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We're at Grover Cleveland to take in the prequarterfinals, I don't think I'll have too many in-game updates but I'll certainly have some summaries of the important stuff. Hey, it's the prequarterfinals :-) We'll also discuss all of tonight's winners during the live chat at 10 (click here or just scroll down).7:20 p.m. We officially have t…

The quarterfinal matchups for the Section VI boys basketball tournament will be set after tomorrow night's action, which makes our weekly live chat at the perfect time.Visit here Wednesday at 10 p.m. to discuss the prequarterfinal hoop games as well as anything else on your mind in high school sports. Of course, any questions on high school sports are in bounds. …

If you go to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association web site and go to the classification page classification, there is a link to a table of the 2009-10 classification numbers.If you use the drop-down menus you can see the enrollment numbers for next year for Section VI (or any other section, for that matter). I'll issue a disclaimer right now…

With all three of the Monsignor Martin Association's Class B teams losing in the Manhattan Cup quarterfinals, there will be a playoff to determine the league's B representative in the state Catholic playoffs.Thursday's semifinalNiagara Catholic at Cardinal O'Hara, 7:30 p.m.Sunday's final at Canisius CollegeNC/O'Hara vs. St. Mary's, 6:30 p…

Ahhhh, the postseason is finally here.Throughout the year, 10 voters will rate Western New York's best teams from 1 to 10 in the large and small school polls. The News has one vote in each poll, which are published in the Sidelines each Tuesday in The News' Scholastic Spotlight. Here's The News' ballot for the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth a…

The wildcard entries for the state wrestling tournament have been announced, and there are 12 from Section VI, three in Division I (large schools) and nine in Division II (small schools). Division I103 (pounds) Collin Dresher (Clarence-11), 140 Irvin Buck (Niagara Falls-10), 152 Mike Kiripolsky (Cheektowaga-12).Division II96 Carlene Sluberski (Fredonia-12), 125 Ben…

It was a busy weekend for sports (and this blog), so here's what you need to know as you try to stiff-arm the Monday blahs: * * * With the Manhattan Cup playoffs and sectional basketball tournaments starting the next three days, we've got a post for every hoop fan. Each post includes a schedule and a poll -- so if your team is playing basketball this week, you c…

While the debate rages on the blog over the snubbing of Ray Hall -- and we stand by our 1980s picks -- let's throw another log on the all-time All-WNY basketball fire. It says here, the third team on the 1970s squad would beat the first team of the 1990s or the 2000s. The 70s third team: G Tyrone Beaman, G Phil Scafidi, F Ollie Harper, F LaVerne Evans, C Jim Johnstone…

The 30 Section VI wrestling champions were crowned this past weekend at Niagara County Community College (here are the stories for Division I and Division II). They'll be headed to the state tournament this weekend at the Times Union Center in Albany. Jim Widger, a 119-pounder from St. Francis, will be the Monsignor Martin Association's only representat…

Good morning from the Section VI basketball seedings meetings at Cayuga Heights Elementary in Depew, an important meeting but definitely not something on par with the NCAA Selection Sunday show. We're in the school cafeteria determining who is playing who and where. We will have complete brackets online at buffalonews.com as soon as possible. It might take some typing…

Here is all-1970s team, put together by News Sports Reporter Mark Gaughan after discussions not only among The News staff but other local basketball gurus. His story is in today's paper. It consists of the best first-teamers of the era (1970-1971 to 1979-1980).  Check this previous post for a complete list of the first-teamers from the 1970s, as well as readers&#…

We're live at the first of what should be two great boys basketball finales this evening. The Yale Cup is on the line as East visits Grover Cleveland; afterward I'm headed to Canisius for its auditorium finale against Nichols. 5:36 p.m. The actual Yale Cup trophy, a silver cup atop a wooden base with plaques of previous winners, is sitting three spots to my left.…

It has all come down to today, especially for this year's Yale Cup season and for Canisius' grand auditorium. Grover Cleveland hosts East at 5:30 p.m. today with the Yale Cup title on the line. The No. 7 large school Presidents (11-1), which lost to Riverside early on, can forge a tie for the Yale Cup with a win over No. 3 East (12-0).Canisius' final game in…

WILSON -- It was a very entertaining night at Wilson's Richard J. Zipp Athletic Center as I took in Akron's 60-51 win over the host Lakemen. Akron entered the fourth quarter trailing, 44-40, then went on a 16-0 run to take control of the game and clinch the Niagara-Orleans title. It was a very nice performance from a team that deserves its place near the top of t…

I have given a lot of different kinds of attention to Lackawanna and Alden -- obviously because I went to the game -- but the huge story from last night is St. Joe's beating Nichols in overtime. A tremendous win for the Marauders as the St. Joe's program again proves that year-in, year-out, whatever the expectations, it will be heard from. If you were at the game…