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The state director of AARP visited Buffalo on Wednesday to open the fifth outdoor fitness park in the nation sponsored by the advocacy group for older Americans. AARP plans to sponsor a fitness park in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to commemorate the association’s 60th anniversary. Horace “Billy” Johnson Park – at Hage…

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Park School was envisioned to be a scary good team this season moments after it won the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions in March because of its returning personnel. While only two of the four expected starters wound up returning, reloading on the fly with seniors Noah Hutchins and Quentin Nnagbo leading the way still proved to be a championship-winning…

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There’s still a lot of season left, but should the Park School and Cardinal O’Hara end their respective campaigns with No. 1 rankings both will undoubtedly be thrilled with the achievements. Both also will know which boys basketball team would be the undisputed No. 1. That would be Park based on head-to-head record. The Buffalo News’ No. 1 large school spoiled sen…

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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…

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Noah Hutchins' buzzer-beating layup provided the perfect ending to Park School's championship quest and the perfect finish to a postseason full of memorable moments for Western New York's boys and girls basketball teams. There were three state champions: Park (Federation Class A boys), East (NYSPHSAA Class D boys) and Sacred Heart (state Catholic Class A girls). Ther…

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GLENS FALLS – Park used its size to its advantage. It also took charge for good when it seemed like it was losing control. Simply put, the Pioneers refused to be denied. They are now one win away from being the Empire State's overall Class A boys basketball champion. Daniel Scott scored 11 of his game-high 24 points during the third quarter, while Julian Eziukwu adde…

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Who: NYSCHSAA-Park School Pioneers (23-5) vs. NYSPHSAA-XI Amityville Warriors (27-1) What: New York State Federation Tournament of Champions When: Saturday at 2:15 p.m. at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls (It's the former Glens Falls Civic Center) NYS Sportswriters Rankings: Park is ranked No. 1, while Amityville is third. How they got here: Park defeated Naz…

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Coach Rich Jacob and associates Matt Jacob and Bob Bateson had a vision for how they wanted to mold the Park boys basketball program when they took over back in August. If they could have hit the fast forward button seven months ago, they would’ve liked what they saw during the second half of Sunday’s New York State Catholic Class A championship at Villa Maria. Comin…

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It's that glorious time of the year where the teams at Far West Regionals battle for victories and the right to head to Binghamton to play for the ultimate prize in New York State public high schools boys basketball. It's also the joyous time where the Manhattan Cup champions are one win away from earning state titles and advancing to the Federation Tournament of Champi…

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Nardin’s girls basketball team only knows one speed: fast. The Gators practiced getting out on the break all week long leading up to the Monsignor Martin Class B championship, and it was on full display Friday night. With a 49-36 win over No. 2 Park, top-seeded Nardin booked a return trip to New York City next weekend for the New York State Catholic High School Athletic …

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Postseason championships have been hard to come by for Park School ever since it went all the way and captured the New York State Federation crown in Class B back in 2015. Perhaps it's fitting, then, that the only holdover from that Pioneers team played a major role in the program's latest championship moment. Behind the MVP performance of senior Brandon Smith, Park …

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By Eric Keppeler Special to The News Ainsley Boras scored 21 points to send defending Class B champion Nardin back to the Monsignor Martin Association finals with a 52-26 win over Buffalo Seminary on Sunday at Villa Maria College. The top-seeded Gators will take on No. 2 Park, which outlasted Christian Central Academy, 42-34, in the other semifinal. The finals ar…

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MANHATTAN CUP PLAYOFFS Tuesday’s play-in games at Villa Maria Class A 5-St. Joe’s vs. 4-St. Francis, 6 p.m. Class B 5-Christian Central vs. 4-Nichols, 7:45 p.m. Class A Semifinals Friday, Feb. 23 at Koessler Center 5-SJ/4-SF winner vs. 1-Canisius, 6 p.m. 3-Timon-St. Jude vs. 2-Park, 7:45 p.m. Class B Semifinals Saturday, Feb. 24 at Koess…

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State classification in parentheses; first-place votes in brackets; *-indicates tie in voting Boys Large Schools Team Record Points LW 1. Park [10] 15-4 100 1 2. Canisius 17-2 89 2 3. Williamsville South (A-1) 13-3 74 5 4. Bishop Timon-St. Jude 15-3 65 3 5. Niagara Falls (AA) 14-4 61 4 6. West Seneca West (A-1) 18-0 59 6 7. Lockport (AA) 13-4 40 7 8. St. Fran…

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One never knows how these marquee matchups between league leaders that look good on paper will turn out, even as the game is unfolding before one's eyes. With Park nursing a one-point halftime lead – an edge it secured late in the second quarter after trailing Bishop Timon-St. Jude for most of the opening 16 minutes, did anyone see a 30-point blowout coming? That's e…