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Coach John Haynes gathered his Blue Devils in what had to be one of, if not the very hardest, end of season talk in his coaching career. Haynes told his boys that they and their season are not defined by one game. But by the entire journey. Most of all he told them to never forget that they made history. The most memorable season in Kenmore West baseball history came…

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Brianna Grine just wanted to walk away with peace of mind. To know that, regardless of how she finished, she did her best. Grine was able to walk away with that sense of contentment. She also took home three ribbons at the All-High Track and Field Championships that were held at Robert E. Rich Stadium on Wednesday. "I really just wanted to go out happy with my per…

It’s more than just the result of the game. Its about the experience. When you can have that memorable moment and still come away with the “W,” you can’t ask for anything more. Kenmore West’s Michael Barker (hat trick) scored the game winner to lead Buffalo to a 6-5 win over Rochester in the senior game of the 15th Bowman Cup Showcase that was played at KeyBank Cente…

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It wasn't the ending they wanted, but the hope is they still will take pride in what they accomplished. Phillip Zollo had a hat trick as Section III Syracuse topped Section VI champion Orchard Park, 5-1, in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division I semifinal Saturday at Harborcenter. The loss ended the most memorable season in the history …

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Kellen Pulera knew that this would be his last meaningful hockey game. So he wanted to make it count. He succeeded. Pulera scored twice and earned MVP honors as St. Joe’s stormed its way to its 12th CHSAA title with a no-doubt, 9-1 win over Fordham Prep (Bronx) at Harborcenter on Saturday afternoon. "This is unbelievable," Pulera said. "It’s awesome for the program, for…

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Since day one Keegan Shanahan has just wanted to prove her worth. She has done that and then some. Shanahan, a sophomore, notched two points as Frontier-Lake Shore-Orchard Park defeated Lancaster-Iroquois-Depew, 4-2, in the WNY Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation championship game that was played at Amherst Northtown Center. It marks the first time in Girls Fed history …

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The last time City Honors School won a sectional title, junior Kavion Taylor was only 3 years old. Sophomore Jaden Slaughter was barely a year old. Now the electric duo are one win from helping City Honors win its first Section VI title since 2005. Slaughter drained 28 points and Taylor added 17 as No. 4 City Honors beat No. 9 Fredonia High School, 53-46, in the Sect…

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Grand Island's band of brothers mentality has paid off. Mitchell Fusillo scored the game-winning with 23.1 seconds left in regulation as the Vikings topped West Seneca West, 3-2, in the Section VI Small School championship game at Harborcenter on Monday night. The win gives the Vikings their first sectional hockey title and vaults them into  Saturday's regionals agai…

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Randy Schultz was just looking for a job. He ended up finding the love of his life. Respected members of the WNY media, the Schultz’s have carved out their niche in the hockey community. A perfect partnership that currently runs NYHockeyOnline.com, Randy pens the stories and Janet takes the photos. But it was their day jobs at Niagara County Community College that fi…

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Beth Miller didn't just talk about getting better, she did something about it. And the impact was felt. Miller had 17 kills and 13 aces as Section VI Portville beat Section III Skaneateles 25-8, 25-18, 25-13 to win its NYSPHSAA Class C subregional game  at Daemen College on Wednesday. It was part of a doubleheader in which Section III Westhill beat Section VI Alden i…

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Ethan Weislo had 34 assists as the Crusaders knocked off rival St.Joe’s in three sets to win their 19th consecutive Monsignor Martin Athletic Association volleyball championship. The game was part of a girls/boys doubleheader that was held at Cardinal O’Hara High School. "To have this moment with my sons. Their first year on varsity as sophomores," Tom Weislo said. "It’s…

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There is no substitution for experience. East Aurora proved that in a big way Tuesday night. Two goals apiece by Jon Putney and Josh Bean led the way as B-1 champion East Aurora cruised to a 5-0 win over B-2 Southwestern in the Class B state qualifier at Tonawanda's Clinton H. Small Stadium. The Blue Devils advance to Saturday's Class B Far West Regionals at Sweet Ho…

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Winning never gets old. Especially when each team works so hard to create its own identity. Clarence added yet another plaque to its soccer trophy case when the top-seeded Red Devils knocked off No. 3 Lancaster, 2-1, in the Section VI Class AA title game that was played at Tonawanda’s Clinton H.Small Stadium. This makes three consecutive sectional titles for Clarence and…

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For Declan Brown it just didn’t seem real. Even as fans chanted his name. Brown made two saves in penalty kicks including one in the pivotal sixth round to lead No. 2 Southwestern past No. 5 Lafayette, 2-1 (PKs) to capture the Section VI Class B-2 championship at Tonawanda’s Clinton H. Small Stadium. “I just don’t know what to say right now,” Brown said with a smile,…

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From a professional athlete who travels much of the season to a stay-at-home dad who homeschools, local dads find diverse — and meaningful — ways to be actively involved in their kids’ lives. In North Buffalo, Peter DeLaPlante and his wife Suzanne said they didn’t want to their kids — Michael, 8, and Morgan, 5, — to be raised by babysitters. So early on they agreed one …