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Bandits to honor Rich Kilgour

The Buffalo Bandits will honor former player Rich Kilgour by retiring his No. 16 in a ceremony before their April 16 game against the Boston Blazers. To celebrate the occasion the Bandits lowered the price of all 300 level seats to $16.

Kilgour will join brother Darris Kilgour, the Bandits general manager and head coach, as the second former player to have his number retired by the team. Darris Kilgour's No. 43 was retired in 2001. The Bandits also have honored Thomas Gardner, a prominent figure in youth lacrosse in Western New York by retiring his No. 34 after he died in 1998.

Rich Kilgour played 200 career regular season games as a defensive specialist for the Bandits, scoring 371 points (94 goals, 223 assists). He was team captain for 12 seasons. Also, he was part of the 1993 championship team, the only team in league history to go undefeated through the regular season and playoffs.

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UB's Beichner top MAC coach

University at Buffalo wrestling coach Jim Beichner was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year on Tuesday. The honor follows one of the most successful wrestling seasons in UB's history, including a record six national tournament qualifiers. UB had four MAC individual champions this past season.

"The award is really the result of our athletes, beginning with our four MAC championships and it permeates down to the five wrestlers that place in the MAC championships and through the entire team, our backups and redshirts," said Beichner, who is in his 16th season at UB.

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Tier II tourney starts today

Amherst Youth Hockey is the host for USA Hockey's Tier II Youth 14 and Under National Championships which will run from today until Sunday at Northtown Center at Amherst. Games begin this morning at 9 a.m. Championship games will be at 9 a.m, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Forty-two teams from across the country, including some from as far away as Alaska, Seattle and Los Angeles, will compete. The Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles will represent Western New York, playing in the top division (3A). They will begin play at 2:45 p.m. today against Old York Road from Eastern Pennsylvania.

Games are open to the public. Day passes and weekly passes are available for purchase at the Northtown Center at Amherst ticket office. Tournament results, schedules and other information will be available at usahockey.com.

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Golden Gloves finals Saturday

The Western New York Golden Gloves finals will be held starting at 7:30 on Saturday night in Erie Community College's Burt Flickinger Center.

Tickets ($25 general admission, $15 for children 12 and under) are available at four Carubba Collision locations, Doris Records, 286 East Ferry Street, and Pacillo's 3493, Sheridan Drive, Amherst and online at Clicketix.com. Ringside tables are available. Call 400-9697 for information.

WNY champions advance to the state Golden Gloves Tournament on April 16 at ECC.

From News and wire service reports.

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