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While beautifying the landscapes in Lancaster, Ryan Stencel continued crafting his wrestling legend. Already a two-time Section VI champion and three-time state qualifier, Stencel slabbed more than 30 pounds on his frame laboring throughout the summer before his senior year. And while working in the sun, he was able to absorb some wrestling wisdom from Lancaster’s all-tim…

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John Bak has coached Lancaster boys hockey for more than two decades, first as a varsity assistant dating to the program’s club days, and for the past five years as modified head coach. When Kevin Miller shifted to coach the combined Lancaster/Iroquois/Depew girls team that went on to win a regular season title in his first year, Bak brought measured optimism into his fir…

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BROCKPORT – The perfect ending to the centennial season of Lancaster football would have been a picturesque moment in which players, coaches and fans shed tears of joy while celebrating the program’s first state championship two weeks from now at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Instead, the Legends walked into their postgame huddle and then out of frigid Eunice Kennedy Sh…

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The path to the Section VI Class AA championship has gone through Lancaster over the past three seasons. This year, the Legends are taking their title defense on the road. Seeded fifth for sectionals after two single-point losses in the regular season, Lancaster advanced to the semifinals with a scrappy 23-17 win Friday night at No. 4 Clarence. “This was incredible. It…

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You’ve got to love rivalry week. Plenty of teams played their annual rivalry games Friday night and, as usual, it brought a host of highlights. Lancaster dominated the 100th anniversary of the rivalry from start to finish, outgaining the Wildcats 432-122 in a 42-3 win. Jason Mansell was 16-of-20 for 207 yards and three touchdowns passing. Shawn Davis was his leadi…

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Jamestown and Bennett put on a back-and-forth battle that took two overtimes to settle, with the Tigers coming out on top, 28-26. D’Jae Perry had the winning touchdown in the second overtime, a three-yard plunge to put Bennett on top, followed by a two-point conversion. It wasn’t over, though; the Red Raiders came marching down the field and scored a touchdown. A two…

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Bennett Tigers (7-3) Coach: Stevenson McDuffie, eighth season. Home field: All High Stadium. Program founded: Unknown. Outlook: The Class AA runner-up returns seven starters on each side of the ball, including first team All-Western New York running back D’Jae Perry. He’s part of a talented backfield that includes classmate Justin Campbell, who averaged 8.9 yar…

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Lancaster’s winning formula — E + R = O — is emblazoned on wristbands worn by each team member this season. “Events plus response equals outcome,” coach Eric Rupp explained. For the second straight week, the Legends responded in the event of being down on the scoreboard and the outcome is a return trip to New Era Field for next week’s Section VI Class AA championship. T…

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The Section VI Class AA football playoffs will again go through Lancaster. “There’s no better feeling,” senior Tim Gardner said after running for 85 yards and two touchdowns in the Legends’ 26-16 comeback win at Orchard Park to secure one of the top two seeds for next week’s AA semifinals. “It’s always great to get a win but having home-field advantage is huge.” “One las…

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Lancaster and Frontier had fought for a Section VI girls lacrosse title every year since the start of the decade. On Tuesday night, the two programs were both able to celebrate championship conquests on the same turf. Lancaster reclaimed its Class A crown with a 15-6 victory over Orchard Park, while on the adjacent field at Williamsville North, Frontier defeated cross-to…

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Jacob and Jeremy Calo spend countless hours perfecting their crafts. For Jacob, the starting left tackle on the Lancaster football team, he invests his time in the weight room, film room and on the practice field so that he can do his part on an explosive Legends offense come Fridays and Saturdays. So far so good for the senior, who shifted over from his left guard s…

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Who’s who: The 11-team class consists of one division. Its members are the Bennett Tigers, Clarence Red Devils, Frontier Falcons, Hutch-Tech Engineers, Jamestown Red Raiders, Lancaster Legends, Lockport Lions, Niagara Falls Wolverines, Niagara Wheatfield Falcons, Orchard Park Quakers and Williamsville North Spartans. Alignment shift: Kenmore West drops down into Class A…