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Emma Brinker was having the season of her life. With an 8-1 record, the East Aurora girls basketball team was ranked No. 1 among Western New York small schools, and the 6-foot-1 forward’s presence on the court played a huge part on a senior-laden group that was among the favorites to win the Section VI Class B title. The junior averaged double-doubles through her fre…

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Three individuals and three relay teams swam their way to the championship heats of the NYSPHSAA girls swimming championships held at Ithaca College. Finals and consolations begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Lockport senior Katie Pollock advanced in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.98) and 100 breastroke (1:05.34), East Aurora sophomore Mary Brinker advanced in the 50 fr…

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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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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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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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Orchard Park graduate Morgan Wellenzohn was named Big Ten Diver of the Week on Oct. 18 by the conference. Wellenzohn is a junior at Michigan State. It's her first conference honor. Also, she's the first Spartans diver to earn the weekly award from the Big Ten since Oct. 25, 2015. “I’m very happy for Morgan," Michigan State coach Matt Gianiodis said in a statement.…

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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/sect…

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Cross country races don't start at the sound of the gun. Eating right, sleeping right and training right leading up to the race is just as important as what goes on at the course. Orchard Park's Cal Puskar seems to have the routine down pat, and he's letting it show on race day. The senior won the large schools division race at the 23rd West Seneca Cross Country Invitat…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Six 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/2017/10/08/news-football-polls-week-six/ Monsignor Martin St Francis 29, St. Joe's 26 From St. Francis: Class AA Clare…

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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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Week Three of the high school football season pretty much had it all. There were upsets, a school-record scoring output and game-winning drives, including one capped off by a Hail Mary. But what's the use of telling you when we can show you? Below is a roundup of available video highlights from Week Three. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a me…

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One of the questions being asked within the walls of Lancaster High School is somewhat controversial. Who's the better football player – Joe Andreessen or Ben Damiani? It's quite the tough question to answer since both are strong, determined, special players with game-changing abilities. Andreessen and Damiani left their imprints all over the Legends' latest conqu…

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Not much went right for Orchard Park in its 43-20 Class AA loss at Lancaster Friday night. But the Quakers can say they were the first to score on the Legends' defense this season. And they did it in spectacular fashion. Senior receiver Nic Bruce came down with a one-handed catch in the corner of the end zone on a toss from sophomore quarterback Jack Sharp in the thi…

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Lancaster versus Orchard Park is almost always a must-see game  – even more so when it's a rematch of a Section VI Class AA final. The combatants and the incentives for winning, however, aren't the only reasons fans should flock to Foyle/Kling Field on Friday night. There's more than an outcome at stake. Lancaster officials plan to donate $1 from each ticket purchase…

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Four Western New York high school football programs were named among the 15 most dominant in New York State since 2006, according to a point system devised by MaxPreps. Schools received 20 points for winning a state title, 10 points for an appearance in the championship game and additional points based off where the team finished in the final MaxPreps New York Football …