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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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Every girls basketball team going up against Cardinal O’Hara knows the keys to keeping the game competitive. No. 1 is limit turnovers. The Hawks play 32 minutes of relentless, in-your-face defense and force turnovers in bunches. O’Hara can put a one-possession game out of reach faster than anyone around. To avoid turning the ball over, opponents must slow the game do…

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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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Curiosity prompted me to look back at the previous Power 10s from the just-completed fall season. My mission: Exactly how many of the teams that won state championships, reached state finals or captured what's considered the top overall Monsignor Martin title in sports without state tournaments actually received a mention in a Power 10 before the playoffs? The tally:…

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St. Mary's of Lancaster announced Monday that John Opfer has been named the high school's sports performance director. As the owner and director of performance training at Performance Sports Training operated at the Northtown Center, Opfer works with athletes of all ages and talent levels. He will bring those skills and "work with student athletes to improve their o…

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St. Mary’s of Lancaster will bring its 36-5-2 record (including tournaments) to St. Anthony’s High School on Long Island on Saturday looking for its 16th New York State Catholic High School Athletic Association title. The Lancers will play three downstate league champions, John F. Kennedy, The Ursuline School and Kellenberg Memorial, in a round robin pool play to determ…

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By Dave Ricci Special to The News Three years ago Troy Gooch watched his older brother, Trevor Gooch, get hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates during a victory celebration. This time it was Troy's turn. Troy Gooch had 20 kills as Canisius bested St. Mary's of Lancaster three sets to none to claim the program's 18th consecutive Monsignor Martin Athletic Assoc…

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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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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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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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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Four 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/2017/09/24/buffalo-news-football-polls-sept-25/ Monsignor Martin Canisius 55, St. Joe’s 16 Click the link below to watch the en…