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Canisius High School's Christian Balkin, Mac Granto, Jake Ruffolo and Dan Bowen finished first in the 200 freestyle relay and earned All-American honors at the NYSPHSAA Championships Saturday. The quartet swam a time of 1:24.88, .27 seconds faster than second-place New Rochelle-Bronxville. The same group also finished in third in the 400 freestyle relay. Individually…

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By Jason Franchuk Special to The News ALBANY – Bryce Rowe sported an old-school look that carried a whole lot of meaning Saturday night. The Chautauqua Lake senior wrestled his Division II 160-pound wrestling match in his uncle’s black, white and orange-striped Section VI singlet. That gear has now seen another state title. Rowe (45-3), who had never even been to th…

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Chances are high that Starpoint’s Anthony Robinson is the only wrestler in the 285-pound weight class in New York State who led his school’s football team in rushing just a few months ago. Then again, not many competitors, regardless of weight class, possess the pure athleticism Robinson does. While the senior’s talents on the gridiron helped the Spartans football te…

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Ignore the record. Things are going better than fine for Starpoint in its first season in the Western New York Boys Varsity Hockey Federation for a simple reason. Membership in perhaps the most competitive scholastic league in the state has its advantages. "I'm enjoying it, the kids are enjoying it," Spartans coach Clayton Wilson said. "It's just good playing the …

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Pos. Name, School, Year, fast fact OH Troy Gooch, Canisius, 12, Third-year starter and Monsignor Martin Player of the Year earned all-tournament honors five times, recording 569 kills and 62 aces. OH Drew Hesse, Eden, 12, Two-year starter earned all-tournament honors in several events, including the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association championship…

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The Eden boys volleyball program has recorded its share of memorable victories over the years but earned perhaps its most unforgettable triumph just before Thanksgiving. That's when the Raiders captured the one title – the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association plaque – that had been missing from their trophy case. Eden capped its season to remember …

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Emma Brinker was having the season of her life. With an 8-1 record, the East Aurora girls basketball team was ranked No. 1 among Western New York small schools, and the 6-foot-1 forward’s presence on the court played a huge part on a senior-laden group that was among the favorites to win the Section VI Class B title. The junior averaged double-doubles through her fre…

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Robert Pierce was rooting for a Sweet Home victory on Tuesday night. He doesn’t want to see them win again, however. “I’m thrilled for them,” Pierce, the Eden coach, said of Sweet Home and coach Rich Cicero, his former club volleyball and Penn State University teammate. “He’s one of my best friends, a great guy. He’s really worked hard and those kids are responding to him…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Seven of the high school football season, the last week of the regular season for Section VI Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/15/news-football-polls-week-seven/ http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/16/sect…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Six 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/2017/10/08/news-football-polls-week-six/ Monsignor Martin St Francis 29, St. Joe's 26 From St. Francis: Class AA Clare…

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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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West Seneca West versus Lackwanna has no impact on division standings or playoff seeding. Each team will have bigger games to prepare for down the road. But Friday night's nonleague meeting between the Indians and Steelers is a big deal for a couple of reasons. -- It's the next game on their schedules. -- It also is a meeting between unbeaten teams with champio…

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It's that time of the week as the New York State Sportswriters football poll has been released. While the 4-0 Legends of Lancaster remain in the No. 2 spot behind fellow unbeaten Troy of Section II, the defending state champion, the biggest attention-getter upon glancing at Class AA poll is Canisius inching its way closer to the top five. The Crusaders moved up four …

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For the second week in a row Lancaster is ranked No. 2 in the New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA football poll. The Legends improved to 3-0 with last Friday's 43-20 win over Orchard Park in a rematch of last year's Section VI final. Defending champion and News No. 1 large school Lancaster has company in the poll as Canisius (2-1) is 10th, up one spot f…

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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 …