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St. Francis lineman Eric Schon announced Thursday night on social media that he has committed to play football at College of the Holy Cross after he graduates. Schon, a senior, thanked his family and his St. Francis coach, Jerry Smith, in a statement he posted on Twitter. “All those who had the patience to stand by my side and mould me into the young man I am today, …

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Former University at Buffalo forward Montell McRae has signed a professional contract with the Cheshire Phoenix of the British Basketball League. The team is based in Ellesmere Port in England. The 6-foot-10-inch McRae averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 16 minutes per game for the Bulls last season. “Firstly, I would like to thank the staff of Cheshire Phoen…

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CHICAGO – It’s Amari DeBerry’s 16th birthday. She should be in line at the Erie County DMV, preparing for her driver’s license exam. Or she should be at the beach with her friends. Instead, DeBerry is in a huddle, inside a cavernous exposition hall. She has her arms wrapped around the shoulders of teammates with the Philadelphia Belles as they stand in a circle behind t…

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A memorial service for former Sweet Home lacrosse and football coach John Faller will be held at 8 p.m. July 26. The gathering will take place on the turf complex's football and lacrosse field at the high school, 1901 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. Friends and colleagues will talk about Faller, who died Saturday at 70, and the ceremony will conclude with a moment of silen…

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All-Western New York Player of the Year: Rachel Steffan (Williamsville East) Pitcher of the Year: Summer Clark-10 (Williamsville East) Pos. Name School Yr. P Summer Clark Williamsville East 10 P Marissa Calloway Eden 10 P Torrie Jenkins St. Mary’s 11 P Iris Kahris City Honors 12 P Olivia Anderson Chautauqua Lake 12 C Ella Wesolowski Williamsville East 8 C…

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All-Western New York Player of the Year: Dom Schmidt (Kenmore West) Pos. Name School Yr. P Alex Bellet St. Mary’s 12 P Dom Schmidt Kenmore West 12 C Joe Mack Williamsville East 10 IF Will Carlone St. Joe’s 12 IF Chase Chodkowski West Seneca West 12 IF Brian Fry Medina 10 IF Brian Norsen Frontier 12 OF Jacob Belote Williamsville North 12 OF Alex Dzimian St.…

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Hamburg, Lew-Port earn NYSPHSAA honors Hamburg and Lewiston-Porter are among 35 schools from across the state to make the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Schools of Distinction list for the 2018-19 academic year. Schools earn School-of-Distinction status by having 100% of varsity teams qualify for and receive the Scholar-Athlete …

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Paul Humphrey's football teammates filled the front steps of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School while family, friends and faculty gathered on the front lawn of the South Buffalo school Monday morning for a prayer service in which the slain 17-year-old was remembered for his smile and positive energy. Humphrey, who had recently completed his sophomore year, was killed in …

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Close to 1,000 competitors in 160 boats glided along the glistening Black Rock Channel, underneath the Peace Bridge and a mostly blue sky, into a stiff headwind and a painted breakwall at the finish line that read “Welcome To The Thunderdome.” The 106th West Side Rowing Club Invitational Regatta on Sunday continued its tradition of competitive camaraderie between local cr…

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Shock and sadness were the feelings coursing through the Western New York scholastic sports community Saturday night upon word that iconic Sweet Home coach and Greater Buffalo Sports Hall-of-Famer John Faller had died. Faller’s longtime assistant football coach and friend of more than 33 years, Mike Faulks, along with Section VI Football Chairman Ken Stoldt, confirmed F…

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Frontier’s Brian Norsen admitted he’s shocked to have been the one selected as the first recipient of the Colpoys-Barrows Cup as Western New York’s Scholastic Baseball Player of the Year. It’s not because he doubted his ability. In his view, any of the 16 finalists for the award could have been the one standing on stage with the giant trophy, posing for photos on Wednes…

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Who is the top scholastic-aged baseball player in the area? An organization headed by local baseball aficionado Tom Prince aims to provide an answer tonight during an awards banquet at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant. Fifteen student-athletes are vying for the right to be the first winner of the Colpoys-Barrows Cup – which will be award to the Player of the Year in Western…

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Teams are selected by area coaches. COACHES' ALL-WESTERN NEW YORK FIRST TEAM P Player School Yr. A Maggie Jimerson Lake Shore 12 A Grace Van Buren Amherst 12 A Danielle Thompson Eden 12 A/M Kaitlyn Morris W.S. West 12 M Maddie Mazur Lancaster 11 M Stephanie Herrnreiter Lancaster 11 M Lois Garlow Mt. St. Mary 12 M Dana Bacher Hamburg 11 M Caroline Yoder Amherst …

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Shaun Dolac, the 2018 Buffalo News football Player of the Year, said he will attend Milford Academy in New Berlin to play football next season. “I plan to go to prep school for a semester until December or the end of November, then I can enroll in college for the second semester in January,” he said. “It was just a better opportunity for me to get recruited by bigger an…

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Jerry Severino first played lacrosse in 1965, as a student at Fayetteville-Manlius High School in the Syracuse suburbs, at the urging of a football coach who told him he needed to stay in shape. Little did he know that what started as an avocation would become a lifelong career. After 37 years of coaching boys lacrosse at Orchard Park and at Hamburg high schools, Severi…