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When it comes to charter schools joining Section VI, one coach described it to me as "a can of worms." That's understandable, especially charter schools are new to the section at the varsity level, and because of their unique characteristics, foremost among them being able to draw students from beyond a specific geographic area. Section VI is one of just thre…

Technically, 29th-year Albion head coach Dick Diminuco may have joined the 200 career victories club after Section VI's ruling last month which stated Iroquois would forfeit any football game it played last season using an ineligible player, including last season's Class A semifinal playoff game against the Purple Eagles. After Saturday's 28-7 loss at Sweet Home, Diminuco…

Every week of the football season, 10 voters 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. Here's how we filled out our ballot: Large schools 1. Orchard Park (5-0) [last week: 1] -- Quite a statement against Clarence: 30-zip. Another statement Friday night at Lancaster? 2. St. Francis (2-3) [2] -…

Iroquois football has been stripped of the Class A football title it won last year after it was found the school failed to file the proper paperwork on a fifth-year senior. It's the second time in the last two years that Section VI decided to take a championship away from a football team based on a minor issue, one which did not result in a team gaining an unfair advantage…

I still think Maple Grove has a great chance to go undefeated late into November, but after seeing McKinley beat Grover Cleveland, 34-16, on Saturday I think the Macks will go unbeaten to the Harvard Cup championship game and be the last unbeaten team this season. McKinley provided plenty of reasons why: a smart, mobile quarterback in Tamere Shannon, a big-time running ba…

If you haven't seen the new turf and refurbishments at All High Stadium, there's no better time to check it out than 2 p.m. Saturday, when Grover Cleveland meets McKinley. It's not only a rematch of last year's Harvard Cup, it might be a preview of this year's: both teams enter the game with undefeated records and impressive resumes. McKinley is the two-time champion and …

If you haven't seen or heard about Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy's postgame rant over the weekend, check it out. It's pretty wild. Gundy entered the Hall of Fame of coaches' press conferences for his outrage over a column that speculated on why Oklahoma State changed quarterbacks. The original column by Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman is pointed and worthy of di…

Every week of the football season, 10 voters 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. Here's how we filled out our ballot: Large schools 1. Orchard Park (4-0) [last week: 1] -- Finally, some must-see-OP: Friday night vs. Clarence, next week at Lancaster, home for Frontier on Oct. 12. 2. St. …

There are only 12 undefeated football teams remaining in all of Western New York: Orchard Park, Albion, Sweet Home, Cheektowaga, Iroquois, Cardinal O'Hara, JFK, Maple Grove, Frewsburg, McKinley, Bennett and Grover Cleveland. There are no unbeatens left in Class B, which is no surprise since that class is usually the deepest. Who'll be the last unbeaten team to lose? Righ…

An interesting thing happened to the top girls cross country team in the country on Saturday. It got disqualified. The Syracuse area's Fayetteville-Manlius, which won the Nike Team Nationals last year and is ranked first in the nation by The Harrier magazine and first in the New York region by dyestat.com, was disqualified for doing a practice start, known as a "s…

Here's a rundown on my All-WNY team made up of players I've covered: 1999 to today. Here's the original "Gridiron Greats" story looking back at my time on the beat and our plans to pick an all-time All-Western New York team, and check out my Prep Talk column where I decided to go a step further and pick a 25-man roster. Quarterback: Naaman Roosevelt, St. Joe's (…

Every week of the football season, 10 voters 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. Here's how we filled out our ballot: Large schools 1. Orchard Park (3-0) [last week: 2] -- Quakers keep winning, but will they the next four weeks? (at West Seneca West Friday at 7, Clarence, at Lancaster, F…

We're likely looking at a new No. 1 large school after St. Francis' 13-7 loss to Aquinas in Rochester. Since Aquinas is one of the best teams in the state you could make a "good-loss" argument, with the Red Raiders having played the Little Irish tough at their place. The Rochester private school swept Buffalo's large Catholic schools last year and then beat Iro…

Today we've kicked off the countdown to the 50th anniversary All-Western New York football team. Now it's your turn to call an audible and let us know what you think. Check out the story that outlines our plan to pick an all-time all-star team, and read today's "Gridiron Greats" story I wrote about the best players I've covered from 1999 to this season. It's th…

Every week of the football season, 10 voters 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. Here's how we filled out our ballot: Large schools 1. St. Francis (2-0) -- Great match-up Saturday at Aquinas, the Rochester private school which swept the Monsignor Martin Association last year in the regu…