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David Blackowski scored with 1:39 left in the third period to tie the game for Lancaster in a 1-1 draw with Clarence in their WNY Boys Hockey Federation game at Holiday Twin Rinks. Ethan Miller assisted on the tying goal. Ethan Bishara scored his 17th of the season for Clarence in the first period with an assist by Anthony Sweeney. Zachary Dudas made 29 saves for …

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Ja’Vaughn Jones performed live surgery for Health Sciences on Sunday, dissecting the Tapestry defense in a 77-62 victory in front of a capacity crowd of about 600 at D’Youville College. Jones, a 5-foot-9-inch junior, is in his third season as the Falcons’ starting point guard, but came off the bench so Health Sciences could start five seniors in its regular-season finale…

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St. Joe's heavyweight Caleb Lesswing won his weight class and 10 other Monsignor Martin wrestlers made the podium Sunday in the Catholic High School Athletic Association championships at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville on Long Island. Lesswing, a senior, won by fall over Matthew Cordero of St. Joseph's by the Sea in 1:38 after defeating Bashiri Clark-Cai…

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Clarence posted the top team scoring in two of the three shooting positions and won the Section VI rifle championships on Saturday at Kenmore East. Alexis Kirk was the top individual scorer for the Red Devils with 293 points including 21 bullseyes. She scored 99 points with nine bullseyes in prone and 99 with eight bullseyes in kneeling to win those positions and her 95…

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After losing in the state wrestling final last season, Newfane’s Andy Lucinski had one thing on his mind coming into this season: avenging that loss. He’s now one step closer. The junior won his third Section VI title Saturday at the Division II State Qualifier at Southwestern High School, defeating Falconer junior Brayden Newman, 8-3. Lucinski won the past two seaso…

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PENDLETON – Every wrestler that reaches the final of the Section VI Division I championship tournament gets to walk to the mat with a song serving as part of the introduction. If one had to choose theme music for this year's state qualifier, "We Are Family" would have been an ideal selection to capture the mood Saturday night at Starpoint High School. The McDougald c…

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All-Western New York point guard Shay Ciezki hobbled on crutches out of Williamsville South on Saturday, taking with her much of the excitement surrounding a non-league matchup between two of the top three large schools in the News’ girls basketball rankings, and leaving behind cautious hope that the St. Mary’s sophomore avoided serious injury. Williamsville South, ranked…

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Jaylen Stewart recorded a triple-double for Amherst as the Tigers clinched at least a tie of the ECIC II boys crown with a 58-55 win over rival Williamsville East in front of a full house at Amherst on Friday night. Stewart, a senior, had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the triple-double. Nick O’Neil had 18 points, six assists, five steals, and six rebounds. …

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Coach Kyle Husband didn’t pull any punches when talking about his Canisius boys basketball team’s recent slump. He said the Crusaders had been struggling to do the little things in practice and in games that have enabled them to experience success. Canisius still has a little work to do in order to be the best it can be, but the version that showed up Friday night at St…

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Monsignor Martin Wrestler of the Year Matt Ash from St. Mary’s is one of four Western New York wrestlers to be named the top seed in their weight class for the Catholic High School Athletic Association tournament. The tournament begins Saturday and ends Sunday at Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville. Ash, who was the Most Outstanding Wrestler at the All-Catholic me…

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Matt Bradshaw has stepped down as football coach at Lewiston-Porter. Bradshaw guided the varsity Lancers for three seasons, posting a 9-18 record. They went 3-6 last fall. He also coached the junior varsity team in 2016. “I want to thank all the football players who participated in our football program,” Bradshaw said in a tweet. “I gave it my best shot but it’s time…

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While beautifying the landscapes in Lancaster, Ryan Stencel continued crafting his wrestling legend. Already a two-time Section VI champion and three-time state qualifier, Stencel slabbed more than 30 pounds on his frame laboring throughout the summer before his senior year. And while working in the sun, he was able to absorb some wrestling wisdom from Lancaster’s all-tim…

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Hamburg narrowly defeated Amherst for the second time this season, 55-52. In the previous matchup, the Bulldogs beat the Tigers by only two points. Two of the top players in ECIC II, Clara Strack for Hamburg and Ella Wanzer for Amherst, went toe-to-toe as the teams try to overtake one another in the division. Hamburg, now 8-1 in league, sits comfortably atop Amher…

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Not only did Tonawanda’s Melissa Large and Dunkirk’s Makayla Pasierb experience perfection on the lanes for the first time in their lives, but the standout bowlers rode the wave of positive energy that followed and scooped up Section VI championships. Meanwhile, Lancaster celebrated the 20th anniversary of its last Section VI girls bowling championship by winning its fi…