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High Schools

2014 champions: Orchard Park (Section VI Class A), Amherst (B), Barker (C). Orchard Park was the Cinderella story of 2014 as it won the Section VI Class A title after finishing with a sub-.500 record in the regular season. OP upset No. 1 Williamsville North and then No. 2 Clarence in the final. Amherst’s only blemish was a tie en route to its undefeated Class B title court…

Colleges

Players, coaches and even journalists often throw around the words “war” and “battle” when it comes to football. But Jacob Byron truly understands what it means to be in those circumstances.Byron, the University at Buffalo’s 24-year-old sophomore offensive lineman, served four years in the Marines. After graduating from Marion High School, about 105 miles to the northeast …

High Schools

The faces have changed but the goals remain the same for Western New York’s reigning state champions.Canisius, Jamestown and Randolph each want to win. It sounds simple but the casts for each team has changed, with the defending state Catholic champion Crusaders sporting several new faces throughout their lineup.Canisius lost five first-team All-Western New York selections…

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JAMESTOWN — Southwestern football head coach Jehuu Caulcrick is taking from his football experience and trying to make practice as enjoyable as possible.And he has some of the most qualified experience you’ll find in Western New York.Caulcrick, the 2002 Connolly Cup award winner for best football player in Western New York, went on to star at fullback at Michigan State and…

Southwestern  head football coach Jehuu Caulcrick is drawing from his football experience and trying to make practice as enjoyable as possible. And he has some of the most qualified experience you’ll find in Western New York. Caulcrick, the 2002 Connolly Cup award winner for best football player in Western New York, went on to star at fullback at Michigan State and then …

There's always a reason to be optimistic when returning a first-team All-WNY quarterback off a Class AA state title. Quarterback Nikkolas Holland jumped in and ran the offense during Monday's first day of camp like nothing had changed. He was making his reads and getting new players into the right positions. "It really, in a sense, puts you way ahead when your quarterbac…

There's a lot of teaching going on with Randolph football this week. After graduating players like quarterback Bryce Morrison and linebacker Michael Bowers, there are a lot of opportunity for new players to step up for Randolph, the three-time defending state champions. "You just got back from winning a state championship in which you could do a lot of different things,"…

Frank Scalzo will be stepping into the octagon for the first time in 29 months.The Niagara Falls native is no stranger to amateur mixed martial arts. He’ll be the main event for the fourth time in his career – which began seven years ago, when he was started at Niagara Community College – at TNT Fight Series Night of Champions on Saturday at Rainbow Rink in North Tonawanda…

This won’t be John Grey’s first national pool tournament in Las Vegas, but that doesn’t make it any less special for him.Grey’s 8-ball squad, “Wild Bisons,” are one of five teams from Erie County American Pool Players Association to compete at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. The tournament will start Thursday and run through Aug. 23.The teams compete during the yea…

It’s going to be a busy next three days at Coca-Cola Field.The Buffalo Bisons’ Monday night game’s cancelation against Rochester will be made up on Thursday as a part of a doubleheader. Why all the way to Thursday? There is a previously scheduled doubleheader for Tuesday.The chaos couldn’t have come in a more important moment in the season for Buffalo. The Herd and Rochest…

It’s kind of hard to be upset about coming in second after spending the day singing “Ice, Ice Baby” and songs from “Frozen” with the person you’ve known since wearing diapers.After Marah Penn bogeyed the 18th hole and Sara Riso’s par forced a playoff at the BDGA Women’s Individual Championships at Gowanda Country Club Thursday, common knowledge would suspect the two were o…

After years of decreased student interest, boys gymnastics has been removed from Section VI high schools.Section VI was the last section in New York State to offer the sport, which schools have been dropping by the year. After Hamburg cut out its program after last season, only Williamsville North, East and South had teams. All three teams were coached by Joe Buscaglia, wh…

Sports

It may have been Brad Keselowski’s first time in town, but it didn’t take him long to learn how to connect with Buffalonians.Keselowski, a 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, was in Buffalo visiting Seneca Niagara Casino and the Ford Motor Co.’s Buffalo Stamping Plant on Thursday. In three weeks, he’ll be in Central New York to race in the 2015 Cheez-It 355 NASCAR Spri…

Sabres

When Providence and Boston University met in the 2015 NCAA championship in April, a current Buffalo Sabre scored the game’s opening goal. But not the player you’re probably thinking of.Unless you were thinking of Anthony Florentino, the Providence sophomore defenseman and the Sabres’ fifth round pick in the 2013 Draft.The 2015 NCAA final was played at Boston’s TD Garden, j…

The third inning was a nightmare for Buffalo Bisons fans and scorekeepers alike.The three-run third inning fueled a 6-2 victory for the Gwinnett Braves on Wednesday night at Coca-Cola Field. It began with a Daniel Castro walk and a Mycal Jones bunt single on which Buffalo starter Daniel Norris slipped on the wet grass trying to make the throw to first.“That one inning was …