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It’s a spicy tradition for the Williamsville East boys soccer team. The new Flames bear the burn of a “death wing” during the annual team dinner at Duff’s before the season opener. The custom continued this summer, even with the arrival of a new coach from the other side of both soccer and wing rivalries. Tony Schiappa, a former Williamsville East soccer player who buil…

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Thirty-four years after he coached Clarence to its first boys soccer state championship game, Kenneth Kreinheder gets a sense of nostalgia from watching the Red Devils’ current playoff run. Starting with the names on the roster. Quinn Neelon, Nathan Vesper and Aiden Steck, three starters on a Clarence team that is ranked No. 1 among Western New York large schools and has…

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For Conner Golley, it was fitting that he celebrated his record achievement sitting atop the shoulders of his Allegany-Limestone teammates. Having earned his 43rd career shutout last month to break the 15-year-old Section VI record, Golley shared the glory with the Gators who helped lift him to the top of the list. “It’s a tribute to my coach, Jon Luce, and the defense,”…

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It's no secret the Buffalo Public Schools takes pride in its boys soccer, but so too does Lackawanna. Both have reasons to be talking proud after capturing Section VI championships on a cold, damp evening in suburbia. While Lackawanna and Riverside each got the early jump on their respective opponents, the Steelers needed to make a late push to finally get the better…

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Section VI high school soccer isn't yet a hotbed of talent, but its graduates are making impacts across all NCAA divisions. From two players who remain in the hunt for the College Cup to a whopping 19 #PrepTalkAlums who don the blue and white at Fredonia, these athletes represent Western New York and the products of improving youth soccer in the area. [Read about the…