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Medina’s Melanie Green is in first place after the first round of the NYSPHSAA girls golf championships at Deerfield Country Club in Brockport. Green, the Section VI champion, shot an even-par 72. She also shot two birdies on the No. 4, 14 and 15 holes to erase a pair of early bogeys. The junior will be trying for her second consecutive state championship after she w…

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Iroquois advanced to the Class A-2 baseball finals for the first time since 2016 with a 2-0 win over No. 5 Lew-Port on Wednesday. Both of the Chiefs’ runs came in the sixth inning. First, Bryce Yorke singled to score Phil Marcurio. Senior Corey Day singled home the second run. Junior Nick Partch threw another complete game for top-seeded Iroquois. He struck out seven…

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Rafael Smith singled to score Dom Schmidt in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 4-3 Kenmore West victory over No. 4 Williamsville South and a ticket to its first Class A-1 final in program history. The top-seeded Blue Devils were down 3-2 headed into the final inning. Zach LaPlant opened with a walk, and Dom Schmidt followed suit to put runners on first and second w…

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Bishop Timon-St. Jude got its first Georgetown Cup playoff victory in eight years as the Tigers knocked off St. Francis, 2-0, at St. Joe’s. The Tigers last playoff triumph came over Nichols in 2011. Timon lost to Canisius in the semifinal round that year and hadn’t won a playoff game since. Sean Hayes controlled the Red Raiders at the plate with a healthy mix of fast…

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Bryce Hediger pitched a complete game one-hitter for No. 7 Pioneer, but it was No. 2 Lake Shore that advanced in the Class A-2 playoffs after a 2-0 win on Friday. Nate Lockwood pitched seven strong innings for the Eagles and allowed only two hits. The senior struck out 10 Pioneer batters. “His slider was working, his fastball was working,” said Coach Danny Conrad. Lo…

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Greg Hastings (North Tonawanda) won his second Section VI tennis title in a row Wednesday over ECIC champion Jerry Xiao (Williamsvile East), two matches to none. Hastings made it to the tournament finals by defeating East Aurora’s Anthony Markello, the ECIC runner-up, in two matches. Xiao defeated Akron’s Nate Chubb in a two-hour, three-match semifinal contest before…

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Kenmore West won the Niagara Frontier League baseball championship outright over Lockport on Tuesday, 3-1, its second title in three years. The Blue Devils (16-2, 15-1) scored all three of their runs in the top of the seventh inning for the win. It was coach John Haynes’ 100th career victory at the helm. Kyle Schmidt went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double. Kenmo…

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Orchard Park was tabbed as the No. 1 seed for Class AA in the Section VI softball playoff seeding meeting Monday night. The 14-3 Quakers will play Jamestown in the first round on Thursday. In Class A1, No. 1 Williamsville East on Thursday will play the winner of today’s game between Kenmore East/North Tonawanda. Iroquois, the top seed in Class A2, on Thursday will pl…

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A coach doesn’t win 400 games without receiving an assist along the way. Matt Chimera had plenty of help on the way to that milestone over the years from working with quality players, including his daughter Allie, to working with quality assistants. Kenmore West defeated rival Kenmore East, 3-1, in a Niagara Frontier League softball game Saturday at Ken West. The vic…

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One of the top golfers in the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association is the top player in the state, again. St. Joe’s Connor MacDonald posted a 72 to win the New York State Catholic High School Athletic Association’s boys golf championship Friday at James Baird State Park in Poughkeepsie. MacDonald joins Jacob Mertz as the second golfer in as many seasons …

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Hastings nets tennis crown Call it a natural progression if you will. Greg Hastings did himself one better this season at the Section VI boys tennis championship at Lancaster as the North Tonawanda Lumberjack captured the single title Thursday. Hastings defeated Jonah Murphy of Sweet Home, 6-0, 6-4, in the final to take the top prize a year after losing in the fin…

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Nardin reaches final The wait’s over for Nardin as the Gators wasted little time Sunday punching their tickets to the Monsignor Martin softball final. The Gators routed Mount Mercy, 6-1, Sunday afternoon at Demske Sports Complex at Canisius College in a makeup game from Saturday night. Jessie DiPasquale struck out 11 to earn the complete-game win and went 2 for 2 wit…

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Sacred Heart trailed for most of its Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association softball quarterfinal against Mount St. Mary but walked off with the postseason win on Gianna Fazzolari’s lead-off homer in the bottom of the seventh to take a 7-6 decision. The sophomore Fazzolari, who has already verbally committed to Canisius College, belted a 2-0 pitch 220 feet ov…

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Brett Hilton’s pinch-hit, two-run homer in the top of the seventh proved to be the difference as St. Francis defeated host St. Joe’s 8-6 in Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association baseball Wednesday. Cole O’Connor had three hits and two RBI for the Red Raiders, while Andrew Michalski earned the win in relief, striking out three. He also scored twice and drove …

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The Section VI softball postseason has commenced and so has the playoff drama. Hamburg rallied for a 7-4 win in nine innings over host Sweet Home in a Class A-1 prequarterfinal contest. Leah Cabarga belted a shoulder-height offering for the game-tying homer in the top of the seventh for the Bulldogs, who then won it by scoring three times in its half of the ninth inn…