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Just a reminder that our ninth weekly live chat is today -- at a new time -- this afternoon at 3. We've gone to an earlier time today because I'll be out covering the Monsignor Martin boys volleyball championships tonight, another eventful day during this fall postseason (Section VI boys and girls volleyball titles are also on the line tonight). I'll address some quest…

Every week of the football season, nine voters rate Western New York's best teams from 1 to 10 in the large and small school polls (published in the Sidelines of each Tuesday's Scholastic Spotlight). The News has one vote in each poll. Here's how we filled out our ballot in the preseason and Weeks One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven and Eight.  And this week: …

We're live at Amherst High's Dimp Wagner Field for the Section VI Class AA soccer championship doubleheader. Clarence is involved in both games, first taking on Williamsville North in a 5 p.m. start, followed by the Red Devil boys against Lockport at 7 p.m. 6:03 p.m. We're finally online from a very tiny press box but I'm not sure how often I'll be able to provide updates…

It is a right, it is a privilege, it is your duty as a high school football fan. Vote for who is going to win at The Ralph this weekend. Feel free to do some campaigning for your choice(s) in the comments section below. Online Surveys & Market Research Online Surveys & Market Research Online Surveys & Market Research Online Surveys & Market Research…

Whether you're a cross country fan or not, you've got to check out News photographer Mark Mulville's audio slideshow from the Section VI championships at Elma Meadows. He captured some great stuff from one of Western New York high school sports' best events. You hear the gun, the fans and the runners while you see the all the emotions of the day in an excellent array of…

Well, here they are -- the matchups we've been waiting all season for. Let the prognosticating begin. SECTION VI CHAMPIONSHIPS at Ralph Wilson Stadium Friday, Nov. 7 CLASS D -- 6 p.m.: Maple Grove (9-0) vs. Clymer (9-0) CLASS AA -- 8:30 p.m.: North Tonawanda (9-0) vs. Orchard Park (9-0) Saturday, Nov. 8 CLASS B -- noon: Lackawanna (9-0) vs. Fredonia (8-1) CLASS C --…

Saturday afternoon didn't simply mark Riverside's coronation as regular season champions of the Harvard Cup. It also served as quite a coming out party for Grover Cleveland's sophomore quarterback Chris Holland. After enduring a miserable first half that included three interceptions and three sacks, Holland was absolutely dynamite in the final 24 minutes while engineerin…

All the excitement on the football fields around Western New York wasn't limited to sectionals or regular season games Saturday. Some teams, playing for only for pride, won titanic struggles. Here is the rundown: CONSOLATION BOWLS Starpoint 35, Cheektowaga 28: Senior running back Brandon Bratek was his usual dominating self with 26 carries for 268 yards and four touchd…

ELMA -- We're live at the Section VI Class A football semifinal between Grand Island and Iroquois. Our wireless broadband signal isn't the strongest, but so far, so good -- we'll provide updates when we can. Saturday night deadlines are tough, so the updates might be sparse later on. Thanks for your patience. The winner of tonight's game will take on Sweet Home at 6 p.m. …

Saturday finals from All High Stadium: Riverside 28, Grover Cleveland 26 (Frontiers withstand Presidents' furious second-half rally to clinch first place in the Harvard Cup) Burgard 8, East 0 ---Tom Borrelli

Five berths to The Ralph down, five to go, and there's som bragging rights on the line as well in the Harvard Cup and the Monsignor Martin Association. We're trying to get to as many games as we can in the afternoon, while we'll definitely be at the Class A semifinal of Grand Island at Iroquois tonight. 1:20 p.m. I walked into All High Stadium for the Harvard Cup showdo…

Some people were looking forward to Friday because it was Halloween. A lot of boys basketball coaches, players and fans were looking forward to today because it's the first day teams in New York state can practice. Here's a brief rewind to last year as we tip off some preseason talk. 2007-08 champions Class AA: Niagara Falls (lost in state public school championship…

The girls volleyball championship matches are set -- six titles will be decided Monday through Wednesday. So which teams will "elect" themselves champions? Here are some details from Thursday's semifinals to look over before you enter the voting booth. Online Surveys & Market Research Online Surveys & Market Research Online Surveys & Market Re…

There's a lot of info about North Tonawanda's great, 38-28 win over Lancaster in my story in today's paper and in my blog post in which I provided live updates. Here's some more tidbits from my notebook after what was an extremely enjoyable game to watch. Just when you thought one team was about to lose momentum to the other, it would come up with a big play -- usually on…

Gene Tundo couldn't help but feel both happy and sad following Orchard Park's 28-13 victory over Kenmore West Friday night in the Section VI Class AA semifinals. His team, which is ranked first in both The News' large-school poll and in the state rankings, had just advanced to next weekend's final against No. 2 North Tonawanda. That part felt great. But ... "I'm h…