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Max Dowling had himself a nice third quarter. So too did his Canisius High School teammates. That 8-minute stretch of basketball proved to be the difference in a clash between two of the Buffalo News’ top-ranked large school teams Saturday afternoon and enabled the Crusaders to extend their winning streak to 18 straight against their longtime rival. No. 1 Canisius (1…

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He might never play in the Super Bowl, be cited as one of the greatest players in NFL history, or listed among the most famous athletes in the world, but Myles Cooper can claim to share one sporting accomplishment with Rob Gronkowski. Cooper was named MVP of the marquee game at the 15th Bob Hettler Showcase on Friday night after he made the winning shot and two decisive p…

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Kenmore West used a big fourth quarter to erase a 15-point deficit and opened the Bob Hettler Showcase boys basketball tournament with a 53-50 win over Sweet Home on Friday at Amherst High School. Zac Boyes had six of his nine points in the last quarter. He was named game MVP for his efforts. Elsewhere in the tournament, North Tonawanda got 20 points from Noah Fox an…

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Sacred Heart girls basketball senior Siobhan Ryan now holds the school record in points scored with 1,634. Ryan, a four-year varsity member, needed 10 points to pass Rachel Michalek headed into Sacred Heart’s matchup with Mount Mercy on Thursday. Ryan scored 30 points, along with 10 rebounds, five assists, and two steals in the 65-44 victory. Michalek held the pre…

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Ellie Schau is a solid two-way forward in her first season for a Williamsville team that has plenty of girls who can finish on offense. It is because of that the team has relied more on Schau for her defensive prowess. The junior reminded folks Thursday at Northtown Center in Amherst that she too can put the puck in the net. She did it three times and wasn’t the only pl…

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Regular season champion LID (Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew) earned a place in the WNY Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation playoffs championship game with a 5-1 triumph over HEWS (Hamburg/Eden/West Seneca) on Wednesday at Northtown Center in Amherst. LID will face Williamsville, a 2-0 winner over FLOP (Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park) at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday for the playoff ch…

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Shauna Clair doesn’t have to look far for a reminder of her girls’ high school hockey playing career, nor her role in the battle to get the sport sanctioned by the Section VI. All she needs to do is visit wnygirlshockey.com and negotiate through the website’s links. In no time, she will stumble upon the photo of her taking a ceremonial faceoff before the first Western N…

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Two Eden girls teamed up for the game’s only goal, Carleigh Sutfin from Olivia Wade at 5:50 of the first period, as No. 6 seed HEWS (Hamburg/Eden/West Seneca) upset No. 3 Monsignor Martin, 1-0, in a semifinal of the WNY Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Federation playoffs on Tuesday at Northtown Center in Amherst. Lauren Brown, also from Eden, had 26 saves for the shutout. HEWS wi…

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As one of the founding members of the Girls 4 Varsity Ice Hockey campaign, Bill Pavone is proud of the Western New York Federation’s development over the past decade. “In the beginning, the league was good, but it’s much, much better now,” said Pavone, who has volunteered in maintaining the WNYGVIHF website and social media accounts since its inception. “We have more te…

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No. 1-ranked Canisius, fresh off its boys basketball win over Niagara Falls, didn’t have much time to rest on its laurels on Monday. The Crusaders (13-1, 4-0 Monsignor Martin) found themselves in a struggle with Bishop Timon-St. Jude (11-6, 2-2) and the Tigers’ junior scoring star Jaymier Patton before pulling out a 90-81 overtime victory at the Bernard J. Kennedy Field…

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St. Joe’s needed a spark. They received it from their offensive-minded defenseman Mitchell Floccare, and an avalanche of goals followed enabling the Marauders to get the better of longtime rival Canisius, 5-3, during a Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation boys Division I clash Monday at LECOM Harborcenter. During the Fed’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Riva…

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Large schools Rank School (Class) Record Points 1. Canisius [8] 12-1 89 2. Health Sciences [1] (A2) 11-0 75 3. St. Joe’s 10-3 69 4. Park 12-4 67 5. Niagara Falls (AA) 10-2 54 6. Lew-Port (A2) 8-3 50 7. Orchard Park (AA) 8-3 32 8. Amherst (A2) 8-3 26 9. Williamsville East (A1) 11-2 8 10t. McKinley* (A1) 7-4 7 10t. Williamsville North* (AA) 7-2 7 10t. CSAT* (A2)…