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Brooks-TLC Hospital System won't build its $67 million hospital in the town of Pomfret after all. Instead, the hospital system has shifted its plans to a site in Fredonia. Hospital system officials said "planning issues and zoning challenges" with the 26-acre Pomfret site led them to look elsewhere. "As we moved through 2018, it became apparent that the Town of Po…

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Malik Brooks is one of the fastest athletes in the state. The Lockport Lion proved that last spring when he placed fourth in the 400-meter dash at the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association meet after winning the Section VI title. But the senior is more than just scary fast. He’s crazy athletic, tough and knows how to get open on the football field. …

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Carol Zirkle has stepped down as girls basketball coach at Fredonia High School. The longtime pilot led the Hillbillies to four Section VI championships and to the state final four in 2017. She's stepping down "to pursue other interests," she told The News. Zirkle likes to ski and also has nieces and nephews playing basketball she'd like to follow, along with four…

The U.S. Small Business Administration's Buffalo District Office is sponsoring a special entrepreneurial workshop for veterans designed to spur more people to start or run small businesses. The free one-day training program, dubbed "Boots to Business: REBOOT," will be held at the State University of New York's Fredonia Technology Incubator, located at 214 Central Ave. i…

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Iroquois softball slayed the dragon of Class A-2 on the biggest stage. Chiefs pitcher Brooke Plonka held Lew-Port to two hits, backing Iroquois in a 5-0 victory against the previously undefeated Lancers in the A-2 final at Williamsville North. "There's been many people who kept on asking me, 'Why aren't you guys in the rankings?'" Iroquois head coach Aaron Vanderlip …

The death of a man whose body was found last Saturday in the Town of Portland is being regarded as suspicious, State Police in Fredonia reported Wednesday. Troopers identified him as Brian Heyden, 47, and said that he was homeless. He camped just west of Brocton and traveled to Fredonia every day, State Police said. State Police were called at 3:30 p.m. Saturday …

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HENRIETTA — The Fredonia girls basketball team has grown accustomed to bouncing back this season. So the Hillbillies’ late surge in Saturday night’s Class B Far West Regionals at Rush-Henrietta High School wasn’t a surprise to coach Carol Zirkle. Down almost all game and as many as 12 in the third quarter, Fredonia stormed back to take a 60-58 lead on a Hannah Gullo 3-…

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Section V girls basketball teams historically haven’t had much trouble dispatching its Section VI opposition in the Far West Regionals. Rochester-area schools come into Saturday’s games at Rush-Henrietta High School leading the all-time series with a record of 103-59. In the last three years, however, Western New York has held its own and is a respectable 8-7. Sectio…

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Fredonia knew it was going to be viewed as the underdog coming into the overall Class B girls basketball championship against Southwestern. The Trojans beat the Hillbillies twice during the regular season, by 23 and 13 points, and had a 21-2 record as opposed to Fredonia’s 12-12. Fredonia came out of the Class B-1 bracket as the fifth seed. Southwestern was No. 3 in Cla…

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Dunkirk and Fredonia brought their rivalry up the Thruway with the stakes raised higher than ever before. Meeting in a sectional final for the first time, Fredonia pulled away in the second half to defeat Dunkirk for a third time this season, 72-37, and repeat as Section VI Class B-1 champions in front of an estimated crowd of 500 people Sunday at Buffalo State Sports Are…

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The small schools title at the 2017 Section VI finals came down to a tiebreaker between Pioneer and Falconer, with the Panthers earning a 33-32 win due to the fact they recorded one more victory during the match between the teams. Pioneer has been ranked No. 1 in WNY and Falconer No. 3 so far this season, with the Panthers beating the Golden Falcons, 38-30, at the Dick …

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Three individuals and three relay teams swam their way to the championship heats of the NYSPHSAA girls swimming championships held at Ithaca College. Finals and consolations begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Lockport senior Katie Pollock advanced in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.98) and 100 breastroke (1:05.34), East Aurora sophomore Mary Brinker advanced in the 50 fr…

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Three individual race champions from last year's Section VI girls swimming championships returned to the pool at Erie Community College Friday evening in defense of their titles. Only one came away with back-to-back crowns. Fredonia senior Riley Drummond cruised to consecutive sectional titles in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 57.66, capping a night which also i…

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Believe it or not, East Aurora’s McLaughlin sisters don’t always get along. You just wouldn’t be able to tell by watching the finish of their race at the Section VI cross country championships on Friday. Senior Molly McLaughlin, the reigning champion in Class B, and eighth-grade sister Megan were neck-and-neck as they entered the final stretch of the course at Bemus …

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2016 team champions: Orchard Park (Section VI), Sacred Heart (All-Catholic). 2016 underclassmen Section VI champions: 100 free - Allie Stockwell-10 (Jamestown), 100 back - Riley Drummond-11 (Fredonia-Dunkirk-Forestville-Silver Creek), 100 breast - Isabel Sapio-10 (Orchard Park). Sister act: Don't feel too sorry for Orchard Park coach Bret Novilitis. He may have lost …