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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…

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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: Katrina Clare, Barker, field hockey -- Juni…

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Two-time defending state champion Penfield suffered two set losses in the 43rd annual Eden Can Am boys volleyball tournament at the Buffalo Niagara Court Center in West Seneca. However, another Rochester area team, Fairport, walked off with the championship by defeating Lockport, 25-14, 25-21, in the Gold bracket final. Lockport split its two sets with Penfield in pool p…

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Mel Palano and Benny Constantino have known each other since they were 12. Now they’re 92. Each stood up for the other at their weddings, and they’ve leaned on each other when they lost their wives. They are the patriarchs of large families who would go on vacations together, the groups so intertwined that each family calls the other “Uncle.” And after both went to t…

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Top performers -- Aaron Chase set school records for passing yards in a game (472) and touchdowns (seven) in leading Starpoint to a 54-21 win over Amherst. -- Williamsville North’s Dylan Mann rushed for 189 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns and also made an interception in overtime during the Spartans’ 41-35 win at Clarence. -- Jack Putney passed for 255 yard…

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Fans in attendance for Thursday night’s Bennett versus Lockport football game at All High Stadium witnessed some history. While having four running backs on the same team rush for at least 100 yards and a touchdown in the same game is impressive and definitely left longtime Tigers coach Steve McDuffie in a giddy mood, that’s not among the feats being referenced from tha…

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Section V powerhouse Fairport has won a state championship in recent years but another coveted title has eluded them. “It has always been a program goal to come to Eden and get a victory,” Fairport coach John O’Dell said after his team’s triumph in the 43rd Eden Can-Am held Saturday at Buffalo Niagara Court Center in West Seneca. “This is the largest high school boys vol…

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Albion earned respect last year by claiming a share of its first division title in 11 seasons and reaching the sectional playoffs after a six-year absence. Now the Purple Eagles are spreading their wings and soaring atop the Class B-2 division. Explosive on offense and opportunistic on defense, Albion overwhelmed visiting Lackawanna in a 43-8 victory on Friday night at S…