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By Perry L. Novak, Special to the News CORTLAND — The final score was 4-0 and most people would have assumed the defending state Class C champs would have been the victor. They would have been wrong. Holland Patent's girls soccer team stunned the defending New York State Public High School Athletic Association champions from Allegany-Limestone on a cold and windy …

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Williamsville North field hockey fans looking for their team in action this weekend won’t have to stray too far from campus. That is a welcomed change for them and the Spartans, who have the potential to benefit from home-field advantage during the most important games of the season. Section VI will be well-represented in the New York State Public High Schools Athlet…

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Quinn DeCicco and Kaitlyn Higby provided the finishing touches each’s respective girls soccer team needed Tuesday night to earn spots in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Tournament. DeCicco’s second goal of the game late in the second half broke a 1-1 tie and enabled Amherst to defeat longtime nemesis Williamsville East, 2-1, in the overall Se…

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Alyssa Spring and Molly McClelland have played club soccer together since they were 10 years old. Teammates on the Allegany-Limestone varsity since eighth grade, the junior tandem has developed an almost telepathic connection on the field. “Since we’ve been playing together so long, I feel like we have the same brain,” McClelland said. “We get each other and we are really…

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For Conner Golley, it was fitting that he celebrated his record achievement sitting atop the shoulders of his Allegany-Limestone teammates. Having earned his 43rd career shutout last month to break the 15-year-old Section VI record, Golley shared the glory with the Gators who helped lift him to the top of the list. “It’s a tribute to my coach, Jon Luce, and the defense,”…

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Longtime Allegany/Limestone girls basketball coach Frank Martin has died unexpectedly, according to Section VI girls basketball chairman Chris Durr. Martin just last week was on the sideline coaching the Gators in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association final four at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. A/L lost 55-50 to Syracuse Academy of Scien…

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TROY – From the first day of tryouts, to the loss to Franklinville in late December, to the 18 straight wins that followed, it’s been a magical ride for the Allegany-Limestone girls basketball team to Saturday’s New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association final four. The Gators won their first Section VI title since 2009 and qualified for the state tournamen…

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Who: Allegany-Limestone Gators (23-1) vs. III-Syracuse Academy of Science Atoms (19-4). What: New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class C final four. When: Friday at 11:45 a.m. at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. NYS Sportswriters Rankings (as of March 8): Allegany-Limestone is ranked No. 4. Syracuse Academy of Science is No. 5. How …

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HENRIETTA — Frank Martin considers himself only a tad superstitious. So the hat commemorating the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team’s 2017 national championship he sported on Saturday — complete with "FINAL FOUR" in bold type — wasn’t a way of hoping his own team experienced a similar fate. It’s simply his basketball hat, the one he’s been wearing all sea…

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Section V girls basketball teams historically haven’t had much trouble dispatching its Section VI opposition in the Far West Regionals. Rochester-area schools come into Saturday’s games at Rush-Henrietta High School leading the all-time series with a record of 103-59. In the last three years, however, Western New York has held its own and is a respectable 8-7. Sectio…

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The Section VI Class C and D boys basketball finals have become a victim of Mother Nature. The games originally slated to be played Friday night at Jamestown Community College will now be played Saturday at JCC following the girls Section VI championship doubleheader. The decision to reschedule the boys games was made around 11:15 p.m. Thursday night, according to La…

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A handful of scholastic basketball players reach the 1,000-point mark every season in Western New York. It's a little more rare to see athletes make it to 1,000 rebounds. Allegany-Limestone's Morgan Davis accomplished both in the same season. After surpassing 1,000 points in mid-December, the senior secured her 1,000th rebound in the 101st game of her five-year varsi…

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Winning a state championship is supposed to be harder than the Allegany-Limestone girls soccer team made it look. Coach Dale MacArthur knew his Gators were talented at the start of the season, but he wasn’t sure if the team knew just how good it could be. Allegany-Limestone piled up lopsided win after lopsided win, only losing to eventual Class A-2 champ Pioneer. Mac…

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The Class C state champion Allegany-Limestone girls soccer team added some more postseason accolades on Sunday. Gators sophomore Molly McClelland was awarded the 2017 Class C state Player of the Year, while longtime coach Dale MacArthur was named the Class C Coach of the Year by the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports (NYSSCOGS). Mc…

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By Perry L. Novak Special to The News HOMER – It is said that hope springs eternal. For Allegany-Limestone’s girls soccer team it was more like Spring makes hope eternal. Sunday afternoon saw Alyssa Spring score a hat trick to lead the Gators to their first outright state title. The sophomore tied the game in the first half with an unassisted goal then sandwiched p…