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The video clip of Noah Hutchins jumping over 6-foot-10 teammate John Orogun and 6-8 teammate Joe Jones during the slam dunk contest of the first LTE Showdown is a highlight still worth watching, even if it’s almost a year old. After all, watching anyone effortlessly soar over people taller than oneself, including one by 9 inches, is a must-see feat of athleticism. It…

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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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Grand Island welcomed another player into its 1,000 point club. Senior Cam Sionko broke the mark by putting up 17 points in a 51-50 win over Hutch-Tech. Sionko only needed one point to reach 1,000. He’s projected to reach 1,200 in his career as a Viking, which would put him at second all-time behind Carlin Hartman (1,513). “He’s our captain, our leader,” said Grand I…

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Juston Johnson won’t be on the court Friday night for West Seneca West because he’s waiting for a court ruling that will determine whether he plays basketball this season. Johnson, the star point guard for the defending Section VI Class A champions, will be dressed in street clothes sitting on the bench when the Indians open their season at Canisius High School in the l…

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Julian Cunningham is on the move again, but instead of bouncing from one Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association program to another, he is heading to prep school. Cunningham, the second team All-Western New York selection, announced on Twitter he's leaving Bishop Timon-St. Jude to attend Orangeville Prep in Ontario. That is the same prep school team that featu…

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Eleven of the top boys and 12 of the top girls basketball players in Western New York will be playing for Buffalo teams at the annual Basketball Coaches Association of New York's Summer Hoops Festival this weekend in Johnson City. The event starts Friday and runs through Sunday in the Binghamton suburb with each of the 18 teams (nine boys and nine girls from various reg…

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Anyone who has seen Jayce Johnson in action on a basketball court or football field knows he's blessed with unquestioned height and athleticism. But there will be a time when the 6-foot-5, 205-pound Canisius High School graduate is simply enjoying living life to the fullest and not playing sports. That's one of the reasons the former Division I football-commit to Wag…

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St. Mary's High School football and basketball player Eric Kegler announced on Twitter he is transferring to Canisius High School for his junior season. The transfer will become official pending the final processing of paperwork and registration, according to Canisius athletic director Jim Mauro. "I just felt like it was the best move for the future joining a well-ro…

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Carlos Bradberry has told The Buffalo News that his son, former Niagara Catholic basketball star freshman Jalen, will attend Niagara Falls High School. Bradberry's transfer is out of necessity since the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo announced last month that it was closing Niagara Catholic. Jalen Bradberry earned fourth-team All-Western New York honors last winter foll…

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East senior boys basketball star Willard Anderson will continue his student-athlete career at the junior college level. The first team All-Western New York guard is taking his talents to Iowa Western Community College and recently signed his letter of intent to join the program. Anderson, the state Class D Player of the Year, averaged 25.7 points, 6.3 assists  and 6.…

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During a timeout early in the third quarter, the West Seneca West student section began chanting: "It's too easy." The unbeaten Indians made it look as such because of pressing defense that made a North Tonawanda crew that plays reigning Class AA champion Niagara Falls twice a year uncomfortable – leading to lots of turnovers, easy baskets and a shot at the title. Th…

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Winning boys basketball games in ECIC I is not supposed to be easy. It's supposed to be hard, especially when the division's contenders gather for their regularly scheduled grudge matches. West Seneca West knows this and although Thursday's 82-61 final score at Clarence on paper looks like another walk-in-the-park type of victory for a team that's won all of its games b…

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Williamsville South has perhaps one of the best boys basketball talents in the area in Greg Dolan. Though he has the ability to take over games, it's hard to do that against a team that possesses quality talents and depth like Canisius. The Crusaders reminded folks of that during a marquee nonleague contest between the two potential title contenders on the first busy…

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It's a rare athlete who's able to play varsity boys basketball as an eighth-grader. Jalen Bradberry did just that last season with Niagara Wheatfield, but he won't be suiting up for the Falcons as a freshman. Bradberry will play at Niagara Catholic, the small Catholic school in Niagara Falls that plays in the rugged Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association. …

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Rich Jacob has coached at the college level most of his career but like most lifers in the profession, it started at the high school level. He's returning to the level where it began years ago as the 58-year-old has been hired as boys basketball coach at Park School, according to athletic director Marcus Hutchins. Jacob, a native of Niagara Falls and a Bishop Duffy (…