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I am a member of what my friends and I call Club 1959, meaning I turned 60 this month, one of those birthdays that leads to a just-how-fast-is-this-all-moving reflection about time. While the age itself is not that big a deal, beyond gratitude for the countless people who always came through when I  needed it, I have a growing appreciation for what my parents meant years a…

Colleges

Former Canisius guard Isaiah Reese announced via Twitter Friday night that he has signed with the Houston Rockets to play in the NBA Summer League. Reese is the first Golden Griffin basketball player to sign a summer league contract since 2014, when Billy Baron signed with Chicago and Jordan Heath signed with Detroit. “Thank you God for blessing me with the opportuni…

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Williamsville South’s Amari DeBerry scored two points as the United States won the gold medal over Canada, 87-37, at the 2019 FIBA Americas U16 Championship held in Puerto Aysen, Chile, Saturday night. DeBerry added three rebounds. Payton Verhulst (Bishop Meige H.S./De Soto, Kan.) led the Americans with 18 points and was named MVP. Canada was led by Avianna Thompson …

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The featured performers gave basketball fans what they paid for on the first day of the Corey Graham HS/Prep Can-Am Showcase. Seventeen-year-old LaMelo Ball and his SPIRE Institute squad dazzled a crowd of close to 400 people on Saturday night at Villa Maria College. Beforehand, his father LaVar held court in the lobby, signing autographs and posing for photographs for …

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Juston Johnson will likely do Thursday what he did during Tuesday night’s game for West Seneca West. He’ll help put the boys basketball team through its paces during warmup drills and then take a seat in street clothes on the bench once the game tips off. That’s not sitting well with him or his family, which remains hopeful he’ll get a chance to suit up for the Indians …

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Davonte Gaines didn’t lose too many games during his scholastic career at Health Sciences. What was going through the 2018 first team All-Western New York basketball pick’s mind after losing in his Hargrave Military Academy debut to Oak Hill Academy in a scrimmage? “That’s when I woke up, knowing the (level) game was different,” Gaines said Wednesday at Health Scienc…

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For University at Buffalo's Nate Oats, 2018 has been a very good year. The head coach of the school's basketball team led his squad to win their conference title after amassing the best conference start in team history. Then he took them to the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years, even reaching the second round after upsetting the Arizona Wildcats. He was…

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Joe Licata is committed to making Bishop Timon-St. Jude a success in all sports. That is why he signed a multi-year deal to stay with the South Buffalo Catholic school as its athletic director and head football coach. Timon’s sports news Twitter account tweeted out news of the deal. “I’m not going anywhere,” Licata said Thursday night after football practice. “I’m ju…

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The offers are pouring in for Park School sophomore big man John Orogun. The 6-foot-10 lad who is originally from Lagos, Nigeria, received three offers Tuesday. They came from Oklahoma, UMass and Robert Morris – per the verbalcommits.com website. Prior to Tuesday, Orogun also received offers from University at Buffalo, Bryant University and Stony Brook. Orogun was on…

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Park School's boys' basketball team is the third recipient of the Al Guarnieri Memorial Trophy – the Butler Mitchell Alumni Association's Annual Athletic Excellence Award. The Pioneers won the state Catholic and Federation Class A championships during the winter season. Park received the trophy from the Butler Mitchell Alumni Association during a luncheon earlier this m…

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Nine Canisius student-athletes made their college commitments official Thursday morning during the high school's annual spring signing day. All-Western New York volleyball pick Troy Gooch, the Monsignor Martin Player of the Year, is heading to Division I Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne. Gooch goes to the Mastodons after compiling 569 kills in his third s…

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Here are the Cross Training Athletics Character Award winners from the last weekend's Section VI basketball championships. They're selected based on love, faith and integrity of the game. The honorees are: Brooke Giardini (All.-Lime.) Emma Klein (Amherst) Olivia Smith (Dunkirk) Allyson Haskell (Franklinville) Maddy Marsh (Fredonia) Tara Geary (Hamburg) Kara Sch…

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The Town of Tonawanda will hold a free 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament on March 3 at Kenmore West High School. Registration is required. The tournament is for boys and girls in grades 7 to 12 who live or attend school in the Town of Tonawanda or Village of Kenmore and is sponsored by the Town of Tonawanda Youth Board with support from the Town of Tonawanda Police Dep…

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Longtime Maple Grove football, basketball and softball coach Curt Fischer has announced that he has stepped down from his coaching positions at the school effective immediately. Fischer sent an email to the Buffalo News on Friday in making the announcement. The letter stated: They say with every ending there is a new beginning and after 25 years it is time for a c…

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Ryan Bradley had himself a game. That proved to be bad news for St. Joe's. Riding the inside play of its senior big man, Canisius quickly turned a close game into a runaway triumph Tuesday night as the host Crusaders cruised to an 88-55 decision in boys basketball over their longtime Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association rival. The 6-foot-7 Bradley sco…