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Here's a working list of Saturday's first scrimmages, culled from schedules and previous blog comment contributions to our offseason football entry. Cardinal O'Hara and Grover Cleveland at Cleveland Hill, 9 a.m. Albion at Batavia, 9 a.m. Orchard Park at St. Joe's, 9:30 a.m. East Aurora, Williamsville East at Gowanda, 9:30 a.m. Lancaster at Webster Schroeder, 9:30 a.m.…

ESPN's Outside the Lines will broadcast a story on the Wilson baseball hazing incident this Sunday. It will air at noon on ESPNews and 9:30 p.m. on ESPN. They've done a major Web version of the story here. It is headlined "A Town Torn Apart: How 30 minutes in the back of a school bus forever changed a small community." An ESPN release states: "Reporter S…

The teams are busy doing two-a-days in preparation for the season, so we might as well run through some drills upon our return from vacation. We're getting some basic info together from last year to get us started. I'd say that it would help spark some discussion, but that's been going on for months. Our "Kicking off some football talk" entry has seen -- as o…

One week until the first practices in all fall sports -- Monday, Aug. 18. Nineteen days until the first football scrimmages -- Saturday, Aug. 30. Twenty-five days until the football season begins -- Friday, Sept. 5. The earliest that the state allows games to be played in other fall sports is Wednesday, Aug. 27 -- that's when boys and girls volleyball and boys golf can …

Here's a link to an Empire State Games photo slide show featuring audio commentary (by a guy who sounds nothing like me). As I said during the Games, photographer Mark Mulville deserves a gold medal -- not only did he go all over the place to different events, he came up with great stuff at every stop. I've covered 15 of the last 16 Empire State Games, which were held for…

It's the first day of August. In just 17 days (Monday, Aug. 18), practices start for all high school fall sports. Here at The News we're preparing for the second year of the Prep Talk blog, which began about 11 months at the beginning of the 2007-08 high school sports season (time flies when you're having fun in the blogosphere). We think it's a good time for us to try…

Here's some cool analysis of the Section VI players who helped Western win gold at the Empire State Games, from the staff that coached them at tryouts, several practices and the four-day Games: Head coach Buddy Brasky, who coaches at Batavia High ... on the team's unselfishness: "The onlything I did was right from Day One was talk about it, discuss it. Every day…

It's the shortest and last of day of the 31st Empire State Games, and we'll be providing live updates throughout the day from the Binghamton area. The bulk of the updates will probably come in the afternoon, because all of today's events are lumped together. In order for all the athletes to return home to all ends of the state, nothing starts later than noon -- which makes…

We'll be providing live updates throughout the day from the Binghamton area during the third of four days of the the 31st Empire State Games. The Games provides results at its Web site. (Note: the speed of results being posted has improved markedly since the beginning of the Games.) 8:32 a.m. -- I'm headed to the Binghamton University track for the start of what is the …

We'll be providing live updates throughout the day from the Binghamton area during the second day of the the 31st Empire State Games. The Games provides results at its Web site. (Note: this year has started terribly from a results standpoint -- starting out today, the Web site still doesn't have any records of many events that happened Thursday. Let's hope things improve…

We'll be providing live updates throughout the day from the Binghamton area as the 31st Empire State Games get started. The Games provides results at its Web site. 1:10 p.m. -- It'll be a busy day at the Games -- then again, every day at the Games is a busy day. Photographer Mark Mulville has already taken pictures at field hockey at Vestal High School and boys and gir…

Joe Shifflet, who will enter the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame this year, is the new coach at Williamsville East. Check out Mary Jo Monnin's story in today's paper. What does this mean for East and its Class A North opponents in 2008 and beyond? Pretty interesting: Shifflet will be coaching against Sweet Home, which is the school where he started his coaching caree…

VESTAL -- We're live inside the Binghamton University Events Center for the opening ceremonies of the 31st Empire State Games. The threat of rain has moved us inside, which has made for some tight quarters. The athletes are taking up most of the space on the floor and the fans have packed the stands. In fact, all 6-feet-8 inches of me is currently scrunched in amid the che…

Tonight's 7:30 p.m. opening ceremonies for the Empire State Games have been moved from Binghamton University's Bearcats Sports Complex, an outdoor facility, to the BU Events Center. The ceremonies were moved inside due to an "unfavorable weather forecast," according to the ESG Web site. Here's a Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin story on the change. Moving the…

The 31st Empire State Games officially begin Wednesday night with the opening ceremonies at Binghamton University's Bearcats Sports Complex. Here's some helpful links to more information about the less-than-a-year-old Bearcats Sports Complex and a map to Binghamton U's playing fields. The rosters also became final on the Empire State Games Web site. Here are a few updat…