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A loss to Orchard Park was just the wake-up call that Brandon Dunz and the rest of the Frontier boys volleyball team needed. The Falcons immediately rebounded with a sweep of West Seneca West and finished the week with a three-set win over Canisius to capture the title of the Hamburg Tournament on Saturday. Match point in the best-of-three final was decided on a kill…

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The Hamburg girls volleyball team has been ranked near the top of the Western New York coaches poll all season. A big part of that success has been the play of Margaret Seider. Seider's seven blocks and six kills were enough to give her MVP of the Southtowns Invitational Friday night, when she helped lead the Bulldogs past Orchard Park in the final. It was Hamburg's sec…

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There's another McLaughlin to watch out for in East Aurora ... and she'll be around for the greater part of the next five years. Eighth-grader Megan McLaughlin is following in the footsteps of her older siblings as she makes her mark on the school's powerhouse cross-country program. She started the week by helping the Blue Devils finish their ECIC dual meet schedule …

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East Aurora has a rich history in boys soccer. So when a player sets a new school record, it's quite an accomplishment. After a six-goal week, senior Bryce Schiltz is now the all-time leading goal scorer in program history. In the second of three games last week, Schiltz's third goal of the game against Lake Shore on Senior Night was the 66th of his career and broke a m…

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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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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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The Akron field hockey team may have only had one game last week, but Abby Stone made it count. With the help of her teammates, the senior scored five goals and had an assist in a 7-1 win against Wilson, one of the tougher teams in the Niagara-Orleans League. For her noteworthy performance in a sport that's not so easy to score in, Stone was an easy choice for the Pr…

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You can't win if you can't score, and St. Mary's of Lancaster boys soccer keeper Noah Winiarski has made life difficult for opposing offenses this season. Just last week, the sophomore made 10 saves in a 2-1 win against Central Christian Baptist, another 10 saves in a 2-0 win at Niagara Catholic, and 30 (no, that's not a typo) more saves in a 1-0 win at Fredonia in the …

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Setters play a huge part in the success of a volleyball team. Marc Bixby has been no different for No. 1-ranked Lockport. Last week, he led the Lions to Niagara Frontier League sweeps over Niagara Falls and Grand Island before winning the Sweet Home Invitational on Saturday without dropping a single set. Bixby was named MVP of the tournament, but his latest honor is …

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Jillian Vitale was vital for the St. Mary's of Lancaster girls volleyball team during a highly-anticipated stretch of tough competition. During the week, the No. 1 small school Lancers swept both No. 1 large school Williamsville East and Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association rival Sacred Heart in home games. Then on Saturday, St. Mary's finished tied for thi…

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The Medina girls soccer team may have gone 1-2 last week, but Destiny Satkowski scored nine of the team's 11 goals to keep the Mustangs within striking distance. On Sept. 12, Satkowski scored all three goals in a 5-3 loss to Newfane to become the school's all-time leader in career points. Satkowski's sidelined for a week and a half with a sprained ligament, but that …

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Josh Costolnick was selected among 900 high school rowers to compete in the 2017 World Rowing Championships in Sarasota, Fla., on Sept. 23-24. After making it through the first round of selections, Costolnick was asked to attend the final round in Saratoga Springs. Two days later, he was named to the 19-rower Northeastern Regional All-Star team, which will compete again…

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Max Balko single-handedly changed the Starpoint boys soccer team's fortunes last week. An overtime loss to Williamsville South was followed up with a 1-0 win over St. Francis and a 2-1 win in double overtime over Newfane, with Balko scoring all three goals for the Spartans to capture the Lockport Tournament championship. The tournament's Most Valuable Player is also …

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Iroquois' Allison Lenda is off to a fast start. The state meet qualifier picked up right where she left off last season by winning the 100 butterfly, 100 backstroke and leading off the victorious 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays at the Frewsburg Invitational on Saturday as the Chiefs took first place in eight of 12 events. For her standout performance, Lenda has b…