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Lancaster looked vulnerable but still overcame its toughest challenges to date: the flu-bug and Williamsville North. The Legends scored the game’s final 14 points late in the fourth quarter to rally for a 34-26 victory over host North on Friday night. Gianluca Fulciniti’s 1-yard TD run with 5 minutes, 38 seconds left tied the game at 26.  Clarke Whiteside’s conversio…

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When Mike Rigerman was asked what’s the hardest part about moving from tight end to running back, the Pioneer senior’s response had nothing to do with getting used to a different form of contact, and with good reason. Rigerman is used to being the target of the defense since he played running back prior to being called up to varsity as a freshman. He then was moved to t…

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As the high school football season is underway, we're covering the latest updates on @bufnewspreptalk on Twitter and through your #PrepTalkLive tweets. We encourage you to tweet photos, scores and updates from the games you are attending with the hashtag #PrepTalkLive – that's the quickest way to share information with us. Click here to find our high school football …

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Kaylin Kline is trying to mend her broken heart. “I still cry a lot,” the St. Mary’s freshman said. “I don’t think I’ll ever get over it. It was the worst. I felt like my life was basically over.” Starting a new chapter in her athletic life, Kline has found glimmers of hope and happiness on the golf course, developing an appreciation for a sport that until recently she t…

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Russ Nixon has been a coach for Niagara-Wheatfield football for six years and a teacher at the school for ten. He knows the last time the Falcons were 3-0, like they are now, was at least before his time. Their strong start to the season continued Thursday night, as the Falcons dominated Hamburg, 35-12, in the only football game of the evening. Jordan Parks ran for 1…

Jaide Cummings, a senior in her fifth season on the Clarence girls volleyball team, came through just when Williamsville East was threatening to tie the match in the fourth set of their match on Wednesday. The Red Devils ended up winning 22-25, 25-18, 25-17 and 26-24. "She kept coming up with big kill after big kill when we needed her," Clarence coach Michael Meyer said o…

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(Through Tuesday night’s games.) It’s hard to believe that another scholastic school year is already here. It seems like we were just celebrating one last time West Seneca West football’s run to the state championship, which helped them secure the title as overall Power 10 champion for the 2017-18 school year. Without further ado, here is the first Power 10 for th…

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Mary Ferenczy remembers Elisabeth Sidorski’s first high school field hockey goal like it happened just the other day. The Williamsville South coach made a simple demand in the summer of 2014. “I told her, ‘I’ve seen you play ice hockey before, so get out and score,’ ” Ferenczy said. “Within 10 minutes, she scored the game-winning goal against Clarence. "As an eigh…

Rivalries don’t get more nerve-wracking than when Akron and Barker meet in field hockey in the Niagara-Orleans League. The scores are usually 1-0 or 2-1. Barker used to dominate the Tigers, but Akron on Tuesday defeated the Raiders for the sixth time in their last eight meetings -- 2-1 naturally -- on a goal by senior Alexis Bell off a penalty corner at 2:07 of overtime. …

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Kim Mansell sits in the stands at Riverside Field in Buffalo, and she appears to be the picture of composure. But if you get a little closer, you will notice a bit of a nervous energy about her. Her son, Jason, is a sophomore quarterback for Lancaster, and he’s unflappable, whether he's lining up for plays or dropping back to find a downfield receiver. Mansell’s husb…

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This is part of a series highlighting the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame's 2018 class. The 15-member class will be inducted Oct. 9. For tickets, visit GBSHOF.com.  John Faller has been looking through old files and newspaper clips lately, preparing his speech and a bio for the upcoming Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It's given him a chance …

Orchard Park looked like it was in trouble, trailing at Clarence, 18-13, in the second set of their ECIC girls volleyball match. Then Summer Harris stepped to the service line and the Quakers ran off nine points in a row and went on to win the set, 25-21. That swung the match in OP’s favor for a tough three-set sweep (25-21, 25-21, 25-20) of the four-time defending Sectio…

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Buffalo News Football Polls Brackets indicate first-place votes *–Indicates tie in voting Large Schools Rank School (Class) Record Points       LW 1 West Seneca West [8] (A)         2-0      94      1 2 Williamsville North (AA)           2-0      81       3 3 Lancaster [1] (AA)           2-0      71       4 4 Canisius [1]           1-1      70      …

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Cleveland Hill senior Javon Thomas has been selected as the Buffalo News Player of the Week for Week Two. Thomas rushed for 170 yards on 17 carries, scoring three touchdowns for the Golden Eagles in a 36-28 win over Wilson. He also recorded two sacks and made an interception as the Eagles bounced back from a season-opening nonleague loss to win their division opener. …

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New this year, we are giving readers the opportunity to choose our Buffalo News Prep Talk Athletes of the Week. You can vote in the poll embedded at the bottom of this post. To nominate an athlete, send your suggestions to sports@buffnews.com or jbronstein@buffnews.com by Sunday night. Here are this week's candidates: Gunnar Clothier, Holland, soccer -- Olean T…