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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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The Jamestown Red Raiders have had a whole lot of fun breaking in something new while doing something that never gets old. The classic AstroTurf rug at Strider Field is no more. In its place is synthetic all-weather surface A-turf. It's safer than the course rug (softer, easier on the joints) and enables the Red Raiders to play a slightly faster game since they no longe…

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Nathan "Nate" Forrestel doesn't box. In fact, the only glove the 17-year-old Akron senior carries, he wears occasionally on his left hand. But make no mistake about it. The sixth-year Tigers' golfer with cerebral palsy is a fighter. He always has been, from the moment he came into the world, from the nearly 20 minutes prior to his birth when oxygen deprivation threat…