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Miguel Rodriguez

Miguel Rodriguez covers high school sports at The Buffalo News. Since joining The News in 2003, he has also covered boxing, mixed martial arts, the Buffalo Bills, all levels of ice hockey — including two IIHF World Junior Tournaments — and college sports.


High Schools

Shock and sadness were the feelings coursing through the Western New York scholastic sports community Saturday night upon word that iconic Sweet Home coach and Greater Buffalo Sports Hall-of-Famer John Faller had died. Faller’s longtime assistant football coach and friend of more than 33 years, Mike Faulks, along with Section VI Football Chairman Ken Stoldt, confirmed F…

High Schools

Frontier’s Brian Norsen admitted he’s shocked to have been the one selected as the first recipient of the Colpoys-Barrows Cup as Western New York’s Scholastic Baseball Player of the Year. It’s not because he doubted his ability. In his view, any of the 16 finalists for the award could have been the one standing on stage with the giant trophy, posing for photos on Wednes…

High Schools

What do John Urschel, Ryan Hunter, Michael Kenefick and James Thomas all have in common? The linemen are Canisius High School football alumni who wanted to give back to the Western New York community and school that helped open the doors of opportunity for them during their youths. So, when their high school coach Rich Robbins asked them to be camp instructors at the fi…

High Schools

How often does one team achieve perfection? How often does another achieve everything it set out to do, and do so in flawless fashion? We had such an occurrence in Western New York during the spring courtesy of Williamsville East softball and the Canisius rowing team’s lightweight-four boat. Both have the titles to prove they’re best in the area and state. Canisius’ …

Education

Aubrey Lloyd, athletic director for the Buffalo Public Schools, has been placed on administrative leave, spokesperson Elena Cala confirmed on Tuesday. The reason was not disclosed. No further comments were issued by the district. Cala said Lloyd's supervisor, Anibal Soler, is handling Lloyd's duties on an interim basis. Lloyd did not return a voicemail made by The Bu…

High Schools

Park School graduate Noah Hutchins isn’t just heading to prep school for the coming season. The Allen Wilson Buffalo News Boys Basketball Player of the Year intends to play for defending national champion IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Hutchins, a four-year starter who led Park to the 2018 state federation crown as overall champion of New York, averaged 20.6 points, …

High Schools

When Greg Kaszubski first applied for the athletic director post at Clarence High School, he did so because he figured it would be a while before the position ever needed to be filled, again. Turns out he was right. Kaszubski's last day as AD and director of health and physical education before entering retirement is June 28. “I just feel the time is right for me …

High Schools

SOUTH GLENS FALLS – History, perfection and a state championship – all wrapped up neatly in scarlet and gold bows. Big-time performances from departing seniors and returning underclassmen are the reasons Williamsville East completed a flawless season and returned home as New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A champions in softball. The Flames …

High Schools

SOUTH GLENS FALLS – The future seems bright for Eden even though those positive feelings may be momentarily suppressed by the disappointment. That’s because the Raiders’ first trip back to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association final four in softball wasn’t as successful or as lengthy as their 2014 appearance when the Raiders won it all. Eden’s st…

High Schools

SOUTH GLENS FALLS – Clutch two-out hitting from eighth-grader Ella Wesolowski and senior Rachel Steffan have put the nationally ranked and unbeaten Williamsville East softball team in position to secure the perfect ending to what has been a flawless season. The Flames will play for the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class A championship against …

High Schools

The spinning grounder toward the hole between short and third two years ago is a vivid reminder of just how a championship softball game can be decided by the break of the bouncing ball. There were two outs and bases loaded in a tie game. A simple grounder to the best fielder on the diamond would’ve led a potential inning-ending force out without any damage. Williams…

High Schools

Perhaps this is just the next logical step for Medina baseball’s core five. Nate Sherman, Brian Fry, Chris Goyette, A.J. Seefeldt and Trevor Luthart have experienced lots of success on the travel circuit since becoming teammates as 9-year-olds on the Niagara Nationals. In this season to remember for the Mustangs, they and their high school teammates find themselves in a…

High Schools

A blast from the past is returning to the sidelines as boys basketball coach at Starpoint High School. The reason Gil Licata is coming back is simple. He no longer has any children of his own who are playing competitive basketball in high school or college who require his attention. The Starpoint principal has some free time and is finding a different way of staying inv…

High Schools

MIDDLETOWN – Jon Surdej of Lancaster added one more title to his collection to further his status as undisputed champion of New York. Cam Barmore became a state champion for the second time this year, as did his Clymer/Sherman/Panama teammate John Swabik. Several of Western New York’s best also earned spots on the awards podium, including Orchard Park senior Jenna Crean…

High Schools

MIDDLETOWN — One of the officials during the state girls track and field championship meet presented Tapestry’s Jada Kenner with a bullet fired from his starter’s pistol. No word on whether she crossed the finish line before the bullet returned to the ground. The way Kenner’s rookie varsity season has gone it wouldn’t have been surprising if she’s faster than a speeding…