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Mike Rigerman of Pioneer has been selected as the Buffalo News Player of the Week for Week Four. The Panthers’ senior had a sensational contest in No. 2 small-school Pioneer’s 33-14 win over top-ranked Cheektowaga. He rushed 29 times for 250 yards, scoring each of his four touchdowns during the second half to help Pioneer pull away for the division road win. He also mad…

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New this year, we are giving readers the opportunity to choose our Buffalo News Prep Talk Athletes of the Week. To nominate an athlete, send your suggestions to sports@buffnews.com by Sunday night. Here are this week's candidates: Matt Brown, Maryvale, soccer — Tallied four goals and three assists in 3-0 week for Flyers side ranked No. 10 in WNY. Anthony Deli…

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New this year, we are giving readers the opportunity to choose our Buffalo News Prep Talk Athletes of the Week. To nominate an athlete, send your suggestions to sports@buffnews.com by Sunday night. Here are this week's candidates: Mary Brinker, East Aurora, swimming — Set Blue Devils record in the 100 freestyle with time of 54.21 seconds. Quinn DeCicco, Amher…

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Week four of the scholastic football is pretty much in the books, sans Monday’s weather-related makeup game at Maple Grove. This means the season is at the half-way point for Section VI teams. Some squads still are in good to great shape in regards to potentially qualifying for the postseason. Others, however, not so good although for some the playoff dream is still far…

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It took overtime and then some for Niagara Falls to secure its first win of the football season. The Wolverines and Hutch-Tech had played to a scoreless tie through four quarters. So on to OT they went, matching each other punch for punch until Niagara Falls eventually came away with the 20-14 win. Hutch-Tech opened the scoring with a 1-yard run from Anthony Whitfiel…

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How they fared Large schools 1 West Seneca West (4-0): defeated Hamburg 42-0. Next: vs. Jamestown Fri., 7 p.m. 2  Lancaster (4-0): defeated Clarence 31-22. Next: at Bennett, Thurs., 7:30 p.m. 3 Starpoint (3-1): Lost to West Seneca East, 59-22. Next: at Williamsville South, Fri., 7 p.m. 4 South Park (4-0): defeated Amherst, 40-8. Next: vs. West Seneca East, F…

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In its 40-year soccer history, St. Joe's has won more than 500 games and 20 Monsignor Martin Athletic Association championships. The winning tradition transcends the annual graduation cycles, evidenced by the Marauders' 10-2 start this season after losing 16 seniors, including six All-Catholic players, from last year's title team. "We don't go down very often," coach Mik…

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Lockport defeated Clarence Saturday afternoon to win the Sweet Home Boys' Volleyball Invitational. The Lions won the final, 25-23, 25-15. They advanced with a win over host Sweet Home, 25-21, 25-17. Clarence defeated Hamburg, 25-22, 25-19, in the semis. Zach Schneider of Lockport was named the tournament MVP with teammates Rhees Perry and Sean Denniston named to the All…

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This story has been updated. As Mike Rigerman galloped across the goal line for a fourth touchdown, his Pioneer teammates on the sideline thrust their index fingers in the air. “We’re No. 1, baby,” one proud Panther proclaimed. Rigerman rang up 248 yards and running mate Tyler Ely set a school record with his 99-yard touchdown as Pioneer overpowered Cheektowaga 33-14 la…

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-- St. Joe’s Marauders (1-2) at V-Aquinas Little Irish (3-0), 3 p.m. at Wegmans Stadium. St. Joe’s becomes the next Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association member to try its luck against perennial state power and defending Section V Class AA champion Aquinas. The Maruaders have dropped a pair of close ones to McDowell (Pa.) and McQuaid Jesuit of Rochester sinc…

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With two goals in each half, Orchard Park played an even game en route to a 4-0 win over West Seneca West in ECIC I girls soccer. Faith Hanlon and Hannah Woodrich each scored twice as the Quakers improved to 7-1-2 overall with Rebecca Roman notching the shutout. “I think we’re at the time of year when all teams are battling injury and illness, and we’re part of that,…

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When the offensive line is firing off the ball and moving defenders wherever it wants, football becomes a relatively simple game. West Seneca East made it look easy as 1-2-3 on a windy night in the Southtowns on Friday. In a showdown between unbeaten Buffalo News Large Schools, the eighth-ranked Trojans breezed past No. 3 Starpoint, 59-22, before an estimated 1,200. …

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Bennett head coach Steve McDuffie has been around football a long time. He played the game in high school and college. He’s been coaching for nearly 20 years. But he’s never been part of an ending quite like this. The Tigers scored on a Hail Mary pass with four seconds left in the game to defeat Williamsville North, 24-21, in a Class AA matchup Friday night. “I wa…

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