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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…

Looking downfield: O'Hara shouldn't sweat its four-game shutout streak ending with about 15 seconds left in its 38-7 win over Dunkirk, long after starters like senior linebacker Robert Addison (14 tackles, two tackles for loss) and senior defensive tackle Markey Turner Jr. (10 tackles) had left the field. The Hawks are riding a 19-game win streak that could get longer. O'…

Audible to the historian: After McKinley beat St. Joe's, 12-0, on Saturday, the question on everyone's mind was: When was the last time St. Joe's lost to a city team? For questions like that, there's only one place to go: WNY and state football statistician Paul Hutzler. "The last time St. Joe's lost to a Harvard Cup team was ... 1931," Hutzler responded in an e…

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 Mary Jo Monnin and myself filled ours out: Large schools 1. St. Francis (1-0) -- Totally dominant in showdown with NT. Fabor and Tasker were sensational. 2. Orchard Park (1-0) -- Might want to b…

Top five reasons Orchard Park should schedule a Catholic school in a nonleague football game in 2008: 1. You're No. 2. Yes, we're only one week into the season, but if OP and St. Francis both win the games they are supposed to the rest of the way, The News large school poll title would likely go to St. Francis. Why? Because everybody knows how the Red Raiders did against …

There's never been a Buffalo News sports preview section cover like this year's high school football cover. Because there wasn't just one cover: there were five. As early as June, there were discussions among Sports Editor Steve Jones, Assistant Sports Editor Dennis Danheiser and Assistant Graphics Editor Vincent J. Chiaramonte about producing different section covers fo…

When it comes to getting high school sports coverage in The Buffalo News, it all starts with a phone call. It is important coaches call us at 849-4461 as soon as possible after games, and that they are prepared to give us the key information from the contest. That's the only way we can get scores and details in the newspaper and online, especially in high school's busies…

Once the high school football season was over, Depew coach Dan McGrath was doing his yearly statistical review of the season. And he kept adding . . . and adding . . . and adding. There were plenty of coaches doing the math the last few weeks. Record-setting running backs ran all over Western New York this season, from Depew's Tim Hall to Eden's Keien Williams to Southw…

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The best players in sports can go by just one name: Michael. Wayne. Tiger. Emmitt. In Western New York high school football, all you have to say is "Jehuu." The 2002 Buffalo News Player of the Year is Clymer senior Jehuu Caulcrick, a player with a unique name and a unique game whose fascinating life story leaves one more awestruck than one of the 6-foot, 235-pound ru…

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Time has dulled the pain and blurred the memories, but if he closes his eyes tightly, Jehuu Caulcrick can still hear the guns cracking outside his bedroom window. He can still hear the bombs, becoming louder as they draw closer. He can still see the bodies strewn across his neighborhood. He can still smell death. Caulcrick is 19 now, a high school senior, a man. H…

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Brian Dimmer hasn't told his son, Jeff, about the Georgetown Cup. Not yet. Not the whole story. Maybe, here and there, the kid has heard some snippets. The 10-year-old can't miss the photo his dad keeps on the wall. It shows Dimmer and all these other guys hanging out the windows of their school bus, screaming like they're feeling something no one else can feel. Jeff…