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Dave Ricci


Buffalo Magazine: Community

Jane & Pete Jane Mogavero was looking for the perfect home. She ended up finding a partner instead. Pete Herman will never forget the day he first saw Jane. It was in the living room of the North Buffalo home they now share. The two were among the 13 people in a bidding war for that house in May 2017—and Pete narrowly edged out Jane for the top bid. Pete found o…

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Panama has been on a mission for the past year. On Sunday, they got one step closer to their ultimate goal of being state volleyball champs. The Section VI Panthers downed Section V's Harley Allendale Columbia in three straight sets to cap off the Far West Regional triple header that was held at Daemen College. Winning by scores of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-22, the Class D…

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Just before the game-clinching point, teammates Sophia Renaud and Destiny Custer looked at each other and said “we got this.” They were right. Class B-2 Olean scored a stunning three-set sweep over B-1 champion Cheektowaga in the Section VI Class B overall title match that was played at North Tonawanda High School Friday night. “We always just look at each other f…

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Wow! That’s the only way to describe this match. Captain Madison Popielski had 13 kills amd 28 digs as top-seed Williamsville South erased a 2-0 deficit to beat No. 3 Hamburg in five sets to claim the Section VI Class A championship that was played at North Tonawanda High School Thursday night. Winning their first sectional title since winning states in 2014 the Bill…

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It was tough to find the proper words to describe the moment. No words were needed. The smiles on their faces said it all. Alisiana Muscoreil dominated the front row as No. 2 Cheektowaga upset top-seed City Honors in four sets to win the Section VI Class B-1 volleyball championship at North Tonawanda High School. “It’s been insane the ride from freshman year all the wa…

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Redemption was the buzzword on this day. Samantha Carlson scored the game winner and Skylar Baun was named playoff MVP as St. Mary’s knocked off Nichols, 3-0, in the Monsignor Martin Athletic Association Division A championship game at the Demske Sports Complex at Canisius College. The Lancers now advance to next weekend’s CHSAA tourney where they will face the winne…

Buffalo Magazine: Community

As the 2019-20 school year hits its stride, student-athletes around Western New York have more than winning championships on their minds. Thoughts of giving back to their communities are also on their to-do lists. “(Coach Brian Baker) always brings up that there’s a bigger world out there besides Wilson,” said Megan Musall, a junior on the Wilson High School girls varsi…

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…