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By Nathaniel Mendelson Another season has ended prematurely for the Barker Lady Raiders field hockey team. Barker fell, 2-0, to Section I Bronxville in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class C state semifinal game at Alden High School. Led by senior forward Katrina Clare, the Lady Raiders reached the state semifinals for the second straig…

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It's common to love both frozen custard and beer separately, but the two paired together? That's a bit more of an adventure. Brothers Jared and Austin Mesiti, part of the family that owns and operates RG Brewery and Five Sons Winery in Brockport, have branched out on their own to open In The Mix Brewing & Creamery, at 1693 East Ave., Barker, in the former Barker Bre…

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The Barker Public Library and Barker Village Hall were destroyed by fire overnight, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Both the library and Village Hall were located in the same building at 8706 Main St., Barker. "The entire building is a complete loss," stated the sheriff's office report. There were no injuries. According to the Sheriff's Office…

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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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2016-17 underclassmen Section VI champions 200 individual medley – Michael Maurer (Hamburg), 100 butterfly – Michael Clough (Williamsville East), 500 freestyle – Liam O’Connell (Hamburg), 100 backstroke – Maurer (Hamburg). 2016-17 Section VI team champions Class A – Orchard Park, Class B – East Aurora, Class C – Panama. Key dates Section VI Class Championshi…

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WILLIAMSVILLE – The Section VI field hockey championships on Wednesday in Williamsville had a little bit of everything. Revenge was found in Class C, a new champion was crowned in Class B, while a title was defended in Class A. In Class C action, the top-seeded Akron Tigers (13-1), who graduated 10 seniors from last season, got their revenge and stunned powerhouse and d…

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Nathan "Nate" Forrestel doesn't box. In fact, the only glove the 17-year-old Akron senior carries, he wears occasionally on his left hand. But make no mistake about it. The sixth-year Tigers' golfer with cerebral palsy is a fighter. He always has been, from the moment he came into the world, from the nearly 20 minutes prior to his birth when oxygen deprivation threat…

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The Prep Talk Football Player of the Week is D'Jae Perry of St. Mary's of Lancaster. The running back/linebacker had a big day during the Lancers' 27-7 triumph over reigning Section V Class C champion Bishop Kearney. He rushed 10 times for 243 yards and four touchdowns and on defense made eight tackles. In order to be considered for the honor, candidates must be amon…

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Coaching changes Paul Burgio may be a first-time head coach, but he's no stranger to Clarence football. He's logged 24 seasons as an assistant with the program, including the Red Devils' Section VI Class AA championship year back in 2010 under then-head coach Tom Goddard. When Goddard stepped down, the district stayed in house – hiring another member of Goddard's …

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2016 champions: Williamsville North (Class A), Iroquois (Class B), Barker (Class C). 2016 All-WNY first-team underclassmen: Abigail Stone-11 (Akron), Holly Stiller-11 (Iroquois), Kayla Blas-11 (Sacred Heart). Williamsville North goes for three-peat: Behind freshman Emma Roland, the Spartans made a deep run into the 2016 postseason before losing to Baldwinsville in th…

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October is a great time for a drive in Western New York. Autumn colors dotting the roadside, as the reality of another snowy winter begins to settle in our minds. A trip to the far northeastern corner of Niagara County will lead you to BlackBird Cider Works in the town of Barker. Located on a commercial orchard estate, with apples growing a stone’s throw away from Lake On…