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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington has covered the Sabres, MLB, the Bisons, college basketball and high schools since joining The News in 1987. Harrington is a National Baseball Hall of Fame voter and a 2013 inductee into the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame.


Pardon Clarence coach Glenn Faust if he's seeing double this morning.After what the McDonnell brothers -- Grand Island's identical twins -- did to his team Friday night at Rich Stadium, it's understandable.Scott McDonnell caught a pass from his brother, Bob, for the go-ahead touchdown in overtime, Bob McDonnell added a conversion run and Scott combined with Greg Genovese …

Hinsdale's winning streak will live to see another season.The Bobcats extended their remarkable run to 24 consecutive victories Friday night as Chris Poe hit Steve Noll on a 3-yard touchdown pass and conversion pass in overtime to lift Hinsdale past Frewsburg, 14-6, in the Section VI Football Federation Class D championship.A Rich Stadium crowd of about 4,000 saw Hinsdale …

The University at Buffalo was in the running, but the lure of Division I basketball prompted Olean High School senior Dean Edwards to sign a national letter of intent Wednesday with Butler University.The 6-foot-7 Edwards was a second-team All-Western New York selection last season after averaging 24.4 points and 12.1 rebounds per game as the Huskies advanced to the Sectio…

They're baaaaaaack.If the walls of Rich Stadium could tell stories of past Section VI Football Federation championships, they would have some familiar faces with which to recount them this weekend.For the only time in the 12-year history of federation finals, there is no team making its first appearance at Rich. Five of this year's 10 finalists played there last year.James…

Conditions at Saturday's state cross country championships in Chittenango may have been better suited for scuba diving, but Akron's Meredith Ford couldn't have cared less.Navigating the treacherous Green Lakes Park course with her trademark precision, Ford won the girls Class C title.The junior pulled away from Skaneateles' Christina Rolleri in the final mile and posted t…

Jim Clauss is a man on the run these days.The Lewiston-Porter boys soccer coach can continue his whirlwind season Wednesday if his team posts a win against Chittenango of Section III in a Class B state semifinal at North Rose-Wolcott, a Wayne County school.The game was originally scheduled for tonight, but was postponed until Wednesday at 6 because of nearly a foot of snow…

Bring on Jamestown.That's what No. 2 Lockport is saying today after senior Randy Smith rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns Saturday as the visiting Lions ran past jittery Sweet Home, 32-12, in a Section VI Class A semifinal.The win advances Lockport (8-1) to next Saturday's championship game at Rich Stadium against unbeaten Jamestown. The Raiders beat Lockport, 21-0…

When you ask Hinsdale Central football coach Rod Rohl for directions to this tiny Cattaraugus County town, he gives a quick answer:"Don't sneeze. You'll miss us."He's not kidding. The 1980 census lists Hinsdale's population at a robust 600. Most current estimates say about 2,000 folks live in the town, 7 miles north of Olean.Perhaps it's the lure of Very-smalltown, USA, t…

Showdowns involving Western New York's top four boys teams highlight this week's Section VI soccer finals.Double-headers of boys and girls title matches will be held tonight and Wednesday at Clint Small Stadium in Tonawanda (Classes A and B) and Pioneer High School (C and D). Winners advance to the Far West Regionals against Rochester-area opponents Friday and Saturday.Th…

Grover Cleveland's Art Serotte hasn't coached football on Thanksgiving Day the last two years. He's not interested in being a spectator for the Harvard Cup championship game for a third straight season."Not being there has really bothered me. It eats away at me," said Serotte, now in his 25th year at the Presidents' helm.Serotte's team can go a long way toward securing i…

Section VI Football Chairman Chuck Funke made it official Wednesday, announcing that Springville will forfeit two more games for using an ineligible player.The Griffins are being ordered to forfeit a 7-0 victory over Cheektowaga on Sept. 21 and a 39-8 interdivision victory at Olean on Sept. 29 because senior center/nose guard Ed Walczyk had not completed the state-mandated…

The Springville football team is expected to be saddled with two more forfeit losses today, but the Griffins can still make the Section VI Federation playoffs.The executive committee of the Section VI Athletic Council Tuesday night sustained an appeal made by four Springville opponents in Division V, apparently confirming that Springville used an ineligible player in wins …

The immediate fallout from Springville's forfeit loss to Pioneer is that the Griffins barely edged Albion to maintain their hold on the No. 1 ranking in The Buffalo News Poll.The long-term consequences could come today.The executive committee of the Section VI Athletic Council will hold an appeal hearing today at Iroquois High School, and it could result in the Griffins …

The best might be saved for last at Friday's Section VI cross country championships at Elma Meadows Golf Course.The six-race program begins at noon and the final race of the day could prove to be the most intriguing individual showdown.Juniors Geoff Sidari of Albion, Joe Dunlop of Grand Island and Kevin Wiley of Amherst are all coming off victories in their league meets an…

As many as six Section VI Football Federation teams can clinch division titles this weekend in the penultimate games of the regular season.Springville, the No. 1-ranked small school in The News Poll, is among those six, and the Griffins will be anxious to secure the victory. They already have lost once this week, it was disclosed Wednesday.Springville has forfeited its op…