Senior linebacker C.J. Ozolins spent the high school football season delivering shots on ball carriers at nearly a record pace for Canisius.
With the state championship at stake, he called his own shot instead, not only achieving legendary status but breaking free from a pack of contenders to earn 2019 Buffalo News Player of the Year.
Ozolins’ selection headlines the…
Here are the all-league teams as selected by the coaches in each league.
MONSIGNOR MARTIN LARGE
Offensive Co-Players of the Year: Jake Ritts-11 (St. Francis) and Xzavier Janczylik (St. Francis).
Defensive Co-Players of the Year: Jason Walker (St. Joe’s) and C.J. Ozolins (Canisius).
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Pos Name School Yr
QB Tyler Baker Canisius 10
QB Callum With…
The 2019 All-Western New York football team is selected by the Buffalo News with input from Dick Gallagher and area coaches.
[PHOTO GALLERY: Capsules of the first team offense and defense]
ALL-WNY FIRST TEAM
All players are seniors unless otherwise noted
QB Jake Ritts-11, St. Francis
RB Xzavier Janczylik, St. Francis
RB D’Jae Perry, Bennett
It’s crazy, but two teams ranked eighth in the penultimate Buffalo News football polls climbed their way into the top spot in the most important rankings of the season.
Canisius and Clymer/Sherman/Panama were the only area teams to win state championships – a large school and a small one. Their reward: Each ended up ranked as No. 1 in its respective poll – the only time…
It’s basketball season, so Tyree Parker’s focus is on helping Health Sciences’ boys team reach its potential on the hardwood. Perhaps, he can lead the Falcons on another long playoff run, much as he did in 2017 and 2018.
He just completed a historic postseason push with the other Falcons team under his direction.
Because of the sudden surge of success achieved by Wes…
Joe Powers, an All-Western New York first-team offensive lineman from Lewiston-Porter, will continue his football career at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, he announced Tuesday on Twitter.
Powers, a four-year starter and Trent Trophy finalist, had interest from Division II and Patriot League schools.
A strong, athletic player, he also notched 42 tackles (31 solo) …
Here is a web breakdown of our entire 2017 All-Western New York football issue, which hit newsstands on Saturday.
This is the 60th all-star team selected by The News.
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PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Tops in his field: Matt Myers made big plays when it mattered most to help West Seneca West win a state championship
Photo gallery of Matt Myers from his sophomore thro…
2017 Buffalo News football Player of the Year Matt Myers sat down with The Buffalo News to talk about the memorable moments from this season, his return to West Seneca West from Bishop Timon-St. Jude and why he committed to the University at Buffalo.
A photo gallery look at Myers from his sophomore through his senior year.
Brackets indicate first-place votes
*–Indicates tie in voting
Rank School (Class) Record Points LW
1. West Seneca West*  (A) 13-0 94 3
1. Lancaster*  (AA) 12-1 94 1
3. Canisius  8-4 78 2
4. South Park (A) 9-1 71 5
5. Williamsville North (AA) 9-1 61 4
6. Iroquois (A) 6-3 44 6
7. St. Joe’s 7-5 35 9
8. West Seneca East (A) 5-4 28 7
2017 All-Western New York football teams
A photo gallery look at the 25 members of the All-WNY first team.
Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Year
QB Matt Myers West Seneca West 6-4 220 12
RB Aaron Wahler Cleveland Hill 6-0 215 11
RB C.J. Perillo Iroquois 5-10 188 12
RB Andrew Hersey Lancaster 5-6 165 12
WR Paul Woods Canisius 6-2 185 12
WR Juston Johnson…
School: Hutch-Tech Position: DL
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 150 Year: Senior
Solid athlete with a great work ethic got after ball carriers for an Engineers team that yielded the third-fewest points in Class AA and sixth-fewest among all large schools in Section VI. Bailey finished with 86 tackles, including 25 for losses, and ranked second in WNY in sacks with 13.5…
School: West Seneca West Position: QB
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 215 Year: Senior
Repeat Connolly Cup finalist earns his second straight All-WNY first team honor this time as quarterback. University at Buffalo commit passed for nearly 2,400 yards and rushed for 1,037 to finish with 3,434 all-purpose yards and 46 total touchdowns, including 24 passing. He totaled five …
Note: Teams are selected by each league's coaches
Offensive Player of the Year: Jayce Johnson (Canisius).
Defensive Player of the Year: Nick Julian (St. Joe’s).
Special Teams Player of the Year: Tristian Vandenberg-11 (Canisius).
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Pos. Player School Yr.
QB Casey Kelly St. Joe’s 11
RB Jaden Lofton St. Joe’s 11
RB Kenyatta Hu…
Proper reads and making correct decisions are the responsibility of the quarterback. So too are finding ways to make plays at key moments in a football game.
West Seneca West's Matt Myers did it better than anyone else, which is why the senior signal-caller has been chosen as the 2017 Buffalo News Player of the Year.
Myers' selection headlines the 60th edition of the…
The 25 players named to the All-Western New York first team sat down with The Buffalo News to discuss who they're thankful for and their most memorable moments of their high school careers.
You can view photos and capsules of the complete first team here.