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By Perry L. Novak, Special to the News SOUTH GLENS FALLS – Olean’s softball team frequently prepares for its season with a trip south during Easter vacation. Once there, Coach Dan Brooks’ Huskies battle strong teams to be better prepared for the regular season. That strategy paid off again in 2018 as Olean lost three games down south then returned home and wound up w…

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Brooke Plonka and her Iroquois softball teammates have joked about playing at states since their sophomore season. Two years later, it’s not a joke anymore. It’s reality. With a historic 4-1 win Saturday over Section V private school Our Lady of Mercy (13-11) in the Class A Far West Regional, the Chiefs (18-1) are headed to Glens Falls to compete in the New York Stat…

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It's going to be pretty tough to ignore Iroquois softball from here on out. That's because after years of struggling to attain postseason success, the Chiefs have done nothing but find ways to follow up big wins with triumphs of even more significance this spring. Tuesday night at Williamsville North, the Chiefs secured their biggest win in decades. Behind the clu…

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Roy-Hart began laying the groundwork for its baseball team’s success in 2016 when the program, not exactly known for its prowess in the sport, won the first of what’s become three consecutive Niagara-Orleans League regular season titles. Since winter practices, first-year head coach Mike Tarnowski said the team set a goal to repeat as league champions but began to push …

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Iroquois softball slayed the dragon of Class A-2 on the biggest stage. Chiefs pitcher Brooke Plonka held Lew-Port to two hits, backing Iroquois in a 5-0 victory against the previously undefeated Lancers in the A-2 final at Williamsville North. "There's been many people who kept on asking me, 'Why aren't you guys in the rankings?'" Iroquois head coach Aaron Vanderlip …

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State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *-indicates tie in voting Large Schools Team Record Points LW 1. Park [11] 25-5 110 2 2. Canisius 23-3 96 1 3. West Seneca West (A-1) 24-1 85 5 4. Niagara Falls* (AA) 19-5 72 4 4. Williamsville South* (A-1) 19-4 72 3 6. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 19-6 54 6 7. South Park (A-2) 14-10 45 NR 8. Willia…

Community Bank System president and CEO Mark E. Tryniski had total compensation of $3.1 million last year, up 18 percent from 2016. Tryniski's total compensation was 74 times that of the median total compensation for Community Bank System employees other than him, which was $42,164, according to a regulatory filing. Median indicates half of the employees' compensation w…

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Health Sciences boys basketball coach Ty Parker learns something about his team every game. The wins are nice confidence-boosters, but the losses in particular have shown Parker that he can’t have his team play its preferred brand of full-court pressure for an entire 32 minutes. The reasoning is simple: Parker needs his top players on the court instead of on the benc…

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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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A certified public account from Cattaraugus County could spend up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court to bank fraud and tax evasion, according to the U.S. Attorney's office In August 2012, Joseph Stevens, 53, of Olean was hired by a business owner to handle all of the bookkeeping responsibilities for his business, including paying…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Seven of the high school football season, the last week of the regular season for Section VI Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. https://buffalonews.com/2017/10/15/news-football-polls-week-seven/ https://buffalonews.com/2017/10/16/se…

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Albion Purple Eagles (3-5) Coach: Adam Krenning, first season Home field: Spierdowis Field Program founded: 1898 Outlook: Krenning, a 1993 Albion grad who played for legendary coach Dick Diminuco, is tasked with leading the Purple Eagles to their first playoff appearance since 2011. Third-year senior Demetrius Gardiner is a bruising running back at 5-foot-11, 2…

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OLAF FUB SEZ: According to the King of the Boogie, John Lee Hooker, born on this date in 1917, “No matter what you got, the blues is there.” . . . DOG MY CATS – “Eat a Dog, Save a Cat,” that’s the motto as Ten Lives Club, the cat rescue and adoption agency, holds its 14th annual hot dog fundraiser from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at George’s Hot Dogs, 5808 Herman Hill Road a…

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There were times Williamsville North's Josh Surowiec kind of got lost in the shadow cast by Major Baseball League prospect Leugim Castillo of Lancaster. He wasn't the only Western New York talent, and it's understandable. Castillo more than lived up to all the preseason accolades he garnered en route to being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers and earning second-team All-…

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A tough break may have foiled Depew's quest for the perfect ending to its softball season. It doesn't change the fact that the Wildcats completed another historic postseason run because they had the perfect difference-maker leading the charge in Karsen Cotton. Cotton, who tossed a no-hitter against unbeaten Babylon in the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Asso…