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By Michael McCleary, Special to the News ENDICOTT -- After a strikeout that sealed a 12-1 loss in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association final Saturday, Brocton players firmly grasped the dugout fence. They again had to watch someone else celebrate. After a state semifinal loss last year, the Bulldogs were headed home without the top prize but hav…

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SOUTH GLENS FALLS – Clutch two-out hitting from eighth-grader Ella Wesolowski and senior Rachel Steffan have put the nationally ranked and unbeaten Williamsville East softball team in position to secure the perfect ending to what has been a flawless season. The Flames will play for the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class A championship against …

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By Edward Aaron Special to the News For the first time in sixteen years, and just the second time in school history, the Medina baseball team won the Section VI Class B Championship last weekend and advanced to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association final four in Binghamton. In its semifinal matchup against Schuylerville (18-7), Medina (21-3) f…

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Brocton advanced to its first NYSPHSAA Class D baseball championship in program history with a dominant 10-0 victory over Section X’s Lisbon Central on Friday at MacArthur Park-Conlon Field in Binghamton. The Bulldogs will play Section II’s Whitehall at 1 p.m. today at Union Endicott High School with the state title on the line. A Section VI team hasn’t hoisted the Clas…

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BINGHAMTON — The New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class D boys basketball final four remains a place of agonizing defeat for Panama. In 2016, the Panthers seemed on their way to a state final — nursing a 13-point lead with five minutes left only to go cold from the field the rest of the way in a 3-point loss. As painful as that one was for Pana…

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By Ryan Haymer, Special to the News TROY — Dani Haskell would not be denied redemption. And Franklinville would not again be denied its first state title. Falling just short of the crown a year ago, Haskell showed her determination with a dazzling 40-point performance that lifted Franklinville past Section X's Edwards-Knox, 61-47, in the New York State Public High…

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BINGHAMTON — Jamond Jones conceded he was feeling nervous. It’s only natural because Saturday's New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association Class C semifinal served as the biggest of the Middle Early College junior’s scholastic career, at least to that point. The Kats might be in favor of their point guard feeling the same way again Sunday. Jones score…

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The Olean boys basketball team is playing in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association final four on Friday in Binghamton. The expectation is that much of Olean will be making the trip. Recognizing, the "large number of anticipated absences," the school has decided to close for the day. Olean faces Section II champion Glens Falls and Syracuse signee …

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Saturday featured drama, cheers and tears as eight Buffalo-area basketball teams kept their season and their championship aspirations alive. Four Section VI boys basketball teams are headed to the state Final Four in Binghamton. Two Section VI girls basketball teams will make the trek to the state Final Four in Troy. Park and Cardinal O’Hara boys basketball teams won…

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SANBORN – Jessica Seekins wore her hair dyed pink and a look of dismay as she sat in the stands at the inaugural NYSPHSAA girls wrestling invitational tournament on Saturday afternoon at Niagara County Community College. The Salamanca freshman had never wrestled another girl in a competitive environment, and this was supposed to be her chance. It was the reason she had …

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Erin Roland stopped playing travel ice hockey to focus on field hockey, her stronger sport. But ice hockey has always been part of her life so she opted to play for Williamsville this season. Now she has an opportunity to play in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association final four twice in her hometown area. The Williamsville North field hockey t…

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Imagine a scenario in which Lancaster and Jamestown, West Seneca West and West Seneca East, and Clymer/Sherman/Panama and Maple Grove played each other twice during the same football postseason. While the chances two teams from the same section meeting for a New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association championship already exist in boys ice hockey, the scenar…

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Clymer/Sherman/Panama is the best Class D football team in New York State. The combined program earned its first state title Friday, beating Moriah from Port Henry, 26-6, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association final. CSP finished a prefect season at 13-0. The teams played a low-scoring first half with the Wolf…

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Cam Cacciotti has been in the right place at the right time the past two weeks for West Seneca East. The junior lineman has recovered two fumbles early in the third quarter of each of the Trojans’ last two playoff wins. Both have led to momentum-turning touchdowns by East. The secret to Cacciotti’s success? He’s just doing his one-eleventh. It’s a message the T…

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By Will Springstead, Special to The News GLENS FALLS – In the moment, Niagara Wheatfield’s five-set loss to Wantagh for the state title Sunday hurt. But not for long, because the Falcons knew how much they had achieved just to get there. Wantagh rallied to edge the Falcons, 23-25, 25-22, 20-25, 26-24 and 28-26, in the Class A championship for its first New York State…