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JAMESTOWN – The baseline inbounds had hurt the Franklinville girls basketball team throughout Saturday’s Class D final. So when Panama had a chance to inbound the ball under Franklinville’s basket down one with four seconds remaining, coach Allan Dunlap was understandably concerned. "I was scared to death," he said. The play "killed us the whole game … but on that pl…

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Maybe it was during a late season three-game win streak over competitive opponents, or maybe it wasn’t until Class B title game wins over Depew and Wilson. Coach Carol Zirkle isn’t quite sure when she realized this year’s team might be the team to lead the Fredonia girls basketball team to the state final four and get its first banner on the gym wall. Her players pro…

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The Panama girls basketball team didn’t feel its back-to-back state Final Four appearances the previous two seasons earned it much respect because few outside the team picked the Panthers to do it again this season after losing key seniors. That may just make Panama’s upcoming third straight trip to the NYSPHSAA semifinals its sweetest one yet. The Panthers defeated …

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JAMESTOWN — The Panama girls basketball team runs an extra drill at the end of every practice. Players sprint the length of the court and make layups. They call it “OT’s.” So when the Panthers found themselves tied with Franklinville at the end of regulation in the Class D title game Saturday at Jamestown Community College, they knew they could handle the extra four-mi…

JAMESTOWN – Two teams with redemption on their minds earned just that Saturday, and will now face off next week for the overall Class C girls basketball title. Chautauqua Lake defeated the team that ended its season last year, Allegany-Limestone, 57-50, in the Class C-1 final, while Frewsburg claimed the Class C-2 title over Randolph, 57-37, after falling in the title g…

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ROCHESTER – Bath Haverling almost let a chance to close out the Class C Far West Regional slip through its hands.Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake couldn’t cash the opportunity. A recovered fumble set up Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake 20 yards from the end zone late in the fourth quarter, a touchdown and a two-point conversion away from a tie game.But this series, like so many othe…

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Happiness to Andrea Ernst is touching a pool wall, looking up and seeing a new personal best time on the scoreboard.So Ernst and her teammate Olivia Sapio had plenty to be happy about Friday, as the Orchard Park duo broke records and helped the Quakers dominate the Section VI Girls Swimming and Diving Championships at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center. OP won seven of 12…

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Marissa Birzon stood out in the girls’ soccer Class A Final on Saturday afternoon – and not just because of the bright pink bow in her hair.Birzon has worn the tie throughout October for breast cancer awareness and good luck – but it was evident her skill alone was enough to score all four of her team’s goals and bring Williamsville East its second straight Section VI Cham…

Livonia coach Scott Gillman was ready to take his starting pitcher out of the game Saturday. Sophomore Reid Vanscoter had already helped the Bulldogs secure a 10-run lead in the Class B Far West Regionals with eight strikeouts and more than 100 pitches thrown. But Vanscoter wanted to be the one to get the final out needed to send Livonia to its second straight Class B stat…

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Lynda Brundige finished off Hutch-Tech’s girls victorious 4x400 meter relay and collapsed to the All High Stadium track. Her father carried her off the field and back into the stands after several minutes so the boys could begin their 4x400 run.If anyone had good reason to rest at Wednesday’s All-High championships, it was Brundige. The junior sprinter easily won the girls…

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St. Joe’s was tired of winning silver medals. The Marauders crew team’s junior four boat had finished second in four races this season. A Canadian school that had to petition just to compete in the race beat it out in the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s National Championship on Saturday. The team won gold at the state championships three weeks ago but only becau…