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One team has filled its coaching vacancy while another suddenly is in need of a boys basketball coach. St. Joe's announced Monday that Gabe Michael has been hired as its new boys basketball coach. Michael, who has been coach the past six years at Williamsville South, takes over for longtime coach Mark Simon. Simon retired at the end of the past regular after 18 seaso…

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The Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association has opted to change things up for the coming season following the review of the 2017 season. The biggest news is that instead of one six-team division, the league will now be split into two divisions featuring three teams each. The A Division consists of Canisius, St. Francis and St. Joe's. The B Division features Bi…

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Jaylen Morris is used to being overlooked. He was only an honorable mention on the 2013 boys basketball All-Western New York team in his senior year at St. Joe's Collegiate Institute. He played college ball at Division II Molloy College and was spurned by general managers in leagues overseas after graduating. But as of Wednesday, he's an NBA player. Morris signed a 1…

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Chad Kelly has been in the NFL for 10 months. And for 10 months his NFL dreams have been paused. At this time a year ago, when the top names of his draft class descended on Indianapolis and the NFL scouting combine, Kelly was encumbered by a laundry bag of red flags. The NFL had rescinded his combine invitation because of a new misbehavior policy — since terminate…

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Former St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute basketball player Jaylen Morris signed a 10-day deal with the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday. Morris, an Amherst native, played and started in 39 games this year with Atlanta's G-League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. He averaged 12.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 rebounds per game. He played college basketball at Division II Molloy,…

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MANHATTAN CUP PLAYOFFS Tuesday’s play-in games at Villa Maria Class A 5-St. Joe’s vs. 4-St. Francis, 6 p.m. Class B 5-Christian Central vs. 4-Nichols, 7:45 p.m. Class A Semifinals Friday, Feb. 23 at Koessler Center 5-SJ/4-SF winner vs. 1-Canisius, 6 p.m. 3-Timon-St. Jude vs. 2-Park, 7:45 p.m. Class B Semifinals Saturday, Feb. 24 at Koess…

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Ed Maynard has been around the Western New York swimming scene long enough to recognize when he has a special collection of talent. The 2017-18 Canisius Crusaders don’t just stand out in his mind. They’re right at the very top. “We have 15 seniors on this team and a good compliment of juniors, sophomores and freshmen that are pretty impressive as well,” Maynard said.…

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St. Joe’s secured its fourth straight Monsignor Martin wrestling championship at the 52nd All-Catholic tournament Sunday. The host Marauders won six of the 10 finals it placed wrestlers in to help accumulate 234 points. St. Francis was the runner-up with 197, followed by Canisius with 156, St. Mary’s of Lancaster with 73 and Gow with 16. Winning their respective weig…

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Shane Scheeler knew he had taken a hit along the boards. The pain in his left wrist felt like a bad "stinger," a burning sensation that usually lasts a few moments. He thought he had been punched. It wasn't until the St. Joe's senior defenseman looked down and saw the blood squirting out of his lower arm that he realized the injury was more severe. An opposing player…

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Look at the standings and folks immediately ask, what's wrong with St. Joe's?  The longtime Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation power has more losses this year (five) than in the previous two seasons combined (three). The one word answer: Injuries. The Marauders have played one entire game with their full roster, as they've had eight players miss at least one …

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Without further ado, here's the first Power 10 for the scholastic winter season. (Through Friday night's games) 1. Williamsville North hockey. Defending state champions have spent much of the winter ranked first in the state Division I poll. Spartans (13-0-2) remained unbeaten by defeating reigning state Catholic champion St. Joe's on Friday night. The teams also bat…

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Out of the five teams in the Monsignor Martin Association, No. 4 St. Francis and No. 6 St. Joe’s are both ranked highly among large schools. The Marauders are looking to extend their All-Catholic title streak to four years. They return three All-Catholic champions in sophomore Ben Parish and seniors Samuel Baker and Ty Slaugenhoupt. Parish placed third at states in 2017…

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Ryan Bradley had himself a game. That proved to be bad news for St. Joe's. Riding the inside play of its senior big man, Canisius quickly turned a close game into a runaway triumph Tuesday night as the host Crusaders cruised to an 88-55 decision in boys basketball over their longtime Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association rival. The 6-foot-7 Bradley sco…

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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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Western New York boys hockey teams are well-represented in the first state hockey rankings that were released Wednesday. Four teams are in the top nine of Division I, while three are in the top seven in Division II. Defending state champs St. Joe's and Williamsville North are Nos. 1 and 2 in D-I, while Williamsville East is No. 1 in D-II. Lancaster is sixth and Ni…