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The Buffalo Bisons didn’t have many offensive chances, but when they did, Gwinnett Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt silenced any potential rally as the Braves defeated the Bisons, 6-2, at Coca-Cola Field on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.The Bisons looked like they were going get on the board early when Jonathan Diaz and Caleb Gindl opened the game with singl…

Evan Santa owes his college education and golf career to the International Junior Masters.The Maryland native, who lost in the semifinals Friday to MacKenzie Carter at East Aurora Country Club, has played in the Junior Masters four straight years. But it’s not only the players who travel hundreds of miles for this tournament.Santa met Mark Leon, Penn State assistant golf c…

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School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean the teachers are resting.Mary Giza, an 11th grade chemistry teacher at Lancaster High School, won the women’s leg of the 35th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge at Delaware Park on Thursday in 20 minutes, 55 seconds. Patrick Moran of Praxair won the men’s side in 18 minutes, 40 seconds after the initial winner was dis…

Despite being captain of the Moog Inc. squad that’s won four of the last six J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge men’s team races, Don Sellon isn’t all about the end result.“It’s not the main purpose for Moog participating,” Sellon said, “but it certainly is a nice conclusion to the race if one of our teams wins.”And it’s a common conclusion for Moog. Last year’s winning Moog …

Mike Burke, who led Bishop Timon lacrosse to seven Monsignor Martin championships in 12 seasons, will take over as head coach of St. Francis next season.Burke will be returning to his alma mater, where he won a Monsignor Martin title as a senior in 1997.“I’m just really interested at the prospect of growing it and bringing it back and hopefully exceeding where they’ve been…

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Maximiliano Estevez perfectly summed up what it’s like to play in a tennis tournament.“In tournaments, you almost always lose,” the 26-year-old Argentinian said. “So you have to keep trying and do your best.”Unfortunately for Estevez, his best wasn’t enough as he dropped straight sets to Kaichi Uchida Sunday at Miller Tennis Center in Williamsville. No. 6 seeded Uchida use…

Melissa Postek and Kelsey Stasiak embraced each other with tears running down their faces Saturday.The two junior volleyball players had just been through one of the toughest matches of their lives. And when her team needed her most, Postek gave one of her finest performances on a volleyball court.Williamsville South defeated Honeoye Falls-Lima, 25-22, 12-25, 25-17, 22-25,…

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Jenna Sobol was shocked and near speechless Wednesday evening. She ran over, hugged her family and friends as the paint under her eyes began to run off her face.The sophomore secured Amherst’s second consecutive Section VI championship just minutes before. With five minutes remaining in the first overtime, Sobol stole the ball at midfield. She passed it to a teammate but d…

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Williamsville East’s girls soccer team found itself in an unfamiliar position with 20 minutes remaining in the game: The Flames trailed by one.When they needed someone to come through in the season’s biggest moment, the Flames turned to the player largely responsible for their 17-0-3 season: sophomore forward Marissa Birzon.Following a foul by Grand Island (19-1-1), Birzon…

YORKSHIRE – The Holland girls soccer team entered Friday’s game with the most goals (103) in Section IV Class C. Salamanca had surrendered the fewest, seven goals.Something had to give when they met for the Class C championship.From the opening whistle, it was clear the best defense was, indeed, a good offense.No. 2 Holland (15-3-1), the defending New York State Class C ch…

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East High of Rochester forward Tommie Banks is listed at 6-foot-7, three inches taller than anyone on the McKinley roster. Every inch of that was on display Saturday.The Orientals (18-4) defeated McKinley (16-7), 69-55, in the Class A Far West Regional at Buffalo State College in front of an estimated 800. Banks led East with 19 points, 21 rebounds and five blocks.“He was …

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In an arena with the best senior, junior and sophomore swimmers in Western New York, it was a freshman who emerged out of the pool with one of the finest performances.Freshman Anthony Mariniello from Williamsville South won both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle with times of 1:48.30 and 4:32.20, respectively. The 2014 Boys Section VI Championship meet was at Clarence High S…