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Danielle Allentuck


Colleges

This is part of a series highlighting this year’s class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The 15-member class will be inducted Oct. 9. Bill Bradshaw will never forget the moment he found out he was going to be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The director of athletics at La Salle University in Philadelphia was in his office late one ni…

Bills

PITTSFORD – With her hair pulled back in a low braided bun and arms crossed over her chest, Phoebe Schecter is all business during Bills practice. Schecter, a coaching intern working with the tight ends, has been a steady fixture during training camp at St. John Fisher College. As the six tight ends vying for a spot on the team ran through drills, there she was too, ev…

Bisons and Baseball

Nine games into his Triple-A career with the Buffalo Bisons, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is living up to the hype. The 19-year-old phenom and No. 1 prospect has always been known for his abilities with a bat. So far, that's still holding true. But the third baseman is also making plays on defense and was even the No. 8 play on SportsCenter's Top 10 list Tuesday night for a di…

Golf

Jim Hunt, a quadruple amputee, never had played golf with other amputees before. That was until he got to Brierwood Country Club Monday, when he got the chance to play with 12 other amputees at the Buffalo Amputee Golf Classic. And what made the event more special for Hunt: It was his first round of competitive golf ever. “It was a lot of fun,” Hunt said. “We had …

Bills

PITTSFORD — As Buffalo Bills players cleared the field and workers began to clean up the remains of practice, Adam Redmond was still out there, working with two other players in the corner of the end zone. Sunday's practice was a two-hour affair in 90-degree weather, but Redmond wanted to get extra reps in before calling it a day. This attitude is part of what led to hi…

Bills

PITTSFORD — Malachi Dupre tries not to get caught in thinking about the what-ifs. What if he had not bypassed his senior season at LSU? Might he have been selected higher than the seventh round by the Green Bay Packers last year? What if he had avoided a concussion-inducing hit in his first preseason game? Dupree was hit hard and lay motionless on the ground as the p…

Colleges

Willie Lightfoot and Roddy Gayle haven’t even started high school, but they already have scholarship offers from mid-major college basketball programs that want them to play for them in four years. The practice of making nonbinding scholarship offers to eighth-graders has been going on for decades, but the type of schools doing the offering has changed as the recruiting…

Golf

LEWISTON — From the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament to the Porter Cup, Thomas Walsh's season just keeps rolling. The University of Virginia senior, winner of the ACC championship in April, cruised to victory Saturday in the 60th Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club. Walsh led by as many as six shots during the final round and finished at 11-under 269. He end…

Golf

LEWISTON — Thomas Walsh needed a way to calm down during the third round of the Porter Cup Friday, so as he walked to the 18th hole, he downed a few sips of beer. He then handed it off to his caddy and hit his final tee shot of the day. It must have helped. Walsh, 22, is ahead by three strokes heading into Saturday's final round. "I was a little high-strung there at …

Golf

Garrett Rank is no stranger to pressure. He works full time as an NHL referee during the hockey season, where his nights are filled with high-stress situations. But he's used to loud arenas with thousands of fans screaming at him, not peaceful golf courses with a handful of spectators politely clapping regardless of the outcome. "As a golfer and a referee you really …

Golf

Hours after hitting his first hole-in-one on the fourth hole, Ben Reichert was still at a loss of words. The East Amherst native said he didn't know what to think after it happened, just that he was happy it happened at the Porter Cup, a tournament he's very familiar with. "I didn’t see if it went in or if it was short," he said. "I figured it was short. When I got u…

Golf

LEWISTON – Brandon Wu has been through the Porter Cup once before. He's familiar with the course, is friendly with most of the returning golfers and knows what to expect from the atmosphere. But things are different this year for Wu: All eyes are on him as the returning champion. He couldn't even eat his lunch Tuesday without being interrupted by kids asking for his …

Sports

A year ago, Cassandra Neeley was just a teenager from Williamsville with a passion for synchronized swimming. Now, she’s getting ready to compete on the world stage for Team USA. “It’s been pretty crazy. I was just a normal high school student and now I’ve basically committed all my free time and my life to synchronized swimming,” Neeley said. “But I wouldn’t change…

High Schools

While the best players in Major League Baseball participate in All-Star festivities next week, Orchard Park teen Abby Torgerson will be right there alongside them. She is one of three finalists in the 13-14 age group in the Pitch, Hit and Run softball competition, and will compete Monday against the two others to determine the champion at Washington's Nationals Park, wh…

High Schools

Current and former student-athletes, as well as parents, community members and co-workers spoke for about two hours in support of former Sweet Home track and field coach Brian Lombardo on Monday night at the Board of Education meeting. Lombardo's resignation as a coach and teacher had been approved by the board at its last meeting, which was a special meeting with just …