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Curt Fischer trudged up the tunnel at New Era Field, in obvious pain, his eyes raw from wiping away tears. Maple Grove won its fourth straight sectional title on Friday but this championship experience was more emotional than the others for the Red Dragons coach. Fischer underwent surgery on Tuesday and though he only missed one practice, he wasn’t

Who: Franklinville/Ellicottville Titans (9-0) vs. Maple Grove (8-1). When: 5 p.m. Friday. Where: New Era Field. Tickets: $10. Web cast: Rankings: F/E is ranked No. 3 in the News Small Schools Poll and No. 7 in the New York State Sportswriters’ Poll. Maple Grove is ranked No. 8 in the News poll and ninth in the state. New

Off in a corner of the press box in the M&T Bank Suite at New Era Field, Jeremiah Sanders got one of his mitts on Matt Myers. In this instance, it was a friendly, how are you doing buddy kind of hug between former teammates who hadn’t seen each other in a while. Should Sanders have a chance to

Lancaster remains the state’s second-ranked team in the New York State Sportswriters’ Class AA poll this week. Lancaster brings an 8-0 record into its Section VI semifinal contest Friday night against Jamestown. Canisius (6-2) stands at No. 15 in Class AA, while unbeaten Williamsville North (8-0) is ranked 16th. Jamestown (5-3) and Niagara Falls (4-4) were among the honorable

Brock Blecha is as big as a linebacker and wears a number befitting the position. But the 6-foot-3, 195-pound senior who wears No. 42 is as dangerous running the ball as he is throwing it. It didn’t take long for Franklinville/Ellicottville’s quarterback to prove that to the masses at John F. Kennedy on Saturday afternoon. He ran for a

Franklinville/Ellicottville already boldly announced it’s a contender for the Section VI Class D title when it handed last year’s state runner-up Maple Grove its first loss to a Western New York team in four years two weeks ago. The Titans reminded folks just how tough they’ll be during the postseason Saturday afternoon by marching into John F. Kennedy’s den

It’s that time of the week as the New York State Sportswriters football poll has been released. While the 4-0 Legends of Lancaster remain in the No. 2 spot behind fellow unbeaten Troy of Section II, the defending state champion, the biggest attention-getter upon glancing at Class AA poll is Canisius inching its way closer to the top five.

For the second week in a row Lancaster is ranked No. 2 in the New York State Sportswriters Association Class AA football poll. The Legends improved to 3-0 with last Friday’s 43-20 win over Orchard Park in a rematch of last year’s Section VI final. Defending champion and News No. 1 large school Lancaster has company in the poll

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The Prep Talk Football Player of the Week is Kaiyer Fields of McKinley. The junior running back rumbled for 313 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Macks to a 25-7 victory at Orchard Park in the first meeting ever between the programs. In order to be considered for the weekly honor, candidates must be among the nominees for

Who’s who: The eight-team class is one single division. The teams are the Cattaraugus/Little Valley Timberwolves, Chautauqua Lake Thunderbirds, Clymer/Panama/Sherman Wolfpack, Franklinville/Ellicottville Titans, Maple Grove Red Dragons, Portville Panthers, Randolph Cardinals, Salamanca Warriors. Alignment shift: Silver Creek/Forestville moves up to Class C South, while Chautauqua Lake and Salamanca drop down from that division. Also, the section approved an emergency

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