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By Dave Ricci Sprcial to The News You have to hand it to the Niagara-Orleans League. They play some pretty good soccer in the small league. And they proved it on Saturday afternoon, with all four teams in the Section VI Class B-1 and B-2 girls soccer championships at Williamsville North representing the N-O. In the B-1 game, No. 2 Newfane topped No. 8 Albion, 1-0…

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Week Three of the high school football season pretty much had it all. There were upsets, a school-record scoring output and game-winning drives, including one capped off by a Hail Mary. But what's the use of telling you when we can show you? Below is a roundup of available video highlights from Week Three. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a me…

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Akron Tigers (2-6) Coach: Andrew Clouse, third season Home field: Unnamed Program founded: Unknown Outlook: Akron’s offense will once again revolve around senior running back Jake Sarow, who rushed for 1,289 yards on 194 carries (6.6 yards/rush) and 11 touchdowns on his way to honorable mention All-Western New York honors. As a linebacker, Sarow made 50 tackl…

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While Matt Schneidman took in the action at the six-team Lockport scrimmage on Saturday, I opted to head further north into Niagara County and check out the four-team scrimmage at Roy-Hart between the host Rams, Wilson, Newfane and Medina. Here are some video highlights I shot during the scrimmage while gathering information for the coming high school football preview s…

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Lions, Tigers and a few Bulldogs: Oh, my Scrimmage Saturday is around the corner for Western New York's scholastic football teams. The scrimmage extravagana begins at several sites at 9 a.m., as it's a chance for teams to hit players not on their own squad for the first time since practices began Aug. 14 throughout the state. Teams' playbooks will be scaled down, but…

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2016 team champions: Frontier (A), East Aurora (B), Alden (C), Maple Grove (D). Msgr. Martin High School Athletic Association: St. Joe's. 2016 underclassmen individual champions: Section VI Class A -- Grey Conover-10 (Clarence), Section VI Class D -- Michael Peppy-11 (Maple Grove). All-Catholic -- Tom Appenheimer-10 (Cardinal O'Hara). 2016 All-WNY first-team undercl…

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2016 team champions: Orchard Park (ECIC and ECIC South Large), East Aurora/Holland (ECIC South Small), Williamsville North (ECIC North Large), Alden (ECIC North Small), Niagara Wheatfield (Niagara Frontier League), Wilson (Niagara-Orleans), St. Joe's (Monsignor Martin). 2016 state tournament participant underclassmen: Kevin Halpern-11 (Williamsville North), Andrew LaCo…

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Wilson girls basketball coach Brian Baker has noticed a lack of team camps for girls in Western New York. He opens the school gym during the offseason for open sessions and his team participates in the annual Niagara County Community College Shootout in July, but opportunities are still scarce. “Girls basketball is improving but too many kids specialize in one spor…

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There were times Williamsville North's Josh Surowiec kind of got lost in the shadow cast by Major Baseball League prospect Leugim Castillo of Lancaster. He wasn't the only Western New York talent, and it's understandable. Castillo more than lived up to all the preseason accolades he garnered en route to being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers and earning second-team All-…

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It doesn’t get any better than a perfect game for a pitcher. Just ask Wilson High School’s John Bender. The junior right-hander retired 21 out of 21 batters in an 11-0 win against Niagara-Orleans League rival Roy-Hart on May 9. He struck out 10, didn’t allow a ball to leave the infield and needed only 77 pitches to complete the outing. “The situation doesn…

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The words “another day, another scholar” hang on a banner at Wilson High School. If there ever comes a time when the school thinks about altering it, here’s a suggestion: “Another day, another scholar, another Niagara-Orleans League girls basketball championship.” It has been nine years since the Lakewomen haven’t won a league title, the year that Brian B…

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Sitting 25 feet above the water, shaded by massive oak trees and overlooking the Wilson Harbor on Lake Ontario, the Sunset Bar and Grill provides an idyllic setting for watching a late-summer sunset. Their daily posting of each night’s sunset time shows how this spot aims to cater to sunset watchers. Plenty of outdoor seating space is available with a newly extended p…

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Niagara County is thought of more for their locally produced wines than their locally brewed beer. Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company in the village of Wilson is changing that perception. Open since 2012, the brewery and brewpub are worth a drive north just to see the refurbished century- old building. Formerly a cold storage building in the Lake Ontario village, original t…