or several gathering together, they are in …

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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, Clarence…

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West Seneca West versus Lackwanna has no impact on division standings or playoff seeding. Each team will have bigger games to prepare for down the road. But Friday night's nonleague meeting between the Indians and Steelers is a big deal for a couple of reasons. -- It's the next game on their schedules. -- It also is a meeting between unbeaten teams with champio…

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One of two drivers in a collision Tuesday on East Lake Road in Newfane was ejected from her car, and is in critical condition, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies responded at about 2:36 p.m., after getting 911 calls reporting the crash and what turned out to be incorrect reports that both drivers had been ejected from their cars, author…

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It’s been a while since Niagara Wheatfield won a home opener and a season-opening football game. The Falcons killed two birds with one stone Saturday as they won a high-scoring thriller against Lockport, 43-42, in Class AA. Host Niagara Wheatfield, which has won the Funke Consolation Bowl the past two seasons, rushed for all of its offensive yards – more than 400. Ja…

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Alden Bulldogs (6-3) Coach: Rob Currin, fifth season Home field: Alden Complex Program founded: 1952 Outlook: Currin is aiming for a more balanced offensive attack after the Bulldogs ran for more than twice as many yards as they passed for last season. Senior QB Bryan Cybulski is coming off an all-league season in which he threw for 1,146 yards and 12 TDs. Seni…