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Herd ends spring slate today

The Buffalo Bisons will complete their spring exhibition schedule today at 1 p.m. against the New Orleans Zephyrs in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

The Herd (4-6-1) and the Memphis Redbirds, Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, played a 6-6 tie Wednesday in Jupiter, Fla. Outfielder John Pridie hit a first-inning grand slam homer for the Bisons.

Right-hander Josh Stinson turned in the second straight solid pitching performance as a starter for the Bisons, allowing just two hits in five shutout innings while striking out four.

On Tuesday, right-hander Boof Bonser allowed just one run over five innings in a 3-2 victory over New Orleans in Jupiter.

The Herd's home opener will be at 3:05 p.m. next Thursday against the Syracuse Chiefs.

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Sacred Heart grad in NCAAs

Buffalo native Courtney Connors will be making an NCAA postseason appearance this weekend, as she and her New Hampshire teammates advanced to the National Collegiate Women's Gymnastics Championships regional competition. The Wildcats will be the fourth-seed in Saturday's six-team Norman, Okla. regional.

Also in the regional are Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, Missouri and North Carolina.

Connors, a sophomore who graduated from Sacred Heart and trained at Stumpf's Gymnastics, is a vault and floor specialist for New Hampshire.

The top two teams from the six regional sites advance to the NCAA Championship in Cleveland, Ohio, April 15-17.

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Hilbert falls in home debut

In its first home game ever at the varsity level, the Hilbert men's lacrosse team fell to Keuka College, 14-4. Kori Halftown and Sean Purtill each scored two goals in defeat.

A reported 100 fans were on hand at Orchard Park High School to see Hilbert's first home game in this inaugural season. Thus far, Hilbert is amongst the NCAA Division III's leaders in several categories in its rookie campaign, including groundballs and scoring offense.

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Regals split at nationals

The Buffalo Regals' 18-under squad fell to the Colorado Thunderbirds, 6-0, at the 2011 USA National Championships in Simsbury, Conn.

Meanwhile, the Regals' 16-under team knocked off the Dallas Stars Elite, 4-1, in Connecticut. Kyle Eastman scored two goals, Dylan McLaughlin had a goal and an assist and Zachary Evancho also scored. In net, Peter Borgesi made 30 saves.

The first three days of the tournament are a round robin with the top four teams in each division advancing to the playoff round Saturday in Tier I.

At the Northtown Center in Amherst, in the Tier II 14-under tournament, the Niagara Junior Purple Eagles lost to Old York Road, 9-1. Quinn Beiter scored Niagara's goal.

From News and wire service reports.

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