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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey is a retired reporter and editor from The Buffalo News. He has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 40+ years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, and public relations staffer. Budd has had 11 books published.


High Schools

High school baseball games don’t get much better than Saturday’s Class AA Far West Regional between Section VI’s Frontier and Section V’s McQuaid Jesuit. The Falcons might have dropped a 2-1 decision in Lockport, but they only added to their luster of a surprising and fulfilling playoff run by playing the top-ranked team in the state almost evenly for seven tension-fill…

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One of these days Section VI will end the run of domination by Section V in the Far West Regionals in girls lacrosse. Saturday was not that day. The Section V teams authored a sweep of Section VI in the four games played at Williamsville North. It was a repeat of the results of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 FWR matchups. The Section V squads advanced to the State champions…

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The Lake Shore girls basketball team won’t forget what it did so far this week. First, the Eagles knocked off top-ranked Amherst in the Class A-2 playoff of the Section VI championships on Sunday. Then on Wednesday night, Lake Shore took care of the No. 2-ranked Williamsville South in the Class A final. The Eagles did it in a convincing way, too, with a 63-49 win at …

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Tuesday night’s “Backyard Brawl” between neighboring Olean and Allegany-Limestone could have been played at a gym – or, in better weather, in a park – somewhere in the Southern Tier. Instead the Section VI Class B final in boys basketball took place a 90-minute drive away at the Buffalo State Sports Arena. For Olean, the outcome was worth the trip. The Huskies improved …

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HOUGHTON – Two of the most anticipated races of the girls side of the Section VI Indoor Track and Field state qualifier on Thursday were at the ends of the running spectrum: the 3,000-meter run, and the 55-meter dash. The long and the short of it was that athletes from Lockport won both events. Much of the attention on the dash was on Jada Kenna, a talented seventh-grade…

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HOUGHTON – Two of the most anticipated races of the girls side of Section I Indoor Track and Field state qualifier at Houghton College on Thursday were at the ends of the running spectrum: the 3,000-meter run, and the 55-meter dash. The long and the short of it was that athletes from Lockport won both events. Much of the attention on the dash was on Jada Kenna, a tal…

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HOUGHTON — The boys 1,000-meter run more than lived up to its billing as one of the most competitive races at the Section VI Indoor Track and Field State Qualifier at Houghton College. The balanced field headed down the last straightaway of the Kerr-Pegula Field House, and several runners lunged at the finish line. Vinny Pagliaccio of West Seneca East found himself on t…

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An unexpected drought struck a portion of Western New York on Friday night. It wasn't a case of a lack of precipitation at Sweet Home High School. There was plenty of that, which has been the norm in the area as of late. However, the offense of two local boys' soccer teams hit a dry spell in the Far West Regionals. Neither North Collins nor Randolph could figure out …

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Cinderella, also known as the Olean girls volleyball team, will get to stay at the ball for a while longer – at least until Monday night. The Huskies, a lowly No. 7 seed, knocked off No. 1 seed and defending Class B champion East Aurora to claim the B-1 championship of the Section VI playoffs on Thursday. The scores were 21-25, 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, and 25-23. Olean coach…

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The beat goes on and on for the Cardinal O’Hara girls basketball team, but it may be coming to an end for their coach, Nick O’Neil. The Hawks won the Class A title of the Msgr. Martin Athletic Association for the fifth straight year on Saturday night. They beat Sacred Heart, 62-46, at Villa Maria in Cheektowaga. It’s the longest such run in the MMAA since Holy Angels wo…

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JAMESTOWN – There were 8.9 seconds left, and East High School trailed Ellicottville, 61-60, in the boys basketball Section VI, Class D semifinal. Was there any doubt who would get the ball? Willard Anderson took the inbounds pass, zipped down the court, cut to his left, penetrated the lane, and laid in a shot with about three seconds left. That was the difference, as…

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Dec. 31, 1997 – Marv Levy sure knew how to spoil a New Year’s Eve party. Bills fans certainly didn’t feel like celebrating after the greatest coach in team history announced his retirement. Levy was the focus of an emotional, hourlong news conference in which the coach discussed the end of a 12-year tenure with the team. Levy won more games than any coach in Bills’ h…

Bills

Dec. 30, 1985 – The Bills were just about ready to leave the wilderness, thanks to a hiring made on this day. Buffalo was coming off consecutive 2-14 seasons at that point. That might have made it the worst franchise in the NFL at the time. It was no surprise, then, when Bills’ owner Ralph Wilson fired General Manager Terry Bledsoe and replaced him with Bill Polian. …

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Dec. 29, 1996 – Bruce Smith no doubt was still disappointed a day after a playoff loss to Jacksonville. At least he received some news that must have brought a smile to his face. Smith was named the NFL’s defensive player of the year by the Associated Press. Smith’s total of 13.5 sacks, the most in the AFC, impressed the voters. Kevin Greene of Carolina finished second …

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Dec. 28, 1996 – The Super Bowls had stopped coming for the Bills by this time, and the nucleus of great players that made many great moments possible was starting to go its separate ways. A playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars turned out to be one of those moments when it became obvious that the “glory days” were about gone. The Bills had beaten the Chiefs in t…