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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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Many of the top cross-country runners from Section VI got their first glimpse of the state championship course at Section V's Wayne High School at the pre-state meet on Sept. 16. Maple Grove senior Michael Peppy and East Aurora eighth-grader Megan McLaughlin won their respective races that day while there was a heat advisory. The conditions will be quite different on Sa…

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By Nick Wojton Special To The News The Newfane Panthers and North Collins Eagles, two of section VI’s top girls soccer teams, had chances at redemption against section V foes on Friday at Williamsville South High School but fate had other sides. Class B No. 2- Newfane (17-3-1) fell to No. 3-Aquinas (16-5), 2-0, after losing to the Irish 4-1 in September, and class D…

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Believe it or not, East Aurora’s McLaughlin sisters don’t always get along. You just wouldn’t be able to tell by watching the finish of their race at the Section VI cross country championships on Friday. Senior Molly McLaughlin, the reigning champion in Class B, and eighth-grade sister Megan were neck-and-neck as they entered the final stretch of the course at Bemus …

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By Dave Ricci Sprcial to The News You have to hand it to the Niagara-Orleans League. They play some pretty good soccer in the small league. And they proved it on Saturday afternoon, with all four teams in the Section VI Class B-1 and B-2 girls soccer championships at Williamsville North representing the N-O. In the B-1 game, No. 2 Newfane topped No. 8 Albion, 1-0…

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Playoff games are filled with peaks and valleys, but sometimes all it takes is one play to help a football team go from wondering whether it can get the job done to feeling like it's their time to shine. Maryvale had such a moment during the third quarter of last Friday's Section VI Class B quarterfinal against Newfane. Trailing 15-6 and needing a first down to extend a…

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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…