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Sports snapshots; There was action aplenty for every kind of fan in Western New York during 2011

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Just missed him: Buffalo Bisons catcher Raul Chavez barely misses the tag on Syracuse Chiefs Jhonatan Solano as he slides into home in the seventh inning at Coca-Cola Field July 3. The Bisons finished in fifth place in their division with a 61-82 record.

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Joy of victory: Pine Valley's Marcus Astry, right, and teammate Conner Smith celebrate their team's Class D Championship win over Clymer at Jamestown Community College on March 4.

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Off to the races: It was a beautiful sunny day that greeted girls competing in the Class B Section VI Cross Country Championship race as they sped off at Elma Meadows Nov. 4.

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Topsy-turvy: Above, Northern Illinois receiver Perez Ashford goes airborne as UB Bulls' Cortney Lester tackles him in first half action at UB Stadium Oct. 22. The Bulls lost a close one, 31-30, on their way to another losing season. Final record was 3-9.

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Primed for a shot: At right, the University at Buffalo's Rob Golabeck makes a throw during shot put practice on the North Campus May 4.

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Preseason hopefuls: Above, Bills' Ryan Fitzpatrick sets up to pass during a preseason game at Ralph Wilson Stadium Aug. 27. The Bills started strong, going 5-2, but then collapsed and lost seven in a row to miss the playoffs once again.

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Focus of attention: At left, Sabres forward Drew Stafford talks with the media at his locker following practice at HSBC Arena April 17. The Sabres, leading 3-2 in their playoff series with the Flyers, choked and lost the clincher in overtime, then lost 5-2 in Game 7 to be eliminated.