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The Orchard Park football players lingered in the cold November rain before walking off the field following their home finale. Soaking in the afterglow of their 21-14 comeback victory against Bennett, the Quakers embraced the elements and celebrated a return to the Section VI Class AA championship game at New Era Field for the first time in three years. “This is what you…

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Orchard Park’s perfect record and league title hopes hung in the balance. The Quakers lost their defensive captain on the second play of the game. The most prolific passing attack in Section VI had been grounded. For the first time in six games, they fell behind by a touchdown, and then another. On the road at Lancaster, where no opponent has won in four seasons. “A lot o…

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Three recent WNY high school graduates have been named to St. Bonaventure’s men’s lacrosse roster for the upcoming seasons, the school announced Friday. Brett Beetow, a graduate of Lancaster, will transfer to the Bonnies from the University at Tampa. He will join former Legends teammates Ben Mazur, CJ DiRienzo and Andrew Hersey on the St. Bona roster. Hamburg grad…

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Bennett Tigers (7-3) Coach: Stevenson McDuffie, eighth season. Home field: All High Stadium. Program founded: Unknown. Outlook: The Class AA runner-up returns seven starters on each side of the ball, including first team All-Western New York running back D’Jae Perry. He’s part of a talented backfield that includes classmate Justin Campbell, who averaged 8.9 yar…

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PITTSFORD — Riding the bus to St. John Fisher College on Saturday, the East Aurora boys lacrosse team followed along as Orchard Park and Hamburg let their seasons slip away in the state quarterfinals. “We’ve got to pick it up and win one for Section VI,” coach Scott More told the Blue Devils. “We can't go 0-fer out here.” East Aurora responded to the challenge after a sl…

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Iroquois advanced to the Class A-2 baseball finals for the first time since 2016 with a 2-0 win over No. 5 Lew-Port on Wednesday. Both of the Chiefs’ runs came in the sixth inning. First, Bryce Yorke singled to score Phil Marcurio. Senior Corey Day singled home the second run. Junior Nick Partch threw another complete game for top-seeded Iroquois. He struck out seven…

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A dozen members of the Orchard Park swimming and diving team are making the trip to Ithaca College for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships. Along with a jumbo rubber duck with his own Instagram page. “Humphrey the Duck is our team mascot,” junior Sara Conley said. “He’s been around for like eight years, passed down from captain to cap…

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Walking off the green after Matt Jeffe made another timely putt to save par, one of the East Aurora senior’s teammates told him, “You’re like the clutchest kid ever.” A few minutes later, Jeffe sank a 30-foot downhill putt for birdie to beat Iroquois’ Tyler Birdd on the fourth sudden victory playoff hole and claim the ECIC Individual Championship on Tuesday at Elma Meadow…