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Akron Tigers (4-4) Coach: Andrew Clouse, fifth season. Home field: Unnamed. Program founded: Unknown. Outlook: The Tigers are coming off their third consecutive playoff appearance following back-to-back 4-4 season. Dual-threat QB Brandon Orr has graduated, but they return five starters on offense and seven on defense. Junior Adam Mietz moves from running back t…

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In a season full of milestones, the Roy-Hart baseball team is most thankful for a loss. The Rams’ lost their last regular-season game against league foe Medina, a team that they beat 8-1 earlier in the season. Five victories later – including a Section VI championship – and they are preparing for Friday's Class B state semifinal, a first for the program. “It showe…

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By Aaron Garland It’s been a scary, recurring dynamic for opponents of the Roy-Hart baseball team this spring: a double dose of Bruning. The trend continued Saturday to keep the Rams’ dream season chugging. The pitching and hitting of the Bruning brothers, senior Jacob and junior Charlie, paced the Rams to a 10-1 win over Midlakes of Section V in Class B Far West …

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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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The start to the B-2 softball final was a near disaster for the Eden Raiders. Starting pitcher Marissa Calloway, who struggled with Williamsville North's turf field, faced only two Roy-Hart batters before getting pulled due to multiple illegal pitches. A double from Rams' utility player Mallory Steiner made it 3-0 after one, and Roy-Hart built that lead up to 5-0 by the…

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The Prep Talk Football Player of the Week is D'Jae Perry of St. Mary's of Lancaster. The running back/linebacker had a big day during the Lancers' 27-7 triumph over reigning Section V Class C champion Bishop Kearney. He rushed 10 times for 243 yards and four touchdowns and on defense made eight tackles. In order to be considered for the honor, candidates must be amon…

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Coaching changes Paul Burgio may be a first-time head coach, but he's no stranger to Clarence football. He's logged 24 seasons as an assistant with the program, including the Red Devils' Section VI Class AA championship year back in 2010 under then-head coach Tom Goddard. When Goddard stepped down, the district stayed in house – hiring another member of Goddard's …

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While Matt Schneidman took in the action at the six-team Lockport scrimmage on Saturday, I opted to head further north into Niagara County and check out the four-team scrimmage at Roy-Hart between the host Rams, Wilson, Newfane and Medina. Here are some video highlights I shot during the scrimmage while gathering information for the coming high school football preview s…

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2016 champions: State – St. Mary's (Catholic High School Athletic Association), Eden (Class C, New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association), Panama (Class D, NYSPHSAA). Section VI – Clarence (Class AA), Williamsville East (Class A), Alden (Class B), East Aurora (Class B-1), Eden (Class C), Portville (Class C-2), Panama (Class D). Monsignor Martin – St. Mary's. …

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2016 team champions: Orchard Park (ECIC and ECIC South Large), East Aurora/Holland (ECIC South Small), Williamsville North (ECIC North Large), Alden (ECIC North Small), Niagara Wheatfield (Niagara Frontier League), Wilson (Niagara-Orleans), St. Joe's (Monsignor Martin). 2016 state tournament participant underclassmen: Kevin Halpern-11 (Williamsville North), Andrew LaCon…