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St. Francis lineman Eric Schon announced Thursday night on social media that he has committed to play football at College of the Holy Cross after he graduates. Schon, a senior, thanked his family and his St. Francis coach, Jerry Smith, in a statement he posted on Twitter. “All those who had the patience to stand by my side and mould me into the young man I am today, …

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Paul Humphrey's football teammates filled the front steps of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School while family, friends and faculty gathered on the front lawn of the South Buffalo school Monday morning for a prayer service in which the slain 17-year-old was remembered for his smile and positive energy. Humphrey, who had recently completed his sophomore year, was killed in …

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Imagine a scenario in which Lancaster and Jamestown, West Seneca West and West Seneca East, and Clymer/Sherman/Panama and Maple Grove played each other twice during the same football postseason. While the chances two teams from the same section meeting for a New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association championship already exist in boys ice hockey, the scenar…

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Derek Ecklund of Class D state champion Clymer/Sherman/Panama was named the state Class D Player of the Year by the New York State Sportswriters Association on Tuesday. Ecklund, a second-team All-Western New York selection, ran for more than 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns and was a force on defense for the 13-0 Thunderwolves. "I am overwhelmed to be chosen for such a …

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Who: Clymer/Sherman/Panama Wolfpack (12-0) vs. VII-Moriah Vikings (9-2) When: Noon Friday Where: Carrier Dome in Syracuse Tickets: $10 Rankings: CSP is ranked No. 7 in the News Small Schools Poll and No. 1 in the New York State Sportswriters Poll. Moriah is ranked fourth in the state. NYSPHSAA championship-game records: This is Clymer/Sherman/Panama’s first …

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Cam Cacciotti has been in the right place at the right time the past two weeks for West Seneca East. The junior lineman has recovered two fumbles early in the third quarter of each of the Trojans’ last two playoff wins. Both have led to momentum-turning touchdowns by East. The secret to Cacciotti’s success? He’s just doing his one-eleventh. It’s a message the T…

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ENDICOTT – Shaun Dolac has played some inspired football all season. But near the two-year anniversary of the death of his father, Dolac took his game to another level and in the process carried West Seneca East to where it has never gone before. The Trojans will play for the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class A championship next weekend in Sy…

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ENDICOTT — For the second straight week, Clymer/Sherman/Panama faced the state’s second-ranked team. For the second straight week, the Wolfpack showed folks why they are ranked No. 1 in without-a-doubt fashion. Unbeaten CSP (12-0) is one win away from earning the coveted New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class D football championship. The Wolfpa…

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Devare Mathis didn’t want to play varsity football this season for West Seneca East. The sophomore wanted to play junior varsity, but not because he doubted his abilities. The linebacker/running back wanted to play on the same team as his friends, and they wanted to play with him too. Coach Jim Maurino’s heard that before and in this case Mathis’ reason for playing j…

Who: Cardinal O’Hara Hawks (4-5) vs. Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers (2-8) When: 2 p.m. Saturday Where: UB Stadium Tickets: $10 Audio only: mixlr.com/wnyathletics Cardinal O’Hara in the final: This is Cardinal O’Hara’s first appearance in the Division B final under the league’s current playoff format. However, O’Hara won several Monsignor Martin Small Schools p…

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Who: Canisius Crusaders (5-4) vs. St. Francis Red Raiders (4-6) When: 5 p.m. Saturday Where: UB Stadium Tickets: $10 Audio only: mixlr.com/wnyathletics Rankings: Canisius is ranked No. 5 in the News Large Schools poll. St. Francis is honorable mention in the News poll. Canisius in final: The Crusaders are 6-3 in title games under the current league playof…

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West Seneca East is a tough, physical and determined group that wears down football teams. While folks in the 716 area code know that all too well, teams downstate will get to see those attributes up close and personal for the first time next weekend in Binghamton. West Seneca East’s season to remember continues. It lives for another week thanks to a relentless defen…

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Who:  Lancaster Legends (9-1) vs. Aquinas Little Irish (9-1) When: 3:15 p.m. Saturday Where: Clarence High School Tickets: $10 Rankings:  Lancaster is ranked No. 3 in the News Large Schools Poll and 10th in state poll. Aquinas is ranked No. 7 in the state poll. At Far West Regionals: Lancaster is 1-2, defeating Aquinas last season 9-0. The Legends lost to Vi…

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Who: Cheektowaga Warriors (9-1) vs. Batavia Blue Devils (10-0) When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Clarence High School Tickets: $10 Rankings: Cheektowaga is ranked No. 3 in the News Small Schools Poll and seventh in the New York State Sportswriters’ state poll. Batavia is ranked fourth in the state poll. At Far West Regionals: Cheektowaga is 3-1. The Warriors b…

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Who: Clymer/Sherman/Panama Wolfpack (10-0) vs. Alexander Trojans (10-0) When: noon, Saturday Where: Clarence High School Tickets: $10 Rankings: CSP is ranked No. 7 in the News Small Schools Poll and No. 1 in the New York State Sportswriters Poll. Alexander is ranked second in the state poll. At Far West Regionals: Clymer/Sherman/Panama is making its first ap…