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Lake Shore saw more than half its starting lineup, including its top two scorers, foul out before the Eagles ran out of time in a double-overtime thriller in the Class A Far West Regional. Trailing most of regulation, Section V champion Pittsford Mendon outscored Lake Shore, 19-12, in the fourth quarter and then outlasted the Eagles for a 68-66 win to earn a trip to nex…

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East Aurora couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Class B Far West Regional. The Blue Devils' girls basketball team raced out to a 14-2 lead and held an 11-point advantage at the end of the first half. But defending regional champion Midlakes does its best work in the second half. On this day, the Screaming Eagles also showed they were an overtime team. Midla…

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Before Saturday’s Class D Far West Regional, Franklinville coach Allan Dunlap motivated his Panthers by telling them nobody believed they would return to this game due to losing some of their top players from last year’s state final team. One player Franklinville did not lose, though, was Danielle Haskell, and that made all the difference Saturday at SUNY Buffalo State.…

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Jermaine Haynes Jr. has been a dynamic wide receiver all season for Cardinal O’Hara, but when the team’s starting quarterback went down in the regular-season finale, the senior was called on to go behind center in the Monsignor Martin Class B football final. It became obvious this wasn’t the first time Haynes Jr. has played quarterback. He completed five of six passes f…

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Up one goal with a chance to defeat the state’s top-ranked team and advance to the state tournament in Class B, East Aurora had no plans to sit back in a defensive posture and hold on for dear life. Instead, the Blue Devils settled down after withstanding a flurry of opportunities from unbeaten Section V champion Bath Haverling in the opening 40 minutes and attacked their…

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Three months ago, Olean freshman Alexis Trietley wasn’t sure she’d even be swimming at Friday’s Section VI championships. Trietley took some time away from the sport due to a shoulder injury and even tried her hand at cross country. About a week into the fall, she returned to the swim team and slowly was introduced back into full workouts. On Friday at the University at …

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Barker coach Jeff Costello playfully referred to his sectional title-winning field hockey team from two seasons ago as the "cardiac kids" for their propensity to comeback in games. This year’s team has started to look a lot like the 2016 squad. Top-seeded Barker Raiders followed up a frantic come-from-behind one-goal win in the semifinal by scoring twice in the final 15 m…

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It’s hard enough defending either of Maple Grove seniors Chloe Kibbe or Clare Crossley; defending them both is nearly impossible. Maple Grove possessed the ball and kept creating opportunities most of the way in the Class C girls soccer final on a rainy Saturday evening at Eden High School and eventually it was the team’s top scorers that came through with second half go…

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Roy-Hart began laying the groundwork for its baseball team’s success in 2016 when the program, not exactly known for its prowess in the sport, won the first of what’s become three consecutive Niagara-Orleans League regular season titles. Since winter practices, first-year head coach Mike Tarnowski said the team set a goal to repeat as league champions but began to push …

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A three-run deficit early on against a Fredonia team that hadn’t lost to a Western New York opponent all season would seem like a difficult hill to climb for most baseball squads. Not the way Olean hits the ball. The Huskies, who have averaged more than 11 runs a game this season, responded to a three-run second inning from Fredonia by putting up four in the third an…

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Michael Maurer completed a clean sweep through high school as the Section VI individual medley champion. The Hamburg senior won his fourth consecutive title in the 200 IM, leading throughout and pulling away at the end to finish with a time of 1:57.10, on Friday at the Section VI boys swimming championships at the University at Buffalo’s Alumni Arena Pool. The Canisi…

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It’s been a long and winding high school wrestling journey for Hector Colom. His travels have included a two-year stop at St. Francis, after attending Dunkirk Schools, before ending up where he said he feels most at home in Fredonia. Wherever he’s gone, though, Colom has found success on the mat. In addition to being a former state Catholic champion, Colom became a t…

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When Falconer lost in a tiebreaker in the finals of last year’s inaugural Section VI Dual Team Championships, it left the team with a sour taste. At this year’s team championship competition on Saturday at Lancaster, the Golden Falcons left nothing in doubt. Fourth-seeded Falconer dominated the Division II title match, rolling past sixth-seed Akron-Alden, 64-11, to a…

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When Cheektowaga received the opening kickoff and took a look at what Hornell was doing defensively, right away the team saw a chance to exploit the defensive backfield. The Warriors made Hornell pay early and often in Saturday evening’s Class B Far West Regional. Cheektowaga connected on two long touchdown passes and was set up on its other scoring drives with sizable …