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On Oct. 1, 1985, 31 years ago, Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. finally fired head coach Kay Stephenson. Stephenson coached the Bills in two of the most miserable years in team history. In 1983, Stephenson’s first year as coach, the Bills finished 8-8. But the next two years were dismal. Buffalo went 2-14 in 1984, and started the season 0-4 in ‘85 before Stephenson fi…

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The Buffalo Sabres had just one name to call home for more than 25 years: the Aud. But since the puck dropped for the last time at Memorial Auditorium in the spring of 1996 and the team’s new arena opened that fall, the Sabres have pinned three different names on its building. Monday, city officials will unveil the arena’s fourth name: KeyBank Center. Here’s a look back …

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The Buffalo Sabres had just one name to call home for more than 25 years: the Aud. But since the puck dropped for the last time at Memorial Auditorium in the spring of 1996 and the team’s new arena opened that fall, the Sabres have pinned three different names on its building. Monday, city officials unveiled the arena’s fourth name, KeyBank Center. And with the new name c…

BINGHAMTON – Just three miles away from one another, Williamsville East and Fredonia were writing scripts worthy enough for Hollywood.Yet when the final out was made in each game, the nail-biting drama became a dream. Just a dream.Fredonia’s seventh-inning rally came up short in an 8-7 loss to Marlboro in the Class B state championship at Maine-Endwell High School, while W…

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Zach Jones just couldn’t resist a helping of hurdles at the biggest local track event of the year.The Holland senior holds hurdles very close to his heart, which made the decision to opt out of the pentathlon and focus on the 110 and 400 hurdles at the Section VI Track and Field Championships that much easier.His decision paid off.Jones was a triple winner at Pioneer, swee…

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By Dave DeLuca Special to The News As Jack McClaren of East Aurora enjoys being the face of Section VI boys tennis in his senior season, freshman Greg Hastings of North Tonawanda patiently waits for a chance to become the future of the sport in Western New York. For one final year, it was McClaren – the savvy vet – who outlasted the young Hastings and the rest of a tale…

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By Dave DeLuca Special to The News As Jack McClaren of East Aurora enjoys being the face of Section VI boys tennis in his senior season, freshman Greg Hastings of North Tonawanda patiently waits for a chance to become the future of the sport in Western New York. For one final year, it was McClaren – the savvy vet – who outlasted the young Hastings and the rest of a tale…

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One sectional title wasn’t enough for Terius Wheatley. So he went for a second helping. That was a popular theme for a host of athletes at the Section VI track and field championships at Niagara-Wheatfield on Saturday as Wheatley was one of seven double-winners.The Orchard Park junior won the Division I high jump on Saturday, adding to the triple jump title he earned on Fr…

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Apparently St. Francis is only the fourth seed in the Georgetown Cup playoffs. The Red Raiders sure do make it tough to tell.St. Francis jumped ahead in the Georgetown Cup championship on Tuesday, beating third-seeded St. Mary’s, 7-0, in the opener of the best-of-three series.“Before the playoffs started, I told everybody, ‘No matter what happens in the playoffs, I see us …

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Same old Section V, same old story.Rochester-area teams made it a sweep of Section VI girls lacrosse teams in the Far West Regionals at All High Stadium Saturday. Section V has now swept the annual matchup with its Western New York neighbor for the 19th time in 20 tries since regional play began in 1996.Amherst fell to Honeoye Falls-Lima, 19-10, in the Class C game. Hambur…

ITHACA — The weight was on the shoulders of Jamestown’s Matt Marsh to bring a state title back to Western New York and the junior didn’t disappoint.Marsh was the only swimmer from Section VI to enter finals in any event and took full advantage, winning The 100-yard freestyle at the New York State Swimming and Diving Championships at Ithaca College on Saturday.Marsh’s head …

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LEWISTON – Both playing at Dwyer Arena with a Niagara Cup championship appearance on the line, St. Joe’s and Canisius competed in two completely different games Monday night.Yet, when all is said and done, the long-time rivals each punched their tickets for a date with one another next week.St. Joe’s throttled St. Francis, 8-0, in the first semifinal, while Canisius came a…

Tyler Hall spent nearly 12 hours waiting for a chance to defend his sectional title and little time working toward it on the mat. Hall, an East Aurora senior, made quick work in the 220-pound class, pinning all three of his opponents in a combined 1 minute, 30 seconds to win his second straight championship in the Section VI Division II Wrestling Championships at East Auro…

BATAVIA — It’s not too often the opposing pitcher steals the show from Cam Voss, when the hard-throwing, left-hander is on the mound for Fredonia.Livonia’s Zack Kolodziejski is one exception.The Niagara University-bound Kolodziejski tossed a three-hitter to outduel Voss, as Section V Livonia defeated Fredonia, 3-1, in the Far West Regional at Dwyer Stadium Saturday night. …