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Devils win battle of champs Taha Ahmed scored in the sixth minute and Ross Showalter in the 46th as the defending Class AA boys soccer champion Clarence defeated Monsignor Martin champion St. Joe’s, 2-1, in the final of the Clarence Tournament. The Marauders’ main rival, Canisius, kicked off its season and Monsignor Martin slate with a 3-0 home victory against Bishop…

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Slow Roll Buffalo, Food Truck Tuesday and the Elmwood Village Farmers Market continue their new seasons this week, and Bishop Timon will host its first Tiger Trot 5K. These are among the WNY Refresh Top 10 Picks of the Week when it comes to health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Riders can start to gather at 5:30 p.m. fo…

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The Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association has opted to change things up for the coming season following the review of the 2017 season. The biggest news is that instead of one six-team division, the league will now be split into two divisions featuring three teams each. The A Division consists of Canisius, St. Francis and St. Joe's. The B Division features Bi…

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One never knows how these marquee matchups between league leaders that look good on paper will turn out, even as the game is unfolding before one's eyes. With Park nursing a one-point halftime lead – an edge it secured late in the second quarter after trailing Bishop Timon-St. Jude for most of the opening 16 minutes, did anyone see a 30-point blowout coming? That's e…

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Look at the standings and folks immediately ask, what's wrong with St. Joe's?  The longtime Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation power has more losses this year (five) than in the previous two seasons combined (three). The one word answer: Injuries. The Marauders have played one entire game with their full roster, as they've had eight players miss at least one …

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There are still plenty of boys basketball games to be played this season, but one thing is apparently certain. Last year's "no nights off" moniker still is a fitting description of life in the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association. With that in mind, it shouldn't be surprising that Park took down No. 1 Canisius. In the clash between the top two-ranked Buf…

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The Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association earned the "no nights off" moniker last year because the top boys' basketball teams in the private schools league showed a knack for knocking each other off on a given night. That also held true during the postseason as the No. 4 seed won the Manhattan Cup Class A crown. That said, the champion was still a familiar f…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Four of the high school football season. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. https://buffalonews.com/2017/09/24/buffalo-news-football-polls-sept-25/ Monsignor Martin Canisius 55, St. Joe’s 16 Click the link below to watch the e…

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Week Three of the high school football season pretty much had it all. There were upsets, a school-record scoring output and game-winning drives, including one capped off by a Hail Mary. But what's the use of telling you when we can show you? Below is a roundup of available video highlights from Week Three. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a me…

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Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers (5-6) Coach: Joe Licata, first season Home field: Tifft Farm Program founded: 1948 Outlook: The goal of the Tigers is simple. Put in the work to improve as the season progresses under first-time coach Joe Licata. Pride will be a huge motivating factor for Timon, which will be without several key members from last season who are now …

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A year ago at this time, Joe Licata was an undrafted rookie quarterback in Cincinnati Bengals training camp trying to earn a job for a team that's a member of the shield. The NFL didn't quite work out for the former Williamsville South and University at Buffalo star quarterback. Perhaps that was for the best as a year later, Licata finds himself living out a different d…

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A few months ago, Joe Licata was playing basketball with Jason Rowe. There were high school kids around and Rowe kept stopping the game to show the kids something on offense, explain a tactic on defense, or help them understand a better way to react to a play on the court. "I was like 'this guy is going to make a great coach someday,'" Licata said. Fast-forward to la…

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Matt Myers hopes to know by the end of the week if he'll return to Bishop Timon-St. Jude for his senior season of high school, or if the standout quarterback will be going somewhere else. Myers - a first-team member of the All-Western New York squad in 2016 - sent a message via Twitter that he hadn't made a decision yet, but would announce his next move on the social me…

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Joe Licata has no experience as a high school administrator or head coach, but Bishop Timon-St. Jude supporters can rest peacefully knowing the Tigers are in good hands with him taking over as athletic director. He has all the qualities needed to restore order after Charlie Comerford resigned last month. For starters, Licata is among the most upright and upbeat people y…

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To replace one of the most accomplished sports figures in its history, Bishop Timon-St. Jude has turned to a young man who has already cemented legendary status in Western New York high school sports. Former Williamsville South and University at Buffalo star quarterback Joe Licata will succeed Charlie Comerford as athletic director and football coach at the South Buffal…