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Mike Kroll was named head coach of men's and swimming and diving and aquatics director at Buffalo State, director of athletics Jerry Boyes announced on Monday. Kroll, a native of Medina with degrees from Genesee Community College and Brockport, most recently was the first-ever head coach of Division III Manchester (Ind.) University for four years. He was Heartland Confe…

Junior Margretta Dry (Lockport) scored on a header just 53 seconds into overtime to give Canisius a 3-2 victory over Saint Francis in Loretto, Pa., in the Golden Griffins women's soccer season opener. Senior Paige Buscaglia (Akron) scored twice for the Griffs while freshman Hope Balling (Tonawanda) had two assists in her first collegiate game. Alicia Larsson Vahlberg as…

Two NCAA track champions and All-America selections in women'a lacrosse and men's soccer head the class of seven individuals to be inducted into the Buffalo State Athletics Hall of Fame. The Class of 2018 also includes the 1967 men's soccer team. Erica Johnson (Class of 2012) and Sasha Henry ('13) captured NCAA Division III championships on the track. Karen Shaddock ('12)…

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For University at Buffalo's Nate Oats, 2018 has been a very good year. The head coach of the school's basketball team led his squad to win their conference title after amassing the best conference start in team history. Then he took them to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years, even reaching the second round after upsetting the Arizona Wildcats. He was…

Former Niagara University men’s basketball coach Joe Mihalich will be inducted into the Niagara Falls Sports Hall of Fame. During his time with the Purple Eagles from 1998-2013, Mihalich won 265 games as Niagara earned two NCAA Tournament berths and made three NIT appearances. Mihalich won at least 17 games 11 times in his 15 seasons at Niagara and led the Purple Eagles…

One of the best men’s basketball players to pass through Daemen College is on his way overseas. Gerald Beverly has agreed to contract terms with Germani Brescia Leonessa, a pro team that competes in Lega Basket Serie A, the top professional league in Italy. “I am really excited for this opportunity to play in Brescia, Italy,” Beverly said. “I have heard nothing but good…

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Calling redshirt senior center James O'Hagan a steadying presence on the University at Buffalo offensive line is probably an understatement. The Bulls have played 36 games since coach Lance Leipold took over the program in 2015. O'Hagan has started in every one of them. "I don't like to talk about that, because I don't want to jinx it," O'Hagan said Thursday at the t…

Canisius and Niagara will open their Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s basketball schedules on the road in early January, according to the slate of conference games announced on Wednesday. The Griffs will face Marist under new coach John Dunne, on Thursday, Jan. 3 at the McCann Center in Poughkeepsie. Niagara will open on Jan. 5 against Manhattan at Draddy Gymnasiu…

Junior Tyree Jackson of the University at Buffalo is one of 49 college quarterbacks named Tuesday to the preseason watch list for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The award has been presented annually since 1987 to the nation’s top college quarterback. Jackson already had been named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List. He passed for 2,096 yards a…

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Matt Mobley, the other half of St. Bonaventure’s dynamic backcourt duo the last two seasons, is now a pro, too. Mobley, a 6-foot-3 guard from Worcester, Mass., has signed a contract to play for Spirou in the Belgian League. Last month, Jaylen Adams of the Bonnies signed a two-way contract with the Atlanta Hawks to play with the National Basketball Association team and wi…

Daemen College’s search for its new director of athletics ended just a few miles down Main Street from its campus in Snyder. Traci Murphy, association athletic director and senior woman administrator at Canisius College, Monday was named to be the head of athletics at Daemen effective Aug. 27. She succeeds Brandi Guerinot, senior associate athletics director for internal…

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Canisius will play five teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament last March during its nonconference schedule, the school announced Monday. Among them is national champion Villanova in a Thanksgiving Day matchup previously unveiled as part of the Advocare Invitational in Orlando on Nov. 22-25. The Griffins open the season Nov. 14 at Patriot League champion Bucknell…

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Branden Oliver, who rushed for more than 4,000 yards in his University at Buffalo career, has signed with the Indianapolis Colts. Oliver has played in 30 career games in four seasons with the Chargers, posting 773 yards and three touchdowns on 226 carries. He also has 409 receiving yards and one touchdown on 55 receptions and has seen kickoff duty. He signed with the…

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Former West Seneca West quarterback Matt Myers verbally committed to the University at Buffalo last June, before his return to the Indians, before a heroic run to a state title and before he was named The Buffalo News' Western New York Player of the Year. The buzz about him was palpable by the time the dual-threat signal-caller officially signed in December. With a s…