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Amherst Tigers (4-4) Coach: Jason Beckman, eighth season. Home field: Dimp Wagner Alumni. Program founded: 1932. Outlook: Making the playoffs is the goal for the Tigers, Beckman said. While it will be difficult to replace graduated quarterback Ja’Kaye Womack and running back D’Shawn Barefield, the team’s depth was bolstered by the addition of St. Joe's transfers …

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Morgan Halt has already won a couple sectional titles this winter competing for Amherst’s indoor track team. Halt will get a chance for a third after she and her girls basketball teammates turned Tuesday night’s Section VI Class A-2 semifinal into a sprint. Amherst, ranked No. 1 in The News’ large school poll but seeded second in the sectional bracket, will face top seed…

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The Amherst Tigers have been consistent winners for the past decade, collecting 168 victories, seven ECIC division titles and three Section VI championships since Chris Kensy took over the boys basketball program in 2009. Yet it’s the losses that linger in the locker room. Recollections from former standout players Nico McClean, Johnny Belton, Dorian Billups, TC Brown, A…

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Maxana Grubb got a little bit ahead of herself. The Amherst sophomore set out to break a school record and qualify for states in the 400-meter dash Friday during the first day of Section VI track and field championships at Niagara Falls High School. Instead, she accomplished those feats in an event that was supposed to be her focus for next season. Grubb came up short …

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Who’s who: The 16-team class consists of two divisions. Class A North includes the Grand Island Vikings, Kenmore East Bulldogs, Kenmore West Blue Devils, North Tonawanda Lumberjacks, Starpoint Spartans, Sweet Home Panthers, Williamsville East Flames and Williamsville South Billies. Class A South features the Amherst Tigers, Hamburg Bulldogs, Iroquois Chiefs, Lake Shore Eag…

Bills

Barker’s seven-year reign on top of Western New York field hockey is over. No. 1 seeded Akron handed No. 2 Barker a 3-1 loss in the Class C field hockey title game Thursday at Amherst High School, ending a championship streak that had spanned since the dawn of the iPhone. Akron's Heather Cummings opened the scoring in the first minute of the second half, finishing a nice…