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The mood on the bus was light for the Lew-Port girls swimming team last Tuesday. Jokes were flying around between the girls about how they don’t think they had ever beaten Niagara Frontier League rival Lockport in a dual meet before. That wasn’t the case, but it had been a while – as in 36 years. First-year varsity coach Ashley Tutwiler, a Niagara Falls High…

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Hockey has been Holly Schmelzer’s go-to ever since she was 6 years old. Ice hockey. Roller hockey. Street hockey. Knee hockey. You name it, she played it growing up. It helps that the Schmelzers are a hockey family through and through. Dad, Roger, played growing up as a kid. Older brother Ryan is the senior captain at Division I Canisius College this season. …

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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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Elizabeth Smorol didn’t think much of it at first, the fact that she was the female coach of a boys varsity sport at Lockport High School. She wasn't the first. That was Marion Singleton, the coach of the boys and girls bowling teams for the past seven seasons. But female coaches in male sports are still few and far between. After 15 years as the head of the girls …

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Meghan Root is back doing the carrying on the pitch instead of being carried around to spots on it by her coach. It's a situation the Pioneer girls soccer star is grateful to be experiencing again. The Panthers' all-time scoring leader is pain free and thriving again in the sport she loves after missing all of last season while recovering from surgical procedures tha…

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Stephen Pierce will be in an unfamiliar position during Eden girls volleyball games this season — cheering from the stands. For the first time in nearly three decades, it won’t be Pierce running one of the top programs in New York State. The longtime coach retired after a 28-year run that included 995 career wins and 14 state championships, both NYSPHSAA records. …