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A 41-year-old man was arrested following an early morning crash Tuesday in which he drove away from police only to crash through a yard in Newfane, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Department. Patrick Singleton was arrested on charges of reckless driving, unlawful fleeing of a police officer, second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation as well as multiple veh…

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A North Tonawanda man was found tied up in his truck in a parking lot. He told state troopers he had been abducted and robbed of $16,000 cash from a Super Bowl squares pool he ran. The state police say he made it all up. Robert A. Brandel, 60, fabricated a story of being abducted and robbed because he had also concocted part of his $50,000 Super Bowl squares pool, ac…

Local News

On a morning of bitter cold throughout Western New York, about 13,000 households in Niagara County were without power. According to National Grid's website, 13,095 customers in Niagara County were without power Monday morning. The company listed noon as the estimated time that service would be restored. The towns most affected included Newfane, Royalton, Hartland,…

High Schools

V-Aquinas Little Irish (2-0) vs. Canisius Crusaders (1-1), 2 p.m. at Stransky Complex. Canisius gets to face its other maroon and white rival as defending Section V Class AA champion Aquinas makes the trip to the 7-1-6. The Crusaders enter the clash coming off a 42-37 road loss at Aquinas’ Rochester-area rival McQuaid. Canisius showed its potential and youth in that …

High Schools

Bennett rushers roll Four Bennett running backs ran for over 100 yards in the Tigers’ 51-7 home victory against Lockport. Semaj Clemons led the group, which isn’t ordered by a depth chart, with 160 yards and two touchdowns. Djae Perry had 110 yards and two touchdowns, Ja’vair Walker accounted for 115 yards and a touchdown and Justin Campbell totaled 101 yards and a s…

Local News

One person was transported to Erie County Medical Center by ambulance Sunday afternoon, after a car struck a motorcycle in Newfane. The collision occurred near 2737 Main St., a Niagara County Sheriff's Office dispatcher said. A Sheriff's Office dispatcher late Sunday said the person only suffered minor injuries, and believed they were only taken to ECMC as a precauti…

Business

Imagine a new all-inclusive vacation resort or wedding destination. It would almost certainly have swimming, probably with both a pool and a beach, plus a range of sports and entertainment. Maybe there would be some volleyball, rock-climbing or mini-golf. It might also include nature activities, with gardens, walks through woods, or just relaxing in a hammock. Don't …

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Barbara Anastasia is still the good luck charm of the Olean boys basketball team even though she's only with them in spirit. The Huskies, who have dedicated their season to their coach's late wife, are once again Section VI boys basketball champions. They hope to win more games for Barbara. Olean, the News' second-ranked small school, relied on its signature tough de…

High Schools

It's been more than 30 years since a boys basketball team at Lake Shore, South Park or Newfane have added some Section VI championship hardware. A drought will end for either Lake Shore or South Park, as the two teams will meet in the Class A-2 championship. The Panthers will wait and see who they match up against in their second straight appearance in the Class B-1 fin…

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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

Without further ado, here's the first Power 10 for the scholastic winter season. (Through Friday night's games) 1. Williamsville North hockey. Defending state champions have spent much of the winter ranked first in the state Division I poll. Spartans (13-0-2) remained unbeaten by defeating reigning state Catholic champion St. Joe's on Friday night. The teams also bat…

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The small schools title at the 2017 Section VI finals came down to a tiebreaker between Pioneer and Falconer, with the Panthers earning a 33-32 win due to the fact they recorded one more victory during the match between the teams. Pioneer has been ranked No. 1 in WNY and Falconer No. 3 so far this season, with the Panthers beating the Golden Falcons, 38-30, at the Dick …

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Former Newfane and Williamsville North boys basketball coach Denny Seitz is among the 10 coaches who will be enshrined in the New York Basketball Hall of Fame, the Basketball Coaches Association of New York announced. Seitz won 472 games in his 35 years coaching the Panthers, Spartans and most recently Section III's Indian River and Morristown. He has won titles at each…

High Schools

The Section VI cross country runners who competed at the NYSPHSAA Championships came to a consensus when it was all said and done: The conditions at Section V’s Wayne High School made the course one of toughest, if not the toughest, they have ever run on. The ruts in the frozen ground thawed out as temperatures approached the mid 30s in the afternoon and made way for a …