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Huddled on the infield after rallying for a 14th straight win, Missy Hufford got choked up talking to the St. Mary’s softball team. “This is the best team I’ve ever been around,” said the Lancers’ volunteer assistant and wife of head coach Kevin Hufford. “Not just because of the talent. You have the best chemistry, camaraderie, team unity of any team I’ve been a part of…

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By Jim Hague Special to The Buffalo News NEW YORK – The Cardinal O'Hara boys basketball team spent seven hours on a bus from Buffalo to the Bronx on what senior Jermaine Haynes Jr. termed “a business trip.” “It was a business trip because we had to come here and take care of business,” Haynes said. O'Hara eventually did, winning the New York Catholic High Schoo…

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This season’s edition of the Canisius boys basketball team may be younger than recent ones, but the Crusaders are proving to be a resilient bunch. They showed it again against the one team that matters most on their schedule, on the road – St. Joe’s. Receiving double-digit scoring from four different players, Canisius dialed up its defensive intensity at key moments …

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In the jubilant aftermath of a win for the ages, nobody could recall the last time Cardinal O’Hara had defeated Canisius in boys basketball. Retired athletic director Angelo Sciandra looked up at the championship banners hanging on the wall of O’Hara’s gym. “It had to be either 1982 or 1994,” he said. Already regarded as one of the top small schools in Western New York, …

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Football MMHSA Championships At University at Buffalo Saturday Bishop Timon-St. Jude vs Cardinal O'Hara, 2 p.m. St. Francis vs Canisius, 5 p.m. Note: Winner advances to CHSAA Championship, site/date TBD Girls Volleyball State Championships At St. Mary's/Lancaster Saturday Pool play begins at 10 a.m. among St. Mary's, Brooklyn/Queens, Rockvi…

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CJ Ozolins said it was just an “instinct play.” Canisius can call it a game-saving act. St. Francis can point to it as another example of its potential with a reminder of just how difficult it is to win football games. The key play of Saturday’s Canisius versus St. Francis clash serves as a reminder of just how close competitively the three large-school teams in the …

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Kaylin Kline is trying to mend her broken heart. “I still cry a lot,” the St. Mary’s freshman said. “I don’t think I’ll ever get over it. It was the worst. I felt like my life was basically over.” Starting a new chapter in her athletic life, Kline has found glimmers of hope and happiness on the golf course, developing an appreciation for a sport that until recently she t…

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Bishop Timon-St. Jude | Cardinal O’Hara | St. Mary’s Bishop Timon-St. Jude Tigers (0-9) Coach: Joe Licata, second year Home field: Tifft Farm Program founded: 1948 Outlook: The roster of 35 has been bolstered by the addition of athletes who did not come out for the team last year. That includes hockey players Michael Sands and Trai Jenkins. Linebacker Ethyn Ell…

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Canisius | St. Francis | St. Joseph Canisius Crusaders (8-4) Coach: Rich Robbins, eighth season Home field: Stransky Complex Program founded: 1913 Outlook: The Crusaders have won five of the last six league titles. The reigning state Catholic runner-up graduated a lot, but the cupboard isn’t bare. Seniors Joe Jamison and Joel Nicholas are fast but physical r…

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Turns out the best way to keep the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association girls lacrosse title out of Mount St. Mary's hands and to shut down one of the area's top scorers was to play keep away. Sacred Heart executed its game plan very well, so well that the Sharks ended the Mount's reign as league champion. Sacred Heart defeated the Thunder 4-3 on Wednesd…

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While 1977 is famous in these parts because of a certain blizzard, it was also one of those rare years a Yale Cup team failed to win a Section VI boys basketball title. So too was last year. In fact 2017 was the first time since '77 a Yale Cup team didn't get to hoist a championship plaque at the conclusion of the tournament. Forty years. That's quite impressive. …

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One never knows how these marquee matchups between league leaders that look good on paper will turn out, even as the game is unfolding before one's eyes. With Park nursing a one-point halftime lead – an edge it secured late in the second quarter after trailing Bishop Timon-St. Jude for most of the opening 16 minutes, did anyone see a 30-point blowout coming? That's e…

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There are still plenty of boys basketball games to be played this season, but one thing is apparently certain. Last year's "no nights off" moniker still is a fitting description of life in the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association. With that in mind, it shouldn't be surprising that Park took down No. 1 Canisius. In the clash between the top two-ranked Buf…

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It doesn't matter if Kayla Blas is wearing cleats or skates. Give her a stick and a goal, and the Sacred Heart senior has an innate ability to find the back of the net. Competing on the combined Monsignor Martin girls hockey team, Blas scored five goals and had a pair of assists in three games last week, helping the team beat Kenmore/Grand Island, 7-2, and West Seneca/H…

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Chris Malicki is back behind the bench for the combined Monsignor Martin Association team in the Western New York Girls Varsity Hockey Federation. While his coaching duties haven’t changed much, the same can’t be said for the federation. In the league's eighth season, there are no more easy wins, and that's a good thing. "The league is way more competitive than my firs…