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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…

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By Perry L. Novak Special to The News HOMER – Allegany-Limestone began the 2017 girls soccer season by winning the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports State Girls Soccer Hall of Fame Tournament in comeback fashion. Coach Dale MacArthur’s Gators began the state’s final four with a similar rally Saturday night at Homer High School and t…

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Clarence makes its way to Cortland for a fourth straight final four appearance, where its season has ended the last three years to teams that have went on to win state titles. Awaiting at SUNY Cortland at 5:30 p.m. Saturday is a familiar foe in Section VIII’s Massapequa, which beat the Red Devils in 2014 (1-0) and 2015 (2-0). Massapequa was on the other side of the bracket…

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From players to coaches, Lackawanna has been bold in making predictions for this season. The Steelers mission has been to make a state tournament run and ultimately win a title. The Section VI champions are still on track to do so but it took tying Saturday’s Class B Far West Regional with just four minutes left in regulation and then scoring the game-winner with 22 sec…

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Clarence girls soccer coach Dave Stephan had a state chairperson ask him if he thought his team could get back to the state semifinals for a fourth straight year. The Red Devils lost seven starters from last season. A lot of roles needed to be filled and a lot of roles needed to change on a team that had experienced so much success. “And I said, ‘If I get to states t…

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By Tom Dinki Special to The News DUNKIRK – While revenge isn’t much of a motivating factor for Dale MacArthur, the Allegany-Limestone girls soccer head coach admitted his players have discussed two goals since preseason: win the Class C title and beat Maple Grove. The No. 3 Gators accomplished both of those goals Saturday, as they claimed a 3-0 victory in the Sectio…