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Once Bob Lanier and his wounded knee missed St. Bonaventure's run to the Final Four in 1970, it took a long time for college hoops to become relevant around here again. But we're finally there. Now, there were some memorable years at Canisius in the 1980s and 1990s. And we enjoyed the amazing double-overtime NCAA loss by St. Bonaventure to Kentucky in 2000 and two NCAA …

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LEWISTON — Finally, Niagara is moving on. Canisius had knocked the Purple Eagles out of the playoffs in all four of their previous postseason meetings since Niagara joined the Atlantic Hockey Association in 2010, including twice in the last three years. And it had taken overtime to determine the victor in each of their most recent four contests, including the first two …

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LEWISTON – The last-place Canisius hockey team was optimistic when the Golden Griffins were matched up against rival Niagara in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey Association tournament, even though they had been winless in four games against the Purple Eagles during the regular season. The steady goaltending of freshman Matt Ladd, a Getzville native who joined the …

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Two of the most prolific goal scorers in Division I men’s ice hockey, Niagara freshman forward Ludwig Stenlund and Canisius senior forward Dylan McLaughlin, will face off for at least a couple of more games when the Purple Eagles host the Golden Griffins in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey Association playoffs. It will be the first time the Purple Eagles will host…

The idea was pretty simple. Back in the mid-1970s, there wasn’t much of an indoor track season for Western New York high schools. There were a couple of meets, but that mostly worked for the sprinters. The longer-distance runners didn’t have many, if any, races to motivate their training. So Jeff Gemmer, track coach at Canisius High School, had an idea. He would run a 5…

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Park School was envisioned to be a scary good team this season moments after it won the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions in March because of its returning personnel. While only two of the four expected starters wound up returning, reloading on the fly with seniors Noah Hutchins and Quentin Nnagbo leading the way still proved to be a championship-winning…

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Ludwig Stenlund isn’t a typical freshman. The Niagara center/forward led all NCAA Division I freshmen in goals, points and goals per game entering Friday night’s matchup against rival Canisius, and that was before he added to that tally while helping the Purple Eagles to a 2-2 tie against the Golden Griffins at Harborcenter in the first game of a critical home-and-home …

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Hard-hitting Canisius safety Joe Jamison has signed his national letter of intent to play for Duquesne. Jamison announced his commitment late Tuesday night on Twitter and then signed early Wednesday morning. Jamison, who led Crusaders with eight interceptions and forced three fumbles. received an offer from the FCS Dukes on Sunday. He also led his team in all-…

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Crosstown rivals took a trip downtown Monday for a quintuple-header of Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation games at HarborCenter. “It was really great to have all these games here during the entire day, a lot of entertainment, a lot of fun,” St. Joe’s senior William Redding said after scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Canisius in the final game of the …

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This season’s edition of the Canisius boys basketball team may be younger than recent ones, but the Crusaders are proving to be a resilient bunch. They showed it again against the one team that matters most on their schedule, on the road – St. Joe’s. Receiving double-digit scoring from four different players, Canisius dialed up its defensive intensity at key moments …

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We saw family strife and institutional turmoil. We squinted into the national spotlight as it shone on local destinations. We witnessed the power of humanity in the the wake of tragedy and heard chilling memories of horrors long past. And yeah, we also learned that our cable bills were going up and that certain football players got themselves into trouble. It was …

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ALLEGANY — St. Bonaventure senior forward Courtney Stockard, named to the preseason all-conference team, called his return from offseason arthroscopic knee surgery "a big burden off my shoulders." His presence helped take some of the weight off the Bonnies, as well. Stockard scored a game-high 19 points in his season debut, helping St. Bonaventure snap a four-game lo…

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Who: Canisius Crusaders (5-4) vs. St. Francis Red Raiders (4-6) When: 5 p.m. Saturday Where: UB Stadium Tickets: $10 Audio only: mixlr.com/wnyathletics Rankings: Canisius is ranked No. 5 in the News Large Schools poll. St. Francis is honorable mention in the News poll. Canisius in final: The Crusaders are 6-3 in title games under the current league playof…

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CJ Ozolins said it was just an “instinct play.” Canisius can call it a game-saving act. St. Francis can point to it as another example of its potential with a reminder of just how difficult it is to win football games. The key play of Saturday’s Canisius versus St. Francis clash serves as a reminder of just how close competitively the three large-school teams in the …

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V-Aquinas Little Irish (2-0) vs. Canisius Crusaders (1-1), 2 p.m. at Stransky Complex. Canisius gets to face its other maroon and white rival as defending Section V Class AA champion Aquinas makes the trip to the 7-1-6. The Crusaders enter the clash coming off a 42-37 road loss at Aquinas’ Rochester-area rival McQuaid. Canisius showed its potential and youth in that …