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Somewhere in Christian Veilleux’s busy schedule, he made time last week to throw footballs for an audience that included assistant coaches from Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Boston College. Squeezed to one half of Tripi Field, with the Canisius High lacrosse team practicing behind him, the Crusaders’ junior quarterback threw crisp, fluid passes to receivers. Some we…

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No. 10 seed West Seneca West defeated No. 7 seed Kenmore East, 1-0, to advance in the Class A-1 baseball prequarterfinals. The two teams were scoreless until the top of the seventh where West Seneca West was able to sneak a run by. The Indians began the inning with two singles to give them runners at first and second and a walk would then load the bases for Matt Wojc…

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YOUNGSTOWN – Lockport’s Malik Brooks came into the Niagara Frontier League track and field championships determined to go 4 for 4 for the second year in a row. Lewiston-Porter’s Andrew Perreault? He too came in wanting to win all four events at the meet that serves as the final attempt for athletes to qualify for next week’s Section VI Championship/state qualifier meet.…

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Alexander Johnson has always wanted a chance to prove he has what it takes to be drafted by a Major League Baseball team. Dream and reality have intersected for the 6-foot-5, 235-pound McKinley senior pitcher this spring, and the exposure could result in the right-hander with lots of potential receiving a phone call during next month’s baseball draft. “He certainly h…

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St. Joe's senior and team leading scorer Kellen Pulera had three goals and two assists as the Marauders routed Canisius, 16-2, in the Monsignor Martin boys lacrosse championship game Wednesday. One of those goals, however, is getting national attention. As captured by WKBW, Pulera took a pass and scored on a ridiculous over the shoulder shot. The video made its way t…

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Brianna Grine just wanted to walk away with peace of mind. To know that, regardless of how she finished, she did her best. Grine was able to walk away with that sense of contentment. She also took home three ribbons at the All-High Track and Field Championships that were held at Robert E. Rich Stadium on Wednesday. "I really just wanted to go out happy with my per…

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St. Joe’s boys lacrosse coach Peter Hudecki and Canisius counterpart Michael Albert were both kind of at a loss for words regarding how Trey Gehen kept getting open for quality scoring chances during Tuesday night’s Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association championship game. Hudecki may have been tongue-tied on that subject, but he wasn’t regarding the contribu…

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Greg Hastings (North Tonawanda) won his second Section VI tennis title in a row Wednesday over ECIC champion Jerry Xiao (Williamsvile East), two matches to none. Hastings made it to the tournament finals by defeating East Aurora’s Anthony Markello, the ECIC runner-up, in two matches. Xiao defeated Akron’s Nate Chubb in a two-hour, three-match semifinal contest before…

Melanie Green won her third consecutive Section VI golf championship Wednesday with a 5-over 77 at Arrowhead Golf Course in Clarence. The junior from Medina, along with eight others, also qualified for the NYSPHSAA championships to be held June 1-2 at the Deerfield Country Club in Brockport. Green won the state title last year with a 6-under 138 and qualified for the…

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Torrie Jenkins had her reasons for transferring from Cheektowaga. The St. Mary’s Lancers (19-2) are beyond thrilled the junior chose to bring her talents to the Laverack Avenue school in Lancaster, as the Monsignor Martin Player of the Year in softball had a big role in helping her new team add another playoff championship to its trophy case. Jenkins did a little bit…

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Kenmore West won the Niagara Frontier League baseball championship outright over Lockport on Tuesday, 3-1, its second title in three years. The Blue Devils (16-2, 15-1) scored all three of their runs in the top of the seventh inning for the win. It was coach John Haynes’ 100th career victory at the helm. Kyle Schmidt went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double. Kenmo…

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It’s no secret the Southern Tier of Section VI has girls basketball talent. Word has spread across the state as Danielle Haskell of Franklinville and Sara Pfeiffer of Olean earned state Player of the Year honors in each’s respective classifications from the New York State Sportswriters Association. For Haskell, it’s the second consecutive the junior has earned Player…

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Aidan Shaw of Orchard Park defeated Medina’s Ian Wagner in a playoff on Monday to capture the Section VI golf championship at River Oaks Golf Course in Grand Island. Shaw and Wagner were tied after each shot 76-39 — 115 through two rounds. Both were 7 over par. Shaw used three birdies to take a two-stroke lead in the morning round. Three bogeys over the last nine hol…

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Orchard Park was tabbed as the No. 1 seed for Class AA in the Section VI softball playoff seeding meeting Monday night. The 14-3 Quakers will play Jamestown in the first round on Thursday. In Class A1, No. 1 Williamsville East on Thursday will play the winner of today’s game between Kenmore East/North Tonawanda. Iroquois, the top seed in Class A2, on Thursday will pl…