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Lauren Pray has never been one to let what she couldn’t do get in the way of what she could.As a goalie for the Kenmore girls hockey team she could control her work ethic, attitude, fitness level and leadership skills. Standing just 5-foot 3, she could not control her size.It hasn’t kept her from reaching new heights.Pray is the reigning MVP of the Section VI Federation as…

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When Hamburg soccer player Shane Greene was moved from defender to forward, few could have imagined how he’d run with it.He went on to earn Western New York Player of the Year honors, scoring a school-record 28 goals.He’s a defender at heart,” said coach Tony Schiappa. “At this level, however, the most difficult thing to do is score goals, so we were going to put our best …

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There’s a very good reason the Clarence soccer team looked to put the ball onto the foot of Sydney Cerza.The junior forward delivered with some of the biggest goals as the Red Devils enjoyed a historic season.They became the first team from Section VI to beat Section V in the Class AA Far West Regional since the state went to five classes in 2003.They clearly would not hav…

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St. Francis came into the season with more to celebrate than being the defending Division II Catholic state champions. The Red Raiders are counting their blessings following the transfer of a pair of Section VI champions into their program.Brothers Hector and Tito Colom are now in Athol Springs after wrestling last season for Dunkirk.Red Raiders coach Mike Messore said he …

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Kellen Devlin is not averse to using a little creativity when it comes to getting a challenging workout in practice.Interested in becoming more explosive, he recently brought in a resistance tool similar to the running parachutes sprinters use. A teammate holds the bands and he springs forward as if coming out of the blocks.“He always has a goal in mind when it comes to pr…

The 2014 season left little doubt that the best girls volleyball in New York State continues to be played in Western New York. Section VI won three of the five public school championships and St. Mary’s won the crown for Catholic schools not in a section.It’s the 10th year in a row Section VI has won at least one state title.Williamsville South (18-5) was crowed in Class B…

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Finally, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart has a gymnasium that parallels the success of its basketball program.The new home of the Sharks is a big and bright, 20,000-square-foot multipurpose athletic center that will serve as a source of pride for decades.The gym is part of the school’s “Celebrate our Tradition – Build our Future,” a capital campaign that raised $3.5 mi…

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Coach Shawn Huntington’s favorite thing about Mckenna Maycock has nothing to do with her being a prolific scorer .“When you speak to her, she speaks back. That’s one of my biggest pet peeves is the way kids don’t pay attention,” the Randolph girls basketball coach said. “It’s kind of a lost art, they speak when it’s convenient to them. Mckenna is very grown up in that aspe…

It’s impressive when the All-Western New York volleyball team has one player who will compete at a big-time NCAA program. This year there are three.Zach Yerington of Hamburg has signed with Ohio State, Jason Donorovich of Lockport will be on scholarship at Penn State, and junior Declan Pierce of Eden has given a verbal commitment, also to the Nittany Lions.The numbers are …

After heavy losses through graduation, Amherst thought it was starting over, when in fact it was picking up where it left off.The new faces didn’t stop the Tigers from defending their Section VI Class B field hockey title, finishing as the No. 1 ranked team in Western New York and landing two players on the All-WNY team. McKenna Rushford and Natalie Blatz represent Amherst…

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The idea that great coaches have great players will not be disputed by Tom Langworthy.The Jamestown coach, flanked by five first team All-Western New York selections, was named winner of the 12th annual Buffalo Bills/NFL Coach of the Year in Western New York. Langworthy’s Red Raiders finished with a 12-1 record, earning the program’s fourth New York State title in its hist…

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The idea that great coaches have great players will not be disputed by Tom Langworthy.The Jamestown coach, flanked by five first team All-Western New York selections, was named winner of the 12th annual Buffalo Bills/NFL Coach of the Year in Western New York. Langworthy’s Red Raiders finished with a 12-1 record, earning the program’s fourth New York State title in its hist…

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Joe Mistretta’s last win of the season did not come on the turf at the Syracuse Carrier Dome on Saturday.The two-way tackle from state champion Jamestown picked up another big victory on Tuesday, this time as the winner of the 12th annual Trench Trophy.The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Mistretta was presented the award, given annually to the top lineman in Western New York, by retir…

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Of all the reasons kids play soccer in Section VI, escaping civil war in your native country usually doesn’t come up that often.Unless you play for International Prep-Grover Cleveland.I-Prep players appreciate their surroundings like few others. They know what it’s like on the other side of the world, and consider themselves lucky to live in the United States.Whether their…

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As a swimmer Kristen Romano is motivated by a lot more than a fast time.The Lancaster sophomore also swims in memory of Mary Romano, her late grandmother. Romano paid a tremendous tribute to her loved one on Saturday, winning two individual events at the Section VI Girls Swimming and Diving Championships.In the much-anticipated 200 freestyle, she took off in the last half …