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Miguel Rodriguez's Power Take: John Faller's a tough act to follow

What did Sweet Home's John Faller do with his coach's whistle?

That question popped into my head as it finally hit me that the next football and boys' lacrosse seasons will take place without one of the legends of high school sports walking the sidelines.

To recap: Faller announced earlier this year he's retiring from the profession; His last appearance in any coaching capacity will be as an assistant during next month's Kensington Lions All-Star Classic.

His replacements will have a tough act to follow, as Faller guided football and lacrosse to a combined 14 Section VI championships and two state titles, amassing 373 lacrosse and 217 football wins.

The lacrosse victory total, second in Western New York history, reminds folks of the role he played in its growth locally the past 41 years. It's the reason he received the Ed Van Tine Award at Monday's Borrelli Memorial Awards dinner.

So what did Faller do with his whistle?

Turns out he still has about 10 of them hanging around.

Keep a few handy. The folks at the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame might want to display them someday.

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