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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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Brian Fry is already a diamond prospect. An All-Western New York shortstop for Medina’s state semifinalist team as a sophomore, Fry is ranked among the top recruits in his class in New York. Canisius College is among the schools that have offered a scholarship, said Fry, whose father was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 1989. “Brian’s got baseball in his blood,” said Er…

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Ty Parker’s coaching journey began 20 years ago with the Cheektowaga Thunderbirds Little Loop football organization. Friday night under the lights at Cheektowaga Central, Parker made his head coaching debut, fervently pacing the sidelines, hollering instructions and demonstrating techniques during the merged WNY Maritime/Health Sciences program’s 18-12 overtime victory ove…

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Sam Castronova has thrived in his first season commanding the run-pass option offense, evaluating the opportunities opposing defenses present and making the most of them. It’s similar to the way he handled his college recruitment. Castronova had ambitions to play Division I football coming out of Williamsville South High School four years ago. He spent another two years …

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The Far West Regionals – otherwise known as the state quarterfinals – are Friday and Saturday at Clarence High School. Winners advance to the Western finals next weekend at Union-Endicott. A year ago, Section VI teams went 5-0 in this round for the first time. Can the winning streak continue? Here are previews of each of the games: CLASS AA: Lancaster vs. Aquina…

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Here is the schedule for this week's Section VI football finals. All games are at New Era Field. Thursday's games: Class C 1S-Southwestern (9-0) vs. 1N-Cleveland Hill (8-1), 5 p.m. Class A 3-West Seneca East (8-1) vs. 1-West Seneca West, 8 p.m. Friday's games: Class D 2-Maple Grove (6-3) vs. 1-CSP (9-0), 2:30 p.m. Class AA 2-Lancaster (8-1) vs…

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Lancaster’s winning formula — E + R = O — is emblazoned on wristbands worn by each team member this season. “Events plus response equals outcome,” coach Eric Rupp explained. For the second straight week, the Legends responded in the event of being down on the scoreboard and the outcome is a return trip to New Era Field for next week’s Section VI Class AA championship. T…

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SECTION VI PLAYOFFS Friday Class AA Orchard Park (4) vs. Bennett (1) at All High Stadium, 7 Williamsville North (3) at Lancaster (2), 7:30 Class A Starpoint (5) at West Seneca West (1), 7 West Seneca East (3) at Grand Island (2), 7 Class B Cheektowaga (4) at Albion (1), 7 Pioneer (3) at Fredonia/Brocton (2), 7 Class C Wilson (2N)…

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The Section VI football committee announced the playoff matchups for the playoffs and the Chuck Funke Memorial Bowl Classics. Games begin Thursday. West Seneca West is the top seed in Class A, Albion in Class B, and Southwestern and Cleveland Hill in Class C. SECTION VI FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS CLASS A Friday Jamestown (8) at West Seneca West (1), 7 South Park (…

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In a rivalry that kicked off 117 years ago, few Fredonia-Dunkirk football matchups have ever had this much at stake. Two unbeaten teams battling for a division title and home-field advantage in the sectional playoffs. Not to mention local bragging rights. With a standing-room-only crowd estimated at 3,000 packed into Fredonia’s tree-lined Orange Bowl on Friday night, Hi…

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“Bleed Blue” is the rallying cry at West Seneca West. On Friday night, the Indians emphasized the other color in their scheme for a purpose that went beyond football fashion. West Seneca West extended its winning streak to 20 games with a 40-14 defeat of Jamestown while recognizing childhood cancer awareness month with gold laces and tape on players and coach footwear to …

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The Bennett Tigers' four horsemen stable running backs are still brainstorming nicknames. “The dynamic quadruple,” Justin Campbell suggested in the afterglow of Friday night’s 34-7 victory over Clarence. “We’re working on trying to find a name,” Ja’Vair Walker interjected. “Whatever it is,” Campbell said, “we’re going to find something good. We’ve got the best running b…

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Albion earned respect last year by claiming a share of its first division title in 11 seasons and reaching the sectional playoffs after a six-year absence. Now the Purple Eagles are spreading their wings and soaring atop the Class B-2 division. Explosive on offense and opportunistic on defense, Albion overwhelmed visiting Lackawanna in a 43-8 victory on Friday night at S…

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Before Aaron Chase is through playing football for Starpoint, coach Al Cavagnaro expects he will have shattered every one of the Spartans’ passing records. Already the career leader in passing yards and touchdowns, the fourth-year starting quarterback pocketed another record in Friday night’s season opener, gouging Grand Island for 419 yards to break the single-game mark …

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For Bills coach Sean McDermott, the “One Buffalo” ethos extends beyond his own team and throughout the entire Western New York football community. “We are all one,” McDermott said while walking off the practice field at the ADPRO Training Center on Thursday after greeting a group of local high school coaches who took a field trip to watch the Bills’ organized team activit…