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The expectations were much higher for Dominik Thomas this season. He didn't have a problem living up to them. The St. Francis wrestler won his third All-Catholic title two weeks ago and followed that up this past weekend with his second state title at the Catholic High School Athletic Association Championships on Staten Island. Our Prep Talk Male Athlete of the Week …

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It was a long week for the Frontier/Lake Shore/Orchard Park girls hockey team. It ended up being worth it. FLOP won four games in the span of seven days, and Brooke Becker saved her best performances for last. The sophomore defenseman scored twice in a 6-3 win over Skaneateles in the NYSPHSAA semifinals and added two more goals in the final, a 4-1 win over Salmon Riv…

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A handful of scholastic basketball players reach the 1,000-point mark every season in Western New York. It's a little more rare to see athletes make it to 1,000 rebounds. Allegany-Limestone's Morgan Davis accomplished both in the same season. After surpassing 1,000 points in mid-December, the senior secured her 1,000th rebound in the 101st game of her five-year varsi…

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Juston Johnson has not been on the losing end of any game this school year. Let that sink in for a moment. The West Seneca West junior was a big part of the 13-0 state-champ football team in the fall, and that success has carried over to the hardwood, where the Indians are the only unbeaten left in WNY at 19-0. Last Tuesday, Johnson scored a career-high 42 points in …

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As Brett Sardina scores more goals, Williamsville North wins more hockey games. It's that simple. The defending state champions are off to a 14-0-4 start to the season, including 10-0-4 in the federation, and Sardina's individual numbers have played a huge part in the Spartans' team success. Sardina followed up a two-goal effort in a 3-3 tie against Clarence last Thu…

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It's good to be No. 1. Just ask Kenmore West's Christina Wende. The senior track and field athlete is often on top of the leaderboard when all is said and done. That was certainly the case at last Saturday's Houghton Invitational. Wende came in first place in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.63 seconds, and leapt distances of 18 feet, 2 inches in the long jump a…

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The individual and team accomplishments from football season have carried over to the mat for Lancaster wrestler Joe Andreessen. On a night when the Legends captured the ECIC Division I championship by defeating rival Clarence in the annual Border Brawl, Andreessen was recognized for earning his 150th career win and 78th career pin. The team carried that momentum into t…

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Franklinville's Danielle Haskell may lead Section VI in scoring at 26.5 points per game, but her game is so much more than just throwing up (and often making) three-point bombs from NBA range. The sophomore sensation showed that last week when she took her act on the road three times and helped the Panthers remain undefeated with three wins. Haskell combined for 48 p…

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It doesn't matter if Kayla Blas is wearing cleats or skates. Give her a stick and a goal, and the Sacred Heart senior has an innate ability to find the back of the net. Competing on the combined Monsignor Martin girls hockey team, Blas scored five goals and had a pair of assists in three games last week, helping the team beat Kenmore/Grand Island, 7-2, and West Seneca/H…

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Trevor Book entered North Tonawanda's basketball game last Tuesday against Lew-Port needing 18 points to become the fifth player to reach the 1,000-point scoring mark in program history dating back to 1925. The senior finished with 24 points, reaching the milestone early in the third quarter on a feed from classmate Kyle McNeill to the low post as the Lumberjacks went o…

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A loss to Orchard Park was just the wake-up call that Brandon Dunz and the rest of the Frontier boys volleyball team needed. The Falcons immediately rebounded with a sweep of West Seneca West and finished the week with a three-set win over Canisius to capture the title of the Hamburg Tournament on Saturday. Match point in the best-of-three final was decided on a kill…

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The Hamburg girls volleyball team has been ranked near the top of the Western New York coaches poll all season. A big part of that success has been the play of Margaret Seider. Seider's seven blocks and six kills were enough to give her MVP of the Southtowns Invitational Friday night, when she helped lead the Bulldogs past Orchard Park in the final. It was Hamburg's sec…

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There's another McLaughlin to watch out for in East Aurora ... and she'll be around for the greater part of the next five years. Eighth-grader Megan McLaughlin is following in the footsteps of her older siblings as she makes her mark on the school's powerhouse cross-country program. She started the week by helping the Blue Devils finish their ECIC dual meet schedule …

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East Aurora has a rich history in boys soccer. So when a player sets a new school record, it's quite an accomplishment. After a six-goal week, senior Bryce Schiltz is now the all-time leading goal scorer in program history. In the second of three games last week, Schiltz's third goal of the game against Lake Shore on Senior Night was the 66th of his career and broke a m…

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Cross country races don't start at the sound of the gun. Eating right, sleeping right and training right leading up to the race is just as important as what goes on at the course. Orchard Park's Cal Puskar seems to have the routine down pat, and he's letting it show on race day. The senior won the large schools division race at the 23rd West Seneca Cross Country Invitat…