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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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As difficult as it can be to beat an opponent three times in one season, the teams in the Section VI Class AA girls basketball playoffs are finding it’s even tougher to defeat the top-seeded Frontier Falcons. Frontier reached its third straight sectional championship with a 37-20 semifinal victory over Jamestown on Thursday night at Kenmore West. After winning the ECIC I…

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The Frontier boys cross-country team has moved ahead of the pack in Western New York over the past three seasons, reviving the legacy left by late coach Arsilio Capuani. From 1973 to 1992, “Cap” guided the Falcons to a 244-68 record, winning eight championships and going undefeated in five of his final six seasons. “He was just phenomenal,” said Jackie Murzynowski, a Sec…

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Crossing the muddy finish line at East Aurora High School on Saturday, Megan McLaughlin reached a rite of passage in her household. McLaughlin, an East Aurora freshman, won the ECIC cross country championship with a 5K time of 18:38.47, following a trail set by her older siblings Marta, Matt and Molly, who are all now running for Grand Valley State University in Michigan.…

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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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In the  final minutes of the first half of a 1-0 win against Williamsville North, Frontier goalie Nathan Hohl made a daring decision. He sprinted from the goal crease to challenge forward Dario Tringali, and covered the ball, taking away a potential scoring opportunity. It was especially daring when you consider that Hohl did so against a player a few years older tha…

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Lancaster and Frontier had fought for a Section VI girls lacrosse title every year since the start of the decade. On Tuesday night, the two programs were both able to celebrate championship conquests on the same turf. Lancaster reclaimed its Class A crown with a 15-6 victory over Orchard Park, while on the adjacent field at Williamsville North, Frontier defeated cross-to…

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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…