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Brocton baseball is heading to the state semifinals for the first time in school history. Ronald Brown threw nine strikeouts in a complete-game outing as the Bulldogs downed Avoca, 5-1, in the Class D Far West Regional at Diethrick Park in Jamestown. “It means a lot,” Brocton Coach Raymond Rosas said. “It feels cool not only for the school district, but the village a…

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In an attempt to get ready for something new, Frontier’s girls’ lacrosse team has been preparing for the unfamiliar by doing something old. The Falcons’ opponents are still feeling blue. Unbeaten Frontier is no longer part of Class A. It hasn’t stopped the Falcons from playing and beating their ex-rivals even though they no longer are part of that division. They hope…

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Orchard Park’s girls basketball team came into the season with just one goal in mind, and that was to make it to Buffalo State for a chance at a Section VI Class AA title. As sophomores on the varsity team two years ago, current seniors Sam Fischer, Jenna Probst, Lauren Miller and Emily Henrich witnessed eventual state semifinalist Williamsville North end OP's season wi…

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Canisius High School's Christian Balkin, Mac Granto, Jake Ruffolo and Dan Bowen finished first in the 200 freestyle relay and earned All-American honors at the NYSPHSAA Championships Saturday. The quartet swam a time of 1:24.88, .27 seconds faster than second-place New Rochelle-Bronxville. The same group also finished in third in the 400 freestyle relay. Individually…

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Frontier's Brandon Badaszewski is going to states again, and once again he'll have plenty of Falcons joining him. That's the way he likes it. The Falcons as a team proved their might in soaring all the way to the top during the grueling day that is the annual Section VI boys bowling tournament. Frontier captured its fourth team championship in six seasons, posting a …

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Six of the 15 sectional champions from last year were underclassmen, with most competing at the lighter weight classes. Last year’s champions from 145 pounds and up all graduated. While there are quite a few opportunities for newcomers, many of last year’s winners have changed weight classes. That includes Lancaster sophomore Ryan Stencel, the top-ranked D-I wrestler…

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One nickname's roots can be traced back to a joke between teammates, while the other appears to have been born from a statistician's shorthand. Regardless of their origins, there's no denying that the acronyms FLOP and CASH have become as much a part of the Western New York Girls Hockey Federation as the players and late afternoon games. CASH has the jerseys to prove it…

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A loss to Orchard Park was just the wake-up call that Brandon Dunz and the rest of the Frontier boys volleyball team needed. The Falcons immediately rebounded with a sweep of West Seneca West and finished the week with a three-set win over Canisius to capture the title of the Hamburg Tournament on Saturday. Match point in the best-of-three final was decided on a kill…

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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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Bennett Tigers (8-3) Coach: Stevenson McDuffie, sixth season Home field: All High Stadium Program founded: Unknown Outlook: After winning the program's first Section VI championship, the Tigers move up from Class A into the big-boys classification – their fourth different class in as many seasons. While Bennett has made three straight sectional finals, the nucl…

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2016 team champions: Frontier (A), East Aurora (B), Alden (C), Maple Grove (D). Msgr. Martin High School Athletic Association: St. Joe's. 2016 underclassmen individual champions: Section VI Class A -- Grey Conover-10 (Clarence), Section VI Class D -- Michael Peppy-11 (Maple Grove). All-Catholic -- Tom Appenheimer-10 (Cardinal O'Hara). 2016 All-WNY first-team undercla…

Frontier Central High School Junior Ryan Lotocki knows how to grab his audience. "School sucks," are the first words he speaks to an empty auditorium in a video he posted on YouTube. "Now don’t get me wrong, I believe everyone should have a general education," he says. "But when I know how to solve quadratic equations with imaginary roots graphically, and I’m not sure ho…