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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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The Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association earned the "no nights off" moniker last year because the top boys' basketball teams in the private schools league showed a knack for knocking each other off on a given night. That also held true during the postseason as the No. 4 seed won the Manhattan Cup Class A crown. That said, the champion was still a familiar f…

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Katy Knoll didn't think she had much of a chance being named to the United States Under-18 Women's National Hockey Team. The junior Nichols High School forward didn't advance from a June camp of 66 girls to an August camp at Lake Placid from which the roster is usually pulled. "I kind of thought I was almost out of the picture," she said. But she had a good fall w…

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Clarence makes its way to Cortland for a fourth straight final four appearance, where its season has ended the last three years to teams that have went on to win state titles. Awaiting at SUNY Cortland at 5:30 p.m. Saturday is a familiar foe in Section VIII’s Massapequa, which beat the Red Devils in 2014 (1-0) and 2015 (2-0). Massapequa was on the other side of the bracket…

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By Dave Ricci Special to the News Next stop, the state tournament. Marisa Warren scored the game winner as Nichols beat Nardin, 2-0, in the Class A championship that was part of the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association girls soccer championship double header at the Demske Sports Complex on Saturday. "Usually I cut outside and this time I decided to cut inside," …

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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…

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Nichols Vikings (0-7) Coach: Bob Mullen, second season Home field: Peek Field Program founded: 1895 Outlook: The program has joined forces with Christian Central Academy – with 12 of its 29 players coming from the small, private school in Williamsville that does not offer the sport. One of those players is Ben Lekeuneu, a senior who will start at running back. …

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Who’s who: The six-team Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association consists of the Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers, Canisius Crusaders, Cardinal O'Hara Hawks, St. Francis Red Raiders, St. Joe's Marauders and St. Mary's Lancers. The Nichols Vikings remain an independent team. Alignment shift: Nichols football also has players from Central Christian Academy and Nia…

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2016 team champions: Orchard Park (ECIC and ECIC South Large), East Aurora/Holland (ECIC South Small), Williamsville North (ECIC North Large), Alden (ECIC North Small), Niagara Wheatfield (Niagara Frontier League), Wilson (Niagara-Orleans), St. Joe's (Monsignor Martin). 2016 state tournament participant underclassmen: Kevin Halpern-11 (Williamsville North), Andrew LaCon…