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It took almost two years, but Joe Licata finally has his first victory as Bishop Timon-St. Jude head coach. The Tigers earned a 46-15 win against St. Mary’s/Lancaster on Friday at New Era Field thanks largely to Mitch Theal, who threw for 362 yards and earned five total touchdowns, three in the air and two on the ground. Jake Blidy was his favorite weapon, as the wid…

High Schools

Bishop Timon-St. Jude did whatever it took to give itself a chance at posting a victory but came up just short in dropping a 20-12 decision to visiting U-Prep of Section V at Paul Fitzpatrick Field at Tifft Farm. The game originally started Saturday night but was suspended due to thunder with 2 minutes, 22 seconds left in the second quarter and the guests leading, 14-6.…

High Schools

Joe Licata is committed to making Bishop Timon-St. Jude a success in all sports. That is why he signed a multi-year deal to stay with the South Buffalo Catholic school as its athletic director and head football coach. Timon’s sports news Twitter account tweeted out news of the deal. “I’m not going anywhere,” Licata said Thursday night after football practice. “I’m ju…

Beauts

A stalk of celery dipped into malaise is what 2017 Buffalo sports tasted like. The year was dominated by upheaval for the Bills and Sabres, with the biggest stories involving people being fired or traded. Record playoff slumps persist. The Bandits were terrible. The Bisons finished 21 games out of first place. None of the Big Four basketball programs made the NCAA To…

Bills

Khalil Mack doesn’t have much to say about Buffalo these days. But he’ll make an exception for his favorite wing spot. The former University at Buffalo star and reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year’s fondness for Elmo’s Bar & Restaurant will be the subject of a feature for “The NFL Today” pregame show on CBS before the Bills' game against Mack and the Oakland Rai…

High Schools

The remodeled South High Athletic Fields at Williamsville South makes its Friday night lights debut for football against rival Williamsville East. The game starts at 7:15 p.m. but there will be a special ceremony celebrating its grand opening an hour earlier. The gala includes a ribbon cutting, remarks from school and district officials, a thank you video from students …

Sports

A year ago, Keith Wenning lost his status as the Cincinnati Bengals' third-string quarterback. The guy who surpassed him Aug. 28, 2016, in Jacksonville? University at Buffalo grad Joe Licata took over after starter Andy Dalton and backup A.J. McCarron. Things didn't work out for Licata that night. A solid performance might've given Cincy reason to add him to the prac…

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Coaching changes Paul Burgio may be a first-time head coach, but he's no stranger to Clarence football. He's logged 24 seasons as an assistant with the program, including the Red Devils' Section VI Class AA championship year back in 2010 under then-head coach Tom Goddard. When Goddard stepped down, the district stayed in house – hiring another member of Goddard's …

Bills

Tyrod Taylor is in the NFL's concussion protocol, having slammed the back of his head off the M&T Bank Stadium turf Saturday night. That happened eight plays into the Buffalo Bills' preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens. We don't yet know when he'll be back, let alone if he's a sure thing for the regular-season opener in two weeks. Taylor's injury gave rookie N…

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A year ago at this time, Joe Licata was an undrafted rookie quarterback in Cincinnati Bengals training camp trying to earn a job for a team that's a member of the shield. The NFL didn't quite work out for the former Williamsville South and University at Buffalo star quarterback. Perhaps that was for the best as a year later, Licata finds himself living out a different d…

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A few months ago, Joe Licata was playing basketball with Jason Rowe. There were high school kids around and Rowe kept stopping the game to show the kids something on offense, explain a tactic on defense, or help them understand a better way to react to a play on the court. "I was like 'this guy is going to make a great coach someday,'" Licata said. Fast-forward to la…

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Joe Licata has no experience as a high school administrator or head coach, but Bishop Timon-St. Jude supporters can rest peacefully knowing the Tigers are in good hands with him taking over as athletic director. He has all the qualities needed to restore order after Charlie Comerford resigned last month. For starters, Licata is among the most upright and upbeat people y…

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To replace one of the most accomplished sports figures in its history, Bishop Timon-St. Jude has turned to a young man who has already cemented legendary status in Western New York high school sports. Former Williamsville South and University at Buffalo star quarterback Joe Licata will succeed Charlie Comerford as athletic director and football coach at the South Buffal…

Ritchie Campbell might be the greatest prep basketball player in Western New York history. I'm aware Christian Laettner, Cliff Robinson and Paul Harris also are from here, but Campbell held the WNY scoring record for 27 years. His 2,355 points for DeSales and Burgard were finally surpassed this winter by Dominick Welch, whose career at Cheektowaga began when he was in e…

Bills

Are local sports reporters too negative? Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor declared we are, and I believe that's a topic worth discussion. So that's what we did for two hours on this week's edition of "The Tim Graham Show" on Sports Radio 1270 The Fan. Who better to delve into the subject than with Buffalo News senior columnist Jerry Sullivan, ESPN.com's Mike Ro…