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While there's no shortage of skilled players on the St. Mary's of Lancaster girls volleyball team, even the most talented crews need a difference-maker or two to take them over the top. The Lancers had three of them in seniors Jillian Vitale and Summer Slade and junior Hannah Mulhern. They all played vital roles in St. Mary's capturing its second straight New York State…

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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…

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The top girls basketball player from Western New York might be playing where snow won’t fall this winter. After a year at Blair Academy in New Jersey, former Williamsville East star Erica Martinsen is wrapping up her scholastic career at IMG Academy in Florida. The 2016 Buffalo News Player of the Year verbally committed to the University of Virginia back in January. …

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WILL SPRINGSTEAD Special to The News GLENS FALLS -- The dominance was the same, but the class was different. Portville won its first state girls volleyball title in Class C on Sunday at Cool Insuring Arena, defeating Millbrook 3-1 (25-9, 15-25, 25-13, 25-13). The Panthers' previous three state titles came in Class D, the last one in 2015. After splitting the firs…

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Section VI will be represented in the Class A, C and D girls volleyball finals, as all three schools competing in Glens Falls Saturday made it through pool play. Portville and Panama, the respetive Class C and D representatives, both went undefeated in pool play. Portville won all six sets, besting Pierson-Bridgehamton, Voorheesville and Millbrook. The Panthers will fac…

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It was close, but we have a winner. Senior Max Giordano's one-handed catch in Lancaster's Week Four win at Niagara Falls has been voted the best catch of the high school football season. https://twitter.com/Hudl/status/912378980568879105 Thanks for the 5,000-plus votes over the course of the past few weeks. This has been a fun experiment and is something I hope to…

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The championship journeys for four volleyball teams from Section VI continue this weekend as they head east to compete in their respective state tournaments. The Williamsville East, Portville and Panama girls teams play in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association tournament at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday and possibly Sunday, while the Eden…

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Williamsville East will return to the state semifinals for the third year in a row determined to bring back the one trophy missing from its collection. “In other years, our goal was to get there,” senior captain Ally Jozwiak said. “This year, our goal is to win it.” The Flames blazed through West Irondequoit on Thursday night at Daemen College, winning their third straig…

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By Dave Ricci Special to The News It was a classic Border War battle. When the dust settled it was the top-seeded Red Devils that were champions. Again. Lindsey Leipold had 27 assists as Clarence beat No. 2 Lancaster, three games to one, to claim the Section VI Class AA championship as part of a girls volleyball double header that was played at Daemen College, Thurs…

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WILLIAMSVILLE – The Section VI field hockey championships on Wednesday in Williamsville had a little bit of everything. Revenge was found in Class C, a new champion was crowned in Class B, while a title was defended in Class A. In Class C action, the top-seeded Akron Tigers (13-1), who graduated 10 seniors from last season, got their revenge and stunned powerhouse and d…

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Laura Schultz is in her first year on the Grand Island varsity soccer team. Her first ever goal for the Vikings varsity squad came at an opportune time Saturday afternoon at Williamsville North. Schultz saw a ball bounce off a Williamsville East defender after a corner kick in the second half, allowing her to net her first career varsity goal and the only goal in the Vi…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Eight of the high school football season, the first week of the postseason in Section VI. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/22/news-football-polls-week-eight/ Monsignor Martin Canisius 38, St. Fran…

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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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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. As…