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We are giving readers the opportunity this year to choose our Buffalo News Prep Talk Athletes of the Week. You can vote in the poll embedded below until noon Thursday. Each Athlete of the Week winner will be eligible for the Athlete of the Year poll conducted in the spring. To nominate an athlete, send your suggestions to sports@buffnews.com by Sunday night. Here…

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We are giving readers the opportunity this year to choose our Buffalo News Prep Talk Athletes of the Week. You can vote in the poll embedded below until noon Thursday. Each Athlete of the Week winner will be eligible for the Athlete of the Year poll conducted in the spring. To nominate an athlete, send your suggestions to sports@buffnews.com by Sunday night. Here are…

Connor McKendry scored twice, sophomore Sean Deakin scored his first varsity goal and Joe Fronczak stood out in goal for St. Joe’s in a 6-1 victory over Frontier in their Section VI boys hockey federation Division I game at Harbor Center. Matt Murphy had a pair of goals and Brendan Janik made 18 saves for St. Francis in a 5-1 win over Sweet Home in a nonleague clash of Fe…

Canisius sophomore Eric Kegler had 14 points and Joseph Ciocca, another soph, had 13 points and was the tournament MVP, as the Crusaders defeated South Park, 66-56, to win its 13th annual Tom Keenan Memorial Tournament at the Kennedy Field House. Dwayne Vass added 12 points for Canisius. Aquinas, which was upset by South Park in the first round on Friday, defeated West Se…

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The Williamsville South girls basketball team did a lot of good Saturday afternoon, but it just wasn’t enough to overcome a bad finish in its season-opening loss to old friend Pittsford Mendon. But the positive sign to come out of South’s 52-44 loss to the defending Section V champion is that if it plays defense the way it did during the first half against the unbeaten …

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When coach Willie “Hutch” Jones came to South Park from Burgard in the offseason to replace Peter Hudecki, he said his goal was to bring some more discipline and confidence to the Sparks’ team. It may just be one game, but so far things are trending up as Jones and his South Park team knocked off Section V powerhouse Aquinas, 67-62. “It was a nip and tuck kind of gam…

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Joe Ciocca approached the bench after his third-quarter scoring surge and was greeted by one of his Canisius teammates. “It’s nice to meet you,” senior JT Boyland joked. “I’ve never seen this before.” Ciocca poured in 25 points in his varsity debut, netting 13 in the third and six down the stretch, to lead Canisius in a 67-64 comeback victory against West Seneca West on …

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NIAGARA FALLS – So two-thirds of the towering big men that made Park such a handful last season are now gone. Big deal. The Pioneers still have a pretty good size advantage with just 6-foot-8 senior Quentin Nnagbo patrolling the paint. He asserted his will Friday night for defending New York State Federation Class A champion Park. So too did good-old reliable Noah Hu…

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The boys basketball season has already begun, but it really kicks into high gear Friday with marquee tournaments such as Niagara Falls High School’s Cataract Classic, Daemen’s Pastor-Cooper Showcase and Canisius’ Tom Keenan Memorial Tournament bringing top teams and individual talents together on the hardwood. Among them are some of the stars on our list of the area's t…

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Park School rode the towers of three and perhaps the best backcourt in the area to championship glory last season. It was expected that the underclassmen core would return with the mission of completing a New York State Federation Tournament Class A championship repeat. Then the offseason happened. Three pivotal players to Park’s run transferred to prep schools, incl…

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The Tapestry boys basketball team (1-2) defeated East (1-1) 79-60 Thursday night in the Pastor-Cooper Memorial tournament at Daemen College. Tapestry was down 10-5 in the first quarter before a 9-0 run vaulted them into a lead they would not lose. Sophomore guard Tariq Eubanks and senior forward Anthony James fired back-to-back threes to increase it to a 15-0 run mid…

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After opening with two lopsided losses at the Olean Tipoff Tournament, defending Section VI Class C champion Tapestry Charter approached the Pastor-Cooper Showcase as an opportunity to change the trajectory of its early season. “We weren’t going to let it continue more and more into the year,” senior guard Dorian Plummer said. “We knew we had to turn it around.” The Thun…

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Juston Johnson won’t be on the court Friday night for West Seneca West because he’s waiting for a court ruling that will determine whether he plays basketball this season. Johnson, the star point guard for the defending Section VI Class A champions, will be dressed in street clothes sitting on the bench when the Indians open their season at Canisius High School in the l…

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This story is part of The Buffalo News' high school boys basketball preview. Gabe Michael came to appreciate the basketball tradition at St. Joe’s from the opposing end of a hallowed hardwood rivalry. “This place is very special,” the 1998 Canisius High School graduate said while gazing at the St. Joe’s gymnasium. “It was the toughest gym to play in. I rem…

The Amherst Tigers girls basketball team are a year older and wiser. Coach Mike Chatelle's team led Cardinal O'Hara's Monsignor Martin powerhouse team 32-20at halftime of last year's opening game of the Al and Rose Pastror Bracket of the Pastor-Cooper Showcase at Daemen College. Then the Tigers collapsed in the face of O'Hara's pressure defense and were outscored 43-25 …