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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.


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ENDICOTT – Another trip to Union-Endicott High School’s Ty Cobb Stadium resulted in Cleveland Hill football players walking off the field in tears. The Golden Eagles’ comeback bid in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class C semifinal fell short as the Section VI champion's season came to an end against Susquehanna Valley of Section IV, 21-20, …

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ENDICOTT — Another trip to Union-Endicott High School’s Ty Cobb Stadium resulted in Cleveland Hill football players walking off the field in tears. The Golden Eagles’ comeback bid in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class C semifinal fell just a little short, as the Section VI champions’ season came to an end against Section IV’s Susquehanna V…

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ENDICOTT – Shaun Dolac has played some inspired football all season. But near the two-year anniversary of the death of his father, Dolac took his game to another level and in the process carried West Seneca East to where it has never gone before. The Trojans will play for the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class A championship next weekend in Sy…

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ENDICOTT — For the second straight week, Clymer/Sherman/Panama faced the state’s second-ranked team. For the second straight week, the Wolfpack showed folks why they are ranked No. 1 in without-a-doubt fashion. Unbeaten CSP (12-0) is one win away from earning the coveted New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class D football championship. The Wolfpa…

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Devare Mathis didn’t want to play varsity football this season for West Seneca East. The sophomore wanted to play junior varsity, but not because he doubted his abilities. The linebacker/running back wanted to play on the same team as his friends, and they wanted to play with him too. Coach Jim Maurino’s heard that before and in this case Mathis’ reason for playing j…

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Who: Clymer/Sherman/Panama Wolfpack (11-0) vs. IV-Tioga Tigers (9-2) When: 4 p.m. Friday Where: Ty Cobb Stadium at Union-Endicott High School Tickets: $10 Rankings: CSP is ranked No. 7 in the News' small schools poll and No. 1 in the New York State Sportswriters Poll. Tioga is ranked second in the state. NYSPHSAA semifinal records: This is Clymer/Sherman/Pan…

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Who: West Seneca East Trojans (10-1) vs. III-Indian River Warriors (11-0) When: 8 p.m. Friday Where: Union-Endicott High School Tickets: $10 Rankings: West Seneca East is ranked No. 4 in The News’ large schools poll and sixth in the New York State Sportswriters’ poll. Indian River is ranked fifth in the state. At state semifinals: West Seneca East is making …

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It’s been a while since Lancaster took one on the chin the way it did during Saturday’s Class AA Far West Regional football contest. Still, put into proper perspective, the Legends’ 39-7 season-ending loss to Section V champion Aquinas shouldn’t serve as a sign that Lancaster’s run as the cream of the crop in Section VI Class AA is nearing its conclusion. Rather, it…

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Neither a lake-effect snow storm resulting in travel issues, nor blustery game conditions, nor the second-ranked team in the state could stop Clymer/Sherman/Panama from earning another long road trip during its season to remember. Next stop for the Wolfpack is Binghamton. CSP is two wins away from earning the state championship. The Wolfpack advanced to the New York …

Who: Cardinal O’Hara Hawks (4-5) vs. Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers (2-8) When: 2 p.m. Saturday Where: UB Stadium Tickets: $10 Audio only: mixlr.com/wnyathletics Cardinal O’Hara in the final: This is Cardinal O’Hara’s first appearance in the Division B final under the league’s current playoff format. However, O’Hara won several Monsignor Martin Small Schools p…

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Who: Canisius Crusaders (5-4) vs. St. Francis Red Raiders (4-6) When: 5 p.m. Saturday Where: UB Stadium Tickets: $10 Audio only: mixlr.com/wnyathletics Rankings: Canisius is ranked No. 5 in the News Large Schools poll. St. Francis is honorable mention in the News poll. Canisius in final: The Crusaders are 6-3 in title games under the current league playof…

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West Seneca East is a tough, physical and determined group that wears down football teams. While folks in the 716 area code know that all too well, teams downstate will get to see those attributes up close and personal for the first time next weekend in Binghamton. West Seneca East’s season to remember continues. It lives for another week thanks to a relentless defen…

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Who:  Lancaster Legends (9-1) vs. Aquinas Little Irish (9-1) When: 3:15 p.m. Saturday Where: Clarence High School Tickets: $10 Rankings:  Lancaster is ranked No. 3 in the News Large Schools Poll and 10th in state poll. Aquinas is ranked No. 7 in the state poll. At Far West Regionals: Lancaster is 1-2, defeating Aquinas last season 9-0. The Legends lost to Vi…

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Who: Cheektowaga Warriors (9-1) vs. Batavia Blue Devils (10-0) When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Clarence High School Tickets: $10 Rankings: Cheektowaga is ranked No. 3 in the News Small Schools Poll and seventh in the New York State Sportswriters’ state poll. Batavia is ranked fourth in the state poll. At Far West Regionals: Cheektowaga is 3-1. The Warriors b…