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Jamie Leszczynski was talking through a Bluetooth speaker as she drove, the highway landscape flowing past her car at a velocity that seemed fitting to the way our culture moves these days. At that moment, it was less than a week since Anthony Bourdain – chef, author and television star – took his own life, his death occurring only days after famed designer Kate Spade m…

High Schools

Brocton baseball is heading to the state semifinals for the first time in school history. Ronald Brown threw nine strikeouts in a complete-game outing as the Bulldogs downed Avoca, 5-1, in the Class D Far West Regional at Diethrick Park in Jamestown. “It means a lot,” Brocton Coach Raymond Rosas said. “It feels cool not only for the school district, but the village a…

Gusto

Mile 303, a restaurant with decor inspired by the nearby Erie Canal, is offering Orleans County creative cuisine and cocktails to match. The restaurant, at 416 Main St., Medina, is on the first floor of a building constructed in 1867, wears its age with pride. Inside the front door, a section of wall bares its lath to the world. Battered wooden floors serve as a fitt…

Food and Drink

A new bar-restaurant in Medina aims to please eyes as well as palates with a unique sculpture of the Erie Canal that runs through the dining room, serving as bar and table tops as well as decor. The interior of Mile 303, 416 Main St., has a turquoise stream flowing through it that rises and dips, echoing in an abstract way the topography of the canal. It's made of hard …

Food and Drink

A new bar-restaurant in Medina aims to please eyes as well as palates with a unique sculpture of the Erie Canal that runs through the dining room, serving as bar and table tops as well as decor. The interior of Mile 303, 416 Main St., has a turquoise stream flowing through it that rises and dips, echoing in an abstract way the topography of the canal. It's made of hard …

High Schools

While close games turned into routs in the blink of an eye during the opening three contests of the first Centercourt Classic, one thing did hold to form. The stars delivered big-time performances for their respective teams – which was one of the reasons for the creation of the four-game showcase event. Two of the early winners, East and Franklinville, showed why the…

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Chad Andrews' first crack at being the coordinator of a tournament instead of merely covering it takes center stage Saturday at Williamsville South. South serves as the host site for the first Centercourt Classic, named in honor of Andrews' popular View From Centercourt website. "Some of the coolest events we go to in high school basketball are the showcase events wh…

High Schools

The top seeds held serve to set up a rematch in the Section VI Class B girls volleyball title game. Defending Class B champion Alden defeated Medina in four sets to win the B-2 final after East Aurora swept ECIC III rival Maryvale to win its second straight Class B-1 title on Wednesday night at Daemen College. East Aurora (15-0), No. 5 small school in the Western New Yor…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Eight of the high school football season, the first week of the postseason in Section VI. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. https://buffalonews.com/2017/10/22/news-football-polls-week-eight/ Monsignor Martin Canisius 38, St. Fra…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Six of the high school football season. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. https://buffalonews.com/2017/10/08/news-football-polls-week-six/ Monsignor Martin St Francis 29, St. Joe's 26 From St. Francis: Class AA Clar…

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It's one of the biggest scholastic football games on the Western New York calendar every year, so Canisius and St. Joe's meeting during the regular season on a Friday night in a televised game from New Era Field – why not? It's not the first time the rivals, who usually slug it out on Saturday afternoons before over-flow crowds of more than 6,000, have met under the lig…

Sports

The Medina girls soccer team may have gone 1-2 last week, but Destiny Satkowski scored nine of the team's 11 goals to keep the Mustangs within striking distance. On Sept. 12, Satkowski scored all three goals in a 5-3 loss to Newfane to become the school's all-time leader in career points. Satkowski's sidelined for a week and a half with a sprained ligament, but that …

Sports

The Prep Talk Football Player of the Week is Kaiyer Fields of McKinley. The junior running back rumbled for 313 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Macks to a 25-7 victory at Orchard Park in the first meeting ever between the programs. In order to be considered for the weekly honor, candidates must be among the nominees for the Connolly Cup. Other Week One Con…

Sports

MEDINA – An outsider might assume the reason Jalin Cooper has so many people in his corner since moving to Medina six years ago is because of what he can do with a football or basketball in his hands. They'd be wrong, of course. The Mustangs' senior wide receiver and University of Toledo football commit had folks pulling for him to go all the way long before he score…

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Alden Bulldogs (6-3) Coach: Rob Currin, fifth season Home field: Alden Complex Program founded: 1952 Outlook: Currin is aiming for a more balanced offensive attack after the Bulldogs ran for more than twice as many yards as they passed for last season. Senior QB Bryan Cybulski is coming off an all-league season in which he threw for 1,146 yards and 12 TDs. Seni…