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By David Yarger, Special to the News The Grand Island and Clarence boys volleyball teams punched tickets to Rochester with victories in the Section VI Division 2 crossover and Division 1 finals, respectively. GI, the Division 2A champs, were victorious over the Eden Raiders, Division 2B champs, 3-1 (20-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-16), and Clarence won versus Orchard Park, 3…

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Coming off a run to the state championship game and ranked No. 1 in Western New York, the Clarence boys soccer team underestimated itself coming into this season. With only one forward and three defenders who saw action in the state playoffs returning, “I thought we wouldn’t be as good offensively,” said Matteo Battaglia, a senior center midfielder stepping into a bigger …

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Jamestown and Bennett put on a back-and-forth battle that took two overtimes to settle, with the Tigers coming out on top, 28-26. D’Jae Perry had the winning touchdown in the second overtime, a three-yard plunge to put Bennett on top, followed by a two-point conversion. It wasn’t over, though; the Red Raiders came marching down the field and scored a touchdown. A two…

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Bennett Tigers (7-3) Coach: Stevenson McDuffie, eighth season. Home field: All High Stadium. Program founded: Unknown. Outlook: The Class AA runner-up returns seven starters on each side of the ball, including first team All-Western New York running back D’Jae Perry. He’s part of a talented backfield that includes classmate Justin Campbell, who averaged 8.9 yar…

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Alexis Kirk was entering eighth grade when her brother Matt brought home a .22 caliber rifle from Clarence High School. She begged him all summer to give it a shot in the family’s basement range. When Matt Kirk returned to school as a sophomore, he told Red Devils’ rifle coach Robert Neubauer his younger sister wanted to try out for the varsity team. “And she’s going to b…

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Thirty-four years after he coached Clarence to its first boys soccer state championship game, Kenneth Kreinheder gets a sense of nostalgia from watching the Red Devils’ current playoff run. Starting with the names on the roster. Quinn Neelon, Nathan Vesper and Aiden Steck, three starters on a Clarence team that is ranked No. 1 among Western New York large schools and has…

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Section V powerhouse Fairport has won a state championship in recent years but another coveted title has eluded them. “It has always been a program goal to come to Eden and get a victory,” Fairport coach John O’Dell said after his team’s triumph in the 43rd Eden Can-Am held Saturday at Buffalo Niagara Court Center in West Seneca. “This is the largest high school boys vol…

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Who’s who: The 11-team class consists of one division. Its members are the Bennett Tigers, Clarence Red Devils, Frontier Falcons, Hutch-Tech Engineers, Jamestown Red Raiders, Lancaster Legends, Lockport Lions, Niagara Falls Wolverines, Niagara Wheatfield Falcons, Orchard Park Quakers and Williamsville North Spartans. Alignment shift: Kenmore West drops down into Class A…

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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…